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New wave of IoT solutions exhibited at the GSMA Innovation City

For a long time, those in the Internet of Things (IoT) industry have been waiting for the day when connected solutions are rolled out en masse – transforming society in the process. At this year’s Mobile World Congress Shanghai, there’s a genuine sense that we are another step closer towards realising this, as next generation LPWA solutions in licenced spectrum demonstrate advances in agricultural, industrial, home and smart city sectors.

One of the most exciting concepts in the IoT narrative so far has been the smart city, a truly connected environment where countless services and devices intelligently communicate in order to improve almost every aspect of urban life.

Advances in city lighting is one element of the smart city that many experts expect could be implemented sooner rather than later. China Mobile, lighting solution specialist Philips Lighting and Huawei, are actively exploring and validating intelligent street lighting solutions based on NB (narrow band)-IoT. In their demonstration, the NB-IoT solution connects Philips’ street lamps to achieve power saving, lamp management cost reduction and city safety improvement.

Farsite Communications and Huawei are also showcasing next generation waste management with their Innovated nPod solution, a sensor which allows for remote monitoring of the level of waste in any given rubbish bin or dumpster. These sensors can be easily mounted and are currently deployed in Singapore on the GSM network and will be transitioned over to NB-IoT when the technology is rolled out.

Ericsson are showcasing next generation LPWA vehicle tracking with their Extended Coverage feature, improving coverage in the challenging locations such as basement/underground, and rural/remote areas. The Extended Coverage feature will provide +15dB coverage increase on CAT-M devices. Outdoors, this has the potential for a sevenfold increase in the achievable coverage area. Perhaps more importantly, this extra sensitivity also enables indoor signal penetration to reach deep within buildings to improve support for the many IoT devices like smart meters that may typically be placed underground.

Attendees of the GSMA Innovation City will have the opportunity to experience how people can monitor their pets, with the Huawei, Ovphone and u-blox NB-IoT pet tracking demonstration. This NB-IoT solution is a pre-standard tracker for pets which will allow pet owners to check the location of their pet from their smartphone, tablet or computer. The tracker will send a notification to your phone if your pet leaves a geo-fenced area. The application can also track how much activity your pet has had throughout the day.

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In the agricultural sector, AT&T and Ericsson, are demonstrating water quality monitoring. Ericsson, working in collaboration with the city of Atlanta, the local Riverkeeper organization and AT&T to trial a new solution (LTE Cat 1 + PSM), which could enable local stakeholders to cost-effectively and remotely measure and monitor the quality of source water along the entire 430 miles of the Chattahoochee river, which flows through the suburbs of Atlanta. More than four million people rely on the river for their drinking water.

Those interested in experiencing these cutting-edge solutions can do so by visiting the GMSA Innovation City at Hall N3 Stand A40A in the Kerry Hotel, Pudong.

 

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Innovation City to exhibit state of the art IoT solutions

This year’s GSMA Innovation City will feature a huge of array pioneering IoT solutions across a number of verticals, highlighting the rapid progress the industry has made over the last year. As well as underscoring technological advances, featured demonstrations serve as an excellent example of how industry-wide collaboration is enabling a world of rich, new possibilities.

A range of interactive Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWA) demonstrations will show how such networks allow connectivity in remote and ‘deep indoor’ locations. This has the potential to greatly benefit many sectors including utilities and logistics/transport, both of which will be featured inside the Innovation City. Another key feature of LPWA technology is its capability to operate with low data rates and low power – this is to be exhibited in a GPS-based pet tracking demo, which allows pet owners to check the location of their pet from their smartphone, tablet or computer.

The latest advances of the auto sector will also be on display in the form of a connected Jaguar F-Pace, which will showcase a range of connected car services. Jaguar Land Rover is one of many automakers that have recently backed the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification, enabling them to remotely provision connectivity over the air to vehicles with an operator of their choice. It will help to deliver a range of in-vehicle services such as infotainment, real-time navigation, insurance and breakdown services, as well as telematics and remote diagnostics.

Korean operator KT will also be showing the rapidly evolving nature of the auto sector with their ‘Big Data Analytics Service’ demo. This in-car IoT data service uses data extracted from KT On Board Devices (OBD) (such as location, vehicle warning and fault data) and external local data like weather or traffic information to develop local market insights at an enterprise level. The end user will also receive an analytics service allowing them to monitor their vehicles’ health.

With the security of the IoT being an outstanding part of the industry’s recent narrative, Telenor Connexion and Ericsson will be showcasing new advances in IoT security with an agricultural demo underpinned by the GSMA IoT Security Guidelines.

As well as these cutting edge displays, the Innovation City will host a raft of additional IoT solutions that demonstrate how Mobile Network Operators’ unique ability to provide secure and reliable wide-area connectivity continues to enable the delivery of new connected services for businesses and consumers alike.

Connected Living demonstrations will be located in the GSMA Innovation City, in Hall 3, 3A11 & 3A31 at Mobile World Congress 2016. To see the complete range of Connected Living activities at Mobile World Congress, please click here.

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Experts to discuss how industry can capitalise on European IoT opportunity

Being home to many leading IoT companies and several of the world’s largest economies, Europe is widely recognised as a region which is full of opportunity. According to GSMA Intelligence, Europe is already the second largest pan-regional M2M market with 65 million cellular M2M connections – a figure expected to rise to 177 million in 2020.

In the wake of an IoT-dominated CES, European media is rich with speculation about the limitless potential of a connected world. This speculation, prompted by a panoply of connected goods, also follows a glut of reports from a variety of reputable research houses, all of which assert that the IoT is set for massive growth. But despite the hype, barriers need to be overcome before the industry can capitalise on the huge IoT opportunity.

This is the purpose of the GSMA’s Connected Living workshop in Brussels on January 21. Here, leading experts from Orange, Vodafone, BEREC, AGCOM and the GSMA will discuss how the IoT community can work together to increase revenue opportunities and map how policy can be shaped to ensure that governments, businesses and consumers all profit from the IoT opportunity.

Undoubtedly, the development of a coherent and robust IoT policy for states and supranational bodies is a complex and lengthy process. But as businesses and consumers begin to demand more efficient and cost effective connected services, policymakers will have a greater incentive to ensure the Internet of Things can be scaled.

Futurist stories of self-driving cars that offer the next generation infotainment are often bereft of the legal and regulatory requirements needed for such a product to be market-ready. In reality, policymakers and regulatory officers are working hard to keep up with the rapid growth of the IoT by ensuring that the basic infrastructural needs are in place, let alone engaging with more conceptual solutions.

This workshop is a perfect opportunity to gain insight into the latest IoT strategies in Europe and to discover how to effectively collaborate and shape policy. Book your place today and lead the IoT in Europe.

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IoT World Forum 2015 – Companies begin embrace of connected future

London — One of the key themes of last year’s IoT world Forum was how businesses could utilise the IoT to increase revenue and gain a better understanding of their customers’ needs. This year, speakers continued to emphasise these points, but spoke more specifically about the advantages that the IoT and Big Data could bring.

Speakers suggested companies were increasingly employing IoT and Big Data solutions to improve the operational efficiency of their business. At the same time, many of these companies were not completely familiar with the terms ‘IoT’ and ‘Big Data’ and had yet to fully understand some of the advantages of IoT-based solutions, and also lacked the expertise to understand to what extent such solutions could benefit them and their particular business.

Throughout the event, it became apparent that many ecosystem players, particularly operators, were confident that they were well-placed to assist business with the implementation of IoT solutions. Emmanuel Routier, VP of M2M for Orange, stressed the need for the IoT community to reach out to companies in all verticals and underscored how an array of businesses and their customers had benefited immensely from IoT solutions. Routier pointed out how Orange and other operators, such as Tele2, were taking a lead role in assisting businesses through a series of IoT driven partnerships.

The IoT and Big Data are fundamentally transforming business models and as a result, many companies are readjusting their strategies to accommodate new opportunities now open to them. Rami Avidan, Vice President M2M, Tele2 Group, explained how this was part of a broader trend; across the board, digital technology was transforming business models and shaking up the market – this has been exemplified by the rise of Netflix, Uber, Spotify and Airbnb, all of which have large shares of their respective markets despite being new entrants.

Stephanie Lynch Habib, Vice President – IoT Sales at AT&T, discussed how the IoT and Big Data had caused the operator to adapt its business. The U.S. operator discussed how operators are uniquely placed to provide connectivity for a range of M2M and IoT services, and also assist companies with acquiring valuable, real-time data to make key strategic decisions and/or actions

For more information on how operators are working with ecosystem players to accelerate the delivery of IoT solutions in multiple sectors, please visit: http://www.gsma.com/connectedliving/special-interest-group/.

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The North American IoT Networking Opportunity

The North American IoT market is rich with opportunity. According to GSMA Intelligence, the region’s cellular M2M connections alone are set to grow from the present 53.9 million, to 174 million by the end of 2020. The region is widely regarded as a leading centre of innovation and is home to many of the world’s tech giants facilitating the IoT boom. North America’s overall GDP continues to grow and its strong consumer electronics market and robust service sector make it a prime location for the implementation of a wide range of connected solutions.

In order to help develop common understanding and cooperation in the North American IoT industry, the GSMA is hosting the Connected Living Executive Networking Breakfast in the Hilton Atlanta on October 27. The event is a valuable opportunity to meet senior industry experts, network with other leading ecosystem players and discover growth strategies of other IoT organisations.

Attendees will also have the chance to discover the latest mobile-led innovations and how they are helping the North American IoT market to scale. For example, the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification is becoming the de facto industry standard, reducing market fragmentation and helping to connect everything and anything to the internet, such as smart meters, traffic lights, cars and industrial equipment.

Vital to the growth of the IoT is a secure network, which is why the GSMA are drafting IoT Security Guidelines which will be available for review at the end of October. The guidelines are designed to help the growing IoT industry establish a common understanding of security issues and provide recommendations on how to mitigate common security threats and weaknesses within IoT services throughout their life cycle.

The GSMA has also recently announced the Mobile IoT Initiative, a new initiative designed to accelerate the commercial availability of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) solutions in licensed spectrum.

The Connected Living Executive Networking Breakfast is a genuine opportunity to find out more about this emerging area of the IoT and discover how you can capitalise on this opportunity. The event will take place in Room 309-310 in the Hilton Atlanta on October 27 at 07:30 – 09:00, before Mobile 360 Series keynote at 09:30. A premium breakfast buffet will be served from 07:30, admission is free and no registration is required. To find out more, please visit our events page.

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African Industry experts to exchange M2M ideas at Connected Living workshop

Of all the regions across the globe, the transformative effect of M2M on society, economy and the individual, will likely be greatest in Africa. Africa is home to many developing economies, most of which have performed well over the last decade and according to a recent report, the continent as a whole is forecast to grow steadily by 4.5 per cent in 2015 and 5 per cent in 2016

This growth will mean investment in private and public services – services which will need to cater to the needs of a population situated in both urban and rural settings. GSMA Intelligence have asserted that Machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions will play a key role in delivering these services, forecasting a boom of the region’s cellular M2M connections from the present 11.2 million, to 35.9 million in 2020.

Over recent years have been a number of key developments across the region that indicate that there is a definite trend towards M2M solutions. Last year IBM partnered with three cities in Africa as part of their ‘Smart Cities Grant’ initiative, helping to improving the delivery of services in each city, which will include the introduction of M2M solutions. In 2015, operator, MTN, partnered with the Cameroonian Government to provide a health platform that will help people access healthcare. This year we have also seen developments in the automotive sector with the launch of Econet Connected Car – a Zimbabwean connected car service for both individuals and businesses that enables tracking, geofencing and a vehicle management service.

In Africa, M2M has a variety of applications in a number of verticals, most of which are set for massive growth. For players in the M2M ecosystem, now is the opportunity to make plan, make provisions and develop partnerships in order to carve a place in the M2M value chain.

On October 8, the GSMAs Connected Living programme will be hosting a workshop Realising the potential of M2M in Africa’ that is designed to bring ecosystem players together and discover the best growth strategies in the region.

The workshop will discuss key topics such as Mobile IoT and Security Guidelines, the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification and the evolution of smart utility metering – all of which will be vital to understanding the trends, inhibitors and opportunities of the continent’s burgeoning M2M market.

The workshop will take place at 14:30-16:00 in Boardroom 2 of the African Pride Hotel. Book your place now at GSMA Mobile 360 Series Africa to attend.

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Ofcom Report: ‘More radio spectrum for the Internet of Things’

UK Telecommunications and broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, have declared support for an increase in radio spectrum for the Internet of Things, according to a consultation document, published yesterday.

The document states that ‘the use of Very High Frequency (VHF) spectrum by the Internet of Things (IoT) community could deliver valuable new services for the benefit UK consumers and businesses’. Ofcom are now encouraging IoT investment and innovation in particular at 55-68 MHz, 70.5-71.5 MHz and 80.0-81.5 MHz. These frequencies could be used by Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications to enable wireless operation over long distances.

According to the regulator, these VHF bands could be especially valuable for a number of different verticals including: agriculture, smart farming and an array of coastal and maritime industries.

Ofcom is now inviting stakeholders to comment on their proposal to change the existing Business Radio licence to accommodate the IoT, and the possible use of these bands – submissions are due by 12th November 2015.

Over the last few months, there have been a wide range of reports that have concluded that the IoT offers huge social and economic benefits and should be supported by policymakers and regulators. Ofcom’s report will be warmly received by UK-based operators who will largely be responsible for providing connectivity for many M2M services and solutions.

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Connected Living at the GSMA Mobile 360 Series

The GSMA’s Connected Living Programme helps mobile operators from around the world to realise the potential of the Internet of Things. It will be present at the GSMA’s Mobile 360 Series in Atlanta, Cape Town and Dubai in October and in Brussels in December.

Through showcases, panel discussions and keynote presentations the programme will discuss and debate the IoT’s most pressing issues including the deployment of low power, wide area networks, the development of IoT network security and the adoption of a common and interoperable embedded SIM specification. Of particular value will be our our IoT/M2M workshops which will bring together the industry’s most knowledgeable and influential figures, who will discuss how to shape the IoT.

Each of the Mobile 360 series is the premier mobile event in each region – offering a unique opportunity to discover how Mobile is shaping the IoT across a number of different verticals. You can register and find out more about Connected Living’s participation in each event below:

 

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Connected Living at Mobile 360 Africa          Connected Living at Mobile 360 M. East

7-9 October                                                       20-21 October

Connected Living Workshop:                          Connected Living Workshop: 

Realising the potential of M2M in Africa         Realising the potential of IoT in MENA

8 October                                                          19 October

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Connected Living at Mobile 360 N. America  Connected Living at Mobile 360 Europe

Executive Networking Breakfast 

27-29 October                                                  3 December

Who should attend?

Responsibilities Industries Functions
Board Level, C-Level, SVP/Vice President, Director of Business Unit, Regional Head, General Manager, Ministers, Regulatory Chief Mobile Network Operators, Regulatory Institutions, Financial Institutions, NGOs, Equipment Vendors, Manufacturers, Security Firms, Start-ups and Regional VCs, Application Developers Developing mobile strategies, Investing & innovating in mobile technology services, Driving operational procedures, Managing billing & roaming, Providers of mobile products, Consultants

 

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Video: What is the role of Mobile Operators in the IoT?

What is the role of Mobile Operators in the IoT? In this short video, policy and regulatory experts from Ooredoo, Telenor, Telefônica and the GSMA discuss their perspectives on how Operators will add socio-economic value to the IoT.

RecentlyPriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) published the reportRealising the benefits of mobile-enabled IoT solutions, which concluded that mobile network operators will facilitate rapid growth of the wider IoT ecosystem by virtue of being relied upon to provide connectivity for a range of  businesses and services. The report also reviews an array of existing mobile-enabled solutions and determines how they are fundamentally changing business models, creating more opportunities and conserving resources. Download the full report here.

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Operators’ IoT investments are moving them up the value chain

Mobile Network Operators have significantly stepped up their IoT Investments over the last six months, with at least eight or more operators involved in one or more IoT investments, mergers or acquisitions, according to research house, Analysys Mason.

The recent spate of Operator-investments follows a flurry of evidence that demonstrate the social and economic value of the IoT, and the crucial role operators will play in providing connectivity across the globe.

Analysys Mason have reported that Operators’ investments are spread over a number of different verticals, including health, fleet tracking an automotive. Yet it is the latter of these three verticals in which operators have been particularly active over the last few months, with AT&T, Vodafone & Deutsche Telekom all stepping up their efforts to capture the connected car market.

Nonetheless, the wide range of different verticals in which operators have invested, reflects the many different sectors and industries that they can serve. As the IoT is in early stages, it is understandable that some operators may choose to concentrate their efforts on a limited number of verticals. However It is well known that as the IoT develops there will be many different services and solutions that will require wide-area connectivity, which can only be provided by Operators – the recent rise in IoT investments is a sign that Operators are entering a transition whereby they expand their areas of specialisation.

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