Qualcomm said it agreed to buy British Bluetooth chipset specialist CSR for £1.56 billion ($2.49 billion), giving it a leg up in the connect car and Internet of Things markets, which are set to grow substantially.
Verizon Communications is teaming up with General Electric to provide connectivity for GE's software-enabled industrial machines and devices. The partnership comes exactly a year after GE and AT&T struck a similar arrangement.
Fiber broadband-connected homes have a higher number of devices--10 percent more, on average--than homes that connect to the Internet in other ways, a study by Parks Associates reveals. Smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles top the list of devices in those homes.
Thanks to aggressive moves by carriers to expand cellular connections into the automotive and utilities markets, the United States is one of the largest and most advanced M2M markets in the world, according to a new report from the GSMA. The report found that M2M represents one out of every 10 mobile connections in the U.S., compared with one in 20 in Oceania and Europe and one in a hundred in Africa.
LAS VEGAS--U.S. Cellular is in the midst of expanding its M2M business, and as part of that effort the company has recently introduced new M2M solutions in the areas of fleet tracking, asset management, monitoring and sensors, forms and other general business solutions. The company also recently introduced new M2M service pricing in an effort to more efficiently tailor its solutions toward potential M2M clients.
LAS VEGAS--The fastest growing segments of the Internet of Things market include home automation, the connected car market and mobile healthcare and health monitoring, according to a panel of leading IoT executives. However, a lack of standards--or rather, a proliferation of them--is holding back adoption and creating headaches for the industry.
Consumer demand for both wearables and in-home devices equipped with sensor nodes and wireless links is expected to ramp up substantially throughout the rest of this decade, expanding the reach of the so-called Internet of Things (IoT), according to separate reports from ABI Research and Accenture Interactive's Acquity Group.
Signaling that a major shift in the way Americans watch television is accelerating, the NPD Group predicts that the number of connected TV devices in the U.S. will double by 2017 to 204 million.
The different groups working on standards to connect devices to each other as part of the Internet of Things will eventually need to work together or the industry will need to decide on a select few, according to an AT&T Mobility senior executive.
Despite spearheading disparate Internet of Things alliances, executives from Qualcomm and Intel say that the IoT ecosystem would benefit from having one standard and one platform.