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.”
We’ve all seen or at least heard about the scuttlebutt around the article that was published earlier this year that called the industrial IoT (Internet of Things) a “Godzilla Market” of the future. While I am in total agreement that the potential for the IIoT is going to be significant in terms of its market size and scope, the word “Godzilla” has a tendency to conjure up a negative connotation. The Japanese created this cinematic destructive monster only to take its rage out on humanity.
If it seems like you’re hearing a lot about autonomous vehicles lately, it’s because as a society, we just might be at the cusp of a significant change in personal transportation.
There is no question that Uber, www.uber.com, is proving to be one of the most influential companies in the transportation space today. Uber’s recent acquisition of Otto certainly is very telling about what the company has set its sights on as we drive into the future. If you don’t know, Otto is out to reshape the future of commercial transportation with self-driving trucks and related technologies.
The U.S. DOT (Dept. Of Transportation) is not only tasked with making our roads safer, but it has to worry about our movement in the sky and across the sea. So it’s no wonder that it is making a very big investment in our transportation infrastructure and it is seeking to make it more accessible for more Americans. And that means making more available by land, air, and sea.
I have done a bit a research this past week. As part of this research I discovered a report conducted every four years by the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers). It releases a “report card” of sorts that assigns grades to different types of infrastructure here in the U.S.
The National Safety Council, otherwise known as the NSC, released preliminary estimates for motor vehicle deaths in the first half of 2016 and they have a lot to do with driving safety. Aligning the numbers—the actual traffic safety data—with broader technology trends can also help us recognize potential correlations or even causations between traffic safety and the ways in which drivers are using their devices when they are behind the wheel of a car.
A few weeks ago, on The Peggy Smedley Show, I dedicated an entire segment of the show to the Pokémon GO phenomenon. This AR (augmented reality) app has really taken the world by storm—and with it has come a lot of buzz about AR and VR (virtual reality).
It’s time to dig into a newly published report from Vodafone, www.vodafone.com, and then hone in on what the report has to say about the energy and utilities space. Vodafone recently released its fourth annual “IoT barometer” report, a study of how the IoT (Internet of Things) is transforming the business world.
There are many companies that are doing some really innovative things. But there is one company that just reached a huge sustainability goal thanks to decades of investment in technology. If I had to bet, I would guess that most of my readers know this company’s iconic brown trucks driving around delivering packages. I am referring to the United Parcel Service of America, better known simply as “UPS.” But I would also bet that most people would not know how focused this company is on technology and sustainability.