01. July 2016 · Comments Off on The Future of the Internet is the Internet of Things  · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

The Niskanen Center has submitted its comments on questions pertaining to the Internet of Things (IoT) to the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA). We indicate that the Defending Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act would be a welcome legislative vehicle for addressing many of the issues and concerns associated with the IoT.  In addition, we offered two recommendations for NTIA, as well as federal agencies in general, as to how they ought to approach dealing with the emerging IoT:

  1. The tenets of the “Framework for Global Electronic Commerce” should guide the federal government’s approach to regulating the IoT.
  2. NTIA and other federal agencies should refrain from IoT-specific mandates, multistakeholder processes, or other efforts that would act as bureaucratic impediments to innovation.

Source: The Future of the Internet is the Internet of Things | Niskanen Center

23. June 2016 · Comments Off on Is This Really the Internet of Things? · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

For several months, I have been writing about smart manufacturing and the Internet of Things (IoT). I promised to myself to change topic, but my recent participation in the annual CSIA Executive Conference pushed me back on topic. The Executive Conference is the annual occasion when the Control System Integrators Association members get together to discuss best practices to manage and grow their businesses, market developments, and trends that will impact their businesses over the coming months and years.As happens these days at every conference, IoT issues were prevalent—enough to give them their own “unconference” session, crowded with system integrators and technology providers, reflecting the attention to the issues and the need for discussion and clarity.

Source: Is This Really the Internet of Things? | Automation World

19. June 2016 · Comments Off on Cirrent Launches Automatic Internet Connection Service for Smart Wi-Fi Products · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Today marks the availability ofCirrent, the new way to connect any smart, connected product to the Internet automatically and securely. Cirrent’s service enables connected products—such as home thermostats and televisions—to connect to the Internet automatically and securely, right out of the box. With more things on the Internet than people, it’s predicted there will be 30 billion devices online by 2020—ranging from sprinkler systems to teddy bears. In fact, approximately 88% of consumer electronic devices shipped in 2015 were Internet-enabled. Before Cirrent, the setup process for most connected products involved multiple steps, confusing passwords, and in more than 20% of cases, consumers failing to connect their “smart” products to the Internet at all (source: Accenture).  The difficulty of getting products connected to Wi-Fi is a fundamental barrier to the adoption of connected products, and results in lost sales, high support costs, and high returns.  Cirrent addresses these issues head on by making products secure, reliable, and easy to use, which adds directly to the bottom line of the product companies.

Source: Cirrent Launches Automatic Internet Connection Service for Smart Wi-Fi Products | Multichannel

25. May 2016 · Comments Off on Cirrent Launches Automatic Internet Connection Service for Smart Wi-Fi Products · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Today marks the availability of Cirrent, the new way to connect any smart, connected product to the Internet automatically and securely. Cirrent’s service enables connected products—such as home thermostats and televisions—to connect to the Internet automatically and securely, right out of the box.With more things on the Internet than people, it’s predicted there will be 30 billion devices online by 2020—ranging from sprinkler systems to teddy bears. In fact, approximately 88% of consumer electronic devices shipped in 2015 were Internet-enabled. Before Cirrent, the setup process for most connected products involved multiple steps, confusing passwords, and in more than 20% of cases, consumers failing to connect their “smart” products to the Internet at all (source: Accenture).  The difficulty of getting products connected to Wi-Fi is a fundamental barrier to the adoption of connected products, and results in lost sales, high support costs, and high returns.  Cirrent addresses these issues head on by making products secure, reliable, and easy to use, which adds directly to the bottom line of the product companies.

Source: Cirrent Launches Automatic Internet Connection Service for Smart Wi-Fi Products

29. February 2016 · Comments Off on Installing a Smart Grid in the US for Reliable Electricity · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

The numerous issues with US infrastructure are nothing new, but an often overlooked component is the electrical grid. Currently, the grid suffers from inefficiencies and high costs, but smart technologies could solve these problems.On the other hand, making the grid smarter could also make it more vulnerable to cyber attacks.This is not a problem with a simple solution.

Source: Installing a Smart Grid in the US for Reliable Electricity > ENGINEERING.com