Peggy Smedley

About Peggy Smedley

Peggy Smedley is an internationally known speaker and highly respected personality in the media world educating businesses and consumers on the latest technological advances shaping everyday lives. An outspoken advocate and supporter of connected devices and M2M technology, Peggy is the quick-witted host of The Peggy Smedley Show, the editorial director of Connected World magazine and its sister publication Constructech, as well as the president of Specialty Publishing Co.

Virtual Reality Opens Doors for Education

Two of the most talked-about IoT (Internet of Things) technologies today are AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality). The potential to transform industries from manufacturing to healthcare seems just around the corner with AR and VR; in some cases, it’s just a matter of finding that “killer app” that takes the technology mainstream. Education is another sector that could benefit tremendously from continued innovation in AR and VR.

By | 2017-09-21T19:09:08+00:00 9/20/2017|

IoT: A Light for Developing Nations

Last week in this column, I examined IoT (Internet of Things) opportunities and hurdles in developing nations. There is no question one of the reoccurring hurdles is infrastructure. For this blog, I will be continuing the discussion by focusing on healthcare. More specifically, mHealth and telehealth solutions are uniquely capable of impacting developing nations and I will address what might be some of the solutions.

By | 2017-09-12T17:16:26+00:00 9/20/2017|

Cat Rocks the IoT with Cat Connect

In the digital age, the world is transforming at a rapid pace, especially with the deployment of the Industrial Internet of Things. That’s exactly why Caterpillar, www.cat.com, a manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives, is uniquely responding to its customers and to the industries they serve. Caterpillar is merging deep domain expertise with digital technologies to create a suite of solutions that help customers improve their business operations, creating actionable insight from data which helps to reduce costs and better manage risks.

By | 2017-09-19T21:38:31+00:00 9/19/2017|

Preventing Asset Downtime with IIoT

When it comes to making decisions, the data provided by IIoT (industrial Internet of Things) technologies and solutions can be invaluable. For many industrial companies, the ability to capture data from legacy equipment is key to achieving the benefits of the IIoT with relatively minimal costs.

By | 2017-09-14T19:20:29+00:00 9/13/2017|

IoT to Build Developing Nations

For this column, I am going to dive into how developing countries are building out their infrastructures to support IoT (Internet of Things) applications. There are many opportunities and challenges of adopting IoT solutions in the developing world. Since this is a pretty big discussion I won’t be able to cover it in one blog, so look for the next several blogs to address specific issues facing developing nations and how specific IoT solutions are making a difference.

By | 2017-09-12T17:10:29+00:00 9/13/2017|

Episode 523 08.08.17

Sara Lupien, contract and revenue manager, Caterpillar Inc., joined Peggy Smedley to discuss the new efforts to help condition machine workers to understand the value of data through the use of subscription services.

By | 2017-09-05T18:35:15+00:00 9/8/2017|

U.S. House Moves to Hasten AV Deployment

The IoT (Internet of Things) presents a lot of opportunity for a lot of people. For vertical markets such as manufacturing, utilities, healthcare, transportation, retail, and more, IoT technologies and solutions often offer ways to achieve greater productivity, lower costs, increase engagement with customers or other end users, and provide more workflow transparency. Unfortunately, as more industries bring their operations online, the IoT also offers opportunities for cybercriminals because attacks increase, as does the potential scale and impact of a cyber attack.

By | 2017-09-07T20:03:09+00:00 9/7/2017|

Next Generation of V2I

For this column I am going to address vehicle-to-infrastructure or “V2I” technology. V2I and V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) technologies are an important part of the future of our society. As vehicles become more autonomous, a lot will change, including how we communicate with our vehicles, how our vehicles communicate with each other, and how our vehicles communicate with their surroundings.

By | 2017-09-05T13:59:37+00:00 9/6/2017|

Education and the IoT

The IoT (Internet of Things) presents a lot of opportunity for a lot of people. For vertical markets such as manufacturing, utilities, healthcare, transportation, retail, and more, IoT technologies and solutions often offer ways to achieve greater productivity, lower costs, increase engagement with customers or other end users, and provide more workflow transparency. Unfortunately, as more industries bring their operations online, the IoT also offers opportunities for cybercriminals because attacks increase, as does the potential scale and impact of a cyber attack.

By | 2017-09-20T15:39:17+00:00 9/6/2017|

DeOS Is Deadly to Business

The IoT (Internet of Things) presents a lot of opportunity for a lot of people. For vertical markets such as manufacturing, utilities, healthcare, transportation, retail, and more, IoT technologies and solutions often offer ways to achieve greater productivity, lower costs, increase engagement with customers or other end users, and provide more workflow transparency. Unfortunately, as more industries bring their operations online, the IoT also offers opportunities for cybercriminals because attacks increase, as does the potential scale and impact of a cyber attack.

By | 2017-08-28T18:21:04+00:00 8/30/2017|

IoT Is Driving Retail

In the past few weeks, we’ve talked about some really important trends in the IIoT—the industrial Internet of Things.

By | 2017-08-30T13:12:01+00:00 8/30/2017|

The Light and Dark Sides of BYOD

Devices have changed the way people live life, and they have changed the way people work. For many businesses, IoT (Internet of Things)-connected devices have also changed the way they do business. The workplace presents an interesting reality in that IoT-connected enterprise devices are being used to monitor machines, mobile assets, inventory, or equipment, while consumer connected devices, including smartphones, tablets, and wearables, are being brought in by employees, and these employee-owned devices can often enhance productivity.

By | 2017-08-14T14:03:38+00:00 8/23/2017|

DOD Tells of IoT Security Gaps

All month long I have been focusing on the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things). But for this column, I want to dig a little deeper into security. No matter which sector a business operates in, security should be a critical element in its IoT business plan, investment, and deployment.

By | 2017-08-22T15:57:19+00:00 8/23/2017|

What’s the Market Value for Industrial Wearables?

Recently, my editorial team and I were discussing an article that claimed Fitbit’s sales struggles bode poorly for the wearables market as a whole. The article cited lackluster 2016 holiday sales of fitness trackers and subsequent layoffs at Fitbit as evidence that the wearables market was “stagnant.” But here’s my point—since when did we give Fitbit so much say over the entire wearables space?

By | 2017-08-17T18:28:38+00:00 8/16/2017|