The wireless industry is clearly investing in the smart city concept. Both Verizon and AT&T have teams dedicated to breaking open dialogue-- and sales-- between wireless players and city officials, with the goal of installing new technologies in metro areas that proponents say will make city life safer and more efficient. And analysts generally agree on the major opportunity presented by smart cities.
A technology that's been around for decades is in the spotlight again after researchers at MIT and Texas Instruments said they've developed a new type of radio frequency identification (RFID) chip that is virtually impossible to hack.
Cisco said it will spend $1.4 billion to acquire Jasper Technologies as it steps up its pursuit of the IoT market. Jasper powers a number of IoT applications like Amazon's Kindle book downloads, and the company works with a wide variety of mobile operators including AT&T.
Dual-use routers such as Comcast's Xfinity gateways, which operate as both home Wi-Fi routers and public hotspots, are rapidly gaining favor among cable and IPTV operators in the U.S. and Europe. In fact, one in three routers will function as "homespots" by 2017, according to a new Juniper Research report, reaching 366 million units installed worldwide.
The LTE market, over the past 20 years, has developed like the market for jumbo jets or nuclear power plants. Four major suppliers and one standard dominate the market because all customers have essentially the same requirement.
Along with market domination, the leading two smartphone ecosystems are extremely integrated into the day-to-day lives of the phone users. Through fast innovation and deployment of lifestyle-helping apps like Siri, Maps, Calendar, iCloud, Google Now!, HomeKit, and others, the phone OS players have built deep in-roads into helping us with our daily lives…and knowing more about us than any other company ever has.
Beacons are officially making their Broadway debut, with Gimbal providing its location intelligence platform in partnership with Broadway Voice and Urban Airship providing the mobile engagement platform. Called Playbill Passport, the app is now available in all Broadway theaters serviced by the 130-year-old Playbill brand magazine.
Cisco Investments is making an undisclosed investment in Internet of Things (IoT) platform provider Kii, which will use the funds to create solutions and expand distribution, including with carriers. Separately, Arrayent, which provides its platform to well-known brands like Whirlpool and Maytag, completed a $15 million Series C funding round as ORIX Ventures joined previous investors that include Intel Capital, DCM Ventures, Opus Capital and Comerica Bank.
University of Washington researchers have developed a system that uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals from passengers' mobile phones and devices to collect better data about where bus riders get on and off, how many people use a given stop and how long they wait to transfer to another bus, according to UW Today. The system could help transit agencies collect valuable real-time data to provide better service.
As Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and others work to bolster their cellular networks in the heart of the Big Apple, they are now facing another competitor: New York City, which this week began offering public access to its small but growing network of LinkNYC-branded public Wi-Fi hotspots.