The Future of IoT Connectivity

The Availability of Mobile Data Connectivity is Key

As the Internet of Things (IoT) matures, and begins to mean more than the oversimplified (and over-hyped) early examples, such as the much maligned connected fridge, it has become clear that mobile networks will be crucial for ensuring connectivity of devices. It’s beyond doubt that mobile data connectivity (3G/4G) will be key to this, until the arrival of 5G at least.

Interdigital Mobile Edge Computing Proof of Concept Accepted by ETSI

'FLIPS-Flexible IP-based Services' proposal submitted

WILMINGTON,DE

InterDigital, Inc., a mobile technology research and development company, today announced that ETSI’s Industry Specification Group for Mobile Edge Computing (ISG MEC) officially accepted the proposal submitted by the company and four other collaborators titled “FLIPS – Flexible IP-based Services.” The proof-of-concept is the fourth accepted by the ETSI group, joining proofs-of-concept by China Mobile, Intel, Nokia and Telecom Italia.

GlobalPlatform Announces Publishing of Latest White Paper

GP's simplified end to end framework speeds up deployment of contactless payment solutions

Industry association GlobalPlatform has published its latest white paper, ‘End-to-End Simplified Service Management Framework: Streamlining Payment Service Management Using GlobalPlatform Technologies’. The paper introduces the End-to-End Simplified Framework and educates readers on how to use the document. The framework provides a template of the relevant specifications, both from GlobalPlatform and other industry bodies, needed to deploy a GlobalPlatform service on a near field communication (NFC)-enabled mobile device, with an initial focus on contactless payments.

Seven global telecom companies join Global Network Initiative, promote privacy across ICT

Move extends GNI’s global company constituency to encompass Internet and comms companies

From February 1st, Millicom, Nokia, Orange, Telefónica, Telenor Group, TeliaSonera, and Vodafone Group will have official observer status within the GNI. Observer status, which lasts for one year and precedes full GNI membership, is an opportunity for the ID companies to engage directly within GNI’s unique multi-stakeholder forum of ICT companies, human rights and press freedom groups, academics and investors.

Leti to Present at 5G Symposium, ‘From Challenges to Standardisation’, in Tokyo

February event is part of EU-Japanese Collaboration on 5G Systems and Networks

Grenoble, France:

CEA-Leti will make two presentations during the EU-Japan Symposium on 5G, ‘From Challenges to Standardisation’, in Tokyo, Feb. 8-10. The purpose of the gathering of European and Japanese stakeholders such as the European Commission, industry manufacturers, telecommunication operators, service providers, regulators, research organizations and government ministries is to discuss Japanese and EU perspectives for development of 5G communications systems and networks.

Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Jasper Technologies, Inc.

Acquisition brings together a complete IoT service solution

San Jose, CA:

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) announced today its intent to acquire Jasper Technologies, Inc., a privately held company based in Santa Clara that delivers a cloud-based IoT service platform to help enterprises and service providers launch, manage and monetize IoT services on a global scale. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay $1.4 billion in cash and assumed equity awards, plus additional retention based incentives.

TeleCommunication Systems and Intersec Partner

Joint venture expands LBS offerings to markets worldwide

Annapolis, Md. and Paris, France

Sony says bracing for smartphone slowdown after sensor sales dip

Company struggling to compete with rivals Apple and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd

Reuters

Tokyo (Reuters) -Sony Corp , widely regarded as a key supplier of image sensors for Apple Inc's iPhones, said on Friday it was bracing for a slowdown in the premium smartphone market after sales of its sensors fell in the third quarter.

U.S. utilities worry about cyber cover after Ukraine grid attack

A similar attack in the US could leave millions of people in the dark.

Reuters

(Reuters) - U.S. utilities are looking hard at their cyber vulnerabilities and whether they can get insurance to cover what could be a multi-billion dollar loss after hackers cut electric power to more than 80,000 Ukrainians last month.

The Dec. 23 incident in Ukraine was the first cyber attack to cause a power outage, and is one of just a handful of incidents in which computer hacking has caused physical effects on infrastructure rather than the loss or theft of electronic data.

Data privacy bill in Congress, trans-Atlantic deal elusive

Negotiators given deadline to resolve issues but hurdles remain

Reuters

Washington/ Brussels (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel approved measures on Thursday that were causing concern in Europe among negotiators hammering out a new trans-Atlantic pact on electronic data transfer, an issue for many companies such as Facebook and Microsoft.

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