European eCall Regulation Now in Effect
Pablo Valerio 4/30/2018 Post a comment
The European eCall regulation, which mandates all new vehicles be equipped with GPS and cellular automated emergency calling system, poses a significant challenge to the connected car industry and its supply chain.
Embedded SIMs to Replace Standard SIM Cards & Secure IoT
Pablo Valerio 3/22/2018 (1) comment
Currently, embedded SIMs (which enable OTA provisioning) are only used in Apple's iPads and high-end wearables. Soon they will appear in basic industrial and consumer IoT devices, replacing standard SIMs and M2M modules. Carriers, however, are still reluctant to use the technology in large IoT projects.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain: Right to Repair Bill Ramifications
Pablo Valerio 2/13/2018 (1) comment
Legislatures on both sides of the Atlantic are working towards regulations that will force manufacturers to make it easier to repair electronic devices. Some go as far as requiring that batteries are user replaceable. These new regulations, when enacted, will have a significant impact on manufacturing and the supply chain.
South America Finds New Riches in Lithium Supply
Pablo Valerio 1/5/2018 Post a comment
The world is gearing up for electric cars. The technology is maturing, the cars’ autonomy range is increasing, and batteries are getting smaller and cheaper. Lithium, the mineral needed for those batteries, is a sought-after commodity. The London Metal Exchange (LME) plans to launch futures contracts for lithium and other battery metals early in 2019.
USB Type-C Computing Devices Soar, Vendors & Suppliers Pressured for Accessories
Pablo Valerio 8/21/2017 (1) comment
Almost every vendor is launching laptops, tablets, and smartphones using USB Type-C connectors. The advantages of the new standard are clear: reversible, slim, and multi-functional, replacing power, data and video connectors. Unfortunately, most new devices lack USB Type-C compatible accessories, and most users need adapters for their old USB devices.
Brexit Continues & Puts Additional Pressure on UK Industry
Pablo Valerio 6/27/2017 Post a comment
The British pound took another hit as Theresa May’s Conservative Party lost seats in Parliament and the outright majority they had before. A deal with the DUP (N. Ireland Unionist Party) assures May continues as prime minister, but weakens her position ahead of Brexit negotiations.
How the Internet of Things Enables the Circular Economy
Pablo Valerio 1/9/2017 Post a comment
IoT, using intelligent assets, can help develop products faster. The idea is reusing materials, and making money charging per use of things such as appliances, instead of selling them. That way manufacturers can make more durable products, and reuse their components at the end of their life cycle.
Autonomous Car Mobility Shifts Electronics Industry
Pablo Valerio 10/18/2016 (2) comments
By 2025, automated mobility services could be a $120 billion business in the United States alone. The impact on companies in mobile technology, connected vehicles, and wireless infrastructure could be as important as the arrival of the smartphone last decade.
iPhone 7, No Headphone Jack Creates a Recipe for e-Waste
Pablo Valerio 9/26/2016 (1) comment
Apple’s decision to remove the 3.5 mm headphone connector on the new iPhone 7, while continuing to use their proprietary Lightning connector, could mean more electronic waste as users discard their old headsets and many OEMs rush to develop new ones using Apple’s connector.
Embedded SIMs Shake IoT & Smartphone Supply Chains
Pablo Valerio 4/11/2016 Post a comment
GSMA has presented the final release of its “GSMA Embedded SIM Specification”. This new type of SIM is integrated in the main circuit of a M2M platform, wearable, tablet or other mobile device, but it has no initial credentials and those can be provisioned over-the-air after the device is activated.
Amazon Robotics: IoT In The Warehouse
Pablo Valerio 10/1/2015 (1) comment
The real magic of robots and the Internet of Things is happening right now at Amazon's vast fulfillment warehouses in the US. See what it's all about, and learn how simple robotics can transform your organization's logistical needs.
Respect EU Project Focus on Designing Privacy First
Pablo Valerio 6/4/2015 Post a comment
Corporations and governments need to incorporate privacy in the design of new products and services. The EU funded (FP7) Respect project studies how to limit the collection and storage of unnecessary data and to find a balance between data protection needs and data protection and privacy.
Robotics: EU Launches $3.9B Initiative
Pablo Valerio 6/30/2014 (6) comments
The European Union believes the worldwide market for robotics will grow from US$30 billion (€22 billion) this year to $83 billion (€60 billion) by 2020. The Commission wants Europe to have a leading role developing new robotic products and technologies.
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