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The IoT of farms, cities and 5G

Monday, 22 February, 2016 0 Comments

On Friday here, farming was mentioned in connection with everything being connected at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Now, Nokia is getting in on the act with the announcement of a $350 million fund for investments in IoT (Internet of Things) companies. The focus will be on connected cars, digital health, the enterprise, big data, analytics and farming. Presenting the fund to the press, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri said:

“For example we have worked with KT in Korea on the application of real time analytics and automated action to increase farming productivity. We have conducted a market trial for connected bus terminals in New Zealand. Trying new business models for smart cities that go beyond advertising and that improve the overall transportation experience. We have worked on providing intelligent transportation on the highways of Germany with real-time hazard warnings and other safety information, enabling vehicle to vehicle and other infrastructure communication.”

Smart cities are found in smart nations and Ericsson, Nokia’s Nordic rival, is making an IoT move in Singapore in partnership with Singtel, a Singaporean telecommunications company, with a combined mobile subscriber base of 500 million customers. Snippet:

“IoT connectivity is an important part of Singapore’s enterprises and supports the Singapore Government’s Smart Nation initiative. We anticipate a growing demand to connect a multitude of sensors and devices in a cost-effective manner… With the early introduction of low-powered IoT devices, this brings us a step closer to 5G goals, where new device and sensor technologies can leverage network connectivity to power a variety of use cases, such as lighting and vehicle-to-infrastructure connectivity.”

The common factor in the Nokia and Ericsson moves is 5G — the next generation of cellular technology. After all, if you’re in the network business, you need to get customers to upgrade to 5G so you can make more money. The carrot and stick of the IoT is a clever way of persuading them to spend.


Getting ready for the next billion

Friday, 17 October, 2014 0 Comments

Between 2015 and 2020, one billion new people are expected to come online for the first time, mainly through mobile-based internet connections. Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg talks with Michal Lev-Ram of Fortune about the next billion, his company’s innovation labs and the future of mobile data in a digital-dependent economy. “By 2019,” says Vestberg, “90 percent of the Earth’s population above six years will have a mobile phone.”

Ericsson, meanwhile, is talking up 5G, which it claims “will make completely new applications possible and bring even greater benefits to society. For example, near-zero latency enables machinery to be remotely operated in hazardous environments as well as driverless cars.”


The smartphone is the fastest spreading technology in history

Tuesday, 10 July, 2012
The smartphone is the fastest spreading technology in history

“Although devices combining telephony and computing were conceptualized as early as 1973 and were offered for sale beginning in 1994, the term ‘smartphone’ did not appear until 1997, when Ericsson described its GS 88 ‘Penelope’ concept as a “Smart Phone”. Source: Wikipedia

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When Manuel Castells predicted that Nokia would rule the world

Monday, 2 July, 2012
When Manuel Castells predicted that Nokia would rule the world

The true hoarder never throws anything away. This obsession leads to all kind of complications, though, not the least of which is domestic strife. Still, there are moments when the hoarder’s passion is vindicated. This is one such instance. We have here a faded newspaper clipping dated 18 June 1999. The publication is The Observer […]

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How those Yahoos! destroyed Flickr!

Wednesday, 16 May, 2012
How those Yahoos! destroyed Flickr!

In one of the best articles of its kind for many a long day, Mat Honan of Gizmodo exposes corporate stupidity on a staggering scale in a piece titled “How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet“. Money quote: “There’s a difference between a missed opportunity and a complete fuck-up. When Yahoo failed to capitalize […]

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