Tuesday, June 10, 2014

IoT: Google: New Network for Internet of Things

Here comes another interesting "Project X":

Google Exec: Internet of Things Requires 'Brand New Network' | Light Reading:

The Internet of Things will require telecom operators to turn their networks upside-down, believes Google Developer Advocate Don Dodge.

He picked on a TV commercial from Verizon Wireless showing a pole in the middle of an agricultural field. "It's got a cell phone -- not duct taped to it, but it's attached. And they use a cell phone to transmit the data from the sensor to the server at $40 a month. So how do you do that when you have a sensor on the dumpster that's only sending kilobytes of information maybe once a day, or maybe once a week? You can't spend $40 a month for that," he noted.

"What we're going to have to do is build a brand new network, because up to now Cisco and all the networking guys have focused on very high bandwidth, very high throughput, very high quality, but that's the opposite of what you need for the Internet of Things," Dodge said.

Reported plans to launch 180 satellites could provide significant competition in the developing world and rural areas.

Google has spent $500 million to buy Skybox Imaging, a company that uses small satellites to transmit high-resolution images from space. Tuesday’s announcement comes just two months after Google acquired Titan Aerospace, which beams Internet signals from high-altitude drones.

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