RacoWireless http://www.racowireless.com M2M Solutions Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=169 KORE Announces Strong Progress Towards Full Integration of RacoWireless http://www.racowireless.com/kore-announces-strong-progress-towards-full-integration-of-racowireless/ http://www.racowireless.com/kore-announces-strong-progress-towards-full-integration-of-racowireless/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 15:57:47 +0000 http://www.racowireless.com/?p=6190 Now Stands as the Single Largest IoT/M2M Partner of Leading Worldwide Carriers

ALPHARETTA, GA.—April 7, 2015— KORE, the world’s largest managed communications solutions provider specializing in Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) markets, today announces a number of tangible integration outcomes following the acquisition of RacoWireless in late December 2014. KORE now operates 10 offices in five countries around the world, provides service to more than 3.5 million devices on behalf of over 1,500 customers, and is delivering networking services in more than 110 countries around the world. The combined leadership team possesses more than 300 years of direct experience serving the M2M services market. And perhaps most notably, KORE now stands as the single largest wholesale airtime partner of its primary carriers worldwide.

“When we struck the RacoWireless deal in November 2014, we had an aggressive 100-day plan to focus on a rapid – and customer-centric – integration of the businesses, managed by the best management team in our industry, and I am pleased to report that our integration process has outpaced even what I had envisioned,” said Alex Brisbourne,

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Now Stands as the Single Largest IoT/M2M Partner of Leading Worldwide Carriers

ALPHARETTA, GA.—April 7, 2015— KORE, the world’s largest managed communications solutions provider specializing in Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) markets, today announces a number of tangible integration outcomes following the acquisition of RacoWireless in late December 2014. KORE now operates 10 offices in five countries around the world, provides service to more than 3.5 million devices on behalf of over 1,500 customers, and is delivering networking services in more than 110 countries around the world. The combined leadership team possesses more than 300 years of direct experience serving the M2M services market. And perhaps most notably, KORE now stands as the single largest wholesale airtime partner of its primary carriers worldwide.

“When we struck the RacoWireless deal in November 2014, we had an aggressive 100-day plan to focus on a rapid – and customer-centric – integration of the businesses, managed by the best management team in our industry, and I am pleased to report that our integration process has outpaced even what I had envisioned,” said Alex Brisbourne, CEO of KORE. “Beyond a fully aligned functional organization, we are already well advanced on data center and network integration, which will more than double our joint capacity to meet the explosion of IoT connections we are seeing, while the integration of our service platforms to meet customer needs is well underway. The unmatched set of KORE Integrated Services and Advanced Applications, combined with our award-winning PRiSMProTM management platform is helping to bring value-added M2M connectivity and applications services to market faster, and across a broader global footprint, than ever before.”

Specifically, KORE customers are now able to gain from the Company’s enhanced line of Integrated Services, exemplified by the end-to-end solution KORE delivers for Audi connect®, bringing the only dual carrier solution to the automotive industry. Audi connect vehicles are managed through the KORE service management platform, which combines connectivity, accounting and fully integrated call center services. Audi drivers who subscribe to this leading connected car program rely on KORE for all technical support and other customer service needs.

In short, KORE Integrated Services are designed to provide a seamless, easy-to-use experience to the end customer. This will remain a key priority for KORE going forward.

Moreover, KORE now offers a complete Advanced Applications development environment, built on strong capabilities in location-based services. KORE provides a full GPS tracking solutions platform that allows its partners, and their customers, to instantly pinpoint the location of any device. KORE Advanced Applications provide partners the ability to deliver their own GPS tracking solutions, with minimal up-front investment of time and capital. KORE runs this service from its own servers to maintain a 99.99 percent up-time, and partners are able to customize it to meet their own market needs, under their own brand identities, and quickly integrate it with the specific devices that they sell.

“KORE has made steady progress against its ambitions to be a truly global IoT provider of scale for enterprise connected services,” said James Brehm, CEO and chief strategist of James Brehm and Associates. “To see how deeply KORE and Raco are entwined already, I would easily put KORE in the same category as Tier 1 global companies in scope and scalability. It is perfectly positioned to carry the M2M and IoT traffic of enterprise users or application providers of any size.”

KORE will maintain its established headquarters located in Alpharetta, Ga. and Toronto. Real-time updates about KORE momentum can be tracked on the KORE website and through the KORE blog.

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Developing for the Internet of Things http://www.racowireless.com/developing-for-the-internet-of-things/ http://www.racowireless.com/developing-for-the-internet-of-things/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:00:48 +0000 http://www.racowireless.com/?p=6111 The Internet of Things is, as its name would suggest, an assortment of physical objects tied into one grand network. The past few years have seen a barrage of innovative hardware released to market: thermostats, mattresses, smart webcams, refrigerators, sprinkler systems, and more. IoT is still in its infancy — as an industry we are still figuring out what makes sense to connect and how to market our solutions. Ultimately, you will need to figure out how to make your bright idea a reality.

Ordinarily, you need to configure your platform to interact with each type of device hardware you want to integrate. That sounds easy up front, but the reality of device integration can induce headaches. More or less, every device speaks its own language and even if what you have communicates through a familiar interface, it likely has its own singular quirks. It doesn’t help that a lot of the more generic hardware coming out is poorly documented. To add insult to injury, when you roll out new hardware or device firmware down the road,

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The Internet of Things is, as its name would suggest, an assortment of physical objects tied into one grand network. The past few years have seen a barrage of innovative hardware released to market: thermostats, mattresses, smart webcams, refrigerators, sprinkler systems, and more. IoT is still in its infancy — as an industry we are still figuring out what makes sense to connect and how to market our solutions. Ultimately, you will need to figure out how to make your bright idea a reality.

Ordinarily, you need to configure your platform to interact with each type of device hardware you want to integrate. That sounds easy up front, but the reality of device integration can induce headaches. More or less, every device speaks its own language and even if what you have communicates through a familiar interface, it likely has its own singular quirks. It doesn’t help that a lot of the more generic hardware coming out is poorly documented. To add insult to injury, when you roll out new hardware or device firmware down the road, you may find yourself back where you started.

This is where Omega DevCloud comes into play. Our shiny new tool is a platform that allows developers to deploy any type of device quickly. With DevCloud, you create your own listener and parser on the fly. Then, you can access everything through our handy RESTful APIs. The particulars of your hardware don’t matter; we take the raw output from your device and allow you to rapidly parse the data. Once configured, it’s ridiculously easy for you to tie in hardware to your own platform/project/app. We have always been about “making it easy” and Omega DevCloud fits into that philosophy nicely.

Omega DevCloud Data Chart

If you’re developing for the Internet of Things, your job is going to be so much easier working with RacoWireless and KORE. Omega DevCloud ties in directly with our award-winning Omega Management Suite. Whether you’re deploying ten devices or three thousand, you can use Omega Management Suite (OMS) to keep abreast of the situation; OMS makes it easy to track wireless data usage and system activity. With accessibility to a range of strategic global carriers, partners of RacoWireless are able to scale their businesses and accelerate their time to market without the worry of managing multiple carrier relationships across the globe.

Your first ten devices in Omega DevCloud are free of charge. Get started today!

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KORE Executives to Speak at M2M Evolution Miami http://www.racowireless.com/kore-executives-to-speak-at-m2m-evolution-miami/ http://www.racowireless.com/kore-executives-to-speak-at-m2m-evolution-miami/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:00:55 +0000 http://www.racowireless.com/?p=6106 Machine-to-Machine Communications Experts to Participate on Two Panels on the Internet-of-Things and M2M

MIAMI —M2M Evolution Miami 2015—January 27, 2015—KORE, the world’s largest managed wireless network services provider specializing in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, today announced that its CEO Alex Brisbourne and EVP and Chief Strategy Officer John Horn will participate in two key discussions during the M2M Evolution Conference and Expo. KORE will also be demonstrating its specialized M2M network services in booth #222 at the show, taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, Florida, January 27-30, 2015.

In the “The Alphabet Soup of IoT: Our Digital Life on a Smarter Planet” session, Brisbourne and his fellow panelists will discuss how companies can make the IoT a worthwhile investment and how the shift toward a digital, connected life is happening for good reasons through practical examples and realities.

What:    “The Alphabet Soup of IoT: Our Digital Life on a Smarter Planet” panel discussion
Who:      Panelists include:

  • Alex Brisbourne,

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Machine-to-Machine Communications Experts to Participate on Two Panels on the Internet-of-Things and M2M

MIAMI —M2M Evolution Miami 2015—January 27, 2015—KORE, the world’s largest managed wireless network services provider specializing in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, today announced that its CEO Alex Brisbourne and EVP and Chief Strategy Officer John Horn will participate in two key discussions during the M2M Evolution Conference and Expo. KORE will also be demonstrating its specialized M2M network services in booth #222 at the show, taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, Florida, January 27-30, 2015.

In the “The Alphabet Soup of IoT: Our Digital Life on a Smarter Planet” session, Brisbourne and his fellow panelists will discuss how companies can make the IoT a worthwhile investment and how the shift toward a digital, connected life is happening for good reasons through practical examples and realities.

What:    “The Alphabet Soup of IoT: Our Digital Life on a Smarter Planet” panel discussion
Who:      Panelists include:

  • Alex Brisbourne, CEO, KORE
  • Mary Beth Hall, director, IoT Connected Solutions, Verizon Wireless
  • William Podrasky, EVP Business Development, Stream Communications
  • Allen Proithis, president and founder, WoT.io
  • Howard Smith, managing director, First Analysis

When:    Jan 28, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST
Where:  M2M Evolution Conference & Expo – Room B121/122

In the “The Field OT and the IT Data Divergence” session, Horn and his fellow panelist will discuss how M2M is changing the flow of information in the enterprise. In addition, Horn will discuss the strategies associated with delivering business intelligence to distributed field operations and the issues associated with the requirements of the OT organization and capabilities of IT.

What:    “The Field OT and the IT Data Divergence” panel discussion
Who:      Panelists include:

  • John Horn, EVP and chief strategy officer, KORE
  • Tim Hahn, IBM

When:    Jan 28, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST
Where:  M2M Evolution Conference & Expo – Room B121/122

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Feature Spotlight: Traffic Analyzer http://www.racowireless.com/feature-spotlight-traffic-analyzer/ http://www.racowireless.com/feature-spotlight-traffic-analyzer/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:33:59 +0000 http://www.racowireless.com/?p=6100 trafficanalyzer2As a service provider, finding an edge in the IoT/M2M space is critical to success. That edge can come in a variety of ways: application design and development, a successful market launch, or effectively managing the application in the market. All of these can effectively contribute to that coveted ‘edge’. Now, with OMS, getting that edge is easier than ever before.

Recently tested and launched, our software engineering team released a groundbreaking new feature called Traffic Analyzer. This feature allows OMS users the ability to see, like never before, what their devices are doing on the network in real-time. Providing a granular, yet easy to understand interface, Traffic Analyzer assesses the data transmission and can report on the source and destination of data, the amount of data that was sent and received, at what time, and even report the protocol that was used in the process. We created an advanced user interface that provides powerful filters to enable users to analyze the data within the interface as well as export the data if they would like to analyze it outside of the application.

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trafficanalyzer2As a service provider, finding an edge in the IoT/M2M space is critical to success. That edge can come in a variety of ways: application design and development, a successful market launch, or effectively managing the application in the market. All of these can effectively contribute to that coveted ‘edge’. Now, with OMS, getting that edge is easier than ever before.

Recently tested and launched, our software engineering team released a groundbreaking new feature called Traffic Analyzer. This feature allows OMS users the ability to see, like never before, what their devices are doing on the network in real-time. Providing a granular, yet easy to understand interface, Traffic Analyzer assesses the data transmission and can report on the source and destination of data, the amount of data that was sent and received, at what time, and even report the protocol that was used in the process. We created an advanced user interface that provides powerful filters to enable users to analyze the data within the interface as well as export the data if they would like to analyze it outside of the application. Below is a screen cap of the filters. The interface offers print, export to PDF, and download to CSV.

Traffic Analyzer

To access this feature in your OMS account, get started by clicking on any one of your connected devices and select the Traffic tab from that screen. If you haven’t yet enabled the Traffic Analyzer function, you will be asked to do so from that screen.

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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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