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The tech industry generally doesn't have a shortage of desire for "champions" - companies that throw their marketing budget and/or technology leadership behind an industry or technology. The splash they make then serves as a rising tide lifting all boats, making everybody rich and comfortable. Sometimes champions are being summoned to places for which ...

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Recently, the Constitutional Court of Colombia upheld the State Comptroller’s rule which requires Claro and Movistar to surrender their cellular network equipment, on top of their spectrum, when their licenses expire in March 2014. Even though they inherited the network previously owned by the former public monopoly in 1994, they did invest USD 3.6 ...

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On this week's Monday I attended the founding reception of a new M2M trade body, International M2M Council, or IMC as it abbreviates itself. Its founding members include a strong cast of industry heavyweights, including for instance AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Digi International, Oracle, and Telit Communications. The outfit's specific mission is to bring ...

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When Alcatel-Lucent unveiled Nuage Networks back in the spring, I was a bit puzzled why they would go after SDN first rather than NFV.  After all, NFV was something the operator community can easily grasp, and clearly had traction with the ETSI NFV operator consortium.  Of course, ALU couldn’t just turn on a ...

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PowerCloud Systems, a Californian-based outfit, recently provided me with a demo of a very interesting solution for the parental control market. Skydog is a combination of software and hardware that enables parents to manage profiles and devices within a home network.  The management is done through a dashboard app that is accessible both online ...

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On the 29th October, safety-ratings agency EuroNCAP released the results of its first rear-end collision avoidance tests. From January 2014, EuroNCAP will give credit to vehicle manufacturers who equip their models with robust forward collision warning and/or automatic braking technology in its ratings scheme.

The following eight vehicles were involved in the ...

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Driver Monitoring Systems were first introduced as far back as 2006 when Toyota launched its innovative Driver Attention Monitor system. Toyota’s system functions by directly monitoring the driver’s face using a discrete in-dash camera and was initially offered as an option in the company’s luxury Lexus models. Other OEMs soon followed suit and announced ...

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Having just returned from a whirlwind of company visits with a host of technology companies, a couple of things have struck me about the indoor location and retail technology markets.

Firstly all bets are off in terms of the companies set to be involved in this space. The opportunity is so big with room for ...

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Cybersecurity education is on the agenda in Algeria, with efforts to push the discipline at the academic level. CyberSec is a group of private sector enterprises focusing on awareness-raising about the dangers of cybercrime to the economic prosperity of the country. Presided by Abdelaziz Derdouri, CyberSec has been actively organizing a number of events for ...

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At first sight, 6LoWPAN seems like a dreadful acronym, but once you actually say it aloud a few times it starts actually making some phonetic sense. That is good, because the chances are that we’ll be referring to it quite frequently in the future. It stands for “IPv6 over Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Networks” and ...

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