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December 15, 2014

Your new favorite Internet Of Things standards initiative:

Google launched a research program on Friday called the “Open Web Of Things”, which aims to develop open standards related to IoT that not only facilitate ease of use, but also ensure that privacy and security measures are crucial components of all IoT work going forward.

From the blog post by Vint Cerf (Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist), Roy Want and Max Senges (of Google Research):

While the Internet of Things (IoT) conjures a vision of “anytime, any place” connectivity for all things, the realization...

November 28, 2014

It’s been two and a half years since Google first unveiled Google Glass, its project to create glasses that serve as an augmented-reality display for mobile users. Since then, not much has happened. The company has offered actual Google Glasses to beta users for $1,500 a pop. Reviews from the users were mixed, and reviews from non-users encountering Glass users were decidedly negative.

Now, with Reuters reporting that a number of apps developers (including Twitter) have given up on Google Glass, there is talk about whether it’s time for Google to pull the plug on the project – or...

November 18, 2014

ITEM: The Metro Ethernet Forum has revealed a new global initiative with wholesale operators to fully standardize interconnectivity for Carrier Ethernet services.

The Ethernet Interconnect Points (EIP) Initiative covers all aspects of an Ethernet connection point between two wholesale operators – including requirements relating to location, facilities, ENNI, wholesale service alignment and business process alignment.

The EIP initiative addresses one of the primary challenges of offering wholesale Ethernet services: the need of their customers to provide end-to-end Carrier...

November 17, 2014

ITEM: Shutting down your 2G network could be a mistake, according to researchers who say that old GSM networks can be put to better use running M2M apps.

With a number of cellcos making plans to decommission their 2G networks in the next couple of years, a research team led by Corrales Madueňo at Aalborg University in Denmark says it has calculated the capacity of such networks and reckons that with a little re-engineering they can – and should – serve as a backbone for smart meters to talk to each other. 

Technology Review reports:

They assume that within 1,000...

November 10, 2014

Smart cities start with smart citizens, but many of those same citizens will expect the city, not operators, to provide smart-city services.

Those are the key findings from a new report [PDF] released Monday by Ericsson ConsumerLab, which says that the rise of smart cities will be driven from the bottom up by users empowered by ICT rather than by government initiatives.

The thrust of the report, “Smart Citizens: How The Internet Facilitates Smart Choices In City Life”, is that people who use smart devices and the internet to make more informed choices will become more...