Cloud communications platform Twilio has announced a new cellular network partnership with U.S. cellular giant T-Mobile, called Twilio Programmable Wireless, which will provide data, SMS, and voice communications to connected devices.
Announced at SIGNAL, a developer conference on communications, the partnership expands Twilio’s platform to devices outside of Wi-Fi range, which require constant Internet service. Devices like autonomous cars, drones, or even outdoor sensors that send information in real-time back to the server should be able to use T-Mobile’s cellular service.
Source: T-Mobile and Twilio pairing up to connect on IoT
Chicago-based startup Hologram has announced its cellular platform for the Internet of Things (IoT), which provides businesses with a cost effective way to design, create, and deploy IoT devices.Hologram claims to provide an end-to-end solution for businesses, with everything from connected hardware to cloud messaging services bundled into its cellular platform.
Source: Hologram’s new IoT platform now very real
AT&T has a longer history than any of the other U.S. carriers, and cellular is just one chapter in that history. The company’s leaders know that cellular will not be the primary network for the billions of devices that will connect to the Internet of Things.“A majority of them are not going to utilize the cellular connectivity,” said AT&T’s Mobeen Khan, associate vice president for IoT solutions. “So knowing that, what we are looking at from an AT&T perspective is how can we add value even if the connectivity is happening beyond the cellular connectivity.”Khan said in the months ahead AT&T will have a series of IoT-related announcements that integrate non-cellular connections, like satellites and Wi-Fi networks. AT&T owns satellite TV provider DirecTV, and it also owns more Wi-Fi hot spots than any other U.S. carrier.
Source: IoT: AT&T looks beyond cellular
As the definition of 5G becomes clearer, many are seeing it as being the perfect solution to many of the problems that currently exist with the Internet of Things — namely the inability to bring together disparate networks such as RFID and Bluetooth with the underlying cellular framework that needs to happen to make the IoT vision a reality.
Source: Will 5G be the answer to IoT? – FierceWireless
Much of the Internet of Things will run on the same networks that smartphones use, cellular giant Verizon says.Despite the prospect of new networks that reach farther than cells and let IoT devices communicate for years on one battery charge, many of the power-sipping networked objects to be deployed in the coming years will use LTE and future 5G cellular systems, a Verizon executive said in an interview Wednesday.Many legacy IoT devices, also called M2M (machine-to-machine), use 2G or 3G networks now. Carriers want to phase those out in the coming years to shift their frequencies over to newer networks.
Source: LTE can compete with upstart IoT networks, Verizon says | Computerworld
Are you among those who have been wanting to put up smart lighting in their homes and offices but have found the process to be painstakingly cumbersome? Well, recent developments suggest that you could smart-light your premises without changing the existing electrical infrastructure or even without having to do any retrofitting. What is more, you could actually use you smart phone to manage the lighting, not just within a Wi-Fi network range in the house but also over a cellular network accessible from mostly anywhere in the world.
Source: You could call this the internet of lighting, literally
The IoT is growing at an incredible rate, and although the predictions currently coming out are probably a bit optimistic, the growth of the industry is undeniable. Tech leader Ericsson this week announced a series of innovations designed to help folks move ahead with adoption of IoT solutions.Even though cellular networks already cover 90 percent of the globe’s populated areas, a number of roadblocks to mass-market adoption of IoT still exist, as far as Ericsson can tell. The company is addressing these challenges with a new suite of software upgrades and ecosystem advances, which according to a release will accelerate the uptake of IoT.
Source: Ericsson Makes Big Moves in the IoT
A horse race is on to network the Internet of Things and there’s no American Pharoh in sight.
At least seven different technologies are competing in this space – two versions of cellular, a new variant of Wi-Fi and at least four different 900 MHz protocols. All have their pros and cons, and so far none have the look of the thoroughbred who won the recent Triple Crown.
Source: IoT’s Wireless Horse Race | EE Times
You might be familiar with Spark, a company that’s best known for its Spark Core, an open source Wi-Fi development kit for creating Internet-connected devices. It drew considerable interest on Kickstarter as it blew past its funding goal a year ago before yielding to Photon, a spiritual successor with more bells and whistles. Now Spark is back on Kickstarter, though this time it wants to disrupt the cellular space with its Electron development board.
via Spark Electron brings inexpensive cellular connectivity to IoT.
Power measurement: Itron Inc. has announced the launch of its new 4G LTE smart metering solution. The solution, featuring an OpenWay® CENTRON 4G LTE meter, is the latest technology in Itron’s cellular portfolio that provides broad territory coverage, low latency and network longevity, using the fastest 4G LTE technology available today. The solution will be commercially available by the end of the first quarter of 2015.
The smart cellular metering technology is a part of Itron’s OpenWay smart grid solution, providing utilities with the option to deploy any combination of cellular and RF mesh communications, including 4G LTE, all under the same network management system. 4G LTE communication is particularly useful for hard-to-reach locations or territories or for opt-in scenarios. Due to the low latency of the 4G LTE network, the new solution is also a good option for DA/SCADA applications or utilizing smart meters as grid sensors to monitor distribution system conditions.
via Smart meters: Itron Unveils New 4G LTE Smart Meter Solution – Utility Products Magazine.