11. January 2016 · Comments Off on Smart Cities Taking a Large Step Forward · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Last month, I blogged about the chaos that accompanies the deployment of fundamental and transitional new technology. The bottom line is that cascading innovation means the initial steps forward will be confusing. A smart streetlight, for instance, can be discussed from the light perspective, the Internet of Things (IoT) perspective, the smart city perspective and, perhaps, others. Some vendors also will push products that don’t quite meet the proper definition.

Source: Smart Cities Taking a Large Step Forward

28. December 2015 · Comments Off on 5G, Internet of Things, LTE-U drive wireless tech in 2015 – Year in Review  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

In some ways, 2015 was a great deal about a technology that A) doesn’t yet exist; B) isn’t even defined by standards bodies and C) won’t come to fruition for four or five years, by most accounts. That technology is 5G, and if you don’t know what all the fuss is about, don’t worry. You will soon enough.We started the year off with dire warnings that the U.S. was lagging other nations when it comes to 5G, and the FCC stepped up to the plate when it came time to act. The FCC reviewed all kinds of comments from vendors, operators and other stakeholders about their visions for 5G, and in October, the commission proposed rules for four different bands of high-band spectrum above 24 GHz designed to lay the foundation for 5G networks in the U.S. market.

Source: 5G, Internet of Things, LTE-U drive wireless tech in 2015 – Year in Review – FierceWirelessTech

22. December 2015 · Comments Off on Thread’s Killer App? · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

These Thread devices to be demonstrated at CES can’t actually send commands to each other, unless they speak the same language. So, which application layer will each of those Thread products be using? Every time the electronics industry rolls out new technologies, the inevitable question is: “What’s the killer app?” The killer app question is what many vendors, especially in the Internet of Things (IoT) market, have struggled to answer. This is largely because on the home front alone, IoT covers such a broad spectrum — ranging from door locks, thermostats, light bulbs and tablets to set-tops and smart TVs. In a recent interview with EE Times, Skip Ashton, vice president of software at Silicon Labs, said, “Yeah, I get that question a lot.”

Source: Thread’s Killer App? | EE Times

17. November 2015 · Comments Off on 6.4 Billion Active IoT Things in 2016: Gartner  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Internet of Things is about to get a whole lot bigger, according to the latest forecast from technology market research firm Gartner.In 2016, the IoT will grow at a rate of 5.5 million ‘things’ each day, encompassing a total of nearly 6.4 billion connected devices, a 30 percent gain over this year’s expected total of 4.9 billion devices. By 2020, that figure will shoot up to 20.7 billion units.IoT services spending will jump 22 percent next year, reaching $235 billion. “IoT services are the real driver of value in IoT, and increasing attention is being focused on new services by end-user organizations and vendors,” said Gartner vice president Jim Tully in a statement.

Source: 6.4 Billion Active IoT Things in 2016: Gartner – Datamation

30. October 2015 · Comments Off on Silver Spring Expands Its Data Analytics for Utility Operators  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Over the past few years, we’ve seen grid and IT technology vendors change their approach to the utility data analytics market. Broad terms like “big data” have dropped out of vogue — perhaps because utilities aren’t really dealing with data on the global internet scale encompassed by that term.Data analytics that can cut unnecessary costs and discover untapped revenue opportunities for the people who actually do the work and make the decisions at utilities, on the other hand, can be a valuable commodity. The software that does this tends to go by names like “operational insight” or “situational intelligence” — or, in the case of Silver Spring Networks’ new platform announced Wednesday, “Operations Optimization.”

Source: Silver Spring Expands Its Data Analytics for Utility Operators | Greentech Media