I can’t write enough about the energy, utilities, and smart-grid space as we continue to advance into the 21st century. There is so much opportunity for smart-grid modernization. It seems there’s no way around the fact that a smart grid is necessary for the IoT innovations that lie ahead, some of which we can’t even predict, but we know changes are certainly underway and more are on the horizon.
According to the National Academy of Engineering, networked power grids and electrification was the top engineering achievement of the 20th century. This is a top-20 list that also includes innovations like automobiles and airplanes, telephones and computers, and the Internet. However, the power grid of the 20th century isn’t good enough for the 21st century—a century that will be remembered as giving rise to the Internet of Things. In this century, we need a more modern grid—a “smart” grid, so to speak.
All month long I have been writing about the IoT (Internet of Things) and developing nations. A connecting thread between all of these discussions is infrastructure. For the final column this week, I am focusing on how the IoT can enable water and sanitation solutions in developing nations. As you might recall, in the last column I addressed mhealth and telehealth solutions that can broaden access to healthcare in places where physical infrastructure, such as hospitals, are few and far between.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the past few weeks, we’ve talked about some really important trends in the IIoT—the industrial Internet of Things.
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.
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?