Ira Brodsky

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Ira Brodsky is a Senior Analyst with Datacomm Research. Brodsky focuses on mobile solutions for payments, retail automation, and health care.

Ira Brodsky has authored five books about technology, has researched and published dozens of emerging technology market studies, and wrote the "Totally Unplugged" column for Network World for nearly a decade.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Ira Brodsky and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

5 misguided reasons for asking wireless carriers to manage smart home networks

5 misguided reasons for asking wireless carriers to manage smart home networks

Wireless operators managing smart home devices using newly acquired 600 MHz spectrum is a bad idea that defeats the purpose of smart home technology.

The race to create smart homes is on

The race to create smart homes is on

Smartphones, mesh networks and cloud computing are enabling the long-awaited smart home. Standards and open-source software could make them ubiquitous.

The case for bitcoin

Cryptocurrency promises online transactions at lower cost and with better security. Will the current leading cryptocurrency, bitcoin, succeed? The industry needs to get more creative.

Why forcing Apple to break iPhone security is a bad idea

Why forcing Apple to break iPhone security is a bad idea

The US government is seeking a court order to compel Apple to help it break into an iPhone used by the San Bernardino terrorist. The company is refusing. Which side is right?

Why the Internet of Things needs another 10 years

Why the Internet of Things needs another 10 years

The IoT market is being hyped for a second time. But perseverance is a virtue. The pieces of the puzzle are very slowly falling in place.

Deathmatch: The mobile Web vs. mobile apps

Deathmatch: The mobile Web vs. mobile apps

Which is best: the mobile Web or mobile apps? Over time they will converge.

Big data and the future of healthcare

Big data and the future of healthcare

Three healthcare startups using smartphones, cloud computing and big data to create innovative and potentially disruptive solutions.

U.S. innovation will beat European planning in mobile payments

U.S. innovation will beat European planning in mobile payments

Europe’s plan to reduce credit card fraud in stores by using smart cards achieved its goal. The U.S.’s more flexible and spontaneous approach will achieve much more.

Why the FCC’s 911 locating mandate  was a colossal failure

Why the FCC’s 911 locating mandate was a colossal failure

The FCC is setting itself up for yet another failure. New rules for indoor locating hold operators responsible for things they don’t control.

Are cellular operators trying to kill Wi-Fi?

Are cellular operators trying to kill Wi-Fi?

The Wi-Fi industry is concerned about plans by cellular operators to deploy an unlicensed version of the global 4G standard on frequencies already occupied by Wi-Fi networks.

Wi-Fi challenges Bluetooth for the beacon market

Wi-Fi challenges Bluetooth for the beacon market

The Wi-Fi Alliance recently unveiled Wi-Fi Aware as an alternative to Bluetooth Smart for beacons. Is Wi-Fi Aware sufficiently different and compelling to entice developers?

What to expect from 5G wireless

What to expect from 5G wireless

5G wireless will be a series of enhancements implemented over the next several years. It will connect everything as well as everyone, fueling new applications and the shared economy.

The Apple Watch's identity crisis

The Apple Watch's identity crisis

A recent report claims Apple Watch sales have plummeted. It’s going to take time to discover the smart watch's true value.

Retail industry SOS: Can Bluetooth beacons save the day?

Retail industry SOS: Can Bluetooth beacons save the day?

Consumers are increasingly using smart devices for shopping in stores. Bluetooth beacons are a powerful new tool for store merchants, but what's the best strategy for merchants deploying them?

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