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Table of Contents – December 2016

Ideas & Opinions Infrastructure Is Failing IoT in IT LTE Corner LTE-M Tech for IoT Is Truly Taking Off In Focus ‘QuickStart’ Program Sells Advanced AR/VR Solutions Look Who’s Talking- Waqaas Al-Siddiq Connected World’s 10 Pioneers  Cover Story – Scholars Changing our World Through the IoT IoT Innovations 2016, Part II New solutions shape the market Politics in an Internet of Things World How might the IoT make politics more effective, more transparent, and more meaningful? IoT Device Security Trumps All (Except It Doesn’t) The industry must take steps to ensure a connected world doesn’t become a hacker’s paradise. Security Facebook Buying Stolen Passwords In a Nutshell Now More Than Ever, Nothing Is Certain Connected World (ISSN 2152-940X) is published 6 times a year, as well as an annual Sourcebook. To subscribe visit connectedworld.com/Subscribe, email subscribe@connectedworld.com or call +1 630.933.0844. © Copyright 2016 by Specialty Publishing Company. Connected World is a registered trademark of Specialty Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Reproduction of materials appearing in Connected World is strictly prohibited without written permission.

Infrastructure Is Failing

Infrastructure is failing. It’s that simple. We’ve been saying it for years, but like a lack of cybersecurity initiatives, it doesn’t seem to be concerning enough for people to enlist action. But with that being said, I have to really wonder how much we all really get it? Or are we just putting profit above risk? For several decades now industry experts and professors alike have been sounding alarms about our failing infrastructure. Let me say at the outset, I am not putting the blame on any one company. At this point there is a lot of blame to go around. Perhaps we can put some of the blame the dot.com area. I think once corporate America got a taste of huge returns there was no going back. You just can’t put the toothpaste back in the bottle. Since the ‘80s investors are demanding double-digit returns. As a result, we are not seeing the improvements being made in the necessary infrastructure. As most of you will recall, the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), released its “report card” of sorts that assigns grades to different types of infrastructure here in the U.S. These grades are given on a scale of [...]

IoT in IT – December 2016

5G: Vision 2020 Roughly a year ago, the Wireless Broadband Alliance, www.wballiance.com, announced its Vision 2020 program, which moves away from a specific focus on Wi-Fi and toward a broader platform based around many unlicensed spectrum bands and technologies. The organization says this will play a role in pushing the boundaries of wireless experience and business cases. This will eventually lead to 5G. As part of this initiative, the organization recently released a new report that focuses on the unlicensed road to 5G. The report shows the unlicensed spectrum technologies have come a long way from being the “disruptive younger sibling” of the licensed-based networks. It looks beyond unlicensed spectrum on its own, and toward the rising levels of convergence with licensed technologies. This will enable new performance and flexibility for service providers. The Wireless Broadband Alliance addresses the convergence and coexistence driving next-generation wireless, key developments in the Wi-Fi platform and ecosystem, business models enabled by heterogeneity, and the road toward the 5G future. According to the report, the end result will be a flexible, radio-neutral 5G environment in which a whole new generation of business models will be able to thrive in unlicensed, as well as licensed spectrum. [...]

LTE-M Tech for IoT Is Truly Taking Off

Verizon’s, www.verizon.com, vow to launch LTE Cat M1 for the IoT (Internet of Things) before the end of this year is a big step closer to reality after the completion in late October of what is believed to be the world’s first live, OTA (over-the-air) LTE Cat M1 data call, conducted on Verizon’s pre-commercial LTE Cat M1 network in south Florida. The call showed a prototype device, using Sequans’ Monarch LTE Cat M1 chip, communicating live OTA to an LTE base station on Verizon’s pre-commercial LTE Cat M1 network. “This is a big accomplishment,” remarks Craig Miller, Sequans vice president of marketing. “We are working side-by-side with Verizon to support its aggressive, end of year, commercial LTE Cat M1 network launch goal and we are excited that we’ve reached this major milestone.” When speaking of the importance of LTE Cat M1 to the IoT market, Verizon said in a statement, “Up until now, the cost to connect devices to a WAN (wide-area network) has been a barrier to widespread IoT. By evolving our device ecosystem to include Cat M1, we’re aligning Verizon’s 4G LTE network to the needs of future IoT deployments. We are also taking direct aim at emerging [...]

‘QuickStart’ Program Sells Advanced AR/VR Solutions

A new era of interactive enterprise experiences is in store thanks to the growing VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) markets. CoroWare, www.coroware.com, a technology and solutions company, says VR and AR have the potential to spawn a multi-billion dollar industry and compares the game-changing possibilities to those brought about by the advent of the PC in the recent past. CoroWare aims to push the innovation envelope and capitalize on the possibilities by providing key VR/AR services to enterprise customers that realize this technology’s importance to the future of business. Lloyd Spencer, president and CEO of CoroWare, says enterprises will rely on augmented and virtual reality to run their businesses in the future, but to get there will require a combination of unconventional thinking and pragmatic engineering. To help companies rise to this dual challenge, CoroWare offers its Mixed Reality QuickStart Program, which merges real and virtual worlds to produce new environments in which physical and digital objects coexist and interact in realtime. From developing an AR/VR business case to selecting the best technology and developing prototypes, the QuickStart program helps fill in the expertise gaps for customers. By leveraging CoroWare’s expertise, customers have a head start in developing [...]

Look Who’s Talking – Waqaas Al-Siddiq

Guest: Waqaas Al-Siddiq, CEO, biotricity, www.biotricity.com, 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. Al-Siddiq was featured as a guest on The Peggy Smedley Show to highlight a need for medical remote-monitoring solutions. He identifies challenges associated with leveraging the Internet of Things in the healthcare industry, as well as potential benefits. In early October Al-Siddiq and host Peggy Smedley address the next generation of wearables for healthcare—and the impact they will have on both patients and practitioners. He talks about what Biotricity brings to the medical industry. Al-Siddiq also came back to the show on December 6 to continue the discussion. To hear this interview on The Peggy Smedley Show in its entirety, log onto www.peggysmedleyshow.com, and select Episode 474 (10/04/16) from the archives.   Smedley: You’re going to alter the connected healthcare market. In fact, this is a space that is going to grow at a compound annual rate of 33%. You see real potential. Let’s talk about that why you see so much potential in healthcare. Al-Siddiq: You [...]

Scholars Changing our World Through the IoT

It takes someone very special to look deep into the future and make striking predictions about what’s to come based oceans of data. They extrapolate all of this data and interpret our experiences and share our needs and wants. Ultimately, these game-changing predictions will change the lives of millions. These visionary individuals have boundless inspiration that create solutions, patents, and products. Their drive is unmatched and their enthusiasm is contagious. In many cases these geniuses have spent countless hours researching and shaping a market. For the past several years Connected World magazine has coined these very unique individuals as Pioneers. They are the disruptors forging new pathways in this ever-emerging digital age. These men and women are creating solutions in healthcare, sports, fitness, technology, building automation, transportation, smart cities, fashion, and technology and have been experimenting and researching ideas for IoT (Internet of Things) applications. They are the new generation of innovators who have a notion of what is needed. Our Pioneers are solving real-world problems. They are creating solutions, reinventing systems, and creating amazing partnerships. We are starting to see profound changes emerging from these brilliant leaders and motivators that are sparking the entrepreneurial landscape. What follows are some [...]

IoT Innovations 2016, Part II

New solutions shape the market You have likely heard the analyst predictions about the billions of the devices that are going to be here as soon as 2050. However, all this growth can only be measured by the unique products and solutions that are delivered to the market. This is one of the reasons why the Connected World IoT Innovations was born—to honor the most creative IoT (Internet of Things) solutions that are helping businesses and consumers save costs and time. This includes companies that invest in solutions for construction, healthcare, agriculture, automotive, connected home, smart cities, and so much more. These innovators are introducing new solutions that are creating market momentum, and they are honored as a part of this list. In November, Connected World received a mix of business and consumers products that are changing the IoT industry or just simply the way we all conduct in our everyday lives. These products are setting a trend or changing a technology landscape for the way we track, monitor, and analyze data to make decisions. Industry vendors submit product nominations for their newest, most creative, and technologically advanced products, services, and platforms. An editorial panel of judges was convened representing [...]

Politics in an Internet of Things World

How might the IoT make politics more effective, more transparent, and more meaningful? The 2016 presidential election in the United States was one for the record books—one that was rife with controversy on both sides of the aisle. Social media played an unprecedentedly important role in how the candidates interacted with the media, the public, and each other. In some cases, the campaigns’ connectedness fanned the flames of controversy. For their part, the public not only clung to candidates’ every tweet, but also took to their devices to find the latest information about who said what, to read what the experts were saying, or simply to find out where to vote. The age of the IoT (Internet of Things) promises to improve many aspects of public and private life, and this may include politics—the activities associated with governance. The question is, from both a citizen’s and a politician’s standpoint, how will the IoT revolutionize politics in the years to come? By the year 2050, for instance, will IoT data play a more important role in how governments and politicians interact with the public and vice-versa? How might IoT technology change the voting process in future elections? Mark Skilton, professor of [...]

IoT Device Security Trumps All (Except It Doesn’t)

The industry must take steps to ensure a connected world doesn’t become a hacker’s paradise. The IoT (Internet of Things) industry is exciting. There’s a race to market that fuels innovation and puts pressure on developers to create superb user experiences and prioritize device functionality. The competition is driving prices down, allowing more users to get their hands on more devices. But in the midst of this fast-paced world of IoT, some would say there’s something missing—a focus on security. In fact, security experts working in the IoT are calling for manufacturers to slow down and consider the consequences of handling device security as an afterthought. IoT device security should trump all, but often, it doesn’t. As Scott Schober, president and CEO of Berkeley Varitronics Systems, www.bvsystems.com, a designer and manufacturer of RF (radio-frequency) analysis and wireless threat detection tools, puts it, the IoT is not only exciting for businesses and consumers, it’s also exciting for hackers, just for a different reason. “I’m looking forward to inexpensive, networked sensors all over my home and work,” Schober says. “But hackers are chomping at the bit to exploit all of those sensors and their data.” A lack of universal security standards, combined [...]

Facebook Buying Stolen Passwords

With close to 1.2 billion users, five new profiles created every second, and average users spending 20 minutes on Facebook, www.facebook.com, alone, it would seem that Facebook would eventually outgrow the number of available of passwords. That assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. What is troubling to cybersecurity experts like myself is that while even eight character passwords can have up to 457 quadrillion possible combinations, users continue to reuse the same passwords at an alarming rate. Password reuse always makes the job of a hacker infinitely easier. Instead of using brute force guessing attacks that can take hours, days, and even months, hackers can simply apply every cracked password they come upon first, saving them years of potential hacking. So why is Facebook getting in on this lucrative password black market? Facebook Is Buying Your Passwords from Hackers Facebook’s Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos, speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon, revealed how the social network giant regularly buys stolen passwords on the Dark Web, a portion of the Internet that is not indexed by standard search engines and generally attributed to hacking and illegal cyber activities. According to Stamos, password reuse is the number No.1  cause of harm on the Internet.   “The reuse of passwords is [...]

Now More Than Ever, Nothing Is Certain

As I write this column, we are just days past the 2016 General Election with its surprise ending. The problem I have now is that my train of thought about technology developments, grounded in well-defined political, economic, and social behavioral patterns, is no longer viable. What I thought would be possible subjects for this month’s column do not work because we simply just do not know what changes are coming to the predictable worldview that existed up to Nov. 7, 2016. It is not like we have a clear understanding of what changes we can expect after Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, 2017. During the campaign, issues (when discussed) lacked substance and positions on just about everything changed regularly. Threats against technology giants were voiced during the campaign, but sent shock waves through the technology community only after the unexpected happened on Election Day. If you are the leaders of Amazon and Apple, what do you now do when you are targets of campaign promises that threaten your business models and put your companies’ long-term viability in jeopardy? Silicon Valley is just now coming to grips with the breadth and depth of the potential disruption to come. At the level [...]