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Cavli Wireless and GCT Semiconductor Target the Underserved Indian Module Market

Jamie Moss

Internet of Things (IoT) module manufacturer Cavli Wireless has announced a new range of cellular modules designed in, developed for, and to be manufactured domestically in India. Cavli claims it is the first module vendor to try to do so and will be using cellular modem chipsets supplied by GCT Semiconductor. Cavli Wireless is a relatively new entrant to the IoT module market, being formed in 2017, and is headquartered in California, alongside its new strategic partner GCT. Cavli’s modules are almost exclusively targeted at low-cost, low-bandwidth IoT applications with all but one of its C-series of models offering some combination of Long Term Evolution (LTE) Cat-1, Cat-M, and Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT). Its P-Series modules are also Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) centric, but incorporate an application processor for edge computing.

PayPal Expands Its Digital Assets Bid with New Acquisition

Michela Menting

PayPal announced last week (March 8, 2021) its intent to acquire Israeli startup Curv for an estimated sum between US$200 and US$300 million. The acquisition should complete mid-2021. Curv has developed a solution for secure digital asset custody (including cryptocurrencies) using secure Multi-Party Computation (MPC). MPC is a subfield of cryptography that distributes the computing of an encryption key (or other secrets) across various parties, so that no one party has access to the whole key. The startup’s main target clients are crypto exchanges, but Curv also targets investors who want to diversify their assets, such as investment funds. A number of existing crypto exchanges (such as Liquid and Copper) already make use of MPC, which is an increasingly hot technology.

The “Green-Mindset” versus Sustainable Ambidextrous Strategies for IoT Vendors

Kateryna Dubrova

There are several solutions and developments within the IoT technology market that are positioned as green and sustainable and environmentally friendly. And while those definitions seem to be easy to understand, discourse is self-conflicting on this issue—it creates a particular misconception regarding the technology functionality. The difference between something that is “green” versus something sustainable is precisely the line that separates green philosophies and products out there that focus solely on “energy/environment/climate improvement.” While the sustainable technology would mean improving the social and environmental footprint at every stage of the product’s life, from raw material extraction to end of life. While it does not have to directly be related to environmentally friendly green paradigm

Brazil Becomes the Second Country to Release the Full 6 GHz Spectrum for Wi-Fi

Stephanie Tomsett

In February 2021, Brazil’s telco regulator Anatel unanimously voted to release the full 1.2 GHz of spectrum within the 6 GHz band for Wi-Fi, making it the second-largest area to do so after the United States. The entire band will be available for low power indoor Wi-Fi use, as well as very low power Wi-Fi use by portable devices, making it the first country to do so. Very low power use allows outdoor interference to be eliminated, which is beneficial for a number of high-power, high data-consuming applications, including IoT, connected cars, AR, and VR. The United States is still to finalize plans for very low power use, despite being the first country to release the full 1.6 GHz of spectrum within the 6 GHz band.

Startup Sendal Aims to Unlock and Share Smart Home Data Value

Jonathan Collins

Despite strong smart home growth, much of the value and appeal of smart home is currently lost through the cost and inefficiencies in collecting and leveraging smart home data. Sendal, a U.S. startup, is looking to change that by providing a platform capable of managing a multi-vendor smart home environment but geared toward making data available to application developers and service providers, bringing greater innovation and interoperability to the market. Sendal CEO and founder Jim Carroll also co-founded long-time smart home stalwart Savant, and in a market with limited data exchange capabilities, Sendal’s approach targets a key industry issue.

AWS and BlackBerry Form Strategic Alliance to Codevelop a New Intelligent Vehicle Data Platform

Maite Bezerra

AWS, the leading global cloud provider, and BlackBerry, the leading intelligent security software provider, announced a strategic alliance for codeveloping the intelligent vehicle data platform BlackBerry IVY. IVY is a scalable, cloud-connected in-vehicle software platform that provides Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) with a consistent and secure way to read and normalize vehicle sensor data and to create actionable insights from it both at the edge and in the cloud. The solution combines AWS’s prominent cloud computing services and machine-learning expertise with BlackBerry’s in-depth knowledge of embedded automotive systems to deliver an end-to-end platform to automotives. The IVY platform has no vendor lock-in; thus, it works on multiple operating systems (not just QNX) and integrates to any endpoint destination (not just AWS). Moreover, the OEM has ownership of the data and maintains complete control over who can access it and how open the platform will be for the developer community. In summary, the platform reduces data collection and analysis complexity to allow OEMs to concentrate efforts on creating value for end customers and monetization via connected services and applications.

The Path Forward for Public Safety and Commercial DAS from a Landlords Perspective

Johanna Alvarado

With the transition of the different cellular technologies and the high increase in data consumption both indoors and outdoors, optical fiber has become an important infrastructure element able to support multiple services such as Wi-Fi, surveillance cameras, and as a transport layer for Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS). In the United States, building owners are facing the challenge of deploying Public Safety DAS (PS-DAS) when it is mandated by the Authorities Having Jurisdictions (AHJ). For this purpose, multiple in-building solutions can be adopted, such as repeaters, passive DAS, and active DAS where the equipment and labor cost of the PS-DAS is typically assumed by the landlords. In the installation phase, the building is provisioned with power supply and cable trays as well as vertical and horizontal cabling, all of which can be leveraged for a better wireless business case. Thus, landlords could take this situation as an opportunity to give extra value to the building rather than looking for the quickest way to “fix the issue” and meet the requirements allocated by the AHJ.

Augmented Reality for Telecom Operators & How it can Boost the AR Market?

Dean Tan

Within the last year (2020), activities around AR/VR/MR market with telecoms have been bubbling. This is especially true with all major Japanese telecom operators (NTT Docomo, KDDI, and Softbank). For example, NTT Docomo has established a new venture, Fukugo-Genjitsu-Seisakujo, INC, looking at the development of XR services targeted towards different processes in industrial applications. (e.g., design, manufacturing, and inspection). KDDI partnered with Nreal, the Chinese AR device firm, to bring its product into the Japanese market. Softbank has also joined the Niantic Planet-Scale AR Alliance (that brings together telecom operators to work on 5G content), the only Japanese telecom operator to do so.

Building a Data Platform for 5G Networks

Don Alusha

With continued adoption of 5G networks, the industry will see an explosive growth of data. That is in part because 5G provides the foundation for new value creation coming from new vertical industry applications. Use cases like automatic network management, network fault prediction and solution, and personalized user experience remain significant scenarios. But a data platform for 5G networks is needed to build a service indication system for end vertical industry use cases (e.g., augmented reality/virtual reality, smart homes, Industrial Internet of Things [IIoT], Industry 4.0, etc.) and to provide relevant analysis and management capabilities.

6G Standards and Market Development

Jiancao Hou

The race to the commercial launch of 5G started in 2019. Many countries worldwide have deployed their 5G networks, with the leading countries including South Korea, China, the United States, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Finland, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, and Germany. On the other hand, initiated by certain network operators such as Rakuten Mobile, Vodafone, Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom, and Orange, Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) is also gaining momentum. By disaggregating software from hardware and opening fronthaul interfaces, the open network targets unlocking the telco supply chain, which is dominated by a handful of incumbent vendors, and introducing more flexible and agile multi-vendor interoperable solutions. In addition to these primary activities, academia and industry have also started envisioning and planning the 6th Generation (6G) of wireless technologies for the 2030s.

For Cloud Gaming, Asia-Pacific Is Where the Money’s At

Kangrui Ling

In 2020, COVID-19 and 5G adoption spurred gaming in the most populated Asian country—China—with domestic gaming revenues increasing 20% to US$43 billion and the number of gamers increasing by 3.7%, effectively making half of the entire Chinese population gamers (665 million gamers as reported by the China Audio Video and Digital Publishing Association).

Distributed Computing Is the Next Battleground, and Everyone Is Competing

Dimitris Mavrakis

The B2B application domain has seen tremendous growth the past few years, with many different companies attacking it from different angles and with different strategic priorities. Hyperscalers, and particularly Amazon and Microsoft, are moving into the on-prem space with products like AWS Outposts, Snowcone and Snowball, and Azure with Private Edge Zones. Meanwhile, telecom operators are starting to target enterprises with hybrid connectivity models that include private cellular, network slicing and their crown jewel, Wide Area Network (WAN) connectivity. At the same time, there are startups entering the market with new products and services, that use components from both hyperscalers and telecom operators to implement new types of functionality.

Ford-Google Partnership: Google Extends Its Automotive Reach Wider and Deeper

James Hodgson

A February announcement saw Google add Ford to their growing list of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) that have opted for the Android Automotive solution to meet the needs of their next generation of infotainment. After Renault-Nissan first took the plunge into Google’s automotive-tailored embedded solution in 2018, Google has gained rapid traction, particularly in the automotive mass market, with OEMs such as GM, FCA Group, Groupe PSA, and Volvo opting to bring Google onto the embedded side.

Fixed Wireless Access Services Expands to Enterprise Segment

Khin Sandi Lynn

Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) services have been playing an important role in providing broadband connectivity to areas unserved or underserved with fixed broadband infrastructure. Although fixed wireless access broadband services are initially focused for Small Office and Home (SOHO) and consumer use cases to enable broadband connectivity, industry players have started expanding FWA products to the enterprise segment. In February 2020, Inseego—a mobile broadband Customer-Premises Equipment (CPE) maker—announced that its Wavemaker PRO 5G indoor FWA router FG2000e is certified for use in Europe, North America, and Australia.

Magnite Bets Big on CTV, Acquires SpotX from RTL Group for US$1.17 Billion

Michael Inouye

On February 5, 2021, Magnite announced its acquisition of SpotX from the RTL Group for cash (US$560 million) and stock (14 million shares in Magnite stock) totaling US$1.17 billion (based on the closing price of Magnite stock on Thursday, February 4, 2021). Considering that SpotX’s 2020 revenue totaled US$116 million and the RTL Group spent EUR€107 million in 2014 (for 65% share) and EUR€123 million in 2017 for the remaining shares, Magnite paid a hefty price on the strong prospects for video advertising and CTV (Connected TV) in particular. Given the company’s recent history, however, the acquisition makes good sense.

Brain-Machine Interface: From Elon Musk’s Neuralink to Valve’s Gaming Platform and Kernel’s fNIRS

Dimitrios Pavlakis

Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) technology is starting to gain momentum. Although it is currently primarily powered by academia and extensive lab research, it is expected to successfully make the transition from healthcare to consumer markets within the next 4 years.

Washington, Beijing, and the Great Game of Automation

Rian Whitton

On January 5, 2021, former U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning transactions with eight Chinese app development companies, including Alipay, QQ Wallet, WeChat Pay, Tencent QQ, CamScanner, SHAREit, VMate, and WPS Office. As one of the last executive actions of the previous administration, it signaled a continuation of an increasingly combative relationship between American authorities and the Chinese commercial technology space, all justified under the auspices of national security. While this executive order focused on general purpose transaction applications, the United States has also placed further scrutiny on Chinese robotics vendors operating within the United States. A clear example of this is the restrictions placed on the Chinese company DJI regarding government procurement of civil drones.

Apple AR/VR Plans Continue to Crystallize for Both Hardware and Content

Eric Abbruzzese

Over the past few weeks, Apple has made a handful of moves in the Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) markets, once again preparing for a significant hardware, software, and service AR/VR presence in the next couple years. Most recently, rumors point to there being two separate Apple AR/VR devices, the first one being a high-end mixed or merged reality headset (merged reality being a VR headset with camera pass-through capability), and the second being a simpler assistive/AR device. No specific announcements have been made on these products, but related happenings are significant.

Does Closed Loop Have a Future as PTOs Look to Open Ticketing Systems?

Sam Gazeley

The transport ticketing market is seeing a gradual upheaval of long-standing technologies and proprietary systems in favor of an open model, placing the end user’s convenience and choice as a priority. However, rollout of closed-loop systems are still very much underway in cities across the globe. So is it the end of the line for the closed-loop card, or is it full-steam ahead in another closed format?

Smart Buildings: The Future of Office Working Is Due to Evolve in a Post-COVID-19 Normality

Harriet Sumnall

Smart buildings in any form are not a new concept and have traditionally focused on driving down costs for day-to-day practices through the use of sensors and Building Management Systems (BMS), which has been considerably improved with Building Automation Systems (BAS). These systems were rolled out to manage a building’s interior environmental conditions effectively and efficiently to ensure a happy medium of user experience and cost efficiency.

Canadian ELD Coming Soon but with Progressive Enforcement

Susan Beardslee

Transport Canada announced the final details of a new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, which will come into force on June 12, 2021. Despite the Canadian government initially offering no “grandfather” or “soft enforcement” period, it has now announced there will be a 12-month progressive enforcement period to help ease existing pressures from COVID-19. The mandate requires vehicle drivers currently keeping a Record of Duty Status (RODS) to switch from paper logbooks to ELDs. Current Hours of Service (HOS) regulations will not be affected, but the new regulation will help monitor and improve driver compliance.

Azure Percept Is Microsoft’s Long-Awaited Answer to Advancing Robotics and Edge AI

Lian Jye Su

Microsoft has finally launched its edge AI hardware solution that complements its cloud services. This is another attempt by cloud service providers to target edge AI applications. This ABI Insight breaks down the key features and components of Azure Percept, popular use cases, and the overall competitive landscape.

A Fistful of Standards: Asking What NR-RedCap Is For and Why It Is Needed

Jamie Moss

Long-Term Evolution Machine-Type Communication (LTE-M, aka Cat.M) and Narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) were confirmed as 5G cellular Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) standards by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and the GSMA in mid-2018. LTE-M and NB-IoT were standardized in 3GPP Release 13, before 5G New Radio (5G NR) was standardized in Release 15, but have now been incorporated into 5G. Coming at the tail end of the LTE standardization process, the unrealized potential for LTE-M and NB-IoT needed to be protected, as both technologies are only just gaining meaningful adoption. IoT network technologies must be guaranteed to be supported by carriers for decades to come to secure customer confidence in them, as IoT deployments must be assumed to need to persist without human intervention to upgrade or replace them for the duration of their operational life.

Starlink’s Advantages Over Other LEO Companies

Miguel Castaneda

SpaceX launched yet another set of 60 Starlink satellites earlier this month as the company continues its expansion of its satellite broadband services across the world. SpaceX is planning to launch 42,000 satellites in its Starlink Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation for global coverage by 2027. Currently, SpaceX has about 1,200 LEO satellites (with 310 of them launched this year) and an estimated 10,000 users across communities in six countries.

A Changing Telco Cloud Landscape from Core to Edge Networks

Don Alusha

Distributed Internet architectures and edge networks have introduced fundamental architectural changes in telcos and associated network stacks. For example, operators’ data centers may increase in number from today’s 100 to potentially thousands; virtual machines proliferate from hundreds to thousands; and networks shift from tens in centralized core environments to hundreds at the “edge.” Further, with compute and networking converging to drive agility and efficiency, today’s cell sites and central offices become infrastructure hubs that facilitate computing at the edge for low latency and highly dedicated use cases. These architectural variances hold potential in terms of both the ability to support new applications and the control over the development of such applications.

Aspen Technology and Emerson Invest in Their Pharma Digital Threads

Michael Larner

Aspen Technology and Emerson have both been investing to expand their respective digital thread capabilities in the pharmaceutical vertical. In February, Emerson announced an equity investment in Fluxa, while Aspen Technology announced the acquisition of Camo Analytics in November 2020.

Rec Room and Roblox Valuations Highlight the Appeal of the Metaverse

Eric Abbruzzese

In March, two big names in virtual spaces drew attention for significant valuations. Rec Room, the social VR platform, raised US$100 million, which resulted in a US$1.25 billion valuation. Revenue grew at more than 500% in 2020, paired with 1 million monthly active users and 15 million lifetime users. VR is 25% of Rec Room’s user base. Roblox made similar news, after going public with a direct listing and a valuation over US$40 billion. While VR is not the primary portfolio element for Roblox, the platform’s flexibility in content means that there are a few VR-enabled titles as part of the ecosystem. The company claims more than 18 million “worlds” and experiences and 33 million daily users, with nearly US$2 billion spent on the platform’s virtual currency.

Biometric Payment Cards Can Help Bridge the Authentication Gap as Contactless Spending Limits Set to Increase Further

Phil Sealy

Increasing payment-card-based security remains an industry duty toward which all ecosystem players need to strive. As fraudsters become more sophisticated in their methods, the strengthening of authentication security and methods also needs to evolve in order to ensure that payment card technology, authentication, and security remains one step ahead.

Mobile Driver’s Licenses Increase Traction Across the United States

Sam Gazeley

Launched on March 29, 2021, IDEMIA has delivered its Mobile ID offering to the state of Arizona, alongside the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Motor Vehicle Division. The result is that residents of Arizona are now able to use their personal smartphone to verify their driver's license and ID card information in a secure fashion.

Stay Tuned: Dynamic Band-Switching Seeing Growth in IoT Antennas

Tancred Taylor

Dynamic band-switching is not new. Back in February 2013, Qualcomm announced its RF360 chipset, which included an antenna switch and dynamic antenna-matching tuner to enable smartphones to support and optimize performance on all Long Term Evolution (LTE) frequency bands between 700 MHz and 2700MHz in real time. What is newer is its increased adoption in the Internet of Things (IoT). Band-switching has been less of an issue in the IoT market because of the relative simplicity of device protocols: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), and Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) devices operate on a low number of frequencies, with the result that a relatively simple passive component can suit most requirements. Module vendors and antenna vendors have frequently partnered together to offer off-the-shelf joint solutions for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GNSS, in particular: these frequently consist of a Surface-Mount Technology (SMT) chip or Printed Circuit Board (PCB) trace antenna mounted on the same board as a module, ready for integration into any device. Because of the simplicity of the frequencies covered, no complicated matching network needs to be designed, and an antenna can be “pre-detuned” to make sure that it resonates at the right frequency after it is integrated into an end node.

Technologies to Address the Indoor Vertical Location Challenge

Johanna Alvarado

In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched new location accuracy metrics (horizontal and vertical) for callers contacting the E911 emergency line through a wireless phone, particularly in indoor environments. Motivated by the requirements imposed by the FCC on Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 13 conducted a study (TR 37.857 V13.1.0) to assess the performance and accuracy of the positioning mechanisms available in Long Term Evolution (LTE). As a result of the study, 3GPP concluded that existing positioning mechanisms (prior to 3GPP Release 13) can satisfy the 80% positioning accuracy requirement of 50 Meters (m) in the horizontal axis. However, new positioning methods were required to target the indoor positioning needs (TS 36.305 v13.0.0), namely Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), Terrestrial Beacon System, Bluetooth, and Barometric sensor methods.

Home Workers Equals Lone Workers: What Can Be Done to Help?

Harriet Sumnall

A lone worker is defined by the U.K.’s Health and Safety Executive as “those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision.” As the world has evolved due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many more people are now working at their residence. In April 2020 in the United Kingdom, 46.6% of the nation’s workforce was working from home. It has been found that many employees are more willing to stay employed by their employer if they could continue to work from home rather than returning to their offices. Just as social workers or engineers are considered lone workers, those working from home are also falling into this “lone worker” slot. Lone worker safety solution providers—such as Vismo, Solo Protect, and Lone Worker Solutions—all offer products for those who now work from home. These providers have expanded their portfolio to include solutions in order to protect lone workers working on the streets and at home.

AWS Media Intelligence Solutions Bring AI/ML to a Wider Breadth of Media Workflows

Michael Inouye

On March 23, 2021, AWS announced the availability of its AWS Media Intelligence Solutions (AWS MI) that brings together a combination of services to serve a range of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine-Learning (ML) needs for media workflows across three initial target markets (media and entertainment [M&E], education, and ad tech) and that currently targets four primary use cases.

The Case for Non-Public Networks for Enterprise Connectivity

Leo Gergs

As enterprise 5G continues to mature in 2021, private network deployments have received particular attention within the industry. To fulfill implementers’ requirements for the maximum degree of network customizability as well as full control over Quality of Service (QoS) and Service Level Agreements (SLA), the telco industry so far has rested all its hopes on providing fully isolated private networks, with all network infrastructure deployed exclusively on the implementing enterprise’s premise.

IoT Security Monetization: Do Your Pricing Models Serve Your Customers?

Dimitrios Pavlakis

One of the most frequent questions asked by connectivity and digital security providers concerns the creation of new monetization and pricing models for IoT security. Many different pieces populate the chessboard and many conflicting technologies battle for dominance to carve out an adaptive ROI.

Is a Practical Form of Network Slicing Coming Back Into Fashion?

Dimitris Mavrakis

Network slicing was positioned as the most promising use case for 5G networks in the enterprise domain, aiming to create completely new business segments for carriers and help them grow their enterprise revenues significantly. Until now, this has largely been a theoretical discussion that has not resonated with enterprise verticals, and network slicing is still many years away from the market for many reasons.

Open Modular-Based Radio: The Trade-Off Between Flexibility and Performance

Jiancao Hou

Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) is an integrated circuit designed for designers or customers to flexibly configure the hardware to realize certain processing functionalities after manufacturing. According to a standard processing hardware development procedure, once the performance requirements are well understood, the designed functions are hardened onto Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) for high-speed, cost-effective, and large volumes market provisioning. Such historical strategy works well for most applications that require optimization and high volumes, including radio network deployments of previous wireless generations, such as 4G/3G/2G. However, with the advent of 5G, the rapid growth of data traffic and various service requirements may force network operators and their ecosystem partners to look for a new way to design these systems. As network operators are under pressure to speed up their 5G deployments, there are many new technologies being considered, especially on the radio side—such as beamforming, bandwidth support, and processing requirements—that are still evolving.

Suez Canal Disruption Effects Linger

Susan Beardslee

The 400-meter-long Ever Given vessel was trapped for six days across the Suez Canal, causing havoc for global maritime supply chains, before finally being freed on March 29th, 2021. This comes at a time when the maritime ecosystem is already facing issues with port congestion and poor schedule reliability. The blockage of the 224,000-ton container ship has already caused vast economic damage with further implications yet to be seen. European countries are expected to see the most significant impact, along with some U.S. retailers such as Walmart and H&M.

How Artificial Intelligence Can Tackle Indoor Air Pollution

Jun Wei Ee

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced countries across the globe to enter into lockdowns in much of 2020. While it introduced many economic challenges, one upside was that the world saw a reduction in outdoor air pollution. With restrictions on global and local travel, shutdown of schools and businesses, and halting of industrial activities, there has a been a substantial reduction in nitrogen dioxide (NO2), modest reductions in fine-particle air pollution (PM2.5), and higher levels of ozone (O3) according to the State of Global Air 2020 report. In addition, global emissions from burning fossil fuels fell by a record 7% in the same year according to the Global Carbon Project, an international group of researchers who track emissions.

Rolls-Royce Germany Partners with Altair to Democratize Data

Michael Larner

Altair and Rolls-Royce Germany formed a strategic partnership in March 2021 to improve the firm’s design processes by applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to its engineering test data. For Rolls-Royce Germany, the objective of the partnership is to accelerate and improve the decision-making process for its engineers by combining Altair’s simulation and data analytics tools together. Altair will work with Roll-Royce Germany to help the firm improve its AI modelling and application of data science and algorithms to support use cases, including developing synthetic data to be used for ML. In addition, Altair will create additional features in its software applications in order to make the use cases successful.

What Does Facebook Envision for the Future of User Interface for XR Devices?

Eleftheria Kouri

Facebook Reality Labs demonstrated a wristband wearable concept (resembling a smartwatch with a large screen) that detects hand/finger movements and allows the user to mentally control and interact with AR/VR devices. This User Interface (UI) leverages electromyography (EMG), which relies on sensors to translate electrical motor nerve signals that travel through the wrist to the hand into digital commands that can be used to control the functions of a device (such as clicking, swiping, and typing). Facebook claims that EMG is very accurate and can understand finger motion of just a millimeter. Initially, EMG will be limited to tapping on a button, but long term, the control options will be enriched (such as manipulating virtual objects in space or typing on a virtual keyboard) and support haptic feedback for more immersive experiences. To build this solution, Facebook is leveraging the technology from CTRL-labs, a startup that was acquired in 2019 (US$500 million to US$1 billion, estimated) and designed a wristband capable of transmitting electrical signals from the brain into computer input.

In the Age of 5G, LTE Remains an Important Anchor

Kangrui Ling

ABI Research forecasts Long-Term Evolution (LTE) to generate the most data traffic globally up until 2025, at which point 5G will overtake by 2026 (LTE and 5G combined will generate 1,600 exabytes of mobile data globally by 2026). As such, LTE still remains responsible for the majority of the data traffic for the next five years and will still be an essential technology to enable Mobile Broadband (MBB) in emerging markets. For developed markets, an extensive LTE network is foundational as an anchor for 5G Nonstandalone (NSA), and higher LTE coverage can serve rural areas and improve the initial user experience for 5G as users will experience LTE and 5G concurrently on the same spectrum through dynamic spectrum sharing, in which areas with limited 5G coverage will switch to LTE to ensure a consistent flow of data traffic.

TSPs' Transition into Data Marketplace Providers Has Started: IMS Launches Vehicle Data Exchange

Maite Bezerra

Insurance & Mobility Solutions (IMS) announced the launch of the IMS Vehicle Data Exchange. The new service provides real-time access to vehicle insights and mobility data from OEM-embedded hardware, combined with the company's existing portfolio of aftermarket connectivity options. The solution aggregates, normalizes, and enriches data from both OEM embedded and aftermarket hardware, offering actionable insights in a single interface. IMS works directly with OEMs and ingests data directly from the OEM cloud, rather than using software in the vehicle, an intentional approach to reduce complexity. The solution is model agnostic and compatible with multi-marque light-, medium-, or heavy-duty vehicles.

LEO Satellite Opportunities in Integration with 5G Networks

Khin Sandi Lynn

As 5G networks expand their capabilities, the utilization of satellite platforms has emerged as a solution to ensure global coverage.

Vision the Future for Mobile Robotic Navigation?

Rian Whitton

In ABI Research’s recent competitive assessment on autonomous material handling robots, it was found that the most successful Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR) vendors currently, generally utilize SICK AG LiDAR sensors alongside a 3D camera. Sensor fusion is thus an increasingly common reality for navigation and perception in the mobile robotics space. That being said, a small number of companies are offering mapping, positioning and perception (in effect the full SLAM capability) purely through the use of cameras. Among these include Seegrid, 634 AI, Sevensense, and Gideon Brothers, although others are entering the market.

The Role of Gateway and Server OEMs in Edge AI Deployment

Lian Jye Su

This insight explores the role of gateway and server Original Equipment Vendors (OEMs) in edge AI deployment.

Lucrative Ransomware Operations Increasingly Targeting IoT Ecosystem

Michela Menting

The lack of security measures within the Internet of Things ecosystem is resulting in a rising number of ransomware attacks.

Magic Leap and Microsoft Back in Augmented Reality Headlines, Targeting Markets Hungry for Collaboration Opportunities

Eric Abbruzzese

Augmented Reality demand continues to grow as companies begin to broaden their approaches to the market.

Apple AirTag Launches After Apple Opens Its Network to Third Parties

Jonathan Collins

Apple’s long-expected entry into the smart tag market was made official in April with the launch of its new AirTags. The coin-sized devices carry an array of wireless protocols and a replaceable battery to leverage the huge Apple device installed base and bring new functionality and scale to the smart tag market. The launch followed Apple announcing it had opened its Find My application to third parties including an existing smart tag supplier.

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence in Massive MIMO Technology

Johanna Alvarado

The continued advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is poised to improve the performance of massive MIMO solutions.

IDEMIA joins UK Passport ID Authentication Pilot

Sam Gazeley

The United Kingdom has begun exploring options of digital identification methods for its citizens.

Positioning Technologies for IoT: The Thin End of the Wedge

Tancred Taylor

Location technologies continue to evolve, driving the market to adapt a wide range of newer technology.

The Penetration of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies in the Telco Industry

Miguel Castaneda

Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies have experienced a resurgence in popularity over the recent months. Digital currencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin have garnered increasing acceptance as payment modalities from notable online payment platforms (e.g., PayPal, Venmo, Visa) and established businesses across diverse industries (such as Tesla, WeWork, and TIME magazine, just to name a few). Cryptocurrencies’ potential as a store of value and investment vehicle has not only piqued the interest of retail investors but also well-established financial institutions such as DBS, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley. Consequently, the reinvigorated interest in cryptocurrencies has thrust the spotlight on the disruptive possibilities of blockchain technology and its applications beyond the transference of value from point A to B.

Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E Continue to See Strong Development and Growth as New Chips, Devices, and Spectrum Allocation Arrive

Stephanie Tomsett

The latest Wi-Fi protocol advancement is encouraging further technology development from countries and companies alike.

Microsoft’s Exchange Server Hack: Politics Aside, What Does This Mean for The Security Industry?

Dimitrios Pavlakis

As cyber-security threats grow, it is important to consider the global impact on key areas.

Monetizing Connected Vehicles with In-Vehicle Commerce

Maite Bezerra

Today, vehicle connectivity is nearly imperative for carmakers, but they have not yet developed a sustainable business case for it. They often bundle three months to three years of connected services with the vehicle's price at the moment of purchase, but only a few car owners see value in renewing their subscriptions after the free trial period, opting to use smartphone projection. Instead of continuously extending the free trial periods, OEMs could monetize their connected vehicle installed based via in-vehicle payments enabled on the vehicle’s Human-Machine Interface (HMI). According to ABI's report Automotive In-Vehicle Advertising and Commerce, this strategy could lead to US$3.94 billion in revenue to OEMs by 2026.

Epic Games Announces US$1 Billion Round of Funding to Support Future Growth Opportunities (Metaverse Included)

Michael Inouye

On April 13, 2021, Epic Games announced a US$1 billion funding round, and in a statement within its release, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney highlights some of its goals.

Quectel the First to Market with HiSilicon and Qualcomm’s New NB-IoT Chipsets

Jamie Moss

The future of the NB-IoT market remains uncertain, but Quectel is acting now to ensure their position at the forefront.

IoT is Changing the Golfing World

Harriet Sumnall

With the 2021 US Masters recently wrapped up, many casual golfers will be wondering what they can do to improve their golfing skills and technique, and though it can be considered costly there are solutions available so that they can lower their scores by preventing a dropped shot. Vendors are utilizing a variety of technologies that can both help players improve their understanding of where they’re not performing and help make the golf club purchasing process smoother.

AI/ML-Driven Network Automation and RIC

Jiancao Hou

Many network operators have launched their commercial 5G services worldwide, offering much higher energy efficiency than 4G networks. However, the higher energy efficiency of deployed 5G networks does not mean overall lower energy consumption costs. The development of RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) plus corresponding application use cases creates a great opportunity and is well-positioned to solve the problem. Powered by network virtualization, cloud-native architectures, and open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), the RIC framework allows network operators, partnered with various software and hardware vendors, to develop innovative application use cases for dynamic radio network control in cost-effective and intelligent ways.

Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire – Semiconductor Supply Chain Crisis set to Disrupt Automotive Market Through 2021

James Hodgson

The automotive industry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 has left them facing a major disruption in supplies as semiconductors are in short supply and high demand.

Better User Experience to Determine Broadband Operator Success

Khin Sandi Lynn

The COVID-19 pandemic has proven a need for stronger, more reliable wireless broadband access.

In Search of the Best Machine Learning Models and Software Support for TinyML

Lian Jye Su

Tiny Machine Learning (TinyML) holds great potential in the expansion of AI into wide range of use cases and applications. This insight aims to discuss the dynamic between different categories of TinyML models and the solution and services built around them.

Meeting the Requirements of Rural Community Broadband Connectivity

Jake Saunders

Cellular connectivity has been the powerhouse of economic growth and societal development over the past 25 years. However, much of those benefits have been conferred on towns and cities while rural communities have been underserved. According to 2018 United Nations Population Division data, almost half of the world’s population (44.3%) live in rural areas. Approximately 800 million people worldwide do not have viable access to broadband telecommunications—fixed or mobile. The unrealized goal of complete rural connectivity can be attributed to two main factors: a) the financial challenges that mobile telcos face in rolling out last-mile connectivity, and b) the on-grid electrical infrastructure gap between rural and urban communities.

How Can the Telecommunications Industry Rescue the SME Opportunity? - Insights from Hannover Messe 2021

Leo Gergs

Hannover Messe (HMI) is the largest trade fair for the industrial technology market, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. It is the trade fair where industrial technology leaders announce new products and where the whole industrial market converges to discuss new technologies. Traditionally held in one of the world’s largest exhibition grounds in Hannover, Germany, the trade show, like so many other industry events during the COVID-19 pandemic, was transformed into a virtual experience consisting of lectures, panel discussions, and hands-on demonstration videos.

How Public Cloud Can Spur Innovation in Telecoms

Don Alusha

Telecommunication companies need effectively integrate cloud technology into their products in order to maintain a competitive stance in the market.

Grocery Chains Lead Automation Charge in Micro-Fulfillment

Adhish Luitel

Grocery shopping is heading towards becoming an online and fully automated process.

Focus on Seeq: AWS, Insight Partners, and other disruptions to IoT analytics Market

Kateryna Dubrova

The software production company, Seeq, is establishing itself as a valuable part of the Internet of Things analytics market.

Autodesk Targeting PLM Users in SMB with Upchain Acquisition

Michael Larner

The industrial software industry is looking to engage with small-to-medium sized businesses by acquiring cloud-based product life cycle management suppliers.

AI for Conservation: Training Artificial Intelligence to Identify Trees from Satellite Imagery

Jun Wei Ee

Training AI to identify trees from satellite imagery will help climate change prevention efforts.

Audio Content and Podcast Services are Set to Boom in 2021

Eleftheria Kouri

The market for audio content, especially podcasts, is growing rapidly, encouraging Apple to offer more competitive services.

Boom in audio content and podcast services in 2021 driven by advancements in smart speakers and true wireless headsets

Eleftheria Kouri

The market for audio content, especially podcasts, is growing rapidly, encouraging Apple to offer more competitive services.

AWS and DISH Partnership is a Major Milestone

Dimitris Mavrakis

The AWS-DISH partnership is expected to revolutionize the deployment methods of networks, especially as 5G continues to evolve.

Precise Automation Acquired by Brooks Automation for US$70 Million

Rian Whitton

Precise Automation, a well-known provider of cobots for the pharmaceutical industry, has been acquired by larger automation provider Brooks Automation for US$70 million. Precise has been built by the same team that kickstarted commercial robotics with Unimate, and then went on to pioneer mobile robotics with Adept Motion Technology (both companies were in the end sold to larger automation vendors).

The Four Types of Digital Twins

Ryan Martin

Digital twins are becoming an essential part of technological solutions.