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Digital Twins, Intranet of Things and AI

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The Digital Twin: Key Component of IoT

Posted by Finbar Gallagher 

What is a Digital Twin and why do I care? A Digital Twin uses data from sensors installed on physical systems to represent their near real-time status, working condition or position. This modelling technology allows us to see what is happening inside the system without having to be able to get inside the system. It forms a critical step in the information value chain without which it is often impossible to get from raw data to insight, and therefore to value. As the Internet of Things grows, Digital Twins will become a standard tool for Data Scientists and Engineers wishing to use all this new data to automatically understand and respond to what is going on in the real world.

Best Platforms for IoT Development

Posted by Blake Davies

The fact is, two years ago we were surrounded by more than 15 billion connected devices; in three years from now, we are bound to see this number reach 30 billion, and 75 billion by 2025. Actually, if we were to believe Ericsson, next year there will be more IoT gadgets than mobile devices.

The truth is, we are finding it difficult to define what is an IoT device. With more and more people driving their connected cars and parking them in front of their smart homes, it is evident this market is only going to progress; and it is all happening at a rapid pace. And what are the platforms that are contributing to this extreme development?

Intranet of Things

Posted by Rajashree Rao 

Intranet of Things is a term coined by Airbus' Carlo Nizam, which refers to connecting the organization's assets. Intranet of things is an alternative model to Internet of Things, and both use the same kind of technologies and systems limiting the accessibility of connected things only to the virtual private network (VPN) or to the corporate network.

Security Issues To Expect In Mobile App Development

Posted by Melissa Crooks

Every week, thousands of new apps are seen hitting the mobile market. Unfortunately, the number of hackers working assiduously to tap into these apps to implant malware or phish for user information has also been on the increase. By implication, there is every need to take the security of mobile users very seriously particularly when it comes to app development.

How machine learning APIs are impacting businesses?

Posted by Sandeep raut 

In this Digital age, every organization is trying to apply machine learning and artificial intelligence to their internal and external data to get actionable insights which will help them to be closer to today’s customer. Today many of the organizations are using APIs to access the ready-made algorithms available in the market as they make it easy to develop predictive applications. In fact, you don’t even need to have an in-depth knowledge of coding or computer science to introduce them into your apps.


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Woman 2.0, IoT 4.0 and more

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IoT - Macro Convergence and Emergence of Markets

Posted by Ram Sangireddy 

In a prior article, we talked about IoT being the connection of the physical and the digital worlds. That is, connecting those things that were physical in nature hitherto and now find a need to be connected to the digital world. The enterprises across consumer, commercial, public, and industrial sectors that were born in the pre-Internet era (Honeywell, ABB, GE, Philips, Siemens, and so on) are making moves to position themselves as digitally transformed companies. More subtle are the moves being made by the Internet era companies (Google, Amazon, etc.) to integrate themselves with the physical world. There are a number of plays across IoT market that numerous enterprises see the opportunity to position themselves

Internet of Things and Smart Woman 2.0

Posted by Rajashree Rao

A woman is a unique creature. Right from her physiology to her mental makeup - her extraordinary capability is to reproduce, and this makes her vulnerable both physically and mentally. A woman faces a lot more sexism or inequality than a man too often. This makes it difficult for her to find the right balance in her world both at home and work. A woman dons several roles and must fit many shoes her entire life. Right from managing her career, family, children, home, and you name it the list is never ending. Given the power of IoT, maybe it is time to find use of this technology in helping this multi-faceted individual manage her life, making it easier for her to live. How will IoT ensure the safety and security of a woman right from her place of work to home? Are there some answers? 

How long will we have to wait for Internet of Things 4.0 ?

Posted by Francisco Maroto

I have not intended to abuse of one more time of a shocking headline in IoT but the fact is that per Gartner´s 2016 Hype Curve” the Internet of Things (IoT) had falling into the dreaded Trough of Disillusionment and the Powerful analyst firm decided to not mention IoT anymore in 2017. Also, corroborated for many pessimistic articles of IoT project failures .  So it is our responsibility as IoT influencers to continue evangelizing about how the “The Internet of Things will Change our World”.

Keeping Voice-Activated Smart Home Device From Talking to the Wrong People

Posted by Jeff Finn

The introduction of voice-activated smart home solutions – like Amazon Echo and Dot, Google Home, and Apple’s HomePod – have brought with them the dream of convenient Star Trek-like interfaces where a user’s spoken wish is their command. But at the same time, these devices have served as a Trojan Horse, increasingly inviting in security issues and unintended consequences. The greatest security vulnerabilities created by these products are due to the fact that, while they prominently feature advanced voice recognition, they cannot really tell who’s talking. The dangers this presents are compounded when the devices feature the ability to make purchases (with few safeguards under default settings), as well as control smart home features (lights, thermostats, locks, etc.) that users do not want malicious actors to be able to manipulate.

IoT: Penetrating the Possibilities of a Data Driven Economy

By Ronald van Loon

Ever since the Internet of Things (IoT) manifested into reality, integrating the physical world with our digital routine, experts and thought leaders have waited for it to transform the dream of a data driven economy into a witnessed possibility.

As the concept of Internet of Things continues to evolve and grow, it now appears that the wait is finally over.  Welcome to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This is a concept-turned-reality, which looks set to change the traditional picture of industrial production for years to come. 

20 Job Interview Questions for IoT Professionals

Posted by David Oro 

Bill McCabe knows everyone. He has to. He’s a thought leader in IoT, with a particular focus on recruiting. He’s authored dozens of articles on all things IoT and recruitment, and has placed a number of IoT professionals at organizations big and small. We wanted to know in particular, for the IoT job seeker, what are the top 20 questions they should be prepared to answer in their interview. Here is what Bill shared.



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SCADA, Clustering, Value and Amara's Law

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SCADA vs IoT: the role of SCADA systems in Manufacturing's Industry 4.0

Posted by Samuel Walton

We are all witnesses to the sustained rise of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the demand to ‘digitise’ within Industry 4.0. Yet legitimate SCADA-based questions, specifically in relation to IoT appear ignored, or at least unanswered. So we ask, “will IoT replace SCADA?” and “can the two concepts be integrated?” SCADA and Distributed Control Systems (DCS) are clearly prevalent automation standards, but as a new tidal wave of data from the IoT surfaces, what role will they play in the factory of the future? 

The Information Value Chain

Posted by Finbar Gallagher

Several years ago I was pitching what would now be called an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solution to the Production Manager of a large manufacturing plant. After describing all the data we could collect, and the metrics we could turn it into, I thought I had done pretty well. What Production Manager wouldn't want our system to get his finger on the pulse of his operation? Instead, his next question floored me:"If I don't do anything with the data your system collects, then it doesn't create any value for me, does it?"

The Amara’s Law and the Anatomy of Business Use Cases in IoT

Posted by Somjit Amrit

In the animated discussion, someone asked a quiz question, “What is Amara’s Law?” It turned out that American Scientist Roy Amara came up with an interesting view and an easy to understand law –“While we overestimate the short term effect of technology, we underestimate the long term impact." I feel in the world of IoT this law is fascinatingly relevant.

How Clustering ensures reliability of IoT Gateway

Posted by Mohit Bhardwaj 

IoT gateways may be the unsung heroes of the Internet of Things world. Without them, there would likely be no expectations of tens of billions of IoT devices coming online in the next few years. In many respects, gateways are the glue that holds many IoT implementations together. They enable real-time analysis of IoT data and link multitudinous connected sensors and devices to the cloud. In addition, gateways act as a bridge between various sensor types and connectivity protocols, while helping to link equipment from an organization’s information technology (IT) and operation technology (OT) departments.

But gateways can also be single points of failure in IoT networks. In a poorly designed system, when a gateway goes down, critical functions stop. Preventing that outcome is possible, however, with an IoT gateway architecture based on the idea of clustering



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IoT Central Contributor Francisco Maroto says we are falling into the 'Trough of Disillusionment' but Gartner says we’re at the 'Peak of Inflated Expectations.' What say ye? 

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Save IoT, Save The World

Posted by Francisco Maroto 

When looking for a title for this article, I remembered the famous phrase from TV serie Heroes, "Save the cheerleader, Save the world". Sorry if one more time I abuse of shocking headlines to attract more readers. Is the Internet of Thing (IoT) in danger? In light of the latest events I have attended in Berlin and London and news like this "Intel To Amputate Three Modules For Internet Of Things, Including Joule", I really believe  IoT is falling into the Gartner´s Trough of Disillusionment phase  and we need IoT heroes to push it faster towards the Plateau of Productivity phase. The other part of the article's title, "Save the World," may sound pretentious, but the world need to be save. This year hot spring and summer is confirming even the most disbelieving that Global Warming is very real (Read more at " Global Warming, Christmas and the Internet of Things" and in spite I do not consider that only IoT can save our blue planet, per recent events like "Portugal forest fire", IoT can help and much.

IoT Platforms: The Peak of Inflated Expectations

Posted by David Oro

Gartner recently released their 2017 Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle. Where do IoT Platforms stand? At the peak of inflated expectations! Do you agree? Gartner says that the hype cycle reveals three distinct megatrends that will enable businesses to survive and thrive in the digital economy over the next five to 10 years. (See graphic below).

Commercial Application of Predictive Analytics for IoT

Posted by Blake Davies 

In this IoT era, we are provided the opportunity to collect accurate, detailed performance insights from data produced by a multitude of instrumented devices. The Internet of Things is no longer just about using your mobile phone to turn on and off your lighting, heating or oven; owing to the constant technological advancements, we are now seeing benefits in all industries and lines of business. We are using the obtained performance insights to improve the quality of products, their functionality, and reliability. Gone are the days when the IoT was just a vision – these intelligent systems are real; they are connecting things with processes and people and help unlock a multitude of new opportunities.  

Who owns the Machine Generated Data in IoT – Men or Machine?

Posted by Somjit Amrit

The other day we were discussing and debating on a solution to be designed to meet the sensing needs for access, temperature and humidity for some devices with form part of a networking infrastructure ecosystem. The idea was to build a IoT based system for monitoring and control. The design discussions veered around the ability to collect data from the sensors and the types of short range communication protocols which could be deployed. Questions and clarification were raised if we were compliant to use short range communication protocols in sensitive areas as customer Data Centres which are like owned and  that they may be custodians of data of their end customers . The hidden perils of data acquisition and data ownership reared its head which needed to be addressed as we moved forward.

Machine Learning - The brain of Digital Transformation

Posted by Sandeep raut

Organizations are using machine learning for various insights they want to know about consumers, products, vendors and take actions which will help grow the business, increase the consumer satisfaction or decrease the costs. Here are some top use cases for machine learning.

20 Job Interview Questions for IoT Professionals

Posted by David Oro 

Bill McCabe knows everyone. He has to. He’s a thought leader in IoT, with a particular focus on recruiting. He’s authored dozens of articles on all things IoT and recruitment, and has placed a number of IoT professionals at organizations big and small. We wanted to know in particular, for the IoT job seeker, what are the top 20 questions they should be prepared to answer in their interview. Here is what Bill shared.


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Navigating the Critical Database Decision While Building Our IoT Application

Posted by Gena Minevich

The promise of IoT solutions comes from their tremendous ability to harness data on a scale that has never before been possible. This data, wrangled by countless transmitters and sensors, offers us a wealth of insights about everything from the homes we live in to the products we buy to the health of our own bodies – all while IoT applications provide the power to act upon this data in real-time. Delivering these remarkable capabilities calls for a similarly capable database, one that can match IoT applications’ stringent requirements around performance, scalability, and availability.

Ongoing trends in IoT device lifecycle management

Posted by Mohit Bhardwaj 

IoT device lifecycle management is the key element for industries to have complete insight and control of their devices infrastructure. Today, device lifecycle management enables many industries to transition to ‘smart’ ecosystems, like smart energy (a.k.a Internet of Energy or smart grid), smart buildings, smart retail, smart transportation, smart cities, smart factories, and smart agriculture. As more and more devices get connected, the challenges with data security, control, and management becomes critical. IoT remote device lifecycle management plays a key role in enabling a 360 degree data view of the device infrastructure.

Interview: Bringing Machine Learning to The Edge

Posted by David Oro

A couple of weeks ago, I spent a few hours at GE Digital’s headquarters in San Ramon, CA. It was a great overview by several executives of how GE is using their Predixplatform to create software to design, build, operate, and manage the entire asset lifecycle for the Industrial IoT.  A big part of this transformation for GE involves hiring tons of software developersacquisitions, and partnerships. One of those partnerships is with Silicon Valley based FogHorn Systems (GE Ventures, Dell Ventures, March Capital and a few others are investors). FogHorn is a developer of “edge intelligence” software for industrial and commercial IoT applications. FogHorn and GE are working very closely on many IIoT customer use cases, across verticals, bolstered by the integration of FogHorn with Predix. I turned to FogHorn Systems CEO David C. King to learn more about edge intelligence software for the Industrial IoT.

The Buzz of Platforms and the Bazaar of IoT Platforms

Posted by Somjit Amrit

Among the words, phrases and acronyms in the Tech worlds “Platform” seems to be a word which seems to grab the headlines. If one listens to any pitch from a start up venture it would be not uncommon to get the “platform pitch”in at least 1 out of 2 proposals. A lazy search on Google on the “Top 20 Tech weary  words” fetched me the result that “platform was 3rd in the list . There have been words verbalised like “Being Platformed” as well and a host of books on the significance of platform in the Technology world. I will not go into the virtues of platform. I would dwell on how the leaders in respective segments  are a few ( a maximum of 3 ) while in the IoT world we seem to have by some counts 170 of them ( McKinsey ) to 400 of them ( Beecham Research).This is definitely a bewildering array to go through and investigate . What is a Platform – why there are only a few platform leaders ?

Infographic: Securing Connected Cars

Posted by David Oro 

In my recent interview with Sam Shawki, the founder and chief executive officer of MagicCube, I wrote about getting a new Ram Truck and noted that it was a beast not just in size and towing power, but a beast of electronics and connectivity. According to Intertrust Technologies, the percentage of new cars shipped with Internet connectivity will rise from 13% in 2015 to 75% in 2020, and that in 2020, connected cars will account for 22% of all vehicles on the road. That number is sure to grow. More stats in the infographic below. 

AggreGate Server on Nanopi NEO

Posted by Victor Polyakov

We’ve tested AggreGate Server on Nanopi NEO, one of the smallest Linux-based single-board PCs. Despite its small size, this device simply rules! It has RAM 512 Mb on board, 1,2 GHz quad-core CPU, 10/100M Ethernet network interface, and many other interfaces to connect the world. AggreGate possibilities on the NEO board are similar to Linux-based Tibbo Project System. It can act as a simple close-knit protocol gateway with intermediate data processing.


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California Coastal Views and Rugged IoT

I spent the last few days on the Santa Barbara coast staring at the offshore oil rigs. With a marine layer and reflections of the sun, they look like large container ships that don't move (Imperial Walkers, if you're my son). These oil rigs reached an all-time high of 68,798,091 barrels in 1995, and are most famous for the a spill that happened in January 1969 when Union Oil's Platform A experienced an uncontrolled blowout in the Dos Cuadras field that lasted for approximately eight days. The spill of approximately 80,000 to 100,000 barrels of crude oil affected over forty miles of coastline. Several environmental laws were passed at the federal and state levels following the blowout, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

I got to thinking more about these rigs because I could not access the Internet from where I was staying, and I was only 20 miles outside of town. This reminded me of articles that IoT Central member Scott Allen has been sharing about IIoT in some very remote and tough places. Worth checking out in this issue, as well as member contributions from Benson ChanVinay SolankiDarren Tessitore, and Mark Shapiro.

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Rugged IIoT Saves Lives at “The Home of the World's Worst Weather”

Posted by Scott Allen

Imagine your worst winter day. Bone-chilling cold, howling, bitter winds, blinding snow and sleet, and your truck is encased in ice. What do you do? You tough it out, scrape the ice off the windshield and get to work. The radio network deployed at one of the world’s most important weather research facilities has to endure and perform in extremely brutal climates nearly every day of the year, 24/7/365. Lives depend on its successful transmission of weather data. And for over a decade, wireless data radios have gotten the job done at the Mount Washington Observatory.

Hardware or Software Security: Which is right for my IoT Device?

Posted by Mark Shapiro 

Since many embedded devices are deployed outside of the standard enterprise security perimeter, it is critical that security be included in the device itself. Ultimately, some combination of hardware and software may be required. Building protection into the device itself provides a critical security layer whatever options are used. Security must be considered early in the design of a new device or system.

Internet of Things: Sensors & Sensing

Posted by Vinay Solanki 

Continuing my series of post on IoT/M2M and having been covered topics such as smart villagescommunication protocols, role of telecom (part A and part B), managing road accidentsIoT for retail sectorsmart home, smart clothesIoT business modelsbest article aggregation and also what IoT really means to a layman - I think sensors deserve my attention - Here I will cover just basics of different type of sensors and their application.

Future-Proofing Your IoT Infrastructure

Posted by Benson Chan

For all the value and disruptive potential that Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provide, corporate buyers face a dilemma. Today’s IoT technologies are still immature point solutions that address emerging use cases with evolving technology standards. Buyers are concerned that what they buy today may become functionally or technologically obsolete tomorrow. Faced with this dilemma, many defer buying even if the IoT solutions they buy today offer tremendous value to their organizations. This post describes a planning strategy called “future-proofing” that helps managers, buyers, and planners deal with obsolescence.

Never Miss A Beat with Predictive Maintenance

Posted by Darren Tessitore 

Predictive maintenance is the idea of fixing something before it breaks, which can save you LOTS of time and money! “Don’t Fix It If It Ain’t Broke.” Horrible advice, especially if you run a manufacturing plant. Any industrial business should really be focusing on predictive maintenance. Predictive maintenance is the idea of fixing something before it breaks. It saves businesses time, money and a lot of frustration.


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The IoT Central Interviews

Got a cool perspective on IoT? Writing code that streamlines IoT analytics? Analyzing killer data to drive business value? Leading a team of technologists and data scientists that is at the forefront of the industrial IoT? Then we want to talk to you. 

We are expanding our interviews series so I invite you to suggest names of inventors, analysts, thought-leaders, executives, and practitioners who are driving the Industrial IoT. It could be you. Tips and interest to: [email protected]

This edition of IoT Central Digest highlights some of our most popular interviews. Remember: get your friends and enemies to join IoT Central here.

Interview: Why is it so hard to monetize the Internet of Things?

From wind turbines to your washing machine, the IoT is all the rage, and everyone wants their piece of the pie. Monetization and creating business value, not to mention profits, is the holy grail for the IoT. But who is really making money on the IoT and where are the most lucrative opportunities?  For that we turned to Mike Fallon, Senior Advisor of the IoT Transformation Advisory Practice at PTC. Mike is responsible for delivering frameworks to companies that address the how of IoT monetization – specifically for CIOs and other C-suite executives.

Interview: How Connected Cars Can Learn from Fintech

With connectivity increasing and self-driving cars on the fore, how do we keep improving on the convenience while keeping it secure. For that we turned to Sam Shawki, the founder and chief executive officer of MagicCube, a digital mobile security start-up located in Silicon Valley. Prior to his current role, Sam was head of Visa’s Global Remote Payments business unit, where he drove the company’s global initiatives in mobile and remote payments.  Before Visa, Sam served as Chief Innovation Officer of VimpelCom, the sixth largest mobile network operator in the world, with over 214 million customers in 18 countries. We asked him about connected cars, mobile security, and what’s in store for the future.

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

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

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.

Are You Real? Bringing Authentication to IoT

Serial entrepreneur Chris Ciabarra is at it again. The co-founder and CTO of Revel Systems, an iPad point-of-sale (POS) disruptor which has a valuation of more than $500 million and landed a global contract to replace all of Shell Oil’s PoS terminals with Revel’s, has helped launch Authenticated Reality, an authenticated secure community that fosters real interactions, comments and online conversations from real people on the internet.

Chris is an anti-hacker and data security expert with a strong background in PCI compliance and P2PE. He has presented across the globe as well as in front of the 5th Annual United States Homeland Security Conference on various security topics including how the Internet needs to change.

While his current company is aimed at getting consumers and business to identify themselves as “real,” we couldn’t help but ask him about what his current endeavor might mean for IoT. 

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

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."

Interview: 3M's Road to IoT

 

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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.

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.

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.

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 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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