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Smart Materials for the Internet of Things

Sensors – within the Internet of Things they measure temperature and pressure inside machines, identify open windows and doors, or monitor blood pressure and heart rate. Now, new technologies enable the production of smart materials that can both serve as sensors and actuators. Find out more

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Market Analysis: NarrowBand IoT

Now that NarrowBand IoT is standardized and first test trials have successfully been implemented, the technology is ready for rollout. But there are other competing Low Power Wide Area networks: Which position will NB-IoT take? How big is the market potential in different segments? Find out more

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How IoT and AI go hand in hand

Google, Facebook, Microsoft – all the big players in the digital industry invest currently in Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology. Of course they don’t spend billions just for the fun of it: AI is capable to revolutionize industries. And with the rise of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), AI and IIoT can mutually stimulate each other. Find out more

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Forecast: The IoT key developments in 2017

2016 was the year industries increasingly recognized the possibilities of the Internet of Things and M2M communication for their business. Let’s see what we can expect for 2017. Find out more

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All about M2M – the Highlights of 2016

From the Cloud of Things to Narrowband IoT: 2016 has been a year full of major events, announcements, interviews and new developments in the Internet of Things. Join us on a journey through the most interesting topics of our ‘All About M2M’ blog. Find out more

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Narrowband IoT for Smart Metering

Tired of taking a day off just because the meter-reading service is coming? With a smart meter that’s history. But the costs of a smart metering system should not be neglected. By using Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) technology an economical alternative will be possible. Find out more

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How Smart Airports use the IoT to improve Passenger Experience

As flying is becoming cheaper every year, passenger traffic at airports is increasing - and airport operators are struggling to cope with these masses. The Internet of Things is the only solution to not only manage an airport efficiently but also to enhance the passenger experience. Find out more

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Narrowband IoT for Consumer Goods Tracking

Tracking devices more and more play a helpful role in finding stolen or lost goods. In addition, they can support elderly or nursing care, looking after your kids or even having an eye on your pet. With Narrowband IoT technology (NB-IoT) all these use cases can be realized more effective than with current mobile network solutions. Find out more

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How the Internet of Things is changing product development and design

The Internet of Things represents a radical change for product development and design. The development process of a product no longer ends with its market launch. Instead companies need to steadily improve their customer’s experiences. Find out more

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Voice, gesture, look: How will we operate devices and machines in the future?

From TV sets and stereo systems to lighting, we are now operating more and more devices by smartphone or even voice commands. 3D glasses and data gloves are used to provide support in Industry 4.0. Do connected devices on the Internet of Things still need a user interface of their own or will the classical interface soon be superseded as we control all systems by voice or movements of the hand or head? Find out more

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Narrowband- IoT for Smart Waste

Garbage trucks are fully integrated in our everyday life: Every week on the same day they wake us up in the morning by noisily doing their job, and afterwards our waste bins are empty – whether or not they have been completely filled. But what if our waste collection service would only show up if it’s needed? Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) could be the solution. Find out more

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Crowdfunding as a pool of ideas for the Internet of Things

With 112,000 successful projects, 12 million supporters, and nearly $2.6 billion invested, the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has made innovative ideas come true for seven years, and creative minds are constantly coming up with new projects for the Internet of Things as well. Find out more

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Connected Car: “Appetite Grows with Eating”

The automobile industry is stepping up the pace for the connected car, but which functions do motorists really want to use? We interview Detlev Mohr, Senior Partner at the consulting company McKinsey and co-author of a survey of German, American, and Chinese car buyers. Find out more

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Connected Driving: From a Phantom to an Autonomous Living Room on Wheels

In the early days of the automobile era, people wanted a means of transportation that could drive under its own engine power. Motorists then felt the need for assistance with steering. Now that connected, self-driving cars will soon be the norm, let us look back at the history of the connected car. Find out more

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Plugging cars into the Internet

As drivers receive traffic information in real time, their passengers are busy reading Facebook and watching videos; a connected car makes it possible. But the performance of a mobile Internet connection relies heavily on the technology it uses. Find out more

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Narrow Band-IoT - a new standardized cellular technology optimized to enable the Internet of Things

To date, many IoT applications have lacked a cellular technology for the “simple” things that is inexpensive, yet provides wide coverage, deep indoor penetration and long battery life. Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT) will bridge this gap. In a multi-part series, we will explain exactly how NB-IoT works and when and how the technology can be used. Find out more

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Cloud and fog collaborate closely for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is setting new clock rates in M2M communications. In both the private and the business sector new applications are taking shape that frequently require ultrafast data processing and short latencies. Fog computing, establishing itself on the edges of the cloud and increasing the pace of data processing significantly, provides the tried and tested solution scenarios that are required. Find out more

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Avatar and the cities of tomorrow

By now, the Internet of Things has not only found its way to many areas of our everyday life but also to the arts. We have already covered what the M2M industry can learn from dystopian Hollywood productions like The Matrix or The Terminator. This time we are taking you on a journey to the remote planet Pandora. How smart is the forest of the Na’vi in James Cameron’s movie Avatar? Find out more

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M2M Summit 2015: Keep it simple and secure

M2M solutions are driving the networking of our everyday lives forward on a massive scale. The opportunities seem almost unlimited. At this year’s M2M Summit in Düsseldorf it was clear, however, that along with the success stories the industry has yet to work on standardization and security solutions that are suitable for a mass market. Find out more

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Protocols for the Internet of Things

Standards are a subject that is de rigueur in any serious conversation about M2M. Three new acronyms currently going the rounds are MQTT, CoAP and OMA LWM2M. All about M2M explains for beginners what lies behind them. Find out more

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Data Analytics forges ahead fast

The market for sensors is booming, the price of data storage is falling and M2M data volumes are on the increase. The Internet of Things is clearly forging ahead at full speed. But what happens to all the data that sensors collect and supply around the world? Big Data is still something many people find hard to grasp. In the Port of Hamburg Deutsche Telekom is demonstrating how much untapped potential IoT data already has. Find out more

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Are SMBs missing out on the Internet of Things?

Small and midrange businesses (SMBs) are considered to be the backbone of the European economy. They make up nearly 99 percent of business enterprises in the European Union, employ more than two thirds of employees, and account for more than half of the EU’s gross value added. Yet they have so far played only a minor role in digitalization. Find out more

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From machine to machine: Five facts about connectivity

Reliable, large-scale communication networks are the basis of successful machine-to-machine (M2M) communication. All about M2M has compiled five interesting facts about connectivity. Find out more

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Industrial Internet: From the steam engine to the connected factory

With the Internet of Things digitization is setting foot in factory workshops. Business and politics are talking about the fourth industrial revolution or the Industrial Internet. We have summarized the most important technical achievements of previous industrial revolutions in a timeline. Find out more

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Three Things that Raspberry Pi Puts on the Net

Few innovations have caused such a stir among the makers in recent years as Raspberry Pi. Since it was launched a large number of projects have taken shape, including in the Internet of Things. All about M2M presents three of them. Find out more

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Connected Devices - From Product to Service

Connected devices enable new business and sales models, be they consumables on a subscription basis or remote inspections. Thanks to cloud-based IoT platforms SMBs are now also able to provide service-oriented offerings of this kind. Find out more

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Looking Back on the Year: More Things on the Internet

Digital connectivity has made further headway in the business world this year and there are initial signs that end consumers are about to boost demand for connected solutions. Yet the Internet of Things is still very much in the early stages of its development. That is why All about M2M is presenting what was important in 2014 and what will be important next year. Find out more

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M2M connects Christmas

If it snows during Advent – the runup to Christmas –, most people look forward to a White Christmas, sleigh rides, and mulled wine. But there is another side to snow and ice. Driving snow and icy roads regularly cause traffic chaos. Yet a number of M2M solutions help ensure that gift parcels find their way to the foot of the tree in time for Christmas. Find out more

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Five TED Talks on the Internet of Things

How the Internet of Things develops in the future will depend not only on technologies. Visions and ideas that take a differentiated, and at times critical, approach to the connected world are of crucial importance – and TED Talks are an outstanding platform for this debate. Find out more

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Why Crowdfunding for Your IoT Project

From coffee makers and refrigerators that tweet to BBQ thermometers that are connected, in the maker movement the Internet of Things has fallen on fertile ground. In blogs and forums, makers discuss ideas and prototypes intensively. If a prototype is to become a product and the creator a startup, the road to success is via crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter or Indiegogo. All about M2M presents a number of projects that have been funded successfully by crowdfunding and explains what creators need to bear in mind when they are planning to raise capital in this way. Find out more

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Consumers Discover the Internet of Things

Companies have so far determined the demand for M2M and IoT solutions. That is now changing. A recent study shows that more and more end consumers are interested in connected products. What is commonplace in factories and workshops is now making headway in people’s homes. Find out more

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Data from the Light Bulb

The growing Internet of Things needs higher data transmission capacities. That is why industry and scientific research are not only concerned with the expansion of existing networks. They are also sounding out entirely new transmission routes. Two current examples are Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks and Visual Light Communications (VLC). Find out more

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M2M-Giant China

The Western M2M industry looks to East Asia. According to the GSMA study, “How China is set for global M2M leadership”, with 50 million connections at the end of 2013, China is the world market leader in M2M connectivity. How did it happen? Here’s a look at the findings of the study. Find out more

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How intelligent transportation systems are changing mobility

Fleet managers are recording vehicle positions and driving behavior, cities and local authorities are collecting information about traffic flows, and private cars are increasingly becoming a source of data. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) are on the advance, and with their data and services our understanding of mobility is also changing fast. Find out more

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Horizon 2020: Paving the Way for a Digital Europe

In Europe, information and communication technologies will continue to spur on innovation, economic growth and progress. That, at least, is the stated aim of the Digital Agenda for Europe. To achieve this objective the European Commission has launched a multi-billion euro research program, Horizon 2020. Find out more

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“We wish to see a plug-and-play standard for the Internet of Things”

The Internet of Things has reached day-to-day business. Companies rely on cloud-based platforms to manage the growing amounts of data and rising numbers of devices and users in accordance with needs. They not only help with management but also serve as a construction kit for the Internet of Things. Cumulocity is one of these platforms. All about M2M here discusses the development of applications and standards with Cumulocity’s CTO Stefan Vaillant. Find out more

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Smart City: Street Lighting 2.0

Street light maintenance is expensive. That’s why many cities are trying out intelligent lighting systems that can be remotely controlled. These networked lamps do more than just light up: they constitute the nodes of a mesh network and complement the communication infrastructure of the Smart City. Find out more

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The Internet of Things: How It All Took Shape

Everything is connected nowadays – cars, containers, streetlighing, parking lots, even ballpoint pens, wristwatches, glasses, and coffee cups. Machine-to-machine communication (M2M) and the Internet of Things are increasingly shaping our everyday lives. To trace how this trend has developed we have listed the most important events in a timeline. If you feel you need to know more, check out the chronology on the Postscapes website. Find out more

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Climate savior M2M?

Only half the Statue of Liberty still peeps out of a landscape covered in snow and ice with the icebound skyline of New York in the background. Roland Emmerich’s vision of climate change is still a remote prospect, but the recently published report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows yet again that action is required. Find out more

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Think out of the Box - When Cows Start Texting

Nowadays calves are announced by text message. Two hours before the cow is about to calve the farmer is informed, enabling him to be in the barn in time to check the birth. Find out more

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How M2M Is Changing Machine Maintenance

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M2M and IoT – Where are they taking us?

Cars, containers, street lighting, and parking lots, wristwatches, glasses, and even dairy cows are connected to the Internet of Things nowadays. In the future both the diversity and the number of networked objects will continue to increase. The world in which we live and work will undergo significant changes as a result, with five trends playing a decisive role. Find out more

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M2M Helps Companies Compete along the Entire Value Chain

The number of machine-to-machine network connections has increased fast over the last four years and is expected to reach 250M in 2014. Source: GSMA intelligence Find out more

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Does a City Need to be Smart?

There are many reasons to make cities smart: ecological and economic sustainability, improved administrative effectiveness, reduced costs, higher quality of life, or actionable insights for planning, to name just a few. Find out more