Travel and hospitality connected data is like snow

I should have expected it! The end of January/beginning of February always seems to bring some kind of major snow event in the East. Here in Cary, NC we experienced only a couple of inches of snow, but that snow covered a solid inch of ice underneath. Several hundred miles north, my daughter walked through almost two feet of snow at her college campus in Philadelphia. And it got me thinking…

Data is like snow; or better, data is like any kind of precipitation. Small amounts of data can cause headaches and, in our case, muscle aches, as we tried to crack through the inch of ice under our snow in Cary to clear our driveway. But when a lot of data comes at you fast and furiously, like the snow falling during the recent blizzard, you have to deal with both the volume and the velocity of the data. The Washington Post reported an average of more than 20 inches of snow in 2-3 days across 68 square miles equaling almost 3.5 billion cubic feet of snow. Continue reading “Travel and hospitality connected data is like snow”

Wi-Fi for smartwatches, Internet-enabled coffee makers and whatever other connected appliance you might fancy

There are plenty of blockades between now and the connected-device future that’s been so long on the horizon. One of these is Wi-Fi, which has limitations that keep connected devices from connecting quite as efficiently as they could. Now, there’s a plan in place to fix it. Continue reading “Wi-Fi for smartwatches, Internet-enabled coffee makers and whatever other connected appliance you might fancy”

The IoT is definitely making an impact and helping the field service industry

In the age of the IoT, smartphones, laptops, tablets, and the rest of the mobile technology are no longer just a mere device. They have become tools as crucial to the field engineer as the tape measure. While mobile platforms evolve, the IoT is expected to deliver a wealth of functionalities and information we used to only dream of a couple of years back. Continue reading “The IoT is definitely making an impact and helping the field service industry”

Globalizing the IoT: Cultural Differences Matter

In 2008, there were already more things connected to the Internet than people—and yet, the market for connected devices is only expanding. In fact, the number of Internet-connected devices is expected to exceed 50 billion by the year 2020, generating as much as $19 trillion in profits in the next 10 years. The projected growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) hints at a future that was previously unimaginable, in which every “thing”—from your car to your stove to your thermostat—is connected. Continue reading “Globalizing the IoT: Cultural Differences Matter”

Coming our way are houses run by networked kits. Will our homes be soon smarter than we are?

There is a technological juggernaut heading our way. It’s called the Internet of Things (IoT). For the tech industry, it’s the Next Big Thing, alongside big data, though in fact that pair are often just two sides of the same coin. The basic idea is that since computing devices are getting smaller and cheaper, and wireless network technology is becoming ubiquitous, it will soon be feasible to have trillions of tiny, networked computers embedded in everything. They can sense changes, turning things on and off, making decisions about whether to open a door or close a valve or order fresh supplies of milk, you name it, the computers communicating with one another and shipping data to server farms all over the place. Continue reading “Coming our way are houses run by networked kits. Will our homes be soon smarter than we are?”

We’ve been thinking about the Internet of Things all wrong: AI and IoT are inseparable

We’ve been thinking about the Internet of Things all wrong.

  • Big data analytics for IOT software revenues will experience strong growth, reaching $81 billion by 2022 says Strategy Analytics
  • Smart Cities will use 1.6 billion connected things in 2016 says Gartner
  • By 2025 IOT will be a $1.6 trillion opportunity in Healthcare alone says McKinsey
  • 50 billion+ connected devices will exist by 2020 says Cisco
  • Data captured by IOT connected devices will top 1.6 zettabytes in 2020 says ABI Research

Numbers. Numbers. Numbers. Continue reading “We’ve been thinking about the Internet of Things all wrong: AI and IoT are inseparable”

IoT is all about sensors and the data that sensors produce

The Internet of Things (IoT) is all about sensors and the data that sensors produce. It’s less about the physical things that have a functional purpose, and it’s more about what becomes possible with the data that is produced by the sensors in those things.  This is especially true when you combine the sensor data from one thing with sensor data from other things, such as combining a truck’s location data with weather condition data 100 miles down the road. Continue reading “IoT is all about sensors and the data that sensors produce”

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?”

Can intrusion-detection systems keep hackers from messing with your connected baby monitor and door lock?

There’s a smooth, dark brown stone sitting in front of me on the table with a bright circle pulsing on its face—a signal, apparently, about the security status of Yossi Atias’s fictional Internet-connected home.

Atias is the CEO and cofounder of an Israeli startup called Dojo-Labs, one of numerous companies trying to secure the so-called Internet of things. The stone is part of its first security product, Dojo; it gets alerts via low-energy Bluetooth from a white, rectangular device that plugs into your Wi-Fi router and monitors the network activity of Internet-connected home gadgets like smart lights, TV sets, and alarm systems. Continue reading “Can intrusion-detection systems keep hackers from messing with your connected baby monitor and door lock?”

BestMile signs deal with Swiss public transportation company for the operation of autonomous vehicles in city of Sion

A few weeks after its participation in the International Transport System World Congress in France (ITS World Congress), BestMile signs its first commercial project with CarPostal, the company leading the sector of public transportation in Switzerland. This collaboration between the EPFL spin-off and the subsidiary of the Swiss Post will allow to operate autonomous vehicles in urban areas. Continue reading “BestMile signs deal with Swiss public transportation company for the operation of autonomous vehicles in city of Sion”