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LIVALL shows off world's first smart and safe bike helmet

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 19, 2015 8:13 pm

LIVALL recently unveiled its LIVALL Bling Helmet, a custom designed smart cycling helmet that features Hi-Fi Bluetooth speakers, built-in LED lights, and other features designed to set itself apart from normal bike helmets.



Using the helmet's Hi-Fi Bluetooth speakers and microphone, it's possible to safely answer and end phone calls. LIVALL Bling also features a walkie-talkie function so wearers are able to communicate with riders around themselves.


LIVALL Bling also includes a built-in gravity sensor to detect falls, nano cadence sensor, battery power bank, remote control, Hi-Fi Bluetooth speaker, and mobile app.

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Microchip teams up with Intel to strengthen IoT privacy and security

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 18, 2015 6:57 pm

Semiconductor and microcontroller company Microchip Technology announced a partnership with Intel to utilize its Enhanced Privacy ID (EPID) technology in future products.




"Microchip has long recognized the importance of security in IoT applications," said Ian Harris, VP of Computing Products Group at Microchip. "Collaborating with Intel to integrate its proven Intel EPID technology demonstrates Microchip's steadfast commitment to providing the very best IoT solutions, by working to enable designers with the safe and secure interoperation of their 'things' with Intel's devices, gateways and servers."


The IoT marketplace is growing drastically, but privacy and cybersecurity remain two major hurdles that must be addressed accordingly. EPID can be used for device authentication, standardization, and helps protect end-user privacy. The need for data security is crucial for the widespread adoption of Things in the workplace and at home, so expect similar partnerships from Intel in the future.

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Verizon is testing out new fiber system that scales to 80Gbps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 5:18 am

Verizon has teased that it has successfully tested out its new, insanely fast fiber-optic technology that goes by the name of next-generation passive optical network, or NG-PON2.



This new technology is capable of blasting speeds to users at anywhere between 10Gbps and 80Gbps, enough to download many Blu-ray movies in just a few seconds. The new technology uses an optical line terminal (OLT) which is capable of generating four wavelengths of light, each capable of transmitting data at 10Gbps down, and 2.5Gbps up.


Verizon's impressive new technology is capable of transmitting both the current GPON (or Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Network) as well as the new, insanely quick NG-PON2, simultaneously. The system is even capable of switching between the four wavelengths in the case of something going wrong, where it can quickly restore the 10Gbps connection.

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SandyNet offers 1Gbps unlimited fiber for $60 per month in Oregon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 5, 2015 12:28 pm

Sure, Google is rolling out its Google Fiber service out in various cities in the United States, but if you live in Oregon you might want to check out SandyNet.



SandyNet is rolling out fiber access throughout Oregon, offering 100Mbps for $40 per month or 1Gbps for just $60 per month. Both services do not include a contract, nor do they have any data limitations or caps. SandyNet GM Joe Knapp told Ars Technica during a recent interview: "Part of the culture of SandyNet is we view our citizens as owners of the utility. We've always run the utility on a break-even basis. Any profits we do have go back into capital improvements and equipment upgrades and things like that".


The construction of SandyNet's ambitious fiber network started in June 2014, where it is now connecting 50 new homes to the super-fast Internet each week. Oregon has a 40-year master plan in place, which has the state looking at expanding its fiber network quite rapidly over the coming decades.

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Who needs house keys? Use a hands-free fob instead!

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 5:30 pm

A startup company from Germany wants you to forget about your regular house keys, and use a hands-free fob that has been named the Kiwi Ki.




The system operates using radio-frequency identification (RFID) and unlocks a house door as the resident approaches. The mechanism is available for less than $450, and each key fob requires a monthly fee.


"It is much more secure than a normal key. A normal key can be copied easily, sometimes just from a photograph," said Henryk Ploetz, a security analyst, in a statement to Euronews. "With this one you can't do that. That is the case for all contactless keys, but this one is as secure or more secure than all other contactless systems."

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Google announces 1Gbps Google Fiber for low-income housing, for free

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jul 21, 2015 7:29 am

With many Americans wanting to get their grubby mitts on Google Fiber, there are going to be many simultaneously excited and disappointed with the news that Google is set to deliver its super-fast 1Gbps service to low-income properties.




Google will be rolling its Fiber service out to low-income housing in markets where it offers its Google Fiber service, including Atlanta, Durham, Nashville, and Kansas City. Best of all, it's going to be offered for, free. Yes, $0. Nothing. Nada. The Mountain View-based giant notes that households earning under $30,000 per year, roughly 26% of those have no Internet access at all.


A recent trial program pushed more than 90% of the residents in one public housing property sign up for Google Fiber. But offering up some free 1Gbps Internet for free, is going to be huge for the service, and those in low-income housing.

One in four millennials have at least one smart item installed at home

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 29, 2015 8:20 pm

Read a recent news announcement regarding connected items in the apartment or household and wonder about it? Well, it turns out millennials are interested, as we are "twice as likely" to have a connected smart home product already.




Smart products range from network connected security and monitoring devices to smart lighting, power, system controllers, appliances, and other Internet-enabled technologies. Many of these products have some form of mobile app, so they can be remotely controlled by a smartphone or tablet.


Twenty-three percent of millennials have at least one in their household, whereas just 12 percent of the overall population currently own smart tech.

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5G standard will be up to 20Gbps, with 1GB/sec capable on your phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 21, 2015 2:31 am

If you thought your current 4G speeds were good, they won't even begin to compare to what 5G will offer. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has agreed on the preliminary definitions of the future 5G standard, where the 12-member delegation decided on the new specification.




5G compliant networks will be capable of providing speeds of up to 20Gbps, or over 2GB/sec, which is 20x faster than the 1Gbps specification for 4G. This means that consumers will enjoy speeds of up to 1GB/sec on your smartphones, with the region being between 100MB/sec and 1GB/sec, which is insanity. This is a 10x to 100x increase in the speeds available on typical 4G networks.


This huge increase in speeds will usher in a new era of connectivity, allowing 4K resolution video streaming and beyond being more than capable from a 5G-capable smartphone. The final 5G standard will be confirmed in October, with the 193 ITU member countries all voting on the final spec. 5G should be tested in 2018 at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

Elon Musk wants to provide everyone on Earth with Internet, from space

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 11, 2015 12:44 pm

Elon Musk has asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission for SpaceX to built a constellation of 4,000 satellites that would blast Internet to even the most remote regions of Earth.




The plan would see SpaceX turn into an Internet service provider, a company that would compete directly with giants like Verizon and Comcast. Musk teased the plan earlier this year during a SpaceX event, but he didn't formally ask the FCC's permission until just last month. SpaceX would use their Falcon 9 rocket to launch the satellites into orbit, and then start broadcasting Internet signals to various points around the planet.


SpaceX is requesting permission from the FCC to test out if their antenna technology is strong enough to blast signals to devices on Earth, and if their permission is granted, they could begin testing this out by next year. If the testing all goes to plan, SpaceX could be your ISP within the next five years.


During a speech in January, Musk said that project as big as this would "be a real enabler for people in poorer regions of the world", as well as helping out the Internet in the United States, "where people are stuck with Time Warner or Comcast".

GIGABYTE offers up GB-BXBT-3825 IoT gateway for the Internet of Things

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 3, 2015 8:58 am

Computex 2015 - GIGABYTE wants to evolve into a hardware company known for supporting the Internet of Things (IoT), and has introduced its GB-BXBT-3825 IoT gateway. The gateway has been designed to provide connectivity between legacy devices and intelligence IoT infrastructures.




The new system is powered by the Intel Atom E3825 processor, and is being promoted by GIGABYTE as "the idea building block for a fast development of intelligence vending machines." The GB-BXBT-3825 provides connectivity that bridges legacy equipment to the cloud, and hardware security root that provides trust, data encryption, and software protection.


The GIGABYTE GB-BXBT-3825 has the following specifications: GIGABYTE MZBAYAD motherboard, 1.33GHz Intel Atom E3825 CPU, 1x BGA 1170, 1x SO-DIMM slot supporting up to 8GB RAM, 1x GbE LAN port, Intel HD graphics, Realtek ALC283 audio, 1x SATA III 6 Gb/s port, and 1x 2.5" HDD/SSD internal bay.

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