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An Internet of Thoughts

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

IMPORTANT UPDATE: KotahiNet’s band plan as detailed in this blog post is no longer used. While the reasons for choosing the band plan within 864-868 MHz remain the same, the current band plan aligns the specific frequencies used with that of the...
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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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Second Gateway

My first impression of our second gateway, the MultiTech Conduit, is just how small it is. In the photograph, it’s about a third of a standard desktop keyboard. It’s even smaller than my home broadband modem.
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Press Release 1: Wellington IoT network coming

Wellington will get a new wireless network for the “Internet of Things” in the next three months. Startup company KotahiNet is rolling out a purpose-built wireless network for connecting sensors and other smart objects to the Internet, the...
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Voice brings personality

After many years of false hopes, finally, the time for voice as a useful user interface is here. Voice features most prominently in making digital assistants the intermediary between people and devices. The device itself is a gateway to networked knowledge...
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More network use cases

After a slightly European look at what low power, long range networks are good for, an American view is provided by hardware supplier Link Labs.
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