Sub 1GHz Wireless Standards For IoT

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.

Public WiFi AP in Barcelona

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New Electric Buses in Barcelona Service Regular Lines

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

Sorry Cell Carriers, Apple Pay Doesn't Need You

This week Apple announced the anticipated iPhone 6 series and the new Apple Watch. Despite the fact that most of the new features were leaked weeks ago, and Apple didn't manage to surprise anyone, the tech giant's big launch event still attracted the world's attention and huge media coverage.

But to me the most important, and revolutionary, part of the event was the launch of Apple Pay, the company's mobile payments platform.

The real disruption that Apple is bringing with Pay is the way the system is implemented: Apple left the carriers out of it. Read the rest at SaaS In The Enterprise...