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Setting Sail: Next Stop, Caribbean!

By Bevil Wooding

We are excited to announce the launch of new ARIN in the Caribbean 2018 activities and open registration for our first two events in the following locations:

Similar to our ARIN on the Road events, these are one-day programs featuring information on our services, as well as how we can help you and your organizations design, secure, and maintain robust networks and contribute to Internet numbering policy development for the region.

ARIN in the Caribbean events are free to attend and offer a great environment to learn and share. The program includes presentations on timely topics such as obtaining IPv6 addresses from ARIN and transfers of number resources. In addition, there will be presentations on current policy discussions, ARIN technical services, and best practices for building resilient Caribbean networks.

The agenda for our upcoming meetings will cover the following topics:

  • ARIN’s Mission and Core Functions
  • ARIN Technical Services
  • Policy Development at ARIN
  • ARIN and Caribbean Network Autonomy and Resilience
  • IPv4 Services – Waiting List, Transfers, and more
  • IPv6 and ASN Services – Obtaining Resources, Creating Networking Plans
  • ARIN Q&A – Open microphone to answer your questions!

Each day will conclude with an open microphone question and answer session, followed by a drawing for a $100 USD Amazon gift card for those who complete a short survey about the event.

Space is limited at each event, so if you are interested in attending one of our upcoming events please register on or before 2 February 2018!

If you are not available to join us in Grenada or Barbados, please visit our brand new ARIN in the Caribbean page for a list of other planned ARIN in the Caribbean events!

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Navigant Research report shows global Revenue for Lighting as a Service is expected to reach $2.6 bn by 2026

By Zenobia Hegde

A new report from Navigant Research examines the global market for lighting as a service (LaaS) solutions in commercial buildings, providing market forecasts for revenue through 2026, as well as details on related services and the competitive landscape.

LaaS is the third-party management of a lighting system, including additional maintenance, financial, technical, or operational services. As more lighting products and controls come to market, LaaS is expected to experience a boost from customers who need assistance in choosing and maintaining up-to-date technologies that can provide cost savings to their businesses.

“We are seeing a shift in the LaaS market from a traditional financing model to an increased number of turnkey services, which provide the customer with a full-scale offering from audit and design to installation to management and maintenance of the system,” says Krystal Maxwell, research analyst with Navigant Research.

“The as a service business model, which shifts business spending from CapEx to OpEx, allows companies to focus on their core business areas and ensures the outsourced business (LaaS) is being kept up to date with market developments by the service provider, especially through the growing number of turnkey services.”

Krystal Maxwell

According to the report, this shift in business spending is the beginning of a trend that is anticipated to become more common over the next 10 years. Additional market growth is expected to be driven by a maturing LED market, interest in the Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and increases to the bottom line.

The report, Lighting as a Service, examines the LaaS market for commercial buildings, with a focus on financing, maintenance, and turnkey services. The study addresses market issues, including key drivers and barriers, related to LaaS solutions. Global market forecasts for LaaS revenue, segmented by service type, building type, and region, extend through 2026. The report also examines the key services related to LaaS, as well as the competitive landscape. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

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Mobile tariffs are in a continual state of change, as providers reshape and repackage mobile offers, says Strategy Analytics

By Zenobia Hegde

Mobile tariffs are in a continual state of change, as providers reshape and repackage mobile offers. Coupled with the sheer breadth and depth of information that these offers create, service providers, regulators and consumers struggle to compare, rank or benchmark different propositions and average price points.

The Teligen division of Strategy Analytics has been tracking this pricing minefield globally for over twenty years, within its OECD Mobile Voice Price Benchmarking Service. The quarterly-updated Excel-based system incorporates the internationally acknowledged OECD methodology, and is based on the top two providers across 36 countries.

In an extension to this already comprehensive coverage, it has now launched a premium version of the service, which includes additional providers in five European markets; France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, as well as in the US, to cover providers with at least 80% combined market share (typically 4-6 providers per country).

Analysis of the extended coverage within these six markets shows that for a user making 100 calls a month (just over 180 minutes), sending 140 text messages, and using 2GB data can save, on average, over USD PPP 200 a year, depending on choice of provider. The graph below shows how costs in these extended markets compare for this basket.

Source: OECD Mobile Voice Premium Service, November 2017 (custom country & provider selection)

“Italian provider Tre is an example of where major cost savings can be found. It is currently offering an incredibly competitive tariff – ALL-IN Start, which gives users 500 minutes, 500 texts and 5GB of data a month for €5, with a six month promotional offer of 4G LTE speed at no extra cost (thereafter €1 per month). Without the 4G option, this works out at just under USD PPP 80 per year.

This is half the cost of the cheapest offer from WIND, which merged with Tre in 2016, and over 75% cheaper than its closest priced competitor, TIM. Of course, it is important to look at the specifics of each offer and consider it in the context of the specific usage profile, but in any event, this represents a significant cost saving” stated Josie Sephton, director of Strategy Analytics’ Price Benchmarking division, Teligen.

According to Angela Toal, senior tariff analyst with Teligen “while the Italian example is especially dramatic, large differences in costs can be found in other countries. The new Premium service gives access to much more in-depth coverage of providers in selected markets, allowing for a much greater insight into what the key competitors are really up to”

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Found: New Android malware with never-before-seen spying capabilities

By Dan Goodin

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Last year, researchers found what at the time was quite possibly the world’s most sophisticated espionage app ever written for the Android mobile operating system. Now, in a discovery that underscores the growing arms race among competing malware developers, researchers have uncovered a new Android spying platform that includes location-based audio recording and other features that have never been seen in the wild before.

According to a report published Tuesday by antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab, “Skygofree” is most likely an offensive security product sold by an Italy-based IT company that markets various surveillance wares. With 48 different commands in its latest version, the malware has undergone continuous development since its creation in late 2014. It relies on five separate exploits to gain privileged root access that allows it to bypass key Android security measures. Skygofree is capable of taking pictures, capturing video, and seizing call records, text messages, gelocation data, calendar events, and business-related information stored in device memory.

Skygofree also includes the ability to automatically record conversations and noise when an infected device enters a location specified by the person operating the malware. Another never-before-seen feature is the ability to steal WhatsApp messages by abusing the Android Accessibility Service that’s designed to help users who have disabilities or who may temporarily be unable to fully interact with a device. A third new feature: the ability to connect infected devices to Wi-Fi networks controlled by attackers.

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Hybrid smartwatches to make up over 50% of smartwatch shipments by 2022, as fashion beats function

By Zenobia Hegde

A new report by Juniper Research found that hybrid smartwatches such as Fossil Q and Nokia Steel, which appear to be analogue watches but integrate some smartwatch functionality, will make up over 50% of the smartwatches market in 2022.

This means that nearly 80 million hybrid smartwatches will be shipped by 2022, up 460% from an estimated 14 million in 2017. However, digital display smartwatches, such as the Apple Watch and Fitbit Ionic, will increase by a more conservative 160%.

For more vendor insights, download Juniper’s complimentary whitepaper, Why Most Smartwatches ‘Fail’.

Smartwatches: A market of many niches

The new research, Smartwatches: Trends, Vendor Strategies & Forecasts 2018-2022, found that slower growth for digital display smartwatches has caused several manufacturers, like Motorola, Huawei and Sony, to leave the space. Those that remain are pivoting towards specific use cases, chief among them fitness, which Apple, Casio, Samsung and others have emphasised strongly in recent releases.

“The smartwatch market is refining itself into a series of specific use-cases”, remarked research author James Moar. “This is having an impact on every aspect of smartwatches, from their design for increasingly specialised uses to their sale in specific retailers. While most vendors cannot necessarily hope to reach a broad coverage, the industry as a whole is here to stay.”

Despite the renewed interest in hybrids, Juniper expects individual players to produce few smartwatches, with hybrid watch manufacturers generally shipping less than 2 million devices annually. Fossil, having released many display and hybrid smartwatches throughout its portfolio, is the exception here, and is forecast to ship over 6 million smartwatches annually by 2020.

More use cases, more connectivity

The report also found that different connectivity technologies are becoming more prevalent in a variety of smartwatches, with GPS expected to be present in nearly 50% of all smartwatches by 2022. In comparison, NFC’s growth will be small, as they are currently locked into specific ecosystems. Juniper do not expect this to change in the foreseeable future.

Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.

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T-Mobile Launches Nation’s First Plan for Narrowband IoT

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Look out carriers: here comes Magenta, connecting all the things. T-Mobile’s nationwide first plan for narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) for just $6 per year. At one tenth the cost of Verizon’s Cat-M plans, T-Mobile’s new NB-IoT plan takes advantage of narrowband technology, and the efficiency it provides, to significantly lower the costs of connecting things and unleash […]

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Bonitasoft partners with Amazon AWS to bring enterprise applications to the cloud

By Zenobia Hegde

Bonitasoft, the open source provider of low-code business process management and digital transformation software, announced that along with the release of v7.6 of its flagship platform Bonita, it has signed a partnership agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS). This partnership will permit companies to effectively operate the Bonita platform with Amazon AWS cloud technology.

Bonita 7.6 comes with a brand-new platform add-on, Bonita Continuous Delivery, which automates provisioning of a Bonita platform so that deployment takes just a few minutes.

This module can be added to the Bonita platform and leverages Ansible and Docker technologies for provisioning, along with provides advanced native Bonita capabilities to manage clustering deployments and platform backups. Applications on the Bonita platform are now fully compatible with both on-premises and AWS cloud deployments.

“With cloud-based access though AWS, digital process applications on the Bonita platform are easily highly distributed and secure,” said Miguel Valdes Faura, CEO and founder of Bonitasoft. “We are pleased to have AWS as part of our partner ecosystem.”

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Businesses have just five weeks to enter The IoT Global Awards 2018

By IoT Now Magazine

London, UK. January 4th, 2018 – There’s still time to gain massive publicity for your Internet of Things (IoT) project, team or leader from a shortlisted entry in The IoT Global Awards 2018. The premier IoT Awards scheme worldwide is sponsored by IoTGlobalNetwork.com, organisers of the Awards, and Smart IoT, hosts of the UK’s leading Internet of Things event (www.smartiotlondon.com).

Smart IoT at London ExCeL

The closing date for entries is midnight (UK) on Thursday February 15th, 2018. A shortlist of entries will then be published extensively worldwide on Thursday February 22nd. Publicity will appear on www.IoT-Now.com , www.IoTGlobalNetwork.com, www.IoTNowTransport.com, www.VanillaPlus.com and www.smartiotlondon.com/ . There will also be publicity in IoT Now Magazine and through supporting media worldwide.

An unrivalled team of 12 VIP Judges, drawn from analyst firms, international academia, IoT industry associations, and IoT business experts, will then judge the Shortlisted Entries. The winners of the 2018 Awards will be announced at the event in London ExCeL on Wednesday March 21st, 2018.

If you have not yet entered the IoT Global Awards there is still time. Send us your Entries by Thursday February 15th, 2018. Find the IoT Categories that best suit your organisation at www.iotglobalawards.com/categories. Here there are also details of How To Enter. A single Entry costs just UK£49.00 and there are discounts of up to 25% for entries in more than one Category.

Jeremy Cowan WKM

Jeremy Cowan, Editorial Director & Publisher of WeKnow Media Ltd, organisers of the awards said: “With multiple entries costing as little as £37.00 each, and single entries just £49.00, a global publicity campaign for your IoT project has never been so affordable.”

John Davy

John Davy, Group Event Director, Smart IoT added: “These Awards are a celebration of everything that we admire most in the Internet of Things. So we are delighted to be highlighting these IoT success stories at Smart IoT London, the UK’s premier Internet of Things event.”

Winners will be named in 12 Categories – ranging from Automotive, Transport & Travel to Smart Cities, Government & Utilities. All Nominees and Shortlisted Entrants are warmly invited to attend the announcement, as are Exhibitors and Visitors at Smart IoT. The Winners in each category will be announced on the Exhibition Floor.

The Awards Ceremony will be held at 5.30pm (UK) on Wednesday March 21st, 2018 in London ExCeL, and the results posted Live on social media. The Awards Announcement will be free to attend for all visitors and exhibitors at Smart IoT London. Afterwards, all guests are invited to attend a Drinks Reception at 6.00pm at The Fox at Excel, where guests will be offered free drinks and refreshments.

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Are we enter the era of Wearables-as-a-Service?

By Zenobia Hegde

At this week’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas Omate will unveil its Wearable-as-a-Service (WaaS) exclusive partnership with Medical Guardian designed to protect senior citizens in North America.

Omate announces new Wearable-as-a-Service solution to protect lone workers.

The new, next generation Omate 4G O5LW smartwatch is powered by Arkea on Life secure location-based services.

This can be seen at Booth 43855 in the Health & Wellness Marketplace. Demo will be available later at ShowStoppers at Wynn Hotel Las Vegas, in the Lafite Ballroom on Tuesday January 9, 2018 from 6.00 to 10.00p.m.

On Sunday Omate announced its newest 4G enabled smartwatch, the Omate O5LW – wearable platform powered by Arkea on Life.

Introducing the O5LW

“We are excited to work with Arkea On Life to offer consumers the opportunity to protect their family through the most secure platform to date. Using Arkea insurance and banking background, guarantees the safety of the data of the end users.

This relationship opens up possibilities for new Wearable-as-a-Services for enterprise segments through Arkea On Life services such as lone workers in the security, public utilities, transportation and many other industries,” says Laurent Le Pen, founder & CEO at Omate.

The O5LW is a low power 4G always-on standalone wearable and GPS tracker packaged in a robust IP67 case and is ideal for companies looking for connected services tailored to their industries.

WaaS: Wearable-as-a-Service

Omate has strategically invested in IoT for smart connected wearables to offer tailored services to companies evolving in the kids, elderly and enterprise segments. Modules powered by Omate are used in wearable devices for people who need protection from kids to seniors to lone workers

Yvon Le Bihan

“We are delighted that Omate selected Arkea On Life services for its next generation platform,” said Yvon Le Bihan, CEO at Arkea On Life. “Our services are designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s wearable devices for both consumer and enterprise segments.”

Always-on connectivity for tailored services

The Omate O5LW powered wearable is designed to deliver an always connected experience with the latest 4G modem, integrated GPS, low power Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth®.

The O5LW can last up to three days on a single charge and triangulates location using GPS, 4G cellular networks and Wi-Fi hotspots, for a more accurate positioning.

The O5LW will be available from June 2018 exclusively through Arkea On Life; associated services will be accessible through several mobile network operators and insurance companies starting Q3 2018.

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Loyalty or lock-in? Most smart speaker users won’t budge from Amazon or Google

By Zenobia Hegde

More than two thirds of current owners of Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers are planning to buy another smart speaker within the next six months, according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics.

The report, Smart Speaker User Survey: Brand Awareness and Ownership, also found that 75% of Amazon smart speaker owners would choose another Amazon speaker, and 69% of Google owners would choose another Google product. The report concludes that “this may simply suggest high levels of satisfaction, or a recognition that the technical platforms are different and that switching would involve unwanted complexity”.

Other key findings from the research include:

24% of respondents already own at least one smart speaker
Amazon and Google account for 94% of all smart speakers in use
More than a quarter of all respondents intend to buy a smart speaker in the next 6 months

“The early runners in the fast-growing smart speaker market look set to dominate for some time,” says David Mercer, principal analyst and the report’s author. “High customer satisfaction levels and the possibility of platform ‘lock-in’ will make it challenging for competitor platforms to carve out significant market share in the near term.”

“At this early stage it appears that Amazon and Google are successfully meeting customer needs, in spite of adopting contrasting strategies,” comments David Watkins, director of Strategy Analytics’ Smart Speakers service. “This is good and bad news for competitors: it will be tough to dislodge Amazon and Google; but new approaches to smart speaker design and user experience can help win over new customers.”

Strategy Analytics will be attending CES in Las Vegas January 9-12 where analysts will be available to discuss the company’s smart speaker research in more detail.

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