It will start in your kitchen, with the humble washing machine.
It’s surprisingly hard work for the advertisers to able to contact you with offers on detergent: in order to track what you’re purchasing at till, they have to engage with retailers who broker purchase data via analytics companies. Once they’ve identified your use of detergent, they leverage machine learning to place you into consumer segments, determine if you have children or not, how often you wash, if you wash items at a frequency that might indicate you play sports, etc.
The IoT, and the security thereof, represents the greatest business opportunity for the IT industry in the second half of the second decade of the 21st century. The "Internet of other people's things" is simply another way to describe the Internet of things in the hands of bad actors. The Internet itself has always been a playground for hackers, but the IoT—with all the inanimate, automated devices about to come online in the next few years—multiplies attack surfaces and network access points tremendously. So the playground will become a bigger greenfield for the bad guys and increasingly risky for everybody else.
The Internet of Things, it seems, is coming to your local truck stop.
Recently, Saia LTL Freight Inc. began employing Internet-enabled Intel Corp. technology on its fleet of more than 3,000 trucks. Sensors installed on Saia’s vehicles enabled the company to track maintenance needs, driver safety, fuel usage and several other metrics in real-time.
Previously, those sensors recorded information on fuel consumption and other “vital statistics” on engine and driver performance, but the data was only gathered intermittently.
This new buzz phrase has been floating around the internet for a while and is now beginning to make its way into mainstream media. Naturally when words like this enter the general lexicon, I get a lot of questions about them! This one is near and dear to my heart, so I'm going to roll up my sleeves and try to explain away this catch-all term! What is the Internet of Things? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like: things that have internet! What sorts of things you might be wondering? Well just about anything from an internet-connected refrigerator, to a smart TV, a plugged-in laundry room, and even your WiFi wired actual house!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed the Internet of Things (IoT) is hot. Everyone from chip makers to software companies to retailers are getting in on the act, all trying to figure out how to capitalize on what many pundits believe is the next big disruptive wave in technology.
One group that’s particularly interested in IoT are social media companies. On one hand it’s a logical progression, as an industry that has spent the last decade figuring out how to connect people to one another now tries to connect people to their things.
Meet IoT will be held in Torino, on October 1st and 2nd.
This event is officially supported by the European Commission (DG CONNECT), the City of Torino, the Torino Smart City association, Torino Wireless, Officine Arduino and the Brazilian IoT Forum, and we partner with Council and Postscapes.
The purpose of the event is to bridge advanced research, big industry and the world of makers and start-ups: it will be held in the Toolbox building, which hosts Officine Arduino and Casa Jasmina.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming exponentially reviewed by regulators. After the report from the Italian telecom regulator (AgCom), the Italian privacy authority just launched a consultation seeking inputs from the industry on how to regulate the IoT.
We had discussed just a few days in this blog post about the report issued by AgCom on the Internet of Things which raised considerable issues in terms of telecom compliance including whether or not B2C operators need to hold a telecom license in addition to the license held by the telecom operator.
In less than 3 minutes I can prove to you why interoperability in the Internet of Things is a challenge your business needs to take care of. Don’t just take my word for it, listen to what Microsoft, B&B SmartWorx, HyperCat, Wyless and more have to say in this short video. These interviews alongside our industry wide survey, reporting that 77% of IoT professionals saw interoperability as the biggest challenge in the Internet of Things, makes one thing clear.
The 2nd workshop (after the UBICOMP 2014 WS in Seattle) asks questions on the potential and opportunities of turning massively deployed wearable systems to a globe-spanning superorganism of socially interactive personal digital assistants. While individual wearables are of heterogeneous provenance and typically act autonomously, it stands to reason that they can (and will) self-organize into large scale cooperative collectives, with humans being mostly out-of-the-loop.
Investors are going crazy for everything and anything associated with the Internet of Things, or machine-to-machine communication. After all, the field has the potential to add significant efficiency gains throughout the global economy in applications ranging from household appliances to agriculture to industrial manufacturing. While it is rarely discussed, the Internet of Things also has the potential to revolutionize biotechnology laboratories and research and development efforts -- perhaps creating substantially more value for biotech than in any other headline-grabbing applications.
Q: What does the Internet of Things mean for small business?
A: From smart thermostats to cars, the Internet of Things (IoT) is an ecosystem of devices that kicked off Web 3.0. We asked Andy Smith, general partner at Center Electric, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm focused exclusively on investments in IoT startups, to tell us how it will affect small businesses.
What exactly is the Internet of Things?
It’s two things: The first is “smart” connected things, such as a sensor for motion detection or light
The emerging model of the Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly changing the way organisations think about IT security – but IoT's unique characteristics are also likely to send ripples through conventional security architectures by forcing a fundamental rethink about how corporate data is managed and protected. That rethink began years ago, when the idea of allowing employees to bring their own mobile devices into corporate networks put an end to the idea that corporate information security
IoT can demonstrate meaningful business value today, but there are still significant challenges to meet.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is here. We've moved beyond speculation about what IoT might look like to the place where the rubber meets the road: that is, to where IoT demonstrates real business value.
This evolution raises questions for how to best manage and benefit from the technology as it continues to grow in ways that we may not realize.
We’re in the middle of one of the greatest transformations in history, much like the Industrial Revolution, except infinitely faster. The mobile internet wave, with over a billion people connected through their smartphones has made a lot of people a lot of money. Almost all of us own a smartphone and think how necessary it is to your life. But then think there was no such thing until Apple invented it seven years ago. Now a lot of smart investors are looking past the smartphone asking what’s next. And the answer for a great percentage of them is the “Internet of Things,” or IoT for short.