What People Really Want from the Internet of Things

In these early days of the Internet of Things (IoT), much of the focus has been on industrial applications, such as improving operations with autonomous machines, or standalone consumer products, like a Fitbit. But from our research, we’re seeing a more human-centric category of IoT activity starting to emerge. It’s less about automation and more about personal augmentation; less about individual devices and more about “living services” that let people program and connect smart devices however they want. Continue reading “What People Really Want from the Internet of Things”

The IoT is moving far beyond its industrial origins

The Internet of Things (IoT) has an important role to play in the future of information security. It will extend the reach of the Internet into devices and systems not previously considered ‘at-risk’, but also deliver an additional integrated security layer. On top of all this, it will play a role in monitoring the vulnerability of advanced mechanisms that are in vogue.

The IoT was traditionally thought of as industrial rather than consumer. With clear origins in manufacturing, due to its use of sensors to monitor machines early IoT provides centralisation, remote management and data-driven insights. Continue reading “The IoT is moving far beyond its industrial origins”

Glimpse into Bathroom of the Future: Doctors Will Do Checkups via Mirror, Robots Will Clean for You

Recently, Ikea debuted its version of the kitchen of the future — grey-water systems, open storage, and a smart table were all part of the vision. But it’s not the only room in the house that will see technological advances in the next few decades. A more intimate space is also going to keep some slightly creepy tabs on you, according to Bathrooms.com and futurologist Dr. Ian Pearson. Continue reading “Glimpse into Bathroom of the Future: Doctors Will Do Checkups via Mirror, Robots Will Clean for You”

New Vulnerabilities and Safeguarding of IoT

The Internet of Things delivers new ways to create and capture business value, but also creates some frightening new vulnerabilities that organizations must take specific actions to address.

The rapidly expanding Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to generate huge volumes of data and deliver valuable business insights. But it also introduces substantial new risk.

A defining element of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that objects are not merely smart—equipped with sensors and processing power—but also connected: able to share the information they generate. More data, and more sensitive data, accessible across a broad network of interconnected stakeholders could pose significant dangers if compromised. As the World Economic Forum reported in March, “Hacking the location data on a car is merely an invasion of privacy, whereas hacking the control system of a car would be a threat to a life.” The rise of IoT requires enterprises to put in place systems to protect this new source of information-based value.

Organizations need to be Secure.Vigilant.Resilient.™ in order to effectively manage their enterprise cyber risks, and this paradigm also applies to IoT. By adopting a Secure.Vigilant.Resilient. approach, companies may address proliferating vulnerabilities and the rising sophistication of cyber attacks. This three-pronged, risk-based approach aims to focus organizations on their most important assets and invest in cost-justified security controls designed to protect them. It also emphasizes in equal measures a need to gain greater visibility into threats and to improve coordination of response efforts to reduce the impact of a cyber attack. Continue reading “New Vulnerabilities and Safeguarding of IoT”

IoT Heading towards 30 Billion Connected Things

Fresh out of topping Gartner’s most hyped technologies list for the second year in a row, the Internet of Things (IoT) has kept its buzz going over the last couple of weeks with a series of announcements and new market analysis reports. First, here’s a sample of recent announcements:

September 20: Dialog Semiconductor has agreed to acquire Atmel Corporation for approximately $4.6 billion, combining forces in the mobile power, IoT and automotive markets, and addressing a “market opportunity of approximately $20 billion by 2019.”

September 18: Orange announced it is building a Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) network covering the whole of France, in line with its “ambition to become the number one operator for the Internet of Things.”

September 17: Alcatel-Lucent announced the acquisition of Mformation to provide service providers and enterprises with a secure, scalable, application-independent IoT security and control platform for use across multiple industries.

September 16: HCL Technologies announced it will jointly develop with IBM Internet of Things solutions and that the two companies will set up for that purpose an incubation center in Noida, India.Read more

Source: Forbes

Hi-tech firms are banding together to make sure “internet of things” smart devices are safe to use

More than 30 firms, including BT, Intel, and Vodafone, are creating an industry body to vet internet-connected devices for vulnerabilities and flaws.

It will encourage firms making smart gadgets to think about security as the hardware is being developed.

Consumers could be at risk unless the industry gets better at securing hardware, say experts. Continue reading “Hi-tech firms are banding together to make sure “internet of things” smart devices are safe to use”

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?”

IoT: Glimpse into the future of food and water

In the near future, IoT will drive tremendous innovation in the way our food is grown, processed, distributed, stored, and consumed. Plants and animals will literally have a “voice.” Not a human voice, per se, but a voice based on data that can tell people, computers, and machines when, for example, they are thirsty, need more sun, require medicine, or need individual attention. Continue reading “IoT: Glimpse into the future of food and water”