POV on the Internet of Things

Below is a collection of articles I’ve written and been published on the topic of Internet of Things. Publications range from IoT-focused publications, industry groups, academia and the investor community. Image

B2Community: The Internet of Things Ecosystem: The Value is Greater than the Sum of its “THINGS”

The Internet of Things Council (EU): Matt Ceniceros: The Internet of Things Ecosystem: The Value is Greater than the Sum of its “THINGS

UbiquiT: Internet of Things: An Introduction for Communicators

Yahoo Small Business: Will the U.K. Be the Internet of Things Champion?

B2Community: Microsoft and Intel Aren’t Going to Let History Repeat Itself

UbiquiT: Breaking down Cisco’s Cloud plan for Internet of Things

UbiquiT: What industries will the Internet of Things impact most?

Seeking Alpha: Nokia Has Breached $8 – Yes To Smartwatch, Yes To Smart Maps

BuyStockTips.com: Advanced Semiconductor Engineering: Integrated Solutions And Technology Leadership Keep It Ahead Of The Competition

Citron Research: The Biggest Tech Investment Opportunity of the Year…. Hiding Right Under Wall Street’s Nose!



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Internet of Things in the News – Week of 3/31 – 4/4

The Internet of Things Ecosystem framework was introduced this past week and was well received for providing a holistic view of the different segments that make up the IoT. This post provides a snapshot of the companies, organizations, technologies and trends within the IoT Ecosystem, and the full list of articles within the segment. Ideally, over time, key players and technologies will start to emerge through the ongoing analysis of the Internet of Things Ecosystem framework.


IoT in the News (3/31-4/4)




Scientists Have Created An Incredible Patient-Monitoring Device That Is The Size Of A Band-Aid

Medical engineers said Sunday they had created a device the size of a plaster which can monitor patients by tracking their muscle activity before administering their medication.

Methods for monitoring so-called “movement disorders” such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease have traditionally included video recordings or wearable devices, but these tend to be bulky and inflexible.

The new gadget, which is worn on the skin, looks like a Band-Aid but uses nanotechnology — in which building blocks as small as atoms and molecules are harnessed to bypass problems of bulkiness and stiffness — to monitor the patient.


Hand Hygiene Technology Startup Hyginex Receives Investment from Persistent Systems

Hyginex has committed to saving patient lives through use of its novel hand hygiene improvement and monitoring technology. The system uses patented wearable technology and sensors in healthcare facilities to help doctors and nurses improve hand hygiene practices.

“Hyginex’s unique approach based on innovative wearable technology protects patients in hospitals and improves global healthcare,” says Dr. Sridhar Jagannathan, chief innovation officer for Persistent Systems, Inc. and head of the Persistent Venture Fund. “To this investment in Hyginex, Persistent brings its expertise and focus on emerging medical technologies.”

‘Internet of things’ will significantly alter supply chains

Michael Burkett, managing vice president at Gartner, said: “It’s important to put IoT maturity into perspective, because of the fast pace at which it is emerging, so supply chain strategists need to be looking at its potential now.

“Some IoT devices are more mature, such as commercial telematics now used in trucking fleets to improve logistics efficiency. Some, such as smart fabrics that use sensors within clothing and industrial fabrics to monitor human health or manufacturing processes, are just emerging.”


Wearable Technology Appeals to Jewelry Consumers

High-tech watches were the most preferred wearable technology, with 55 percent of participants saying they would buy the device, followed by bracelets and wristbands with a 27 percent share.

As for where consumers would make their purchase of wearable devices, there was no clear trend; however, respondents stated that the local independent jeweler was their least preferred retailer. This could still present an opportunity for local jewelers to capture the space by increasing their visibility overall and build a reputation as a ”go-to” source for wearable tech devices.


Microsoft Paid Up To $150M To Buy Wearable Computing IP From The Osterhout Design Group

Microsoft, we have discovered, has paid up to $150 million to buy IP assets related to augmented reality, head-borne computers, and related items from the Osterhout Design Group, a low-profile company that develops wearable computing devices and other gadgets, these days primarily for the military and other government organizations.

As you might remember, we first broke the news that Microsoft was looking at acquiring ODG, or part of its assets, in September 2013, at a price tag of up to $200 million, depending on what went into the deal.

The government continues to be ODG’s primary customer, although as Osterhout reminds us, the pace of technology right now is such that the kinds of innovations being created for enterprises and other organizations has very direct applicability to the consumer market, too — and the reverse as well when you think about the wider trend of the consumerization of IT.

“In terms of what we’re doing [at ODG], we don’t make weapons. We make things that can help people do their jobs,” he says. “The real focus are features that are applicable in the consumer space, too.” In other words, ODG may already be talking to other companies for consumer products; or its door is open to that possibility.


SITA and Virgin Atlantic win Smart technology award

LONDON – SITA and Virgin Atlantic Airways have received a Smart Technology Award from The Wearables 2014, the leading awards for wearable technology. Part of the 2014 Wearable Technology Show, the award recognized the companies for a pioneering pilot, which tested how Google Glass and Sony Smartwatches could enhance the passenger experience. – See more at: http://www.traveldailynews.com/news/article/59781/sita-and-virgin-atlantic-win#sthash.9Z0U5mmn.dpuf

Microsoft acquires 80 wearable tech assets in $150m deal

The technology juggernaut was in talks to purchase ODG entirely in September last year, an unnamed source told TechCrunch. However, the deal later switched to an IP acquisition. The transaction was completed last year and all related patents and IP transferred in January.

The hefty price tag of $100 million-to-$150 million was attached by another source. Microsoft has given no official comment so far, but the deal has was confirmed by ODG founder and inventor Ralph Osterhout.


Future of Wearable Tech: Solar-Powered Dresses and Wi-Fi Suits

The designers at Studio Roosegaarde have created a provocative dress called “Intimacy” that becomes transparent based on “close and personal encounters” with other people. The dress is made of smart electronic foil that gradually becomes see-through as its wearer’s heartbeat increases.


Wearable Tech Conference arrives in NYC this summer

A conference focused on one of the hottest tech growth areas will launch this summer in New York City. Organized by media group TMC, the Wearable Tech Conference & Expo will be held July 23-24 at The Javits Center.

The agenda for the event will provide attendees with new perspectives on wearable tech devices and technology, how and why they work the way they do and what lies ahead for the billion-dollar industry. Individuals and companies attending the conference will have the opportunity to interact with colleagues, meet new partners, see live demos and participate in in-depth discussions.

“Wearable technology is a rapidly growing trend and one that will reach a broad set of markets, from fashion to healthcare to fitness,” says Rich Tehrani, TMC CEO and conference chairman. “We look forward to providing a robust and interactive experience for our event attendees, providing them the tools and information needed to take advantage of every opportunity in the wearable industry and achieve business success.”


Marc Newson’s Wearing Technology (Vogue)

MARC NEWSON, designer of some of the world’s most desirable industrial objects, says there’s no question that wearable technology is “the future” but counters that, for now, it falls way short. “I wouldn’t be seen dead wearing [Google Glass],” he says. “It looks pretty stupid. It’s a little bit like that wonderful invention called the Segway.  Such a fantastic piece of technology but you just look like a complete dick when you drive around on it. That’s precisely the moment when I think the fashion world laughs at the world of industrial design.”


Could wearables become bigger than tablets?

Mobile gadgets won’t just be tucked into your purse or your pocket. Soon, they’ll increasingly be on your wrist, as part of your glasses and even in your clothing. While still in its infancy, wearable technology is poised to take off. The market for the wearables business is expected to exceed $1.5 billion in 2014, double its value last year, according to a report from Juniper Research.


The explanation for recent wearable technology abandonment

The Guardian posted today that one-third of consumers are abandoning their wearable tech devices. The author, Charles Arthur references research from Endeavour Partners in which it states, “one-third of American consumers who have owned a wearable product stopped using it within six months.”


How Wearable Tech Could Improve Your Mental Health

Smart wristbands have become increasingly popular tools among people interested in tracking data about themselves, from their heart rate to their movement during daily activities. In the future, these devices could also help people understand the symptoms of conditions such as autism and depression, researchers say.

These researchers have recently focused their work on children with autism, and have found that these children’s expression of their emotions often does not correlate with their internal arousal state as indicated by wristband data. For instance, a child with autism might appear to be experiencing a high-energy episode when, in fact, wristband data indicates that their internal state is calm.



Wearable technology is a scifi idea that’s just starting to become a reality, so it’s to be expected that for a while its gaze is going to exceed its grasp, and in the world of fashion one must make allowances that one typically doesn’t for technology for pieces that blur the line between art and a functional object. But dang, wearable tech, if a dress that turns more translucent based on the speed of your heart rate doesn’t perfectly embody the vast gulf between the dreams of wearable tech and the reality.


Google and designer fashion brand Fossil join in wearable tech

Google and Fossil designer brand announced today that they will create with technology and fashion a designer brand smartwatch as a first step in this union of wearable tech trend, reports Mobile Commerce Press.

The chief strategy and marketing officer, Greg McKelvey, of the Texas-based Fossil released a statement to explain the creating wearable fashion rooted in twenty-first century technology, ‘we believe we are uniquely positioned to develop and bring to market products for our fashion customers that marry the beauty of our designs, the promise of our brands and now the function of new technology.’


The Future of Wearable Technology

Wearable technology is on the rise as companies like Sony, Samsung, and Motorola join the ranks of Google and potentially Apple in the development of smartwatches. At present, some 15 percent of consumers are using this wearable technology, a term that includes everything from Google Glass to fitness bands to smartwatches.

If any company were to come to the forefront in designing a smartwatch, it would inevitably be Google. The company recently announced that it would indeed be delving further into wearable technology with a carefully designed and simple smartwatch model known as Android Wear.



Internet Of Things – Or Business Of Applications?

Devices don’t connect to the Internet to see what their friends are posting on Devicebook. They’re exchanging data and performing tasks via a well-understood paradigm — applications.

There’s a lot of buzz these days about the — forthcoming, already here, arriving between 2013 and 2017 — Internet of Things. Along with that buzz come statistics — particularly from networking expert Cisco, which predicts that billions of devices will connect to the Internet in the next few years.

No one disputes that because it’s obvious. From wearables and Internet-enabled televisions to smart pens and children’s toys, the growth of the Internet of Things seems like an inevitable conclusion.


Wearable Technology Innovator Valencell Teams with 3Pillar Global

3Pillar Global, a leading developer of innovative, revenue-generating software products, has announced a product development partnership with Valencell, an innovator in mobile health and fitness technology. 3Pillar and Valencell are collaborating to build a new consumer-facing application that will use industry-leading data from Valencell’s PerformTek sensor technology to help consumers understand a vast array of biometric information.


Growing Internet Of Things Means Growing Opportunity For Solutions Providers

The Internet of Things gives solutions providers an expanded opportunity. It enables them to grow into the role of their customers’ single, trusted advisor and manager of all IT systems and solutions inside — and outside — of the office.

Len DiCostanzo, senior VP of community and business development for Autotask and former managed services provider (MSP), points out, “There is a tremendous opportunity out there.” To capitalize on this opportunity, solutions providers will have to do what they’ve always done — connect things through a network. The Internet of Things, however, means MSPs now need to create solutions to support their customers’ business objectives not only with technology at the office, but also with technology necessary to manage mobile devices and remote users.


F. Scott Moody jumps from iPhone fingerprints to Internet of things

Two years after selling his company and technology to Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), AuthenTec founder F. Scott Moody is at it again.

Moody, who helped develop the fingerprint security technology Apple uses in its latest iPhone, has taken a slight pivot with his new Raleigh startup- K4 Connect.

“Basically, K4 Connect is the name of the company that’s providing a software platform that connects various things,” he says.


Microsoft readies to join the ‘Internet of Things’ with Windows on Devices

We are less than 12 hours away from Microsoft’s keynote at Build 2014. We’re really looking forward to all the news surrounding Windows Phone 8.1. That said, Microsoft will be showing off plenty of other products, devices and services. It also looks like Microsoft is ready to join the ‘Internet of Things’. A website has gone live on the night before Build. The site gives us a little insight into what else Microsoft may announced this week.

Windows on Devices (www.windowsondevices.com) is now live on the internet. The site talks about the next big thing being small and how Microsoft plans to bring Windows to a whole new class of devices.

What sort of devices? A coffee mug, a talking bear, a robot or anything else your imagination can dream up. Microsoft even says they’ll demo a connected piano with Windows on Devices at Build 2014.

It looks like Microsoft might be making development tools for developers looking to join the Internet of Things. An SDK is expected to release during spring 2014 with a look at new software and APIs.  Windows on Devices will allow devs to work with development boards like the Intel Galileo.




Tech companies to work together on Internet of Things

One of the group’s goals is to draw up inter-operability standards so that the devices, sensors and networks members create can communicate with each other and the data they exchange can be secure.

The organization is to be managed by the Object Management Group, a Boston-based nonprofit trade association. The coalition is still discussing which industries could serve as test-beds for new standards.


Start-Up 1248 Gets Backing From Heavyweight

Currently, 1248 is creating an open standard to allow IoT applications and services to work together as part of a project funded by the U.K. government’s Technology Strategy Board. The U.K.’s tech industry recently received a boost from Prime Minister David Cameron, who has pledged more than £45m to help companies develop IoT technology.


85% of the public sector is unprepared for the impact of wearable technology on its IT infrastructure – 

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request by Ipswitch has revealed that when asked specifically about managing wearable technology entering the workplace – from Google Glass to smart watches – an overwhelming 85% of public sector organisations (PSOs) admitted to having no plan in place.

The request revealed that despite 93% of PSOs having invested in network management tools, less than a quarter (23%) bother to review network performance regularly during office hours.

It also found that, despite the rich feature set offered by these tools, almost two-thirds (65%) of PSOs across the UK are unable to differentiate between wired and wireless devices on their network.

Finally, even though performance was cited as a key priority by 87% of PSOs, only just over a third (34%) review network performance on a weekly basis or less frequently.  One in eight (12%) of PSOs admit to not reviewing network performance at all.


Internet of Things Enables $3.88 Trillion in Potential Value to Manufacturers

ARC Advisory Group believes that the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) will offer value across multiple industrial sectors and applications. Cisco expands on this, using the term, “Internet of Everything” (IoE) to describe its vision of bringing people, process, and data together via the Internet of Things. The company predicts that the IoE could enable manufacturers to generate $3.88 trillion of value through a combination of increased revenues and lower costs over the next ten years.


Australian “Internet-of-Things at home” market to hit $1 billion by 2017: Telsyte

The Australian smart-home automation market is set to reach almost $1 billion by 2017 making the connected home a reality for many Australians.

A new study from the technology analyst firm Telsyte has revealed the home automation market will generate $160 million in device revenues in 2014.

This is expected to grow to $917 million by 2017.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/541779/australian_internet-of things_home_market_hit_1_billion_by_2017_telsyte_/

Identiv Raises $20M to Deliver Trust to the Internet of Things

FREMONT, Calif., March 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Identiv (Nasdaq:INVE) today announced that it has entered into a $20.0 million term loan and line-of-credit agreement through Opus Bank’s Technology Banking Division. The proceeds of the transaction will be used to retire existing debt and enhance liquidity, creating a stronger financial platform to accelerate growth.

“We are now focusing on delivering trust solutions for the rapidly expanding connected world,” said Jason Hart, CEO of Identiv. “Our ‘Trust Your World’ vision is applicable to billions of everyday items that demand to be trusted. We are expanding from a strong base, having shipped product for well over 100 million everyday items in 2013.”

“We could not be more excited about contributing to this shift in the industry. There is so much potential in the emerging Internet of Things market and in connecting everyday items,” said Kevin McBride, Senior Managing Director and Head of Opus Bank’s Technology Banking Division. “Identiv is a clear market leader with its strong capabilities and core competencies, and we are proud to be joining Identiv on this journey.”


The challenge of the Internet of Things in the workplace and data centre

Peter Wood, ISACA member and CEO of penetration testers First Base Technologies said that as devices are often built small and cheap, they have little in the way of authentication and encryption built-in. It works in the background, but an educated attacker could leverage devices to get access to the rest of the network.

“As we get smart buildings with connected heating, ventilation and air conditioning it is not unfeasible for an attacker to switch off the air conditioning in the data centre, or to turn up the heating so everyone has to leave,” he said.

“The challenge is all of these devices can talk to each other. A smart building will have servers to address all of the endpoints, but it is not difficult for an attacker to impersonate that server or take the devices over completely. In the Far East you will see smart cities sooner rather than later.”


Keeping track of athletes with wearable tech

Sports fans among us have seen the proliferation of wearable GPS devices in professional sports such as AFL and the rugby codes, where tracking devices are worn between the shoulder blades of the athletes.

And it is not limited to the professionals, as any Lycra-clad weekend cyclist with a GPS-enabled smartphone will tell you.

By tracking athletes and measuring heart rates it is possible to monitor fatigue, track player movements in relation to each other, plan team strategies and improve training.

The next revolution is to make it all possible indoors and under stadium roofs, and with the new CSIRO indoor tracking system the future is already upon us.

With the addition of the CSIRO wireless ad-hoc system for positioning (WASP) technology, these parameters can all be measured under the roof of the Docklands stadium, in ice hockey rinks, netball centres and indoor velodromes. The device, called ClearSky, is produced by Victorian company Catapult Sports which supplies GPS devices to the international elite sports market, including the US National Football League (NFL) and European football leagues.



Bluetooth Smart charts course to widespread IoT adoption

We expect to see full or nearly full adoption in 2014 and beyond as wellness and wearable use continues to expand. From a market leadership standpoint, three vendors have quickly broken from the pack in the Bluetooth Smart race. In products released in 2013, we found Qualcomm, Broadcom, and MediaTek as the providers of this technology in nearly 90 per cent of devices we analysed. Where Qualcomm and Broadcom are primarily seen in the global who’s who of mobile devices, MediaTek has ramped up quickly and is seen in the leading Chinese devices.


Wearable technology, beacon, augmented reality, and content

Wearable technology was one of the big topics at SXSW 2014. A lot of the panelists spoke about the importance of brands to deliver valuable & unique content and wearable technology will allow for that, although, brands will need to be careful not to overload fans/consumers with content.

Contextual interaction is one of the main drivers of wearable technology and brands will be able to differentiate themselves by the way they connect with consumers through story telling.


Fraunhofer Designs Flexible Energy Harvesters for Wearable Tech

The development of wearable electronics demands new types of power sources that are flexible and compact enough to fit into these devices. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany are working on this problem with the design of a flexible energy harvester that can be manufactured through a low-cost printing process.

The FP7 MATFLEXEND project at the Fraunhofer-Institut für Zuverlässigkeit und Mikrointegration (IZM) is developing harvesters that convert mechanical deformation into energy by using a capacitive converter exploiting a capacitor’s deformation, according to information about the project on the institute’s website.


ADI Engineering Announces White Oak Canyon Gateway as part Intel® Gateway Solution for the Internet of Things (IoT)

ADI Engineering, Inc. today announced availability of its “White Oak Canyon” IoT gateway based on the new Intel® Quark™ SoC X1000. With an integrated and prevalidated IoT software solution from Wind River and McAfee, White Oak Canyon is available from ADI Engineering as a turnkey production solution to OEMs adopting the Intel® Gateway for the Internet of Things (IoT). ADI also supplies the White Oak Canyon hardware by itself to customers preferring to provide their own software. Shipments of White Oak Canyon commence in early May, and detailed product information can be found on ADI’s website.

With its comprehensive communications and security solution from Wind River and McAfee, White Oak Canyon provides seamless connectivity between devices and the cloud, ensuring interoperability of edge devices through an open architecture enabling rapid application and service differentiation. The White Oak Canyon hardware platform provides a full suite of highly integrated features, including the 400 MHz Intel Quark SoC X1000, 2x 10/100Mb Ethernet ports, 1GB DDR3 memory, integrated wireless including ZigBee, 2G/3G, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi, TPM, analog inputs and digital I/O, optional 1- and 3-phase AC power measurement, RS-232, isolated RS-485, USB, and MicroSD.



‘Internet of things’ will significantly alter supply chains

Michael Burkett, managing vice president at Gartner, said: “It’s important to put IoT maturity into perspective, because of the fast pace at which it is emerging, so supply chain strategists need to be looking at its potential now.

“Some IoT devices are more mature, such as commercial telematics now used in trucking fleets to improve logistics efficiency. Some, such as smart fabrics that use sensors within clothing and industrial fabrics to monitor human health or manufacturing processes, are just emerging.”


How the Internet of Things is Keeping Trains on Track

Despite 200 years of development, train accidents are still a cause for concern in the rail industry, but now sensor technologies are helping make things safer.

InSync Releases iApp Cobalt Platform for the Internet of Things and RFID Applications

InSync Software, Inc., the leading provider of enterprise IoT and RFID software, today announced the availability of its iApp application platform, Cobalt Release 5. InSync’s award-winning iApp platform powers Fortune 500 companies’ RFID, GPS and sensor-driven asset tracking and management applications, helping these businesses locate and track mission-critical assets and improve efficiency in operations.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1822349#ixzz2xegf5iiO

Intel to turn Dublin into world’s first ‘internet of things’ city

Almost a week after revealing a US$5bn investment in Ireland, chip giant Intel is embarking on a plan with Dublin City Council to make Dublin the most densely sensored city in the world.

The project to make Dublin a ‘Global Demonstrator for Smart City Sensors’ will use Intel Quark-based Gateway platforms.

Two hundred of these sensing gateways will be placed around Dublin City to gather and monitor environmental data, in particular noise and air quality. Each of these gateways can deploy up to six sensors.




In the near future, consumers will be adorning themselves with wearable technology that will weave an incredibly detailed picture of their lives. A cloud of information will float around you with details on sleep habits, what you ate for breakfast, who you are meeting for dinner, your heart rate, and much more. Insurance companies will likely harvest this data to adjust your rates. Governments will undoubtedly hack into this cloud of personal data to track down dissidents. Marketers will have access to a goldmine of personalized information that will be used to market products.


Internet of Things: Mitigating the Risk

Tony Sager, a 30-plus-year National Security Agency information assurance expert, has a new mission: to identify ways to help mitigate the cyberthreats posed by the Internet of Things, those billions upon billions of unmanned devices connected to the Internet.

Since his retirement in 2012 as chief operating officer of the NSA’s information assurance directorate, Sager has focused on getting organizations to adopt cybersecurity best practices. More recently, he has begun to look at the vulnerabilities presented by the Internet of Things as the chief technologist of the Council on Cybersecurity, a not-for-profit group that promotes practices to assure a safe and open Internet.


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Top Internet of Things stories this week (3/24-3/28)


via IQ – In The Future of Wearable Tech, iQ by Intel and PSFK Labs explore the evolving form and function of our Internet-connected devices. This series, based on a recent report, looks at the rise of wearable technologies and their impact on consumer lifestyles.

Intel gets healthy with Basis Science acquisition

Intel confirmed today that it has acquired Basis Science, maker of a wearable health-tracking device, for an undisclosed price. The deal was rumored to be in the $100 million to $150 million range.

Basis Science makes the Basis band, an advanced health tracker that goes a step beyond most wrist-mounted fitness devices (which track motion) by tracking your heart rate, sweat, motion, and sleep. It can use its multiple sensors to tell if you are running, walking, biking, or sleeping. And it can tell if you are in a light sleep, REM sleep, or deep sleep.

– VentureBeat.com

Internet of Things, 3D Printing to Shape Supply Chains

Meanwhile, the Internet of things (IoT) is forecast to reach 26 billion installed units by 2020, up from 0.9 billion just five years ago, and will impact the information available to supply chain leaders and how the supply chain operates, depending on industry.

– Nathan Eddy, eWeek

Internet of Things (IoT) Enables $3.88 Trillion in Potential Value to ManufacturersThe transformative, industry-changing power of IoT is visible in how the Internet is merging people, process, data and things (IoT) to build bridges between previously separate systems and devices. A variety of powerful market and technological trends now make it possible to holistically deploy IP and integrate these data bridges.

– Craig Resnick, ARC Advisory Group

Consortium Wants Standards for ‘Internet of Things’

Attention: Internet of Things. For better or worse, big boys are in the room.

A consortium of industrial giants, including AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, IBM and Intel said on Thursday that they would cooperate to create engineering standards to connect objects, sensors and large computing systems in some of the world’s largest industrial assets, like oil refineries, factories or harbors. The White House and other United States governmental entities were also involved in the creation of the group, which is expected to enroll other large American and foreign businesses.

– news.gnom.es

Will things we own someday know immediately how we feel?

This marriage of tech and fashion uses embedded sensors to measure body temperature, heart rate or even galvanic skin response so a wearer’s emotional state can be identified and communicated.

– Intel IQ

Wiring the Internet of Things with Node-RED

The Internet of Things is not a single choice of technology, approach or philosophy. Its very existence is the bringing together of multiple platforms, products and protocols, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nick O’Leary, an Emerging Technology Specialist at IBM, will introduce Node-RED and demonstrate what it can do and how it can be easily extended. (@knolleary)

– Pat Romanski, sys-con.com

Three ways retailers should prepare for the ‘Internet of Things’

We’re experiencing a paradigm shift toward the Internet of Things, where all the devices we use on a regular basis are becoming smarter and more connected. According to Gartner, “The Internet of Things (IoT), which excludes PCs, tablets and smartphones, will grow to 26 billion units installed in 2020 representing an almost 30-fold increase from 0.9 billion in 2009.”

– Duke Chung, Parature

Cisco’s Cloud Plan For Internet Of Things

…it has assembled a set of partners to offer a global chain of datacenters linked by a Cisco network to serve as a backbone for the Internet of Things.

– Charlie Babcock, InformationWeek

Building Internet of Things with MEMs and 3D Advances

“The Internet of Things, however, is about more than just gathering information through ubiquitous sensors. Huge amounts of data need to be affordably stored and analyzed, in order to be useful, which requires keeping Moore’s Law alive. Fortunately, new semiconductor 3D manufacturing technologies are poised to play a critical role in further commoditizing memory and processing power. In 2013 high volume production of true 3D technology will commence. The industry will also see intensified wafer level developments particularly around image sensors and memory, as new DRAM designs allow for monolithic integration at the wafer level. Wafer-to-wafer bonding processes, combined with built in self-test, error detection and correction  are poised to overcome one of the few remaining hurdles to high-volume, low-cost 3D manufacturing.”

- Paul Lindner, Executive Technology Director, EV Group. SolidState Technology

Why CIOs need to think about the Internet of Things

Furthermore, as CIOs take on the role of digital transformation, the Internet of Things is something to watch out for. Hawkinson predicts that it has the ability to rewrite business models. “Insurance is based on actuarial risk, but if you perfect information from the environment, that changes.”

Howard Baldwin Contributor, Forbes

Lamps, Toaster Bring a Little Personality, and Guilt, to the Internet of Things

This is the future of our possessions we’ve been promised by the utilitarian vision of the “Internet of Thing”—services  like Nest’s self-adjusting, data-connected thermostat. But as these utilities are able to act increasingly of their own volition, what if we can’t help but give them desires and personalities of their own?

– Ariel Bogle, Slate

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What industries will the Internet of Things impact most?

Snap 2014-03-27 at 22.05.55Contributing editor, Bernice Hurst, wrote an interesting article in Retailwire on how Internet of Things (IoT) will impact the retail industry. The article focused on web-enabled appliances and Nest, and raised key points worth noting.

As discussed in the Cisco InterCloud announcement, security will play a big role in the future of IoT. Privacy and consumer confidence will depend on what company or methods are managing the data being communicated by these connected “things.”

Proofpoint, a Sunnyvale, CA based security-as-a-service company, is quoted in the article saying they’ve identified “more than 750,000 phishing and spam emails launched from … conventional household smart appliances” in two weeks from December 2013 to January 2014.

The opportunity for IoT in the retail industry should not be limited to thinking about appliances or products for sale. Think about how interesting it would be to have highly connected retail outlets that are able to communicate and reconcile foot traffic, inventory depleted shelves, areas of the store where merchandise is most likely to be abandoned, customer traffic flows and iBeacons capable of personalizing digital signage be driving customer experiences and revenue for companies.

The most intriguing part of the article were the comments in the feedback section because of whom and from what companies provided POVs.

Here are some of the more interesting comments:


“What will IoT mean to retailers? In a nutshell, unparalleled shopper insight and supply chain efficiencies. The former is all about real-time, even highly accurate anticipatory, demand from the bottom up and will open up a whole new vista for shopper engagement and context-driven promotions. As to efficiencies, with an exponential growth and accuracy of demand signals, inventory performance will get a boost as will more efficient use of existing supply chain assets and better planning.”

Mohamed Amer, Vice President, Global Integrated Retail Unit, SAP


“We were talking about the advent of “smart homes” back in 1989 when I was in charge of marketing and store merchandising for a national wholesaler of electronic security products. We’re closer than we were back then, but it appears as though there is still a ways go to. Right now it looks as though security firms along with cable companies are best positioned to take advantage when the technology eventually moves into the mainstream.”

George Anderson, Editor-in-Chief/Associate Publisher, RetailWire LLC


“In the short-term, retailers and CPG brands for that matter need to continue to focus on the vast majority of consumers whom are browsing social channels and websites for comments that determine the loyalty of those brands. Being responsive to the existing brand sentiment is a far more real challenge than what is mentioned in this article.”

Ralph Jacobson, Global Consumer Products Industry Marketing Executive, IBM


“I suspect the complexity of IoT products will increase the challenge of information asymmetry between retail employees and retail customers. Consumers continue to be better and better informed because they have such rich access to product information, customer reviews, comparative specs and competitive pricing. Yet retail associates already get low marks from consumers who feel the associates don’t add enough information value to the shopping process.

For those retailers that sell connected products, there will be a challenge and a terrific opportunity to improve the level of information and insight their associates can offer shoppers. In our experience-driven culture, the winning retailers will be those who can offer a well-informed, high-touch advisory shopping experience (without the in-your-face hard sell of today’s wireless carrier and cable provider retail stores).”

Lance Thornswood, VP/Managing Director, inRetail

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Breaking down Cisco’s Cloud plan for Internet of Things


Photo from Fabio Gori’s post on the Cisco blog: http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/the-rise-of-the-intercloud/

The classic saying goes,  “put your money where your mouth is.” Well, after Cisco’s latest announcement, it’s clear the company is laying down some serious money on where its mind is at, and where the company is headed.

Here’s the headline: Cisco is investing $1 billion to develop a cloud solution to deliver the Internet of Things. Just as the company’s technology is the backbone of the Internet, Cisco is hoping this cloud, developed with partners, will be the necessary infrastructure to power a world where billions and trillions of sensors transfer data across the globe.

Here are the beats for what Cisco has planned.

  1.      Cisco announced Intercloud, a linked chain of datacenters providing services designed to capitalize on the Internet of Things.
  2.       Intercloud is a “cloud of clouds”
  3.      Over the next two years, Cisco will invest $1 billion in Intercloud
  4.      The company says Intercloud will be the world’s first open, hybrid cloud
  5.      The InterCloud will support the “The Internet of Everything,” which could be capable of billions of connections, and trillions of events
  6.      One of the most important items in the announcement is: “Infinite” scalability and compliance with local data sovereignty laws.
  7.      Cisco will partner with Allstream, Canopy, Ingram Micro, Logicalis Group, MicroStrategy, OnX Managed Services, SunGard Availability Services and Wipro

Cisco did not bury item #6, but it raises a pretty important question for IoT going forward; who or what political body governs sensors that report activity-based actions and pre-defined automated responses as they travel throughout the world. The protection of this data is a privacy, confidentiality and security issue.

If internet users have an issue with who can see what content they consume and where they navigate to, what will they think when their desired behaviors and personal (health, vitals, location, etc.,) information is being transmitted?


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Top 9 Moments in Wearable Technology

The Wearable Technology market is generating a great deal of excitement lately, and for good reason. New products seem to be introduced on a daily basis. Technology companies are looking to gain mindshare and market share, while occupying more “body share” for the products.

Wearable technology is important because for each smart watch, smart glass and activity-based sensor developed, consumers are closer to accepting and embracing the Internet of Things (IoT). In many ways, wearables are the gateway technology to the Internet of Things. If consumers don’t understand the value of tracking sleep patterns or tying two pieces of technology (smart phone + smart watch), then they won’t buy into the idea of automating their lives based on collected data. IoT won’t seem as “big brother” or to be more direct, creepy.

With that, here are my top nine moments in wearable technology to date:

Snap 2014-03-25 at 21.54.59  9. Google “Android Wear” SDK – The Android Wear software developer kit will encourage developers to imagine and create applications and develop the of future wearable devices with scale.

nike+  8. Nike+ – A small sensor is placed inside a specially designed running shoe, and is the first mainstream device that starts to provide activity-based feedback in a social ecosystem.

Snap 2014-03-25 at 22.05.14  7. Smart Bra – Because, why not. The bra doesn’t open unless sensors located in the garment, which  analyze the wearer’s heartbeat, determine if she is in the presence of her “true love”. File under “O” for Odd.

samsung watch  6. Samsung Galaxy Watch – It’s a preemptive strike at Apple’s rumored iWatch. Not a product. Not a prototype. A rumor. Reviews have been mixed, but it’s the first mainstream push at the smart watch market. Sony follows with its Xperia, but Samsung leads the way in true fast-follower or fast-anticipator style.

pebble  5. Pebble – The smart watch is funded by a Kickstarter campaign and raises millions in order to move from an idea supported by a community of early adopters to become a commercial success. The Pebble is important because it blends the two trends of wearable technology and crowd-funding, the first stage of the Collaborative Economy.

Bionym_Nymi_black_top__3_ 2  4. Nymi – The Nymi wristband confirms a user’s identity via electrocardiogram sensors that monitor the heartbeat, and can authenticate a range of devices, from iPads to cars. This supports my view that the human body, YOUR body, will become the ultimate docking station in the era of Internet of Things.

fuel  3. Nike FuelBand – Not as feature-rich as the FitBit and other come-afters, but it doesn’t need to be. The FuelBand is the first to build on earlier products and integrates seamlessly into the online community and fitness ecosystem.

scoble glass  2. Google Glass – Watching tech frame reality and gives us the tech moniker of the century, “Glasshole.” The ocular computing device prompts issues of driving safety, public privacy and general social awkwardness. The fact that Google Glass causes this much of a stir is the reason it’s at the top of this list.

iwatch  1. Rumors and leaks about Apple’s iWatch – Apple hasn’t even launched a wearable product, but the rumors make it number one. Although, the iPod and iPhone worked seamlessly with the Nike+ product. The rumors of an imminent smart watch do more for the wearable tech category than any other product on this list. With each wave of “leaked” documents, the “iWatch” validates the Pebble’s Kickstarter campaign and forces Samsung to introduce a smart watch product that probably, maybe, sort of wasn’t fully baked.

Nike makes the list twice, but when it comes to pushing the boundaries of wearable technology, the company “just does it.” What did I miss? Is there any other notable wearable technology that should be deemed “top moment” worthy?

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Internet of Things: An Introduction for Communicators

There has been a great deal of buzz and commotion surrounding the “next big trend” of Internet of Things. There are some big technology companies offering big money for developers to come up with innovative ways to connect objects, such as appliances, lighting, technology and other common items that we currently have an “analog” relationship with.

IoT matrixEssentially, the Internet of Things (IoT) is a world driven by tiny sensors that can register and react to time, light, vibration, temperature, vitals, liquid, etc.   If you’ve ever worn a Nike FuelBand, FitBit or even heart rate sensor, you’re an early adopter in this new sensor-driven world.

What does it mean for Communicators

Communicators are used to planning campaigns, measuring results after a program has ended. More sophisticated organizations might have a real-time listening command center that allows communicators to adjust and respond depending on social feedback.  This information allows for successful management of plans, crisis and, more importantly, expectations.

However, what happens when consumers (both consumer and b2b) have access to all this important information. Some interesting scenarios could be:

  • Consumer access mission critical information as it happens, even before owned internal systems have a chance to compile and report?
  • Applications written by developers and consumers are able to access information quicker, faster and smarter than what in-house capabilities allow?
  • Consumers or other companies are able to produce new products using your products and information, yet the company does not see any profit?
  • When IoT ecosystems eliminate the need for consumers to directly interact with your products?

A suggested framework for IoT

There will be a number of products and use cases coming to the forefront in the next 4-5 years around this concept of IoT. Cisco believes Internet of Things could be a $19 trillion market. Before all of the money starts to be spent on bringing these devices to life, here’s one way to think about IoT.

The idea is that these sensor-based “things” will be developed to either notify users of an activity or automate an activity based on a pre-defined set of rules and determinants. In addition, these sensors will be able to collect event-based information about a user, application or thing or to compile information on an ongoing basis.

These principal parameters –notification, automation, compilation, and event-based – allow for four quadrants of use cases. These use cases are:

1. Activity-based: Sensors notifying a user about their activity during an event. Nike’s FuelBand is a great example of this as at the end of the day a user plugs in the device and uploads their exercise results of the day to a large social network, which provides support and challenges for users.

Future scenarios of activity-based IoT applications could be instead of FedEx having you sign for a package on a PowerPad device, the package outfitted with a sensor communicates with your wireless network and your home signs for the package. In this case, the package becomes the “connected thing.” This isn’t a new concept. FedEx has launched SenseAware that does most of this already. The idea is that the package itself, not a device is the connected thing. As that package cross your wireless threshold, you and the shipper are notified that your package has been delivered.

2. Information-based: Sensors collecting and notifying users when data thresholds have been reached or breached. An example of this is Nest or FitBit. These devices are constantly collecting information on energy usage and biometrics. Users are then able to adjust their behavior based on the collection of data across a long period of time. This is Big “Personal” Data.

3. User Activated:  Sensors on one “thing” are working with sensors on another to automate activity based on a user action. A potential scenario could be when a consumer wakes up in the morning and with the use of a smartphone app, they  “turn” on the downstairs of the house before even getting out of bed. With a touch, the heater turns on, the coffee machine starts brewing, the doggy door unlocks and lights in the kitchen turn on to welcome the house to the new day.

4. Pre-defined actions: Sensors have been instructed to initiate an action that a user has predefined. This is the most advanced view of IoT, because there is quite a bit of software programming and special devices needed to achieve this quadrant. There’s a great framework within this area that is already out called “If This Then That” or IFTTT. So, as a sensor is collecting information, once a pre-defined threshold is met, then an action happens.

The idea I most enjoy is the scenario of the commute home. The popular traffic app, Waze, works with your home to estimate the time you arrive and starts to warm or cool your home. It starts to preheat the stove. When you pull into your driveway, your car automatically connects to your home network and starts to download all the vitals of your vehicle and you, because of your FitBit or Nike FuelBand. New songs bought on iTunes are downloaded to your car and based on your diet for the day, your refrigerator is displaying a recipe on its digital display based on the calories you need and the food available inside the appliance.

This is just a quick introduction about a topic I’m really excited about. Would appreciate any feedback you may have on the framework or future scenarios of IoT. 


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