Cybersecurity seems to be one of those issues that just keeps coming up in discussions about the IoT (Internet of Things). When talking about healthcare, connected cars, and so on, as an industry we recognize security as a hurdle for enterprise adoption and innovation as well as consumer or end user adoption.
What do John Horn, Intel, and rumors all have in common? They all seem to be a playing a role in catching the IoT (Internet of Things) eye of anyone who follows the space. Just before we all headed off to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday it seems there was a lot of fireworks in the IoT space as it was announced that the formidable John Horn was stepping down from his role as CEO at Ingenu. It’s still unclear as to why he left his role as CEO which he took over in 2015 to help build wireless networks across the globe.
A while back I sat down with Thomas Wolf, chairman & CEO at RIB Software AG, www.ribamericas.com, to discuss what needs to take place to ensure that both the construction and manufacturing industries embrace the IoT (Internet of Things). We also bantered back and forth about how emerging technologies and digitization will make a difference to the bottomlines of companies of all sizes. What follows is a two-part discussion that will most likely excite, and perhaps, frustrate readers when trying to determine the future of technology and where it’s headed.
No. 10. How do you get to No. 10? With data, a little bit of talent, and a lot of hard work doesn’t hurt either. That’s what it took for Spaniard Rafael Nadal to reach a record-setting tenth grand slam title winning the French Open at Roland Garros last week. The former No. 1, ending an odyssey of injury, showed the tennis community that dedication, a tenacity to win, and the right tennis equipment—all armed with key information—will lead to unprecedented success. Nadal now has 15 majors, surpassing American Pete Sampras for the second-most in history only to trail Swiss player Roger Federer for the all-time lead.
In last week’s column I pointed out some of the trends we’ve seen during the past few years while compiling Connected World’s annual Women of M2M list. I’m going to narrow the discussion a bit in today’s column by focusing on women in engineering. There’s a glaring retention problem, and some recent studies and articles I’ve come across have convinced me the topic deserves some more exploration. Especially since so many women who make our Women of M2M list have engineering backgrounds.
This month is dedicated to celebrating women in technology, as well as innovation in the Internet of Things. Half of the U.S. workforce is made up of women, but males outnumber women in tech jobs—especially in leadership roles.
We hear time and time again when it comes to top positions in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers, most women do not have enough female role models to encourage them in these interests. There is no question the numbers might be true. In the tech industry, it is still largely a good-old-boy’s club that makes it more difficult for women to enter and move up in a tech company.
One of the hurdles facing the construction industry right now is a skilled labor shortage. This isn’t a new issue per se, but it is one that continues to hinder the industry. And, honestly, if things don’t change, it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
In my last column I began a discussion about ways the IoT (Internet of Things) is shaping the construction industry. In this column I want to dive deeper into a couple of IoT-enabled construction trends. The first is green building. Green building is a bit of an umbrella term that has many meanings for several different things when it comes to the processes of designing and building and then operating and maintaining structures.