Weekly Digest on Internet of Things


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Blockchain-based IoT project does drone deliveries using Ethereum
Chronicled, a San Francisco-based technology company that is currently developing a blockchain-hosted registry and protocol for the Internet of Things (IoT), has unveiled a prototype drone delivery system using Ethereum.

A video shows a drone equipped with a secure blockchain-registered BLE identity chip which is able to self-authenticate with a computer-controlled window and gain access to a private residence in order to deliver a package.
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Autonomous boats: self-driving in Amsterdam
Amsterdam: a quaint city overflowing with charm. After a recent visit, I fulfilled all of my dreams: riding bikes, visiting the Anne Frank house, and eating endless waffles. At the point when I had to slow down, I sat and watched the boats filled with locals and tourists roll by, and the question came to mind: What if the boats were self-driving?

MIT is joining forces with the city of Amsterdam to bring the world’s first fleet of autonomous boats. Over the next five years, they hope for these boats to become commonplace within the city’s canals, used for the transportation of people and resources as well as keeping track of the environment.
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How IoT logistics will revolutionize supply chain management
OThe combination of mobile computing, analytics, and cloud services, all of which are fueled by the Internet of Things (IoT), is changing how delivery and fulfillment companies are conducting their operations.

One of the most popular methods for fulfilling deliveries today is through third-party logistics, which involves any company that provides outsourced services to move products and resources from one area to another.

But the IoT is going to change how this process operates.
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Repurposed sensor enables smartwatch to detect finger taps and other bio-acoustic signals
A smartwatch is capable of detecting and distinguishing a variety of taps, flicks and scratches by the hands and fingers, and all that’s required is a software upgrade that repurposes the device’s existing accelerometer, Carnegie Mellon University researchers discovered.

This new functionality makes possible new applications that use common gestures to control the smartwatch and, ultimately, other objects connected through the internet of things. By monitoring vibrations that occur when people hold objects or use tools, the smartwatch also would be capable of recognizing objects and activities.
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The answer to Internet of Things madness? Open source, of course!
The IoT market is so diverse, with every product seemingly requiring its own app (and sometimes its own hub), that it has actually started to hold the market back. What’s worse is that consumers’ number one concern – security – suffers. Most products use and store your home Wi-Fi as a way of communicating, but sloppy security has repeatedly made those authentication details accessible, opening up your entire home’s system to attack.
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Kavitha Gopalan

Calm, cruel and connected: August’s best and worst of IoT
Regular travelers know the pain of lugging around a wheelie suitcase. It can not only leave you with a stiff shoulder or wrenched arm but also the pain of longing for a hands free experience. Enter a robotic suitcase that utilizes a camera sensor and Bluetooth to follow its owner on their journey. The Cowarobot moves at a speed of 4.5 mph and is equipped for 12.5 miles of walking before needing a charge. It comes with a keyless locking function, can charge your devices and is equipped to dodge obstacles in its path.

This blog covers more of the new IOT products that will blow your mind
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Why a smart contact lens is the ultimate wearable
Smart contact lenses sound like science fiction. But there’s already a race to develop technology for the contact lenses of the future — ones that will give you super-human vision and will offer heads-up displays, video cameras, medical sensors and much more. In fact, these products are already being developed.

Sounds unreal, right? But it turns out that eyeballs are the perfect place to put technology.
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Connected barrels: Transforming oil and gas strategies with the Internet of Things
O&G companies can reap considerable value by developing an integrated IoT strategy with an aim to transform the business. It has been estimated that only 1 percent of the information gathered is being made available to O&G decision makers. Increased data capture and analysis can likely save millions of dollars by eliminating as many as half of a company’s unplanned well outages and boosting crude output by as much as 10 percent over a two-year period.In fact, IoT applications in O&G can literally influence global GDP. Industry-wide adoption of IoT technology could increase global GDP by as much as 0.8 percent, or $816 billion during the next decade, according to Oxford Economics.
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How automation is transforming the way we do business, and what it means for you
The explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) has added a level of complexity to IT and Marketing disciplines, providing new use cases to an already extensive array of devices and applications. Engaging customers at different stages of their marketing journey requires creating personalized messaging, scenario-specific experiences and multi-channel campaigns.
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Smart dog collars could be the next big thing in wearables
The wearables industry has been primarily focused on building devices for humans, but that could change in the next few years, if the excitement over dog wearables with the Link AKC is any indicator.

The smart collar, designed in collaboration with the American Kennel Club (AKC), comes packed with features you would find on a normal human wearable, including a fitness tracker and step count.
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What you need to know about the imminent threat of IoT botnets
What do security analyst Brian Krebs, French hosting giant OVH and famous gaming company Blizzard have in common? They’ve all been the recent victims of massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, assaults that involve disabling online services by suffocating them with automated requests. Krebs’ blog was brought down by an unprecedented 620 Gbps flood, OVH suffered a 1.1 Tbps traffic, and Blizzard’s service went offline after a sizeable DDoS hit its servers.While DDoS is nothing new, attacks of this magnitude are, and what’s making them possible are IoT botnets, armies of compromised Internet of Things devices doing the bidding of malicious actors. This means that any connected devices from CCTV cameras installed in streets to a harmless coffee machine sitting in your home can be secretly involved in attacking websites and servers
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How The Internet Of Things Makes Dumb Devices Smart
The real business potential to add value through IoT doesn’t lie in the sensors or the networks that connect them. It exists in the potential of real time big data analytics to transform business operations and improve our lives. Big data analytics and machine learning will deliver personal and business insights and will enable us to make immediate decisions based on that data – rather than relying as we have in the past, on guesswork or out-of-date forecasts.
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Cisco, Salesforce partner on Internet of Things
Cisco and Salesforce are partnering to align collaboration, Internet of Things, and contact center technologies. Specifically, the two companies will jointly develop and market products that combine Cisco’s Spark and WebEx into Salesforce’s Sales and Service Clouds. The integration will integrate chat,video and voice features. More importantly, Cisco’s Jasper IoT platform will integrate with Salesforce’s IoT cloud. The combination should give Salesforce’s Einstein artificial intelligence platform more data and visibility.
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IoT Success: Sharing Data, Analytics Fuels Growth
The issues of IoT data and what to do with it is the focus on a recent report from the MIT Sloan Management Review titled, “Data Sharing and Analytics Drive Success With IoT.” The key to using IoT data, whether it’s internal or shared with the outside world, is having good analytics capabilities. However, this is where the supply of knowledgeable technology talent becomes critical.

Our survey found the two most common challenges for deriving value from IoT were in the area of data analytics, specifically handling and analyzing the resulting data from IoT devices. The next most common challenge was the need to increase their IoT talent base. These capabilities aren’t yet widespread; this year’s MIT Sloan Management Review analytics report classifies 49% of organizations as analytically challenged.
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Why Intel Is Betting High On The IoT Market
As Intel’s PC sales have slowed, it has increased its focus on the IoT segment, which is considered to be the next big driver for the semiconductor industry. IoT accounts for less than 5% of Intel’s revenue at present, though we forecast the revenue contribution will almost double over the next five years. This scenario is quite likely considering that the company has been significantly expanding its IoT portfolio through acquisitions.
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Largest DDoS attack ever delivered by botnet of hijacked IoT devices
A giant botnet made up of hijacked internet-connected things like cameras, lightbulbs, and thermostats has launched the largest DDoS attack ever against a top security blogger, an attack so big Akamai had to cancel his account because defending it ate up too many resources.An IoT botnet generating this much traffic is a bellwether event that Ellis says will take some time to analyze to come up with more efficient mitigation tools.
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Which vendors are winning the fight for Internet of Things supremacy?
As outlined in Technology Business Research findings, commercial IoT ecosystem revenue grew 18.3 per cent year-to-year in 2Q16, with cloud services remaining the industry’s fastest-growing segment year-to-year at 67.2 per cent due to vendors’ evolving need for platforms, processing and storage.

According to research, vendors with incumbencies in IT and consulting are the leaders, with IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Cisco and Microsoft emerging as the top four
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Complementary Technologies Enabling Effective IoT Solutions.
These IoT based deployments / solutions can be realized using variety of technologies. Every technology comes with its own unique advantages, but it is important to note that each of them also has some disadvantages. The solution deployments are highly effective when complementary technologies are used together.
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The IoT Is Coming To Healthcare
Price Waterhouse Coopers suggests the market for connected healthcare will grow to $61 billion by 2020.
Qualcomm Life quietly developed the 2Net open device network, and a suite of connected medication dispensers, biosensors and self-care glucose meters. Philips HealthSuite is an open, cloud based platform for healthcare systems, providers and individuals. The marriage of the two creates one massive, scalable ecosystem. It will also create a lucrative new niche medical business as providers move care from costly emergency rooms to the home.
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IBM’s Watson IoT hits the skies with Aerialtronics drone deal
Drones using artificial intelligence soon will be everywhere, monitoring crowds at major events, checking out traffic patterns on busy roads, surveying disaster sites and inspecting airplanes. IBM is edging into this airborne safety and maintenance market early, with a deal to bring its Watson internet of things technology to unmanned aircraft systems Data captured by high-resolution drone camera lenses will be fed into IBM’s visual recognition application programming interfaces (APIs) and services on its Watson cognitive computing and Bluemix cloud-based analytics platforms.
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Internet of Things Pushing AnalyticsCloser to Edge Computing
It always doesn’t make sense to accommodate all the intelligence for the systems in data centers, as the Internet of Things starts generating data from far-flung sensors and automating remote equipment.

The alternative found for this is edge computing, where smaller systems placed on the site in factories or other facilities will make a good judgment of IoT data and act on it. There seems to be a chance that the components of edge computing like gateways can shorten response time or just filter out sensor readings which don’t matter so they won’t add burden to the network.
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How the IoT is creating ‘precision farming’
Moo-ve over, runners and joggers – you’re not the only ones who are wearing a Fitbit, Jawbone or the Vivofit. Fujitsu has come up with its ‘Akisai’ cloud for agribusiness, of which the centrepiece is undoubtedly the connected cow.

When cows are in heat, they walk more, so by attaching pedometers to them farmers can identify which ones are ready for breeding.This cloud-based Akisai platform – Fujitsu’s attempt at Software as a Service (SaaS) to increase efficiency and modernise agriculture – could replace farmers with data scientists.
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How the ‘IoT’ will drive innovation and growth
IoT puts more emphasis on integration of sensors, devices and information systems across industry verticals and organizations to transform operations and enable new business models. IoT furthermore aims to facilitate a better understanding of complex systems through analytics based on data from diverse sources to assist decision making, improve products and enable entirely new services.”
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AI adoption coming quickly to the enterprise sector
Narrative Science has released a new report based on a survey of 235 business executives focused on adoption of artificial intelligence in the enterprise.The survey found that 38% of organizations are already using AI technologies in the workplace. This includes several key types of artificial intelligence systems. Among the most is predictive analytics which takes massive amount of data and analyzes it to find trends and offer predictions about the future based on that evidence.
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How to choose your IoT Platform Architecture?
There are more than 300 IoT platforms in the market today and the number is continuing to grow. However, as discussed not every platform is the same – IoT platforms are being shaped by varying entry strategies of different companies trying to capitalize on the IoT potential. Innovative Startups, hardware and networking equipment manufacturers, enterprise software and mobility management companies are all competing to become the best IoT platform on the market.
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Stackable, IoT-enabled dumpster homes to address urban housing crisis
KASITA is a smart, IoT-enabled micro-home designed to fit in the heart of a city or in someone’s backyard. Somethingstraight out of the sci-fi novel Ready Player One (also a product of Austin), these rectangular stackable shelf-likestructures are more than 300-square-feet large, and have generous 10.5 foot ceilings. According to thecompany, individual homes fit in a single-unit “cradle,” whilemulti-home racks stack up to ten floors high.
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AI Comes to Work: How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Business
AI has been around for decades— and experts say the rumors of a forceful robotic takeover are exaggerated.X“Instead, they see AI as an indispensable tool for supporting humans in virtually every aspect of life, especially in commercial applications. To find out more about how AI is rolling out in business and how it might develop in the future, Business News Daily spoke to industry insiders about the evolution of artificial intelligence.
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Verizon acquires Sensity Systems to add LED light control to its IoT platform
While Verizon continues to work towards closing its acquisition of Yahoo to boost its media and consumer Internet business (which also includes ownership of AOL, which owns TechCrunch), the company has made another acquisition to keep building out its enterprise services, too. The carrier has bought Sensity Systems, a startup based out of Sunnyvale (also home to Yahoo!) that has built solutions to help businesses and others convert older lighting systems to connected LED systems, making them controllable remotely. This is a straight push for Verizon’s wider Internet of Things “smart city” business, ThingSpace, which will integrate Sensity’s business and technology.
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The smart ice cubes that tell bar staff to order you another drink
The Internet of Things might be about to disrupt a bar near you – and solve a problem you’re likely to have faced time and time again.MARTINI, the world’s leading vermouth and best-selling sparkling wine maker, is trialling the MARTINI Smart Cube.
The concept is simple. A barman places a MARTINI Smart Cube in your drink when serving. The ice cube-shaped device, which is 3D printed, then bobs around until your drink is finished, at which point it senses the lack of liquid and alerts the bar staff, ordering you a fresh glass.
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How Terrorists Could Hijack the Internet of Things
There are already thousands of vulnerable vehicles on today’s roads. Computer researchers Chris Valazek and Charlie Miller have been demonstrating how to hack various car models for years, including a famous 2013 Today Show segment, and a 2015 demonstration in which they took control of a Jeep traveling along a highway at 70 mph with WIRED writer Andy Greenberg inside. Miller has calculated that as many as 471,000 existing vehicles have some exploitable computer vulnerability.
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MasterCard talks Internet-of-Things, Blockchain, payment experience and partnerships
Navigating the digital maze…presents huge opportunities for all businesses including MasterCard, but it also presents some traps that we need to be aware of and we need to deal with as we evolve our businesses

So, winning in digital is extremely complex irrespective of the business that you’re in and certainly not just the case of migrating what you do in the physical world today and making it work online. It’s a lot more complex than that. We’ve an extremely complex and comprehensive digital strategy.
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How to choose your IoT Platform Architecture?
There are more than 300 IoT platforms in the market today and the number is continuing to grow. However, as discussed not every platform is the same – IoT platforms are being shaped by varying entry strategies of different companies trying to capitalize on the IoT potential. Innovative Startups, hardware and networking equipment manufacturers, enterprise software and mobility management companies are all competing to become the best IoT platform on the market.
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IoT Gives a Face Lift to Mobile Gaming
Another way in which IoT can impact online gaming is through amalgamation with the experience of physical gaming. This isn’t only applicable to casinos but to any game platform which shares a player tracking system. With the kind of games played in casinos nowadays, only the operator generates revenue provided the player is present physically. To reassure this, customer outreach programs and marketing managers spend ample time toboost players to return to the casinos by offering them various reward programs.
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The Google of China announces new AI and Internet of Things initiatives
Baidu plans to use this revamped AI platform to develop a voice assistant similar to Amazon’s Echo, reports Bloomberg. It will be working with speaker manufacturer Harman Industries to develop the device, which it hopes will allow users to order food, summon a ride, or control smart home products via voice commands.The Echo’s surprising success has prompted Google, Samsung, and Apple to try and develop competitors, and Baidu, too, is seeking to replicate the success Amazon has seen.
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AI and the IoT: Are We Truly Prepared for What’s Coming?
According to Daniel Newman, CEO of Broadsuite Media Group, artificial intelligence has already infiltrated the IoT to a significant degree. Not only are analytics engines utilizing cognitive software and intelligent algorithms to convert raw data into knowledge, but a new wave of intelligent applications, such as chatbots, is poised to drive intelligence to every connected device on the planet. And if much of the actual processing of all this data is to take place on the edge, as many expect, the vast majority of this thinking will be “fast and uninhibited,” as in, not subject to human oversight
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Internet Of Things By The Numbers: What New Surveys Found
Things are looking up for the Internet of Things. 80% of organizations have a more positive view of IoT today compared to a year ago, according to a survey of 512 IT and business executives by CompTIA. “This reflects greater levels of attention from the C-suite and a better understanding of how the many different elements of the IoT ecosystem are starting to come together,” says CompTIA. Here are the highlights from this and other recent surveys
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IoT for Small Business: Effects, Opportunities & Platforms
Businesses will be the top adopter of IoT solutions in the next few years. And this will create tremendous benefits for the businesses that choose to wholeheartedly embrace this growing trend, as there are three ways the IoT can improve their bottom line: 1) reduce operating costs; 2) increasing productivity; and 3) expanding to new markets or developing of new product offerings.

BI Intelligence expects that from 2015 to 2020, business investments in the IoT will grow from $215 billion to $832 billion.
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Launching an IoT Product in 3…2…1
The IoT is still in the early-adopter stages and there are many consumers out there that don’t trust or see the value in an IoT connected product quite yet. We know, like similar technology revolutions, mass adoption isn’t far away, but we aren’t quite there yet.So how do you break through the noise and differentiate yourself?
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How Edge Computing can Solve Complex IIoT Problems
Some equipment operates at such high speed that the diagnoses and actions must be made in milliseconds, which is a challenge if the machine is located in the Alaskan tundra. Maintenance applications need to take into account the fact that some equipment is non-essential enough to be able to survive a total failure, whereas other machines are so critical that failure isn’t even an option.

And when that equipment is 1,000 miles from civilization, failures must be anticipated days in advance to enable repairs. Critical infrastructure equipment — such as that involved in the operation of a power grid — can’t be connected to the public Internet because of security concerns. And there’s the overarching fact that much of the equipment that industrial companies are trying to instrument now was never meant to be connected in the first place.
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Internet of Things and Open Source
Getting an IoT product out in the market is an extremely difficult task. There are challenges involved are in design of Hardware, Software, Cloud and Analytic’s components. However there are quiet a few common areas amongst all products. The need for sensors to be connected via wired or wireless mediums to centralized severs, data collection, interpretation and analysis on the data.
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Weekly Digest on Internet of Things


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6 Predictions For How IoT Tech Will Affect Online Marketing And SEO
It’s an exciting notion for homeowners, businesses, and Internet surfers everywhere, but what would such a development mean for the world of online marketing? As IoT technology becomes more common in homes, keyboard entries may almost entirely disappear; devices like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home are already starting to occupy a niche that allows users to give colloquial commands in a casual environment.
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Tripwire Survey: Few Are Prepared for IoT Security Risks
Security and compliance solution provider Tripwire released the results of its latest study, a survey of 220 security professionals who attended the recent Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas. When asked if their organizations were prepared to handle the security risks associated with the IoT, only 30 percent of them answered “yes.”
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Industrial Internet of Things: Insights from the Measurement and Control Show 2015, Tokyo, Japan
Frost & Sullivan research shows that the cross-pollination of ideas, technologies, and processes between the worlds of information technology and operations technology (IT-OT) is expected to form the crux of the fourth industrial revolution. The advent of advanced information and communications technologies (ICT) is likely to promote new interrelationships and interdependencies, giving way to unexpected business collaborations and partnerships in future. There is thus an increasing need for new value creation to realign synergies, partnerships, and collaborations across the vendor landscape.
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GE and Cisco face off over industrial IoT
Corporate giants are in an all-out race to dominate the widely coveted Internet of Things (IoT) landscape. Today, eight companies with market capitalizations over $150 billion actively promote IoT solutions: Google, Microsoft, Amazon, General Electric, AT&T, Verizon, IBM, and Cisco. When you take away the cloud, computing, and telecommunications players, you’re left with an interesting face off between General Electric and Cisco — both of which are targeting industrial IoT. The duel between the two giants is going to be interesting to watch, especially as they reinvent themselves in order to adapt to the IoT market.
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Where’s the money in IoT? Start with real-time data
When it comes to monetizing the Internet of Things’ vast network of sensors and activity logs, the assumption is there’s value in the data. Value, however, can be a highly subjective lens for crafting IoT’s ecosystem bound to overlap with nearly every industry imaginable. One company wants to make data more available within organizations, a goal directed at achieving real-time accessibility for building business applications and making faster decisions.
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5 Services Industries Accelerated by Internet of Things
Internet of Things connects the infrastructure and influences the way the service sector interacts with the industry infrastructure. Such industries generally engage with massive data, collect information and conduct analysis. This is where IoT will play a huge and important role. It will benefit the customers and the services sector too. Web development experts, IT professionals and Mobile Development Specialist around the globe are enabling such solutions through effective cloud, telematics integrated with IoT devices which are going to change the entire perspective of IT development.
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IoT Checklist: 5 First Steps For Solution Providers Breaking Into The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things requires channel companies to have a deeper understanding beyond technology – solution providers need to have a deep knowledge of their clients’ line of business.
“Solution providers need to specialize, at first,” said Alvarez. “Talk their [clients’] talk. Understand the terms they use. As your IoT practice gets bigger you can add more components.”
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IoT Likely To BeThe Next Big Thing For Qualcomm
According to a recent report, Qualcomm holds the top spot in a ranking of the total number of Internet of Things patent holders. It also leads with regard to the number of high strength patents held. Currently, the company garners most of its income by selling modem chipsets and by collecting licensing revenues from from its very strong hold CDMA and 4G LTE technologies. However, the fact that Qualcomm holds highest number of essential patents in the IoT technologies indicates that it is betting high on the growth of IoT market. Below we discuss the key reasons as to why Qualcomm is ramping up its investments in developing IoT technologies.
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Are IoT Investments Finally Paying Off?
According to the fourth annual “2016 Vodafone IoT Barometer report,” companies are seeing their IoT activities fuel revenue growth, and, as a result, they are increasing their IoT spend. “We’ve moved from simply adopting internet of things technologies to realizing the true business value that IoT can bring to organizations,” said Andrew Morawski, Vodafone’s head of IoT for the Americas. “Whether it’s connected supply chains for manufacturers, smart office capabilities for employees, or a connected home for consumers, businesses are seeing significant results from their IoT deployments, changing the way they do business and even facilitating new partnerships to serve customers in new ways.”
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Fog Computing the Path Ahead for IOT
If the reliance on cloud computing, as the foundation for IOT is continued, then this massive volume of data could throw new challenges like latency, bandwidth consumption, security and so on… The whole purpose of IOT could be defeated if there are latencies in delivering data. A connected smoke alarm sending a few seconds delayed message of smoke detection is of no use, the computing and decisions should be real time. This becomes more critical to Industrial scenario where several sensors attached to devices need to send data to cloud for processing and storage. Real time feedback and action is important if an impeding failure needs to be detected. Any latency or bandwidth issue could lead to huge impact.
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What is the Industrial Internet, and What Does it Mean for You?
The industrial Internet is so powerful that an estimated 50 billion devices will be connected by 2020 and have a huge impact on the global economy and international GDP. One example of the industrial Internet in action comes from GE’s connection to nearly $12 billion of large assets around the world. Using a central data center, GE representatives can monitor the machines, input their actions, and then use that information to make the process more efficient. Using collected data, the industrial Internet can run a series of analytics to predict future failures in the equipment and alert companies to issues before they arise.
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Why On Earth Is Google Building A New Operating System From Scratch?
Last week, a group of Googlers did something strange: They quietly revealed a new operating system that theoretically competes with Google’s own Android OS.
Dubbed Fuchsia, the open-source OS-in-progress could run on everything from lightweight, single-purpose devices (think ATMs and GPS units) all the way up to desktop computers. But unlike Android, Fuchsia isn’t based on Linux, nor is it derived from any of the other software that underpins nearly all personal computing and communications today. Instead, it’s an attempt to start from scratch.
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10 Steps To Implementing A Successful Enterprise IoT Strategy
Designing a successful IoT strategy could be very challenging for an enterprise. Unlike other software initiatives, which IT owns and controls, IoT deployments span multiple business units and operational teams.Some of the factors that negatively impact IoT projects include lack of collaboration among IT teams and OT teams, confusing choice of technologies, lack of interoperability with existing business applications, and more importantly, lack of alignment with the overall business goals.
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How To Manage Risk In An Interconnected World
When everyone — and everything — becomes interconnected, how will that change risk? Will new risks emerge and old ones disappear? And what do both insurers and insurance customers need to do about it?Many companies are woefully unprepared for the digital future as we enter the cognitive computing era of business. Not only do they struggle with risk management, but their employees’ digital skills are inadequate. Within the next decade, only 44 percent of our respondents believe their workforce will have the adequate skills to cope with digital interconnectedness and associated risks, up from just 27 percent today.
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Intel Joule is a high performance Atom-powered IoT module targeted at hardware developers
Intel’s Developer Forum (IDF) is underway at San Francisco, and Intel has some good news for hardware developers working in the IoT space. It has unveiled Joule, which is a high performance Atom powered IoT kit. Intel Joule is the successor to the Intel’s Galileo, Edison and Curie line of IoT kits which were based on the Intel Quark SoC

Intel is hoping the Joule module to be used in applications as varied as drones, robotics and with support from Intel’s RealSense technology to be used in VR and AR applications as well.
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Beyond the Jargon: The Future of IoT and Retail
In a 2015 survey conducted by Boston-based Retail Systems Research, retailers were asked which challenges would persuade them to consider IoT solutions for their stores.Given cost-, margin- and growth-based challenges, retailers chose growth. They gave top value to IoT data analytics to help them manage growth-related challenges. Differentiating their brands and monitoring consumer price sensitivity were their top-rated uses for IoT.Modern technology gives us several ways to slice, dice and analyse retail data. The differences lie in data volume, speed of analysis and where the data comes from.
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Why Fog Computing is the Killer App for the IoT
The speed at which technology evolves these days is amazing. Although we are still in the middle of the cloud revolution, suddenly a new networking paradigm has appeared: fog computing. And it seems to be a key component of another popular trend, The Internet of Things (IoT), or as we prefer to call it, the Internet of Everything.

The Internet of Things (IoT) will add a myriad of devices that will be connected to each other and to the Internet. Think of the Amazon Echo or the Apple Home application connecting to your smart lights, switches, thermostats, water valves, irrigation systems, moisture sensors, door locks—and even your vehicle. This network of physical objects—capable of communicating with each other, sharing data or executing actions based on information and commands—would be limited by a purely cloud model. Having all those devices stream data to and from a cloud service means significant latency, excessive bandwidth usage, security concerns for consumers and businesses, uncertain expectations for quality of service and a total dependency on the Internet connection.
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Artificial Intelligence + Algorithms = Assumptions!
Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged in the public debate with Deep Mind’s recent win over a champion of the Chinese game GO. AI is all about computers getting better at solving problems formerly thought too difficult which should be left to humans. Since the 1970s, a small group of computer specialists and mathematicians based their hopes on teaching machines to follow the rule-based learning of human reasoning. They designed algorithms (coding these rules into software programs) which they hoped would enable computers to emulate human thought processes.

Today, these algorithms run more and more of our everyday lives.The much vaunted Internet of Things (IoT) uses algorithms to monitor our babies, open our locks, control our use of energy, steer our cars and oversee our fitness programs and diets. Algorithms control which ads we see online, monitor our buying habits and track our whereabouts by GPS and our smartphones. Increasingly, algorithms program drones and weapons systems.
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Step One for Operational Excellence: Automating Data Collection
The overall goal for any operational excellence program is to drive incremental improvement in the business. However, this action becomes such a challenge if you don’t have visibility into your plant floor performance. Effective decisions should always be based on data analysis and information, not speculation or conjecture. This is essentially what the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0, or any other marketing term you want to use is aiming for — better decision making through increased plant floor connectivity.In fact, in a recent report by the Genpact Research Institute, 81% of industrial companies stated that they believe the adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things is the key to future success. That is why the first step every company should take (no matter the industry) if they truly want to achieve operational excellence is to get control over their manufacturing data.
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AWS IoT Button: Introduction
The Internet of Things is the next big thing. There is just one problem – too much of the IoT is being developed behind closed doors right now. There are companies spending billions of dollars on creating new devices and technologies. Technology has always properly grown when it has been in the hands of enthusiasts. Some of the best inventions we have these days were thought up in backyards with geeks fiddling around with technology. The IoT solutions available for enthusiasts were either too complex or not refined enough. That is why we are excited about the AWS IoT button.
The AWS IoT button provides a very simple way to control different devices around the home or outside. The best part is that it is very easy to both install and use. It is fully supported by AWS which is increasingly the home to many different technologies and solutions. The integration makes it very easy to achieve complex tasks in a simple way.
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Fog Computing: Intelligence at the Edge
As we connect more devices and systems in our plants to the Internet and build out the IoT, a tremendous amount of data will be generated and transmitted—terabytes of data per second. These are volumes of data the digital world has never seen before. This is the Big Data problem.

Moving that much data onto existing network and Internet infrastructures for cloud-based analytics and centralized management will dramatically increase Internet latency. For many industrial IoT applications, latency is not acceptable because real-time control and monitoring are mandatory.

For IoT to reach critical mass, intelligence must be pushed to the edge of the network. The network edge is where physical assets (things) such as sensors, actuators and circuits are connected to the network.
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Google waves goodbye to Linux for new IoT OS Fuchsia – coming soon to Raspberry Pi
Google is building a new operating system and kernel to run low-power and fully-featured devices for the internet.
While Android and Chrome OS have Linux at their heart, Google’s new OS, dubbed Fuchsia, opts for a different kernel to create a lightweight but capable OS, suitable for running all Internet of Things devices, from embedded systems to higher-powered phones and PCs.

Instead of the Linux kernel, Google’s new OS uses Magenta, which itself is based on LittleKernel, a rival to commercial OSes for embedded systems such as FreeRTOS and ThreadX.
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2017 The Year Of Internet Of Things: Morgan Stanley
The IoT market has moved on significantly over the past 12 months. This time last year there was much hype surrounding the technology, although many speculated it would be years before the public widely adapted IoT devices. However, according to Morgan Stanley’s research, almost the entire semiconductor industry is preparing for the manufacture and introduction of IoT devices and related hardware to the market.

Indeed, Morgan Stanley’s AlphaWise research division survey 117 key decision-makers responsible for the engines of IoT growth earlier this year and found that 90% of designers are incorporating connectivity products into new designs. Considering the average lead time for a new product is 12 to 18 months, based on this data the inflection point for IoT devices is predicted to be the second half of 2017 with growth accelerating in 2018.
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Weekly Digest on Internet of Things


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IoT Mid-Year Update From IDC And Other Research Firms
IDC presented on August 4 its annual mid-year IoT review webcast, hosted by Vernon Turner, senior vice president and research fellow for IoT and Carrie MacGillivray, vice president of IoT & Mobile. Here are the highlights:

  • An updated Digital Universe estimate of the amount of data created in the world annually (see above) forecast 180 Zettabytes (or 180 trillion gigabytes) in 2025, up from less than 10 Zettabytes in 2015 and 44 Zettabytes in 2020.
  • Reaching the analytics phase of IoT: The actionable IoT Data–the IoT data that is analyzed and used to change business processes–in 2025 will be as big as all the data created in 2020. To make real time decisions, says IDC, “machine learning becomes important for the machine.”
  • Connected devices: From less than 20 billion today to 30 billion in 2020 to 80 billion in 2025; by 2025, there will be 152,200 new connected devices every minute. “Everything we have of value will be connected to the internet,” says IDC.

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Advantech and Sigfox team up to blanket Taiwan in IoT
French IoT network providerSigfox announced a partnership with Taiwanese manufacturer Advantech on Tuesday.

Advantech plans to build 450 base stations for the IoT network, enough to cover the entire island. The network uses unlicensed radio spectrum, so it should be allowed to operate without government approval.Sigfox has quickly become a favorite among IoT providers, due to the network being inexpensive and scalable. After 50,000 devices, each device costs an average of $1to add to the network; a rate much lower than traditional IoT network providers.

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A future of mobile-centric healthcare could save lives
Picture the scene: an elderly woman with bronchitis is overcome by breathlessness while out for an afternoon shop. Instead of ignoring the problem, she immediately turns to her mobile phone, which is measuring her breathing rate and integrating that reading with other personal health data. The program decides that she needs a GP consultation within two hours, books it at a local walk-in centre and even tells her which bus to catch.

Welcome to the future of mobile centric healthcare. With spiralling costs, demand increases and staffing issues squeezing existing resources, a future of mobile-centric healthcare would increase efficiency – and maybe save lives.

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The Industrial Internet of Things and Manufacturing In 2016
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) continues to be a hot topic of discussion throughout the manufacturing community. With the promises it offers and the potential to streamline processes, many manufacturers are excited about this concept. However, in a new report released by Genpact Research Institute, 81% of business executives strongly believe that the adoption of the IIoT will be vital for their company’s future success. Unfortunately, it has been found thatonly 25% have a concise IIoT strategy while other businesses don’t have a clear plan in place.

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IoT security suffers from a lack of awareness
Gaining awareness of devices residing on corporate networks is the first step to building a viable security architecture for the internet of things. The problem? Most CIOs don’t know what’s on those networks.

Factor in the hiding-in-plain-sight machines and BYOD devices, as well as emerging technologies that control office light fixtures, temperature and even window tint, and it’s easy to see how vetting what’s on the network will only get harder for CIOs. Securing internet of things is a primary focus of this week’s Black Hat USA conference, whose organizers told the Wall Street Journal that they received 50 proposals for seminars related to infiltrating devices, including how a computer worm could spread smart lightbulbs, how to hack medical systems, and a new kind of ATM skimming device.

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Internet of Things strategies are going from general to specialized and vertical
Qualcomm, Intel and Dell are among the companies moving toward enabling vertical-specific IoT solutions.

Many companies, for example, initially tried to approach IoT with a more horizontal perspective, hoping to find solutions that worked across multiple industries and applications. Fairly quickly, however, most have found that they need to refine and focus their efforts across many separate vertical applications in order to find success.

For example, while connectivity and compute are clearly common characteristics across most all IoT applications, smartphone-component leader Qualcomm is starting to find traction in IoT by creating an extended range of reference platforms using its components across nearly 25 different applications. From drones, to wearables, from smart meters to connected cars, the company has built and shared an impressive range of specialized designs, leveraging various members of its Snapdragon CPU and modem family of SOCs.

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IoT grows crops best, but still too pricy for farmers
The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming to the agriculture industry, but a new report suggests that service costs and niche products are slowing adoption of the new technologies.

Benefits of IoT in agriculture include better yield rates and reductions in the amount of water, soil, and seed needed. The worry, for farmers, is the implementation of IoT systems and cost of service surpasses the costs saved from using the technology.

In agriculture, there are a few suppliers that offer services at an annual cost. One of those is OnFarm Systems, which provides its Grower Dashboard, a platform to manage farm sensors, monitor temperature, cloud, and water irrigation, schedule tasks, and view analytics.

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16 Stunning Statistics that Forecast the Future of the Internet of Things
Everyone’s talking about the Internet of Things, even the “things,” which can now request and deliver customer support, tell if you’re being as productive as you could be at work, let your doctor know if you’re following orders (or not), reduce inefficiencies in energy consumption, improve business processes, predict issues and proactively improve or resolve them based on data received.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is just getting started. These forecasts below show why organizations need to get started too (if they haven’t already) on leveraging and responding to the Internet of Things.

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