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”

Google’s Smart-Home Plans Include ‘Neighborhood Security Networks’ and Security ratings for homes

Google is toying with the idea of scoring smart homes on how secure they are. “The security score may be generated based on processed home data that may include at least one of various types of data, including, but not limited to, capability data, opportunity data, and environmental data,” the application reads. Continue reading “Google’s Smart-Home Plans Include ‘Neighborhood Security Networks’ and Security ratings for homes”

Building an API-driven Ecosystem for the Internet of Things

The latest wave of expansion for the Internet of Things (IoT) builds on existing approaches to web and mobile development using APIs built on commonly available, low-cost web infrastructure. HTTP may not be the ideal machine-to-machine (M2M) communication mechanism for all IoT developers, but it is the preferred format for syncing valuable IoT data …  Continue reading “Building an API-driven Ecosystem for the Internet of Things”

Wi-Fi equipped 32-bit Arduino board streamlines cloud-powered embedded app development

Digilent’s chipKIT WiFire board is an awesome little beastie. Powered by Microchip’s latest 32-bit 200 MHz MCU, the Wi-Fi equipped Arduino-compatible platform has been paired with Imagination Technologies’ Flow Cloud service development tools in an effort to make creating cloud-powered embedded applications practical for the average developer. Continue reading “Wi-Fi equipped 32-bit Arduino board streamlines cloud-powered embedded app development”