May 2018: IoT: The Next Farming Frontier

The IoT (Internet of Things) is significantly impacting the trajectory of the agriculture industry, and Jim Whitaker, co-owner of Whitaker Farms, a family-owned multi-crop farming operation in McGehee, Ark., says the impact will only grow—pun intended.

IoT and the Supply Chain

The challenges and opportunities for digital supply chains are vast and that is why the IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (artificial intelligence) is stepping up to play an even greater role than ever before. It wasn’t that long ago when the supply chain wasn’t a priority when it came to capital investments. And, supply-chain executives themselves were considered as nothing more as a support function.

Technology Boosts Infrastructure Project Management

The 2018 midterm elections are over, and the split U.S. Congress will need to find ways to work together to accomplish goals that benefit the American people. Historically, infrastructure is one of those issues that can get buy-in from both sides of the political aisle—Democrats and Republicans—because an investment in the nation’s infrastructure often equates to an investment in its future economic success. President Trump has made some big promises, but the Federal Government’s next move in infrastructure investment remains to be seen.

California Helps Set the Bar for Security and Privacy

With the increasing pervasiveness of smartphones across the globe, it’s becoming more common for companies to want to connect their products and devices to the Internet, since connectivity typically adds value to consumers’ experiences with these products and devices. Connectivity also helps companies compete in a highly connected world. However, connectivity can also be a bit of a double-edge sword, creating security vulnerabilities and privacy concerns where there were none before. This is especially the case when the most basic of cybersecurity hygiene is ignored by manufacturers and/or consumers or when cybersecurity best practices are simply unknown to end users.

Retail Takes on AR, VR, and the IoT

There is a lot of discussion about how AI (artificial intelligence) is impacting supply chains and with good reason. So for this column, I thought I would focus specifically on the retail sector, and take a deeper dive into how emerging technologies like AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) are playing a key role at both frontend and backend processes.

AT&T and 5G: Speed, Latency, and Adoption of the IoT

Mobeen Khan, AVP product marketing management Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T Business,, joins Peggy Smedley to delve into where the IoT and 5G (fifth generation) networks are headed and how businesses can take advantage of these emerging technologies. Khan shares how AT&T is focused on key industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, public sector, finance, and retail. He says the challenges faced by each vertical industry is different in nature. Each has a different pace at which they want to make investments. He explains that just like any other technology, network technology goes through an evolution. What’s foremost to AT&T is addressing the customer’s needs with the technology that best fits their use case. When it comes to 5G, customers can benefit from speed, low latency, and the pervasiveness of massive IoT.

Blockchain-in-Energy Growth

Security: I just can’t say enough and there’s even more to say when we talk about it coupled with blockchain technology. For this column, let’s delve in to how blockchain is being used globally to increase security in all kinds of situations—from peer-to-peer energy transactions to national elections and everything in between.

Dip in Traffic Fatalities Reflects Progress with a Grain of Salt

Every day, traffic accidents cost individuals and their families time, money, and sometimes, sadly, much more. Technology in modern vehicles can help prevent crashes or protect passengers in the event of a crash by alerting drivers of impending collisions, alerting emergency services after a collision has occurred, applying brakes or other corrective measures before the driver even has time to react herself, and/or preparing vehicle systems for impact when a collision seems imminent. Technology may also be the cause of some incidents because it demands a driver’s attention, taking at least some of his attention away from the primary task at hand.

Sensors Surge across Verticals

With a focus on the IoT (Internet of Things), and other emerging technology, a big trend from Sensors Midwest in Rosemont, Ill., is that sensors are getting smaller and more accurate. This point was never more evident by the number of announcements to support the emergence of new products popping up as of late.

Can You Protect Your IoT Business from Cyber Risk?

Cybersecurity: It's a question that can never be answered with 100% confidence or certainty. In fact, the real question that every company working to implement an IoT (Internet of Things) strategy should be asking is, how can it protect a business from cyber risk?

Security in the Age of Hyperconnectivity

From the way we drive, shop, and receive healthcare to the way we manufacture goods, construct buildings, design infrastructure, and grow food, connectedness has changed the way consumers and businesses run in the digital age. Thanks to the growing pervasiveness of the IoT (Internet of Things), hyperconnectivity is even further revolutionizing the way people live and work.

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), is creating significant new rights for consumers and obligations for many companies.