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Internet of Things: Divided or United?

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 9th, 2014

Intel, Broadcom, Samsung, Dell, Atmel and others have joined forces to launch the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), an organization that will set standards for connecting billions of household gadgets and appliances. OIC intends to initially target the smart home and office. The Internet of Things (IoT), aka Machine to Machine (M2M) or the Internet of […]

Hotspot Does Active and Passive RFID

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 11th, 2014

Barcoding and AeroScout have partnered to deliver a hybrid RFID solution that combines passive and active RFID. By merging the best features of both active and passive radio frequency identification, AeroScout says their system creates one, unified solution for tracking assets. Active RFID from AeroScout use AeroScout’s Wi-Fi-based, active RFID tags. They transmit signals to […]

NFC at MWC 2014

Posted by Sam Churchill on February 27th, 2014

The NFC Experience, exhibited a new services and NFC-enabled devices at Mobile World Congress this week. Near Field Communications was featured in many new products including phones, readers and services. NFC enables contactless financial transactions and data exchange over a very short range. Communication is also possible between an NFC device and an unpowered NFC […]

iBeacons Come to Grocery Stores

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 6th, 2014

Bluetooth LE ibeacons will be installed at the entry of over 200 Safeway and Giant Eagle grocery stores in Seattle, San Francisco and Cleveland, and more after that. iBeacons are small round devices slightly larger than a quarter that contain a Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy radio. The devices send out short-range messages to smartphones like […]

Senate Report on Data Brokers: Exploitative

Posted by Sam Churchill on December 23rd, 2013

A Senate committee released a report this week (pdf) that said data brokers, the companies that trade in consumer data, are taking advantage of credit-challenged people, using big data to craft exploitative scams. “The disclosures about U.S. intelligence activities over the past few months have sparked a very public debate in this country about what […]

AllSeen Alliance formed for Internet of Things

Posted by Sam Churchill on December 10th, 2013

The Internet of Things, where objects connect themselves to the internet, got a boost today from the AllSeen Alliance, a new open source consortium overseen by the Linux Foundation (FAQ). The All Seen Alliance, looks to expand upon the “Internet of Things,” which Gartner predicts will add $1.9 trillion to the global economy by 2020. […]