I can’t help but admire how Amazon is shaking things up in the IoT (Internet of Things). Let’s think about it for a moment. When we want to buy just about anything online, I would guess most likely many of us start with Amazon these days. And that’s because a behemoth like Amazon never rests on its laurels. Just look at the latest big news coming from the Seattle-based company, which proves my point of course, Amazon Go. Amazon Go is a unique brick-and-mortar store experience, which allows customers to walk into a store, pick up what they want to buy, and then simply walk out.
Ahh, the holidays. I absolutely love this time of year. In fact, you could say I go Christmas crazy. It’s the best time of year, but it’s also one of the most dangerous times of year to be behind the wheel. Depending on where you live, roads may be slick from rain or snow. People are driving to and from holiday parties in the evenings, sometimes after drinking. And, in general, people tend to be a bit distracted—there are gifts to buy and wrap, meals to plan and prepare, and relatives to entertain. All this leads to serious driver distraction and that is why the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Admin.) has introduced a new set of voluntary guidelines for portable electronic device manufacturers. The guidelines make suggestions for how manufacturers can help their customers make smart choices when it comes to device use behind the wheel.
Well it’s December, and that makes it the perfect time of year to talk about the retail industry. Like many other industries, retail is seeing a dramatic shift in how things are done as a result of the IoT (Internet of Things). From improving the customer experience to optimizing supply-chain channels, retail is one area of the IoT in which adoption makes so much sense.
In last week’s blog I explored trends and exciting innovations in the biometrics realm. In this column, I will be taking a more critical look at biometrics and asking whether these technologies and solutions are really ready for prime time. As a refresher, biometrics is the measurement and analysis of a person’s unique physical or behavioral characteristics. This means such things as a fingerprint or voice pattern—which can be used to verify that person’s identity.
Biometrics can be defined as the measurement and analysis of a person’s unique physical or behavioral characteristics, such as a fingerprint or voice pattern, as a means of verifying that person’s identity. Biometrics have been part of the connected-device discussion for a while now, but only in the past couple of years has it really begun to be part of the mainstream’s consciousness.
We just completed what I think most of us can agree was a very aggressive election. Regardless of who you voted for there is one thing we can all agree, technology concerns about our ballots should not be a concern when we cast our vote.
We can’t talk enough about security and protecting the IoT (Internet of Things). More importantly, one of the things I am passionate about within the realm of the IoT is cybersecurity. We’ve dedicated issues of Connected World magazine to this topic; we’ve dedicated entire conferences to cybersecurity, and we’ve dedicated a lot of time on The Peggy Smedley Show, which is my weekly Internet podcast.
In so many situations, the right data at the right time can pay dividends. The IIoT (industrial Internet of Things) in particular is helping to deliver just-in-time data to decisionmakers—and industries are better for it. More specifically, it is having a positive impact on smart cities.
The industrial IoT (Internet of Things) has many opportunities. But it also faces many roadblocks. The first roadblock that needs to be addressed is security. In a previous blog, I addressed a new security framework published by the IIC (Industrial Internet Consortium) that offers best practices to help players protect the industrial Internet.
At this point we’ve all heard about the Mirai malware that has already set its sights on vulnerable IoT (Internet of Things) devices. The bad guys are targeting smart devices such as cameras, smart meters, medical devices, sensors, routers, security systems, baby monitors, DVRs, satellite antennas, doorbells, refrigerators, espresso machines, electronic photo frames, humidifiers, pet collars, motion detectors, lawnmowers, aquarium monitors, and so much more. The malware is hijacking the devices and commanding them to perform smaller attacks that amplify the overall effect. But let’s take a step back. It all started when the Brian Krebs’ Website, a site which focuses on security news and analysis, was sent a flurry of messages only to become the victim of the DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack, which was subsequently revealed as “Mirai.”