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Gauging IoT Adoption

IoT (Internet of Things) is increasingly becoming an intrinsic part of business. The range of benefits that users are getting from IoT is also widening as adoption increases, according to the fifth annual Vodafone, www.vodafone.com, IoT Barometer Report.

The City of Cary Leverages IoT

The town of Cary, N.C., is committed to introducing the IoT (Internet of Things) and shifting to a modern cloud-first approach to address the needs of its growing community.

In Focus

Episode 527 09.05.17

Allen Proithis, president, Sigfox North America, talks about the benefits IoT data is bringing to the major enterprise and industrial segments. 

Building a United Front

On the surface, one may assume the role of a building owner is to simply make sure tenants pay their rent on time each month and perform maintenance jobs.

Creating Connected Solutions for Diabetes Management

Technological advancements in the medical field for patient management have been slower to develop than other sectors such as medical equipment for hospitals.

Episode 523 08.08.17

Sara Lupien, contract and revenue manager, Caterpillar Inc., joined Peggy Smedley to discuss the new efforts to help condition machine workers to understand the value of data through the use of subscription services.

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Cat Rocks the IoT with Cat Connect

In the digital age, the world is transforming at a rapid pace, especially with the deployment of the Industrial Internet of Things. That’s exactly why Caterpillar, www.cat.com, a manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives, is uniquely responding to its customers and to the industries they serve. Caterpillar is merging deep domain expertise with digital technologies to create a suite of solutions that help customers improve their business operations, creating actionable insight from data which helps to reduce costs and better manage risks.

Think Tank

The Future for Dealerships in the Era of Connected Vehicles

I’m old enough to remember a time when the decision to travel to some distant place was, pretty much without exception, followed immediately by deciding which travel agent to call.

Focus on Collaboration Intensifies. Here’s Why.

The way we work together in teams is changing. Collaboration has always been a part of work, but today it’s both harder and more important than ever.

IoT, Brick by Brick: Making CRE Buildings Smarter

Wireless technology is the backbone of IoT. Here’s what to look for in a future-ready network, and how to budget for it. Science fiction has teased us for decades with the idea that someday our buildings would be able to adapt to our every whim, allowing us to control lighting with a wave of the hand, gain access with a fingerprint or retina scan, or employ robots to clean floors or deliver mail. Now, the IoT (Internet of Things) is poised to help deliver on those promises.

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A Moral Dilemma: Does the IoT Need Ethics?

Science magazine published a research report in June 2016 entitled “The social dilemma of autonomous vehicles” by Jean-François Bonnefon of the University of Toulouse Capitole, www.ut-capitole.fr, Azim Shariff of the University of Oregon, www.uoregon.edu, and Iyad Rahwan of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), www.mit.edu.


Taking the IIoT Journey with Caterpillar

There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t hear about how technology is changing the way all of us interact with new devices that are connected to cars, thermostats, smart meters, and much more.


Intl. Smart Meters Rife with Controversy

Let’s discuss a key component of the smart grid. For this column, I want to take an international view of smart-meter adoption. In fact, I want to touch on a bit of controversy surrounding smart meters in one particular country.

Smart Grid Hurdles and Challenges

I can’t write enough about the energy, utilities, and smart-grid space as we continue to advance into the 21st century. There is so much opportunity for smart-grid modernization. It seems there’s no way around the fact that a smart grid is necessary for the IoT innovations that lie ahead, some of which we can’t even predict, but we know changes are certainly underway and more are on the horizon.

Press Releases

Samsung Introduces New ARTIK Secure IoT Modules and Security Services to Deliver Comprehensive Device-to-Cloud Protection for IoT

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today announced ARTIK™ secure “s” systems-on-modules and services for the ARTIK™ IoT Platform to strengthen edge security.

Nube selects Sierra Wireless Device-to-Cloud IoT solution and Microsoft Azure Cloud Services to reinvent gas delivery

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW), the leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that Nube has selected Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud IoT solution and Microsoft Azure Cloud Services to reinvent consumer gas delivery.

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Amazon: The Stark Reality

Since 2011, when I began contributing to this magazine, I have keep an eye on Amazon, reporting on its patenting activity around logistics processes, its use of robotics and other automation in the ongoing improvement of its fulfillment centers, and the strategic positioning of these centers close to high-density population centers to support its quest for same-day deliveries.

Segway Hacked With or Without Operator Aboard

For all of Segway's advanced mechanics and incredible feats of stabilization, this futuristic ride hasn't had the smoothest ride since its introduction. Originally launched at the end of 2001 under a veil of secrecy and hype, Segway slowly became more of a punchline over the ensuing years due to its inflated price and association with lazy and overweight riders including Mall Cop's Paul Blart.