The IoT – with Chinese characteristics

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Exclusive interview with Erik Walenza-Slabe, CEO of IoT ONE

Apparently, we are all either living in the Age of Industry 4.0 already, or we are entering it. And one of the main features of this age is a relatively new connectivity technology called the “internet of things”, often abbreviated to IoT.

The IoT is, as you might imagine or know, a network of “things”. These things can be computers, industrial robots or any other type of robot, any device or appliance – anything that is a thing or a machine, which is why it’s also sometimes referred to as the machine-to-machine (M2M) network.

Perhaps it’s not a particularly accurate label for it, mainly because the IoT can be part of the general internet that we all know and use, in that it can use the same Ethernet cables and WiFi and whatever other connections there are available, although it’s thought M2M communications could mainly be carried through radio-frequency identification technology.  Continue reading The IoT – with Chinese characteristics

NXP signs deal with China’s Xiaomi on intelligent transport payments technology using NFC

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China’s magnetic levitation train network is one of the largest in the world. The country is looking to expand its intelligent transport infrastructure

NXP and Xiaomi have agreed a mobile payments technology deal for public transit systems in China, a country with some plans for intelligent transport networks. 

As a key part of the deal, Xiaomi integrated NXP’s Secure Element and Near Field Communication (NFC) solution into its next-generation flagship Mi 5 smartphone, which the companies believe will help accelerate the adoption of mobile payments in China.

The newly launched Mi 5 models will allow customers to use tap-to-pay for travelling, seamlessly enter and exit public transport systems without using a ticket or travel card, and enable simple balance checking all while ensuring payment security, claimed the companies. Continue reading NXP signs deal with China’s Xiaomi on intelligent transport payments technology using NFC