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Verizon Enterprise Solutions doesn't want to miss out on more consumers and hardware manufacturers embracing the Internet of Things (IoT), strategically preparing new partnerships and alliances.
The enterprise IoT market already has more than 1 billion devices, and that number is expected to dramatically grow in the coming years. Also, the consumer market - with end users purchasing more Things - will provide a great opportunity for Verizon and other wireless carriers to provide Internet connectivity to more products.
"With limited resources, municipal leaders are being tasked with finding ways to make their communities more efficient," said Dan Feldman, director of IoT Smart Cities for Verizon, in a statement. "Towns and cities can start with projects like energy-efficient smart streetlights, car sharing and smart parking. The cost savings and revenue from those projects can then be used to help fund bigger projects, including tackling pollution and upgrading transit infrastructure."
The Internet of Things (IoT) already is proving disruptive, and will only continue to pick up momentum in the years to come. The IoT market could emerge into a $290 billion market by 2017, with 30 percent year-over-year growth, as more consumers and companies embrace connected technology.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is excited about IoT development, but wonders if the IoT market could one day face the same problems the dotcom era did when it crashed in the late 1990s: "I feel it's kind of like a bubble because there is a pace at which human beings can change the way they do things. There are tons of companies starting up," Wozniak recently said during the World Business Forum.
Even with concern of an IoT bubble from Wozniak, that certainly isn't stopping companies. Google has its Brillo OS, while Huawei also is developing an IoT-centric software platform - and there are plenty of hardware and software developments currently underway.
With this new device connecting to any large screen through HDMI, Lenovo stated in its recent press release that "80 percent of people are using tablets at home with 52 percent of them using tablets to watch TV," pointing out a market in which they wish to capitalize on.
The Lenovo Cast is a first foray into media casting for this technology giant. When Lenovo comes to mind, most firstly think about education or industrial computers and laptops, however Lenovo are looking to break this stereotype.
This 50 gram pocket sized device utilizes dual frequency Wi-Fi with a range of up to 20 meteres, boasting that the signal strength is great enough to travel through walls.
Chinese company Huawei announced its Agile Network 3.0 Architecture during its Network Congress 2015 - with a specific interest in the Agile Internet of Things (IoT) solution. Company officials noted its platform as a free and open standard, so it's even easier to make devices connect - and communicate - with the Internet.
"Standardizing infrastructure will foster the development of Internet applications, including 'IoT' applications," said William Xu, chief strategy and marketing officer at Huawei, in a statement to the media.
Looking ahead, Huawei predicts there will be 100 billion connections by 2025, with two million new sensors deployed every hour. Huawei has increased focus of its IoT efforts in the past couple of years, as buildings, vehicles, factories, retail stores, critical infrastructure, and other products become connected.
Just how popular is the HDMI standard? According to Jim Rossner from ShapeTechnology who reached out to us, there are over 4 billion HDMI-enabled devices around the world.
This year alone, 700 million HDMI-compliant devices are estimated to be shipped. The HDMI organization has plenty more in store for the standard, where we expect it to really take off with VR headsets right around the corner. HDMI has gone through considerable changes since its inception, with HDMI 2.0 capable of 4K 60FPS.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has hardware companies and software developers excited, as long as they have properly prepared for the growing craze. Chip maker Qualcomm says it has already generated $1 billion in revenue during 2014 in IoT-related business, with more than 120 million smart home units powered by Qualcomm.
Starting this year, Qualcomm believes 10 percent of its chip division revenue will be from products other than smartphones - as the IoT market continues to develop.
"The investment we've made in the Snapdragon business is necessary to drive our mobile business," said Derek Aberle, president at Qualcomm, in a statement to Forbes. "We've also made some investments in automotive-grade Snapdragon chips, but it's not like we have to create entirely new processors and chips. We can leverage our previous investments and come through with higher margins."
ESB and Vodafone have joined forces to launch a new broadband company in Ireland known as Siro, with €450 million ($512 million), that will launch high-speed fiber optic broadband in the country.
The first outlay will cover 500,000 premises in regional towns throughout Ireland. There has been a trial in Cavan of 300 premises, where users were able to tap an insane speed of 1Gbps, bidirectional. The new network will be laid out on ESB's existing overground and underground infrastructure, which already uses fiber optic cable. This will ensure that up to 1Gbps speeds can be delivered to users.
The new service will be offering users speeds of between 200Mbps and 1Gbps, which is magnitudes more than what most users in Ireland have at the moment. Better yet, Siro will be offering its super-fast broadband to other telecom operators, so that it can be pushed in the retail side of things, too. Siro will be rolling out the fiber broadband in June, starting in Cavan, Dundalk, Westport, Castlebar, Sligo, Carrigaline, Tralee, Navan, Letterkenny and Wexford.
Samsung is preparing to support the Internet of Things (IoT) on a larger scale, utilizing its Artik chip platform for connected products. The Korean electronics company is looking for new business opportunities as its mobile business unit struggles - and IoT could be a safe bet, as Samsung is proactively preparing new hardware.
More details about Artik will be revealed next Tuesday, during a Samsung keynote at the Internet of Things (IoT) world.
"By continuing efforts to connect devices and people to achieve greater insights, we have a huge opportunity to work with others in the industry, to tackle these real-world issues in ways that will fundamentally change people's lives for the better," said Young Sohn, president and chief strategy officer at Samsung Electronics, in a press statement.
We've been hearing about Google's rumored wireless service for a little while now, but rumor has it that the Mountain View-based search giant may reveal its wireless service as soon as... tomorrow.
The Wall Street Journal is the source of the rumor according to their sources, with the wireless service also working on Sprint and T-Mobile's networks, and only on the Nexus 6 for now. The Google-powered network should be capable of switching between the two networks depending on which one is feeding your Nexus 6 with a stronger signal.
Customers will reportedly be able to pay for just the data they use, versus having to buy an allotted amount and then wasting it if they don't use it all by the end of the month. At Mobile World Congress last month, Google's Senior VP Sundar Pichai said: "We don't intend to be a carrier at scale. I think we're at the stage where we need to think of hardware, software, and connectivity together. We want to break down the barriers on how connectivity works".
Google wants to offer a wireless service to people in the United States, but it looks like their plans of unveiling this as a semi surprise have been popped.
A recent look at the firmware image for the Nexus 6 has teased that there will soon be a service that offers consumers the option of paying for only what they use, with the future service provided with a logo, and a temporary name: Project Fi. Android Police noticed an app called "Tycho" that housed numerous clues to Project Fi, with the app looking to provide the option of activating the service, but giving consumers additional options, too.
These options include putting the account on hole, resuming it, or closing it down completely, without needing the consumer to call a customer care number. Project Fi users can also port their own number to the service, or they can use their number from a separate Google Voice system, too.