A recent conference focused on the world of Wi-Fi highlighted the immense opportunity created by the blossoming of the Internet of Things (IoT) space, as long as the wireless industry can keep pace with IoT’s rapid growth.RCR Wireless News reported that IoT was the hot topic at the Wi-Fi Now 2016 conference held recently near Washington, D.C. And it’s no wonder, considering the 8 billion Wi-Fi-enabled devices currently in use and the additional 3 billion expected to ship in 2016.
As with every Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the flagship technology conference this year will be attended by hundreds of the most influential tech companies in the world and be subsequently defined by the announcements that a select few make. Among others, you’ll find a diverse collage of brands this year, from Ford and Chevrolet to Google and Sony, who will unveil innovative new projects and products.
We’ve just ushered in the new year, and that means it’s also time for the next Consumer Electronics Show. Once again, the tech expo will be held in Las Vegas, and given all that we saw at last year’s conference, you might be wondering about what you can look forward to at CES 2016 when it kicks off next week. Here’s the first in a two-part series as we look at two things to expect at the coming week’s conference – electric/driverless car tech and the Internet of Things.Last year, CES 2015 was really big on car technology, and that’s one thing you can also expect this year.
What would you build if you could get access to 40,000 streetlights? The City of San Jose is about to find out. Initial proposals are due November 30 for upgrading with LEDs streetlights in this northern California city of 1.1 million residents. It sounds like a dream project for the Internet of Things, especially given its location in the heart of Silicon Valley. Indeed on August 26, 40 representatives of lighting, telecommunications, technology, energy and other companies attended an initial conference on the city’s request for proposals issued August 3. But there’s a catch: You have to create your own return-on-investment for the project.
Facebook is looking to make a big move into the Internet of Things (IoT), with the announcement that it plans to power smart devices through their software. The company made the announcement at the F8 developer conference. Facebook plans to use Parse, a company it acquired in 2013 to help developers build apps related to IoT. Because Facebook does not have their own app store, Parse allows them to monetize any apps sold through the service.”Developers can now easily use Parse to build a whole new category of apps for connected devices, from garage door openers to smoke detectors to wearable wristbands,” Facebook said in a blog post.
Call it a physical and cybersecurity challenge. Innovators and industry experts in Boston Tuesday for the IoT Security 2015 conference brainstormed about some of the Internet of Thing’s most daunting security challenges — authentication, patching, smart grids, and smart homes – and how to address them.
There have been murmurs and rumors about Windows 10 for IoT. From its early announcements, many have questioned whether Microsoft could target small embedded devices that don’t have screens with Windows 10. During Build 2015, Microsoft made an impressive albeit brief argument that it could. However, since Microsoft’s developer conference in April, the news about the company’s development of Windows 10 for IoT has sputtered out in dribs and drabs.
What’s next for Samsung, now that – as per data provided by the company – 40% of European households own a TV made by the manufacturers and 60% of them a smartphone by the same brand? Internet of Things domination.The company’s vision was outlined by YH Eom, president of the European division, at a press conference today at IFA. “The IoT sector holds amazing potential. As a EU-funded research shows, it will be worth 1 trillion euros by 2020,” he said, adding that, by the same year, all Samsung devices will feature IoT capabilities.
More often than not, developer’s conferences are about speeds and feeds with much focus on what the firm is creating. Intel (INTC – Analyst Report) manages to take this a step ahead by offering developers ideas about what they could develop, thus raising curiosity and excitement regarding what technology is capable of achieving.And that’s exactly how a developer’s conference should be — driving developer’s imagination to create incredible things. This is what Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, did at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2015 held in San Francisco.
At the recent The Channel Company’s XChange 2015 conference, CEO Bob Faletra asked a panel of solution providers the simple question: Is anyone actually making money through the Internet of Things?The value proposition of the Internet of Things has been reported on extensively, but Luis Alvarez, CEO and president of Salinas, Calif.-based Alvarez Technology Group, was able to offer concrete examples of how the IoT has transformed his business.