GigaOm Pro has again tapped Laurie Lamberth to share her analysis and insights on the wireless industry, this time in a Research Note about the fresh set of location-based (LBS) consumer shopping apps that hit the scene in August, 2010. While these announcements — including shopping apps Shopkick, ShopAlerts, AisleBuyer and Facebook’s scene-stealing Places service — all landed in the headlines within two weeks, they represent the crest of a location services wave that’s been building from some time. Why is LBS so hot, all of a sudden?
“WHATEVER happened to that “internet of things” promised a decade or so ago?” Good question, coming from The Economist, in their August 13 blog post covering Laurie Lamberth’s Internet of Things research paper.
General Electric’s (GE) acquisition of Attenti, an Israeli company that makes people trackers currently used for criminal offenders and Alzheimer’s patients signals a big change in the industry: bigger players with fatter wallets are entering the segment to capture M2M’s unique value proposition.