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IoT Big Data


The Internet of Things is generating a huge amount of data that is currently retained in vertical silos. However, a true IoT is dependent on the availability and confluence of rich data sets from multiple systems, organisations and verticals which will usher in the next generation of IoT solutions.

The GSMA is working with the mobile industry to establish an IoT Big Data Ecosystem to make harmonised data sets from multiple sources available to developers and third parties through common APIs.  You can discover more about this in our IoT Big Data API Directory.

api-directory-tile-v3The IoT Big Data API Directory lets you find details of IoT and context data sets available from multiple sources worldwide. The current data sets focus on the areas of machines, devices, automotive, roads, environment, smart home and agriculture.

A common technical approach to IoT Big Data


framewor-architectureThis document has been developed to define a generalised architecture for delivery of “Internet of Things” “big data” services to support an ecosystem of third party application developers.

api-profileThis document identifies the use of the FIWARE NGSIv2 API for the ‘harmonised entities’ defined in the CLP.26 and the parts of the FIWARE standard that should be supported by implementers in delivering the IoT Big Data ecosystem.

harmonised-dataThis document specifies harmonised data models that are approved for use by all the participants of the IoT Big Data Ecosystem Project and must be used by the participants whenever possible.


A common, collaborative and interoperable approach to Big Data will usher in a new era of IoT solutions helping the market to scale. In our report, ‘Unlocking the power of IoT through Big Data’, you can discover the role mobile operators can play in monetizing big data.

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Video: Unleashing the Power of Global IoT Data

The technology we use in our lives constantly generates data. With 90% of the world’s data having been produced over the last two years, there is an exciting opportunity to create  next generation IoT solutions. In this short video, discover how the GSMA plans to realise the full potential of the Internet of Things through Big Data.


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Unlocking the Value of IoT Through Big Data

The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly expanding worldwide, and will continue to grow in the years to come. There is as yet untapped potential for the generation of new services to be enabled via the rich sets of data available in the ecosystem and the more IoT solutions scale, the greater the incentive will be to leverage this data.

This paper looks at how to unleash this potential and consequently unlock new monetisation opportunities for mobile operators and their ecosystem partners.

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IBM’s $3bn IoT Investment

The technology multinational, IBM, has announced that it will invest $3bn over the next four years in an Internet of things (IoT) research unit, and that it is building a cloud-based open platform which companies can use to obtain and share data.

This move follows other IBM ventures in the IoT such as ‘Smarter Planet’ and ‘Smarter Cities’ initiatives that have focused on practical applications of the IoT, i.e. using big data to create new services and business opportunities.

The research unit will broadly serve three functions: analytics services for clients, a platform for developers to create IoT apps and a service aimed at integrating data services and solutions in order to expand its IoT ecosystem partners.

According to IBM, as much as 60 per cent of data loses its value almost immediately after it is created. There is a clear business opportunity in processing and providing access to real time data, since it can fundamentally enhance decision making. For example, automobiles equipped with machine-to-machine (M2M) technology enable drivers to become immediately aware of engine faults, heavy traffic or adverse weather conditions.

Indeed, one arm of the IoT research unit, the IBM IoT Ecosystem, will use The Weather Company (providing on average, 10 billion forecasts per day), to aid the secure and seamless integration of data services and solutions on IBM’s open platform.

IBM’s investment reflects their faith in the IoT’s economic potential but will also provide a platform for a vast number of companies seeking to develop IoT revenue opportunities. IBM have claimed that 90 per cent of all data generated by devices like smartphones, tablets, connected vehicles and appliances is never analysed or used. Operators have a huge opportunity to develop a similar platform that would enable revenue creation and consolidate the position of mobile technology in the broader IoT ecosystem.

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Big Data key theme at IoT World Forum 2014

LONDON-The IoT World Forum 2014. At this year’s IoT World Forum conference, the projection of connected figures and potential value of the IoT ecosystem in the coming years, was stated in presentations throughout, including one by Dr. Shane Rooney, Executive Director, IoT Networks from the GSMA Connected Living Programme.

The key theme at the conference was the potential of Big Data. Big Data is most widely used to describe the collection of large and complex data sets that are difficult to process using conventional means. For businesses, one of the biggest values of the IoT is the ability to process vast amounts of data in order to understand their customers’ behaviour, which in turn can contribute towards meaningful, effective business decisions.

James Monighan, Head of Products for Connected Homes, British Gas, expressed how Big Data could lead to more efficient energy consumption by households, reducing operating costs for British Gas and minimising costs for the consumer. For example, home motion sensors can be used to determine which parts of the home are occupied, this data is then relayed to the boiler, which consequently heats the right part of the home.

British Gas also noted an increasing number of customers were trialling their products just to experience the benefits of the connected boiler. Another trend they found was that those invested in Hive, the mobile-connected smart thermostat, were also much more likely to buy other British Gas products.

Tele2 highlighted an increasing demand from companies they had partnered with to supply them with real time data. This follows its recent strategic agreement with L & T Technology for the transportation sector. The partnership will enable solutions for the monitoring and relaying of engine performance, and passenger access to real time flight delays and arrivals.

Strategic partnerships and cross-industry cooperation between operators, vendors, manufacturers and sector-specific companies, are now commonplace in the M2M market. They are also a response to the increasingly unorthodox means by which data is being collected; via a vast array of sensors, devices, networks and applications.

Partnerships and cooperation are necessary to finding ways in which this data can be communicated across a variety of platforms and to this end, Orange announced they are in the early stages of developing a data-powered open platform initiative, which will allow companies in the IoT industry to jointly develop applications.

Connected Living’s Dr. Shane Rooney, presented key insights into enabling the growth of the M2M industry to evolve to the IoT. Dr. Rooney also elaborated on the GSMA’s role in ensuring active collaboration within the M2M industry, particularly among mobile network operators in creating common solutions.

In the M2M and IoT market, a significant challenge currently facing businesses is how Big Data can be collected and processed effectively in order to relay as much real time data as possible. Real time data assists with critical, time-sensitive decisions, and in some cases helps to improve the safety of users of M2M and IoT data. This in turn can improve customer retention and save costs.

Throughout the two-day IoT World Forum, speakers talked at length about the many opportunities arising from Big Data, but the unifying message was clear; Big Data is greatly increasing the ease and rapidity with which businesses and consumers can access new types of information, and it is cooperation and partnerships, that will play an important part in facilitating this development.

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The Impact Of Big Data For Smart Cities

The Impact Of Big Data For Smart Cities

September 6th, 2013 09:30 – 13:30
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