The smart city market size is poised to grow by USD 2118.14 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 23% throughout the forecast period, according to the latest report by Technavio. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download a Free Sample of REPORT with COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery Analysis.
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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Smart City Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)
IoT systems have revolutionized the connected network ecosystem over the last few years. Smart city infrastructure is based on an efficient and connected network system. The reduction in costs of IoT sensors and associated systems, and in the cost of broadband services has led to the implementation of smart cities across the world. Furthermore, the decline in hardware costs, installation costs, and tariff rates of network operators have triggered a surge in M2M security systems adoption in applications such as smart homes, connected cars, connected health, and precision agriculture. As the prices for connected devices continue to decrease in the coming years, the smart city market will witness significant growth.
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The major smart city market growth came from the smart governance and education segment. Smart governance and education consist of technologies that enhance the administration of education through various tools such as online tutoring, e-learning, and data management systems. These technologies help convert the traditional educational systems based on books and classroom training into an automated viral learning environment using laptops
So what will these latest iPhones cost you?
Many of us can breathe a sigh of relief. Apple stuck with a proven pricing model for the new devices, releasing the entry-level phones for $700 and up and higher-end phones starting at $1,000 — both prices in line with previous years.
What is different this year is that Apple will sell four iPhone models, up from its typical three in recent years.
At the entry level, the iPhone 12 Mini will start at $700 and iPhone 12 at $800. Last year, the iPhone 11 started at $700, meaning the flagship iPhone 12 device will start at $100 more. People will still have a $700 option, but it will be smaller.
On the higher end, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will start at $1,000 and $1,100, identical to last year.
Apple might have been able to hold prices mostly steady this year by no longer including headphones and a power adapter. The company said it was an environmental decision but it also likely saved it money and will cause many customers to buy extra accessories from Apple.
Analysts and investors have long anticipated the new iPhones as a boost to flagging sales of the company’s main product. A larger than normal share of existing iPhone owners are due for an upgrade, and many have held out for a 5G iPhone, not wanting to invest in a device that didn’t work with the faster wireless speeds.
Whether Apple was able to capitalize on the swelling demand for a 5G iPhone was something of a question this year when the coronavirus disrupted its supply chain in China. But its Chinese manufacturing partners quickly rebounded and the iPhone event was delayed by only about a month past its usual September date.
- A new leak has listed prices for the entire iPhone 12 series, revealing the cheapest iPhone 12 will be less expensive than the iPhone 11 and Pixel 5.
- The 5.4-inch iPhone 12 Mini with 64GB of storage will start at just $649, according to the leak.
- The cheapest iPhone 12 Pro will cost $999, with the most expensive iPhone 12 Pro Max version set to top out at $1,399.
The iPhone 12 will be one of Apple’s most impressive iPhone upgrades, as several “firsts” are converging in this year’s iPhone series. The iPhone 12 will be the first series to come in four versions, spanning three sizes. It will deliver the first compact iPhone with an all-screen display. All those screens will be OLED, another first for the iPhone series, which means all of them are getting the smaller bezels reserved for the X, XS, and Pro versions in previous years. The iPhone 12 models will also be the first iPhones to feature 5G connectivity, and the iPhone 12 Pros will be the first iPhones with LiDAR sensors similar to the one found on recent iPad Pro models. The iPhone 12 series will contain the world’s first smartphones to pack 5nm processors, something we won’t see on Android for several months at least. The Pro models will be the first iPhones to start at 128GB of storage. The iPhone 12 Pros are also going to be the first iPhones to feature 6GB of RAM. And finally, the iPhone 12 phones will be the first iPhones to ship without earphones and charger adapters in the box, though they are getting a new braided charging cable (also a first). All these firsts come from rumors and reports, of course, so nothing is official just yet.
Swarm’s new network of satellites is intended to provide low-bandwidth, low-power connectivity to “Internet of Things” devices all over the world, and the company just announced how much its technology will actually cost. A $119 board will be sold to be integrated with new products, so while your home security camera won’t get it, it might be invaluable for a beehive monitor deep in an orchard or gunshot detection platform in a protected wildlife reserve.
The Swarm board is about the size of a pack of gum, and provides a constant connection at the kind of data rate and power requirement that IoT devices need — which is to say, low. After all, things like barometric pressure monitors, seismic activity detectors and vehicles that operate far from cellular coverage just send and receive a handful of bytes now and then.
Connecting those to legacy geosynchronous satellite networks is possible, of course, but also expensive, bulky and power-hungry. Swarm aims to offer a similar service for a tenth of the price; the company’s basic data plan provides up to 750 packets per month, with each packet up to 200 bytes. Not a lot, but it’s more than enough for many applications.
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It’s important to keep costs down and connectivity up in growing industries like precision agriculture and smart maritime and logistics work. Being able to check in hourly from anywhere in the world for five bucks a month is a no-brainer for many companies that otherwise might have to go blind or pay quite a bit more for a traditional satellite link.
It’s not just the Swarm chip that’s small — the satellites themselves are too. So much so that they attracted unwanted attention from the FCC, which worried that the
TORONTO — Bell Canada and several cable companies including Rogers Communications will be able to keep their wholesale internet rates as they are while the federal telecommunications regulator reviews its decision to cut them.
The companies have been battling the 2019 CRTC decision to slash what network operators can charge independent internet service providers (ISPs).
The federal cabinet and Federal Court of Appeal have both refused to overrule the CRTC’s decision, but noted the federal regulator is doing its own review of the decision.
Canada’s largest independent internet company, TekSavvy, and its industry association have argued the new, reduced rates should be implemented.
The independent ISPs argue the wholesale prices have been set too high since 2016 and prevent them from lowering retail rates for their customers.
However, the telecommunications regulator said Monday that Bell and the cable carriers met the requirements to obtain a stay of the August 2019 order.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2020.
Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE, TSX:RCI.B, TSX:CCA, TSX:QBR.B)
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