While cellular-based Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are still being finalized in the standards process, non-cellular solutions like those promoted by Ingenu, Sigfox and members of the LoRa Alliance are catching a bit of a break.These companies and others are expanding their low power wide area network (LPWAN) technologies, and they’ve had time on their side. France’s Sigfox aims to install networks in 100 U.S. cities by the end of this year. Ingenu is expected to cover at least 30 metro areas with its Random Phase Multiple Access (RPMA) by the end of 2016. They can enjoy their time in the sun while wireless operators and their partners ramp up LTE-based systems that will compete with them. That’s in part because unlike proprietary technologies, standards require a lot of time to build consensus and develop an ecosystem.
The smart grid promises to help create a more efficient, cleaner world with more agile networks that suffer fewer power outages and shorter restoration times. And mobile will play an increasingly larger role, from providing basic cellular connectivity to proprietary networks designed specifically for the IoT to wireless sensors that can glean staggering amounts of data.
Security is set to become the hot button issue in the smart home this year, as more connected devices come online and more hackers attempt to infiltrate corporate and consumer networks through connected gadgets. The FBI even issued a warning about connected home products.The concerns about security and the smart home are well-founded. Several devices from connected cameras to smart home hubs have been hacked. Even light bulbs aren’t immune.
Discourse in the telecommunications industry is currently focused on next-generation 5G mobile networks, which, through dramatic increases in throughput coupled with decreases in latency, promise to fully enable the Internet of Things and bring to life futuristic use cases like the tactile Internet, autonomous driving and more. Even as 5G products enter the market, the standard is tracking for finalization by 3GPP and related organizations in the 2019-2020 timeframe. So let’s take a moment to focus on the
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the next step in the evolution of wireless networks. Analysts predict the IoT will double in size to nearly 50 billion devices by 2020, comprising a $1.7 trillion market. One of the greatest opportunities still lies ahead in the form of the “smart home.”
The roll out of 5G networks is coming and it will radically change the Internet of Things. Low latency networks will empower connected and self-driving cars; make remote surgery robots safer and smart cities more responsive… Halo Neuroscience built headgear for athletes that deliver small electric impulses to the part of the motor cortex responsible for coordinating movement. That’s taking the idea of super-charging to the next level… One of the co-founders of Zipcar has a far-out idea called “mesh networking,” which she believes will be a cost-effective way to build an Internet of Things for connected cars…
Defining the Internet of Things is like describing a platypus: a complex, highly adaptable animal.Ask experts and you might hear, “The Internet of Things is a model that uses networks of Internet-enabled devices without human intervention.” Or: “The Internet of Things is manufactured things connected to the Internet.”From desktop telephones to handheld smartphones to heart signatures that unlock smartphones, IoT is not new.
No other utility company has more installed renewable capacity or uses a stronger proportion of renewably produced electricity. According to recent press releases, the utility giant E.ON leads the way to Germany’s Green Grid. E.ON Leads Germany’s Renewable Grid “Renewables account for more than 80 percent of the electricity that flows through our networks, well above the national average. This demonstrates that E.ON already operates the innovative, efficient energy networks of the future. Each year we i
While cost-effective advanced energy storage technologies are providing utilities and grid operators new tools to improve system reliability and lower costs, these systems also present risks as relatively new technologies are integrated into existing networks.
Have we mentioned lately that when it comes to the so-called “internet of things,” security is an afterthought? Whether it’s your automobile, your refrigerator or your tea kettle, so-called “smart” internet of things devices are consistently and alarmingly showing that they’re anything but. If these devices aren’t busy giving intruders access to your networks and passwords, they’re often making life more difficult than so-called dumb devices. Last week, for example, the popular Nest smart thermostat simply