Verizon carries successful data session on new NB-IoT Guard band network

Verizon carries successful data session on new NB-IoT Guard band network

Verizon carries successful data session on new NB-IoT Guard band network

Complementing Verizon’s robust nationwide IoT network offerings, new Narrowband IoT network will provide more choices for customers.

Businesses and global brands can look forward to an expanded lineup of network offerings thanks to the collaboration between Verizon and Ericsson who today completed their first successful Narrowband IoT Guard band data session.

The trials used the latest Massive Internet of Things Ericsson software on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) is a technology providing scale, coverage and security for customers seeking scalable and cost effective wireless access solutions for IoT. Verizon maintains a strong leadership position in IoT technology and solutions with a history of firsts, including the first nationwide deployment of 4G LTE, LTE Cat 1, and LTE Cat M1 networks.

While CAT-M1 is targeting a wide range of applications for business customers such as wearables, fleet and asset management, NB-IoT Guard band focuses on applications needing data rates below 100 kbps. NB-IoT Guard band technology occupies a dedicated frequency of 180 kHz bandwidth designated for IoT applications which does not share spectrum resources with commercial smartphone traffic.

Bill Stone, Vice President – Network Planning at Verizon said:

“We are committed to providing more customer options to the IoT ecosystem by leading with new technologies and capabilities such as NB-IoT Guard band that efficiently use dedicated spectrum and target different customer requirements for throughput and battery life.”

“The IoT ecosystem has tremendous potential for further growth and development,” said Kevin Zvokel, Head of Networks for Ericsson in North America. “With our IoT commercial software in combination with Verizon’s network, we are pleased to pave the way for future growth in this important segment.”

Nationwide deployment of Verizon’s Narrowband IoT Guard band network will be fully complete across Verizon’s nationwide network covering 2.56 million square miles in 2018.

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Apple reclaims top spot in wearable band market after strong Q3

Apple has retaken the lead in the wearable band market thanks to the release of the Apple Watch Series 3, according to the latest industry figures from Canalys.

“Strong demand for the LTE-enabled Apple Watch Series 3 has dispelled service providers’ doubts about the cellular smartwatch not appealing to customers,” said Jason Low, Canalys analyst, with the company adding that 800,000 Apple Watch units shipped in Q317 were cellular-enabled.

However, the release did face its set of setbacks as demand outpaced supply in major markets, thus hindering it from reaching its full potential in Q3. Low added: “In China, customers with high expectations are being driven away by the service disruption fiasco in the country. Besides bringing in more stock, operators should work on improving their remote service provisioning systems to cater for the expected higher demand in Q4/2017.”

Speaking about the trends in the smartwatch segment, Mo Jia, Canalys Research Analyst, said: “While health features continue to be the core focus, vendors are striving to increase the value of smartwatches by prioritising design and highlighting key features. Apple and Samsung are increasing user stickiness and brand loyalty by adopting an ecosystem strategy, which includes wearables and audio accessories. Smartphone vendors must re-evaluate their respective smartwatch strategies to derive more value beyond smartphone growth.”

With new smartwatches coming with enhanced health-tracking features, longer battery life, better and slimmer designs, vendors are anticipating stronger Q4/2017 performance for the market.

Analyst firm Tractica, in itS recently released report, “Wearable Device Market Forecasts”, predicted that the annual wearable device shipments will increase from 118 million units in 2016 to 430 million units by 2022, representing a CAGR of 24.1%. As per the report, by the end of 2022, smartwatches will have become the largest wearable device category, followed closely by fitness trackers and body sensors.

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A Playmobil Wedding Band

Two of Boris Werner’s friends, both musicians, were getting married, so for a unique gift he decided on a miniature stage setup with a Playmobil bride and groom as the guitarists.

After some research and ordering quite a few parts, he was able to construct an impressive festival-inspired stage, complete with guitars, lights, and some tunes.

In order to bring this diorama to life, he used an Arduino Uno board to play WAV files from a micro SD card, along with NeoPixel rings in the background, and MOSFET-driven LEDs for lighting. There’s even a tiny disco ball that spins via a stepper motor, propelling the tiny bride, groom, and their young son as the drummer into the limelight.

You can check it out in the video below, and see Werner’s series of posts on the construction here.

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Sensor-based wrist band for elders closes $6.2M Series A

Aifloo, a smart care company providing sensor-based e-health system for elders raised a $ 6.2M Series A round led by EQT Ventures.

Aifloo app and wristband

Aifloo’s solution consists of a motion-sensitive wristband, cloud server, and mobile/desktop app where users can access the alerts, trends, and deviations, and patient’s indoor position.

Aifloo wristband

Its key difference from other systems is its medical A.I (artificial intelligence) algorithms that learn a user’s behavior over time. The wrist band continuously sends out signals showing that it’s working properly. Care givers and nurses can track things like if the patient/elder has taken breakfast, woken-up or other vital signals that show a normal behavior.

Users also have a panic button that they can press in case of an emergency. This sends a signal to the care giver prompting for help.

Aifloo App

Apart from the recent round of funding, Aifloo previously raised a seed round and venture investment. Its total equity funding stands at $ 7.5M in three rounds. It seems that activity and behavior monitoring is a use case that’s gaining traction both for personal/elderly care and enterprise workforce management. A leading machinery manufacturer CAT launched a smart-band that monitors worker fatigue. It is branded as a cloud-connected wearable sleep monitor.

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