Tom Still: Wisconsin needs to keep pace with the 'Internet of Things'

Even the low-end estimates of the number of connected devices in the world by 2020 are mind-blowing.

Gartner, the technology research firm, pegs the number at 26 billion. Cisco Systems estimates 50 billion. Semiconductor giant Intel predicts 200 billion. International Data Corp. forecasts 212 billion.

To paraphrase the late U.S. Sen. Everett Dirksen: A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking real devices.

David Curry: Can the Internet of Things turn back climate change?

The Internet of Things is set to revolutionize most industries, installing sensors to capture and analyze more data, which will hopefully make them more efficient, smarter, and less polluting.

In a new post, We Forum suggests that IoT will provide the means to detect illegal logging in areas like the Amazon rainforest, ensuring that deforestation is stopped before it is too late.

Adi Gaskell: Do Smart Cities Need To Do a Better PR Job?

Smart cities are something I’ve touched on a bit recently, with an article on INSEAD the latest to highlight the benefits to citizens and institutions of having smarter urban areas.

It’s a message that I think is fairly obvious, yet a recent report from the Institution of Engineering and Technology suggests that the message isn’t getting through to the general public.

Obama calls for law enforcement to use electronic smart guns with fingerprint recognition but furious NRA says his 'obsession knows no boundaries' 

President Obama unveiled new steps to help curb gun violence, including identifying the requirements that 'smart guns' would have to meet for law enforcement agencies on Friday.
The president is asking for help from the law enforcement to develop requirements on how they will buy and use smart guns. 
The National Rifle Association is fuming over the new announcement, saying Obama should be focusing on terrorists, not making changes to guns at home. 
'President Obama's obsession with gun control knows no boundaries.

Rene Millman: River Clyde Housing trials Internet of Things for social housing

The social housing provider will work with the Hypercat consortium to field test around 300 Internet of Things devices in Greenock and Broomhill. Hypercat is a government-backed group of organisations working on interoperability standards for smart cities and the Internet of Things.

The sensors will monitor conditions such as temperature and humidity to noise, movement, wind speed, heat and power. It will pull this data together in real-time to predict maintenance needs and health and safety risks.

Kelly Yamanouchi: Delta rolling out RFID tags to track baggage

Delta Air Lines plans to soon start using baggage tags with RFID technology to track bags more efficiently and accurately.

The idea is to help avoid misdirected bags and give customers a more accurate view of where their baggage is.

Atlanta-based Delta will install the tracking technology on belt loaders at 84 of the airports where it operates, including Atlanta, by the end of August. The new tags look similar to regular paper baggage tags, but have thin RFID (radio frequency identification) chips embedded in the

Dmitry Slepov: Micromanufacturing the future

Micromanufacturing. As soon as I finish typing the word, my Grammarly spell checker promptly underscores it in red and suggests a replacement: “micro-manufacturing.”

But this new spelling is about to go mainstream.

When I say micromanufacturing, I don’t mean making tiny (micro-scale) components. There’s another definition: “Micromanufacturing is the manufacturing of products in small quantities using small manufacturing facilities.”

I’m talking about “tiny factories.”

CFP 2nd International Workshop on Vehicular Networking and Intelligent Transportation systems (VENITS 2016), September 4, 2016 - Valencia, Spain

CFP 2nd International Workshop on Vehicular Networking and Intelligent Transportation systems (VENITS 2016), Co-Located with the 27th Annual IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC’16), September 4, 2016 - Valencia, Spain

Tech News: AT&T executive says Internet of Things is a top priority

HANOVER, Germany: US telecoms provider AT&T is betting it can carve out a significant business in connecting objects with one another, the head of that unit told Reuters in an interview, as it seeks new revenue sources in an oversaturated wireless market. 

The so-called Internet of Things (IoT) is a fast-growing area where industrial and consumer firms and software providers are teaming up to offer smarter ways of doing things such as predicting mechanical problems before they arise, controlling machines at home remotely or integrating municipal services. 

David Curry: Google “Sidewalk Labs” and see Alphabet’s plans for smart cities

Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs is meeting with several top executives to discuss plans for a rejuvenation project in an existing city. The plan involves billions of dollars in investment to make the city high-tech, automated, and vibrant.

While details are scarce at the moment, The Information reports that Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff will meet with Alphabet CEO Larry Page to receive a green light on the “Sidewalk Project.”

Mike Wheatley: Dell doubles down on the Internet of Thing

Dell Inc. is looking to expand its Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio with the expertise of more than two dozen partners, including Microsoft and SAP SE.

The company launched its IoT business unit just last year, introducing its new gateway device that’s able to collect, aggregate and analyze the enormous wave of data that billions of smart “Things” are expected to generate in the coming years. This year, Dell also rolled out new embedded PCs to further push its IoT gambit.

awwwards-team: Interview: The Evolution of the Internet of Things with David Cuartielles, Co-founder of Arduin

We had the pleasure of interviewing David Cuartielles (Co-founder of Arduino, leader of the Prototyping Laboratory at K3 and teacher of interactive technologies at Malmö University, Sweden) at the Maker Faire in Barcelona this February.

Our intention was to ask David how to face an Internet of Things project, unsuitable techniques, difficulties of the business models, data protocols and the problem of standardization of APIs.

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