One of the biggest challenges of realizing the Internet of Things (IoT) isn't connecting things to the internet but getting them to talk to each other.
The answer: form industry alliance to work on that.
The Linux Foundation has gathered over 20 technology companies, including Haier, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Qualcomm and Sharp, to form the AllSeen Alliance, which aims to take an open-source approach to “thing” interoperability.
The goal: develop a common, open framework based on the AllJoyn open source project – originally developed by Qualcomm Innovation Center – that addresses basic requirements like discovery, pairing, message routing and security.
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The disruptive advances in ICT technologies – particularly in the realm of Big Data – are also creating a quagmire of ethical issues that could cripple the telecoms and ICT industry unless steps are taken to ensure that privacy, security and trust are deeply engrained into every part of the ecosystem.
That’s the vision of media futurist Gerd Leonhard, who told delegates at ITU Telecom World 2013 in Bangkok Thursday that we’re headed to a future where everything will become connected, intelligent, real-time, personalized and cross-platform, and we’ll see “even faster exponential growth in terms of velocity, variety, virality and value.”
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ITEM: Ooredoo remains upbeat about its plans to offer mobile services in Myanmar, despite reported delays in the telecoms licensing process.
Qatar-based Ooredoo, along with Norway’s Telenor, won tenders in June for two 15-year telecoms licenses. However, the actual licenses have not yet been formally awarded – partly because of delays related to the passing of the country’s new telecoms law, and partly because negotiations are still ongoing over telecoms rules covering things like competition, numbering and voice/SMS interconnectivity between competing networks, according to The Irrawaddy.
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ITEM: Hong Kong’s telecoms regulator has made a decision on the fate of the city’s 3G spectrum licenses. In effect, OFCA has elected to stick with its original recommendation to take back a third of licensed 3G spectrum when the licenses expire in October 2016 and use it to award a new 3G license.
OFCA said it would auction the confiscated 2.1GHz spectrum at an SUF no higher than HK$86 million ($11 million) per MHz, with a maximum block of 2 x 20MHz. The auction for the new 3G license will be conducted in the fourth quarter of 2014. OFCA also ... MORE>>
As you’ve no doubt heard, the US Federal Aviation Administration has relaxed its rules regarding the use of electronic devices during takeoff and landing. Which means you can leave on your smartphone or tablet or Kindle or game console or whatever from gate to gate.
At least you can in the US, once airlines implement the policy, although other countries are likely to follow suit in due course. (In Asia, South Korea looks to be among the first to do so, according to the Korea Times.)
For those wondering the obvious question – “Why is it suddenly safe to use them now?” ... MORE>>