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IoT 2015 Trailer

IoT 2015 Trailer

The IoT Forum 2015 is a mere 15 days away. Last years event was recognised as a Top Three in the World; on the 11th-12th March this year we will continue the momentum with another stellar line-up of speakers and world class audience of investors, disruptive startups and industry leading corporates having industry shaping discussions.

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Guest Blog Post from Electric Imp: Ecosystems, Not Features, Will Lead to Trillion Dollar IoT Promised Land

Guest Blog Post from Electric Imp: Ecosystems, Not Features, Will Lead to Trillion Dollar IoT Promised Land

Though many connected products seem better suited for the Jetsons than the Joneses, the connected world is not far away – and its potential is enormous. McKinsey Global Institute says the Internet of Things (IoT) could drive economic impact of $6.2 trillion or more, annually, by 2025. In terms of units, Cisco predicts the IoT will comprise more than 50 billion devices by 2020, up from 10 billion today. It’s clear the IoT will create unprecedented revenue and value generation opportunities, but it will be hard to fully realize the potential if the focus of the IoT remains only on devices, not the broader benefits of an ecosystem.

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We knew SigFox were One to Watch. Close $113 million funding round

SigFox just closed a $113 million funding round to accelerate the roll out of their IoT network to 60 countries over the  next 5 years. A huge sum for a venture investment – probably the biggest ever in France – though to compete with network providers across the world, they are going to need the cash. IoT network rollout is becoming a land grab and the work that Sig Fox has done in France, Spain and most recently with Arqiva in the UK is interesting and shows promising results, they simply can’t take over the world at that pace.

SigFox were one of our Ones to Watch at the first IoT Forum so great to see we can spot an interesting business early on. If you want to show off your company at our next IoT Forum, time is running out.

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Microbusinesses in Cambridge, come meet your MP, Julian Huppert, to discuss #VATMESS #VATMOSS

Microbusinesses in Cambridge, come meet your MP, Julian Huppert, to discuss #VATMESS #VATMOSS

Microbusinesses in Cambridge, come meet your MP, Julian Huppert, to discuss.

If there are any microbusinesses in the Cambridge area that want to discuss this with their MP, Julian Huppert, please contact me via email.

He is one of the best MPs I know – personally, I never vote for political parties, I vote for the person that I believe will represent the interests of their constituents and the country as a whole rather than toe the party line about X for the sake of not screwing up their chances of losing power in the next election so, Julian’s my man. Smart, hardworking, technical – he tweets XKCD.

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