There are all kinds of numbers predicting the future of the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things). At the end of last year, the latest from MarketsandMarkets, www.marketsandmarkets.com, suggested the [...]
Have you ever given much thought about where we need to begin our IoT (Internet of Things) infrastructure innovation? Perhaps the real answer to this question is that we need to innovate with the brightest early on and that means going to school. College campuses have probably changed significantly since most of us attended university, and one of the ways some college campuses have changed is their adoption of the IoT. Today, college campuses are a brilliant breeding ground of innovation, but only if we take the time to tap into it.
Smart-street lights. This is typically not something that most of us pay much attention to, let alone give much thought on a daily basis. Candidly, street lights are one of those things in life that many of us take for granted.
Connected World magazine interviewed Chris Boross, then president of the Thread Group, www.threadgroup.org, back in 2014 when Thread was a newcomer on the wireless mesh protocol scene.
For some time now we have been talking about the importance of improving our infrastructure in America. We’ve stressed the importance of why our crumbling roads and bridges need to be rebuilt and that deploying sensors can help keep track of a structure’s condition. We’ve even explored in great detail how IoT solutions need to be deployed to solve infrastructure issues such as traffic and congestion, parking in cities, smart cities, utilities, sustainability, and to open doors for the next generation of connected, autonomous vehicles.
“Wearables” has been a buzzword in the IoT (Internet of Things) space for quite some time now, but there are some new words—such as hearables, ingestibles, and embeddables—that are changing the idea that on-person devices have to worn in the traditional sense of the word. The purpose of wearables and their derivatives is also evolving. Wearable devices capable of measuring a person’s biometrics, for instance, are bringing these devices more firmly into the realm of medical monitoring and preventative healthcare.
When it comes to technology innovation, a lot of companies talk the talk, but do they also walk the walk? In many cases, the answer is no. It seems for too many business leaders, their comfort zones are preferable to taking risks that could lead to significant benefits in terms of cost savings, streamlined business processes, improved customer relations, and other common benefits of technology adoption and innovation. In the era of the IoT (Internet of Things), employees wish their leaders and IT departments were more forward thinking.
Is tech ready to take the wheel? If you ask all the technology pundits most have been vehemently declaring that the roads are ready for autonomous vehicles. Or at the very least semi-autonomous cars. Many car makers and technology leaders who are proponents of this technology have been spouting driverless technology is ready for prime time.
Could 2017 be the year ride sharing surpasses taxis? How will advances in automated ride-sharing vehicle technology and AI (artificial intelligence) impact the future of transportation? This year will likely be an important one for new partnerships between automakers and technology companies to collaborate on safety and connectivity, as they simultaneously continue to push toward autonomous driving.
UBI, otherwise known as usage-based insurance has been evolving very quickly as of late. And even bigger changes look to be the horizon. But what exactly does that mean for fleets and drivers, in general? Or more importantly, will UBI, still play a role as autonomous vehicles become more prevalent?
Let’s talk smart factories. We all know the first Industrial Revolution in the late 18th and early 19th centuries marked a major turning point in the world’s history. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, we relied on manual labor to manufacture things. But that changed with the invention of machine-driven production.
There is little doubt that it’s a changing world. In the midst of mind-boggling advances in medicine, robotics, and autonomous vehicles, retail is still largely set in an era in which physical spaces and physical items predominate. This is changing, however, whether retailers like it or not.
Global commercial telematics is really fascinating. And for those of you paying close attention then you know that the ELD or “electronic logging device” mandate here in the United States is set and the clocking is ticking.
We have all seen a lot of upheaval in the government in the past month, to say the least. In this column however, I would like to take a different approach and perhaps look to the future with perhaps a glimmer of optimism and talk about what the future might be with the new Secretary of Transportation at the helm.
In recent history, the drone market has been heralded as the next big thing, but it has also suffered some setbacks. For instance, in January, France-based drone manufacturer Parrot, www.parrot.com, announced plans to reduce its workforce by around 290 people out of 840 staff in its drone division. High-profile American drone startup 3D Robotics, https://3dr.com, which offers drones for industries such as construction, insurance, and agriculture, among others, also announced some “restructuring” and a strengthened focus on the commercial market due to competitive pressures from companies like market leader DJI, www.dji.com, a Chinese company that offers the popular Phantom drone series.