Policy versus regulation in the Internet of Things

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2015-04-19

When it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT), we find policies generally focusing on incentives to accelerate the expansion of IoT and promoting investments to bring economic and social benefits. The goal is to promote IoT. Regulatory issues emerge in two ways. Firstly, how previous regulations are being affected by the growth of connected things (for example, numbering issues …

Cyber warriors “attack” the Internet of Things

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2015-04-04

Everything is becoming connected over the Internet. In developed countries, most critical infrastructure is already connected or will be connected soon. Internet Protocol (IP) enables remote management and this exponentially increases productivity and lowers costs. The downside to these benefits is increasing vulnerability to cyber-security breaches. Cyber criminals have created new business models (for example the spam botnets driving illegal …

Jasper Technologies wins the first GSMA Global Mobile Award for IoT

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2015-03-03

Cloud-based platform provider for managing devices connected to the Internet of Things, Jasper Technologies Inc, has won the 2015 Global Mobile Award competition for ‘Best Innovation for the Internet of Things.’ Known since its founding in California in 2004 until last year as Jasper Wireless Inc, the name change was to more accurately reflect the company’s product offerings according to …

IoT pushing mobile operators’ business models to the edge

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2015-02-23

Most mobile operators’ business models are outdated. Global mobile revenues have flatlined at around $1 trillion per year. Going forward, there appear to be three ways operators can grow. One is expanding into the bottom of the pyramid, as only 50% of the world’s population fits the category of “unique subscribers” to mobile services. The second one is selling more …

Innovation trends in IoT

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2015-02-02

The 20th Global Mobile Awards organized by the GSM Association (GSMA) are the most prestigious international awards recognizing innovation in mobile communication. I am honored this year to be part of the judging panel for The Best Mobile Innovation for the Internet of Things. This is a first year for the category and we received a large number of entries …

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 …

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 …