Archive 2018-01-03T19:38:38+00:00


December 2017: Protecting Natural Capital

From catching poachers to monitoring forest loss, IoT technologies enable data-driven decisionmaking in conservation. In eastern Rwanda along the border of Tanzania in Africa, Akagera National Park is a large protected area named after the Akagera River, which flows along the park’s eastern boundary. Within the park are hundreds of species, including Africa’s big five: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhinoceros.

Pioneers 2018

Trailblazers. Innovators. Pioneers. These are the people others look to for inspiration, direction, and motivation. When it comes to the ways IoT (Internet of Things) technology can revolutionize life and business, pioneers look not only at the here and now but also to the future. These individuals, groups, companies, and organizations think outside of the box, they don’t take “no” for an answer, they look for novel ways to solve age-old dilemmas, and they anticipate what’s coming next. In this way, they stay a step (or two, or 10) ahead of the rest.

Construction Skills Gap Hinders Growth and Tech Adoption

Early in 2017, the AGC (Associated General Contractors of America),, 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.

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,, Azim Shariff of the University of Oregon,, and Iyad Rahwan of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology),

What Is Blockchain to the IoT?

If you talk about the future of the IoT (Internet of Things) blockchain is bound to enter the conversation. If you have visited the Connected World Website at this month, you know that we’ve dedicated a lot of content to both data security and blockchain.

Who’s Driving Your Connected Car?

Let’s look at the connected car, or more importantly, what the autonomous car of the future will look like now that we have had a glimpse of what the tech and auto companies are saying here at CES 2018. So for this column, I thought I would give my predictions for the future of the connected car and what you might expect out of those companies that are ratcheting it up in this space.

EV Adoption Hindered by Lack of Dealer Support

The future of our transportation system hangs in the balance. While no one can predict exactly what the future transportation system will look like, it’s likely to look as different from today’s system as the past looks from today’s vantage point.

IoT Security Starts with Education

IoT security. For this column I really want to talk about how IoT security impacts the manufacturing industry since that is what the main feature here really addresses as well. And as you will see our Website is focusing more on taking a closer look at the content in a particular area and drilling down even deeper to help you understand how it will impact your bottomline in the year ahead when looking at bigger solutions such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, big data, data intelligence, Industry 4.0, machine learning, virtual reality, sensors, and cybersecurity.

Blockchain: Lesson or Not?

Lots of companies are buzzing about blockchain. But there are still many of you that are taking a wait-and-see attitude about the technology. And frankly, as I see it, you must be a student of history. Let me add, you are not alone and you have good reason to be somewhat cautious about its future.

Protecting Your Data in 2018?

To start the New Year it only seems fitting to look back and address what went well with cybersecurity and data privacy. If we look back at 2017, the data, the trends, what went wrong, and what went right we see the year was wrought with a lot of ups and downs. But despite all the hurdles, there was some legislation that could impact the space in the coming year, and we could see some changes as a result of it. What’s more, as a result of all the hackings and data concerns, 2017 produced some really great research on security, and this is important because it gives us data to analyze, discuss, and to act upon for 2018.

Net Neutrality: A Far from Neutral Issue

On Thursday, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission),, voted to restore the classification of broadband Internet access service as an “information service” under Title I of the Communications Act.

FCC Flying without a Net

I am certain the current FCC (Federal Communications Commission),, chairman Ajit Pai had a plan when he declared on December 14 he would vote to repeal net neutrality. But, in the end, the decision to repeal net neutrality escapes me. And it seems unfortunate that the FCC doesn’t understand the adverse effect the ruling will have on small and medium-sized enterprises and how it will negatively impact innovation.

Airborne Attack Virus Threatens Bluetooth Devices

As more consumers bring connected devices into their homes, and as more businesses integrate IoT (Internet of Things)-enabled devices and systems into their workflows, cybercriminals are finding new avenues for disruption and data theft. In fact, in an industry in which the only constant is change, the same appears to go for the evolving nature of cyberthreats facing IoT systems. As the industry produces new solutions, the bad guys continually work to come up with new ways to throw systems for a loop.

Autonomous Retail Grabs Retailers by the Horn

Autonomous retail is coming—and the IoT (Internet of Things) is going to impact connected retail in the future. All of this is coming from some research I saw recently that caught my eye and details how the IoT is impacting this dynamic space.