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April 2, 2015

Wireless IoT Forum launches to speed global IoT deployment

Endeavour to drive standards and counter fragmentation in licensed and unlicensed wireless M2M market.

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The Wireless IoT Forum (WIoTF) was launched this week, aiming to support and promote deployment of the IoT worldwide.

With high adoption rates in many countries, the Forum saw the necessity to create a tool that would drive the widespread adoption of wireless wide-area networking technologies in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum.

In order to accelerate standards of developments and deployments, the WIoTF will work with key stakeholders from across the value chain.

Founding Members of the venture will be made known at the M2M World Congress in London on 28th April 2015.

The WIoT said it will provide companies building the ecosystem and working to promote and market the benefits for the complete ecosystem with market representation.

The organisation will give enterprises fixed and wireless network operators, infrastructure providers, app developers in utilities, government and specialist SMEs, semiconductor vendors, radio technology providers, module developers, systems integrators and vertical end-users.

The first Chairman of the forum will be Will Franks, previously CTO and Founder of Ubiquisys, a small cell vendor acquired by Cisco for $310m.

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William Web, President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and holder of senior positions at Ofcom, was appointed as CEO.

Mr Webb said: "The wireless Internet of Things is bringing connectivity and control to an order of magnitude more devices, however there is a very real risk of fragmented standards and technologies holding back the development of the market.

"There has also been a tremendous amount of work done in the IoT world across a wide range of technologies. As in the cellular world, the success of this will lie in the promotion of open standards. The Forum will work tirelessly to make this a reality in the IoT world."

Mr Franks added: "Successful wireless technologies have always been founded on interoperability, open standards, and a focus on the demands of end-users.

"The Forum is committed to securing these conditions and working with all major stakeholders to ensure successful and timely deployment of the Internet of Things worldwide. We are delighted to have helped bring together key industry players with the common goal of driving standardisation and interoperability.

"These players have the vision to recognise the need to collaborate to create robust technology platforms while competing to create dynamic markets."

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