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ABI Research’s location and tracking technologies research uncovers new forecasts and trends that extend beyond the traditional outdoor positioning and navigation systems. Our research focuses on the foundational building blocks of location ecosystems, as well as the potential deployment prospects in smart home, smart city, health, retail, automotive, industrial IoT, AR/VR, in-building location, and navigation, asset tracking, beaconing, and robotics markets.

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Indoor Location Platforms: Technology and Business Model Innovations

This presentation provides a general overview of the indoor location technologies and markets and aims to identify how revenues are distributed across the supply chain. The report argues that technology innovation can be sustained only if the industry moves from the traditional model, where the technology is offered as a product or collection of products, to a new model that provides bespoke solutions to customers’ needs, usage, and performance. Implementing this new model requires a fundamental business transformation that could impact the way alliances are forged within the supply chain and how the technology is monetized. The report examines opportunities and challenges facing the transition from the product centric paradigm to a solution as a service (SaaS) business model and provides guidance on how the new business model could be beneficial to chipset suppliers in particular.

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NB-IoT-Enabled Bike-as-a-Service in Smart City Space

3Q 2017

During the Huawei Analyst Event held in May 2017 in Singapore, Huawei announced their strategic partnership with China Telecom and Ofo to develop a smart bike-as-a-service in China. Huawei will provide the NB-IoT chipset to Ofo bike. Additionally, Huawei announced they will ship 1 million units of 3GPP-based NB-IoT Boudica 120 chipsets starting in June of this year. Meanwhile, The Boudica 150 chipset, with DL of up to 80 Kbps and UL of 106 Kbps, will be commercially available in Q4 2017. Additionally, Ofo is conducting trials in the U.S. (San Diego) and the U.K (Cambridge). Other vendors of the NB-IoT chipset/ module include Qualcomm, Sequans Communications, U-blox, and Quectel, among others.

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