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Design’s critical role in IoT

The Harvard Business Review as usual has a great new article on the Internet of Things (IoT). In The Internet of Things Needs Design, Not Just Technology the authors outline why design and technology need to work together as partners. This rests on the...
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What’s in it for me?

Lots of cities around the world, including our very own Wellington, want to be a Smart City. Most of them describe what they mean by a Smart City in terms of delivering better services, reducing costs, and better asset management. Sounds good except that...
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Step change: IT majors bet the company on IoT

The latest earnings reports from many major IT companies had one common thread- they are all under-performing in their core business. And, all of them, are betting their future on the Internet of Things (IoT). Microsoft, IBM, Intel et al fall into this...
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Press Release 3: IoT Network now in Auckland, Dunedin, Napier

KotahiNet, the company behind a new wireless network for the “Internet of Things”, has expanded connectivity to central Auckland, Dunedin and Napier. In February KotahiNet launched in Wellington and today’s announcement shows it’s on track achieve...
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Welcome to NZ, Sigfox

The much anticipated entry of Sigfox to New Zealand has happened. Sydney-based Thinxtra will be the local national operator for Australia and New Zealand with a major capital investment from Auckland technology firm Rakon. Construction of its New Zealand...
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Radio frequencies, bands and inspections

There have been a few questions about the frequencies KotahiNet uses and why. This includes pointed questions and an inspection by the good people responsible for its management in New Zealand, the Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) office. Sub-GHz ISM bands...
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Press Release 2: Network launched in Wellington

Internet of Things network launches to enable NZ biz and govt to provide smart services A new commercial wireless network to carry data to and from sensors and other connected objects – the so called Internet of Things – has been launched in Wellington...
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Hardware Trends 2015

Stepping back from the news cycle and reflecting on just how rapidly hardware is evolving shows some clear, interesting trends. A new normal is being defined, even amongst continuing change, such as sentient and connected objects.
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Trends in IoT at home

Consumer use of IoT foreshadows the directions of the wider IoT market, be that at work or civic services. It also gets more media attention, thereby shaping public perceptions and expectations.
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Open standards for the long term

In the low power, long range IoT segment, the two leaders are Sigfox and LoRaWAN with Ingenu following. One aspect that differentiates the two leaders is their proprietary (Sigfox) vs open (LoRaWAN) approach. Which is better?
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