The 'Internet of Things'

Esmeralda Swartz

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Are We Nearly There Yet? Moving from Connected Things to Connected Marketplaces This week, the team assembled in NYC for @Cloud Expo 2015 and @ThingsExpo 2015. For the past four years, this has been a must-attend event for MetraTech. We were happy to once again join industry visionaries, colleagues, customers and even competitors to share and explore the ways in which the Internet of Things (IoT) will impact our industry. Over the course of the show, we discussed the types of challenges we will collectively need to solve to capitalize on the opportunity IoT presents. EsmeraldaSwartz @ThingsExpo Blog: ▸ Here Download Slides: ▸ Here The big question everyone is asking is "Where does IoT currently stand?" Certainly there has been tremendous hype. Analyst firm Gartner went so far as to place the IoT atop its 2014 Gartner Hype Cycle, displacing big data, the favorite f... (more)

Uber Taxis and New Business Models

A recent post by John Wilmes on the TM Forum website caught my eye for drawing a parallel between the Uber car service business model and the telecom service provider business model as network functions virtualization (NFV) becomes a reality. Wilmes uses this metaphor to remind us of the potential value of dynamic pricing as a tool in carrier efforts to match supply to demand. He also cautions service providers to be careful how they sell the message of dynamic pricing to their customers. So far, so good. However, this gave me pause: "NFV will let them [operators] create more of ... (more)

The 'Internet of Things' Reality: Today’s Smart Cities By @MetraTech | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

In the last blog, we looked at the impact of Internet of Things on industry and society, just like the Industrial Revolution did before it. But to date most smart city projects, such as green areas, smart trams, bike-sharing schemes and smart electricity grids, have been of relatively modest scale. In the not so distant future, we will reach a point where a city's data infrastructure will be as important as its transportation, utilities and roads. How far are we from science fiction to reality? Below are some examples of what is already happening. Smart Santander: As one of the... (more)

Connected Cars By @MetraTech | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API #BigData

Catch up with all the news from Mobile World Congress 2015 (MWC) by reading part one and part two of this series. In recent years, we've watched mobile, cloud technologies and Internet of Things (IoT) enable increased connectivity for every network and every industry, ranging from connected cars to commercial vehicles and fleet management to smart cities to data centers. At MWC, it was clear that professionals in these areas are continuing to make strides in their fields. Below are a few of the major developments we noticed and look forward to hearing more as 2015 progresses. C... (more)

A Must-Attend Event: @ThingsExpo | #IoT #M2M #API #BigData #Microservices

Are We Nearly There Yet? Moving from Connected Things to Connected Marketplaces Monday, June 15, 2015 - 14:16 This week, the team assembled in NYC for @Cloud Expo 2015 and @ThingsExpo 2015. For the past four years, this has been a must-attend event for MetraTech. We were happy to once again join industry visionaries, colleagues, customers and even competitors to share and explore the ways in which the Internet of Things (IoT) will impact our industry. Over the course of the show, we discussed the types of challenges we will collectively need to solve to capitalize on the opport... (more)