Thomas Ricker: Samsung's building the first national network dedicated to smart cities. LoRaWAN hits the big time in Korea

Samsung Electronics and SK Telecom just announced plans to build a nationwide network in South Korea to connect the intelligent devices required for the smart cities of the future. It’s hailing the new LoRaWAN-based network as the world’s first for commercial use (although KPN in The Netherlands says it will also have a nationwide network available by June, and Swisscom is deploying its national network this year as well). These are in addition to several community-based networks already taking root around the world.

Ingrid Lunden: Nokia buys France’s Withings for €170M to ramp up in health tech and IoT

Nokia’s history as the world’s biggest mobile phone maker is becoming a distant memory, but it’s not out of the gadget business just yet. To build out its health technology business, the company today announced that it has acquired Withings, makers of smart scales, activity trackers, and other health gadgets. Withings is based out of France, and with Nokia in Finland, the transaction was in euros: €170 million to be exact, or around $192 million in U.S. dollars.

Francine Hardaway: Google's plan for the Internet of Things

I was in San Francisco recently, attending the Internet of Things World Expo and drooling over connected cars. Then I came home, and on my first day back, Google had the temerity to hold its annual developer conference, Google I/O. I watched the live stream so you didn’t have to.

Google had to do something to stop Facebook from steamrolling over its search-based advertising model, especially on mobile, and the company didn’t disappoint. This year’s Google I/O was completely different from every one before, from the venue to the products shown.

Chrissie Cluney: Back to Basics: RFID and the IoT

Companies seeking to engage in data collection for the IoT would be well served by remembering such simple technological solutions as RFID. RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. It’s a technology that uses radio waves to write or read information stored on a “tag”.  A tag consists of a chip and an antenna, which can come in many forms.

Capture Technologies, a technology company that provides on-site tools and services to tradeshows and events, started in 2000, specializes in creating RFID-enabled badges and also onsite assistance.

Call for Position Papers: 2016 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (FedCSIS) Gdansk, Poland, 11-14 September, 2016

The FedCSIS 2016 Federated Conference invites submissions of POSITION PAPERS to its respective events. Position papers must not exceed 8 pages and they should relate to an ongoing research or experience. Position papers will be presented by the authors alongside regular papers. Position papers may be also submitted as DEMO PAPERS and presented as demonstrations of software tools and products. They should describe non-for-profit software tools in a prototype-, alpha-, or beta-version.

We invite TWO TYPES OF POSITION PAPERS:

T.H.A. Wisman: eCall and the quest for effective protection of the right to privacy

From 31st of March 2018 onwards every certified car for the European market must be equipped with the eCall-system. This is an ICT-system, embedded with GSM and satellite technology, which automatically transmits vital data from the car to an emergency centre in case of an accident. The mandatory installation of eCall introduces great challenges to the right to privacy. The aim of this paper is to illustrate through these challenges why the Commission has fallen short in adequately addressing these challenges throughout the legislative process.

Joon Ian Wong: One company has a big edge in the fight to dominate the Internet of Things

Most of the innovation on the so-called Internet of Things is locked up in patents held by the companies that make the innards of sensors, routers, and other devices, according to a study by LexInnova, a consultancy.

The study finds that the companies with the greatest number of IoT patents globally are the chip-makers Qualcomm and Intel, followed by Chinese network-gear maker ZTE.

Internet of Things to be showcased at Computex Taipei

An IoT exhibition at the ASE Group's booth at last year's Computex. Taipei, May 22 (CNA) The "Internet of Things (IoT)," which connects various objects online, will again be a highlight of this year's Computex Taipei, with companies such as Microsoft Corp. showcasing products in the field, according to exhibitors.

Apart from Windows 10 and related products and services, Microsoft said it will showcase devices jointly developed with partners in Taiwan and applications of IoT technology in the retail sector.

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