While federal regulatory officials and others want to make sure the Internet of Things puts security at the forefront, the Thread Group says it made sure security was baked into the networking protocol from the get-go.
Security is a big concern among a lot players in the Internet of Things, so it's no wonder that federal regulators would zero in on that as they look for ways to prevent fraud and unfair business practices.
Whether it's integrating wireless with the home, the car or a business, AT&T Mobility says its focus is on creating value for users and less about battling competitors like T-Mobile US and Sprint on just price. Phil Goldstein, editor of FierceWireless, talked to AT&T Mobility CMO David Christopher during the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) about rising competition in the wireless market, as well as opportunities in the connected car and the home automation markets.
Cablevision took its first step into the wireless world Monday, by introducing a Wi-Fi-only phone service, Freewheel, that its subscribers can get for $10 a month. But with its limited service--Wi-Fi works only where hotspots and wireless routers are available, and doesn't do handoffs the way cellular technology does--it's hardly a threat to incumbent carriers like AT&T.
Swedish-backed operator Tele2 and Dutch company Aerea entered into a machine-to-machine / Internet of Things partnership in the Netherlands, making Aerea the exclusive Sigfox network operator for the Netherlands.
Ford Motor Co. is hoping foster innov ation by opening a research center in Silicon Valley that is devoted to development for the connected car and autonomous car. The center, which will be based in Palo Alto, Calif., will focus on the convergence of the automobile and mobility.
Space Data is looking to monetize its Narrowband PCS (NPCS) spectrum licenses to get funds to launch LTE service in remote areas of Alaska or the Gulf of Mexico. Space Data said it retained the brokerage and investment banking firm Stifel to advise it on selling or potentially using the NPCS spectrum as collateral to fund future deployments.
The fledgling LoRa Alliance is shoring up some significant backing, with the Dutch telco KPN promising to introduce LoRa devices later this year.
AT&T's Plano, Texas-based innovation center, which was opened in March 2011 and expanded to include M2M operations in 2014, is one of four foundries the company established globally to serve as a test-bed for new technologies and give AT&T an opportunity to work with partners and startups to accelerate innovation in areas like the Internet of Things and M2M. Slideshow.
In a nondescript office park outside of Dallas, a group of AT&T engineers have what many might consider the best jobs at AT&T--working at the company's Plano, Texas-based Foundry.