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Juniper-Insight-colour.pngPublished every fortnight, ‘Juniper Research Insights’ provide impact analysis on breaking and disruptive industry news. This includes notable product launches, industry event takeaways, unpredicted company results or specific services disrupting traditional digital ecosystems. 


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IoT Insights - Big Tech Companies State Intent to Limit or Halt Facial Recognition Technology Use

IoT Insights - Big Tech Companies State Intent to Limit or Halt Facial Recognition Technology Use

July 2020
Amazon, IBM and Microsoft have all made statements stating an intent to halt facial recognition technology use in a variety of situations, thanks to its known capability for reinforcing racial injustice within the US police system and in society more broadly.
 
Telco Insights - UK Government Bans Huawei from 5G Networks Following Security Concerns

Telco Insights - UK Government Bans Huawei from 5G Networks Following Security Concerns

July 2020
Following a technical review by the National Cyber Security Centre, the UK Government has ruled that Huawei must be removed from native 5G networks by 2027.

The UK Government recently announced that mobile providers will be banned from purchasing Huawei 5G equipment after the 31st December 2020 and that Huawei’s 5G equipment must be removed from 5G network infrastructure by 2027. The current government ruling does not prevent Huawei’s involvement in existing 3G or 4G networks.
 
Fintech Insights - New US Challenger Bank Point to Offer Debit Card with Rewards

Fintech Insights - New US Challenger Bank Point to Offer Debit Card with Rewards

July 2020
It was reported this week that emerging US challenger bank Point has announced new fundraising and is launching a no-fee debit card account offering rewards and interest on savings. The card will offer cashback and fee-free foreign spending, plus the account earns 0.001% APY (Annual Percentage Yield). The company says that it is ‘on a mission to build a bank account for the new generation of leaders’. Point has raised $10.5 million Series A funding to date, with investors including Valar Ventures, who have previously backed other fintech startups including TransferWise, Stash and challenger bank N26.
 
Telco Insights - Vodafone Announces Partnership with Ford; Private 5G Network to be Implemented

Telco Insights - Vodafone Announces Partnership with Ford; Private 5G Network to be Implemented

July 2020
Vodafone and Ford Motor Company have announced plans to install a private 5G network at the automotive OEM’s electric vehicle manufacturing facilities in Essex and Cambridge, UK. The project was a result of a £35 million ($43 million) fund from the UK government for the trialling of services underpinned by 5G technologies.
 
IoT Insights - Companies Boycott Facebook Advertising Over Hate Speech Concerns

IoT Insights - Companies Boycott Facebook Advertising Over Hate Speech Concerns

July 2020
As of the time of writing, over 180 companies have pulled advertising on Facebook, including Ben & Jerry’s, Clorox, Coca-Cola, Patagonia, Starbucks and Verizon, as part of a campaign orchestrated by the Anti-Defamation League and others to protest the company’s lack of action to suppress hate speech on their platform. Some, such as Unilever, have suspended social media advertising on other platforms as well, while others, such as Microsoft, have engaged in their own independent boycotts.
 
Fintech Insights - Wirecard AG Collapses into Insolvency, Creating Uncertainty Throughout Fintech

Fintech Insights - Wirecard AG Collapses into Insolvency, Creating Uncertainty Throughout Fintech

July 2020
Last week, the German payments processing company Wirecard AG announced that it was filing for insolvency proceedings, following a high-profile accounting scandal involving missing funds and the resignation and arrest of its former CEO Markus Braun. The allegations involve €1.9 billion ($2.1 billion) in missing funds, which Wirecard since has admitted may not exist.
 
IoT Insights - Bose Winding Down AR Glasses Initiative

IoT Insights - Bose Winding Down AR Glasses Initiative

June 2020
A report from Protocol states that Bose is giving up on its AR glasses technology. While Bose Frames glasses and headphones that supported the technology are still available to buy, there is no direct reference to Bose AR technology itself on Bose’s website any longer. Also new developers have not been able to access the Bose AR SDK since April. Bose AR Glasses reportedly will only provide hearable capabilities, without the directional audio capabilities of Bose AR.
 
Fintech Insights - European Commission Launches Antitrust Investigation into Apple Pay

Fintech Insights - European Commission Launches Antitrust Investigation into Apple Pay

June 2020
This week, the European Commission announced that it had opened a formal antitrust investigation into Apple Pay in the EU; focusing on the terms and conditions for integrating Apple Pay into merchant apps and websites on iPhones and iPads, as well as Apple’s limitation of third-party access to NFC functionality for payments.
 
Telco Insights - WhatsApp Launches Person-to-Person Payments in Brazil

Telco Insights - WhatsApp Launches Person-to-Person Payments in Brazil

June 2020
Despite trialling payment functionalities in India, WhatsApp has introduced payment features for Brazilian users. This feature enables digital payments between peers, and for small businesses.
 
Technology Insights - COVID-19 Boosts Uptake of Digital Therapeutics & Telemedicine

Technology Insights - COVID-19 Boosts Uptake of Digital Therapeutics & Telemedicine

June 2020
The lockdowns prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic mean that services that would normally be accessed in physical locations are now being used remotely.

This has led to a boost in the usage of both telemedicine services and digital therapeutics. The latter is partly in response to the increased mental strain placed on people in lockdown and healthcare providers, along with other wellness products, are also stepping in. For example, wellness app Headspace is providing its service free to healthcare professionals, alongside several resources for all kinds of people during the pandemic.
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