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With Connected Device Management, You Must Plan Ahead!

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As the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) continues to gain momentum, management challenges will continue to emerge as these systems scale. Complexity, fragmentation, system security and/or bandwidth costs are at the root of most of these growth-induced roadblocks.

To overcome these challenges, every business must approach all aspects of the IIoT in a forward-thinking manner that recognizes and accounts for the inevitable needs of system flexibility, extensibility, robustness and management efficiency. With all of the new possibilities and opportunities enabled by enterprise-scale connected systems, it is easy to overlook small details “now” that will turn into management nightmares in the future.

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Topics: device management, IoT, firmware over-the-air, Industrial IoT

Video Streaming QoE: A Challenge of Growing Importance

blog-video-streaming-qoe-mental-stress.jpgI recently read an article that did an excellent job capturing the link between mental stress and high quality mobile experiences. Citing a report published by Ericsson in February 2016, the article - “Slow mobile buffering a horror show” – focused on Ericsson’s comparison of the mental stress caused by slow mobile video streaming with the stress caused by watching a horror movie alone.

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Topics: mobile video delivery, Quality of Experience, QoE

How to Improve In-Store Experiences with Personalized Mobile Engagement

blog-in-store-experience-personalized-mobile-engagement.jpgEngaging with mobile consumers and adding value to their “mobile-first” lifestyles is at the top of many companies’ to-do list in 2016. This shouldn’t really surprise anyone as most of these to-do lists looked pretty similar in 2015 as well. Our mobile devices are so ingrained in our everyday lives that brand equity can now be equated directly with effective mobile engagement.

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Topics: mobile engagement

Forget Water, I Need Wi-Fi

SMSI_WiFi2 Earlier this week while on LinkedIn I saw the image to the right, and I started to think about how true this is. In today’s world being connected is a part of the basic human need. We need to be able to check email, surf the internet, connect with friends and family, and most importantly, check into our favorite restaurants. We have become so reliant on these connections that we don’t appreciate the complex device and network technologies required to get connected and stay connected.

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Topics: wireless, Wi-Fi, 3g, connection management, 4g

ANDSF. What!?

shutterstock_147868850banner-12013 marked a rapid increase in interest to improve cellular to Wi-Fi interoperability – not just from mobile operators, but also from cable operators, fixed line operators and enterprises. The interest is truly global as organizations in every region are developing strategies to leverage Wi-Fi for a variety of reasons, including network congestion relief, improved in-building coverage, and ability to offer lower cost wireless service plans. However, in order to achieve truly seamless interoperability across heterogeneous networks from any provider, the industry needs to resolve challenges associated with connectivity, authentication, session persistence and traffic management. This is the objective of several emerging industry standards, including a set being developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) known as Access Network Discovery and Selection Function, or ANDSF.

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Topics: wireless, Wi-Fi, ANDSF