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Cloud services consume lots of energy and the sinner is not the datacenters, but the networks (except Sigfox)

Cloud services consume lots of energy and the sinner is not the datacenters, but the networks (except Sigfox) | The Connected World | Scoop.it

"Our calculations show that, in 2015, the wireless networks we use to access cloud services will command around 90% of the energy needed to power the entire wireless cloud services ecosystem. By comparison, data centres will account for only 9% or less. Industry needs to focus on the real issues with wireless network technologies if it wants to solve this problem."

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Traditional wireless networks (2G, 3G, 4G, WiFi, etc) consume enormeous amounts of energy and they account for the vast majority of the energy that is consumed to provide access to cloud services (datacenters almost look like green solutions in comparison). This is again an argument for why we need to take energy aspect seriously and instead of using these high consuming networks for the many low throughput Internet of Things and M2M applications, then one should use networks that are more suited to the job, such as Sigfox.

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Mobile phone tower is causing health problems - SIGFOX to the rescue

Mobile phone tower is causing health problems - SIGFOX to the rescue | The Connected World | Scoop.it
Though we’ve seen advancement in mobile technologies by leaps and bounds, some areas of concern, like the effect they may have on human life, have taken a backseat. The most recent report by Mum
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It is rarely mentioned in regards to the Internet of Things, but the radiation from the connected devices is a very important aspect to consider. Considering that the amount of connected devices will increase drastically, we better ensure that it is not traditional mobile networks that are used for all of those devices.

 

The majority of connected devices are compatible with SIGFOX and considering that SIGFOX results in 2000-5000 times less radiation than traditional mobile networks, it's a good candidate for solving this major problem.

 

So while we at SIGFOX aren't pushing this as the key advantage, it's another good argument for rolling out a better operated network solution for the IoT.

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Experts behind Intelligent Transport – Intelligent Cargo

Experts behind Intelligent Transport – Intelligent Cargo | The Connected World | Scoop.it
Our intelligent cargo solution improves the efficiency of supply chains, reduces emissions and ensures product integrity and regulatory compliance of your business.
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Integrating SIGFOX for connectivity provides a significant cost advantage and unleashes significant market opportunities. If you are in intelligent transport, you should be talking to SIGFOX!

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Cloud services consume lots of energy and the sinner is not the datacenters, but the networks (except Sigfox)

Cloud services consume lots of energy and the sinner is not the datacenters, but the networks (except Sigfox) | The Connected World | Scoop.it

"Our calculations show that, in 2015, the wireless networks we use to access cloud services will command around 90% of the energy needed to power the entire wireless cloud services ecosystem. By comparison, data centres will account for only 9% or less. Industry needs to focus on the real issues with wireless network technologies if it wants to solve this problem."

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Traditional wireless networks (2G, 3G, 4G, WiFi, etc) consume enormeous amounts of energy and they account for the vast majority of the energy that is consumed to provide access to cloud services (datacenters almost look like green solutions in comparison). This is again an argument for why we need to take energy aspect seriously and instead of using these high consuming networks for the many low throughput Internet of Things and M2M applications, then one should use networks that are more suited to the job, such as Sigfox.

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Smart Cities Market worth $1 Trillion (is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.2% by 2016)

"The study reports that overall smart cities market is estimated to grow double fold to $1,023.4 billion by 2016, at a CAGR of 14.2% for the period 2011 to 2016. Smart energy or energy management market is forecasted to be the fastest growing market with a CAGR of 28.7%, growing to $80.7 billion by 2016. 

Global smart cities market is driven by the growth in smart energy, smart transportation and smart security market. Smart energy management market was estimated to be at $22.9 billion in 2010 and expected to reach $80.7 billion in 2016; whereas smart transportation and smart security, which includes homeland & urban security, market are expected to grow to $68.8 billion and $307.2 billion, respectively, in 2016."

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At Sigfox we can only confirm that Smart Cities seem to be one of the hottest topics in the world of connected objects.

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The Internet Of Things And The Data It Will Produce

The Internet Of Things And The Data It Will Produce | The Connected World | Scoop.it

"All this data will make 2013's sexiest dream job related to math"

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M2M and IoT is creating an entirely new ecosystem, which will result in new opportunities for many actors. Big Data will be candy for hardware manufacturers and data analysts and vertical specialists will be enjoying the concept of industry specific platforms (APIs for groceries, OBD data platforms, etc.). There's plenty of new business to create!

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Whitespaces is a neat idea

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The idea of whitespaces is basically to find new ways of using the frequency bands that are not 100% occupied. It's an interesting concept and if they some day manage to get international regulators to back the idea, then Sigfox could use the whitespaces. The thing is that Sigfox doesn't need the whitespaces, it already functions in the ISM band, which are already available for free and all over the world.

 

So while I completely agree with the conclusions regarding the problems with traditional connectivity solutions, I think they forgot to mention that those issues are already solved for low throughput M2M and IoT apps.

 

Whitespaces or not, Sigfox solves the low throughput connectivity issues and it's ready today!

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Winners - 2012 Internet of Things Awards

Winners - 2012 Internet of Things Awards | The Connected World | Scoop.it
The 2012 Internet of Things Awards presented by Postscapes
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Interesting projects mentioned, good job Trevor. Still believe that there should have been an "Enabler" section with projects such as Sigfox ;-)

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The MIT Review writes about Sigfox (thanks @tsimonite)

The MIT Review writes about Sigfox (thanks @tsimonite) | The Connected World | Scoop.it
A startup hopes to connect millions of low-power sensors worldwide to the Internet, making everything—from power grids to home appliances—smarter.
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Impressive Internet of Things Infographic from Intel

Impressive Internet of Things Infographic from Intel | The Connected World | Scoop.it

Great Internet of Things infographic from Intel showing the amazing increase in connected devices.

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Good inspiration for Internet of Things applications

We have absolutely no clue about what life will be like when more or less any physical object and its context is observable over the internet, and thus accessible by individuals.

 

This presentation is good inspiration for what sort of applications one can imagine once everything can be connected.

 

Different industries have already deployed solutions for monitoring objects and their contexts for professional purposes and we are just now starting to apply that connectivity in a way that allows regular folks to choose what they monitor and what to do with that information.

 

At Sigfox (http://sigfox.com) we aim to play an important part in that evolution by providing a disruptively cheap and energy efficient way of connecting objects to the Internet. We can't wait to see what people will do with these new technologies. Our tagline is "One network A billion dreams" and dreams is what it is. We already have customers doing amazing things on our network, but once the general public gets their hand on these new connectivity solutions there is no telling where they will bring it.

 

So bring on the connected evolution and let ordinary people design their connected world!

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Force feedback for connected objects

Force feedback for connected objects | The Connected World | Scoop.it

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a vest that lets Facebook users hug each other, from any distance.

 

So when you get a Facebook like your vest will inflate.

 

Not a great commercial idea, but it's cool to see people exploring the idea of using force feedback for connected objects. The article actually provides more commercially interesting ideas.

 

We already know force feedback from computer games (the Wii remote for instance). Phone vibrations when receving calls or messages is another very common implementation of force feedback.

 

Recently I read an article about scientists using force feedback for home cooking courses where you simulate cooking (digital display and force feedback in the utensils) and actually feel how you move the steak around the pan to learn the optimal way of cooking your steak.

 

If you have other ideas or examples of using force feedback for connected objects I would love to hear about them!

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Not sure that I would want hand gestures in a car...

Not sure that I would want hand gestures in a car... | The Connected World | Scoop.it

So as this article explains we might soon have systems recognizing hand gestures in cars. But is that a good idea? Hand gestures are less reliable than physical buttons. You often have to do the gestures several times or at least in some way ensure that the command has been recognized. With physical buttons you can feel whether you gave the command correctly or not.

 

In a situation where my main focus should be on my driving, I would be annoyed (and dangerous) if I had to focus on whether or not my car recognized the hand gesture for honking...

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IFTTT - Although maybe not created for IoT, the IFTTT service and IoT seems like a match made in heaven

IFTTT - Although maybe not created for IoT, the IFTTT service and IoT seems like a match made in heaven | The Connected World | Scoop.it

If This Then That, the web solution that let's you integrate different web enabled services, could be lucky enough to stand on the shoulders of the IoT movement.

 

For enterprise folks IFTTT is basically an ESB/EAI web interface for web enabled integration points. If this web service tells me this, then tell this web service to do that.

 

It's not rocket science, so not sure that they will be THE integration point, but the type of service they provide is definitely something that IoT solutions require.

 

For the people who believe that IoT is about open data, then a service such as IFTTT definitely needs to exist. I do however not see why there shouldn't be competition in this space and the competition might come from one of the IoT services on the rise.

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Telecom Council of Silicon Valley nominates SIGFOX as one of the world's 5 most innovative startups

Telecom Council of Silicon Valley nominates SIGFOX as one of the world's 5 most innovative startups | The Connected World | Scoop.it
Sigfox : The first cellular network operator dedicated to M2M and IoT

Via SIGFOX
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Very proud of the recognition

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Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, July 28, 2013 10:00 AM

Impressive achievement for Sigfox

Fabien Bardinet's comment, July 28, 2013 11:04 PM
Really impressive !
Pierre-Damien Vaujour's comment, August 23, 2013 3:04 AM
Nice!
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SIGFOX wins the "Most Innovative Telecom Solution" award in Singapore

SIGFOX wins the "Most Innovative Telecom Solution" award in Singapore | The Connected World | Scoop.it

Via SIGFOX
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Good start for a new tour of Asia

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SIGFOX's curator insight, June 19, 2013 5:42 AM

SIGFOX just won the Award of "Most Innovative Telecom Solution" at the France - Singapore ICT Awards 2013.

This Award, organised by Ubifrance, the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and IE Singapore and taking place during CommunicAsia recognizes a new telecommunication solution which made a significant breakthrough in terms of innovation in technology or its application.

Our VP Global Sales Jaap Groot received this price during the awards ceremony at China One, Singapore.

Ludovic LE MOAN's curator insight, June 19, 2013 4:20 PM

Welcome award to start our asia tour here in Singapore !

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[FR] Le wireless pour lutter contre les fuites d’eau ! - ATIM et Sigfox

[FR] Le wireless pour lutter contre les fuites d’eau ! - ATIM et Sigfox | The Connected World | Scoop.it
Le wireless pour lutter contre les fuites d’eau !, Connecté au réseau SIGFOX, le module radio WaterLeaks proposé par ATIM alerte un poste à distance...

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Dedicated M2M network brings greater security, robustness

Dedicated M2M network brings greater security, robustness | The Connected World | Scoop.it
A separate network specifically for machine-to-machine communication could reduce security risks and make it harder to hack.
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Thanks to ZDNet for this good article on Sigfox.

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China looks to lead the Internet of Things

China looks to lead the Internet of Things | The Connected World | Scoop.it

"After leading losing fights to use Chinese standards in 3G technology and wireless mobile standards, China is trying to get out front early on IoT"

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It will be very interesting to see what China will do with connected objects. Seeing the volume and the oppurtunities one would think that they are looking into Sigfox...

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"Tailly", the Internet of T...ails

Tailly is a wearable wagging tail which reacts to the user’s heart rate. When you wear Tailly, you’ll radiate cuteness and happiness!
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Fun project, but probably not a mass market kindathing...

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The Future of M2M is . . . and the impact on M2M Forecasts is . . .

The Future of M2M is . . . and the impact on M2M Forecasts is . . . | The Connected World | Scoop.it

"...It also follows that this distinction is really at the application level rather than the network level: we expect basically the same network infrastructure will carry both application types but the application support requirements for each will be very different."

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Completely agree with the major statements in this article. M2M in B2B is not new and will continue to grow and evolve. B2B2C is a market that is just really starting now and forecasting it is an extremely difficult challenge.

 

The difference will indeed be on the application layer, and connectivity solutions, such as the one we have built at Sigfox, cover both current B2B requirements, future B2B solutions and the new and upcoming B2B2C solutions.

 

Now that hardware is cheaper and more accessible, and the underlying technology enablers, such as our Sigfox network, is available and mature, it is much easier to create B2B2C solutions.

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LeWeb Hangout with Ludovic Le Moan, CEO of SigFox

LeWeb Hangout with Ludovic Le Moan, CEO of SigFox | The Connected World | Scoop.it

For those who missed it, here's the interview Ludovic did for the LeWeb speaker hangout.

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Google Hangout with Ludovic Le Moan, CEO of Sigfox

Google Hangout with Ludovic Le Moan, CEO of Sigfox | The Connected World | Scoop.it

Tomorrow at 7pm (GMT+1) the great team behind the LeWeb conference (http://paris.leweb.co/) will interview Ludovic Le Moan, CEO of Sigfox. The interview will be carried out on a Google Hangout, which means that everyone can listen in and you can even ask questions during the interview.

 

Have an opinion about what connectivity for IoT should be? Come voice your opinion and let us know whether you think we got it right!

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Evian uses a connected fridge magnet to let people order more water

Evian uses a connected fridge magnet to let people order more water | The Connected World | Scoop.it

Brands are starting to use connected objects for marketing campaigns.

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Ube - A free "Google style approach" to home automation

Ube - A free "Google style approach" to home automation | The Connected World | Scoop.it
Utz Baldwin launches Ube cloud-enabled home automation system built around ‘the Internet of things.’ Chases 4 million subscribers to build critical mass for targeted advertising.

 

So the idea here is to give home automation away for free, but keep access to all consumption and usage data in order to sell ads.

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Mobiplug, another home automation startup - This space is hotter than jalapeño

Mobiplug, another home automation startup - This space is hotter than jalapeño | The Connected World | Scoop.it

Mobiplug is another startup in the home automation space. If you're a VC you better have an IoT startup in your portfolio. This space is hotter than hot!

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