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control tiny, low power sensors - hegenderfer Bluetooth SIG announces architecture to connect billions of devices to the IoT

Supporting toolkit enables developers to create Internet gateways for Bluetooth sensors

Press release

February 10th 2016. The Bluetooth SIG has introduced a new architecture and supporting set of educational tools that enables developers to quickly create Internet gateways for Bluetooth products. Bluetooth gateways allow any Bluetooth sensor to relay data to the cloud and back again. This architecture expands the potential functionality of the Internet of Things (IoT) by giving anyone the ability to monitor and control fixed Bluetooth sensors from a remote location, like turning off your lights while on vacation or unlocking your front door for a pet sitter. Continue reading

smarter products for a connected world - poulsen Spirent & Oasis partner to accelerate IoT connected devices

Collaboration will create unique two-click device activation & global subscription provisioning for Internet of Things’[IoT] connected devices in consumer and enterprise markets

Press release

February 10th 2016. Spirent Communications, the leading provider of device intelligence solutions, and Oasis Smart SIM, a global Universal Subscriber Identity Module (USIM) connectivity and management provider, have announced a strategic partnership aimed at removing connectivity and network provisioning barriers for the rapid development of connected products and devices, such as cameras, smart vehicles, logistics and production goods. Continue reading

important to ensure interoperability - JaeSeung TTA to host oneM2M Interop 2

Press release – 2nd IoT & M2M interoperability event

February 4th 2016.  oneM2M, the global standards initiative for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and the Internet of Things (IoT),  has announced it will host its second interoperability event following the success of its inaugural test session last year [2015]. Co-organised by oneM2M‘s founding partners TTA (Telecommunications Technology Association of Korea) and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute – the body which gave us GSM), oneM2M Interop 2 will give organisations implementing oneM2M standards the opportunity to validate interoperability and check end-to-end functionality via oneM2M interfaces. It is also expected to include a Conformance Testing Tool Demo in order to help companies understand oneM2M conformance testing, which aims to determine to what extent a single implementation of a particular standard conforms to the individual requirements of that standard. Continue reading

Juniper_Smartphone_Markets Apple Posts 20% YoY growth despite Q4 smartphone slowdown

Whilst Microsoft declines & Samsung smartphones grow by >1%
Global smartphone market now reaching over 1.4 million device shipments per annum

Press release

February 1st 2016. Leading mobile analyst firm Juniper Research has released its Q4 and full year smartphone market assessment for 2015. Samsung shipped an estimated 317 million smartphones, representing less than 1 per cent YoY [Year on Year] growth. Apple posts its slowest ever YoY iPhone growth, but with record profits. However, Microsoft’s phones continue to slide, shipments declining 57 per cent YoY to 4.5 million devices. Xiaomi misses its annual sales target – slowing down to 75 million. shipments. Continue reading

Tweakker_motif Spirent Mobile Device Intelligence report 2015

- Record year in delivering device intelligence services
- Online smartphone support tripling to over 100,000 hours
- Saving the telecoms industry $17.5m in customer care costs

Press release

January 28th 2016. The year 2015 proved a record-breaking year for the device intelligence business unit of Spirent Communications. During the year, the unit helped more than 100 mobile network operators [MNOs)]and over 70 mobile virtual network operators [MVNOs] to deliver new device intelligence services and support to over 1.5 million handset subscribers. Continue reading

- moore Taoglas opens North America’s first antenna & RF design centre for IoT devices

IOTx wireless design centre, complete with two 3D anechoic testing chambers and a team of antenna, RF and mechanical engineers accelerates product device designs

Press Release

January 22nd 2016. In the midst of explosive wireless device growth in the Internet of Things [IoT]/M2M market, innovative antenna leader Taoglas USA has announced it has opened a unique facility for its North American customers in San Diego, California. Quadrupling the original size of its local facility – it’s now more than 16,000 square feet – the Taoglas IoTx Centre offers a fully equipped design and test location that supports companies seeking a competitive, time-to-market advantage for M2M and IoT applications. This location offers unrivalled support for customers at all stages of their product design cycle – from concept to certification readiness. Preparation, planning, experience and the tools to test and debug issues are critical in first time success. Taoglas has founded the IoTx Centre to get that all done quickly and effectively. Continue reading

app2chat-logo Over 400 small businesses trialling App2Chat mobile office system

In the space of a month since launch at the Business Show, Pink Telephone’s mobile office phone system is proving a compelling product for small businesses in the always-connected mobile era

Press Release

January 21st 2016.  Launched at The Business Show last December [2015] in London, the Pink Telephone Company’s mobile office system for small and medium sized enterprises is fast gaining traction with small businesses in Britain. Called App2Chat, over 400 SMEs are progressively introducing the mobile office system into their daily operations and Pink Telephone expects to have a 2,000 SME business user base by October [2016]. The firm is also seeking resellers to up-sell App2Chat to their SME customers and expects to sign up 20 by the end of January [2016]. Continue reading

smarter products for a connected world - poulsen Tweakker wins debut MVNO contract in Asia

Malaysian MVNO redONE sees Tweakker’s Device Guides as key to customer engagement and continued subscriber growth

Press release

January 7th 2016. Spirent Communications has announced  that the firm’s mobile device intelligence unit - Tweakker has won its first contract with a mobile virtual network operator [MVNO] in Asia. Called redONE , the contract enables the MVNO to embed Tweakker’s self-care smartphone Device Guides on its website with a link to Tweakker’s cloud. After training provided by Tweakker, customer care agents will be able to reference them to minimize the time it takes when on-boarding new subscribers if they experience difficulties in getting online. Continue reading

Showrooming impacts Xmas shopping as 41% of UK shoppers use mobiles to find best deals while in-store

Press release

Research from EE reveals almost 22 million shoppers regularly ‘showroom’ by using their mobile devices to check for better prices while in-store, a major concern for retailers at Xmas

London and Newcastle are British cities with the most showroomers at 47 per cent, while the practice is most common among those aged 18-34

Price-matching, loyalty schemes and allowing customers to buy online while in-store are key ways retailers can turn showrooming into an advantage

EE aims to help retailers turn showrooming trend to their advantage this Christmas with 4G Public WiFi In A Box, a new product that enables smaller businesses to provide plug and play, regulatory compliant public WiFi service in stores

December 18th  2015. The Xmas season is one of the heaviest spending periods of the year, but new data from EE suggests the practice of ‘showrooming’ could have a big impact on Christmas shopping behaviour this year. 41 per cent of Brits – equivalent to almost 22 million shoppers – regularly ‘showroom’ by using their mobile devices to check for better prices while in-store. Continue reading

always-connected mobile world - trowbridge RIPTec launches cut the cord app for unified communications

App has the potential to end small businesses’ dependence on fixed phone, systems and personal multiple mobiles in the anytime-anywhere workspace
GSM and VoIP communications on one smartphone brings about the Unified Communications era

Press release

November 30th 2015. Communications specialists
RIPTec has launched an app that has the potential to end capital investments on business communications hardware and software and replace it with one unified multi-number smartphone-enabled dialer for business and personal use. At-a-stroke, SME staff need no longer have one mobile for private use and another for business use. Continue reading

UK-wide study reveals the rising influence of mobile in retail

Report also covers drive-to-store campaign case study

Press release

  • 60 per cent of smartphone owners buy products on their mobile phones
  • 47 per cent buy products they’ve seen in store on mobile
  • 40 per cent use mobile couponing services

November 26th 2015. Timed to the push as retailers both in the US and Europe prepare for the impact of Black Friday and the upcoming Christmas madness, adsquare, the Audience Management Platform for mobile programmatic advertising, has released the results of its latest consumer survey, providing brands and businesses key insights around the role and significance of mobile for the retail industry. Continue reading

smarter products for a connected world - poulsen GIV Mobile & Tweakker boost charity incomes

Tweakker’s Device Guides provide the US MVNO’s subscribers flexible smartphone self-care and greater customer care experience at lower operational costs

Press release

November 17th 2015. Spirent Communications‘ device intelligence business unit Tweakker has announced that it has won a customer care contract from American mobile virtual network operator [MVNO] GIV Mobile. The contract enables the MVNO to embed Tweakker’s smartphone Device Guides on its website which seamlessly connect to Tweakker’s cloud. As a result, care agents can now solve any customer smartphone issue from joining its network and throughout the subscriber lifecycle. Continue reading

superiority of passenger experience - dawkins Singapore Airlines to adopt GX Aviation from Inmarsat

Press release

November 9th 2015. Inmarsat has confirmed that Singapore Airlines is to deploy its GX Aviation high-speed connectivity service for passengers on-board its long-haul fleet. The services are procured by the airline from Inmarsat’s partner SITA OnAir and will be powered byHoneywell’s JetWave satellite communications hardware. The first installation is scheduled for Q3-Q4 2016, starting with Singapore Airlines’ Boeing B777-300ER aircraft, which will be followed by its Airbus A380-800s and A350-900s. Continue reading

Jet ConneX for business aviation ultimate connectivity

Press release

May 2014. Picture the scene. You’re on your laptop, checking your latest stock price. Every now and then you look up to catch the live news on TV. In between, you’re looking at the weather forecast on your smartphone. Seconds later it rings. It’s your daughter wanting to know if you bought the cinema tickets for the weekend. You haven’t so you book online while you’re talking. Now imagine that you’re not at home or the office, but cruising 35,000 feet over the Atlantic in your business jet. All this will happen with Inmarsat‘s JX. Continue reading

accelerate adoption - markwalter Wearables security, availability & trends to be Highlighted @ FMS ’15 keynote

With 35% CAGR, CEA’ s Markwalter explains why wearables are more than a state of mind

Press release

July 29th 2015. While the wearables industry is projected to experience more than a 35 percent compound annual growth rate(CAGR), the industry faces challenges in making the technology meaningful and more than novelty for consumers and businesses. During his keynote presentation at the Wearables/Mobile Day August 12th [2015] at the FMS (Flash Memory Summit) 2015 held in the Santa Clara Convention Centre, Brian Markwalter, svp for market research and standards with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), will share the latest developments and future directions in wearables. Continue reading