Connected World Staff

Kicking Off 2014 with NFC

The analysts are forecasting a big year for NFC (near-field communication) in 2014, but I say simply look around. This trend is evident in the fact that NFC is everywhere we go. Case in point: New Year’s Eve.

By |12/31/2013|

Could 2G Get a Boost?

Here we go again. The U.S. carrier pot has once again been stirred up this week with talk of acquisition rumors.

By |12/17/2013|

Will Your Kids Wear Wearables?

I’ve spent a fair amount of time as of late blogging about the importance of making wearables “worth it” for consumers. The idea of these items being both fashionable and functional, in my opinion, will be the only way this market continues its momentum.

By |12/13/2013|

Creating a Connected World

In addition to snow flurries across the country, this is also the time of year we are privy to a flurry of predictions from the analysts about what is to come in the year ahead. Not surprising, a number of reports have crossed my desk recently predicting 2014 will be the year of M2M and IoT (Internet of Things).

By |12/10/2013|

Start-Ups to Rule M2M/IoT

It sure is a fun time to imagine the possibilities these days. Jeff Bezos envisions a future where hundreds of mini drones zip around our airways delivering us our books and DVDs.

By |12/6/2013|

A Connected City-as-a-Service?

Silver Spring Networks announced something rather intriguing today: A network-as‐a-service offering, which will allow cities to deploy new smart-city services to citizens in a rapid, and perhaps cost efficient manner. So in essence it becomes a SaaS (software-as-as-service) type of offering, but rather than office applications we are instead talking about solutions that help with environmental, health and safety, traffic, and even transportation challenges for cities.

By |11/19/2013|

Under Armour Tackles IoT

Who knew Under Armour would be a company to watch in the world of M2M and IoT (Internet of Things)? Actually, anyone watching the market closely; or anyone who knows a thing or two about CEO Kevin Plank, for that matter.

By |11/15/2013|

Validic Believes Tech Can Solve Healthcare

The name Mark Cuban made me pay attention to the company Validic; but its CEO and cofounder Ryan Beckland kept my attention. When I saw the news that an investment group headed by the billionaire owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks recently poured money in a mobile health company I had to find out more.

By |11/13/2013|

Too Quick to Connect?

There is an old saying: Slow and steady wins the race. Is this also true in the world of M2M and IoT (Internet of Things)?

By |11/7/2013|

Government-Funded GPS for Autism Could Make Wearables worth It

I came across a great story this week that puts this whole “wearable” discussion into perspective. U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer is calling for the DOJ (Dept. of Justice) to create and fund a program to provide voluntary GPS tracking devices for children who have Autism or other developmental disorders.

By |11/6/2013|

Android: A Good Foundation for M2M and IoT?

Choosing an OS (operating system) is a tricky predicament. Will the OS be relevant for the long term?

By |11/1/2013|

Are You Prepared for “Talent War” in M2M?

Who knew the coming rise of the machines would ultimately have the greatest impact on us humans? Two significant pieces of news emerged this week that address a necessary talent pool of workers to bring the coming Internet of Things to life.

By |10/30/2013|

Connected Energy: How Do We Move Forward?

I am constantly covering stories about connected-energy programs. It is encouraging to hear these stories, but while smart meters and other energy initiatives are being rolled out across the country, consumer involvement is still relatively low.

By |10/25/2013|

M2M One-Stop-Shop or One-Shop-Stop?

Let’s not debate the fact that the M2M value chain is complex; because it is. That being said, this realization shouldn’t be the basis of the argument for why one-stop-shops—or AEP (application enablement platforms) as they are called—are the ideal option for corporate adopters.

By |10/23/2013|

Baby Boomers Get Connected

I recently came across a survey that reports 15% of American adults ages 18 and older do not use the Internet or email. Naturally, as a member of the millennial generation, this number surprised me.

By |10/15/2013|