Thursday, 19 February 2015

Internet of Things Presents New Challenges for an Old Concept

The saying “Everything old is new again” applies in spades to the Internet of Things (IoT), as the IoT is really just the evolution of automation systems we’ve been using for decades. But there is a key difference in today’s IoT applications, one that presents a significant challenge to service providers seeking to profit from IoT-related applications and services: the scale of their systems. IoT technology dates back at least to SCADA systems used in industrial automation applications for decades to control machines on the factory floor. It then expanded to point-of-sale technology used in retail stores as well as fleet tracking systems used in transportation. All of these systems involve relatively small computers that communicate among one another with no human intervention, while producing valuable information that humans ultimately consume. That’s exactly what today’s IoT technology involves, but on a much broader scale. Now the “compute” technology can be as simple as a sensor that does nothing more than track some variable – temperature, humidity, motion or what have you – and communicate it to some central computer. See more at:

Internet of Energy emerging from Internet of Things

Internet of Things (IoT) is a paradigm that considers pervasive presence in the environment of a variety of things/objects that through wireless and wired connections and unique addressing schemes are able to interact with each other and cooperate with other things/objects to create new applications/services and reach common goals. The Internet of Things applications drive the intelligence to the edge of the system by sensing/actuating the environment using intelligent sensors/actuators (analog and digital) that are communicating using IP to improve performance and efficiency by collecting and processing the information and coupling massive sensing and control with big data and analytics to accomplish advanced levels of optimization and efficiency. The IoT makes use of synergies that are generated by the convergence of consumer, business and industrial internet consumer, business and industrial internet. The convergence creates the open, global network connecting people, information, and things. This convergence leverages the cloud/fog to connect intelligent things that sense and transmit a broad array of data, helping creating services that would not be obvious without this level of connectivity and analytical intelligence.

Lantronix to Showcase Wi-Fi Enabled Internet-of-Things Solutions at Embedded World 2015

Experiencing The Real Internet of Things: Company to Provide Live Demonstrations of Award-winning ZANO Autonomous Drone, Tools and Solutions to Accelerate IoT Deployments. Lantronix, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX), a leading global provider of smart IoT (Internet of Things) connectivity solutions, today announced it will be providing live demonstrations of its xPico® Wi-Fi® and PremierWave® product families, its support for Python scripting language, and more at the Embedded World 2015 show to be held from February 24-26, 2015 in Nürnberg, Germany. Lantronix' booth will be located in Hall 5, Booth 451 at the M2M Pavilion in Nürnberg Exhibition Centre. The company will also showcase several Lantronix IoT-enabled product applications, including the award-winning xPico Wi-Fi-powered Torquing ZANO autonomous drone and a PremierWave EN-powered humanoid robot. Additionally, Lantronix will demonstrate factory provisioning of the xPico Wi-Fi module in a manufacturing floor setting, as well as the integration into a cloud-based device management platform. See more at:

The connected world is not some distant dream. It’s already here

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an all-encompassing trend that affects all areas of our lives. Especially for a strong economy like Germany, the IoT offers major business opportunities and a historic opportunity to improve its competitiveness as an industrial location. Around the world, engineers are developing solutions for the IoT. At present developments are very much driven by technology. But in an area like this, technological know-how and excellent work alone are not enough. We have found that the right systemic understanding is decisive for the IoT.  When developing connected solutions, therefore, Bosch takes three levels into consideration: the first is connected things, which use sensors to collect data and in this way help create a virtual image of the real world. The second is secure software platforms that connect these things with the internet and with each other, that analyze data, and that make new services possible. The third is the applications and services that are developed on the software platforms and create value-added for customers See more

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The 'Internet of Things' Will Be The World's Most Massive Device Market And Save Companies Billions Of Dollars

The Internet of Things (IoT) is beginning to grow significantly, as consumers, businesses, and governments recognize the benefit of connecting inert devices to the internet. In an all-new report from BI Intelligence, we examine what is currently driving growth in the Internet of Things and how various sectors of the economy will embrace IoT innovations. The IoT will result in $1.7 trillion in value added to the global economy in 2019. The main benefit of growth in the IoT will be increased efficiency and lower costs. The IoT lacks a common set of standards and technologies that would allow for compatibility and ease-of-use. See more at :

Will the internet of things finally kill privacy?

In the internet of things, the Federal Trade Commission sees the possibility of flourishing new markets. But it also sees a prologue to Black Mirror: in a new report that probes the privacy implications of connected devices, the commission surveys a landscape of possible dystopian futures. Get ready for invasive marketing, unending consumer surveillance, invisible nudging, and new potential for government spying and novel forms of hacking. The report seeks to identify the dangers to consumers presented by the internet of things. How might information gleaned from a car GPS, fitness tracker or smart refrigerator lead to negative effects on your creditworthiness, employability, or insurance premiums? As a prelude to the development of best practices, and perhaps new legislation, the FTC aims to establish industry standards for data gathering and use. See more at :

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Tim O’Reilly Explains the Internet of Things

Tim O’Reilly has been at the cutting edge of the Internet since it went commercial. In fact, he helped take it there: In August 1993 he released the Global Network Navigator, a web page containing information, catalogs and a marketplace, which may have been the first site with advertising. The IoT is really about human augmentation. The applications are profoundly different when you have sensors and data driving the decision-making. Uber is a company built around location awareness. An Uber driver is an augmented taxi driver, with real-time location awareness. An Uber passenger is an augmented passenger, who knows when the cab will show up. Uber is about eliminating slack time and worry. People would call it “IoT” if there was a driverless car, but it already is part of the IoT. You can measure, test and change things dynamically. The IoT is about the interpolation of computer hardware and software into all sorts of things. Reed more at:

Googles secret weapon in the battle for the internet of things Academia

When it comes to building up clout in an emerging industry, Google pulls out all the stops. And doing that usually involves spending lots of money. Google Research, Google’s portal to the academic world, is making major investments right now, building up an innovation and research program dedicated to the nascent collection of products and technologies collectively known as the Internet of Things (IoT). It's created a research grant program called Open Web of Things to attract talent to the company, as well as to fund and give technical support to promising research groups in academia. The application process is now closed, and Google will choose the recipients by this spring. Reed more at :

Monday, 2 February 2015

Why some of tech’s greatest minds are still missing the Internet of Things picture

I did not attend the annual Consumer Electronics Show two weeks ago, but I eagerly read about the prototypes for new consumer gadgets and services that debuted there. From all accounts, the Internet of Things was a major theme of the show. Yet, to my dismay, the coverage I saw coming out of the event was decidedly ambivalent, even dismissive, when it came to the potential of the Internet of Things. How can this be? The Internet of Things (IoT) has been heralded far and wide as the next great revolution in technology. Gartner is predicting that the Internet of Things will include 26 billion connected devices by 2020, and Cisco forecasts $19 trillion in economic value over the next decade. Yet when top tech companies put their most exciting ideas for IoT devices in front of the savviest tech writers and consumers, the reaction is lukewarm. See more at:

Cheat sheet for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is not a ways down the road, it’s banging on the door. According to Gartner, there will be about 4.9 billion connected units in use this year; by 2020, that number will grow to 26 billion. Another study said that nearly 20 percent of the planet’s developers are working in some capacity on projects related to the Internet of Things. That kind of far-reaching, fast-growing technology has a lot of people seriously worried about privacy and security. Eugene Kaspersky even calls IoT the Internet of Threats because of the potentially catastrophic danger of the ever increasing number of smart devices connected to the Internet. See more at:

Technion And Microsoft Launch Internet Of Things Joint Venture

The Technion Israel Institute of Technology, together with Microsoft Israel R&D center, launched a special initiative in a lab for developing software and systems at the Technion’s computer science faculty. The initiative will focus on the field of Internet of Things and will be used by students for developing innovative technologies during their computer science studies. The physical appearance and technology infrastructure at the lab are designed to resemble the work environment of a startup company, with all the latest computer equipment, including smartphones and tablets for running applications during their development. The clean design lines of lab simulate those of a real high-tech company, and give the students the feel of an authentic development environment of an R&D center or a startup company. See more at

AT&T Introduces M2X To Ease Internet Of Things Development

The Internet of Things (IoT) is heralded as one of the biggest technological advances of our age. The idea that literally billions of devices and sensors will be connected to the network and that we’ll be able to derive meaningful and valuable insights from the data those devices transmit is an exciting one. But the reality of building IoT applications is pretty complex – there are no standards, little consistency in terms of how things are done and few solid case studies to go by. There’s also a plethora of startups aimed at making IoT development easier. But in the race to capture mindshare, there is lots of movement in the startup space. Witness the case of IoT platform Octoblu which was acquired by Citrix only months after launching. See more at: