Table of Contents – Oct/Nov 2016

Ideas & Opinions A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats for IoT     IoT in IT A Program for Smarter Cities PTC Joins SAP PartnerEdge Testbed Leverages Tech to Track Luggage Technicians Become IoT Magicians Rapid Prototyping Leads to Innovation     Ask Us Is there a new reason why we there is so much hype about the sunset of 2G?     LTE Corner New Narrowband LTE Specifications Create New Opportunities for IoT Device Makers     In Focus IoT Chills Energy Usage   In Focus Collaboration Tool Enhances Enterprise Wearables     In Focus The IoT Puts it in Park   Look Who’s Talking – Tom Ivory Head of strategic innovation for Capgemini     Dow Chemical: Human Side of Enterprise Tech Cover Story – Unique program foreshadows how data enriches human resources.     Does Mid-Market Hold Key to IoT? In the middle, but far from mediocre, midsized firms drive the U.S. economy.     Land of the Free, Home of the IoT How does the U.S. stack up in industrial for IoT adoption?     Connected Growers Get Weather Smart Agriculture businesses leverage tech to keep pace with Mother Nature.     Security The Big 4: Largest [...]


The Problem of Device Evolution in the IoT!

One of the harsh realities of being a device manufacturer is that as it becomes cheaper to make a device. The pressure to maintain previous levels of profitability when introducing the next best thing into the market increases. If the company is also a services company, there are ways of solving this problem, but overall, we as consumers rarely see price reductions on the devices, especially the “hot” ones. And if they are bundled into a services agreement (think smartphone wireless carrier agreements) you may think you are getting a good deal, but in reality, you will pay more than if you bought the device outright. The evolving retail price of a device, especially from one model (like an Apple iPhone 6s) to its successor, the iPhone 7, goes up, not down, even though the relative cost of manufacturing between the two models is similar.


The Big 4: Largest Fraud Threats and Tips to Stay Safe

Small business owners and consumers are prime targets for fraudulent activities. We can hope we do not become a victim, but if we get complacent and think “it will never happen to me,” stats show it is only a matter of time. But if we take a proactive approach in understanding the top threats, we can absolutely protect ourselves.


Connected Growers Get Weather Smart

Late in 2015 and early in 2016, many areas of the globe experienced the effects of El Niño, a complex weather pattern resulting from warmer-than-usual water in areas of the Pacific Ocean. Because El Niño events can alter precipitation and temperature patterns on land, some areas may receive significantly more rain than usual, while others may experience seasonally warm temperatures. El Niño is a widely studied and fairly well understood phenomenon, but it’s one of many examples of how Mother Nature complicates things for businesses that are tied to the seasons. For such businesses, seasonal variations can be more than inconvenient; they can be devastating. Perhaps the most glaring example of an industry at the mercy of the weather is agriculture.


Land of the Free, Home of the IoT

The IoT (Internet of Things) may mean five different things to five different people, but perhaps what everyone would agree on is that the IoT equals opportunity. In the industrial sector, for instance, the IoT offers the opportunity to do more with less, to make work environments safer, to provide better customer service, to automate processes and improve outcomes, and to create new revenue streams. All around the globe, the IoT is helping enterprises better understand operations, enhance collaboration among team members, and make more informed business decisions.


Does Mid-Market Hold Key to IoT?

Considered the lifeblood of the economy by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, middle-market companies (defined as having annual revenues of million to billion) are responsible for contributing more than trillion to the U.S. economy each year. According to the NCMM (National Center for the Middle Market),, a research institution dedicated to helping middle-market companies be more competitive, the U.S. middle market provides nearly 45 million jobs and accounts for one-third of total private employment.


Dow Chemical: Human Side of Enterprise Tech

In today’s connected enterprise, technology and IoT (Internet of Things) solutions are being deployed to improve operations, to discover and monetize new revenue streams, and to streamline workflows across nearly all areas of a business. Connected devices and solutions are being used internally to help employees work better—from performing tasks more efficiently and acting more collaboratively within a team to making more informed decisions at an executive level. However, there’s a huge opportunity for companies to leverage technology to make employees’ lives better—and not just their work lives, their actual lives.


Look Who’s Talking – Tom Ivory

Tom Ivory, head of strategic innovation for Capgemini,, explains how automation of the IoT (Internet of Things) is set to help businesses refocus their attention and efforts on getting more solutions out to customers, while reducing the amount of time spent on smaller, remedial tasks.


The IoT Puts it in Park

Often we overlook the time wasted trying to find a parking spot in a crowded area. Studies have shown that on average motorist’s waste around 20 minutes looking for a spot before finally settling in on one, and in many cases, all the way in the back of the parking lot. In addition, researchers point out the amount of fuel wasted contributes to significant pollution already seen in heavily populated downtown centers


Collaboration Tool Enhances Enterprise Wearables

Communication in the digital IoT (Internet of Things)-enabled age is evolving quickly as new innovations allow people to connect seamlessly with other people, places, and machines. Collaboration tools allow for richer, more productive enterprise environments in which team members can more easily discuss and resolve issues. This often leads to better, more efficient decisionmaking and creates ripple effects of benefits throughout a business.


IoT Chills Energy Usage

There’s no better feeling than walking into a nice, cool building after spending some time out in the hot sun. While the cold air may be refreshing, many people leave the air conditioning running all day, hiking their energy bills up higher, as well as draining energy resources for entire regions.


New Narrowband LTE Specifications Create New Opportunities for IoT Device Makers

The 3GPP recently published Release 13 of the LTE (long-term evolution) standard, defining new narrowband categories of LTE for IoT: category M1, formerly known as eMTC, and category NB1 formerly known as NB-IoT. These new categories extend the market reach of LTE, enabling it to cost-effectively support lower data rate IoT applications, including the extremely low power sensing or monitoring devices envisioned to be ubiquitous in the global IoT (Internet of Things). The availability of these new LTE for IoT technologies immediately creates opportunities for IoT device makers, but the two technologies differ from each other in throughput, mobility, power, latency, and cost. What is the difference between them and which applications can each support?


Ask Us – Oct/Nov 2016

[dropcap color=”#BE1E2D” boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”4px” class=”” id=””]Q:[/dropcap] Is there a new reason why we there is so much hype about the sunset of 2G?   [dropcap color=”#BE1E2D” boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”4px” class=”” id=””]A:[/dropcap] AT&T,, declared it was shutting down its 2G network at the end of this year in order to repurpose its spectrum for more advanced networks several years ago. As of late, T-Mobile,, has stepped up its marketing game by pledging a ”better way” to support 2G at least for now or until 2020, which is a piece of the M2M and IoT (Internet of Things) market. The un-carrier’s “better way” includes giving AT&T IoT customers free 2G service (up to 50 MB per device per month) through the end of the year if they make the switch. What’s more, the T-Mobile is providing these customers with free SIM (subscriber identity module) cards in order to make the transition from AT&T to T-Mobile as easy as possible. T-Mobile says its spectrum-efficient 2G GSM optimization allows older GSM devices to work alongside more advanced LTE (long-term evolution) devices on its network. Choosing a long-term connectivity strategy for an IoT deployment has always been a crucial decision. As 2G expires, companies [...]


IoT in IT – Oct/Nov 2016

Ingenu,, a provider of machine-exclusive wireless networks, wants to make cities smarter through its aptly named Ingenu Smarter City program. The newly launched program features a turnkey, end-to-end smart city platform based on Ingenu’s RPMA (Random Phase Multiple Access) technology, alongside innovations from the company’s partners.


A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats for IoT

Like any new technology there’s always a lot of hype. The first company makes the big unveiling and everyone is abuzz talking about it. But after all the dust settles and the hoopla calms down, now the real work begins. How does a company achieve real mass adoption? If you ask me that is exactly where we are today when we talk about solutions or more specifically, the IoT (Internet of Things).