RacoWireless http://www.racowireless.com M2M Solutions Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:39:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Holiday Connected Gift Guide 2014 http://www.racowireless.com/holiday-connected-gift-guide-2014/ http://www.racowireless.com/holiday-connected-gift-guide-2014/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:31:02 +0000 http://www.racowireless.com/?p=5961 The holidays are upon us once again and we are more excited than ever about the Internet of Things. There are a huge number of connected devices available for sale and these are some of our favorites!

1) Nest Learning Thermostat

Nest Learning Thermostat
Easily the slickest thermostat on the market, the Nest Thermostat promises to lower heating and cooling bills up to 20%. Most people leave the house at one temperature and forget to change it. So the Nest Learning Thermostat learns your schedule, programs itself and can be controlled remotely from your phone. Even better, Nest Thermostat provides integration with a growing number of smart home technologies.

2) Zubie

With Zubie, you can make any car a connected car. Interfacing with the OBDII port found in about every car manufactured since 1996, the Zubie Key monitors your driving habits, keeps tabs on your vehicle’s health and allows you to track your vehicle’s location with built-in GPS. We especially love these for keeping track of teen drivers!

3) Parrot Bebop Drone

Parrot’s latest consumer-grade drone shows that you don’t need high-end gear to produce incredibly beautiful video footage.

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The holidays are upon us once again and we are more excited than ever about the Internet of Things. There are a huge number of connected devices available for sale and these are some of our favorites!

1) Nest Learning Thermostat

Nest Learning Thermostat
Easily the slickest thermostat on the market, the Nest Thermostat promises to lower heating and cooling bills up to 20%. Most people leave the house at one temperature and forget to change it. So the Nest Learning Thermostat learns your schedule, programs itself and can be controlled remotely from your phone. Even better, Nest Thermostat provides integration with a growing number of smart home technologies.

2) Zubie

With Zubie, you can make any car a connected car. Interfacing with the OBDII port found in about every car manufactured since 1996, the Zubie Key monitors your driving habits, keeps tabs on your vehicle’s health and allows you to track your vehicle’s location with built-in GPS. We especially love these for keeping track of teen drivers!

3) Parrot Bebop Drone

Parrot’s latest consumer-grade drone shows that you don’t need high-end gear to produce incredibly beautiful video footage. The Parrot Bebop creates its own WiFI hotspot, streaming video and physical control back to your smartphone or tablet. Create a dynamic flight plan with GPS coordinates or control the drone on your own. If it loses connection, the drone is programmed to return to its start point for retrieval. So. cool.

4) littleBits

Littlebits connected home kitFor the aspiring engineer or DIY wunderkind, littleBits is the easiest way to prototype and learn with electronics. It’s an ever-growing library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets so you can invest practically anything. Their Smart Home Kit is especially cool: it can turn anything into an IoT device. Automate your curtains to open at sunrise. Make a remote controlled pet feeder. If you can dream it, then you can build it.

5) Parrot Flower Power

Another product from French company Parrot, Flower Power is the one tool you need to turn your thumb from black to green. In a pot or in the ground, its suite of sensors monitor the four factors any plant needs to thrive: sunlight, water, fertilizer and temperature. Whenever your Flower Power detects that your attention is needed, you will receive notification on your smartphone or tablet.

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Mobile World Congress 2015 http://www.racowireless.com/mobile-world-congress-2015/ http://www.racowireless.com/mobile-world-congress-2015/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:47:23 +0000 http://www.racowireless.com/?p=5938 2 Mar 2015 – 5 Mar 2015

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M2M Evolution Conference & Expo http://www.racowireless.com/m2m-evolution-conference-expo-2/ http://www.racowireless.com/m2m-evolution-conference-expo-2/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:46:33 +0000 http://www.racowireless.com/?p=5936 27 Jan 2015 – 30 Jan 2015

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2015 AT&T Developer Summit http://www.racowireless.com/2015-att-developer-summit/ http://www.racowireless.com/2015-att-developer-summit/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:45:54 +0000 http://www.racowireless.com/?p=5934 4 Jan 2015 – 5 Jan 2015

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KORE Wireless Group to Acquire RacoWireless http://www.racowireless.com/kore-wireless-group-to-acquire-racowireless/ http://www.racowireless.com/kore-wireless-group-to-acquire-racowireless/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:00:36 +0000 http://www.racowireless.com/?p=5801 Transaction Fueled by Recent Strategic Investment in KORE by ABRY Partners

Combined Entity with Heightened Scale Will Drive Global Adoption and Innovation in the Fastest-Growing Segment of the Wireless Communications Industry

ATLANTA, BOSTON and CINCINNATI – November 11, 2014 – KORE Wireless Group, Inc. (“KORE”), the leading global provider of managed M2M communications services, today announced that ABRY Partners (“ABRY”) one of the most experienced and successful communication sector-focused private equity investment firms in North America, has acquired a majority interest in KORE. This investment, established in conjunction with the current KORE partners, provides growth and acquisition capital that will allow KORE to further its goal of creating the pre-eminent independent provider of broad-based M2M service solutions on a global basis.

As the first step in its broader strategy, KORE also today announced the acquisition, in an all-cash transaction, of RacoWireless (“Raco”), a company recognized for its experience and reputation for making IoT/M2M easy by providing end-to-end connectivity solutions. Following the completion of this transaction, the combined company will have offices in five countries and serve more than 3 million subscribers on behalf of over 1,500 customers using services in more than 110 markets around the world.

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Transaction Fueled by Recent Strategic Investment in KORE by ABRY Partners

Combined Entity with Heightened Scale Will Drive Global Adoption and Innovation in the Fastest-Growing Segment of the Wireless Communications Industry

ATLANTA, BOSTON and CINCINNATI – November 11, 2014 – KORE Wireless Group, Inc. (“KORE”), the leading global provider of managed M2M communications services, today announced that ABRY Partners (“ABRY”) one of the most experienced and successful communication sector-focused private equity investment firms in North America, has acquired a majority interest in KORE. This investment, established in conjunction with the current KORE partners, provides growth and acquisition capital that will allow KORE to further its goal of creating the pre-eminent independent provider of broad-based M2M service solutions on a global basis.

As the first step in its broader strategy, KORE also today announced the acquisition, in an all-cash transaction, of RacoWireless (“Raco”), a company recognized for its experience and reputation for making IoT/M2M easy by providing end-to-end connectivity solutions. Following the completion of this transaction, the combined company will have offices in five countries and serve more than 3 million subscribers on behalf of over 1,500 customers using services in more than 110 markets around the world.

The combined organization is primed to deliver, in short order, an unprecedented portfolio of connected technology, location-aware solutions, and management tools in a way that has never before been experienced in the industry. The acquisition is subject to completion of certain regulatory and other consents, and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014.

“We are standing at a historic inflection point in our industry where scalability and innovation are critical, and the financial partnership with ABRY delivers the capital and expert support necessary to rapidly develop the scale demanded by global customers in what has so far been a fragmented market,” said Alex Brisbourne, CEO of KORE. “Strategic acquisitions both in advanced connectivity and richer applications solutions are an important goal, as scale and global reach are of paramount importance to our large applications and enterprise customers. These customers seek to leverage new M2M technologies that enable more efficient, innovative, and in some cases, disruptive business models going forward”, he said.

“This acquisition is a great fit between two companies that have been pioneers in this space,” said John Horn, President of Raco who will become the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. “This is a unique opportunity that will redefine the IoT/M2M industry, and create a company that has the right scale and focus to shape the course of the Internet of Things.”

“We are delighted to be moving rapidly with this first step in our expansion strategy, and create further value for our customers and partners both nationally and globally, leveraging the integrated solutions that the company can deliver for their businesses,” said Brisbourne.

The combined company’s increased scope and scale will provide customers and partners the benefits of a more diverse, global, footprint and access to an award-winning set of development and management tools.

“We have been closely watching this industry as it starts to take off on a global scale,” said Blake Battaglia, partner at ABRY Partners. “Our commitment to investing in KORE as an engine for global growth is, we believe, an indication of the opportunity within this industry space, and we are excited to be a part of facilitating this first step in the inevitable consolidation to take place as the market moves from its current nascent state”, he said.

Both KORE and Raco have been independently recognized in the industry for many years around their exceptional technology platforms and tools.

About KORE Wireless Group

KORE is the world’s largest wireless network provider specializing exclusively on the rapidly expanding global machine-to-machine (M2M) communications market. Operating under the KORE Telematics brand in the USA ,and providing solutions to enterprises and operators under the KORE Systems brand, KORE provides unified control and management for cellular and satellite network service delivery in more than 180 countries worldwide, KORE empowers its application, hardware and wireless operator partners to efficiently deliver M2M solutions for connected devices across the globe. M2M applications in industries as diverse as healthcare, utilities, enterprise IT, transaction processing and fleet management rely on the KORE network to deliver operational efficiencies and cost-savings. KORE offers a range of technologies — including GSM, HSPA, CDMA EV-DO and LTE, as well as satellite services — that ensure the greatest possible reliability and coverage. For more information, please visit www.koretelematics.com.

About RacoWireless

RacoWireless (www.racowireless.com) is a leading provider of wireless data solutions to the machine-to-machine (M2M) industry. The company lives by its mantra to ‘make it easy’ by providing support for companies to build, manage and enhance wireless M2M applications. RacoWireless can assemble a flexible, end-to-end M2M wireless connectivity solution for its partners – including delivering custom rate plans, tailored billing solutions and customized wireless connectivity as well as helping them brand their M2M applications and delivering 24/7 customer service. Among its numerous awards, RacoWireless has been recognized with a Stevie® Award from the American Business Awards as 2012’s “Most Innovative Tech Company” and as the “Entrepreneurial Company of the Year” by Frost and Sullivan.

About ABRY Partners

Founded in 1989, ABRY Partners is one of the most experienced and successful media, communications, business and information services focused private equity investment firms. ABRY invests in high quality companies domestically and abroad and partners with management teams to help build world class businesses. One of ABRY’s highest priority investment initiatives is to identify and invest in rapidly growing areas of communications, IT infrastructure and managed services including M2M/IoT services, managed cloud and networking services, unified communications and other broadband-oriented services fulfilling the IT and communication needs of carriers, enterprises, and application service providers. Since its founding, ABRY has completed over $42.0 billion of leveraged transactions and other private equity, mezzanine or preferred equity placements, representing investments in over 450 properties.

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Internet of Things Still Faces a Major Hurdle http://www.racowireless.com/internet-of-things-still-faces-a-major-hurdle/ http://www.racowireless.com/internet-of-things-still-faces-a-major-hurdle/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:54:00 +0000 http://www.racowireless.com/?p=5769 IoT

As more major players lay the foundation for the Internet of Things, questions of IoT standards have been raised: Can there be an industry standard? And, more importantly, who will set this standard?

With a wide spectrum of developers working on a variety of projects, a standard might soon be needed for technological compatibility. The competing networks are more fragmented than the smartphone market ever was, and this poses a large obstacle for the IoT to overcome. While Apple seems like the biggest player in the IoT, it might not be Apple that makes these industry decisions.

In this article, John Horn discusses the future of industry standards in the Internet of Things. Read it here.

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As more major players lay the foundation for the Internet of Things, questions of IoT standards have been raised: Can there be an industry standard? And, more importantly, who will set this standard?

With a wide spectrum of developers working on a variety of projects, a standard might soon be needed for technological compatibility. The competing networks are more fragmented than the smartphone market ever was, and this poses a large obstacle for the IoT to overcome. While Apple seems like the biggest player in the IoT, it might not be Apple that makes these industry decisions.

In this article, John Horn discusses the future of industry standards in the Internet of Things. Read it here.

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IoT Security: Stealing the Thunder http://www.racowireless.com/iot-security-stealing-the-thunder/ http://www.racowireless.com/iot-security-stealing-the-thunder/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:07:16 +0000 http://www.racowireless.com/?p=5656 The rise of M2M security as a discussion topic has hit the gas peddle in a big way! This rise in topic interest is absolutely all part of the progression that a high-growth industry experiences. No more a niche sector within the technology space, IoT and its connected applications are gaining the recognition and trust of the everyday consumer. Homes and businesses from all over the globe are deploying time-saving and cost-cutting applications. As you think for a moment as we bring connectivity to the “things” of our lives (cars, home appliances, healthcare devices, etc…), it’s easy to see how imperative proper security measures will become.

Everyone that plays a part in this ecosystem needs to mindful of where they may be exposed to a security threat. In a recent whitepaper that we published, we laid out 10 questions that every solution provider should be asking their technology providers. They are as follows:

  1. Are all servers and network components within the organization’s network updated with the latest security patches and updates?

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The rise of M2M security as a discussion topic has hit the gas peddle in a big way! This rise in topic interest is absolutely all part of the progression that a high-growth industry experiences. No more a niche sector within the technology space, IoT and its connected applications are gaining the recognition and trust of the everyday consumer. Homes and businesses from all over the globe are deploying time-saving and cost-cutting applications. As you think for a moment as we bring connectivity to the “things” of our lives (cars, home appliances, healthcare devices, etc…), it’s easy to see how imperative proper security measures will become.

Everyone that plays a part in this ecosystem needs to mindful of where they may be exposed to a security threat. In a recent whitepaper that we published, we laid out 10 questions that every solution provider should be asking their technology providers. They are as follows:

  1. Are all servers and network components within the organization’s network updated with the latest security patches and updates?
  2. Is there a process in place to apply new patches and updates in a timely manner?
  3. What model firewalls are used?
  4. Is there an Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) in place?
  5. Is there a DDoS defense system in place?
  6. Are background checks performed on all individuals with root access to servers and network devices?
  7. Are all security events logged? How long are those logs kept?
  8. Is there a SIEM solution in place to provide analysis and correlation of security events?
  9. How often are root passwords changed?
  10. What systems are in place to secure & authorize access to physical servers and network components (PIN code, ID badge, biometrics, etc)

When it comes to IoT security, understand your risks, and equally important, make sure that you’re partnered with technology providers that can turn your level of security up a notch.

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CES 2015 http://www.racowireless.com/ces-2015/ http://www.racowireless.com/ces-2015/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 15:48:51 +0000 http://www.racowireless.com/?p=5504 6 Jan 2015 – 9 Jan 2015

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Fog Computing Conference http://www.racowireless.com/fog-computing-conference/ http://www.racowireless.com/fog-computing-conference/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 15:45:06 +0000 http://www.racowireless.com/?p=5502 19 Nov 2014 – 20 Nov 2014

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Connected Fleets USA http://www.racowireless.com/connected-fleets-usa/ http://www.racowireless.com/connected-fleets-usa/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 15:43:33 +0000 http://www.racowireless.com/?p=5500 20 Nov 2014 – 21 Nov 2014

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