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

02. February 2016 · Comments Off on EveryWare go Back to the Future at IoT Tech Expo · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

Pioneering real-time analytics specialist EveryWare will demonstrate how businesses can harness the Internet of Things to save money and improve business efficiencies at this year’s IoT Tech Expo.EveryWare identifies the inefficiencies that are costing businesses money through the use of retrofit sensors and Internet of Things technology, allowing them to resolve issues instantly and remotely, before they escalate. Managing Director Nigel Maris will be speaking at the event, taking a hypothetical look back at the rise of IoT from the year 2025.

Source: EveryWare go Back to the Future at IoT Tech Expo

19. January 2016 · Comments Off on The Internet of Things Presents Challenges that Have Not Been Fully Addressed · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Factory floor automation systems have used huge amounts of sensor data for decades to improve quality and throughput. Depending on the industry, the sensor data can be related to temperature, humidity, pressure, machine vibration, leakage, and many other things. Now, of course, modern automation systems are internet enabled and these systems can now be called Internet of Things (IoT) applications.A couple of recent ARC Advisory Group reports focus on some issues with factory automation systems that have not received enough attention. Those issues are the same issues that all IoT applications will face. Thus, examining these factory issues can allow us to peer into the future and predict the kinds of problems that new IoT solutions will bring to enterprises.

Source: The Internet of Things Presents Challenges that Have Not Been Fully Addressed – Forbes

18. January 2016 · Comments Off on IoT: More Than Just Technology  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Internet of Things has been in the news, home security systems, connected cars, smart cities, and environmental controls. Less publicized, but no less important, is IoT in manufacturing and other enterprise applications. IoT technologies are surfacing faster than government and other organizations can keep up. Weaknesses are already evident with standards, interoperability, security and privacy, and legal and economic issues. If you thought IoT is about deploying sensors and controls and processing the data, you have underestimated the impact of IoT. If you are new to IoT, I explain what IoT is in Are You New to IoT?

Source: IoT: More Than Just Technology – Post – No Jitter

15. January 2016 · Comments Off on New £24 million “Internet of Things” research hub announced · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The “Internet of Things” (IoT) describes a world where the physical objects around us – everything from heart pacemakers to fridges – are connected via digital networks. The PETRAS IoT Hub will explore the technical, ethical and social issues associated with these networks. It aims to make the UK the world’s best place to develop and deploy new internet technologies.Imperial College London is part of the new consortium of nine universities, which has received £9.8 million support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), as part of a UK Government investment in IoT research.

Source: New £24 million “Internet of Things” research hub announced

07. January 2016 · Comments Off on MediaTek Debuts New Chips For Wearables, Smart Homes And Blu-Ray Players · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

In the months leading up to CES, my inbox was pounded daily with pitches about revolutionary, world’s [fill in the blank] wearables, as well as the smartest, most secure, easiest-to-use, world’s [fill in the blank] smart home solutions. Most of that is marketing bluster, and that’s actually been a notable problem in those markets. There are too many problems unsolved, too many pretenders, and too much is proprietary.MediaTek is well aware of all of this, but as a chip maker, it’s working to resolve some of the above issues and also assert itself in those markets by underpinning any number of solutions. The company released the MT2523 SoC for smartwatches and other wearables and the MT7697 for smart home devices. (It also has the MT8581, a new Blu-ray SoC.)

Source: MediaTek Debuts New Chips For Wearables, Smart Homes And Blu-Ray Players