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CTIA Super Mobility Week 2016: Wireless is Key to a ‘Smart’ Experience

September 27, 2016

By Ernest Worthman

Executive Editor
AGL Small Cell Magazine


EDITORS’ NOTE: This is the last segment in our four-part series deep diving the technology exhibited at the CTIA Super Mobility 2016.

Augmented/virtual reality is slowly coming into its own. While much of this segment is still mounting smartphone inside goggles, the leaders, like Ericsson, Samsung, Oculus, and some others, are raising the bar.

Ericsson had a media room that presented some interesting, cutting-edge reality.  Ericsson set up a very life-like proof of concept demonstration of what its MediaFirst TV viewing experience could look like in a Virtual Reality world.


Source: CTIA

And, in a really cool interactive experience, guests will be able to control, virtually, construction hardware just like there were on the construction site. This experience uses the Oculus Rift goggles and puts the user in the cab of an excavator. Using very low latency M2M it allows the user to experience instant remote control of the excavator program running at their lab in Plano, Texas.

What makes this novel is the bandwidth required to make this happen in real time. Between that and the low latency, the experience is very realistic. There were others, including Samsung, that offered similar experience.

M2M and the Connected Car

There was a great deal of activity around the connected car. Ford had an ominous presence, highlighting their developer program. Ford’s ISYNC 3 offers developers a ton of new opportunity for bringing content into Ford vehicles. This platform uses vehicle-generated data from sources such as GPS, speed, fuel, oil temperature sensors and more to access data and turn it into driver-friendly content using the SYNC 3 8-inch color touch screen and voice commands.

smart-phone-on-wheelsAnd around that pavilion were a number of vendors with connected car solutions. Mostly M2M-based, these included a novel presentation of a smart car, calling it a smarter phone on wheels, intimating that this smart car can do anything a phone can, and more.

Summit’s VoLTE/RCS-enabled connected car is capable of supporting features like enriched calling, social presence, a heads-up display, seamless roaming, location intelligence, gesture control, on-board diagnostics and APIs for third-party devices.

And, of course, there has to be a mention of the original smart car, KITT, from the 1982 TV show Knight Rider, which was brought in by the show management to enlighten the younger generation.

In Closing


KITT, the car used in the TV show Knight Rider

There were some interesting, fledgling areas. Like the startup lab that had startup vendors with emerging or developing platforms to present them to attendees and other vendors. CTIA is a good place for getting some visibility on them. There was also a China pavilion, showcasing vendors from China. In fact, many of the retail and consumer vendors were connected to China in one way or another.

And of course, the carriers had their presence, showing what they have in their wheelhouse.

Today, CTIA Super Mobility is a show in transition, as is CTIA. The platform that CTIA was built on has been gone for a while now. The new platform is everything wireless and CTIA has taken the right steps to move into the future.

The partnership with GSMA is a great thing. It will expand CTIA’s reach into the mobile world and begin to move away from the traditional “cell phone case show” that it has been its perception for the past few years.

I have to admit; I will miss the “glam” that the consumer element has been part of the show for a while (can’t wait to see how this goes for next year). But I am so looking forward to the cutting edge wireless technologies that will now play prominently in future generations of wireless technology.

And, finally, no more Vegas!

Global M2M Surges Ahead but U.S. Lags

By J. Sharpe Smith–

July 23, 2014–While machine-to-machine (M2M) adoption has increased 80 percent in the last year, the United States and Europe lag behind Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, according to an executive survey published by Vodafone and Machina Research.

M2M is set to continue its growth pattern from 4.4 billion connected devices this year to 10.3 billion by 2018, according to Machina Research.

The adoption rate in the Americas grew from 13 percent to 17 percent, while adoption in Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific (AMEAP) jumped 15 percentage points up to 27 percent since 2013. The variation in M2M uptake results from the diversity in applications, according to the report.

“It’s not a single type of application that is being adopted universally. Whether it’s usage-based insurance in Italy, stolen vehicle recovery in South Africa or smart cities initiatives in China, certain countries, and regions, have particular quirks in terms of which verticals have seen the most substantial growth,” wrote Matt Hatton, principal analyst, Machina Research.

Although the applications of M2M are diverse, three sectors have emerged with nearly 30 percent adoption rates: automotive, consumer electronics, and energy and utilities. In cars, M2M enables remote maintenance and infotainment. Smart homes and offices use M2M intelligent heating/cooling and connected security.

Nearly three quarters of consumer electronics companies will adopt some form of M2M by
2016, whether for new products, logistics or production.

“Consumer electronics is undeniably becoming a leader: its percentage of adoption has increased to 29 percent; and based on this year’s responses it should maintain that lead until at least 2016,” according to the report.

What is M2M?

Machina Research defines M2M as the plumbing for the Internet of Things, connecting devices and transferring data.

“M2M is becoming fundamental to how organizations do business; in some cases, M2M adoption is also creating new business opportunities. These technologies are radically changing the way in which companies serve — and communicate with — their customers,” Hatton wrote.


J. Sharpe Smith is the editor, AGL Link and AGL Small Cell Link, and is a contributor to AGL magazine