IoT: Content delivery platforms

IoT: Content delivery platforms


All consumers look forward to the introduction of new gadgets as they have more cool features, applications and connectivity. In IoT (Internet of Things) interoperability is a key component to the success and functionality with these newly developed devices. Different mobile phones designs can interconnect to provide adequate service to customers the services providers must the consider the level of complexity which will increase. Configuration on the network is crucial to maintaining consolidation on a single platform known as a CDP (connected device platform).

The CDP involves multiple point solutions for devices to operate yet this does not necessarily reduce complexity on such a diverse network. The usage of device analytics as a starting point for data collection in a management system which can track devices at a micro level as well as a model operating system. This combination of management mixes CDP with customer experience with data relating to information available on a help desk.

Horizontal platform enables secure connectivity, data collection in business application development as this will be exercised by vendors and consumer companies.

An IoT horizontal platform provides three unique solutions:

  • Ensure maximized value of analytics and managed data through end-to-end authentication, security and privacy.
  • Deliver value beyond connectivity through richer experience and set of services for customers
  • Scale by applying platform across all verticals without building discreet solutions for each application

Different industries such as the transport industry will require different solutions and confidence with manufacturers. Connected vehicles must be entrusted on the network not to compromise driver’s personal information and the vehicle systems will be secure from cyber attacks.

In the telecommunication industry companies such as Nokia will provide a SIM solution as part of the company’s program to impact on IoT development.

Nokia: 5G Developement


Finnish mobile giant Nokia is dedicating their focus to the progress of 5G network as it comes prepared for commercial usage by the public. This particular area of telecommunication 5G will be established and expected to launch in the year 2018.

The company will implement 5G in the future development of both mobility and fixed applications. New radio air interface standard which is designed to support multiple devices and services. Nokia plans to expand their venture to Asian countries including China, Japan and South Korea all have expressed an interest in the adoption of 5G.

The 5G technology in the telecoms industry will be based on Nokia’s new radio air which involves 2 main features in development. The first is the usage of massive MIMO (multiple input multiple output) involving multiple antennas to serve on both the source and the destination provides an efficient service circuit to minimize the potential errors and optimize speed. The second is Beamforming processes enable WIFI to be focused at a certain point as signals are emitted their outbound distribution losses connection strength. The solution of beamforming enables coverage to be maintained at full capacity which will be critical for 5G.

Nokia 5G FIRST is a recently launched program end-to-end solution incorporating AirScale and AirFrame technology. This acceleration enables operators to provide services to design and implement 5G in both vendors and multi-technology environments such as data centers and corporate buildings. The design targets of 5G architecture require broad and flexible capabilities to support disruptive technologies, new approaches and features to adapt to industries.

Marc Rouanne, president of Mobile Networks at Nokia said: “There should be no doubt about the huge potential of 5G. Through 5G FIRST, Nokia is evolving its 5G strategy to drive the industry rapidly towards the adoption of standards-based commercial applications – as early as 2019. Doing so will require broad cross-industry support, and we call upon regulators and governments to free up and enable the use of spectrum at low-, mid- and high-frequency bands for trials. This will allow robust evaluation of 5G to take place, so that collectively, we can deliver one of the most important new technologies in history, one that will truly drive the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”




5G Development in Broadcasting TV


As the broadcast industry is changing the required technology and infrastructures are facing new challenges to deliver video services to customers in new quality which match expectations and satisfaction.

Content delivery is accustomed to traditional linear methods that is not altered or controlled by the receiving customer. The transaction from linear to non-linear is set to occur in hybridization as aspects in the broadcast and radio industry infrastructures remain based on linear methods. Non-linear content is found on popular VOD (video on demand) websites these include Netflix and Amazon Prime. The further development is based on the ability of 5G to provide development solutions to manage the increased data traffic across the networks.

The current design of the internet is to not capable of providing the amounts of concentrated data traffic across broadcast networks in wide distribution. Solutions to meet customer demands on content being delivered through streamed methods to particular destinations. The developed 5G infrastructure will be able to access and connect customers using multiple smart devices with on demand content.

At the start of 2020 over 7 billion people are predicted to have internet access with the development  of smart connected devices being used by consumers will number between 40 to 55 billion as MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) as IoT (internet of things) comes into further development. 5G network standard will be ready for commercial usage by the early 2020’s architectural changes are will provide efficient delivery from service providers to stream content over vast distances.

5G the Next Generation

5G mobile broadband is on its way

5G (Word Press)

In the next few years, 5G will fundamentally transform our lives, bringing us a society and environment where everything is smarter and more connected. From smart cities to intelligent wind farms, agriculture, and hospitals, the Internet of Things and connected infrastructures will generate zettabytes of data from an estimated 50 billion devices—more than there are people on earth. Some of the biggest companies in the broadcast industry are taking steps to develop 5G and be fully operational by the year 2020.

International Business Machines and Ericsson have announced a research breakthrough that could accelerate the launch of the 5G communications networks and support new mobile enterprise and user experiences enabled by high data rates, including the Internet of Things (IoT), connected vehicles and immersive virtual reality. According to the companies, they have created a compact silicon-based millimeter Wave (mmWave), with a phased array integrated circuit operating at 28GHz that has been demonstrated in a phased array antenna module designed for use in future 5G base stations.

T-Mobile said it is aiming to offer customers super-fast, next-generation mobile service starting in 2019. The planned nationwide 5G network will let customers download high-definition movies on-the-go within seconds, use online virtual reality applications on their smartphones, and connect more smart home devices.


Smart Home and the Internet of Things

As the development in Internet of Things (IoT) becomes more sophisticated, household items are being redesigned to be connected to the internet through the router. Lights and security measure are one of many features which will be fully accessible to the internet and controlled by the house occupants.

Phillips Hue 

The company Phillip Hues have developed LED light bulbs which can change color when activated by the user’s mobile device through a WIFI bridge. These LED lights can be fitted into all buildings such as offices and homes and adjust their emitted color at any time. Hue taps are among the favorite IoT devices and the best way to create an environment which best matches a situation or a mood.

Philips Hue lightstrips and bloom update

£80 per packet plus an extra £50 web-enabled light switch Hue Tap

MyFox Security 

This IoT security system comprises of four main components:

  1. MyFox House Alarm £249

The house alarm can alert the residents and homeowners to a break-in before it happens and immediately informs the users through a wireless keyfob which attaches to a key chain. When the user is at home it automatically disarms the system to prevent false alarms. The family’s activities when they are entering and leaving the building and is operated by a smartphone application.

2. MyFox Key Fob £25

This is connected to the smart alarm which stops activation when the building is occupied by the assigned user. The device is in constant connection to the user’s smartphone via Bluetooth and provides regular updates of household activity. A panic button can be activated which triggers a siren informing both the residents and local authorities that a possible intruder is present in the house.

3. MyFox Security Camera £169

Controlled by a remote the user can control when the camera is active this ensures privacy is always available. A mechanical shutter covers the main camera lens that is activated using the mobile app. The camera features a sports lens capable of recording in 720p HD and detects movement with inside the house with an IR motion tracker. The camera can zoom by 4x and has a night vision mode to function during the night at a range of 19ft/5.8m.

4. IntelliTAG  £40

This is an important feature of the security system as it is responsible for the external security of the household structure. With multiple sensors positioned on the window frames and doors, an advanced algorithm system is used to analyze vibration patterns to detect the first signs of a break-in. The device is capable of identifying when there is an attempted burglary and normal day activities such as door knock and garden objects impacting the walls. If a break-in does occur the IntelliTAG sends an alert to the user’s smartphone and activates the siren.


This combination of technology is built to stop burglaries and record any unusual activity inside a house without compromising the user’s privacy. All the devices are controlled via a mobile companion app this enables the user to permit guests into the house if they are absent.


German audio firm Raumfeld develops multiple audio streaming services which include audio files, online music services and internet radio through their built in WIFI connectivity. Though primarily based in Germany the firm has launched their products in the UK these items include large sets for lounges and smaller speakers for bedrooms. All the speakers are capable of being controlled by the companion app which is activated on the user’s android or smart phone.


Internet of things new technologies for 2017 and 2018

IoT Security

The IoT introduces a wide range of new security and challenges to the IoT devices the features and capabilities in all involved systems are at risk from hackers and viruses.  Their operating platforms in sectors such as communications are often most exposed and vulnerable to attack.

These attacks can target specific areas of IoT and be in different forms to affect a certain aspect like the impersonation of things which copy encryptions of communications to gain access to valuable information and ‘denial of sleep’ which attacks the battery of devices.

An issue to applying this new type of IoT security is that many devices use processors and systems solutions which are not updated to support sophisticated security approaches.

IoT Analytics

The information collected by smart ‘things’ will personalize customer requirements and experiences to deliver specific services to improve products and business moments. With the development of new approaches to IoT demands, analytic tools and algorithms will change as data volumes increase by 2020.

IoT Processors

Architectures used by IoT devices define many of their capabilities through the use of processors whether to sophisticate enough support to an operating system, update firmware and the management of embedded devices.  All hardware designs have complicated trade-offs with their additional features mostly around the cost and upgradability. An understanding of encryption and power consumption is vital to the functionality of IoT devices thus digital skills are a major requirement.

IoT Platforms

Platforms combine the multiple components of the IoT infrastructure into one single project

There are three main categories:

  1. Low-level device control and operations such as communications, device monitoring, management, security and firmware updates.
  2. IoT data acquisition, transformation and management.
  3. IoT application development which has multiple features event-driven logic, application programming, visualization, analytics and adapters to connect enterprise systems



IoT Standards and Ecosystem

Although not exactly technologies these two features are crucial for the materialization of application programming interfaces (APIs) these will play a key role in the communication and interpretation between IoT devices as sharing data among businesses and organizations.

Ecosystems which will develop in smart homes, smart cities and health care organizations as products and devices rely on a system which requires all objects to be performing at top capability. As updating standards change over time recognizing when and where updates are required is vital for the credibility of IoT.

IoT Operating System

Windows and IOS are not built with IoT applications as this computer software consume a lot of power, require fast processors and lack guaranteed real-time response. The space is not adequate for small devices and might not support the chips which IoT developers make. In response to this issue aIoT-specific operating systems have been designed to match hardware requirements.

IoT ‘Thing’ Management

IoT devices/things will require management and monitoring to ensure their performance is suitable to consumer needs and expectations tools must be able to attend to possible millions of devices by 2020. Device monitoring covers every aspect of IoT devices such as firmware, software updates, diagnosis, crash analysis, reporting, physical management and security management.


Event Stream Processing

Extreme high data rates must be analyzed in real time as millions of events and actions can happen through telecom and telemetry situations.  Distribution stream computing platforms (DSCPs) have been established to meet these excessive requirements in order to process these vast amounts of data in real-time analytics and identification.

IoT Networks  Low-power and Short-range

Networks involve balancing many problems which can occur on such a large scale after 2020 IoT networks will be dominating wireless connection. Requirements that must be addressed are range, battery life, bandwidth, density endpoint cost and operational cost. As the IoT has multiple elements certain technologies, applications and vendor ecosystems will need solutions to coexist.

IoT Networks Low-power wide Networks  

Cellular networks cannot deliver an adequate feature of combined technical features and operational IoT applications so a new long-term establishment of IoT networks will combine relatively low bandwidth, battery life, low hardware and operating cost with high connection density.  The emerging low-power wide area networks (LPWANs) were based mainly on proprietary technologies, it is indicated that Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) will dominate future network space.


Deciling Wearable Tech Market

In 2016 analysts were predicting a multi-billion dollar revenue for wearable tech developers like Apple designing devices such as smart watches and health trackers.

According to a report from IDC (International Data Corporation) shipments of smart devices are declining by over 50% each year due to the lack of sales to consumers. In 2015 multiple companies shipped 3.9 million products with only Garmin being successful in the market growth.

Jawbone is a fitness brand marker which originally started in the production of headsets and later on speakers due to low revenue from fitness brands being sold directly to consumers. The company has now shifted to B2B (business to business) providing services mainly to clinics and health centers working with patients.

Microsoft has removed all fitness band items from its online store because the inadequate number of purchases by consumers.

Fitbit still remains a successful brand in the development and distribution of fitness trackers and recently acquired ownership of the Pebble smartwatch. Despite remaining strong on fitness tracker market the company stated that sales during the Christmas period did not reach the company’s expectations.

The functions of wearable devices have the ability to monitor and measure heart rate, sleep, activity and count calories all which involve the most common usage of wearables which is counting steps. Experts speculate that purchasing fitness trackers to achieve the goal of 10,000 steps per day is actually worthwhile if they do not assist the user in losing weight.

Theo Axford, senior product marketing manager at Garmin UK, told the BBC that while the market had become “very competitive” the firm had not experienced declining sales.

“Brands must ensure that they are meeting the needs of the customer and always delivering value,” he said.

“Whilst the entry space has become largely commoditized, customers that have bought into the technology as a first foray into wearables are now looking for, and demanding more.

“The advocacy we’ve experienced for our devices over many years in what was a fairly specialist market has now become much more mainstream, and customers are looking for a brand with the specialist expertise and a legacy they can trust.”

In December 2016 Apple CEO Tim cook said sales were better than expected following the release of the Apple Watch 2 in September, and Android watchmaker Samsung showed the biggest growth year-on-year in IDC’s report.

“The smart wearables market is changing,” said Ramos Llamas from IDC.

“Health and fitness remains a major focus, but once these devices become connected to a cellular network, expect unique applications and communications capabilities to become available”.

“This will also solve another key issue: freeing the device from the smartphone, creating a stand-alone experience.”