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From Fighting Malnutrition to Making Cities Greener: The Unexpected Ways IoT is Changing Our World

By: Ludovico Fassati

The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly changing the way we interact with almost everything in our daily lives. From smart homes and connected cars to sensors in manufacturing plants, new applications of IoT technology that come to market every day, making our lives easier and more efficient. All markets are integrating the technology at a breakneck pace, setting a course for significant scale in the coming years. In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2020, IoT will connect 20.4 billion things worldwide…

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The Growth & Edge of IoT

By: Steffen Sorrell

Despite having been the subject of much discussion and investment over the past five years, the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) remains at a relatively early stage. In practice, the reason is that, like the ‘classic’ Internet itself, the IoT requires not only the development of viable business models but also a transformation in the way that partaking businesses operate. That said, those players who have already entered the market are already realizing benefits. That said, opportunity still abounds: in a survey conducted by Vodafone in 2017, 95 percent of respondents who stated that they had adopted IoT projects also claimed to have seen tangible benefits…

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Mobile Network Transformation: A Modern Infrastructure for the Digital Age

By: Ulrich Schalling, FNT Software

Significant market forces are disrupting the telecommunications industry and impacting all areas of business. To keep pace with competitors, IoT, and the rise of edge computing, network transformation is mission critical. However, as modern networks are highly complex, this transformation has the potential to be a time-consuming and costly process. From FTTA and C-RAN architecture upgrades to laying fiber and connecting BBU pool resources to the core network, there are countless steps that must be taken to ensure data is properly transported over mobile networks to geographically dispersed users…

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A Network is Only as Secure as its Weakest Device

By: Yossi Atias

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing exponentially and, unless you have been hiding under a rock, it’s hard not to notice the proliferation of connected devices we’re utilizing in our daily lives. According to Gartner, as of the end of 2017, there were 6.3 billion smart devices already connected to networks, and it is predicted this number will grow to 20.4 billion by 2020. Gartner’s estimates tend to be more conservative than others, some of whom predicted 50 billion devices by 2020. However, Gartner’s figures are collated from an installed base of smart TVs, fridges, security cameras, speakers and other devices…

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Supporting IoT's Push to the Edge

By: Bob DeSantis

We’re living in a fascinating time to watch data networks evolve. It wasn’t long ago that the industry was taken by storm by cloud computing, and now—before many enterprises have even begun to leverage that model—we’re on to the next thing, turning the cloud approach on its head with talk of edge and fog computing. In just a few years, edge has started to take hold—at least of conversations and, increasingly, budgets. “It’s really gone from a conceptual idea to something that people are working on and rolling out, trialing,” Caroline Chan, Vice President and General Manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division at Intel, said in this recent discussion…

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IoT Revenue Opportunities

By: Wojciech Martyniak

The Internet of Things (IoT) offers tremendous revenue opportunities for communication service providers (CSPs). Why is that, and how can CSPs seize these opportunities? First, underpinning every data exchange between internet-enabled devices, from driverless cars to smart meters, is a whole support system that can be a source of additional revenue. CSPs run the networks that the IoT requires to operate, so there's significant potential for the generation of additional revenue. Savvy CSPs will be poised to realize that revenue…

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IoT Patent Pipeline

By: Alec Schibanoff

George Carlin said it best: “A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff.” If he were around today, Carlin would say that the Internet is just a way to connect all our stuff while we go out looking for more stuff to connect. The earliest references to an “Internet of Things” goes back to prehistoric times—1999. And just as technology grows exponentially, applications for the Internet of Things or IoT have grown exponentially as well. Both Lowe’s and The Home Depot have smart home sections—just one outgrowth of IoT—and they are both right up in the front of the store, not in the back with the plumbing and carpeting…

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Telecom Industry News

By: Scott St. John

Smart cities, smart sprinklers, and smart cars: July brought news of fascinating developments in and applications for IoT technology. And that’s even before the new Nokia Open Innovation Challenge global competition truly gets underway. This new annual competition puts Nokia prize money behind innovative technology, products, and solutions that will change the world, and this year's focus is on IoT. The news this month also included broadband internet expansion to previously unserved areas of the Northeast U…

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Letter from the Editor

By: Scott St. John

As Pipeline enters its 15th volume, it causes me take pause.  Over the last 15 years, we've seen—and covered—a lot of topics. We have had the privilege to watch the world change. Dramatically.During this time we saw the advent of IP-based services, smart phones, social media, tablets, cloud computing, and the internet of things (IoT). Just to name a few. We've been on the forefront of worldwide transformation, and have foreseen everything from Microsoft 365 to the NSA leak.Today, we are standing on the precipice of even greater change…

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