AT&T Rolling Out National Internet Of Things Network By Mid-2017
AT&T is accelerating its rollout of LTE-M, an IoT network that’s already being used to track shipping containers and pallets, monitor water use, and connect fleets to the internet.
The carrier said Tuesday it will have nationwide LTE-M coverage in the U.S. by the middle of this year, six months ahead of schedule. Previously, AT&T had said LTE-M would cover the U.S. by year’s end.
That means everywhere in the country that AT&T has an LTE network, it will also offer LTE-M. By the end of the year, it will have LTE-M across Mexico too, creating a broad coverage area for businesses that operate on both sides of the border.
LTE-M is one of several LPWANs (low-power, wide-area networks) that are emerging to link sensors and other devices to the internet of things. It’s not as fast as the LTE that smartphones use, but it’s designed to allow for longer battery life, lower cost, smaller parts, and better coverage. LTE-M has a top speed of around 1Mbps (bits per second) upstream and downstream and a range of up to 100 kilometers (62 miles), including better penetration through walls.
AT&T is part of a wave of mobile operators considering or rolling out LTE-M. Others include Orange in France and SoftBank in Japan. AT&T launched its first commercial trial of LTE-M last October in San Ramon, California, and has since opened another in Columbus, Ohio.
Several companies are already using the network for enterprise and consumer applications, AT&T said. They include Capstone Metering, a supplier of wireless water meters; RM2, which makes storage pallets with sensors for monitoring inventory; and PepsiCo, which is using LTE-M to collect usage data from soda fountains. Consumers can dispense their own blends of soda from these fountains, and PepsiCo uses sensors to keep the fountains stocked and learn what blends are popular.
IBM’s Watson, Smart Cities And The Internet Of Things
Next week marks the long-awaited grand opening of IBM’s Headquarters in Munich for Watson Internet of Things. The new ‘collaboratory’, which boasts stunning views of Munich and the Alps, will begin its working life by playing host to a thought-provoking two-day IoT event: The Genius of Things Summit.
Our Munich ‘collaboratory’: creating new possibilities together
The new Headquarters is dedicated to helping clients and IBMers work together to constantly push the boundaries of what is possible with IoT. It’s a hub for collaborative working and will be the setting for an exciting series of new offerings, capabilities and ecosystem partners – all in the name of extending the power of cognitive computing and securing the future of the IoT.
The Genius of Things summit: key themes
From 15th February, we’ll be joined by business executives, prominent industry thinkers, partners and special guests for a series of discussions on how the Internet of Things is changing the way we live and work today.
Speakers will include:
- Harriet Green (GM, Watson Internet of Things, Commerce and Education)
- Andrus Ansip (VP of the European Commission)
- Guy Raz (Host and editorial director of the TED Radio Hour on NPS)
- John Kelly (IBM SVP, Cognitive Solutions and Research)
- Erich Clementi (IBM SVP, IBM Global Markets and Chairman IBM Europe)
We’ll hear from industry leaders on Platform, Electronics, Monitization and Industrie 4.0, as well as:
Securing the Internet of Things
- Four big ways the IoT is impacting design and construction
- Smart buildings are made, not born
- An inside look at how IBM is using IoT in its buildings across the globe
Retail: Transforming Retail Operations and Client Experiecnes
Automotive: A Route Map
Internet Of Things To Get A Common Language For Universal Interoperability
Smart home gadgets were everywhere at the CES trade show in January, from useful iterations on connected light bulbs and door locks to odder endeavors such as fridge cams and connected trash cans. But one theme was constant: They’re not all going to work together.
While some of these devices can communicate with others, no universal language yet exists for the “Internet of Things”—the industry catch-all term for ordinary devices made more powerful through connectivity. Device makers must instead choose between disparate frameworks such as Apple’s HomeKit, Samsung’s SmartThings, Works with Nest, Android’s Things, and Amazon’s Alexa. The burden then falls on users to determine whether the products they want are compatible with the system they bought into.
The good news is that standardization is under way, with meaningful progress toward a common language for all these devices. But it’ll probably be another CES or two until consumers start to notice.
NO MORE STANDARDS WAR
The Open Connectivity Foundation—the industry body that’s building an Internet of Things standard—didn’t have an outsized presence at CES. Its modest demo pavilion blended into a sea of booths within the smart home section of the Sands Expo, which itself is a shuttle ride away from the cavernous Las Vegas Convention Center that serves as CES’s main venue. Yet the firms that are leading OCF are some of the biggest in technology, including Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Samsung, LG, and Sony.
Until about a year ago, those companies were split on how to standardize. Intel and Samsung belonged to one standards group, called the Open Interconnect Consortium, while Qualcomm, Microsoft, LG, and Sony were part of the AllSeen Alliance. Each group was developing its own framework, with seemingly different policies over intellectual property, structure, and bylaws.
But over the last year, those two groups hashed out their differences and merged into one entity, now called the OCF. All members are now working toward a single framework that will support the couple dozen existing products already certified by AllSeen. With the newfound unity, there’s been an uptick in interest from device makers; the group now has more than 300 members.
“I think we’ve eliminated one of the potential hurdles for other companies to consider joining and participating,” says Matt Perry, a Microsoft program manager who is also the OCF’s president.
Alarm Grows Over Smart Home Technology And Risks Of Hacking
On the global battlefield of cyberwarfare, tere’s a vast army of faceless foot soldiers — and they’ve just been revealed as double agents.
The directed denial of service (DDoS) attack that brought the Internet to its knees one day last month used everyday household applianceslike cameras, universal remotes, DVRs and even washing machines. That’s likely to become increasingly commonplace in a technology-dependent world, experts say.
The stakes are mounting as “smart home” devices — connected by increasingly ubiquitous Internet of Things technology and designed to help consumers run their homes with ease — now come with a distinct risk. They are being transformed into drones for security breaches.
Such deveices now number more than 6 billion, according to a recent analysis from Machina Research.
“Security has not been a prime focus on many devices and organizations that put these out helter-skelter. … In many cases they’re not adjusting to security concerns,” Leonard Kleinrock, a UCLA professor of computer science, told CNBC in a recent interview. “So it’s not a surprise this [cyber attack] happened and it hasn’t been taken seriously. There’s no oversight in general.”
Connected devices are reaching a saturation point: A 2015 Gartner study estimated that consumers around the world are adding a staggering 5.5 million IoT devices on a daily basis. According to Kleinrock, that’s a major concern in the context of seemingly relentless cyberwarfare. A big problem is that most consumers use default passwords on these appliances that can easily be hacked.
“The obvious answer is to change the password [but] I think it’s unreasonable by and large to expect users to change passwords on cameras, toasters and scales,” said William Webb, a fellow at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and CEO of Weightless SIG, a nonprofit standards body that looks at issues surrounding IoT connectivity.
There’s a bigger question of how to execute compliance, he told CNBC in a recent interview. “There are things you could do but how do you get that to happen? If this is a mobile phone, this is not so difficult … but these are devices manufactured by 10-20 manufacturers,” he said.
“Getting them all to play ball is really difficult, and there isn’t a framework to make them do it.”
Because of their limited computing capacity, “most of the IoT devices were not designed with serious protection capability, and so are susceptible to attack,” said Kleinrock, who was influential in the development of Arpanet — the forerunner to the modern-day internet.
Report: Internet Of Things To Grow By $6 Trillion And 34 Billion Devices In 5 Years
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you’ve likely heard the term Internet of Things, or IoT, at some point. But what does it mean?
In short, the IoT is a network of objects connected to the Internet that can collect and exchange data.
That brand new car loaded with apps? Internet of Things. The smart home devices that let you control the thermostat and lights with one voice command? Internet of Things. That fitness tracker that lets you share your exercise progress with friends? You get the idea.
The IoT is set to transform the way we live, work, and interact with one another in the coming years. It might seem complicated at first, but the Internet of Things works through a relatively simple ecosystem.
A person uses a remote (such as a smartphone or tablet) to give a command or request information through a network to an IoT device, which performs the action and then sends it back through the network. The command or information is then displayed on the remote. This data can be stored in the cloud, on a local database, on the remote, on the IoT device itself.
The potential for the IoT is enormous, and Business Insider Intelligence estimates that there will be 24 billion IoT devices installed globally by 2020, with $6 trillion invested in IoT solutions over the next five years. This is due to several factors, including expanded Internet connectivity around the world, increasing mobile adoption, low-cost sensors, and larger IoT investments.
This IoT explosion is imminent, but the revolution is already starting to affect everyday life with the arrival of smart cars and homes. This IoT Revolution is picking up speed and when it does, it will change how we live, work, travel, entertain, and more…
Smart Communications Platform For Smart Grid, Smart Cities And IoT
Trilliant has unveiled the newly enhanced, multi-technology and multi-purpose Smart Communications Platform to help utilities and cities deliver smart grid and smart city benefits.
Having worked with leading utilities and cities globally who collectively serve more than 100 million customers, Trilliant understands that there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to infrastructure modernization. Each utility and city has different priorities, opportunities, challenges and regulatory environments. Some may want to start with advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) to improve operational efficiency and consumer engagement, while others want to start with distribution automation (DA) to enhance reliability. Still others, especially in developing countries, may want to start by better addressing non-technical losses and achieve revenue protection first. Utilities may also approach deployments differently: some may prefer mass deployments while others want to start with targeted deployments first. No matter what the priorities and approaches are, many understand that it is important to put in the right Smart Communications Platform from the beginning, to immediately address their challenges today, while at the same time putting in the right foundation to enable other applications as needs evolve in the future.
The newly enhanced Trilliant Smart Communications Platform is developed with this in mind. It is a multi-technology, multi-purpose Smart Communications Platform that addresses utilities’ needs today while giving them the options and flexibility for tomorrow. For those utilities who want to focus on distribution automation first, Trilliant offers the high-bandwidth, low-latency, private 5.8GHz WAN/FAN Mesh network suitable for advanced DA applications.
For those utilities who want to deploy mass AMI deployments, Trilliant offers the private 2.4GHz NAN Mesh network. For those utilities operating in a highly-deregulated environments and prefer a public network, Trilliant also offers the public cellular-based AMI network. To further provide utilities with even more options and flexibility, Trilliant recently added RPMA technology to its platform, best suited for targeted deployments or hard-to-reach areas. The breadth and depth of the multi-technology, multi-purpose Trilliant Smart Communications Platform give utilities the most options and flexibility to choose the technology that best fit their priorities today while preparing them for the opportunities of tomorrow.
Truly Open Platform
One of the hallmarks of the Trilliant Smart Communications Platform is its flexibility, enabling utilities and cities to choose any best-of-breed application and device vendors from our strong ecosystem of partners, be it AMI, DA, Smart Cities or Analytics. The powerful Trilliant Smart Communications Platform uses Common Information Model (CIM) on the application and analytics side to enable AMI, DA, Smart Cities and analytics partners to interface seamlessly.
On the device side, the Trilliant Smart Communications Platform uses Common Communications Modules to allow the seamless integration with any network device, be it DA devices, electric meters, water meters, gas meters, smart street lights or other smart devices in the future. Unlike other communications platforms who use proprietary standards, the Trilliant Smart Communications Platform leverages globally-available, open standards to give utilities and cities the most options and flexibility to choose best-of-breed application, analytics and network device that best fit their needs.
By supporting standard protocols and interfaces, the Trilliant Smart Communications Platform is “application-aware” and “device agnostic”, providing utilities and cities the widest variety of applications, analytics and devices to choose from, all on one powerful network.
The company’s 5.8 GHz WAN/FAN offers utilities a 54 MBps backbone network capable of supporting AMI, DA and other demanding smart applications. This high bandwidth comes with very low 7 millisecond latency required for advanced DA applications. The company’s NAN platform operates in the globally-available 2.4 GHz spectrum and delivers superior performance with peak data rates of 800 Kbps and 80 MHz of optimized use of the available bandwidth, maximizing capacity and throughput. Moreover, the Trilliant Platform also offers cellular and RPMA networks for those utilities who look for suitable solutions for targeted deployments or hard-to-reach areas. The integrated, multi-technology, multi-purpose Trilliant Platform gives utilities and cities the ability to manage various “smart” deployments and meet different performance standards/service levels on one powerful platform.
Industrial-Grade, End-to-End Security
The Trilliant Smart Communications Platform offers utilities a high level of security, confidentiality and data privacy for every device on the network and meets the most stringent regulations of leading industry-governing bodies worldwide. It utilizes industry-standard protocols at the link, network and application layers to create an environment that secures individual devices, groups of devices and separate application domains operating on a single network. The Platform uses industry-standard Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and Virtual Private Network (VPN) methods to deliver a proven security solution.
Device-Level Intelligence at Scale
The platform is architected to support any Smart Grid (AMI, DA, DSM), Smart City and Internet of Things (IoT) application, today and tomorrow. Every node on the Trilliant network is capable of edge-intelligence with the computing power and memory to support customized applications across the network. Partitioning of application domains allows multiple applications to be supported, each with its own independent security and Quality of Service (QoS) requirements. The Platform’s scalability ensures performance and reliability with millions of devices on the network.
Internet of Things By 2020: Six Trillion Dollars And Thirty-Four Billion Connected Devices
The Internet of Things (IoT) has been called the next Industrial Revolution — it will change the way all businesses, governments, and consumers interact with the physical world.
For more than two years, BI Intelligence has closely tracked the growth of the IoT. Specifically, we’ve analyzed how the IoT ecosystem enables entities (i.e. consumers, businesses, and governments) to connect to, and control, their IoT devices in 16 environments, including manufacturing, the connected home, transportation, and agriculture.
In a new report from BI Intelligence, we discuss all of the components of the IoT ecosystem, including its devices, analytics, networks, and security. We also provide estimates and forecasts on the burgeoning IoT market, including device growth, amount invested, and potential return on investment.
Here are some key points from the report:
- In total, we project there will be 34 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020, up from 10 billion in 2015. IoT devices will account for 24 billion, while traditional computing devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, etc.) will comprise 10 billion.
- Nearly $6 trillion will be spent on IoT solutions over the next five years.
- Businesses will be the top adopter of IoT solutions. They see three ways the IoT can improve their bottom line by 1) lowering operating costs; 2) increasing productivity; and 3) expanding to new markets or developing new product offerings.
- Governments are focused on increasing productivity, decreasing costs, and improving their citizens’ quality of life. We believe they will be the second-largest adopters of IoT ecosystems.
- Consumers will lag behind businesses and governments in IoT adoption. Still, they will purchase a massive number of devices and invest a significant amount of money in IoT ecosystems.
Internet Of Things Is Revolutionizing The Manufacturing Industry
The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing business models, increasing output, and automating processes across a number of industries. But no other sector has been more impacted by this technological revolution than manufacturing.
Manufacturers across all areas —automotive, chemical, durable goods, electronics, etc. — have invested heavily in IoT devices, and they’re already reaping the benefits. Manufacturers utilizing IoT solutions in 2014 saw an average 28.5% increase in revenues between 2013 and 2014, according to a TATA Consultancy Survey.
In this report, we examine the ways the IoT will impact the manufacturing sector. We include forecasts on device shipments, the investments made by manufacturers on IoT solutions, and we examine the return on investment that manufacturers are witnessing from their IoT solutions. Further, we look at the common IoT use cases in manufacturing, including asset tracking, control room consolidation, predictive maintenance, autonomous robots, augmented reality, and additive manufacturing.
Companies mentioned in this report include: PTC, IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, Zebra Technologies, PWC, TATA Consultancy Services, Fanuc, Stanley Black and Decker, General Motors, KUKA Systems Group, Lockheed Martin, Epson, and more.
Internet Of Things Devices To Expand To 21 Billion By 2020
Soon every device you own — and nearly every object you can imagine — will be connected to the Internet.
Your refrigerator, smoke detector, doorbell and air freshener may already be. Next, clothes, traffic lights and pedestrian walk buttons — and every part of a factory — and even your home’s windows, will all be connected, sharing information to make you healthier, your commute shorter, and everything more efficient.
Technology consulting firm Gartner projects that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide this year, up 30 percent from last year. And Gartner forecasts that number will grow by more than three times, to nearly 21 billion by the year 2020.
Even the most obvious connected devices — smartphones — might experience an unexpected, and radical, transformation as a result of everything else connecting to the Internet: Legendary investor Marc Andreessen predicts mobile phones could disappear within 10 years, as every surface could have a screen.
The Internet of Things boom has attracted nearly $7.5 billion in investment, through nearly 900 deals over the past six years, according to CB Insights. And funding is accelerating: CB insights reports that funding of start-ups in the space nearly doubled from 2010 to 2014, growing from 91 deals to 221 deals.