What makes a city smart?

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2017-02-03

By the end of this year Planet Earth will be home to nearly 7.5bn people, 55% of whom will live in urban areas. By 2050, according to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the planet will have to support 9.8 billion people, 70% of them living in cities. This is the world we must plan for, starting right now. Citizens …

IoT in Brazil: robust growth, changing expectations

Author: Marc Schryer
Published: 2016-08-07

The Internet of Things (IoT) landscape in Brazil is changing. Total mobile machine-to-machine (M2M) connections grew 8% between May 2015 and May 2016 to account for 4.6% of total mobile subscriptions. Lower activation taxes now benefit 36% of M2M connections, as opposed to 18% in May 2015. Since TechPolis last looked at M2M in Brazil, total M2M connections grew from …

Attention regulators: open an IoT Consultation

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2014-08-30

Telecom regulators around the world are now addressing Internet of Things-related issues. So far only a few have published formal consultation papers. In July 2014 the UK’s Ofcom launched a consultation, Promoting innovation and investment in the Internet of Things, which is likely to be a landmark in this area. Open for responses from stakeholders and the public until 1 …

Business & Privacy: the role of Privacy by Design

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2014-08-04

Globally, although most business groups insist current privacy legislation is sufficient, there are strong incentives for politicians to introduce new legislation to protect individuals’ privacy in the digital world.  Loopholes in privacy legislation for the digital age can be tackled either by the Judiciary, widening the scope of existing law, or, as is clearly the trend, via new legislation and …

Smart Dubai: Scaling Through Data

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2014-07-22

In the run up to Dubai Expo 2020, the Emirate’s government aims to make the City “the smartest city in the world” by digitally interconnecting all government services and most private economic and social activity. Establishing global leadership in smart cities will not be an easy task for Dubai as competition with more mature projects in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Chicago, New …

Tax break to boost IoT growth in Brazil

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2014-05-28

Mobile operators around the world are expected to make, on average, less than $4 a year in revenue per M2M connection thanks to the small amounts of data processed. This will mean emerging markets with activation taxes (sometimes called SIM-card tax) will find it difficult to truly benefit from the Internet of Things (IoT).  Many applications will simply not be …

M2M’s flop in Brazil

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2014-03-18

Brazil was one of the very first countries anywhere to introduce legislation specific to M2M communications, and as a result gained global attention amongst connected-car aficionados. It introduced two significant policies of global significance: In 2006, Congress passed Legislation, endorsed by former President Lula da Silva, stipulating that every car coming out of Brazil's automobile manufacturing plants should have a …

M2M regulation a growing priority

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2014-03-10

M2M regulation is on the way. Here are some of the ways it might affect you. By the end of 2013, there were 195 million dedicated machine-to-machine (M2M) mobile connections worldwide, according to a GSM Association Study. This figure is expected to grow to 250 million during 2014. As the M2M subscriber base grows, regulators are increasingly looking into specific …