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24 million 5G SIM connections to drive £2.88 billion revenue in UK by 2022


The UK is set to have around 22 million 5G SIM connections and 2 million 5G SIM machine to machine (M2M) mobile connections by 2022, driving up to £2.8 billion in revenue. This is according to new analysis from Netscribes.

The Global 5G Markets (2020-2025) report forecasts that the worldwide 5G market will grow at an overall compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 97% and will be worth $251 billion (£177.3 billion) by 2025.

Devashish Nabhi of Netscribes told 5G.co.uk: “In the UK, the revenue from 5G services is expected to increase. The UK is expected to have approximately 22 million 5G SIM connections and approximately 2 million 5G SIM M2M mobile connections by 2022. The revenue generated from 5G SIM mobile connections is expected to reach nearly $4 billion (£2.8 billion), while the revenue from SIM M2M mobile connections is expected to reach approximately $0.09 billion (0.06 billion).”

Nabhi added: “Major drivers for the UK region would be the rising demand for a faster mobile broadband experience to support more connected devices.”

However, Nabhi noted that “declining average revenue per user (ARPU) has also been witnessed” in the UK. A 2017 report from Ofcom, based on operator data, found that the average revenue per user (ARPU) in 2015 was £16 per month, a 32% fall compared to 2005. At the same time, the data use per mobile SIM increased year on year by around two-thirds to 0.9 GB (1.3GB in 2016). Adoption of 5G could exacerbate this further. Recent research from Ericsson found that 26% of consumers envisage that 5G will be much faster than 4G and they also anticipate that it will offer better coverage. However, 13% also expect to get all this and see their plan price drop.

Socio-economic transformation

As well as “making way for a globally connected digital society”, 5G networks will also bring about “socio-economic transformation”, according to the analysis from Netscribes. The technology could increase productivity, sustainability and well-being, the research finds.

5G is expected to address demand for advanced applications such as 4K/8K video streaming, augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, remote healthcare, connected factories and more.

Getting there

Despite the promised benefits of 5G, adoption will not be immediate and mobile 4G LTE will dominate in terms of volume for at least the next ten years, Netscribes researchers say.

The report highlights that clear business regulations and well-defined standards will be essential to reaping the rewards of 5G. The analysis also outlines key challenges ahead, including inadequate spectrum and lack of infrastructure. These issues are particularly acute for developing countries, Netscribes finds.

The full report can be found here : The Global 5G Markets (2020-2025) 

Source: Sarah Wray-5G.co.uk

Sequans and Gemalto revolutionize IoT connectivity with first genuine LTE Cat M1 technology


World first demonstration at GSMA Mobility Live! highlights greatly improved efficiency
and significantly reduced complexity of LTE-M


Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is partnering with LTE chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) to revolutionize Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity with LTE-M technology. The companies are demonstrating at GSMA Mobility Live! in Atlanta, the first Cat M1 IoT solution, based on Sequans’ genuine Cat M1 chip, delivering the greatest level of network efficiency and simplicity achieved to date. The solution significantly improves power saving capabilities to extend the lifespan of IoT devices while boosting performance in indoor environments. It is ideal for low bandwidth IoT use cases including alarm systems, asset trackers, smart meters, smart city controllers, wearables and industrial sensors. New low-power, wide-area (LPWA) network technologies like LTE-M will give network operators the opportunity to generate significant revenues from the billions of connected things[1].

The LTE-M demonstration leverages a Gemalto wireless module that uses dedicated Cat M1 technology based on Sequans’ Monarch chip to enable a whole new level of low power, low bandwidth IoT connectivity. The module connects to Ericsson’s RBS6000 Multi-Standard base station updated with Cat M1 software. The solution is capable of supporting more than 10 LTE frequency bands from a single hardware device allowing for true global coverage. Dynamic power management technology enables more than 10 years of battery life for standard IoT devices. Samples of Gemalto’s forthcoming LTE Cat M1 wireless module are expected to ship in Q4 2016.

“Gemalto is the ideal partner to deliver evolving IoT-optimized LTE solutions enhanced by digital security expertise,” said Georges Karam, Sequans’ CEO. “Our successful Gemalto-Sequans partnership has led to major first to market LTE innovations that combine our respective key capabilities and offer customers distinct competitive advantages not available elsewhere.”

“Cat M1 will enable a wide range of new IoT applications to the benefit of Industry and Society at large. We are pleased to work with Sequans and Gemalto to foster the development of an early Cat M1 ecosystem to support, for example, a multi-function Vehicle Telematics application as enabled by this demo” said Thomas Norén, VP Business Unit Network Products, Ericsson.

“The potential of next generation LTE technology to expand the IoT market presents an enormous opportunity for low power, low bandwidth Cat M1 devices, as well as for applications best addressed by LTE Cat 1,” said Andreas Haegele, Senior Vice President M2M at Gemalto. “Together with Sequans, Gemalto is continuing to deliver first to market IoT connectivity solutions that drive the market forward.”

Source: Gemalto


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


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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CeBit 2016 Showcasing The Latest IoT Technologies


IoT/M2M Pavilion: “We’re showing what we can already do”

CeBit 2016 at the Hannover Messe from the 14th to the 18th March is the place to see the latest Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technologies from the leading companies at the forefront of this exciting and developing technology.

The IoT/M2M Pavilion is at the heart of the IoT area in Hall 13. Providers from all over the world and users from numerous industries are demonstrating what the Internet of Things is doing at the group pavilion and nearby.

“M2M communication and the Internet of Things (IoT) are driving forces behind the digitization of the economy. Numerous new business models and value chains will emerge in the near future,” says Marius Felzmann, Senior Vice President CeBIT at Deutsche Messe AG. To demonstrate what is happening in the Internet of Things, the IoT/M2M Pavilion was created for CeBIT at the heart of this cluster in Hall 13 in 2016.

Partner of the pavilion is the M2M Alliance. With 85 members in 14 countries, it is Europe’s largest independent organization in the M2M sector. It sees itself as a platform and communication channel for suppliers and users of M2M solutions. Eric Schneider, Chairman of the M2M Alliance, emphasizes that “M2M/IoT is a key issue confronting our society. Without a regular exchange between solution providers and users the market cannot develop. The M2M Alliance has therefore pledged its support to the M2M/IoT pavilion at CeBIT 2016 and is hoping for a strong response on the part of exhibitors and visitors.” From the exhibitor side, this wish has already been fulfilled: The pavilion in Hall 13 is sold out.

Corporations such as Telefónica and Matrix Electronica from Spain and Teleena from the Netherlands are using the pavilion to showcase IoT technologies and applications. The international engineering organization IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) even has two booths at the pavilion. TomTom BRIDGE is also contributing several use cases: The Dutch GPS specialist is merging navigation and business applications at the new platform. TomTom BRIDGE was developed for companies who cannot or do not want to deploy telematic services such as vehicle tracking and tracing but still want customized business applications integrated into their vehicles.

Along with other partners the Italian company Eurotech is presenting use cases from various sectors. “We and our partners want to show what’s already possible with IoT,” says Eurotech’s CMO Robert Andres. Together with OSGi Alliance it is demonstrating how portable Java-based software modules can control complex traffic systems using a Lego train. Companies such as IBM, Oracle, Deutsche Telekom and Eurotech are working together in the OSGi Alliance to develop a modular software platform that is hardware independent.

The Eclipse Foundation is showcasing the open source M2M project Kura. Eurotech wrote the source code for Eclipse Kura that will make an OSGi-based container for M2M applications available in service gateways.

Bitreactive will present its Reactive Blocks development tool at the pavilion. Its first time at CeBIT, the company will show how robust the IoT applications are that gather sensor data and process it in real time to predict disturbances. At the IoT SOLUTIONS Area an air conditioner will be controlled and regulated with Bitreactive software that is fitted with Eurotech hardware.

Along with Hitachi High-Tech Eurotech will be demonstrating a predictive maintenance system: It captures vibration data in large motors and analyzes it to predict the best time to carry out maintenance. A solution to monitor and manage PDUs in data centers will be shown with the Munich startup OmSense. In addition, Eurotech is presenting a vehicle license plate reader, a people counter and a compact, Java-programmable smart city application with integrated air sensors, Geiger counter and weather station. Another use case shows how hot water boilers can be controlled and regulated from a distance. Eurotech is also appearing with the open source software developer Red Hat, Misurio (energy management) and Bosch (PLC).

CeBit 2016 takes place at the Hannover Messe in Germany from the 14th-18th March.

Source: CeBit

ORBCOMM Announces Commercial Service for Its Final 11 OG2 Satellites


Improves network performance and availability and increases coverage at higher latitudes for its global M2M and AIS customers

ORBCOMM Inc a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, have announced it has launched commercial service for its final 11 second generationOG2 satellites. ORBCOMM’s advanced OG2 satellites are providing both M2M messaging and Automatic Identification System (AIS) service for its global customers. ORBCOMM successfully launched the 11 OG2 satellites on December 21, 2015, aboard a dedicated SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.

After comprehensive in-orbit testing, the 11 OG2 satellites are spaced within three separate drift orbit planes, and the OG2 satellite fleet is now processing over 60% of the network’s M2M traffic. Drifting will continue until all 11 OG2 satellites are in proper phase. Initial testing verified proper satellite bus functionality, including antenna and solar array deployments, power systems, attitude control, propulsion and flight software. Subsequent testing focused on communications and network system performance. All of these tests were successfully completed well ahead of schedule, allowing for commercial service to begin earlier than expected. With the addition of the OG2 satellites, ORBCOMM is now collecting over 18 million AIS messages from approximately 150,000 unique vessels per day, surpassing all other AIS networks in service quality.

“This mission has gone smoothly and efficiently, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of both ORBCOMM and its vendors,” said John Stolte, ORBCOMM’s Executive Vice President of Technology & Operations. “The satellites are operating extremely well, and we have already received positive feedback from our customers around the world, who are experiencing significantly improved service and faster message delivery.”

“Our fully deployed OG2 satellites not only translate into a higher level of service and reliability for our customers, but also more opportunities through our expanded global coverage, increased market reach and the new applications we can support,” said Marc Eisenberg, Chief Executive Officer of ORBCOMM. “The performance and availability of our enhanced satellite constellation has exceeded our expectations, and we are proud to provide our customers with the only fully funded, fully operational, second generation satellite network purpose-built for the global M2M industry.”

The OG2 satellites are fully backwards compatible with ORBCOMM’s existing OG1 satellites. ORBCOMM’s customers do not need to change or upgrade their fielded devices and are now seamlessly using the full constellation of OG2 satellites to send and receive messages for their applications with their existing platforms.

About ORBCOMM Inc.

ORBCOMM Inc. (Nasdaq: ORBC) is a leading global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication solutions and the only commercial satellite network dedicated to M2M. ORBCOMM’s unique combination of global satellite, cellular and dual-mode network connectivity, hardware, web reporting applications and software is the M2M industry’s most complete service offering. Our solutions are designed to remotely track, monitor, and control fixed and mobile assets in core vertical markets including transportation & distribution, heavy equipment, industrial fixed assets, oil & gas, maritime, mining and government.

Source: Orbcomm



General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault Nissan, Scania and Volvo Cars Support Specification for Delivery of Range of Connected Vehicle Services; 22 Live Operator Solutions Now Commercially Available

London: Leading companies from across the automotive and transportation sector are supporting the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification to help accelerate the growth of the connected car market, the GSMA announced today. The interoperable specification has been backed by international brands including General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault Nissan, Scania and Volvo Cars, and will enable automakers 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. The use of the specification will also help to quickly connect vehicles with local operators, regardless of where the cars are manufactured.

“The GSMA Embedded SIM Specification has progressed from the first availability of commercial solutions to industry adoption in a very short space of time. The automotive sector is set for huge growth and it is clear that a common, global standard will help mobile operators to provide scalable, reliable and secure connectivity to vehicles regardless of location,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “This approach will help car manufacturers offer any type of in-car connected service through a single SIM, which can be provisioned with the profile of a mobile operator once the car is shipped, as well as at the end of a contract, without the SIM needing to be changed.”

The connected car market is set for exponential growth. Gartner Research has forecast that one in five vehicles will have some form of wireless network connection by 2020, equating to more than 250 million connected vehicles in service1. Additionally, Machina Research estimates that the total number of connections in the connected car market will grow at a CAGR of 31 per cent from 182 million in 2015 to 693 million in 20202. Analyst house Berg Insight also notes that in-vehicle embedded telematics systems shipped 1.9 million units in 2014, a figure that is expected to reach 15 million by 20203.

“Jaguar Land Rover is putting connectivity at the heart of its vehicles to deliver a range of safety, security, convenience and infotainment features for our customers. The GSMA Embedded SIM Specification allows Jaguar Land Rover to reduce manufacturing complexity, adapt to changing regulatory frameworks and work with the best mobile operators, on a country-specific or regional basis, improving the customer offering to deliver the next generation of connected services over the lifetime of our vehicles,” commented Mike Bell, Global Connected Car Director, Jaguar Land Rover.

“The GSMA Embedded SIM Specification solves a number of fundamental issues in auto manufacturing principally in-market localisation and lifecycle management that enable us to provide an efficient, robust and global product,” said Fredrik Callenryd, Senior Business Strategy Manager, Scania CV AB.

“The Renault – Nissan Alliance is a global industry innovator for technology for mainstream and mass-market consumers. Supporting the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification will help sustain our innovations by enforcing a reliable and stabilized solution and enable us to offer more flexible and agile solutions. We will be able to offer our customers ease of use and a high quality of service which are Renault – Nissan’s main objectives,” commented Alexandre Corjon, Renault-Nissan Alliance Global VP, Electrics Electronics & Systems Engineering.

To date, 22 mobile operators worldwide have commercially launched solutions based on the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification. New operators to launch commercial solutions include AIS, América Móvil, KPN, MTN, Rogers Wireless, Swisscom, Taiwan Mobile, Telenor, TIM as well as members of the Bridge Alliance and the Global M2M Association. The adoption of an interoperable specification will reduce fragmentation and help the industry to take advantage of the Internet of Things, an addressable market estimated to be worth US$1.1 trillion by 2020 according to Machina Research4. AT&T, Bell Canada, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Indosat, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Tele2, Telefónica Brasil, Telefónica Group, TeliaSonera and Vodafone have already made commercial solutions available to the market.

GSMA Intelligence research highlights that 76 per cent of global M2M connections are now serviced by mobile operators that are deploying or are committed to the GSMA solution, underscoring the momentum behind the specification5. For more information on the GSMA’s Embedded SIM please go to:http://www.gsma.com/connectedliving/connected-living-mobilising-the-internet-of-things/.

GSMA Connected Living Programme at Mobile World Congress 2016 
The GSMA’s Connected Living Programme will showcase the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification at Mobile World Congress 22-25 February in Barcelona. There will be a number of live demonstrations of the specification in the GSMA Innovation City located at Stands 3A11 and 3A31 in Hall 3, Fira Gran Via, including scenarios from Bridge Alliance and the Global M2M Association. There will also be a number of workshops, seminars and presentations highlighting the impact of the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification on the international market. The GSMA Innovation City will be open during Mobile World Congress exhibition hours. For further information on Mobile World Congress 2016, visitwww.mobileworldcongress.com.

IoT to generate massive amounts of data to help business growth





IoT to generate massive data, help grow biz revenue
Internet of Things (IoT) will churn more than 20 trillion gigabytes of data by 2025, fueled by increasing broadband speeds, and is expected to generate new revenue for businesses.

Fueled by increasing broadband adoption and access speeds, Internet of Things (IoT) will churn more than 20 zettabytes, or 20 trillion gigabytes, of data by 2025.

Growing multi-device ownership also has been identified as a key driver of IoT and cloud adoption, according to research from Seagate Technology. The storage vendor said broadband speeds in the Asia-Pacific region were projected to be the fastest worldwide, quadrupling to 87Mbps in 10 years. Across the globe, broadband access speeds would average at 72Mbps. At those speeds, a two-hour high-definition movie could be downloaded in 7 minutes, compared to about 28 minutes today, Seagate said.

The Asia-Pacific, however, was expected to see disparate adoption rates in 2025, with developed markets such as Singapore and Hong Kong each clocking 95 percent broadband penetration rate, while South Korea would hit 99 percent. In comparison, countries such as India and Indonesia would only see adoption rates of 10 percent or less.

According to Seagate, by 2025, more than 40 billion devices were expected to be web-connected and the bulk of IP traffic would be driven by non-PC devices. Machine-to-machine devices were projected to account for 64 percent of these connections, with smartphones contributing 26 percent, and tablets 5 percent. Feature phones would only account for 4 percent of these connections, and laptop PCs a paltry 1 percent.

In terms of verticals, Seagate said the automotive sector would prove to be the fastest-growing segment for IoT, pushing more than 3.5 billion device units in 2025, compared to just 200 million in 2014. The storage vendor pointed to devices such as connected onboard diagnostics and automated safety systems that were expected to become more pervasive.

Consumer IoT was expected to be the largest market segment, generating 13 billion devices by 2025, with growth fueled by increasing adoption of devices such as smart watches and activity trackers.

Some 11 million smart watches were sold last year, while activity trackers clocked at 32 million, according to Seagate. It further estimated that the overall wearables market would be worth US$10 billion next year, pushing 170 million units by 2017.
Sales of fitness wearables would triple to 210 million in 2020, from 70 million in 2013, and smart garments adoption would see a compound annual growth rate of 48 percent between 2015 and 2020.

Enterprises also are recognizing the potential of IoT to help generate revenue, according to a recent study by India’s Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), which polled 795 executives worldwide.

More than 80 percent of companies that invested in IoT saw increased revenue, the research found, with the average growth rate from such initiatives clocking at 15.6 percent. Some 9 percent generated 30 percent more revenue as a result of their IoT efforts, while market leaders in this space saw a higher revenue increase of 64 percent.

TCS added that 7 percent of organizations were planning to spend some US$500 million on IoT initiatives this year alone, with another 12 percent looking to invest US$100 million in this space. Some 3 percent said they had plans to pour in at least US$1 billion to support their IoT initiatives. Across the board, organizations expected their IoT budgets to see increases each year, with spending projected to climb 20 percent to hit US$103 million by 2018.

A popular use of IoT technologies was for tracking customers through mobile apps, with 47 percent of organizations tapping the devices for such uses. Some 50.8 percent turned to IoT to monitor the performance of their products.

While the deployment of IoT appeared to be stellar, organizations did point to some key challenges that were holding back further adoption. Corporate culture, for instance, proved to be especially challenging as businesses struggled to hone their employee’s ability to change the way they thought about customer service, products, and processes.

In addition, organizations noted their challenge of convincing the leadership team about the potential of IoT and to invest time and resources in the technology.

Questions also were raised about the need to ensure security and reliability, as well as manage big data and data integration across the enterprise systems, especially as IoT technologies become more pervasive.

Source: Eileen Yu. ZDNET

Local councils missing out on more than £400 Million possible savings from M2M technologies


Local councils are missing potential savings of over £400 million and the opportunity to improve the services they offer to citizens by not capitalising on the benefits offered by Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technologies, Vodafone UK has found.


  • Smart street lighting and smart in-building energy management systems in local government buildings could provide savings of £402.3 million
  • New research by ComRes for Vodafone UK shows that 67 per cent of urban councillors are not aware of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technologies and how they can be used to deliver better, more cost efficient public services
  • 77 per cent of people living in urban areas say they would support their council’s decision to invest more in new technology to drive improved public services

To understand why local government is yet to reap the benefits of M2M for the efficient delivery of public services, Vodafone research, unveiled today, found that although the vast majority of urban councillors are positive about investment in technology, two thirds (67 per cent) are not familiar with M2M. This gap in understanding would explain why M2M is yet to be widely used to improve public services such as street lighting, refuse collection, urban traffic and transport management, whilst at the same time saving the tax payer millions.

Vodafone UK worked with research partner ComRes to poll 629 GB urban councillors and over 1,600 residents living in or on the fringes of the country’s urban areas to understand their views on the use of technology for public service delivery and to gauge which services are of concern to residents. The poll found that councillors agree that investing in technology is important in delivering better public services. This approach is also supported by the majority of urban residents.

The provisional local government finance settlement means that councils in England face cuts of almost £8 billion this year (1.8 per cent of 14/15 budget)1. By utilising M2M – also called the Internet of Things (IoT) – local councils could benefit from significant savings while improving key services. Smart street lighting and energy management systems in local government buildings, for example, could save over £400 million (£402.3 million), making up around 5 per cent of the cuts expected over the next year with just two M2M-based solutions.

Today’s research suggests those savings would be welcomed by citizens who overwhelmingly said (77 per cent) they would fully support their council’s decision to invest more in new technology to drive improved public services.

Matt Key, Director of M2M sales and commercial at Vodafone said, “While the importance of technology seems to be widely appreciated by local councillors and residents in urban areas, the lack of awareness of the massive benefits to be gained from M2M and the Internet of Things means that urban councils are missing out on opportunities to deliver better, smarter and more cost effective services in the areas which matter to their local communities.”

“Among the small amount of councillors who are familiar with M2M, almost all of them (83 per cent) feel the technology will be important in delivering better services and improved value to the community. If we can help more councillors understand the possible savings and the benefits, then we have a real opportunity to help local councils improve the services for their communities, as well as free up more budget to be reinvested in front line services.”

Citizens are in support of smart technologies

The poll of Britons living in or on the fringes of urban areas found them to be in strong support of using M2M technologies to improve public services and reduce running costs. The greatest savings could come from monitoring systems in local authority buildings to reduce energy consumption, a measure supported by 85 per cent of residents. When Vodafone implemented smart monitoring systems across 200 of its sites, the company made an average saving of 29 per cent in energy costs, per site. With UK local authorities spending around £750 million each year on energy costs2, they could save close to £190 million per year with an average saving of 25 per cent through the introduction of similar systems.

Further savings could be achieved by smart street lighting – 80 per cent of residents in urban areas said they are in favour of lighting which brightens when it senses people or vehicles are nearby to reduce energy consumption. If connected or smart street lights were rolled out to all 7.5 million street lights in the UK this could drive savings of £52.9 million on energy costs (based on a conservative 20 per cent reduction) and £161.9 million in maintenance, equating to total savings of almost £215million (£214.8 million).

M2M technology can improve the services that citizens are most dissatisfied with

According to the survey, residents of urban areas are less likely to be satisfied on issues concerning transportation and traffic, compared to other council services, such as refuse collection and street lighting.

Traffic management, for example, can readily benefit from M2M technologies. As the survey suggests, congestion in urban areas such as London, is a major frustration for its residents, as well as costing councils money. According to the Centre for Economics and Business Research, the number of hours spent by drivers idling in traffic in London is expected to increase by nearly 20 per cent over the next fifteen years to 299 hours – equating to 40 working days a year by 20303.

In fact 88 per cent of adults living in urban areas said they support the introduction of smart traffic light systems which automatically respond to the flow of people and vehicles for more effective traffic management. Support for improvements to traffic light systems was higher than any other proposal tested in the polling.

Furthermore, fifty-seven per cent of residents said they would be in support of their local council investing in applications to help them find parking spaces. One City Council is already embarking on a project with Vodafone to help direct drivers to the council’s 10,000 parking bays4 – some of which remain vacant because people can’t find them. Drivers spend around 15 minutes looking for an available space, so the project will greatly reduce congestion.

“The benefits that are already being seen by the private sector, other markets and some local authorities are just too significant for urban councillors to ignore,” said Matt Key. “Those at the highest level in Government are starting to recognise the potential with IoT making its way into the Spring budget for the first time earlier this year. We recommend that urban councillors find out more about M2M technologies to see how they can improve the services that matter most to their residents while making budgets work harder. At Vodafone, we are committed to working with local councils to make best use of technology to create some of the smartest, most efficient cities in Europe.”

Source: Vodafone


Huawei outlines Smart City vision



Chinese vendor giant Huawei today claimed the world is just at the first stage of the journey to smart cities, with a lot of information being gathered but not used very effectively because we haven’t yet connected vertical markets.

John Frieslaar, Huawei’s director of strategy and innovation, said he thinks smart cities is a journey that goes from connected cities, to smart cities to intelligent cities, which ultimately will be more sustainable.

“The journey is all about how you use the data, moving from using data to understanding what happened, to using it to change the future,” he said.

Delivering a keynote at the event, Frieslaar noted that it’s not about connectivity or broadband anymore. “It’s about digital transformation – how do we get the information and what do we do with it.”

In terms of smart services, he said many city councils are doing interesting and innovative things that are forcing the telecoms community to sit up and take note and figure out the new types of services that are required from the networks.

Trends like autonomous vehicles, the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and 3D printing are impacting the way networks are developed and deployed.

Frieslaar said the broadband architecture for 2020 will be built on a number of major components such as 5G radio access, software defined networks that allow the granular switching of traffic flows, network function virtualisation and storing things in the cloud.

The main reason behind all this, he explained, is the demand to accelerate business through faster network innovation cycles and more rapid development of new services.

Smart cities are becoming a major driver of Huawei’s growth around the world, he said. “Cities like London are gong to the likes of BT and saying ‘can you provide me with these services, because right now your portfolio is not what I really want’.”

City councils agree that free WiFi access is important to engage with citizens and to spur economic growth. “Clearly from a telecommunications perspective, their needs are changing and a traditional telecoms portfolio of services is probably not what they want in the future. It’s the Internet of Things and the cloud of things that they’ll want over the next five years,” he said.

The IoT market is predicted to have 50 billion devices by 2025. He noted that the world manufactures more than one trillion industrial devices each year, so the potential of IoT could be far in excess of 50 billion.

He added that as we move into the IoT world with autonomous vehicles, processing needs to be more local. Networks will have to have at least two macro base stations in the area to provide redundancy. “The whole dynamic of how we build networks has to change.”

Source: Mobile World Live Joseph Waring