There are more than 7 billion people on this planet – but many, many more things. Already some 40% of the world’s population has Internet access and can, in theory, communicate – just wait till those other things get in on the act. How will we ever manage the Internet of Things?
TORONTO (Reuters) - Telus Corp launched a package of technologies that connect and control machines via the Internet on Wednesday as the Canadian telecom company bids to generate sales from the so-called "Internet of things".
Among the services Telus will offer are retail traffic analysis so that stores can better stock their shelves, and a safety application that will allow restaurants to check conditions such as air and food temperature and water flow.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Intel Corp on Tuesday unveiled a new platform to make it easier for companies to create Internet-connected smart products using its chips, security and software.
Intel's platform is like a set of building blocks based on the chipmaker's components and software for companies to create smart, connected devices, Doug Davis, head of Intel's Internet of Things business, said at a launch event in San Francisco.
It also aims to make it easier to connect to data centers in order analyze data collected from devices' sensors.
(Reuters) - AT&T Inc <T.N> on Monday said Spain's Telefonica SA <TEF.MC> will license its home security technology for limited trials in Europe as the U.S. carrier hopes it has found a new way to profit from its nascent connected-home business.
Telefonica will offer European customers a version of Digital Life, AT&T's home monitoring and automation system, for three to six months before evaluating results of the trial, said Steven Bartholomew, a Telefonica spokesman.
The Mobile Backhaul Pavilion features exhibits from innovative infrastructure and core access vendors, including AOptix, Clearfield, and Vitesse Semiconductor.
To put the backhaul challenge in context, consider data from Cisco's Visual Networking Index, which forecasts that nearly five billion users and as many as 10 billion additional IoT and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) devices may be connected by 2018.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chipmaker Intel Corp <INTC.O> has hired Amir Faintuch, a senior executive at rival Qualcomm Inc <QCOM.O>, to step up efforts in mobile and Internet-connected gadgets.
Hiring a senior executive from a major competitor is rare for Intel, which is known in Silicon Valley for its insular culture, and it reflects the eagerness of the Santa Clara, California, chipmaker to improve its struggling mobile business.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a growing and exciting ecosystem comprised of an array of different technologies.
Currently, IoT networks are heterogeneous, with short-range, mid-range, and long-range connections. These three levels of IoT connectivity options are determined based on how widespread the connections need to be –immediate, specified geography, or widespread. Although a mix of technologies will make up the ecosystem, standards for Long Term Evolution (LTE) will play an increasingly larger role in facilitating long-range connections.
PAN and LAN
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill, speaking in Washington on Wednesday, expressed concern about the way apps on smartphones and mobile devices are siphoning sensitive health data, and how some of that information may then be shared with third parties.
Apple and Google have made names for themselves as technology innovators and as the companies shaping the direction of their industry. Both companies recently released high-profile connected car products – CarPlay and Open Auto Alliance, respectively – that allow users to bring the comforts of their mobile devices to their vehicles. It would seem that both companies are focused on new opportunities to extend their market dominance.
The catch? Microsoft announced its first connected car partnership, with Ford, all the way back in 2007.
A shifting industry
(Reuters) - Touchscreen chipmaker Atmel Corp said it would buy Newport Media, a maker of low-power Wi-Fi and bluetooth gear, for $140 million to gain ground in a technology that helps connect everything through the Internet.
Atmel's shares were down 1 percent in early trading on Thursday.
With the deal, the chipmaker joins a list of semiconductor companies that are acquiring technologies to position themselves for the trend known as the Internet of Things (IoT).