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So You Think You Know Your IoT Devices

What's the difference between IoT vs. IIoT besides the extra I? What is 3M doing in IoT? What you need to know about data in Antarctica. It's all in this edition of the IoT Central Digest, and more. 

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Not all Devices are IoT or IIoT

Business opportunities created by Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial IoT (IIoT) are among the most debated topics, as these are designed to function in a broad range of consumer and industrial applications. Manufacturers of IoT components believe in this new trend, but many of them still not understand the essence of the IoT concept. In reality, not every controlled device is an IoT nor IIoT.


Interview: 3M's Road to IoT



Deep Learning Vs Machine Learning And Its Affect On Jobs

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The Top Five Things

We're back in fives and all about things. We also included thoughts on making money and the ever present security topic with a nice infographic on the DDoS of things.  

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5 Blockchain Technologies To Watch For In 2017

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IoT Central Digest, April 4, 2017

Here are the latest featured articles from IoT Central members and contributors. In this issue we look at 5 cities that are doing right in smart city development, a fascinating infographic that will get you up to speed on the history of autonomous vehicles, explore who will survive the era of robots, and much more. 

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5 Cities That Are Setting Trends in Smart City Development

Infographic: The Growth of the Autonomous Car Market

The invention of autonomous cars gained widespread public exposure in 1939’s world fair exhibition. Automakers had envisioned the car with an out of box abilities to drive through green valleys and palm trees on its own. Cars with a variety of techniques like radar sensors, video cameras, ultrasonic sensors and processing computers were to be designed to drive on roads.  

Managing the Risk of Dirty Data With a Pull-Based IoT Architecture

IoT Generalist vs IoT Specialist, Who will survive to the era of Robots?

Breaking Down the IDC Top 10 IoT Predictions for 2017

Guest post by Evan Birkhead.

A new IDC FutureScape offers top 10 predictions for the Worldwide IoT in 2017.  The research evaluates 10 emerging trends and ranks them in terms of their likely impact across the enterprise and the time it will take each prediction to go mainstream (meaning the middle of bellcurve of adoption). 

What is cognitive computing and how does it impact your future


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IoT Central Digest, March 22, 2017

IoT Central is currently at IBM's InterConnect Conference in Las Vegas. We will have a wrap up story later this week, but in the meantime we are tweeting about it here and here, and as well as posting here and here. Follow us!

In this issue, Ventana Research Director David Menninger looks at the technical and organizational challenges of IoT, Sandeep Raut continues his series on digital transformation, Fabrice Jadot goes deep with industrial communications, and Bill McCabe has five questions you should ask your IOT candidates before hiring them. Enjoy.

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IoT Challenges Organization and Technological Readiness


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IoT Central Digest, February 22, 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of the IoT Central Digest. This issue asks us to think about IoT-in-a-box, the differences between IoT and IIoT, and why we must regulate the IoT. As always we include more technical views such as help in really understanding blockchain technology, resources for embedded firmware and more. Enjoy. 

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Is it the time for Internet of Things in a Box (IoT in a Box)?

What is the difference between Consumer IoT and Industrial IoT (IIoT)?

6 Videos That Will Get You Up to Speed on Blockchain

5 Rules for Manufacturers in Securing the Internet of Things


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IoT Central Digest, January 17, 2017

Happy New Year to all our members old, new, near and far!

If you want to look ahead into 2017, make sure to read the 50 predictions we put together. With input from vendors large and small, including AT&T, Autodesk, Hitachi, Intel, Salesforce and many others, these predictions cover a lot of ground including security, buildings, big data, ecosystems, and standards. Be sure to check them out.

This issue also looks at cars and IoT, security and stopping IoT attacks, health and big data analytics, and the ongoing IoT standards discussion. Enjoy!

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50 Predictions for the Internet of Things in 2017
Posted by David Oro


For 2017, we asked our members, industry contacts and friends for their predictions around the Internet of Things. What new technologies will appear? Which companies will succeed or fail? What platforms will take off? What security challenges will the industry face? Will enterprises finally realize the benefits of IoT?

12 Steps to Stop the Next IoT Attack in its Tracks
Posted by Rob Tiffany

The IoT attack against Domain Name Servers from a botnet of thousands of devices means it’s way past time to take IoT security seriously. The bad actors around the world who previously used PCs, servers and smartphones to carry out attacks have now set their sights on the growing tidal wave of IoT devices. It’s time for consumers and enterprises to protect themselves and others by locking down their devices, gateways and platforms.

IoT Future – 34 Billion new Devices in 4 Years?
Posted by Joao Lopes


The most recent studies indicate that in 2020 more than 34 billion devices will be connected to the internet, in many sectors (Industrial, Agriculture, Transportation, Wearable Devices, Smart Cities, Smart Houses, etc). Of these 34 billion, the IoT will be responsible for 23 billion devices, the others 11 billion will be represented by the regular devices, such as, smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, etc.

Internet of Health: Is medicine ready to Big Data Analytics?
Guest blog post by Olga Kolesnichenko

What is Big Data: data, process of analysis or concept? There are many definitions that describe Big Data as big amount of data or as some methods of analytics of big amount of data. But more applicable is the approach that Big Data is the concept that includes: data with specific characteristics (V3 - volume, velocity, variety, or V5 - plus value and veracity), methods of analytics (the number of different software is growing), and devices, infrastructure, and most important - the ideas how to configure all into needed solution.

This is how Analytics is changing the game of Sports!!
Posted by Sandeep raut

Today, every major professional sports team either has an analytics department or an analytics expert on staff.  From coaches and players to front offices and businesses, analytics can make a difference in scoring touchdowns, signing contracts or preventing injuries. This article highlights the use of devices and analytics for sports.

Cars and Car Transportation in The Internet of Things Era
Posted by Nate Vickery

Whenever we read about, or hear about, people confidently presenting their vision of any kind of future trends, we, of course, need to take it with a grain of salt. However, as a business technology expert, I know where to look for indications on the direction technology is taking, and for the fun of it, I will try to make some educated guesses.
Let’s see what some of the trends that could change the way we travel are.

How to secure your smarthome gadgets
By Ben Dickson

The holiday season is a big time for consumer electronics and smart home gadget sales. With so many advances and innovations that we saw in the Internet of Things in 2016, there’s a likely chance that one of those connected devices has found its way into your home, or that of one of your loved ones, this Christmas.

But while IoT devices make our homes more efficient, drive energy saving and reduce costs, you should also take note that IoT devices are a source of security headaches. A huge number of smarthome gadgets are developed without sound development practices and end up being used for evil purposes.

NB-IoT is Dead. Long Live NB-IoT.
Guest post by Nick Hunn

As the old adage goes, “while the cat’s away, the mice will play”. In the case of NB-IOT, “when the spec’s delayed, LPWAN will play”, which is exactly what’s happening in the Internet of Things market today. The problem is that 3GPP (the 3rd Generation Partnership Project), the standards body which has been responsible for the 3G, 4G and 5G mobile standards, dropped the ball as far as the Internet of Things is concerned. Seduced by the slabs of black glass which suck up both our attention and the mobile networks’ spectrum, the 3GPP engineers totally forgot to design something to replace the old 2G workhorse of GPRS, which is responsible for most of today’s machine to machine communications. Instead, they spent all of their time designing high power, high speed, expensive variants of 4G to support an ongoing dynasty of iPhones, Galaxys and Pixels, none of which were any use for the Internet of Things.


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IoT Central Digest, December 5, 2016

We are looking for your predictions in IoT for 2017. What are the big and small moves that will mark IoT in 2017? Will there be platform consolidation? What will happen with security? All our members and friends are invited to send predictions to us. For inspiration grab a crystal ball, or review our 50 Predictions for the Internet of Things in 2016. Send your predictions directly to me with a message here. I will compile the best predictions and publish later this month.

Valueable contributions appear in this issue of IoT Central digest including a MQTT library demo, a look at the open source for IoT software stacks, the software platforms that matter and more.

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What Bruce Schneier teaches us about IoT and cybersecurity

Business Intelligence Goes Mobile: MobileFirst is Getting IBM Watson Cognitive Capabilities

IoT Software Platforms - The 11 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

Three Software Stacks Required for the Internet of Things (IoT)

Guest post by Ian Skerrett, Eclipse Foundation.

In parallel to the emerging IoT industry, the general software industry has moved towards open source as being a key supplier of critical software components. The phrase “software is eating the world” reflects the importance of software in general, but in reality the software industry is now dominated by open source. This is true for key software categories, including Operating Systems (Linux), Big Data (Apache Hadoop, Apache Cassandra), Middleware (Apache HTTP Server, Apache Tomcat, Eclipse Jetty), Cloud (OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, Kubernetes), and Microservices (Docker). The purpose of this article is to look at the new technology requirements and architectures required for IoT solutions.

Two Hot Growth Areas for IoT

Guest blog post by Bill Vorhies

If you want to capitalize on all the amazing advancements in data science take a look at these two hot growth areas for IoT.  It's likely that these will be where a lot of venture capital is invested over the next year or two. A lot of well deserved attention is being directed at speech, image, and text processing.  The tools in this area are the CNNs and RNNs we've reviewed in recent articles.  We'll continue to exploit and refine these capabilities probably for several more years but if you want to get out in front you really need to be looking for the next wave.  We think we've spotted two areas of emerging opportunities where there's not yet a lot of competition but soon will be.

What is Deep Learning ?

Posted by Sandeep raut 

Remember how you started recognizing fruits, animals, cars and for that matter any other object by looking at them from our childhood? 
Our brain gets trained over the years to recognize these images and then further classify them as apple, orange, banana, cat, dog, horse, Toyota, Honda, BMW and so on. Inspired by these biological processes of human brain, artificial neural networks (ANN) were developed.  Deep learning refers to these artificial neural networks that are composed of many layers. It is the fastest-growing field in machine learning

Why The Aviation Industry Needs to Hurry Up With IoT Implementation

Guest blog post by Raj Dalal

With their billions of annual captive customers, one would think that airports, and by logical extension, airlines, were prime candidates for the implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) technology to improve passenger experience, yet, there’s not been much progress there. Yes, airlines and airports have started “experimenting” with IoT, but unlike say the health or medicine sector, progress has been comparatively slow. 

Will There Be A Dominant IIoT Cloud Platform?

When you think about consumer cloud platforms, which ones come to mind? Amazon AWSMicrosoft Azure and Google’s Cloud Platform are likely to be at the top of your list. But what about industrial cloud platforms? Which ones rise to the top for you? Well, GE’s PredixSiemen's MindSphere, and the recently announced Honeywell Sentience are likely to be on any short list of industrial cloud platforms. But they aren’t the only ones in this space. Cisco's JasperIBM’s Watson IoTMeshifyUptake, and at least 20 others are competing to manage all those billions of sensors that are expected to encompass the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Which one do you think will end up dominating the market?

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IoT Central Digest, November 16, 2016

Very few people predicted the results of last week's U.S. Elections. The surprise, and for many shock, has put the technology industry on notice as President Elect Trump's administration has outlined a different approach for issues surrounding the technology industry, i.e. trade, hiring and Net Neutrality.

I'm not going to make predictions of what happens next in Washington, but I am going to extend an invitation to all our members and friends to send your predictions for what happens in IoT in 2017. For inspiration grab a crystal ball, or review our 50 Predictions for the Internet of Things in 2016. Send your predictions directly to me with a message here. I will compile the best predictions and publish next month. 

In the meantime, please enjoy this edition of IoT Central Digest. Our contributors and guests cover patent law (great read by the way) and provide super useful lists of IoT organizations, standards and protocols. 

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Internet-of-Things Patents: Tough to Enforce?

Guest post by Kenie Ho and Charles Huang

Companies, like IBM, Intel, and Qualcomm, recognize patents as potent business tools because they can use them to keep competitors out of a market or obtain lucrative licensing royalties by allowing the competitors to practice the inventions. In 2015 alone, these companies each applied for and obtained several thousand new U.S. patents, many on IoT-related inventions. Experts estimate that more than 20,000 patents and patent applications covering IoT technologies exist world-wide.

But are IoT patents truly valuable?

IoT Standards / Organizations

The IoT communication protocols

Guest post by James Stansberry

A fascinating article from Philip N. Howard at George Washington University asserts that based on multiple sources, the number of connected devices surpassed the number of people on the planet in 2014. Further, it estimates that by 2020 we will be approaching 50 billion devices on the Internet of Things (IoT). In other words, while humans will continue to connect their devices to the web in greater numbers, a bigger explosion will come from “things” connecting to the web that weren’t before, or which didn’t exist, or which now use their connection as more of a core feature.  The question is, how will these billions of things communicate between the end node, the cloud, and the service provider?

Is it possible to democratize the Internet of Things?

Possibly be the US technology companies the most commonly use the word “democratization” as a marketing and sales argument. Influenced perhaps by the famous quote of President Abraham Lincoln "Democracy is the Government of the people, by the people, for the people”, US Tech companies have been abusing of the term to sell more. I wondering if their intentions are closest to the no less famous Oscar Wilde´s sentence “Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.”

7 things that are getting smarter in IoT era

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IoT Central Digest, November 1, 2016

Well October was definitely a scary month for IoT. In this edition our newsletter revisits the security issues that hacked their way into IoT last month. If you haven't been paying attention, or are looking for different points of view, you'll want to read the pieces below from our members and contributors. Lets hope for a more secure and sane month of November.

Also, a reminder, this Thursday, November 3, 2016, join me, John Myers of Enterprise Management Associates and Dan Graham of Teradata where we look at what people REALLY do with the Internet of Things and Big Data? Registration information is here.

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The Internet of Evil Things

Guest post by Joe Barkai 

You may have heard me at a conference or read my response to questions concerning the security of the Internet of Things. When asked, I sometimes “refuse” to answer this question. This is not because I do not think that data security—and the closely-related data privacy—are not important; of course they are.  But I want to highlight the point that data security and privacy are foundational issues that are not unique to IoT devices. Every enterprise must ensure that all data—IoT generated or not—is secured and that data privacy and ownership are handled properly.

Do not stop asking for security in IoT

Posted by Francisco Maroto

Almost three years ago, I wrote in my IoT blog  the posts “Are you prepared to answer M2M/IoT security questions of your customers ?. and “There is no consensus how best to implement security in IoT” given the importance that Security has to fulfil the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT). And during this time I have been sharing my opinion about the key role of IoT Security with other international experts in articles “What is the danger of taking M2M communications to the Internet of Things?, and events (Cycon , IoT Global Innovation Forum 2016).

Hacking a Home Can Be Easier Using IoT - Is Your Smartphone Safe?

Posted by Mike Davidson  

Internet of Things has raised concerns over safety. Nowadays, it is possible to control your home using your Smartphone. In the coming years, mobile devices will work as a remote control to operate all the things in your house.   Some devices display one or several vulnerabilities that can be exploited by the hackers to infiltrate them and the whole network of the connected home.

How insecurity is damaging the IoT industry

Guest post by Ben Dickson

The Internet of Things (IoT) is often hyped as the next industrial revolution—and it’s not an overstatement. Its use cases are still being discovered and it has the potential to change life and business as we know it today. But as much as IoT is disruptive, it can also be destructive, and never has this reality been felt as we’re feeling it today. On Friday, a huge DDoS attack against Dyn DNS servers led to the majority of internet users in the U.S. east coast being shut off from major websites such as Twitter, Amazon, Spotify, Netflix and PayPal.

IOT Security Trends// Is the Online World More Dangerous ??

Posted by Bill McCabe 

Security threats are the biggest concern among the main concerns on the Internet of Things. Due to its very nature, it is a target of interest for those who want to commit either industrial or national espionage. By hacking into these systems and putting them under a denial of service, or other attacks, an entire network of systems can be taken out. This has caused cyber criminals to become very interested in the IoT and the possibilities that surround its misuse.

Report: List of Top 10 Internet of Radios Vulnerabilities

Posted by David Oro

The IoT has a big security problem. We've discussed it herehere and here. Adding to these woes is a new report on the Top 10 Internet of Radios Vulnerabilities. Yes, radios...because IoT so much more than data, networking, software, analytics devices, platforms, etc. When you're not hardwired, radio is the only thing keeping you connected.

5 Steps to Creating a Secure Smart Home

Posted by Ryan Ayers 

First came smartphones, equipped with the ability to set alarms and calendar notifications, reminders, and other convenient apps and services to make our lives easier. Taking that a step further are “smart homes” or automated homes, which allow users to remotely control devices in the home such as lights, televisions, and even toilets and water pumps, using a smartphone or computer. Aside from remote control, however, smart systems in homes can also help make the home more adaptable. For example, Nest is a smart system that learns the home’s inhabitants’ schedules and preferences to heat or cool the house for maximum efficiency and comfort. Sounds great, right? Many people think so, which is why the industry is projected to keep growing quickly from 48 billion in 2012 to an estimated $115 billion by 2019

How the IoT industry will self-regulate its security

Guest post by Ben Dickson

Following last week’s DDoS attack against Dyn, which was carried out through a huge IoT botnet, there’s a general sense of worry about IoT security—or rather insecurity—destabilizing the internet or bringing it to a total collapse.

All sorts of apocalyptic and dystopian scenarios are being spinned out by different writers (including myself) about how IoT security is running out of hand and turning into an uncontrollable problem. There are fears that DDoS attacks will continue to rise in number and magnitude; large portions of internet-connected devices will fall within the control of APT and hacker groups, and they will censor what suits them and bring down sites that are against their interests. The internet will lose its fundamental value. We will recede to the dark ages of pre-internet.

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IoT Central Digest, October 17, 2016

Ever wonder what people REALLY do with the Internet of Things and Big Data? Join us on November 3, 2016 to find out. I'm hosting a webinar with John Myers of Enterprise Management Associates and Dan Graham of Teradata where we look at real world implementations. Registration information is here.

This week's newsletter has new contributor B Jansen looking at IoT Programming languages. I also cover his very useful Interactive Map of IoT Organizations (people in business development this is for you!). Mark Niemann-Ross, also a new contributor, looks at why we're going to need sophisticated device management, Ajit Jaokar guest blogs about the AI layer for the enterprise and the role of IoT, Bill McCabe on the moves of IBM, and Sandeep Raut pens a piece on data science for predictive maintenance. I also include an industry call to action: government intervention is needed for the IoT.

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IoT Programming Languages

Posted by B Jansen

I began collecting information on various home automation hubs, industrial IoT Platforms, hardware solutions, software technologies, and variety of different “things”. All of the data I collated into what I am calling my “Thing of Things” (ToT) database. 

I currently have 8,821 data points across 541 organizations, 532 product lines, and 63 countries. A large number of the organizations have formed over the past 6 years. If you are interested in getting into IoT, this could help guide you on which language(s) to learn.

The Internet of Us

Posted by Mark Niemann-Ross

We are going to have devices using low-power, short-range networks to communicate with other devices. This type of communications will require adaptive and flexible methods. This is going to require sophisticated device management.

We Need to Save the Internet from the Internet of Things

Posted by David Oro 

Over on MotherBoard, noted cryptographer, computer security and privacy specialist, and writer, Bruce Schneier pens his thoughts on the recent gaping holes in security for Internet connected devices. When Bruce speaks, people listen. First, if you haven't been following the recent DDoS attacks using IoT devices, read this. In short, IoT devices have been comprised to attack networks. It's so bad that Bruce is calling out the IoT market for failing to secure their devices and machines that connect to the Internet and is asking for government intervention.

The AI layer for the Enterprise and the role of IoT

Guest blog post by Ajit Jaokar

According to Deloitte: by the “end of 2016 more than 80 of the world’s 100 largest enterprise software companies by revenues will have integrated cognitive technologies into their products”. Gartner also predicts that 40 percent of the new investment made by enterprises will be in predictive analytics by 2020. AI is moving fast into the Enterprise and AI developments can create value for the Enterprise. This value can be captured/visualized by considering an ‘Enterprise AI layer’. This AI layer is focussed on solving relatively mundane problems which are domain specific.  While this is not as ‘sexy’ as the original vision of AI, it provides tangible benefits to companies.

Interactive Map of IoT Organizations 

Posted by David Oro

Here's a map that shows the location of the headquarters of organizations around IoT including standards bodies, manufacturers of Things, IoT Platform companies, etc. On the map you can click on a category on the left to highlight the organizations in that category. Or zoom in to see the areas where IoT organizations are near you.

Big Blue/ On the way back And Still Crazy about IOT ??

Posted by Bill McCabe 

There have been some interesting developments for Big Blue in the IOT space recently. Last time we reported on them, we were monitoring analysts’ worries about the semiconductor business and other divestures late last year. This year, it seems clear IBM is poised to create even more profitable opportunities in our IOT space. Let’s check in and see where they are.

Using Data Science for Predictive Maintenance

Posted by Sandeep raut

Remember few years ago there were two recall announcements from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for GM & Tesla – both related to problems that could cause fires. These caused tons of money to resolve. Aerospace, Rail industry, Equipment manufacturers and Auto makers often face this challenge of ensuring maximum availability of critical assembly line systems, keeping those assets in good working order, while simultaneously minimizing the cost of maintenance and time based or count based repairs. Identification of root causes of faults and failures must also happen without the need for a lab or testing. As more vehicles/industrial equipment and assembly robots begin to communicate their current status to a central server, detection of faults becomes more easy and practical.

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IoT Central Digest, October 1, 2016

Happy last quarter of 2016 and welcome new members! If you haven't been paying attention, IoT is having its moment in security, and it's not good. Andrew Hickey of A10 Networks gets you up to speed on this still developing story. Also in this edition uber-IoT recruiting guru and regular contributor Bill McCabe has a five point plan for hiring in IoT, Ben Dickson is back with a look at greenfield vs. brownfield development in IoT, Phillip Tracy has the top five use cases for the Industrial IoT, and finally Ajit Jaokar gives us a look at GE's much-hyped IIoT platform Predix. If you're interested in being featured, we always welcome your contributions on all things IoT Infrastructure, IoT Application Development, IoT Data and IoT Security, and more. All members can post on IoT Central. Consider contributing today. Our guidelines are here.

IoT Devices Common Thread in Colossal DDoS Attacks

A pair of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against high-profile targets last week rank among the largest DDoS attacks on record. And a common thread has emerged: these attacks are leveraging botnets comprising hundreds of thousands of unsecured Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

What is the difference between greenfield and brownfield IoT development?

By Ben Dickson 

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most exciting phenomena of the tech industry these days. But there seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding it as well. Some think about IoT merely as creating new internet-connected devices, while others are more focused on creating value through adding connectivity and smarts to what already exists out there. I would argue that the former is an oversimplification of the IoT concept, though it accounts for the most common approach that startups take toward entering the industry. It’s what we call greenfield development, as opposed to the latter approach, which is called brownfield. Here’s what you need to know about greenfield and brownfield development, their differences, the challenges, and where the right balance stands.

The 5 Point Plan for IOT Recruitment

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IoT Central Digest, September 16, 2016

In this issue we interview Autodesk's Bryan Kester. Hey wait a minute, you say, Autodesk is CAD, not IoT. Well read our interview to learn how Autodesk is more IoT than you think. Also, Bill McCabe looks at the skills for IoT and we revisit one of our most popular posts: Internet of Things Landscape 2016 - In One Diagram.  If you're interested in being featured, we always welcome your contributions on all things IoT Infrastructure, IoT Application Development, IoT Data and IoT Security, and more. All members can post on IoT Central. Consider contributing today. Our guidelines are here.

Autodesk's Bryan Kester - Skills for the IoT pro, disagreement with Gartner, and what's next for IoT

By David Oro 

In our latest installment of interviews with IoT practitioners, we interview Bryan Kester, Director of IoT, Autodesk, Inc. Bryan leads the Internet of Things (IoT) Product Group at Autodesk. We asked him questions about Gartner's prediction of IoT maturation, his take on the IoT platform wars, the skills sets needed in this rapidly emerging and changing field, and what's next for IoT. Bryan predicts, "There will be some continued hype and then a subtle, but significant shakeout among both pure play and "me too" vendors. Those that help simplify the systems integration nature of IoT will have a future."

Internet of Things Landscape 2016 - In One Diagram

By David Oro

Matt Turck, a venture capitalist at FirstMark, has mapped out the Internet of Things Landscape for 2016.

Matt notes "The IoT today is largely at this inflection point where “the future is already here but it is not evenly distributed”. From ingestibles, wearables, AR/VR headsets to connected homes and factories, drones, autonomous cars and smart cities, a whole new world (and computing paradigm) is emerging in front of us. But as of right now, it just feels a little patchy, and it doesn’t always look good, or work great – yet."

Deep Learning Applications for Smart cities

By Ajit Joakar

This blog is based on my talk in London at the Re.work Connected City Summit on Deep Learning Applications for Smart cities. The talk is based on a forthcoming paper created with the help of my students atUPM/citysciences on the same theme.

Here are some notes on our approach:

  • When we speak of Machines – the media dramatizes the issue.  Yet,  city officials and planners plan for ten to twenty years in the future. They will have to consider many of these issues in a pragmatic way.
  • Deep Learning / Artificial Intelligence will impact many aspects of Smart cities. We decided to approach the subject in a pragmatic manner and to explore the impact of Deep Learning/AI technology on the lives of future citizens.

How could self-learning machines affect humanity in cities?

The Great IOT Recruiting Rush

Posted by Bill McCabe 

With many IT professionals with business experience in hot industries like healthcare, telecom and wearables looking to make the switch from systems software and other terrestrial IT-based positions to M2M or IOT strategy, leadership and sales, what are the skills you need to work on the IOT.

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IoT Central Digest, September 1, 2016

Thank you to all the new members and contributors of IoT Central. Our membership is growing quickly and we all should be excited about the community we are building. In this issue Bill McCabe looks at IoT Services, Ben Dickson explains why the ransomware threat is more serious than you think, and Sandeep Raut explores the good, the bad and the ugly of IoT. If you're interested in being featured, we always welcome your contributions on all things IoT Infrastructure, IoT Application Development, IoT Data and IoT Security, and more. All members can post on IoT Central. Consider contributing today. Our guidelines are here.

Why Companies Should Care About IOT Services

Posted by Bill McCabe 

As with any new technology, businesses will need to find quantifiable benefits in the Internet of Things before the concept is embraced and implemented. It could be argued that connected devices are already being adopted on a wide scale: companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Qualcomm, IBM, and others already see IoT as a core part of their businesses. Even so, there are still some, especially small to medium sized businesses, that are weighing up the costs and benefits of ultra-connectivity in the world of the Internet of Things.

The potential of cellular technologies for the great world of IoT

By Rick Blaisdell

In the next five years Internet of Things communications will see unprecedented growth, and cellular connectivity will become even more valuable. Wireless cellular technologies have found enormous potential as key enablers for IoT, and the continuously increasing technology enhancements and innovations in cellular technologies are promising to be the major primary access methodologies to enable a great number of IoT applications.

The IoT ransomware threat is more serious than you think

By Ben Dickson

At the recent Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas, two researchers from cybersecurity firm Pen Test Partners showed that they could inflict your smart thermostat with ransomware from hundreds of miles away, and force you to fork over cash (usually bitcoins) before you could regain control of the appliance. Ransomware has been around for a while. It’s a breed of malware that locks down access to your files by encrypting them and sells you the decryption key that will give you back access to the files. IoT ransomware is relatively new. However, this isn’t the first time that the topic of IoT ransomware has been brought up by cybersecurity experts

Start Building an IOT Solution

By Ashish Modi

To build an IOT application we required following things.

  1. A problem where we required IOT solution. 
  2. Identify and design IOT based solution (Hardware + software + connection).

A problem where we required IOT solution

Nowadays everything is connected to the internet.  We need to move our existing system into IOT based solution.

Hitchhiker's Guide to IoT Standards and Protocols

By Preston Tesvich

In this article, we focus on a framework of how you can think about this problem of standards, protocols, and radios.  The framework of course depends on if your deployment is going to be internal, such as in a factory, or external, such as a consumer product. In this conversation we’ll focus on products that are launching externally to a wider audience of customers, and for that we have a lot to consider.  Let’s look at the state of the IoT right now— bottom line, there’s not a standard that’s so prolific or significant that you’re making a mistake by not using it. What we want to do, then, is pick the thing that solves the problem that we have as closely as possible and has acceptable costs to implement and scale, and not worry too much about fortune telling the future popularity of that standard.

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Internet of Things

The greatest advantage we have today is our ability to communicate with one another. The Internet of Things, also known as IoT, allows machines, computers, mobile or other smart devices to communicate with each other. Thanks to tags and sensors which collect data, which can be used to our advantage in numerous ways. IoT has really stormed the Digital Transformation. It is estimated that 50 billion devices connected to the Internet worldwide by 2020.

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IoT Central Digest, August 15, 2016

Articles on wireless standards, finance, and medical devices are just some of the stories highlighted in this issue IoT Central Digest. If you're interested in being featured, we always welcome your contributions on all things IoT Infrastructure, IoT Application Development, IoT Data and IoT Security, and more. All members can post on IoT Central. Consider contributing today. Our guidelines are here.

How IoT Will Transform The Automotive Industry

Posted by Luke Ryan

Here’s a glimpse of how IoT connectivity, smart sensors and gadgets, edge computing, mobile apps and cloud services will revolutionize how you interact with and use your car.

Behold the great possibilities of the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)

By Rick Blaisdell

Unlike other industries, healthcare has been relatively conservative and slow in embracing innovations like cloud computing and the IoT, but that is starting to change, especially if we think about the past years. Innovative tech products and services are more and more part of our daily lives, making it harder for healthcare providers to ignore the potential advantages of connected medical devices.

Realizing the Elusive Value promised by the Internet of Things – An Economic Perspective

By Anirban Kundu

Much has been said about the value at stake and new growth opportunities presented by the Internet of Things trend. A Cisco estimates puts this at $ 14.4 Trillion opportunity where as a new McKinsey survey values this around $ 6.2 Trillion by 2025. One thing which comes undisputed from various reports across analyst’s community is the significant addition to the global GDP, trade volumes and new opportunities which would be created across sectors and industries.  Most reports in unison claim the benefits of the Internet of Things and the far reaching consequences this would have for the city we live in, the buildings we work and live in to the vehicles we drive. Every aspect of our experience with the physical world would be re-imagined from the way we work, our shopping experience, our medical services to the purchase of the insurance and banking services.

Global IoT Market Grows Again Says Machina Research

Posted by David Oro

UK-based Machina Research is adding to the mix of predictions for IOT with a new Global IoT Market research report. Their headline today: Global Internet of Things market to grow to 27 billion devices, generating USD3 trillion revenue in 2025.

Does IoT Need Wireless?

By Wade Sarver

Hell yeah! Don’t get me wrong, you could use CAT 5 to connect most of this stuff, but the idea is to have the equipment everywhere and talking all the time, or at least when we need to. They need to be wireless controlled for it to work properly and to be autonomous. What fun would a drone be if you needed to have a copper line connected to it. The FCC laid out their plan to sunset copper lines. I did a lot of work on them but I won’t miss them because wireless is so cool! If you like copper so much, then put that smartphone down and use a landline, if you can find one.

Thoughts on IoT and Finance

By Javier Saade

IoT, smart devices, wearables, mobile technology and nanotech - yes, nanotech - are forcing financial services incumbents and challengers to rethink every aspect of their value chains.  Those value chains are getting to be exponentially more distributed and automated.   Increased digitization means more data being generated, from all kinds of places at an accelerating rate.   IoT, regardless of your perspective, promises to enable the development of new value-added services to improve and automate user engagement, customer acquisition and service delivery - everywhere at all times.  

Data Analysis for Running the Business the Intelligent Way

Posted by Marcus Jensen 

Our very own selves from so little as a decade ago could not even comprehend the amount of information we are exposed to on a daily basis. Everything from planners to weather information is nowadays absorbed through technology. The amount of data that circulates our daily lives can turn out overwhelming; however, if used intelligently, it can bring upon a world of help when running a business.

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IoT Central Digest, August 1, 2016

Here is the latest issue of the IoT Central Digest. This digest links you to a three part series entitled IoT 101, well worth a read. We also include articles about software tools for IoT device security, dive into fog computing and look at who holds the intellectual property in IoT.  If you're interested in being featured, we always welcome your contributions on all things IoT Infrastructure, IoT Application Development, IoT Data and IoT Security, and more. All members can post on IoT Central. Consider contributing today. Our guidelines are here.

IoT 101 – Everything You Need to Know to Start Your IoT Project

By Bill Vorhies

Summary: This is the first in a series of articles aimed at providing a complete foundation and broad understanding of the technical issues surrounding an IoT or streaming system so that the reader can make intelligent decisions and ask informed questions when planning their IoT system. Visit www.iotcentral.io to read the entire series.

Intellectual Property Held by the Top 100 IoT Startups

Posted by Mitchell Schwartz 

Using Mattermarks’s list of the Top 100 IoT startups in 2015 (ranked by funding, published in Forbes Oct 25, 2015) Ipqwery has looked behind the analytics to reveal the nature of the intellectual property (IP) behind these innovative companies. Our infographic presents a general summary of the IP within the group as a whole, and illustrates the trailing 5-year trends related to IP filing activity.

Automated Software Development Tools for Improving IoT Device Security

Posted by Bill Graham 

For IoT and M2M device security assurance, it's critical to introduce automated software development tools into the development lifecycle. Although software tools' roles in quality assurance is important, it becomes even more so when security becomes part of a new or existing product's requirements.

How IoT can benefit from fog computing

By Ben Dickson

What I’m mentioning a lot these days (and hearing about it as well) is the chaotic propagation and growth of the Internet of Things. With billions of devices slated to connect to the internet every year, we’re going to be facing some serious challenges. I’ve already discussed howblockchain technology might address connectivity issues for huge IoT ecosystems. But connectivity accounts for a small part of the problems we’ll be facing. Another challenge will be processing and making sense of the huge reams of data that IoT devices are generating. Close on its heels will be the issue of latency or how fast an IoT system can react to events. And as always, security and privacy issues will remain one of the top items in the IoT challenge list. Fog computing (aka edge computing) can help mitigate – if not overcome – these challenges

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IoT Central Digest, July 11, 2016

Here is the latest issue of the IoT Central Digest. This digest features stories about farming, security, applications and developers. Our community continues to grow and more members are contributing pieces for discussion and knowledge. If you're interested in being featured, we always welcome your contributions on all things IoT Infrastructure, IoT Application Development, IoT Data and IoT Security, and more. All members can post on IoT Central. Consider contributing today. Our guidelines are here.

5 Innovative Ways IoT Can Help Farms

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IoT Central Digest, June 19, 2016

Here is the latest issue of the IoTC Digest. Our community continues to grow and more members are contributing pieces for discussion and knowledge. If you're interested in being featured, we always welcome your contributions on all things IoT Infrastructure, IoT Application Development, IoT Data and IoT Security, and more. All members can post on IoT Central. Consider contributing today. Our guidelines are here.

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Internet of Things Checklist: 4 IoT Prerequisites

Posted by Marcus Jensen

The application of the internet has moved past the cyber world and is spilling into the physical realm. Internet of things (IoT) is transforming everyday man-made landscape and making it smarter: from health care and home automation to public transportation and factory operations, humans are breaking new ground at a staggering rate.

Security-First Design for IoT Devices

Posted by Bill Graham

The Stuxnet malware was a wake-up call for embedded device security when it became public knowledge in 2010. Its sophistication and purpose made it clear that industrial control systems and the embedded systems used to control and monitor critical infrastructure were at risk. Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) realities mean that more and more devices are being deployed and connected to each other. This connectivity is both the promise of IoT (data gathering, intelligent control, analytics, etc.) and its Achilles’ heel. With ubiquitous connectivity comes security threats - the reason security has received such a high profile in recent discussions of IoT. 

Smarthome Security Concerns: The Question of Privacy

Posted by Nate Vickery

Today, we are building Smart homes. Our home appliances, our home security systems, our ACs, and not to mention our media sources – they are all connected and monitored via our smartphones, tablets and smartwatches. But when all of our technical devices, our homes, and finally our lives become completely automated – how are we going to maintain a safe environment? How are we going to protect our privacy? And what is the real price of conform? Let’s examine some of the Smarthome security concerns that you should be aware of, if you value your privacy.

Sensory Overload: Digesting Data From The IoT

Posted by Amy Krishnamohan

Have heard about the magic pill? Not sure how it works, but it helps you lose 20 pounds in a week while consuming the same calories as before. And you’ve probably also heard about the scary side effects of that pill. The need for magic pills is appearing in the IoT market as well. Thanks to the explosion of sensors to measure everything imaginable within the Internet of Things, enterprises are confronted with a never-ending buffet of tempting data.

The Top 50 IoT People to Follow on Twitter

Posted by David Oro 

I recently shared the Top 10 Books to Read Now on IoT. In an attempt to keep everyone smarter and share resources in the most simple way, I created the ever ubiquitous listicle by compiling what I believe are the Top 50 IoT people to follow on Twitter. These are, as far as I can tell, real people and not brands. 

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IoT Central Bi-Weekly Digest, May 20, 2016

We went to IoT World last week in Santa Clara, California, where over 150 vendors and 10,000 attendees were showing their wares and making connections. More posts on that soon. In the meantime, here's our third issue of the IoTC Bi-Weekly Digest. If you're interested in being featured, we always welcome your contributions on all things IoT Infrastructure, IoT Application Development, IoT Data and IoT Security, and more. All members can post on IoT Central. Consider contributing today. Our guidelines are here.

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Who's Your Buddy? An interview with Dave McLauchlan, CEO & Co-Founder, Buddy Platform

By David Oro

Last week at IoT World, I stopped by the Buddy Platform booth (namely because of their killer Lego set-up). Buddy provides data hosting and management solutions for manufacturers and vendors of connected ("IoT") devices. Prior to IoT World, I sent Buddy CEO and Co-Founder Dave McLauchlan a few questions. Here's what he had to say.

People talk about the Internet of Things (IoT) but few know what it even means in practice

By Danielle Storey 

The technology sector is buzzing with predictions and hype about the Internet of Things (IoT), but many people are still confused about what it means, what the real world opportunities are and why businesses should be looking into IoT.

These Are The Weakest Points in Your IoT Security

By Shayla Price

The Internet of Things is changing the world, heralded as one of the most pivotal technology trends of the modern era. We are getting ready to enter a time where everything, quite literally, is connected to the Internet. For the industrial sector, this is a new area of exploration. Factories have smart infrastructures that use sensors to relay data about machine performance. Cities have smart grids that monitor everything from traffic to the energy used by streetlights. Hospitals can monitor the health of high-risk, at-home patients.

In other words, we are entering a hacker's dream world.

The Internet of Things >> Birth of a tech ecosystem purpose-built for disruptive growth

By Roger Attick

The Internet of Things (IoT) concept promises to improve our lives by embedding billions of cheap purpose-built sensors into devices, objects and structures that surround us (appliances, homes, clothing, wearables, vehicles, buildings, healthcare tech, industrial equipment, manufacturing, etc.). What this means is that billions of sensors, machines and smart devices will simultaneously collect volumes of big data, while processing real-time fast data from almost everything and...almost everyone!!! IoT vision is not net reality  Simply stated, the Internet of Things is all about the power of of connections.

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IoT Central Bi-Weekly Digest, May 4, 2016

Our second issue of the IoTC Bi-Weekly Digest is below. If you're interested in being featured, we always welcome your contributions on all things IoT Infrastructure, IoT Application Development, IoT Data and IoT Security, and more. All members can post on IoT Central. Consider contributing today. Our guidelines are here.

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An Interview with Ken Finnegan, Chief Technology Officer, IDA Technology Ireland

By David Oro

Just ahead of the Internet of Things World conference taking place May 10–12 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, we were lucky enough to catch up with one of the conference speakers, Ken Finnegan, Chief Technology Officer, IDA Technology Ireland. We asked Mr. Finnegan about IoT and Smart Cities, IoT implementations in Dublin, and his thoughts on making cities smarter.  Here’s what we learned.




Profile of an IoT Developer: Results of the IoT Developer Survey

By Ian Skerrett

Today we release the results of our second annual IoT Developer Survey. Like last year it provides an interesting insight into how developers are building IoT solutions.  This year the Eclipse IoT Working Group partnered with IEEE IoT and theAGILE-IoT research project to expand the scope and respondent pool for the survey. Thanks to this partnership, we had 528 participants in the survey, up from 392 last year. The partnership also allowed us to analyze the data to look for any significant difference between the different IoT communities.

What options do you have for remotely monitoring water and fluids with Industrial IoT sensor telemetry?

By Pawei Sasik

IIoT or Industrial IoT (Internet of Things) is everywhere. It’s across all industries, from high tech transport, to natural resources and governments. IIoT software and hardware is deployed for numerous, varying applications, and it’s critical to understand just what the customer needs. One of the areas that we’ve seen recent growth is water and fluid monitoring. Water comes to us as a life sustaining asset and also as a force of destruction. The utility of water needs to be measured and monitored in order to effectively and efficiently use our greatest natural resource. Similarly, monitoring the destructive force of water can be just as important. Let’s talk about the different ways that you can measure and monitor water!

Platforms instead of products: the new normal

By Thierry Lillete

As the platform race continues to mature for the IoT, we found a great post by by Thierry Lillette that looks into the platforms, ecosystems and products. Good reading for any IoT and digital professional.

The Next Big Thing In Big Data: BDaaS

By Bernard Marr

We’ve had software as a service, platform as a service and data as a service. Now, by mixing them all together and massively upscaling the amount of data involved, we’ve arrived at Big Data as a Service (BDaaS).  It might not be a term you’re familiar with yet – but it suitably describes a fast-growing new market. In the last few years many businesses have sprung up offering cloud based Big Data services to help other companies and organizations solve their data dilemmas.

The IoT Database

By David Oro
Phillip Zito at the highly resourceful blog Building Automation Monthly has consolidated multiple IoT Frameworks and Offerings into the IoT Database. You will see links to the Frameworks and Offerings below. He says over time that he will be working on providing summary articles on each Framework and Offering. He could use your help. If you have an offering/framework you would like added to this list feel free to add it in the comments. You can find the IoT Database here.

10 Case Studies for the Industrial Internet of Things

By David Oro

It’s still early days for the IoT but everyday a little part of its burgeoning ecosystem becomes a factor in our lives, whether we know it or not. From industrial tools to farming to cities to grocery aisles and everything in between, the IoT is there. Here are 10 IoT case studies that show just where some of these technologies and applications are being applied.

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Bi-Weekly Digest, April 15th

Starting this week, we're going to compile the best of IoT Central membership content in our new Bi-Weekly Digest. If you're interested in being featured, we always welcome your contributions on all things IoT Infrastructure, IoT Application Development, IoT Data and IoT Security, and more. All members can post on IoT Central. Consider contributing today. Our guidelines are here.

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How Will Big Data and IoT Shape the Future of Apps Market? 

By Marcus Jensen

Technological advancements and the surge of mobile platforms have announced the new era of global economy, and the booming app market is expanding with lightning speed. Big Data has a powerful influence on business operation on a global scale, although the rates of adoption are not that convincing. What is more, the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) means that it will not be long before all household items are equipped with wireless capacity. For an app market, which relies heavily on knowledge and data, particularly user feedback, this has strong implications. It is time to think big in terms of data.

IoT needs automated, hardware-based, localized machine learning for wider deployment and usage

By Asim Roy

As we move towards widespread deployment of sensor-based technologies, three issues come to the fore: (1) many of the these applications will need machine learning to be localized and personalized, (2) machine learning needs to be simplified and automated, and (3) machine learning needs to be hardware-based.

IoT Guidelines Need to Ask Less of Device Manufacturers

By John Berard

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) has been at the forefront of helping build consumer confidence in the technology products that have helped remake our day. So, it was no surprise it moved to create a set of guidelines around the products and services that are part of the Internet of Things (IoT).

How the IoT will Impact Businesses in 2016

By TechJB

The Internet of Things has been labeled as the next ‘Industrial Revolution,’ by many experts that have predicted how it will be able to change the way various industries, businesses, consumers, and even governments, interact with the physical world in the future. Here are other ways on how the IoT will impact, challenge, and change business in 2016.

10 Case Studies for the Industrial Internet of Things

By David Oro

It’s still early days for the IoT but everyday a little part of its burgeoning ecosystem becomes a factor in our lives, whether we know it or not. From industrial tools to farming to cities to grocery aisles and everything in between, the IoT is there. Here are 10 IoT case studies that show just where some of these technologies and applications are being applied.

There will be EXACTLY 18.995 billion connected #IoT devices by 2020

Guest blog post by Eduardo Siman

If you follow news about the Internet of Things, you will have read quite a few articles that attempt to predict the number of connected devices by the year 2020. Eduardo breaks it down with this chart. 

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