The 'Internet of Things'

Esmeralda Swartz

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In Part 1 I talked about how there's nothing new about subscription services since they've been around for generations. Now I'll relent a little and admit that there is something new about many of the subscription services out there. What's new is what is no longer there. Traditionally, the whole point of subscription services was to create a two-way commitment in which both the service provider and the customer benefits. The commitment benefits the customer by providing discounts, rewards, exclusive products, price stability and service guaranteed in return for a promise to pay money regularly for a period of time. The commitment benefits the service provider by establishing a more predictable and reliable forecast of revenues for some time into the future, which facilitates both resource planning and financial planning. What we are observing now is a proliferatio... (more)

Should the Internet Be Re-Classified as a Communications Service? | Part 1

The net neutrality debate continues to provide plenty of fodder for consumers, businesses, carriers, over the top (OTT) providers and pundits to argue the points of Internet openness, competition (or lack thereof) and blocking and favoring on the part of Internet service providers (ISPs). Much of the discussion tends to end up debating the impact of net neutrality on Internet openness. This is interesting since in the U.S. government has not enacted legislation to actually define and require Internet openness or to specify what level of non-openness is acceptable, if any. So open... (more)

‘Internet of Things’ and Smart City Living By @MetraTech | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

‘Internet of Things’ Transforms Smart City Living In the last blog, we explored real world examples of smart cities and highlighted one such example in the São Paulo state of Brazil. What makes this an exciting model for other cities to evaluate and perhaps emulate is that it touches many city services that we can all relate to. It also makes the impact of a smart city on industry and society highly visible. Where does it all start? With infrastructure. Although it may not be the sexiest word that comes to mind, it is the underlying structure that supports common city services. W... (more)

Mobile Fuels Smart Things & Secure Transactions By @MetraTech | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Catch up with all the news from Mobile World Congress 2015 (MWC) by reading part one of this series. At the recent Mobile World Congress 2015 (MWC) in Barcelona, we heard operators and vendors discuss the future of mobile network connectivity around the globe. While we look forward to new updates on this subject (and updates from these major players), the conference was also ripe with examples of how mobile technology is driving other areas of innovation. In our second blog of this series, we'll explore this impact on the development of the Internet of Things (IoT), financial tr... (more)

Internet of Things Becomes High Fashion By @MetraTech | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Catch up with all the news from Mobile World Congress 2015 (MWC) by reading parts one, two and three of this series. The recent Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 saw innovations in the worlds of cloud, mobile, social and global connectivity, but new developments in personal technology and security really drove home how the increasingly connected technology sphere is impacting users on an individual level. Below are a few examples of these trends. Wearables become fashion accessories Wearable technology was dominant at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) , and... (more)