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IoT Evolution World Week in Review: Trump, HPE, Altair

By Ken Briodagh March 04, 2017

Hello, my friends! It’s time for a thrilling IoT Evolution Week in Review again. We’ve had some big stories and some cool stuff happening here, and this is where we package it all up for you.

In our lead story this week, we saw that recent reports are indicating that the Trump administration is about to release a budget proposal that will mirror recommendations from the conservative Heritage Foundation, which will seek to slash trillions of dollars of federal spending. In a new report, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) has warned that key aspects of the Heritage plan are premised on erroneous assumptions, empirical inaccuracies, and misguided leaps of logic, and adopting these particular proposals would severely harm U.S. innovation, productivity, and competitiveness, including in the IoT.

We had a great guest post from Doug Mohney, who wrote about the near and dear headache that is our beloved little IoT. On the consumer side, you have numerous devices flooding the market that don't or barely talk to each other, attempts to lock customers into a specific service for recurring revenue, and some of the lamest to non-existent security since the early days of Wi-Fi back in the '90s. Business IoT, while complex for different reasons, looks to be the best opportunity for making money if the number of announcements coming out of Mobile World Congress this week is any indication.

And now, the news: In a pair of announcements, Altair Semiconductor, provider of LTE chipsets, has made public a pair of strategic deals, with Geotab to power vehicle GPS and with T-Mobile to operate on that carrier’s network, that will advance its influence in the IoT industry.

Ericsson, Qualcomm, and Telstra have announced a plan to conduct interoperability testing and an over-the-air field trial in Australia based on the expected 5G New Radio (NR) specifications being developed by 3GPP, which will form the basis of the global standards.

SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom have established a new “Quantum Alliance” at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to enable secure communication in the age of quantum computing, according to a new announcement. Quantum is the buzzword of the next five years in cybersecurity, but it looks like these two partners are determined to stay off the buzz and keep it practical.

The IoT M2M Council (IMC) has announced that Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has joined the council as a board member. The IMC is a trade association that counts as members 20,000 qualified buyers of network solutions in the Internet of Things (IoT). HPE will take a seat on the Board of Governors of the relatively young trade association.

Over the last few years, I have seen some major trends forming across nearly every vertical in the consumer and industrial spaces, and these trends looked like they were pointing toward a future where the IoT would indeed be improving the lives and living conditions of people all over the world, and so I decided to begin writing a book in order to look for patterns in those trends. That book, published this month, is called “IoT Time: Evolving Trends in the Internet of Things.” In a new weekly series, we’ll be previewing chapters for you to read in the hopes that you’ll like enough to read the whole thing.

On the IoT Time Podcast, I sat down with Brenda Schafer, VP, Product Management & Marketing, LocationSmart, to talk about location services for IoT, the advantages of recognizing your devices globally and how to move the industry intelligently into the future.

There’s plenty more to read, listen to and watch, so visit us on IoT Evolution World for all the IoT news, my friends. Now is the time to put into your calendar the next IoT Evolution Expo, to be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Also, please get in touch with us when you have stories. As always, if you have questions, comments, complaints or compliments, please send them to me, editorial director Ken Briodagh at kbriodagh@tmcnet.com or on Twitter @KenBriodagh.



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