- They don’t have to manage several models of the iPhone, something Android manufacturers need to.
- They have simplified the user experience. No need to use any “wallet” and they can use their existing iTunes and Passbook accounts to store the cards.
- They included tight security (Secure Element, Tokenization and Biometrics), something that issuing banks, payment processors and the big three card companies like. That means low fees for the “card present” transaction.
- They have the power to impose their model to MNOs, something more difficult for Android OEMs, with the exception of Samsung and maybe another two.
New standards such as 802.11ah and ZigBee will pave the way for urban smart grids and for license-exempt data transmission in the near future. Also, the EU announced that the 700 MHz band (currently used for UHF TV) in Europe should be dedicated to wireless broadband by 2020.
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The city, under the ZeEUS project, has incorporated a the Basque-built Irizar i2e electric bus in its services. This model has a similar range to the K9 -- from 200 to 250 kilometers (125 to 155 miles) after an overnight charge, a capacity of 78 passengers, and a 230 kw engine powered by sodium nickel batteries. The bus is also equipped with advance braking charging.
The new Irizar bus joins the Chinese-made BYD K9, which Barcelona's TMB has been testing since last year..... Read the rest on UBM Future Cities