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Sierra Wireless invests in LTE-M future for lower power and better coverage in the Internet of Things. Does M2M Need LTE? LTE-focused chip designer Altair Semiconductor is betting that a 4G-only modem is a big part of the future of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.

Does M2M Need LTE?

M2M sensors, RFID badges, and tracking tags have typically used short-range radio technology like Zigbee, Bluetooth, and WiFi for connectivity. Carriers, meanwhile, have mostly focused on 2G and 3G networks for M2M applications, figuring that most situations don't require particularly high-data rates.

The need to avoid truck rolls every few years to upgrade or replace sensors will soon push carriers, utilities, and vendors towards LTE, however, argues Eran Eshed, co-founder and VP of marketing at Altair Semiconductor . "In the M2M space you need to guarantee network longevity, or it's a non-starter," he states. To that end, Altair is working on an LTE-only modem -- the ALT100M -- for the M2M market in anticipation of more focus on "Internet of Things" devices using 4G.

The silicon needs to be cheap. . — Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading. Huawei Promises 4.5G & LTE-M in 2016. LONDON -- Huawei upped the pre-MWC ante Tuesday by promising to deliver what it calls 4.5G mobile broadband capabilities in 2016 that will be able to deliver downlink speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s.

Huawei Promises 4.5G & LTE-M in 2016

The vendor even believes devices will be ready next year to support some of the enabling capabilities of 4.5G. That was one of several pre-MWC announcements the Chinese vendor made at a press and analyst briefing session Tuesday in the swanky Dorchester Hotel in London. (HOLLYWOOD STAR ALERT -- Anthony Hopkins was eating kippers for breakfast just outside the presentation room!) (See MWC: Let the Madness Begin.) Huawei Technologies Co. Huawei Advances LTE-M for IoT in China. Huawei is teaming up with China Unicom Shanghai and China Unicom Research Institute to advance work on LTE-M, the low-power, slower-speed version of 4G -- or 4.5G as it calls it -- that is slated to power machine-to-machine (M2M) communications of the future.

Huawei Advances LTE-M for IoT in China

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. said Monday that the trio has begun collaborating on a cellular Internet of Things (IoT) pilot based on LTE-Machine to Machine (LTE-M) in Shanghai. It hopes to have something to show from it at the 2015 Mobile World Congress Asia event. (See Huawei Promises 4.5G & LTE-M in 2016.) Specifically, China Unicom Ltd. LTE M2M Network Solutions by KORE Telematics. As bandwidth hungry M2M applications proliferate and network operators continue to invest in the next generation technologies, solution providers are turning to Long-Term Evolution (LTE) services to connect many diverse applications.

LTE M2M Network Solutions by KORE Telematics

LTE is already powering M2M new and diverse applications, including: Market Factors LTE is being adopted by 95% of the world’s wireless operators, led by North American availability. Why? It is fast becoming ubiquitous and it is affordable to replace fixed line applications and power innovation. LTE – the challenges and the opportunities. Machine-to-Machine (M2M) What is M2M?

Machine-to-Machine (M2M)

Welcome to the Internet of Things (IoT) M2M is driving the Internet of Things (IoT) by connecting machines, devices and objects to the internet, turning them into ‘intelligent’ assets that communicate with the world around them. M2M solutions opens up a new range of possibilities for businesses - how they operate, how they grow and how they keep customers happy. Every day, thousands of forward-thinking companies are adopting this technology.

They use it to gain immediate feedback on how a particular remote asset is being used. Business benefits Transformation right across your business M2M solutions enable businesses to develop new services and revenue streams, operate more efficiently and increase customer satisfaction. LTE in M2M? Why Single-Mode LTE Answers the Call. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a growing and exciting ecosystem comprised of an array of different technologies.

LTE in M2M? Why Single-Mode LTE Answers the Call

Currently, IoT networks are heterogeneous, with short-range, mid-range, and long-range connections. These three levels of IoT connectivity options are determined based on how widespread the connections need to be –immediate, specified geography, or widespread. Although a mix of technologies will make up the ecosystem, standards for Long Term Evolution (LTE) will play an increasingly larger role in facilitating long-range connections. PAN and LAN Personal Area Networks (PAN) for short-range connections are primarily facilitated by proprietary technologies such as Bluetooth and Zigbee. Local Area Networks (LAN) are most often seen in limited geographical locations. These two types of connections are both necessary within the IoT, and the technologies facilitating them have become accepted as the standard for connecting to PAN and LAN networks.

The IoT Showdown and the Opportunity for 4G LTE. It has been estimated that there will be no less than 50 billion connected devices online by 2020.

The IoT Showdown and the Opportunity for 4G LTE

Before the promise of billions of connected devices sharing information can be realized, there is the question of how, exactly, most of these devices will be connected. Internet of Things (IoT) solution providers and those supplying them are keenly interested in the answer since it will help determine how those solutions and their components are architected. LTE's Critical Role in Enabling Internet of Things. Opening up LTE for IoT. periodically invites expert third-party contributors to submit analysis on a key topic affecting the telco industry.

Opening up LTE for IoT

In this article David Maidment, Mobile Segment Manager at ARM, discusses The Internet of Things phenomenon and how the forthcoming Cat-0 LTE specification can help operators better capitalize upon it. Today, LTE is the fastest growing wireless standard in history with over 300 commercial networks already launched as of mid-2014 and LTE subscriptions predicted to reach 1.6 billion by 2018. With this huge worldwide investment and momentum building, cellular operators are looking at how they can leverage that investment into the rapidly growing IoT space.

IoT represents an exciting opportunity for device manufacturers, service providers and consumers alike. LTE makes a full-court press on IoT. IoT Device Connection Efficiency Guidelines. NextG-Com : Independent technology development company. LTE's Critical Role in Enabling Internet of Things. LTE - bringing a new spectrum of opportunities for M2M and IoT. FTC Report on Internet of Things Urges Companies to Adopt Best Practices to Address Consumer Privacy and Security Risks. In a detailed report on the Internet of Things, released today, the staff of the Federal Trade Commission recommend a series of concrete steps that businesses can take to enhance and protect consumers’ privacy and security, as Americans start to reap the benefits from a growing world of Internet-connected devices.

FTC Report on Internet of Things Urges Companies to Adopt Best Practices to Address Consumer Privacy and Security Risks

The Internet of Things is already impacting the daily lives of millions of Americans through the adoption of health and fitness monitors, home security devices, connected cars and household appliances, among other applications. Such devices offer the potential for improved health-monitoring, safer highways, and more efficient home energy use, among other potential benefits.

However, the FTC report also notes that connected devices raise numerous privacy and security concerns that could undermine consumer confidence. “The only way for the Internet of Things to reach its full potential for innovation is with the trust of American consumers,” said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. Amazon announced pay-as-you-go business IoT platform. Wednesday, October 14, 2015 last week announced plans to join the wave of tech companies investing in the Internet of Things.

Amazon announced pay-as-you-go business IoT platform

The e-commerce giant unveiled a new division of its Amazon Web Services operation called AWS IoT. The platform offers companies a pay-as-you-go system to connect devices, applications and cloud services while storing and analyzing the massive amounts of generated data. Products connected to the system's Device Gateway would then enable manufacturers to set criteria for how AWS IoT should handle data, as well as what actions should be taken if sensors meet certain conditions. A slew of prominent semiconductor manufacturers — Arrow, Avnet, Broadcom, Intel, Marvell, Mediatek, Microchip, Qualcomm, Renasas, SeedStudio and Texas Instruments — will also offer starter kits for the platform.

“Everything that used to be hardware is now software,” Amazon Chief Technology Officer Werner Vogels told the audience at the company's annual conference in Las Vegas.