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Smart-Grid Funding Heats Up

The smart grid continue to get smarter, as the U.S. DOE (Dept. of Energy), www.energy.gov, has invested $1 million in funding toward RTI (Real-Time Innovations), www.rti.com, to conduct research and new developments of grids under the established DDS (Data Distribution Service) standard.

ELD Mandate: Is Your Business Ready?

December 18 is fast approaching, and for commercial drivers, this is an important date. It is the day that the ELD (electronic logging device) rule begins to go into effect, and companies need to understand the mandate and how to comply.

In Focus

Situational Awareness on Super Bowl Sunday

It’s football season once again here in the U.S.—a time for tailgating, weekly get-togethers, and celebrations (or disappointments, depending on the week). While it may be a bit early to think about the big game, Super Bowl LII, which is scheduled for Feb. 4, 2018 at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., city officials and first responders in Minneapolis have certainly had the date on their minds for quite some time.

Episode 531 10.03.17

James Scott, senior fellow and cofounder, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology, explains which aspects of critical infrastructure remain vulnerable and how organizations can take the next steps to protect themselves.

A New Response for Rural Communities

Imagine getting into a serious car crash or having a heart attack in the middle of nowhere and not knowing when help will arrive. This is the reality many rural Americans face. While small Midwest towns exhume a strong sense of community that’s hard to find nowadays, when dire situations arise, they often have a disadvantage.

Episode 532 10.10.17

David Shannon, business development manager, Caterpillar Marine Asset Intelligence, looks at how automated analytics is being leveraged in various organizations and why it is becoming the future of operation optimization. He talks challenges companies may face with analytics and stresses the importance of pairing them with humans.

What’s Trending

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

Get Smart: Plugging in to the Connected Workplace

Workplace tropes frequently peg the office watercooler as the unofficial meeting place where people congregate to gossip or commiserate while staying hydrated in the corporate world’s climate-controlled environs. But imagine a future where that watercooler does more than just dispense liquid—what if it could connect to a network and become “smart?”

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.

Now they’re talkin


Construction Skills Gap Hinders Growth and Tech Adoption

Early in 2017, the AGC (Associated General Contractors of America), www.agc.org, 2017 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook survey seemed to prove what many in the construction industry were already feeling—that there was a certain optimism in the air. According to the survey, which asked construction professionals to share their plans for the upcoming year, 73% of firms said they plan to expand their payrolls in 2017 because they expect demand in both private and public sectors to grow.


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.


Taking IoT to First Responders

In light of recent events in the U.S., this column is going to address the need to focus on the people that focus on us: first responders; and how the IoT (Internet of Things) is helping when there is an emergency. However, while I recognize and respect all the sacrifice and dedication our first responders show in times of need, I think we can be doing more to put realtime data in the hands of the men and women who risk their lives for the public.

Is SAP Leonardo Still IoT?

I just spent two days learning about SAP Leonardo. Is it a software tool? Is it a technology? Is it a service? I would call it a prolific way of interacting people and connecting technologies, and all of these so-called things we talk about every day to create unprecedented business value. Let’s be honest, all of this next-wave thinking can be nebulous at best, if the right elements are not implemented. If businesses and enterprises are to be truly successful, business processes must data transparent, proactive, and realtime.

Press Releases

Next Generation of Aura Uses WiFi Motion and Mesh Technology to Monitor Your Home Without Cameras

Cognitive Systems Corp., creators of WiFi Motion, today announced the availability of the next generation of the Aura home monitoring system.

CANDI Helps San Diego County Non-Profit Implement Smart Building to Optimize Energy Use and Save Money

A widely held perception is that smart buildings are cost-effective only for large commercial properties of over 100,000 square feet. But through a recent project the Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee (MAAC), a San Diego County non-profit that supplies life-changing services to individuals and families, has found a quick and easy way to save energy and money at its San Marcos Head Start Center.

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Rage Against the Machine: State of User Experiences with the IoT in 2017

Fair warning, readers, this is going to be an angry column based on my recent experiences, as well as family and friends, with mobile apps and other business-to-consumer interfaces. This is anger based on frustration brought about by a need to constantly correct issues and follow up on just about every significant transaction made through a B2C (business-to-consumer) Website or mobile app. The cast of characters include Amazon, Wal-Mart, Apple, banks, insurance companies including MetLife, Cablevision, and local merchants. In short, just about everyone I need to use in my daily life.

ATM Skimmers…State of the Art of the Hack

Ever since ATM machines first appeared back in 1969, thieves have been eagerly lining up to hack them and their users. Today’s ATMs include integrated video cameras, thick steel walls, and silent alarms for security but some also contain the latest in state-of-the-art hacking technology, adding up to more than $2 billion in ATM skimming fraud every year.