admin: As the Internet of things (IoT) proliferates, the key to success is in the data

The term ‘internet of things’ (IoT) now seems to be used widely in all kinds of industries and scenarios – whether in manufacturing, cities, healthcare, housing, or even business processes and the enterprise. I recently saw the term ‘internet of social housing’ – where 300 multifunctional IoT devices are being used in social housing in Scotland to help reduce costs and improve the lives of tenants. It’s also being used to make connected lighting the hub of a smart home gateway.

Samar Warsi: Inventory Managers are Being Replaced by RFID-Mounted Drones

Military drones, sheep herding drones, delivery drones—a lot of game-changing tech has emerged out of the recent drone boom. And it’s only beginning. Now, drones are being outfitted with radio frequency identification (RFID) to help businesses track inventory.

Picture this. A few times a week, a sales manager grabs a clipboard and walks around a car lot to see what is on the ground. That information is then entered into a computer and managed through an auto dealer’s software, which maintains data on everything from the car model, to price, and market value.

IoT Week is holding a Hackathon co-organized by ICT research projects SocIoTal, RERUM, Almanac, ClouT and Microsoft.

Do you want to make your neighborhood or your city a better place? Did you ever face a problem in your community that could be solved using technology? This is your chance! Develop an application or service or build it using SocIoTal tools technology from various ICT projects and you will be able to won significant prizes! SocIoTal is all about that, bringing power of the IoT to the citizens.

Jeff Foley: Create a Winning Game Plan for Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is about playing the long game, not the short game.

The problem most companies face when starting on their digital transformation journey is that they don’t look far enough down the line when building out their strategy.

Many companies, responding to competitive and market pressures, look for quick, short-term gains. But every time they buy new technology or software from a vendor that solves a one-off problem, they can actually sabotage their future success.

This computer draws energy from air

Some computers are already small enough to fit into our pockets, and researchers at the University of Washington Sensor Lab found a way to make them even smaller: Get rid of the battery. As reported by Fast Co. Design, the team’s Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform (WISP) gets its power by harvesting radio waves from the air.

In order to function, the WISP gathers energy from a standard radio frequency identification, or RFID reader.

Jeff Parsons: London Marathon 2016: How to track friends and loved ones during the race

The Virgin Money London Marathon tracker app let's you follow the progress of friends and family out pounding the pavement in real time this weekend.

Anyone wanting to follow their friends and family running the London Marathon this weekend can do so on with a handy smartphone app.
The race's official iOS app makes it easy to track where your loved ones are on the course as well as find the best pub beer garden for a cheeky pint.

Claire Swedberg: Craft Brewery Uses Beacons to Draw Customers to Its Taps

Apr 22, 2016—Craft brewer Saint Louis Brewery, also known as Schlafly Beer, is mounting Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons on the taps that dispense its beers at businesses throughout St. Louis. The beacons, working in conjunction with the brewery's new Brew Finder app, are intended to catch the attention of customers as they enter bars and restaurants, and to share information with them about the beer on tap. The solution, known as TapTalker, was provided by proximity marketing technology startup Juxtad. Schlafly has installed the beacons at approximately 125 businesses to date.

David Both: How to build a Linux router, Internet of Things devices, and more news

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at how to build a Linux router, why Internet of Things devices should be completely open source, and more!

I recently wrote an article describing how to use a Raspberry Pi to create a firewall, and then I cover a few more steps to create a simple but fully functioning router. It seems others have had a similar idea,but using a mini-PC.

Dominic Frisby: In proof we trust. Blockchain technology will revolutionise far more than money: it will change your life. Here’s how it actually works

The impact of record-keeping on the course of history cannot be overstated. For example, the act of preserving Judaism and Christianity in written form enabled both to outlive the plethora of other contemporary religions, which were preserved only orally. William the Conqueror’s Domesday Book, compiled in 1086, was still being used to settle land disputes as late as the 1960s. Today there is a new system of digital record-keeping. Its impact could be equally large. It is called the blockchain.

Donald Power: Is Barcelona showing the upside of smart city-ness?

Barcelona is Spain’s poster child for the seemingly endless enthusiasm for Smart City initiatives among those in the Internet of Things space. And why not? Industry players stand to make money and city governors can earn kudos for creating budget efficiencies while appearing technologically ‘with it’.

However, some technology experts are wondering if the echo chamber of smart city enthusiasts is drowning out the average citizens’ basic question about smart cities: What’s in it for me?

Richard Waters: Industrial internet of things starts to grab some attention

As with most new technologies, it is the consumer uses of the so-called internet of things that have attracted the most attention. But industrial and other business applications are likely to end up being a far bigger market.

The collapsing price of sensors and the rise of ubiquitous internet connectivity have made it easy to connect machinery and many other objects to the internet — though at the risk of opening up attractive new targets to malicious hackers.

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