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NEW BMW MOTORCYCLE WITH CONNECTEDRIDE POWERED BY VODAFONE

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  • BMW K 1600 GT with built-in Vodafone SIM card for emergency calls
  • Connected riding improves road traffic safety

BMW have launched its new performance touring bike, the K 1600 GT. It’s the first BMW model with an optional eCall service via the Vodafone SIM card on board. The BMW Motorrad ConnectedRide eCall/ ACN (Emergency Call/ Automatic Collision Notification) system uses networks throughout Europe – to get help to accident scenes as quickly as possible and improve road traffic safety. Over 2.5 million BMW cars are already digitally connected by Vodafone as standard.

“The first BMW motorcycle with the eCall system shows just how many possibilities there are for the Internet of Things. And this is just the beginning. It is estimated that by 2020 around 20 billion devices will be sharing data,” said Vodafone Internet of Things Director Ivo Rook.

BMW‘s new K 1600 GT has a Vodafone IoT SIM card under its seat. It ensures that if the bike is involved in an accident, the BMW Motorrad ConnectedRide system can immediately contact the BMW call centre. Developed by BMW Motorrad, the system has various sensors that monitor the bike’s speed and angle to identify when it is involved in an accident and trigger an emergency call. The rider can also use an SOS button on the handlebars to contact the BMW call centre. At the same time, other important information such as the bike’s location is transmitted. Depending on how severe the accident is, the BMW call centre alerts the emergency services or attempts to contact the driver via the bike’s built-in audio system. This system allows the rescue services to arrive at the accident site up to 50% faster.

Vodafone transmits the emergency calls Europe-wide via its international mobile communications network. When calls are made from abroad, the caller is always assigned to a BMW call centre agent who speaks his language.

BMW Motorrad has made a video demonstrating how the eCall/ACN system works. You can watch it here.

Source: Vodafone

DHL now delivers parcels to Smart car trunks

  • DHL Parcel and Smart to start joint pilot in selected German cities in autumn
  • Customers receive parcels straight to the trunk of their cars

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DHL Parcel and Smart today announced a joint pilot in which owners of Smart cars can use their vehicles as mobile addresses for car drops starting in autumn. The project partners have worked in recent months to develop and test a solution to ensure high security standards for merchandise and vehicles.

An expanded market test will be conducted in the German town of Stuttgart in autumn this year. The car drop service will be offered a few months later in Bonn, Berlin and Cologne. By attracting several hundred participants in each city, partners DHL Parcel and Smart aim to collect feedback under near-reality conditions. Smart owners wanting to take part in the pilot can go to www.smart.com/drop for information and submit their applications from September. Installation of the devices needed to participate in the pilot will be performed at local distributors, with Smart assuming the costs. When registering their car for the pilot with Smart, customers can also fill out the necessary DHL car-trunk delivery agreement in just a few simple steps. DHL Parcel’s customer portal www.paket.de has been linked with Smart’s own customer portal to combine the two processes into one.

“As a leader of innovation in the parcel sector, with DHL Parcel we are pursuing the goal of developing new ideas to supplement our diverse range of solutions to make it easier to send and receive a parcel, and to personalize the process to meet customers’ needs,” says Jürgen Gerdes, CEO Post – eCommerce – Parcel at Deutsche Post DHL Group. “Having successfully tested car-trunk deliveries as part of a pilot in Germany, we are using the knowledge we have gained to work with Smart to develop a new and attractive service for a young, extremely online savvy target group.”

Smart CEO Annette Winkler agrees: “With the new service, we are expanding the ways in which our vehicles can be used to offer a broader mobility model that goes beyond the car itself. The pilot also kicks off our campaign to improve the quality of urban life.”

Smartphone based solution

The joint solution from Smart and DHL Paket is smartphone based, with the Smart driver and the DHL parcel courier using specially designed apps. The vehicle owner uses the Smart app to generate a single-use transaction authorization number (TAN) which they enter in the “c/o” box when stating their delivery address for purchases in an online shop. For the car drop to take place, the vehicle simply has to be parked in the vicinity of the owner’s home address.

The DHL parcel courier is informed of the preferred delivery location via an app, receiving time-limited access to the recipient’s car. The single-use TAN the online shopper enters when placing their order enables the courier to locate and open the vehicle within a set period of time. Having gained access to the trunk, the courier can either deposit a parcel or retrieve a shipment for return. Once the courier closes the trunk, the TAN authorizing them access is cancelled. A push message sent via the app notifies the car owner that the delivery has taken place.

By allowing customers to use their cars as mobile delivery addresses, DHL Paket is adding yet another attractive option to its unique range of automated parcel receipt services in Germany. With the DHL Packstation service, parcel boxes for single-dwelling and multiple-dwelling homes, deliveries to a predefined, preferred location – plus car-trunk deliveries to Smart cars from autumn onwards – DHL Paket serves growing consumer demands for more mobility and more flexibility in meeting their every-day needs.

Disruption endures in Industrial Internet of Things

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What do a bulldozer and a hospital MRI scanner have in common? Both are high-value assets and both are utilized to a fraction of their potential. But that is about to change. The rise of the industrial Internet of Things (IoT) — technology that allows objects to send and receive data — promises to increase hugely the shareability of such assets, triggering a surge in utilization rates.

The idea of connecting industrial assets to digital networks is not new, but according to Paul Brody, EY Technology Sector Strategy Leader, ”We’re now shifting from older, proprietary models of interconnection that tend to be limited to a factory or occasionally an enterprise toward more of a standardized, internet-accessible mode of connectivity and collaboration.”

The GE Foundation predicts that the collision of machines, data and analytics will become a US$200b global industry from 2015—17. And Research firm Gartner predicts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30% from 2015.

This explosion of all-pervasive connectivity is set to boost shareability, making it easier to generate new revenue streams from industrial assets that have traditionally lain idle between jobs. This paves the way for industrial-sharing apps built along similar lines to consumer offerings such as those of transport network company Uber and accommodation-sharing site Airbnb. It allows companies to provide access to assets without needing to own them.

“Our research shows that a lot of industrial assets are very lightly used,” says Brody. “For example, a lot of high-value enterprise assets such CT scanners, MRI machines and office space, have fairly low utilization rates. Industries that depend on assets of this sort are likely to face the biggest levels of disruption.”

Taking up the slack

So how will the rise of the industrial IoT transform asset utilization rates? “The first step is instrumentation,” says Brody. “Very quickly, we’re going to see that many industrial assets are not very busy. So we move to the second stage: optimization.” Not knowing what assets you have got or who is using them is a widespread problem. A study of US hospitals by GE Healthcare found that the average utilization rate of hospital medical devices was just 42%.

One of the reasons for Uber’s swift and disruptive success is its ability to leverage two vast and lightly used assets: private motor vehicles and people prepared to drive them. Utilization is staggeringly low: cars are the second-most valuable possession most people own, yet are only used 4% of the time.

Few industrial assets are as lightly used as this, however, the rise of the industrial sharing economy is still expected to have profound consequences. “Asset-intensive industries where assets are not highly utilized will experience supply shocks,” predicts Brody.

Industrial evolution

For established businesses, getting an early foothold in the sharing economy is not only a chance to tap into new markets, but also insurance against the threat of future disruption. This is fuelling an uptick in dealmaking. “Right now, we’re seeing people preparing for this wave,” says Brody. “You see companies with assets buying companies with technology capability and market-maker experience.”

Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s investment in US start-up Yard Club, a company that has developed an online peer-to-peer equipment rental platform, hints at the kind of partnerships that are likely to become widespread. Yard Club allows contractors to rent machinery to each other between jobs, converting slack periods into cash. “Idle time is hard to swallow,” Yard Club’s founder and CEO, Colin Evran, told CNBC.

Business-to-business sharing platforms work by creating a user-friendly marketplace for resources that were previously only accessible through ownership or via long leases. And it is not just idle construction equipment that is finding new outlets. US logistics startup Cargomatic connects shippers with licensed carriers through the web and mobile apps. Cargomatic’s backers include Volvo Group Venture Capital AB, the corporate investment arm of the Swedish vehicle manufacturer.

New value creation

Sharing underused assets is the most common way that value is being created at the intersection of technology and assets. But it is just the start. “I think we’re going to see more and more cross-enterprise digital integration,” says Brody. Digital integration is not only about making better use of existing capacity, but also about building entirely new capabilities.

Application programming interfaces (APIs) hold the key. These are digital bridgeheads for accessing software applications and tools. APIs make it possible to build hybrid business models easily, using information and services provided by others to create new value.

“Logistics is an example,” says Brody. “With a company like Uber, you can access its services via an API, so I can arrange a pickup from other apps communicating directly through Uber. Imagine a mash-up of two different companies — a short-distance transport company and a long-distance transport firm — all through APIs. You can assemble a national point-to-point delivery network that’s digitally integrated, without having to build a national delivery network.”

Mash-ups are likely to be one of the main drivers in the next wave of innovation. “We coined the term ‘industrial mash-ups’ to describe this new form of dynamic and often automated partnering,” says Jeff Liu, EY Global Technology Industry Leader, Transaction Advisory Services. “Mash-ups will enable important benefits within the digital economy.”

Industrial mash-ups accelerate innovation by reducing dealmaking friction, so collaborative participants can build scale and capabilities quickly. “The result is that organizations are able to migrate more rapidly to comprehensive, end-to-end solutions,” says Liu. “It’s tempting to see these emerging types of deals merely as alliances or JVs, but this is too narrow. Over time, we expect these relationships to become increasingly automated. Driving business friction down should in turn, drive innovation up.”

Examples of industrial mash-ups are already appearing. IBM has partnered with fellow US tech giant Apple, multinational medical devices and pharmaceutical manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and medical devices company Medtronic to optimize consumer and medical devices for data collection, analysis and feedback. “Industrial mash-ups are very flexible,” says Liu. “Partners can bring specific portions of their broader value propositions to the deal, and then narrowly define deal parameters in a way that insulates other areas of the business.”

Source: EY

 

Automotive companies move forward on car-to-cloud data standard

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Berlin, Germany – HERE, the location cloud company, have announced a significant step forward in efforts to drive a global standard for vehicle-to-cloud data – a development which in turn brings the promise of automated vehicles closer to reality.

 

Following successful months-long discussions with international automotive and mapping companies in Europe, the U.S. and Asia, HERE has now submitted the design for a universal data format called SENSORIS to ERTICO – ITS Europe, the European public/private partnership for intelligent transport systems, which has agreed to continue as an Innovation Platform to evolve it into a standardized interface specification for use broadly across the automotive industry.

 

To date, more than 10 major automotive and supplier companies have already joined the SENSORIS Innovation Platform now under the coordination of ERTICO, including AISIN AW, Robert Bosch, Continental, Daimler, Elektrobit, HARMAN, HERE, NavInfo, PIONEER and TomTom. More organizations are expected to join in the coming weeks.

SENSORIS was initiated by HERE in June 2015 when the company published the first open specification for how vehicle sensor data gathered by connected cars could be sent to the cloud for processing and analysis. Currently, vehicle sensor data exists in multiple different formats across automakers.

HERE believes that pooling analogous vehicle data from millions of vehicles will be a key enabler for highly and fully automated driving, ensuring that each vehicle has a near real-time view of road conditions and hazards that can lead to better driving decisions. HERE is developing the required location cloud technology that can detect and process changes in the real world as they happen – including on roads in dozens of countries – on an industrial scale and at high quality. HERE is putting this infrastructure in place ahead of anticipated new streams of vehicle sensor data it will be processing in its location platform in future.

“Our goal was always to find a home for this specification that is open, accessible to all and global. This is a vital step along the path to creating a shared information network for safer roads,” said Dietmar Rabel, head of autonomous driving product management at HERE. “If a car around the next corner hits the brakes because there’s an obstruction, that information could be used to signal to the drivers behind to slow down ahead of time, resulting in smoother, more efficient journeys and a lower risk of accidents. But that can only work if all cars can speak and understand the same language.”

Hermann Meyer, Chief Executive Officer at ERTICO, said: “Defining a standardised interface for exchanging information between the in-vehicle sensors and a dedicated cloud as well as between clouds will enable broad access, delivery and processing of vehicle sensor data; enable easy exchange of vehicle sensor data between all players, and finally enable enriched location based services which are key for mobility services as well as for automated driving.”

“Standardized vehicle data exchange will enable the crowdsourcing paradigm to spread across the fragmented automotive ecosystem, leveraging the synergies between connectivity and sensor data to provide smart mobility services such as real-time traffic, weather and parking spaces in the short term while holding the promise to power self-driving cars with critical high accuracy real-time mapping capabilities in the future,” said Dominique Bonte, Managing Director and Vice President, B2B ABI Research.

 

ERTICO – ITS Europe is a body which has a long track record of successfully overseeing the development of globally-adopted standards relating to future automotive and transportation technologies. This includes in particular ADASIS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Interface Specifications), a forum that defines how maps connect and interact with the advanced driver assistance systems of a car. ADASIS was originally borne out of technology patented by HERE in 1999 called ‘Electronic Horizon’, which enables a vehicle to, for example, adapt cruise control or be more fuel efficient based on road attributes included in a map, such as the slope and curvature of the road, traffic signs and lane information.

Source: Here

Chinese machine-to-machine market is set for explosive growth

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China leads the global machine-to-machine (M2M) market and will continue to see explosive growth over the next five years, according to the EY report: M2M in China: Opportunities to build on global leadership. M2M – which means direct communication between connected devices – is an essential component to enabling the Internet of Things (IoT). Several advantages unique to China will aid in extending its global leadership in M2M, most notably, its large smartphone base and ambitious government plans for IoT.

Steve Lo, Greater China Technology, Media & Telecommunications Market Segment Leader, Ernst & Young, says:

“Support from the Chinese Government and its mandate for China to become a nation of smart cities has been crucial to building the necessary critical mass for M2M to drive the country’s future mobile internet era. Together, Chinese operators and the Chinese Government have enabled the market to grow dramatically in a relatively short time, laying the foundation for further expansion and accelerated development of the IoT.”

Smart-city pilots accelerate growth across industries

Deployment of smart-city pilots has accelerated adoption of M2M solutions in several key industries. China’s telecoms operators, in particular, are set to capitalize on the IoT opportunity by leading the development of services related to IoT and engaging with the smart-city projects initiated by many Chinese city authorities to expand their M2M and IoT businesses.

Energy and transport also stand to benefit with new network technologies supporting future market growth. At the same time, logistics, securities and health care are increasingly using M2M technology to deliver services, such as fleet management, asset tracking, surveillance and smart health. Going forward, the wearables and connected-car markets also will see significant growth potential.

Collaboration and partnerships form path to growth

The report identifies third-party collaboration, alliances with competitors and cross-sector partnerships as critical success factors for telecoms operators to develop and deliver targeted M2M solutions effectively across industries.

While partnership provides a fast route to market, bold acquisition strategies can bring a mixture of customers, vertical expertise and development capabilities to operators and service providers. Utilities and transport are two priority sectors where, according to the report, operators may need to consider investment.

Holger Forst, Global Telecommunications Assurance Leader, Ernst & Young says: “To succeed in the long term, operators must also look at revamping their organizational model to increase agility. Engaging in partnerships and alliances is vital to delivering robust and innovative solutions. Pursuing acquisitions can also position service providers for a greater share of M2M industry revenues. Meanwhile, sharper focus on big data analytics also provides opportunities for further differentiation by delivering greater insights for customers.”

Source: EY

 

Nokia launches new IMPACT platform for fast and secure delivery of IoT services

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  • Intelligent Management Platform for All Connected Things (IMPACT) is for service providers, enterprises and governments wanting a secure application-independent IoT platform to quickly bring services to market
  • IMPACT includes a new release of the industry-leading Motive Connected Device Platform, which has connected and securely managed more than 1.5 billion devices

Nokia is extending its device management leadership into IoT with the launch of the Intelligent Management Platform for All Connected Things (IMPACT), which gives operators, enterprises and governments a secure platform on which to scale new IoT services. IMPACT handles data collection, event processing, device management, data contextualization, data analytics, end-to-end security and applications enablement for any device, any protocol and across any application.

The new platform, which reflects Nokia’s increasing focus on the fast-growing IoT market, includes Nokia’s Motive Connected Device Platform, the industry’s leading converged device management platform. It provides lifecycle management for more than 80,000 models of broadband, home and IoT devices. The latest edition, released today, integrates all Nokia mobile and IoT device management software.

Nokia IMPACT comes with comprehensive capabilities for all things connected:

  • Scalability: Being cloud-based, customers can add on-demand server capacity to support massive numbers of connected devices. Scaling capacity is also enhanced by the platform’s internal architecture, built from the ground up for extreme scale, security and reliability.
  • Total security: IoT security is under-addressed by the market. As IoT data increases, the more security matters. IMPACT has factored in the increasing security requirements including network, cloud and end-point security. It also implements the latest Lightweight M2M (LWM2M) security model for IoT device management and is backed by Nokia’s extensive security portfolio. This is important as you can’t trust data from an unmanaged source.
  • More devices: Along with supporting 80,000 device models from 100 of the world’s top manufacturers, Motive CDP can detect new device formats that come on the market. It is flexible enough to support multiple deployment and business models including private, public cloud, private cloud, SaaS and transactional. This provides a lower entry cost and ability to scale both up and down. Furthermore, MotiveSmart(TM) certifies how the device and service are used together on an operator’s mobile network.
  • Better devices and network management: Nokia’s services expertise encompasses both devices and networks, allowing issues to be pinpointed back to either the device or the network for comprehensive root cause analysis.

Bhaskar Gorti, president of the Applications & Analytics Business Group at Nokia, said: “Our new IMPACT platform with Motive CDP is particularly strong in device management, security and analytics. These matter because as we work to collect and derive meaning from IoT data, it becomes more valuable to everyone involved – and more crucial to protect.”

IMPACT adds to Nokia’s rapidly expanding IoT portfolio that now contains the four major building blocks of every IoT solution:

  • Applications: Vertical solutions for connected cars, healthcare, first responder, smart cities, smart homes, and utility deployments
  • Platforms: IMPACT IoT platform with Motive Connected Device Platform
  • Infrastructure: Extensive network infrastructure portfolio including leading capabilities in narrow-band and low-power IoT radio solutions
  • Devices and Sensors: Connected devices like the recently acquired Withings and the home gateway announced today.

In February, Nokia announced its IoT Community to help customers develop, test, and implement new IoT business models and launched a USD 350 million IoT investment fund.

Source: Nokia

Telefonica suppy connectivity for Belgian smart metering project

Ores selects Telefonica for a Smart Metering project in Belgium

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ORES and the SWDE together with Telefonica will help local authorities to control energy and water consumption of municipal buildings through regular monitoring, based on Smart Metering systems.
Telefonica Business Solutions, a leading provider of a wide range of integrated communication solutions for the B2B market, has recently been selected by ORES, the main player for electricity distribution networks and natural gas in Wallonia (Belgium), for a Smart Metering pilot project conducted with the City of Charleroi (Belgium) and the SWDE, Société Wallonne des Eaux. By this means, ORES and the SWDE together with Telefonica will help local authorities to control energy and water consumption of municipal buildings through regular monitoring, based on Smart Metering systems.
Telefonica will provide for 5 years its leading Smart m2m solution, the platform to manage and control IoT communications developed by Telefonica. Nowadays more than 1,500 customers trust their global communications on Smart m2m. The solution incorporates best in class features for real time consumption monitoring, supervision, global tracking, fraud detection, whilst also providing flexible communication plans and securing the communication end-to-end.
Anne Perrin, CEO of Telefonica Business Solutions France, a Telefonica & Bouygues Telecom company: “We are proud to partner with ORES for this IoT project, which illustrates Telefonica Business Solutions European Smart Metering expertise, both in terms of technology and services.”
An innovative project
The project, based on Telefonica’s technological expertise in smart metering, aims to improve the energy performance of municipal buildings, as part of a multi-fluid metering device (electricity, gas, water). On the territory of the Municipality of Charleroi, about 900 smart meters will be equipped with this smart metering technology in 250 buildings.
Source: Telefonica

Deutsche Telekom Launch Cloud-of-Things Starter Kit at Hannover Messe

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Hannover Messe 2016: Deutsche Telekom presents plug-and-play digitization package

  • “Cloud of Things Starter Kit” provides entry-level digitization solution
  • Package comprises hardware including sensors, SIM card, data rate plan and data processing
  • No integration overhead and simple installation

At the HANNOVER MESSE 2016, Deutsche Telekom will be presenting a new “Cloud of Things Starter Kit” that provides a simple entry-level digitization solution. It enables companies of any size to monitor their machinery remotely without any time-consuming installation. Whether construction machinery, transport box or refrigerated truck: The combination of ready-to-run device and service from the cloud facilitates machinery and device monitoring.

To provide rapid access to the Internet of Things, the Starter Kit includes hardware in the form of a gateway and various sensors, a SIM card, the compatible data rate plan as well as access to the “Cloud of Things.” This IoT platform run by Deutsche Telekom in a secure German data center processes the received data, which customers can then access via an online portal.

Sensors measure a series of values such as GPS data, temperature and humidity, which are then transferred to the Cloud of Things. Here various algorithms process the measured data to provide information, which can then be visualized. In this way, threshold values, for instance, can be defined for certain statuses of machinery and devices. If a value exceeds the defined threshold, the customer receives a warning and can immediately take remedial action.

“With the Cloud of Things Starter Kit our customers can, among other things, network machinery, devices or vehicles without a major integration overhead and also monitor these remotely,” says Hagen Rickmann, Director for Business Customers at Telekom Deutschland. “Companies can try out and test the solution at an affordable price before they migrate large parts of their production and can even leverage the garnered insights to develop new business models which allow them to set themselves apart from the competition.”

T-Systems and Telekom Deutschland Sales will market the Cloud of Things Starter Kit to corporate customers and small and medium-sized enterprises in the course of the summer.

About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with more than 156 million mobile customers, 29 million fixed-network lines and around 18 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2015). The Group provides fixed-network/broadband, mobile communications, Internet and Internet-based TV products and services for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries and has around 225,200 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of 69.2 billion euros in the 2015 financial year – around 64 percent of it outside Germany.

About T-Systems
As one of the leading global ICT service providers, T-Systems supplies integrated solutions for business customers. These are based on global offerings in fixed-network and mobile communications, highly secure data centers, a unique cloud infrastructure built around standardized platforms and global partnerships, and top security in line with the strictest German data protection regulations, as demanded by our customers. With a footprint in more than 20 countries, 46,000 employees, and external revenue of 7.1 billion euros (2015), T-Systems is the ideal partner for digital transformation. Alongside traditional ICT services, T-Systems‘ portfolio also offers cloud access, custom infrastructure, and platforms and software from the cloud, alongside innovation projects in future business areas such as big data, the Internet of Things, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, and Industry 4.0.

OFCOM announce more radio spectrum for the Internet of Things


Ofcom-HQUK Telecommunications and broadcasting regulator Ofcom, has announced measures to help ensure adequate spectrum is available for the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), and to encourage investment and innovation in this developing technology.

Ofcom is allocating 10 MHz of VHF spectrum which will enable certain IoT devices to connect wirelessly over long distances. Access to spectrum in this range could open new opportunities and bring benefits to consumers, especially those in remote and rural parts of the UK. The frequencies being made available span the 55-68 MHz, 70.5-71.5 MHz and 80.5-81.5 MHz bands.

These frequencies could be used by Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications to enable wireless operation over long distances and will help deliver valuable new services for the benefit UK consumers and businesses. The allocation will boost innovation across a number of different verticals including: agriculture, smart farming and an array of coastal and maritime industries.

According to the regulator, there are already more than 40 million devices connected via the IoT in the UK alone. This is forecast to grow more than eight-fold by 2022, with hundreds of millions of devices carrying out more than a billion daily data transactions.

The news follows the regulator’s release of a consultation document in September 2015, which invited stakeholders to comment on proposed changes the existing Business Radio licence to accommodate the IoT.

Sources: IoT Business News/Ofcom/ GSMA

 

 

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Altice, SFR and SIGFOX Announce Strategic Partnership For Internet of Things Services

Altice N.V. (Euronext: ATC, ATCB), an international telecom and media group, its subsidiary SFR, the second-largest French global telecommunications operator, and SIGFOX, the world’s leading provider of global communications service for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced they will integrate SIGFOX connectivity in the group’s service offering in France and internationally. Altice customers and divisions in France and internationally will benefit from SIGFOX Connectivity, which complements the group’s telecom offer.

 

This strategic partnership launches a collaboration of three players that share the same ambitions: to offer complementary connectivity solutions starting today that democratize the IoT in all sectors of the economy and expand the offer of connected solutions for businesses and consumers.

With its focus on investing in growth, Altice is building an international group based on the convergence of mobile and fixed high-speed networks with media, content and platform services in Western Europe (comprising France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland), the United States, Israel, and the Overseas Territories (currently comprising the French Caribbean, the Indian Ocean regions and the Dominican Republic).

SIGFOX, whose network is deployed in 14 countries and already registers more than 7 million devices, offers an energy-efficient, two-way global communication solution for the millions of sensors waiting to be connected.

“We are convinced that the IoT market is an opportunity to seize now, with a global vision,” said Michel Combes, COO of Altice, Chairman and CEO of SFR. “We are talking about billions of connections. We share the same entrepreneurial vision with SIGFOX and the will to conquer new markets. The availability of the SIGFOX network allows us to bring new Internet of Things solutions to our B2B clients.”

“SIGFOX has always been convinced that the IoT requires a new type of connectivity solution, and that our offer would not compete with services offered by cellular operators,” said Ludovic Le Moan, CEO of SIGFOX. “We are excited and proud to join Altice and its founder Patrick Drahi, to share this vision, and especially to realize the ambition to make the IoT a major activity for the development of both companies.”

In France, where the network already covers 92% of the population, this partnership will allow the customers of SFR, the first operator to launch the fourth generation (4G) of mobile telecom technology in France and an expert in M2M solutions, to benefit from the best of the two offers: high bandwidth and low bandwidth. SFR clients will use SIGFOX connectivity as a complement to existing connectivity solutions, such as 4G or WiFi.

In 2016, SIGFOX plans to cover more than 30 countries with its network. The partnership with Altice will extend in all territories where the group is present, including Portugal with Portugal Telecom, the U.S. and Israel.

The Internet of Things addresses all business sectors and has opened a new space that will help launch many startups. This collaboration will extend this innovation ecosystem and will help develop the supply of connected solutions in multiple sectors, such as industry, agriculture, healthcare, transportation and security.

In France, SIGFOX supports a startup community within the IoT Valley and its accelerator, the Connected Camp, which has around 30 startups today. This community is getting stronger everyday through meetings with developers organized by SIGFOX, and the Makers Tours in France and internationally.

Today, there are more than 100 connected devices compatible with the SIGFOX network and Altice will help grow this portfolio with the help of its industrial clients and the startups supported by SIGFOX.

Source: Sigfox