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Why NFC and NB IoT are the perfect mix for smart locks

In the last few days reports have emerged in many leading tech journals, that Apple is about to expand the capabilities of the iPhone's NFC chip and open it up for use in smart locks. This has been a long time coming. NFC has been inside iPhones since 2014, but it has been locked into only use for Apple Pay. Apple is slated to announce its NFC's new capabilities during its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, which will begin on June 4th. Once the features become available, even older iPhones made in 2014 or later can unlock NFC by downloading a software update. Apple’s move probably means that NFC adoption rates will accelerate. In the past, when the company has made an effort to chang

Why Governments should step onto the IoT train to speed it up.

It’s well-known that big companies struggle to innovate. One of the main reasons for this, is that the big companies have more to lose. A company which has spent many years developing a particular brand may hesitate to take a risk – a new product or service could damage the brand if it goes wrong. There are many other well documented reasons for why big companies struggle to innovate, including; big companies number one goal is to satisfy shareholders big companies profit drives their structure which is set in the day- to-day tight running of the ship big company culture is not originally designed to support innovation big companies want to see an immediate return on their investment in new

Why machines need their own communication network - not Broadband, but Narrowband.

Locks, a form of access control, have not changed much in the last 2000 years since they were first invented by the Ancient Romans. Most people continue to use good old-fashioned locks and metal keys to access their houses. In the last 40 years, lock technology has evolved from the humble lock and metal key to networked locks with keycards, commonly found in hotels and offices. More recently 3G/4G and Wi-Fi technologies, designed for humans to connect to the internet, are being used in locks. The arrival of the Internet of Things (IoT), however, is changing locks and other machines in new profound ways. In the last few years, IoT has moved from fiction to reality. By 2020, there will be over