Archive 2018-06-01T13:39:01+00:00


September 2018: ML, AI, and the Smart Manufacturing of Smart Products

The IoT (Internet of Things) is dramatically changing how industries work. In the past decade alone, one of the defining trends in the global industrial sector has been the push for digital transformation and Industry 4.0.

August 2018: Servitization and an Outcome-Based Economy

It’s a connected world, brimming with the promise of an IoT (Internet of Things) that delivers reduced costs, increased profitability, an enhanced brand experience, and an optimized customer experience.

July 2018: Uncle Sam’s Energy Infrastructure Needs IoT Tech

North America’s energy business has transformed in the past decade and now the IoT (Internet of Things) is making way for improved processes in nearly every facets of society, including oil and gas, construction, and energy.

June 2018: Evolving IoT Tech Enables Aging in Place

By the year 2035, U.S. Census Bureau reports citizens 65 and older will outnumber those under the age of 18 for the first time in U.S. history; and as a result, the IoT (Internet of Things) will be instrumental for many aging adults that will require care.

Balancing the Cost-Performance-Energy Equation

Living on the edge—or should we say, at the edge via fog or edge computing—is becoming an increasingly popular business model. Edge computing, i.e., embedding computing infrastructure near the end devices, along the “edges” of a network, often to accelerate time-to-insight and reduce costs, can solve a real need for IoT (Internet of Things) applications that require very fast response times. It can also create opportunities for autonomous edge operation, which can benefit from ultra-fast AI (artificial intelligence) data-processing technology. But is AI too power-hungry and expensive to operate at the edge?

The Case for a Uniform Privacy Law

California’s new sweeping privacy law, the CaCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act), creates significant new rights for consumers and obligations for companies.

Abandoning IoT Tech; Say What?

Orphan devices and solutions in the fast pace world of the IoT (Internet of Things): Have you really given much thought to this topic? For the purposes of this column, when it comes to orphan technology, I am basically going to address devices, platforms, and solutions that have been abandoned by their original developers for one reason or another.

User Experience Does Matter In IoT

When we talk about the IoT (Internet of Things), we talk a lot about growth, growth, growth. That’s because no matter how much we all want to avoid hype, there are just so many areas of opportunity for the IoT, and it’s hard not to talk about the possibilities. A quick Google search on the IoT will tell you things like: We can expect 12.86 billion IoT sensors and devices to be in use by 2020 in the consumer sector alone, and vertical-specific sensors and devices will exceed 3 billion by 2020.

AT&T Wins in IoT

IoT. This three-letter acronym has been gaining in importance to businesses each and every day. Its ability to capture and manage data is being referred to as the new oil and it’s spilling into every industry.

Applying Machine Learning

IoT (Internet of Things), AI (artificial intelligence), and ML (machine learning). All of these words are changing every industry at a very rapid clip. If you read this column a few weeks ago, you learned that machine learning is an application of artificial intelligence, in which computer systems “learn” by making data-driven decisions.

Healthcare Needs a Cybersecurity Check-Up

The healthcare sector accounted for more than half of all cyberattacks in 2017 and it’s often not seen as a critical industry, like power and water, when in actuality it is. It’s probably one of the most technology-reliant industries and does not invest in security the way banks and others do.

AT&T Is All-In With IoT

When a company’s all-in with the IoT (Internet of Things), it may seem like it has a one-track mind: all IoT, all the time. This week, AT&T has been that company, announcing several different ways it’s moving forward on IoT initiatives, ranging from connected-device cybersecurity to energy and building management solutions, global enterprise Wi-Fi, and beyond. As a key player in the space, AT&T’s latest moves—making new ecosystem partnerships and expanding various IoT-related programs—advance IoT innovation and adoption in the industry as a whole.

Fueling Next-Gen Manufacturing in America

Is American manufacturing declining? A new survey from Leading2Lean suggests a majority of Americans believe yes, it’s declining; but perhaps it is wrong. The IoT (Internet of Things) is certainly changing the face of manufacturing in America and outside of it, but it’s also opening doors to new efficiencies that can lead to higher profit margins and the ability to offer personalization, among other benefits. The next generation of Industry 4.0 leaders will need a new set of skills to maximize the value IoT technologies offer manufacturing and other industrial sectors.

AI and Asset Intelligence

Imagine a marine company saving almost a half-million dollars in fuel per vessel annually by leveraging AI (artificial intelligence); consider the effect a savings of $1.5 million per ship could have on a cruise line operator thanks to reduced fuel consumption, and ponder the impact data and AI-enabled decisionmaking could have on a tugboat operator looking to catch engine, fuel pump, and other equipment issues before they affect performance. Two companies will integrate their IoT (Internet of Things) offerings to enable more success stories like these early, real-life wins.

Prioritizing IoT Security to Reduce Vulnerabilities

The use of IoT (Internet of Things) technologies in the enterprise realm is growing by leaps and bounds, and this growth has caught the eye of cybercriminals looking to exploit vulnerabilities in connected devices and systems for their own gain. As the IoT becomes more of a focus for cybercriminals, cybersecurity must simultaneously become more of a focus for the businesses using IoT solutions.