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Focused Delivery of Key Market Enablers in 2017/18

After a very successful 2016/17 for the mobile industry, the GSMA Internet of Things Programme will continue to work with the telecommunications industry and the wider ecosystem to further accelerate the growth of the IoT and to unlock the full potential of the market. To this end, the Programme focuses on a range of key market enablers and industry verticals that are essential to the industry. Below, see a short overview and outlook into the new year for all areas.

 

Mobile IoT

Mobile IoT = TRUSTED IoT

 

cl_miot_blackMobile IoT (licensed spectrum low power wide area) are a new set of technologies that will connect billions of new devices forming the IoT. Low power wide area (LPWA) technologies can serve a diverse range of vertical industries and applications that use low data rates, require long battery lives, are low cost, and often operate in remote and hard to reach locations.

The GSMA worked with the industry to get the Mobile IoT technologies standardised in 3GPP Release 13 in June 2016.  Since then the GSMA has continued to work with mobile operators to implement more than 40 pilots across the world. By enabling mobile operators to provide cost-effective and low maintenance connectivity, these LPWA technologies are fuelling a dramatic expansion in the IoT, making it viable to connect large numbers of sensors, monitoring devices, utility meters and consumer devices to mobile networks.

For 2017/18 the Internet of Things Programme will focus on accelerating the growth of secure and commercial Mobile IoT solutions by encouraging commercial LPWA launches by mobile operators. A number of operators are already rolling out commercial Mobile IoT services across their markets, paving the way for broad adoption of these new technologies by both individuals and enterprises. To further support the growth of Mobile IoT solutions, the Internet of Things Programme will keep on building a vibrant ecosystem in the form of the GSMA Mobile IoT Innovators, bringing together developers, device makers, network vendors, operators and end customers

 

IoT Security

Securing the IoT from the ground up

 

cl_security_blackAs widespread adoption of the IoT depends on maintaining consumers’ and companies’ confidence and trust, the GSMA is steering the development and dissemination of IoT security best practices. Building on the decade-long expertise of the telecommunications industry in managing and securing mobile networks, the GSMA IoT Security Guidelines promote best practice for the secure end-to-end design, development and deployment of IoT solutions on any mobile network.

In late 2016, the GSMA has launched an IoT Security Assessment process, which is designed to enable IoT companies to demonstrate their solutions are following best practices as outlined in the GSMA IoT Security Guidelines and to enhance their reputation as trusted IoT solution providers.

In the new year, the Internet of Things Programme will continue to work with its partners to enhance the IoT Security Guidelines and the IoT Security Assessment to cover Mobile IoT networks, ensuring best practice for the secure connection and management of IoT devices on any mobile network. The Programme will also continue its work with regulatory bodies to stress the importance of flexible policy frameworks to allow unhindered growth of the IoT.

 

IoT Big Data

Unlocking the potential of the IoT

 

cl_miot_blackThe GSMA is working with mobile operators and partners to unlock the potential of the vast amount of data within the IoT.

In February 2017 the GSMA launched the IoT Big Data API Directory, making harmonised data sets from multiple operators worldwide available to developers and third parties, and enabling them to create innovative IoT services. The directory, which is the first of its kind, is designed to encourage a common approach to data sharing and the development of new projects related to transport, the environment and smart cities. China Mobile, China Unicom, KT Corporation, Orange and Telefónica have already implemented solutions enabling them to share harmonised IoT data.

In 2017/18 the IoT Big Data project will focus on evolving GSMA big data enablers such as harmonised data entities, APIs to access historical data and inclusion of data analytics into the architecture. The value of IoT big data will be demonstrated by leveraging data assets and partners in a proof of concept on Air Quality, and supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to create a “Big Data for Better Future” proof of concept. 

 

IoT Policy & Regulation

Growing the socioeconomic benefits of the IoT

 

cl_miot_blackThe IoT can transform economies and societies but it is still at a nascent stage. To help realise potential socioeconomic benefits, the GSMA’s IoT Policy and Regulation project is working to create a sustainable policy and regulatory environment that enables operators to unlock the consumer and business benefits of the IoT.

In October 2016 the GSMA launched the IoT Knowledgebase, an online tool for policymakers and regulators. This is designed to help them unlock IoT opportunities for their country, understand new IoT business models and learn about emerging policy and regulatory best practice from around the world.

In 2017/18 the project will be focusing on the regulatory aspects of key verticals including smart cities, connected vehicles, smart transport and drones.

 

Connected Vehicles

Driving the successful growth of the Connected Vehicle market

 

cl_smart_cities_blackThe Connected Vehicle market is one of the most promising growth areas of the Internet of Things, with a potential application revenue of $USD 253bn by 2025 (Machina Research, 2017). But only a unified, standardised and collaborative approach of mobile operators, regulators and industry stakeholders can ensure a timely, successful scaling of the market to fully unlock its potential.

To this end, the GSMA is working with mobile operators, automotive OEMs and suppliers, relevant industry associations and regulatory bodies, to accelerate the growth of the Connected Vehicle market by agreeing a common approach to security, regulatory and infrastructural solutions. The Internet of Things Programme has held three global Connected Vehicle Forums in 2016/17 to bring the industry together.

In 2017/18, the Internet of Things Programme will continue to work with its partners to support a unified and collaborative approach. Three global Connected Vehicle Forums and Summits will help bring the industry together to discuss important topics that will define the future of the Connected Vehicle market, including Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (Cellular V2X) technologies allowing vehicles to communicate with other smart city applications (also referred to as “LTE support for V2X” in the upcoming 3GPP Release 14). The Programme will also continue to participate in and consult with global regulatory bodies to align the industry around a common approach to security and spectrum harmonisation.

 

Smart Cities

Creating smart city benefits through IoT technologies

 

cl_smart_cities_blackThe GSMA is working with mobile operators and cities to create real, long term benefits for citizens and businesses through IoT technologies.

In June 2016 the GSMA smart cities project produced Keys to the Smart City, a report highlighting the crucial role that mobile operators play in the development of smart cities, and the unique benefits that they provide.  Following this, a number of in-depth smart cities guides were released including crowd management, traffic management, water management and street lighting. The project also produced three focused case study videos on Tainan, Chicago and Seville, featuring interviews from mobile operators and cities promoting their successful collaboration.

In 2017/18 the project will continue to focus on real case studies, showcasing how mobile industry enablers (such as Mobile IoT and IoT Big Data) are being deployed in smart cities.

 

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Webinar: Experts Discuss Telco IoT Big Data Initiatives

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, organizations 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 which will bring smart city benefits to businesses and consumers.  For example, improved traffic flows, more environmentally friendly practices, and efficient city planning services.

The IoT Big Data API Directory was developed by the GSMA to help accelerate the IoT Big Data ecosystem. Benefits will be realized through the harmonization of IoT big data sets from multiple sources and making them available to developers and third parties through common APIs. This will enable the industry to remove the commercial and technical barriers in capitalizing on the IoT opportunity.
In this webinar, learn about:

  • The technical architecture and design of the IoT Big Data API Directory
  • The benefits to operators in exposing their data in harmonized formats
  • How developers can utilize the IoT Big Data API Directory to harness global IoT data sources and deliver new applications to smart cities across the world

 

 

This webinar was originally broadcast on  2 February 2017
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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
Radisson Blu Hotel Brussels

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