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


March 2018: Fog or Cloud? The Answer Is Yes.

It’s no surprise that during the next several years, the number of IoT (Internet of Things) devices and the amount of data these devices will generate will explode.

February 2018: Realizing the Smart-City Vision

Enterprises, individuals, governments, cities, and other entities have at least one thing in common in today’s connected world: they’re all looking for ways to leverage innovative technologies to improve life and business; but can this really be achieved without interoperability?

January 2018: Blockchain: A New Hope for IoT Security

In an IoT (Internet of Things) connected world, a network is only as strong as its weakest link. This means security will never be off the agenda; it will always be a necessary topic of discussion for the industry, including all players participating in the IoT supply chain and end users.

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.

Episode 555 03.27.18

Phil Renaud, executive director for The Risk Institute at Ohio State University, joined Peggy Smedley to talk about the epidemic that is plaguing this country: distracted driving. He talked about what needs to be done and the behavioral change that is necessary when it comes to cellphones and driving. They discuss the root cause of distracted driving today and what is coming in the month ahead.

Securing Your IoT Devices

While the IoT (Internet of Things) offers great potential, it also demands that companies make a greater commitment to security to fend off cyber criminals even if that means focusing more attention on advancements in computing power. Connected devices and the IoT offers such immense potential, but they’re not inherently good, just like they’re not inherently bad.

Neuromorphic Computing Mimics Human Brain

Perhaps the most impressive “computer” on Earth is the human brain, the complex organ that is more or less responsible for making a human a human. While comprising just a small percentage of a human’s mass, the brain controls and/or enables our movements, senses, emotions, and memories, and it makes rational thought possible. What if computers had the processing power of a human brain? What could be accomplished with a computer chip that operated more like the incredible organ that powers a human being?

A Quantum Leap for Quantum Computing

The future of computing may be quantum, but that future is far away, despite relatively fast-paced progress in this arena. Quantum computers could potentially outperform today’s supercomputers by leaps and bounds, solving complex problems in seconds that would take classical computers years to solve, if they could solve them at all.

Tech to Stop Impaired Driving

Impaired driving is considered one of the most serious types of distracted driving, and in this column, I am going to address technology’s role in curbing drugged driving. Yet, despite the facts and figures, I’m still bewildered by how many people do not believe that drug impairment will lead to distracted driving.

Distracted Driver Exceptions

For this column, let’s delve into what’s been happening with connected technology and talk about some updates on road safety, distracted driving, and how autonomous vehicles fit into this equation.

Autonomous Vehicles in the Quantum Age

One of the promises of self-driving vehicles is that they will ultimately improve road safety by removing the human element from most driving-related decisions and replacing it with decisions arrived at by the vehicle itself. These decisions are made based on data gathered from a vehicle’s onboard sensors and then processed and analyzed in less time than it takes to blink an eye. In light of recent events in Arizona, in which a pedestrian was struck and killed by an autonomous vehicle operated by Uber,, the industry is left in the lurch. While the Uber investigation is still underway and early reports suggest Uber’s technology is not at fault, a fatality looks more than bad on autonomous vehicles’ record.

The Race for Quantum

Last month I took a very close look at fog, edge, and cloud computing. It’s been really interesting to speak with various experts in industry and academia about the various trends that are converging right now to make fog or edge computing more viable for industries.

Cloud-Based API Addresses Healthcare Interoperability

There are several factors driving IoT (Internet of Things) adoption in the enterprise sector, including the opportunity for revenue growth, the desire to remain competitive in a connected world, and the need to comply with government regulations, among others. Verizon’s,, latest state of the IoT market report suggests 73% of executives are currently deploying IoT or actively researching it. However, hurdles such as security, cost, standards, and interoperability remain for more than 50% of executives who are interested in the IoT.

The 7 Elements of GDPR Security Compliance

By now, you’re probably aware that the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is coming. Taking effect on May 25, 2018, GDPR aims to unify the EU (European Union) on common data protection practices. Bringing more control and higher standards, this regulation will affect how firms gather, store, and use data pertaining to EU residents.

Cloud, Edge, and Fog: Focus on Business Outcomes

The cloud, edge, and fog are changing how businesses leverage the IoT (Internet of Things), but Michael Morton, chief technology officer and vice president of Dell Boomi, suggests taking a step back and identifying the business outcomes first.

The State of the Cloud 2018

A new study points to the fact that Moore’s Law continues to apply for cloud compute and that companies are breaking the traditional three-year data center hardware renewal cycle, instead moving to a 12-month cycle in the cloud.