Archive for the ‘M2M’ Category

  • Connected cars on the shopping list of 70 percent of owners

    on Jul 18, 14 • in Beyond Billing, M2M, News • with No Comments

    Connected cars on the shopping list of 70 percent of owners

    Normally we would love a press release that says connected cars are the Next Big Thing. We would immediately fire up the ‘punometer,’ roll up our sleeves and get ready to link the piece to our favourite image of, er, a car connected to the ground – but not in a good way. A report from Telefonica Digital, however, made us reel in our natural enthusiastic cynicism and read on. They surveyed 5,000 car owners, manufacturers and seven markets to figure out what car owners actually want from their connected car, if connected car they want

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  • M2M – the future is already here

    on Jul 15, 14 • in Analytics, Beyond Billing, M2M, News • with No Comments

    M2M – the future is already here

    We tend to talk about M2M, or IoT, in the future tense. We tend to think of it as discussion material at conferences. We remember, through a cloud of pain and claustrophobia, that cars seemed to outnumber people on some of the stands at the Mobile World Congress. This “technology slice through almost all of the markets on earth” is already here and growing. Vodafone now does an annual survey to keep track of its progress. This year, the company surveyed 600 executive across a broad range of industries and found that 22 percent of

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  • The journey from control to context – ‘are we there yet?’

    on Jul 7, 14 • in Analytics, Beyond Billing, M2M, News, Policy Management • with No Comments

    The journey from control to context – ‘are we there yet?’

    There is something incredibly interesting about researching and writing a report on a topic that is ‘front and centre’ of people’s minds. It is like taking a snap shot of an industry, of collecting all the fluffy conversations and debates and solidifying them. Such was the work on the real time convergent charging and policy management report that is now available. Everyone says, in those conversations, that operators need to move to a real time environment in order to remain competitive. Do the survey and you find out that an overwhelming 95 percent of operators agree

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  • Home becomes HoT spot for IoT

    on Jun 27, 14 • in Beyond Billing, M2M, News, Opinion • with No Comments

    Home becomes HoT spot for IoT

    The home front has become the new battlefront to capture the hearts, minds and dollars of the connected generation. The battle to own the customer is definitely shifting to who owns the home because it has multiple connections that are growing daily with the explosion in M2M and connected devices. The Internet of Things (IoT) may need to be renamed Home of Things (HoT) if this continues. Even the Connected Car will join in when it’s parked in the home garage space. If you think I’m dreaming just take a look at the slew of

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  • The machines are taking over and communications holds the key – in a good way.

    on May 19, 14 • in Analytics, M2M, News • with No Comments

    The machines are taking over and communications holds the key – in a good way.

    In the communications industry we tend to look at life from the inside out. We look at the Over the Top (OTT) players invading our territory and consider them enemies until we consider how to ally with them to add value and make money. We look at the television and feel slightly proud that the largest telecoms companies are making inroads into their space. We, the invaders. Grrr. AT&T taking on DirecTV, Telefonica going for DTS. Grrr. Payments too, of course, where a day does not seem to pass without a new player, a new

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  • Who do you trust in a world of digital disruption?

    on Feb 10, 14 • in Analytics, Billing, M2M, News, Payments • with No Comments

    Who do you trust in a world of digital disruption?

     Or, perhaps, how do you trust in a world of digital disruption? We have been saying for some time that the winning currency in the coming months and years will be trust. The question is – who do customers actually trust? Banks used to be right up there, but their trust quota dropped through the floor during the financial crisis of 2008/9. Since then – even though the banking industry has bounced back – it has continued to plummet. In a personal note on unworkable regulation released by a partner of Collyer Bristow, several examples

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  • Jim Morrish from Machina Research talks M2M

    on Oct 23, 13 • in Billing, Interviews, M2M, Video • with No Comments

    Telcos are having to reach outside their traditional markets for growth. M2M is an option. It typically doesn’t use a lot of data but it involves a lot of new relationships and this could be a challenge for some operators. Here what else Jim and Machina foresee

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  • M2M is not a market – and very complicated

    on Oct 16, 13 • in Beyond Billing, M2M, News • with No Comments

    M2M is not a market – and very complicated

    New research from Infonetics forecasts that the ‘M2M’ market will triple in size between now and 2017. They predict it will grow from around $15 billion in 2012 to $31 billion in 2017 – passing $20 billion in 2015. Right now the sectors driving this ‘market’ are automotive, transport and logistics, which make up a third of the current market. Good news then. Except, the ‘M2M’ market is varied, complex and operators are still trying to work out how to make the kind of money they need to in order to recoup their investment.

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  • The Dangers of Backup Cameras in Connected Cars

    on Aug 12, 13 • in Big Data, Infographics, M2M, Opinion • with No Comments

    The Dangers of Backup Cameras in Connected Cars

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  • Connected Cars Are a Great Concept – but also Hackable

    on Aug 9, 13 • in Beyond Billing, M2M, News • with No Comments

    Connected Cars Are a Great Concept – but also Hackable

    Nowadays you don’t need a crowbar to break into a car. All you need is a laptop and some clever software. The effect will be the same – or worse, depending on how evil the hacker is feeling. While it is tempting to use unseemly levity when it comes to hacking – such as the intriguing idea of Google Glass being used to enhance acitivities of an, eh hem, adult nature, or the less appealing idea of being hijacked and taken into web sites awash with malware. Or even the idea of Google Glass going

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