Deutsche Telekom and China Mobile have announced a connected cars joint venture to be established in China at the beginning of next year. The initiative is targeted at the automotive industry and aims to enable the provision of 4G-based vehicle information services to ‘connected’ drivers.
Mobile industry association, the GSMA, has unveiled a specification for embedded SIMs that already has the support of several major stakeholders and which the GSMA is hoping will boost the M2M market by at least 34% in the next five years.
Ofcom has announced it is coordinating testing of wireless technology that uses white space spectrum to potentially deliver a range of digital services including internet access in rural areas, wifi-like services, video streaming or M2M connectivity.
Chinese networking giant Huawei has deepened its commitment to IoT (Internet of Things) with the acquisition of UK startup Neul. The Cambridge-based company is focused on developing technology to embed processing and connectivity as efficiently as possible.
In this second feature, I want to take a closer look at why white space has seemingly stumbled, despite its surrounding hype. I have to confess that, in my experience, there’s always an associated amount of puffery within the telecommunications industry – an inflated balloon of hyperbole used to garner momentum for a new technology.
600 executives from a broad range of industries were asked about their views on, and plans for, machine-to-machine technology and it turned out that 22 percent of them were already using it – an 80 percent increase on the proportion a year ago.
UK companies The Technology Partnership (TTP) and Mayflower have announced the completion of a smart street lighting installation in Hampshire. Using a wireless control node, Hampshire council is able to remotely control over 100,000 street lights using the Mayflower Central Management system, and thus offers a claimed 50 per cent reduction in power consumption compared to other existing smart lighting systems.
China has already emerged as the global leader in the adoption of M2M (machine to machine) technology, with over 50 million connections, or more than one quarter of the total M2M market, in 2013.
Handset and electronics manufacturer LG has launched a range of smart home appliances in its domestic market of South Korea in a bid to steal a march in the connected home sector.
A new venture led by the founder of small cell provider Ubiquisys Will Franks is to target the Internet of Things market, promising to free prospective providers and customers from “dependency on traditional networks”. The company, called Senaptic, has been spun out of telemetry consultancy Plextek, which remains the majority shareholder. Senaptic will take Plextek’s Ultra Narrowband (UNB) radio technology, its intellectual property and its existing customer base and offer a standardised solution for connecting a variety of devices across a range of verticals, Franks told Telecoms.com.
Electric car manufacturer Tesla has announced an M2M agreement with European operator group Telefónica. The deal sees the operator provide in-car connectivity for Tesla’s Model S across several European nations.
Enterprise IT giant IBM and US carrier AT&T announced a partnership Wednesday that will see the two companies co-develop cloud and analytics solutions that ingest data from M2M sensors embedded in civil and energy infrastructure in cities. The companies said they will combine analytics, cloud and security technologies in a bid to capitalise on the burgeoning Internet of Things movement.
The United States could soon make M2M connectivity in new vehicles mandatory, following research undertaken by the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Following on from the launch of an updated cloud-based connected car platform for its vehicles, Volvo this week inked a content agreement with online music service Pandora that will see internet radio streamed to select vehicles starting in May this year.
Security and SIM specialist Gemalto this week expanded its M2M portfolio with an LTE wireless module. The firm claims its Cinterion PLS8 solution will enable LTE connectivity for connected car systems and NFC applications.
Vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has revealed the progress that it has made with its driverless technology by taking its S500 Intelligent Drive concept car on a 100km trip in the South of Germany. The luxury car firm set out to re-enact the journey made by Bertha Benz, the wife of the firm’s founder Karl Benz, in 1888 to demonstrate the suitability of the Benz patent motor car for everyday use.
Operator group Vodafone has signed a deal that sees it setting up its own brand in Brazil, the first fully Vodafone branded operation to be launched in the Americas. The operator inked a non-equity partnership agreement with local MVNE Datora Telecom to launch Vodafone Brasil, which will primarily serve Vodafone’s multinational enterprise customers’ M2M needs.
At the Future of Wireless 2013 event staged by UK industry organisation Cambridge Wireless earlier this month, James Collier, the founder and CTO of white space solutions provider Neul, suggested that mobile operators are ill-equipped to provision the Internet of Things (IoT). Alex Sinclair, CTO of the GSMA, countered by suggesting that the IoT opportunity is big enough for everyone, but MNOs will clearly be key players and not just for simple connectivity.
At the Future of Wireless 2013 event staged by UK industry organisation Cambridge Wireless earlier this month, James Collier, the founder and CTO of Neul suggested that mobile operators as they stand are ill-equipped to provision the Internet of Things (IoT).
Half of enterprises worldwide will have adopted M2M technology by 2015, according to Vodafone. Furthermore, although large organisations have so far led in deploying such technology, small organisations are set to surpass them in terms of adoption, the operator said.