2016 is the year the Internet of Things entered the mainstream

Enterprises are spending as much on the Internet of Things as on cloud, mobility and analytics, according to Vodafone’s annual research into the sector.

The operator’s 2016 IoT Barometer found that respondents are dedicating 24 percent of their IT budgets to the IoT.

This is slightly more than is being allocated to mobility (23 percent), cloud (23 percent) and analytics (22 percent).

The survey covered 1,096 people in 17 countries across nine industry verticals. Continue reading “2016 is the year the Internet of Things entered the mainstream”

Internet of Things is already here, but how close is it?

Almost everyone has faced the maddening thought that they are miles from home but not sure whether they turned off the space heater or some other appliance.

A person might even drive back home to make sure the thing is turned off. Well, as the Internet of Things takes hold, that is at least one aggravation that may become history, because a smartphone app will be able to display whether that heater is on, and allow the user to turn it off — remotely — if it is. Continue reading “Internet of Things is already here, but how close is it?”

Will the new generation of IoT­-related data benefit us enough to be comfortable giving up even more of our privacy?

For most of us, the internet of things (IoT) might call to mind specific gadgets – slick innovations like Nest thermostats or the Apple Watch – that seem to owe their provenance to science fiction and promise a more wired world, as well as the inevitable automation of everyday life.

Then there are people like serial entrepreneur Nova Spivack, someone who’s far less enamoured of the next IoT device than he is with something infinitely geekier: the data that can be captured. Continue reading “Will the new generation of IoT­-related data benefit us enough to be comfortable giving up even more of our privacy?”

Reasons why companies continue to struggle with IoT

The Internet of things (IoT), the term used to describe the use of sensors and other Internet-connected devices to track and control physical objects, is opening up entirely new ways of doing business. However, the changing customer demands is challenging skill requirements and even the supplier landscape, thereby throwing up immense challenge to business leaders. Two recent studies detail why enterprises continue to struggle with IoT.

Researchers at the McKinsey Global Institute found that key IoT application – and they examined over 100 – could have a total economic impact of $3.9 trillion to $11.1 trillion per year in 2025. More than two-thirds of value will be generated in business-to-business settings and that business customers and consumers will likely capture more than 90% of the value created, they said. Continue reading “Reasons why companies continue to struggle with IoT”

Google Brings Interactive Watch Faces to Android Wear

Wearing a watch lets you tell time with just a glance. Android Wear has expanded this at-a-glance experience to other useful info like your next meeting, daily step count, or messages. Today, we’re launching interactive watch faces, making it easier (and more fun) to stay connected, right from your wrist. Now, with just a tap, your watch face can change its design, reveal more information, or even launch a specific app. Continue reading “Google Brings Interactive Watch Faces to Android Wear”

Operators Must Pay Attention to Data Issues around Wearable Tech

If 2014 was the year of the fitness tracker, then 2015 seems destined to be the year of the smartwatch. Whilst there are a range of potential legal consequences for CSPs in becoming involved in wearable tech, from consumer and product liability issues (if the CSP retails such products) to advertising and marketing issues (in relation to the promotion of such products and services), it is the data issues which are potentially of most interest. Continue reading “Operators Must Pay Attention to Data Issues around Wearable Tech”