Jeffrey Burt: faster, Bigger Bluetooth 5 Could Be a Boon for the IoT

The next version of the Bluetooth wireless connectivity standard will be faster, have an increased range and feature greater broadcast messaging capacity, all of which will be a boon to the Internet of things.

Officials with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) said Bluetooth 5, which will come later this year or in early 2017 and will be supported by more than 30,000 SIG companies, will make the Internet of things (IoT) something that happens more simply and easily for users.

Donal Power: Orange goes LoRa to connect French smart cities

As smart cities push to standardize their Internet of Things (IoT) networks, mobile and internet operator Orange SA has chosen the LoRa wireless protocol for its deployments across France.

An article in Electronics Weekly says the Paris-based telecom giant’s decision to use the LoRaWAN  protocol marks a pivotal deployment of IoT technology for smart cities across France. Orange’s decision follows pilot testing of the LoRa wireless standard in long range wide-area networks in Grenoble, France.

Justin McKeown: Technology and Creativity in the Internet of Things

"I'm Head of Computer Science at York St John University. I'm interested in the possibilities and challenges that the Internet of Things may create for society. I'm interested in what it will be mean to be human in this emerging technological reality. This site is my new personal platform for sharing my thoughts on these things. All opinions expressed here are my own and are in no way reflective of any of the organisations I work with or for."

Justin Mckeown, Phd

Paul Mampilly: The Key to the Tech Explosion

…Recently, I’ve found another potential blockbuster trade that is part of the massive trend that’s unfolding in the tech sector called the Internet of Things.

Networking giant Cisco Systems estimates the total value from this trend to be $19 trillion, while General Electric estimates that the opportunity in its industrial businesses will be worth $225 billion by 2020.

Now, the key to this tech trend is a little device called microelectronicmechanical systems, or MEMS. The picture to the right shows what one looks like.

Michael Kanellos: How To Keep The Internet Of Things From Breaking The Internet

The Internet of Things promises to slash waste, let us transcend time and space and give us a greater awareness of the world around us.

But it’s certainly not going to be easy.

Research firm IDC estimates that by 2025 152,000 new devices will be jumping, directly or indirectly, onto the Internet every minute, bringing the total number of connected devices to 80 billion worldwide. Partly as a result, the world’s collection of digital data will zoom from 44 zettabytes in 2020 to approximately 180 zettabytes. Currently, we’re burbling around 10 zettabytes.

Lulu Chang: Too lazy to grow weed? Let the internet of things do it for you with Gro.io

Too lazy to grow weed? Let the internet of things do it for you with Gro.io

Now, one hydroponic solution is making the weed growing business easier than ever. Meet Gro.io, self-described as "the world’s most intelligent hydroponics system." The only thing this system won't do is smoke the finished product.

Scott Etkin: Moving Beyond the Hype, the Internet of Things Gets to Work

In business, separating hype from reality can be difficult. It seems every new product, service offering, and technology arrives on the breathless proclamations of salespeople, marketers, and even analysts that this new thing will not only solve your problems but also transform – or, at the very least, disrupt – the industry or marketplace to which it is being introduced.

Andrew Dalton: A driverless Rolls-Royce means you can fire your chauffeur Just don't try to fit it in a standard parking space.

While other electric or autonomous vehicle companies might be content to build a sensible, everyday mode of transport, noted luxury automaker Rolls-Royce is rejecting that notion entirely with its first driverless vehicle concept. In a decidedly lavish announcement, Rolls-Royce says its new Vision Next 100 car has been designed for "the most discerning and powerful patrons in the world."

"Our vision, in its purest form," the company wrote, "is to create the automotive equivalent of haute couture. This is the future of luxury mobility."

 

Business Voice: “Internet Of Things”: Redefining Africa’s Economic Landscape

One-third of humanity relies on food grown by 500 million smallholder farmers with less than two hectares of land. As Africa and Ghana’s population continue to expand, farmers have an urgent need to produce ever-increasing amounts of food without destroying habitats or depleting resources in unsustainable manners.

In such circumstances, accurate weather forecast and understanding climate change can make a real difference in addressing the challenges of food production and security.

 

Bruce Byfield: The Internet of Things: 7 Challenges

IoT, along with its potential, poses concerns ranging from technical to social to environmental.

Few doubt that smart devices are the next technological revolution. The next generation of connected appliances is already starting to create the Internet of Things (IoT), and to connect users to their devices in ways that were impossible only a few years ago.

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