Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for Smart Cities. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising Smart Communication Solutions.
Heat Map: 5 Top Smart Communication Startups
For our 4 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 358 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
VivoKey – Near-Field Communication (NFC)
Near-field communication enables a secure two-way interaction between electronic devices that simplifies various routine operations such as smart contactless payments, smart parking access management, smart healthcare tags. VivoKey from the USA employs NFC communications to create a secure identity platform along with a smart subdermal cryptobiotic implant, that is developed for replacing keys, cards, or even passwords.
Cirrus Core Networks – Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
Network function virtualization streamlines the development of smart city ecosystems through simplifying physical network architecture, decoupling network functions, and adjusting them for a wider range of Internet of Things (IoT) applications. As a result, NFV reduces roll-out costs and speeds up service deployment. US-based Cirrus Core Networks provides secured Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) managed packet core solutions for wireless network operators in terms of IoT and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) interactions. It leverages the power of distributed architecture, virtualized core, and IMS/VoLTE to achieve “overnight” connections, faster execution and scalability.
BrightCodes – Visible Light Communication (VLC)
Visible light communication (Li-Fi) addresses spectrum crunch and waves saturation issues by utilizing the light spectrum. Based on modulated fluorescent lamps and wireless high-speed communications, VLC provides a basis for a vast array of smart city applications such as street lighting or intelligent transportation. BrightCodes from Israel creates a mobile content delivery platform for smart shopping and smart environment applications. Compared to conventional QR codes, BrightCodes’ scanning technology supports much longer distances.
Osiris Systems – 6LoWPAN Communication
The 6LoWPAN technology aims at eliminating incompatibilities between state-of-the-art IPv6 protocol and the IEEE 802.15.4 technical standard and providing an upper layer system for low power sensor mesh networking in smart cities’ IoT and M2M interactions. The system ensures wireless connectivity at low data rates and with a low duty cycle, suitable mostly for smart agriculture, intelligent housing, smart industrial automation or smart grid. The Indian company Osiris Systems specializes in wireless sensor solutions, mediated by IPv6 and 6loWPAN communications, and aspires to lower energy costs and environmental footprints. Some of the company’s products utilizing the above-mentioned technologies include an IoT border router as well as wireless sensor nodes for temperature, humidity, and ambient light control.
SpaceAge Labs – LPWAN Communication
LPWAN interconnects bandwidth battery-powered devices with low bit rates over long ranges at lower costs and greater productivity. It comprises an umbrella of technologies, such as LoRa, LTE-M, Sigfox, NB-IoT. LPWAN’s lightweight protocols propel smart lighting, smart metering, asset monitoring, energy distribution management in smart cities. The Singapore-based SpaceAge Labs develops remoteEye, which utilizes a variety of LPWAN technologies to power smart cities in terms of asset management, structural health control, smart utilities, and environmental monitoring, among others. RemoteEye enables quick and easy deployment of IoT solutions thanks to its modular structure, as well as envisages low cost and low power consumption.
What About The Other 353 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 5 startups showcased above are promising examples out of 358 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.