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How NB-IoT is Being Priced Today

Over the last two and a half years, more than 70 Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) networks have been commercially launched worldwide. By now there should be no mystery to wireless carrier NB-IoT pricing models, but there still is. No one pricing strategy can be seen to be definitive and, at present, all bets are still on. T-Mobile Germany offers a three tier Low-Power Wide Area (LPWA) tariff plan, with a single upfront fee per connection in return for a set amount of data and 250 SMS sent or received. Refills are available for half the price of the initial fee, providing half the initial allowance again. Buyers have 60 months to use the allowance, and as a non-recurring contract may terminate their connection at the end of any month. A one-time premium is charged for each MFF2 form factor Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) ordered, minimum quantities per order are five plug-in SIMs, or 100 embedded SIMs. The plans provide access to T-Mobile’s NB-IoT network in Germany, as well as 2G and 3G networks in 28 European countries for roaming. All tariffs include the use of T-Mobile’s Business Smart Connect Portal to allow the enterprise to manage its connections.

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Rian Whitton
Rian Whitton
Senior Analyst

Today's Collaborative Robots Are a Step Toward a Paradigm Shift in Industrial Automation

Most commentators and onlookers of the robotics industry hear of and understand the advertised value proposition of collaborative robots. Cobots are smaller, more dexterous industrial robotic arms that open the possibility between human and machine collaboration without the need for complex programming or external safety infrastructure. In reality, the value of current collaborative robotics is somewhat more modest. Collaborative systems are not a revolution in robotics but are instead a parallel technology that has some advantages over traditional industrial arms, and some disadvantages, according to a new report from ABI Research.

“Since 2008, collaborative robots have been adopted at a feverish rate,” said Rian Whitton, Senior Analyst. While there are significant limitations on current technology, the benefits of a more flexible and less expensive industrial-grade robot arm provide a great option for manufacturers who are struggling to invest high amounts of capital into comprehensive automation solutions. While pure cobot providers have been flourishing, the industrial robot mainstays have yet to really capitalize on this opportunity, with their various cobot offerings being either too expensive or too complicated to operate to gain mass adoption. Read more

Eleftheria Kouri
Eleftheria Kouri
Research Analyst

Enterprise's Increasing Confidence in AR/VR Return on Investment Will Drive Adoption Within a Broader Digitization Market

A greater understanding and acceptance of the value of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) solutions across enterprise verticals are driving continued investment and growth. In addition,  advancements in hardware and software systems and increasing capabilities are creating a robust objective value among numerous use cases. According to ABI Research, this growth trend will continue as more ROI data points become available, and enterprise AR/VR customers continue to scale their efforts. Case studies highlight immense ROI for AR/VR integrations, with training time reduction up to 50 % and general efficiency increases showing similar results.

“Successful case studies have proven that businesses can see immediate and notable ROI with use cases such as remote expertise and AR training,” says Eleftheria Kouri, Research Analyst. For example, traveling costs or training courses that require instructors and external facilities dramatically increase expenses. AR and VR solutions have proven to minimize travel and at the same time, allow multiple trials and repeats during or after a formal training, at zero cost. No more consuming extra resources/materials or requiring supervision. Emerging technologies also have a direct impact on other crucial metrics, such as significantly reducing employee accidents while increasing employee engagement and satisfaction. Read more


Emojis Are Increasingly Coming Up in Court Cases. Judges Are Struggling with How to Interpret Them

CNN Business

There are more than 2,823 emojis set by the Unicode Consortium, ranging from food and drink to hand gestures, activities and facial expressions.

Emojis can be especially misinterpreted when used without text, according to ABI Research analyst Stephanie Tomsett. For example, a face with sunglasses could be used to convey a sunny day, feeling cool or "deal with it." Similarly, the emoji with smoke coming out of the nose could be read as "angry" when it's intended to mean "triumph."

"Emojis cannot be considered a universal language," Tomsett said. Read the full article

No Excuses, Reflects Industry, After Trio of Florida Cities Are Hacked and Held to Ransom

Enterprise IoT Insights

There should be few excuses for cyber attacks, and the buck stops with senior managers for failing to prevent and minimize their impact, even as the volume of connected ‘things’ spirals upwards and the threat landscape spreads outwards. This is the view of industry commentators, reflecting on the recent spate of three cyberattacks on Florida IT systems and over $1 million in ransom payments.

Michela Menting, research director of digital security at ABI Research, commented: “Ransomware demands are becoming so commonplace. In large part, the city managers are to blame.

“In smart systems, security and safety are a pair, and failure to provide adequate cybersecurity measures when implementing any such infrastructure is bound to lead to problems, whether caused by malicious threat agents, as is the case in Florida, or simply due to employee misconfigurations or other mistakes.

“Clearly, those managers have failed to undertake the appropriate cyber-risk assessments in their smart-city planning, or, if they have, they have ignored the imperatives. Firing an IT employee just shifts the blame, and makes a scapegoat. Managers and city administrators are equally to blame for the failure.” Read the full article.


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