LG announces two M2M chipsets for Verizon's 4G network

Second major LTE collaboration between the two giants

Verizon Wireless and LG Electronics announced last week the LG WM300 LTE module and LG L2000 modem chip, both of which are designed for Verizon's 4G LTE network.

The new products are not broadband dongles, but chipsets purpose-built for machine-to-machine solutions such as fixed wireless applications, including gateway devices and telematics.

Similar products running on Sprint's WiMAX 4G network already exist, however this is the first example of M2M-specific chips designed for use on Verizon's faster LTE network.

Barcode scanning is up 1600%

According to Scanbuy's 'Mobile Barcode Trend Report'

Scanbuy, Inc. (New York, NY, USA) released its latest "ScanLife Mobile Barcode Trend Report" last week and the research contains some impressive figures, including a sixteen-fold jump in overall barcode traffic this year.

Scanbuy, of course, has a vested interest in barcode scanning trends, as a global provider of mobile barcode solutions. However their research is consistent with the accelerated adoption of smartphone technology for common activities like shopping, product information, and web usage.

LTE service offerings heat up at CES

Verizon announces nearly 50 partners, MetroPCS slashes rates

Verizon Wireless (Basking Ridge, NJ, USA) has announced a whopping four dozen technology partners, whose work will be highlighted inside the company's booth at International CES 2011 starting tomorrow. More than 40 new solutions will be on display, each designed to take advantage of their LTE network and its characteristic high speed and low latency.

LG unveils smart appliance lineup

Wi-Fi enabled washers, dryers, refrigerators, ovens, and even vacuum robots

LG Electronics has unveiled its new range of smart appliances, enabled by "LG THINQ" technology, at the 2011 International CES. All products in the lineup are comprised of five key features, dubbed Smart Grid, "Smart Diagnosis," "Smart Access," "Smart Adapt," and the intriguing "Food Management."

IBM predicts rising 'mobile threats'

Electric grids, water systems, embedded devices may be vulnerable

Kristin Lovejoy, VP of Strategy for IBM Security Solutions, predicts 2011 will see the first cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure such as electric grids or water systems.

In an interview with SearchSecurity.com, Lovejoy says "when it comes to the embedded devices, there's two things we're worried about. We're worried about people using those devices to cause some sort of harm or to cause societal conflict. Alternatively, we're seeing the use of those devices to enable support for some form of financial gain."

The Potential of User Analytics

Navigating the path between customer experience, customer information, and profitability

As competition and the economic crunch pit themselves against communications service providers (CSPs), it’s getting harder and harder for them to maintain profitability, so the search is on for ways of exploiting underused assets. Take customers for example – CSPs have them by the billions, yet they often know almost nothing about them other than an address or a phone number in the eyes of many providers.

M2M device connections will jump to 2.1 billion by 2020

New research from Analysys Mason

The global market for machine-to-machine (M2M) device connections will grow from 62 million devices in 2010 to 2.1 billion devices in 2020, according to a new report from Analysys Mason (London, UK). With a year-on-year growth rate of between 36% and 52%, M2M seeks to be one of the fastest-growing connectivity sectors in the next decade.

The "Machine-to-machine devices connections: worldwide forecast 2010-2020" covers 8 regions, 7 industry segments, and 20 product/solution categories.

ITU redefines '4G'

International body loosens definition to include LTE, WiMax, and HSPA+

Commercially deployed LTE, WiMax, HSPA+, and even "evolved" forms of 3G now may all be accurately referred to as "4G." The International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, Switzerland) has altered the definition of the "4G" standard to one that aligns with the marketing activities of companies like Sprint, Clearwire, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless; though public controversy will no doubt continue.

AT&T will purchase Qualcomm spectrum licenses for nearly $2 billion

Qualcomm's 'FLO TV' service to be shut down in March

AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) and Qualcomm Incorporated (San Diego, CA, USA) announced today that AT&T has agreed to purchase spectrum licenses in the lower 700 MHz frequency band from Qualcomm for $1.925 billion. The bold move will boost AT&T’s anticipated 4G mobile broadband rollout in the U.S. over the coming years.

Policy and Charging

The network's 'Dynamic Duo'

The surging popularity of smartphones over the past few years has caused some serious issues for the broadband networks which consumers depend on every day. Network issues revolve around a growing capacity crunch, mainly due to the availability of streaming media and rich content being accessed by next-generation devices. A report released by ABI Research in September 2010 estimates there will be more than 1.5 billion active mobile broadband consumers by 2015. In other words, network performance will continue to decline unless solutions are put in place to mitigate the congestion.

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