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.”
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).