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Global eSIM shipments to reach 822 mil by 2025, as smart cities drive growth

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A new Juniper Research study found that the number of global eSIM module shipments will increase from 430 million in 2020 to 822 million in 2025; representing a growth of 90 percent.  

The research identified the public sector as the fastest-growing area, with shipments of eSIM‑enabled public sector sensors expected to increase by 500 percent over the next four years, as smart city services benefit from the flexibility of the growing eSIM ecosystem. 

The new research, eSIMs: Sector Analysis, Emerging Opportunities & Market Forecasts 2021-2025, found that smart street lighting sensors will account for 88 percent of eSIM shipments within the public sector by 2025.  

“We predict that smart city providers will leverage cellular networks, underpinned by eSIMs, as gateways to low-power connections for the monitoring and management of smart city services,” the report pointed out.  

NA Smart Cities achieve global dominance 

The report predicts that the U.S. will remain the largest market for public sector eSIM adoption; accounting for 30 percent of eSIMs installed in devices by 2025.  

It highlighted that “operators in North America have led the development and roll-out of 5G networks, which has enabled new levels of city-wide automation and information sharing in smart cities.”  

Government authorities in other regions must follow the example set by smart cities in North America to ensure the smooth transition from legacy technology to smart sensors underpinned by robust eSIM technology. 

Standalone 5G Networks Key for Future Smart Cities 

The study urges eSIM vendors to develop 5G-capable modules to capitalise on the growth of next‑generation 5G standalone networks, which enables the deployment of 5G-enabled eSIMs within smart cities. 

Research author Scarlett Woodford noted: ‘To support smart city initiatives, eSIM vendors must invest in the development of 5G-enabled form factors. By combining flexible network connectivity with high bandwidth transmission and reduced latency, 5G-capable modules will enable local authorities to monitor connected sensors in real-time and allocate resources accordingly.’ 

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The Internet of things and your home security

Adnan Kayyali

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Internet of Things based technology erupted into popularity mainly during the pandemic and is only accelerating in adoption to this day. Some figures project the IoT market to grow to around 1.6 trillion by 2025. In a decade or so, smart home security will be many more people’s business.

Being a relatively young technology, many IoT devices may be susceptible to vulnerabilities and loopholes yet unknown or unaddressed by the manufacturer. This is the reality of it.

To get two things straight right off the bat.

First, often the most common way to hack Internet of Things based systems and household surveillance is by direct targeting. The likelihood that a skilled hacker with the education and dedication to specifically target your house is low.

That is not to say that it doesn’t happen. At the hands of tech-savvy criminal network perhaps.

Second, if a skilled hacker is hell-bent on targeting your home specifically, they can find a way in, and your best bet is to make the task both more difficult and less rewarding if successful.

In the event of an attack, the motives are usually targeted DDoSing for ransoming data, surveillance for robbery when the owner is not home, or installing crypto mining software to mine off your electric grid.

Here are some ways to strengthen your defenses:

Store your data internally. Memory cards with around 150 GB of memory can store your camera footage and overwrite old videos to make room for new ones. for your cameras to feed into assures the footage is stored behind closed doors.

Change your router name. Don’t use your name or family name as the router name, and it is often advised to change the default name as it contains the manufacturer and model. This is information that a hacker can use.

Toughen your password. It always comes back to this. If your password is “password,” you are essentially leaving the house key under the doormat. Get creative, and use a *P@$$Wordz_L1k3 tH!$*. Not that one though.

Invest in the latest security software and firewalls. It may be pricier, but if you believe your house may be targeted for whatever reason, it is a worthwhile investment.

Use guest networks. Pretty much all modern routers can host a secondary network, or guest network. Use that for your home devices and separate it from the rest of your electronics. Better to compromise the smart fridge than your work laptop.

Disable features when not in use. Many Internet of Things devices have features like remote activation and voice recognition. If you are worried about these devices being used to spy on you or gain access from afar, disable them from the devise itself.

Talk less. The good-old street smarts; Don’t say what you don’t need to say. In other words, don’t brag to your pub mates about your shiny new home security system. Don’t tell your mutual friend’s mutual friend about your crypto wallet and how much you made trading.

If you follow these steps, you greatly decrease your chance of a breach from any source and avoid the worst in case of one. Then nobody can use your smart fridge to murder you.

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Telefónica Tech, Siemens collaborate on smart buildings infrastructure

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Spanish telecoms giant Telefónica announced last week that it’s teaming up with Siemens España to deliver a combination of services and solutions tailored toward smart buildings and cities.

Both companies will join to present a far-reaching value proposition that includes everything from energy efficiency and user experience to connectivity, security, and data analysis at a national level.

Taking part in the deal will be Telefónica Tech, which is the telco’s arm in digital businesses with high growth potential in IoT, Big Data, Blockchain, Cybersecurity and Cloud.

According to a joint statement, the collaboration agreement will enable both companies to present a joint value proposition that includes solutions for increasing physical security, monitoring and operational and energy efficiency, as well as user experience and the digitalization of services, where connectivity plays a leading role.

Similarly, they will offer an infrastructure that facilitates data collection and analysis to turn data into useful information for making better decisions.

The experience and knowledge of both companies will also allow them to include other joint solutions related to optimization such as smart lighting, environmental monitoring, predictive maintenance, de-escalation monitoring, smart parking, occupancy, and capacity management such as audiovisual and space reservation solutions.

Additionally, Siemens and Telefónica Tech will offer comprehensive solutions that protect buildings from fires and monitor entry points and potential intrusions with closed-circuit television (CCTV), including the possibility of analyzing these videos, among other things.

With that in mind, both companies are crafting a complete portfolio for smart buildings, where technology helps companies to achieve their sustainability goals through different solutions that help to optimize resources or reduce their environmental impact.

“The potential of uniting two portfolios with a clear focus on achieving communication, security and energy efficiency creates major opportunities for improving buildings and preparing them for the future”, explains Fernando Silva, director of Siemens Smart Infrastructure for Spain and Portugal.

He also comments that “we are combining Telefónica’s expertise in communications with Siemens expertise in smart electric networks and building automation to enable us to implement a comprehensive solution for the buildings of any private or public body.”

Buildings are responsible for 36 percent of world energy consumption and 39 percent of greenhouse gas emissions during their life cycle. Businesses are now more conscious than ever of the importance of sustainability and the economic benefits it brings.

“Smart buildings interact with the people, systems and external elements surrounding them. They learn from past experiences and real-time inputs. They adapt to the needs of the people and the businesses within them by increasing comfort, efficiency, resilience, and security,” the statement read.

The combination of the communication, physical security, and connectivity capabilities of Telefónica and Siemens solutions will be able to make all types of buildings smarter, from hospitals to corporate offices, as well as shopping centers or industrial facilities.

Telefónica Tech, on the other hand, offers specific solutions for Smart Cities that, through the implementation of IoT, Big Data and other technologies, enable it to obtain fundamental information for protecting the environment and detecting anomalies, such as in water consumption, street lighting and HVAC systems.

“This agreement with Siemens demonstrates Telefónica Tech’s potential as an integrator of solutions based on connectivity (in this agreement we offer our specialist knowledge in connectivity, physical security, IoT and Big Data) and provider of digital transformation for companies in their plans to become more sustainable organizations. Together we will make smart buildings even more advanced to promote, at the same time, energy efficiency and contribute to improving people’s lives”, explains Elena Gil, Global Director of IoT and Big Data Products and Business Operations at Telefónica Tech.

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Verizon Business takes IoT Connectivity Global to 170 countries

Karim Husami

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U.S.-based Verizon said enterprises can benefit from global Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity in 170 countries worldwide, with permanent roaming options in North America and Western Europe all on a single SIM.

This global coverage enables organizations to manage a vast array of IoT devices including asset trackers, industrial gateways and sensors via ThingSpace, Verizon’s self-service IoT platform.

The operator’s ThingSpace solution aims to provide all the tools needed to prototype, test, connect and manage IoT devices on Verizon’s network.

Changes the way businesses work

Tami Erwin, CEO at Verizon Business, said: “The IoT connectivity is changing the way businesses monitor devices and increasing the strategic business value of the data collected.”

The number of IoT devices is growing exponentially, he noted, and organizations prefer to align with a trusted technology partner who can offer the technical expertise and geo-scale they require.

“Our global IoT connectivity services are all underpinned by Verizon’s years of expertise and industry-leading ThingSpace platform, not to mention a path to evolving into 5G Massive IoT,” Erwin added.

Permanent roaming options are now available across North America and Western Europe all on a single SIM—providing enterprises with the flexibility they need to monitor a wide array of IoT devices.

152,200 IoT devices

In addition, IDC, the premium global market intelligence firm, estimates that around 152,200 IoT devices will connect every minute by 2025, while enterprises can deploy IoT devices with permanent roaming across the UK, Canada, and over 10 European markets.

Verizon’s IoT device connectivity operates via a best of breed partner ecosystem and is available globally to US multinational companies with fixed or mobile connectivity requirements. Organizations can deploy devices with permanent roaming across Canada, the UK and more than 10 European markets.

Erwin said during Verizon’s March investment day that it’s starting to see the benefit of industrial IoT investments, adding 10 million incremental machine-to-machine LTE connected devices in 2020 and delivering double-digit connections and revenue growth.

This year, Verizon expects to see continued growth as it scales its IoT practice and installs devices supporting the evolution from 4G to 5G.

With the pandemic, Verizon is seeing unique demand in areas like DIY connected alarm systems and cross-border asset tracking, a representative said. Over the next few years, analysts at IDC estimate that 150,000+ IoT devices will connect every minute.

A big motivator for Verizon in the global IoT sector appears to be rival AT&T, which spent years developing its IoT connectivity business and has offered global IoT services for a long time, including with many major car companies.

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