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A recent conference focused on the world of Wi-Fi highlighted the immense opportunity created by the blossoming of the Internet of Things (IoT) space, as long as the wireless industry can keep pace with IoT’s rapid growth.RCR Wireless News reported that IoT was the hot topic at the Wi-Fi Now 2016 conference held recently near Washington, D.C. And it’s no wonder, considering the 8 billion Wi-Fi-enabled devices currently in use and the additional 3 billion expected to ship in 2016.
Source: Can Wi-Fi industry keep up with IoT? – ReadWrite
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing fast, and there’s no slowing it down. By 2020, there will be 50 billion Internet-connected things, and those connections will be worth $1.3 trillion by 2019. And that’s got Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T (NYSE:T) linked in an epic battle for control over the wireless waves that connect those devices. That’s probably why Verizon’s vice president of IoT Connected Solutions, Mark Bartolomeo, recently told FierceWireless that the carrier is seriously considering offering flat-rate, unlimited data plans for IoT connections next year.The new IoT plan would not only be Verizon’s only unlimited data plan (since it dropped its smartphone unlimited data plans five years ago), but it has the potential to significantly expand Verizon’s Internet of Things position against AT&T.
Source: One Move That Could Give Verizon the Upper Hand in IoT by 2017 — The Motley Fool
Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI – Analyst Report), the largest integrated telecom operator in Canada, has become the first wireless operator in the nation to offer “Internet of Things” (IoT) as a service to business enterprises. End-to-End Incident Management, Farm & Food Monitoring and Level Monitoring are the three IoT services that the wireless carrier is currently offering to its customers.
Source: Rogers Communications Starts Internet of Things in Canada – April 1, 2016 – Zacks.com
Say hello to HaLow, the newest standard from the Wi-Fi Alliance that promises to use less power while also nearly doubling the range of wireless devices.HaLow is the brand-friendly name for 802.11ah Wi-Fi, which the Wi-Fi Alliance announced on Monday, and is aimed mainly at the smarthome and Internet of Things market.
What makes HaLow uniquely suited for such products? Mainly, the frequency it uses, which is 900 MHz.
That unlicensed spectrum band was long used for cordless phones in the home for years; back when we actually wanted to extend landlines beyond the confines of the cord.
Source: Meet 802.11ah: low powered Wi-Fi with greater range for the IoT market | ZDNet
RFaxis, Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company focused on developing innovative, next-generation RF solutions for the wireless connectivity market, today announced additional products to its expanding portfolio of RF front-end integrated circuit (RFeIC™) solutions for the global IoT / M2M (machine-to-machine) market. The new products further expand RFaxis’ family of RF front-end ICs for the sub-GHz and 2.4GHz frequency bands commonly used for range extension in many classes of wireless communication systems for IoT.
Source: RFaxis Expands Portfolio of CMOS RF Front-End ICs for Internet of Things (IoT) | Business Wire
Logitech’s Harmony Elite is the closest I’ve got to achieving the smart home dream. You know, the one where you enter the house, all the lights flick on, and the entertainment system boots up to your favourite channel while the heating system asks if the temperature is cosy enough for you—that sort of thing. The problem has always been standards: the Internet of Things (IoT) has lots of them, but few of them play nicely together.The £279 ($350) Harmony Elite bridges the gap with a fancy touchscreen remote, charging dock, smartphone app, and a wireless hub, letting you control most infrared, Bluetooth, and IoT devices from either the included remote, or a smartphone app. The hub—which you can purchase separately for £99 ($99)—is the where the magic happens. Logitech sells the remote separately for £199 in the UK, as well as range of cheaper models, but none feature the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth IoT wizardry that makes the Elite bundle so appealing.
Source: Logitech Harmony Elite review: I’m finally living the automated smart home dream | Ars Technica UK
With the growing importance of the Internet of Things network, many people are resolving to employ multiple Bluetooth devices on a day to day basis.Be it speakers and headphones or even home gadgets, this wireless connectivity has taken over lots of our tech habits.If you have been a heavy user of IoT, things will be getting even much better in 2016, as the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is determined to see this wireless technology become the lifeblood of all smart objects. The group wants all Bluetooth Smart devices to be able to send information much faster and over longer distances starting next year.
Source: Bluetooth Technology to Get Better and Faster in 2016 – Neurogadget.com
An Internet of Things security startup thinks it can reduce the complexity of a home full of connected devices to three colors: red, orange, and green.Those colors will glow from a wireless orb that looks like a smooth river rock and is small enough to fit in your hand. But it’s what is behind this friendly bit of decor that will make the colors meaningful. The San Francisco startup, Dojo-Labs, makes a network security device that plugs into your home Internet gateway and talks to a cloud-based service. It’s all managed through a smartphone app.
Source: Home IoT security could come from a glowing rock next year | ITworld
A South Korean startup called Naran has come up with an incredibly clever way for users to control and automate any type of switch-oriented task you can think of. By attaching low-energy Bluetooth devices called “Microbot Push” (or wireless robotic fingers, to be precise) to manual switches, users can rely on an accompanying smartphone app to more easily accomplish any number of tasks, from starting up a coffee machine in the morning to effortlessly turning light switches on and off.
Source: Internet Of Things: Microbot Push is a clever home automation system | BGR