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Archive for July, 2009

Verizon and Qualcomm announce a machine-to-machine (M2M) joint venture to deliver wireless services in a range of market segments

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

“Verizon Wireless and Qualcomm have formed a joint venture to deliver machine-to-machine wireless services in a range of market segments, including health care, manufacturing, utilities, distribution and consumer products. The JV, which currently does not have a name, will be equally owned by Verizon and Qualcomm and will be based in San Diego with offices in New Jersey. Financial details were not disclosed.”

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Intel and other prominent tech brands join the IP for Smart Objects (IPSO) Alliance to advocate for the interoperability of smart objects

Monday, July 20th, 2009

“An alliance of companies promoting embedded Internet Protocol in smart devices, like military sensors and home appliances, has added 12 new member organizations including Intel Corp.

The Internet Protocol for Smart Objects (IPSO) Alliance, formed in September 2008, evangelizes the idea that an entirely IP-based network makes it easier for dissimilar devices to communicate with each other, instead of being hindered by proprietary and ad hoc protocols.”

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Book Review: The Internet of Things: From RFID to the Next-Generation Pervasive Networked Systems (Wireless Networks and Mobile Communications)

Monday, July 20th, 2009

“Ubiquitous and pervasive technologies such as RFID and smart computing promise a world of networked and interconnected devices. Everything from tires to toothbrushes could soon be in communications range, heralding the dawn of an era in which today’s Internet of People gives way to tomorrow’s Internet of Things — where billions of objects will have the ability to report their location, identity, and history over wireless connections.”

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RFID technology sales continue to surge with expected growth to reach $5.56 billion in 2009

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

“Despite the sluggish economy, global sales of RFID technology are expected to grow 5 percent to $5.56 billion in 2009. According to IDTechEx, the surge in sales will be accomplished despite the world’s largest RFID project — the $6 billion China National ID card scheme — being completed a year earlier.  The United States heads the list of RFID projects, including a $428 million contract issued by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office-Enterprise Information Systems for a contract for the Radio Frequency Identification III (RFID III) program. Currently, RFID tags are attached to approximately 125,000 shipments of U.S. military supplies each week.”

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ON World predicts that by 2012, global WSN products and services for the Smart Home will be worth $6 billion

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

“Multi-billion dollar smart grid and home health initiatives are driving the Smart Home market despite a challenging economy, according to ON World. The energy crisis and out-of-control healthcare spending have governments and the private sector scrambling to develop smart technologies such as Wireless Sensor Networking (WSN) that pay for themselves in months, not years. In 2012, ON World predicts that global WSN products and services for the Smart Home will be worth $6 billion.”

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