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Weekly Digest on Internet of Things

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Kavitha Gopalan

The IoT Is About to Shift into Ludicrous Mode
One of the biggest mistakes you could make now is to underestimate the Internet of Things, says Cisco’s Rowan Trollope. For many companies, embracing the IoT is crucial for their survival. “This is a life or death issue for most of our customers. They have seen what has happened with Uber and taxi companies and with Netflix and Blockbuster,”

Meanwhile, the IoT is quietly transforming the world and notable companies like UPS, GM, Boeing, Starbucks, and the industrial manufacturers like ABB are already embracing the technology. Practically every big tech company has made the IoT a big part of their business strategy. “Vertical by vertical, we are seeing tremendous transformation,” Trollope says.

Yet there is likely significant more potential for the IoT in domains such as smart cities, transportation, and manufacturing. The fact that the smart home realm gets the lion’s share of attention and hype could partly explain skepticism towards the IoT at large.

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Pwnie Express makes IoT, Android security arsenal open source
Pwnie Express has given the keys to software used to secure the Internet of Things (IoT) and Android software to the open-source community.

The Internet of Things (IoT), the emergence of devices ranging from lighting to fridges and embedded systems which are connected to the web, has paved an avenue for cyberattackers to exploit.

Vendors are struggling to keep up with emerging threats and firmware is often left outdated, placing consumer and business data at risk — but to assist researchers in finding IoT security flaws before they are exploited in the wild, Pwnie Express is opening up two software projects as open-source.

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What are the challenges of ideation in IoT?
Manufacturers of products across the consumer spectrum have by and large read the writing on the wall by now: go IoT, or go home.

In the near future, pretty much everything more complicated than a paper clip will assume the prefix of ‘smart’, and join the ranks of connected, communicative, hitherto inanimate objects.

As this process continues to unfold and products are overhauled to stay relevant in an IoT world, it will behoove companies to remember that a product ceases to be smart if manufacturers don’t plan, or ideate, with certain elements of usability in mind. Sure, you can call anything “smart” by slapping it with sensors and a Bluetooth module. But is it actually smart for your company and your consumers?

There is a difference between being connected – and being smart. Smart product design and development involve several key factors on the user-facing side of things which must be taken into consideration.

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State and Local Governments Embrace IoT, Including in Smart Cities
With help from the Urban Center for Computation and Data, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago is attacking these challenges with its “Array of Things” initiative and data analytics.
The city will deploy hundreds of sensors on streetlight poles across the downtown area and in residential neighbourhoods to monitor temperature, humidity, wind, noise, air quality and traffic from cars, pedestrians and bicycles. This mass of sensor data will then be transmitted over the cellular network to Argonne’s large central database.
The capacity to improve public services by collecting such data and applying related analytics is within reach for more cities and states as the Internet of Things (IoT) expands. From smart parking to automated detection of water leaks, governments now have access to real-time data that supports effective and efficient decision-making, which translates to concrete benefits for citizens.

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Cognitive manufacturing & Industry 4.0
Talk to any manufacturing executive and odds are they have heard of Industry 4.0. Originally coined in Germany through a technology project to computerize manufacturing, Industry 4.0 has now launched into a worldwide initiative to transform this sector.The two major technologies driving Industry 4.0 – Internet of Things and Analytics
To truly pave the way forward to Industry 4.0 and beyond, manufacturing has to evolve into cognitive manufacturing.
Cognitive manufacturing fully utilizes the data across systems, equipment and processes to derive actionable insight across the entire value chain from design through manufacture to support. Built on the foundations of IoT and employing analytics combined with cognitive technology, cognitive manufacturing drives at key productivity improvements in quality, efficiency, and reliability of the manufacturing environment.

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Two major IoT groups strike an alliance
Two IoT standardization groups — The Thread Group, founded by Alphabet’s Nest, and the newly formed Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) — announced they will collaborate to ensure compatibility between their communication protocols, according to Forbes.
Interoperability and standardization have been major issues holding back IoT adoption. OCF, which was assembled earlier this year, is notable for bringing together competitors Intel and Qualcomm to ensure that their products operate smoothly together.
According to a June 2015 report from McKinsey, 40% of the IoT’s total potential economic value can be unlocked only by solving interoperability challenges to ensure devices from different companies can work together.

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GE’s IoT Plan For China
General Electric announced a partnership with China’s Huawei recently as it continues to build out its Internet of Things ecosystem.
The Internet of Things is a natural fit for GE. As the world’s largest maker of jet engines, diesel trains and other large industrial goods, finding ways to make things cheaper is in its DNA. Sensors and big data analytics software is just the logical next step. So in 2013 GE unveiled a productivity software platform called Predix in conjunction with Amazon Web Services, Accenture and EMC. The goal was to bring penny pinching predictive data analytics to the industrial sector at scale.
Luckily, it had a willing guinea pig: itself. Since 2013 Predix has had a profound impact on its own production lines. In 2015 GE was able to save $500 million. And the company’s Chief Digital Officer, Bill Ruh, is expecting savings of better than $1 billion by 2020.
Now it wants to get bigger in China.Partnering with Huawei adds network hardware might and a powerful political ally.

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10 ways big data, analytics, and sensors are helping behind the scenes
New solutions based on IoT, analytics, and business intelligence are reaching into every corner of industry and commerce. Some of these examples might surprise you.
We are surrounded by more “hidden” applications of big data, analytics, sensors, and business intelligence than we probably know—and in places where wemight not imagine it. Here are 10 ways this behind-the-scenes tech is redefining how the world works.

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