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Unlearn to Unleash Your Data Lake

16 Sep

The Data Science Process is about exploring, experimenting, and testing new data sources and analytic tools quickly.

The Challenge of Unlearning
For the first two decades of my career, I worked to perfect the art of data warehousing. I was fortunate to be at Metaphor Computers in the 1980’s where we refined the art of dimensional modeling and star schemas. I had many years working to perfect my star schema and dimensional modeling skills with data warehouse luminaries like Ralph Kimball, Margy Ross, Warren Thornthwaite, and Bob Becker. It became engrained in every customer conversation; I’d built a star schema and the conformed dimensions in my head as the client explained their data analysis requirements.

Then Yahoo happened to me and soon everything that I held as absolute truth was turned upside down. I was thrown into a brave new world of analytics based upon petabytes of semi-structured and unstructured data, hundreds of millions of customers with 70 to 80 dimensions and hundreds of metrics, and the need to make campaign decisions in fractions of a second. There was no way that my batch “slice and dice” business intelligence and highly structured data warehouse approach was going to work in this brave new world of real-time, predictive and prescriptive analytics.

I struggled to unlearn engrained data warehousing concepts in order to embrace this new real-time, predictive and prescriptive world. And this is one of the biggest challenge facing IT leaders today – how to unlearn what they’ve held as gospel and embrace what is new and different. And nowhere do I see that challenge more evident then when I’m discussing Data Science and the Data Lake.

Embracing The “Art of Failure” and The Data Science Process
Nowadays, Chief Information Officers (CIOs) are being asked to lead the digital transformation from a batch world that uses data and analytics to monitor the business to a real-time world that exploits internal and external, structured and unstructured data, to predict what is likely to happen and prescribe recommendations. To power this transition, CIO’s must embrace a new approach for deriving customer, product, and operational insights – the Data Science Process (see Figure 2).

Figure 2:  Data Science Engagement Process

The Data Science Process is about exploring, experimenting, and testing new data sources and analytic tools quickly, failing fast but learning faster. The Data Science process requires business leaders to get comfortable with “good enough” and failing enough times before one becomes comfortable with the analytic results. Predictions are not a perfect world with 100% accuracy. As Yogi Berra famously stated:

“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

This highly iterative, fail-fast-but-learn-faster process is the heart of digital transformation – to uncover new customer, product, and operational insights that can optimize key business and operational processes, mitigate regulatory and compliance risks, uncover new revenue streams and create a more compelling, more prescriptive customer engagement. And the platform that is enabling digital transformation is the Data Lake.

The Power of the Data Lake
The data lake exploits the economics of big data; coupling commodity, low-cost servers and storage with open source tools and technologies, is 50x to 100x cheaper to store, manage and analyze data then using traditional, proprietary data warehousing technologies. However, it’s not just cost that makes the data lake a more compelling platform than the data warehouse. The data lake also provides a new way to power the business, based upon new data and analytics capabilities, agility, speed, and flexibility (see Table 1).

Data Warehouse Data Lake
Data structured in heavily-engineered structured dimensional schemas Data structured as-is (structured, semi-structured, and unstructured formats)
Heavily-engineered, pre-processed data ingestion Rapid as-is data ingestion
Generates retrospective reports from historical, operational data sources Generates predictions and prescriptions from a wide variety of internal and external data sources
100% accurate results of past events and performance “Good enough” predictions of future events and performance
Schema-on-load to support the historical reporting on what the business did Schema-on-query to support the rapid data exploration and hypothesis testing
Extremely difficult to ingest and explore new data sources (measured in weeks or months) Easy and fast to ingest and explore new data sources (measured in hours or days)
Monolithic design and implementation (water fall) Natively parallel scale out design and implementation (scrum)
Expensive and proprietary Cheap and open source
Widespread data proliferation (data warehouses and data marts) Single managed source of organizational data
Rigid; hard to change Agile; relatively ease to change

Table 1:  Data Warehouse versus Data Lake

The data lake supports the unique requirements of the data science team to:

  • Rapidly explore and vet new structured and unstructured data sources
  • Experiment with new analytics algorithms and techniques
  • Quantify cause and effect
  • Measure goodness of fit

The data science team needs to be able perform this cycle in hours or days, not weeks or months. The data warehouse cannot support these data science requirements. The data warehouse cannot rapidly exploration the internal and external structured and unstructured data sources. The data warehouse cannot leverage the growing field of deep learning/machine learning/artificial intelligence tools to quantify cause-and-effect. Thinking that the data lake is “cold storage for our data warehouse” – as one data warehouse expert told me – misses the bigger opportunity. That’s yesterday’s “triangle offense” thinking. The world has changed, and just like how the game of basketball is being changed by the “economics of the 3-point shot,” business models are being changed by the “economics of big data.”

But a data lake is more than just a technology stack. To truly exploit the economic potential of the organization’s data, the data lake must come with data management services covering data accuracy, quality, security, completeness and governance. See “Data Lake Plumbers: Operationalizing the Data Lake” for more details (see Figure 3).

Figure 3:  Components of a Data Lake

If the data lake is only going to be used another data repository, then go ahead and toss your data into your unmanageable gaggle of data warehouses and data marts.

BUT if you are looking to exploit the unique characteristics of data and analytics –assets that never deplete, never wear out and can be used across an infinite number of use cases at zero marginal cost – then the data lake is your “collaborative value creation” platform. The data lake becomes that platform that supports the capture, refinement, protection and re-use of your data and analytic assets across the organization.

But one must be ready to unlearn what they held as the gospel truth with respect to data and analytics; to be ready to throw away what they have mastered to embrace new concepts, technologies, and approaches. It’s challenging, but the economics of big data are too compelling to ignore. In the end, the transition will be enlightening and rewarding. I know, because I have made that journey.

Source: http://cloudcomputing.sys-con.com/node/4157284


How connected cars are turning into revenue-generating machines

29 Aug


At some point within the next two to three years, consumers will come to expect car connectivity to be standard, similar to the adoption curve for GPS navigation. As this new era begins, the telecom metric of ARPU will morph into ARPC (average revenue per car).

In that time frame, automotive OEMs will see a variety of revenue-generating touch points for connected vehicles at gas stations, electric charging stations and more. We also should expect progressive mobile carriers to gain prominence as essential links in the automotive value chain within those same two to three years.

Early in 2016, that transitional process began with the quiet but dramatic announcement of a statistic that few noted at the time. The industry crossed a critical threshold in the first quarter when net adds of connected cars (32 percent) rose above the net adds of smartphones (31 percent) for the very first time. At the top of the mobile carrier chain, AT&T led the world with around eight million connected cars already plugged into its network.

The next big event to watch for in the development of ARPC will be when connected cars trigger a significant redistribution of revenue among the value chain players. In this article, I will focus mostly on recurring connectivity-driven revenue. I will also explore why automakers must develop deep relationships with mobile carriers and Tier-1s to hold on to their pieces of the pie in the connected-car market by establishing control points.

After phones, cars will be the biggest category for mobile-data consumption.

It’s important to note here that my conclusions on the future of connected cars are not shared by everyone. One top industry executive at a large mobile carrier recently asked me, “Why do we need any other form of connectivity when we already have mobile phones?” Along the same lines, some connected-car analysts have suggested that eSIM technology will encourage consumers to simply add to their existing wireless plans connectivity in their cars.

Although there are differing points of view, it’s clear to me that built-in embedded-SIM for connectivity will prevail over tethering with smartphones. The role of Tier-1s will be decisive for both carriers and automakers as they build out the future of the in-car experience, including infotainment, telematics, safety, security and system integration services.

The sunset of smartphone growth

Consider the U.S. mobile market as a trendsetter for the developed world in terms of data-infused technology. You’ll notice thatphone revenues are declining. Year-over-year sales of mobiles have registered a 6.5 percent drop in North America and have had an even more dramatic 10.8 percent drop in Europe. This is because of a combination of total market saturation and economic uncertainty, which encourages consumers to hold onto their phones longer.

While consumer phone upgrades have slowed, non-phone connected devices are becoming a significant portion of net-adds and new subscriptions. TBR analyst Chris Antlitz summed up the future mobile market: “What we are seeing is that the traditional market that both carriers [AT&T and Verizon] go after is saturated, since pretty much everyone who has wanted a cell phone already has one… Both companies are getting big into IoT and machine-to-machine and that’s a big growth engine.”

At the same time, AT&T and Verizon are both showing a significant uptick in IoT revenue, even though we are still in the early days of this industry. AT&T crossed the $1 billion mark and Verizon posted earnings of $690 million in the IoT category for last year, with 29 percent of that total in the fourth quarter alone.

Data and telematics

While ARPU is on the decline, data is consuming a larger portion of the pie. Just consider some astonishing facts about data usage growth from Cisco’s Visual Networking Index 2016. Global mobile data traffic grew 74 percent over the past year, to more than 3.7 exabytes per month. Over the past 10 years, we’ve seen a 4,000X growth in data usage. After phones, cars will be the biggest category for mobile-data consumption.

Most cars have around 150 different microprocessor-controlled sub-systems built by different functional units. The complexity of integrating these systems adds to the time and cost of manufacturing. Disruptive companies like Tesla are challenging that model with a holistic design of telematics. As eSIM becomes a standard part of the telematics control unit (TCU), it could create one of the biggest disruptive domino effects the industry has seen in recent years. That’s why automakers must develop deep relationships with mobile carriers and Tier-1s.

The consumer life cycle for connected cars will initially have to be much longer than it is for smartphones.

Virtualization of our cars is inevitable. It will have to involve separate but interconnected systems because the infrastructure is inherently different for control versus convenience networks. Specifically, instrument clusters, telematics and infotainment environments have very different requirements than those of computing, storage and networking. To create a high-quality experience, automakers will have to work through hardware and software issues holistically.

Already we see Apple’s two-year iPhone release schedule expanding to a three-year span because of gentler innovations and increasing complexity. The consumer life cycle for connected cars will initially have to be much longer than it is for smartphones because of this deep integration required for all the devices, instruments and functionalities that operate the vehicle.

Five factors unique to connected cars

Disruption is everywhere within the auto industry, similar to the disruption that shook out telecom. However, there are several critical differences:

  • Interactive/informative surface. The mobile phone has one small screen with all the technology packed in behind it. Inside a car, nearly every surface could be transformed into an interactive interface. Beyond the instrumentation panel, which has been gradually claiming more real estate on the steering wheel, there will be growth in backseat and rider-side infotainment screens. (Semi-) autonomous cars will present many more possibilities.
  • Processing power. The cloud turned mobile phones into smart clients with all the heavy processing elsewhere, but each car can contain a portable data center all its own. Right now, the NVIDIA Tegra X1 mobile processor for connected cars, used to demonstrate its Drive CX cockpit visualizations, can handle one trillion floating-point operations per second (flops). That’s roughly the same computing power as a 1,600-square-foot supercomputer from the year 2000.
  • Power management. The size and weight of phones were constrained for many years by the size of the battery required. The same is true of cars, but in terms of power and processing instead of the physical size and shape of the body frame. Consider apps like Pokémon Go, which are known as battery killers because of their extensive use of the camera for augmented reality and constant GPS usage. In the backseat of a car, Pokémon Go could run phenomenally with practically no affect on the car battery. Perhaps car windows could even serve as augmented reality screens.
  • Risk factors. This is the No. 1 roadblock to connected cars right now. The jump from consumer-grade to automotive-grade security is just too great for comfort. Normally, when somebody hacks a phone, nobody gets hurt physically. Acybersecurity report this year pointed out that connected cars average 100 million lines of code, compared to only 8 million for a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter jet. In other words, security experts have a great deal of work to do to protect connected cars from hackers and random computer errors.
  • Emotional affinity. Phones are accessories, but a car is really an extension of the driver. You can see this aspect in the pride people display when showing off their cars and their emotional attachment to their cars. This also explains why driverless cars and services like Uber are experiencing a hard limit on their market penetration. For the same reasons, companies that can’t provide flawless connectivity in cars could face long-lasting damage to their brand reputations.

Software over hardware

The value in connected cars will increasingly concentrate in software and applications over the hardware. The connected car will have a vertical hardware stack closely integrated with a horizontal software stack. To dominate the market, a player would need to decide where their niche lies within the solution matrix.

However, no matter how you view the hardware players and service stack, there is a critical role for mobility, software and services. These three will form the framework for experiences, powered by analytics, data and connectivity. Just as content delivered over the car radio grew to be an essential channel for ad revenue in the past, the same will be true in the future as newer forms of content consumption arise from innovative content delivery systems in the connected car.

In the big picture, though, connectivity is only part of the story.

As the second-most expensive lifetime purchase (after a home) for the majority of consumers, a car is an investment unlike any other. Like fuel and maintenance, consumers will fund connectivity as a recurring expense, which we could see through a variety of vehicle touch points. There’s the potential for carriers to partner with every vehicle interaction that’s currently on the market, as well as those that will be developed in the future.

When consumers are filling up at the gas pump, they could pay via their connected car wallet. In the instance of charging electric cars while inside a store, consumers could also make payments on the go using their vehicles. The possibilities for revenue generation through connected cars are endless. Some automakers may try the Kindle-like model to bundle the hardware cost into the price of the car, but most mobile carriers will prefer it to be spread out into a more familiar pricing model with a steady stream of income.

Monetization of the connected car

Once this happens and carriers start measuring ARPC, it will force other industry players to rethink their approach more strategically. For example, bundling of mobile, car and home connectivity will be inevitable for app, data and entertainment services as an integrated experience. In the big picture, though, connectivity is only part of the story. Innovative carriers will succeed by going further and perfecting an in-car user experience that will excite consumers in ways no one can predict right now. As electric vehicles (EVs), hydrogen-powered fuel cells and advances in solar gain market practicality, cars may run without gas, but they will not run without connectivity.

The first true killer app for connected cars is likely to be some form of new media, and the monetization potential will be vast. With Gartner forecasting a market of 250 million connected cars on the road by 2020, creative methods for generating revenue streams in connected cars won’t stop there. Over the next few years, we will see partnerships proliferate among industry players, particularly mobile carriers. The ones who act fast enough to assume a leadership role in the market now will drive away with an influential status and a long-term win — if history has anything to say about it.

Note: In this case, the term “connected” brings together related concepts, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and evolving cellular networks, including 3G, 4G/LTE, 5G, etc.

Featured Image: shansekala/Getty Images
Source: http://cooltechreview.net/startups/how-connected-cars-are-turning-into-revenue-generating-machines/

Cijferhijgen over het internet of things

8 Apr

Drie jaar geleden werd voorspeld dat het aantal connected devices in 2020 zou uitkomen op 50 tot 100 miljard. Volgens Cisco zijn er sinds 2010 al meer ‘connected things’ dan bewoners op aarde (12,5 miljard, oplopend tot 25 miljard in 2015). Gartner is meer behoudend, blijkend uit onderstaand schema. Daarbij voorspelt Gartner de grootste groei bij sectoren als industrie, energiebedrijven (slimme meters) en transport (connected auto’s).

IoT aantallen

Ook de verwachte totale economische waarde is de afgelopen tijd bijgesteld, hoewel de verschillen in de voorspellingen nog groot zijn. McKinsey Global Institute schat in dat de impact van IoT op de wereldeconomie een waarde zal hebben van 6,2 biljoen dollar in 2025. Dat lijkt veel, maar grote tech-bedrijven hebben er weinig moeite mee om cijfers te noemen als 10 tot 15 biljoen dollar (General Electric) tot 2020 of 19 biljoen dollar (Cisco).

adoption speed

Emerging-Tech-Hype-Cycle2014Cijfergehijg of niet, Gartner besloot recent om de positionering van het IoT een aangepaste plek te geven op de Hype Cycle. Gartner waarschuwt vrijwel bij iedere technologie voor overspannen verwachtingen en de kloof tussen potentieel en realisatie; voor het IoT geldt nu dat ‘standaarden zullen zeker nog drie jaar op zich laten wachten en dat vertraagt verdere ontwikkeling’.

Het internet of things is veelbelovend, maar voorlopig ook nog toekomstmuziek. Er ligt echter veel in het verschiet. Gigaom voorziet dat het tempo van ontwikkelingen vooral wordt bepaald door het voorwerk, verzet door aanbieders van IoT-platforms. Daarbij ligt de nadruk nu nog op consumententoepassingen (een veelgebruikte afkorting is HVAC: heating, ventilation en air conditioning) en op verlichting en huishoudelijke apparaten. Kortom, grotendeels gericht op het slimme huis, op energiemanagement en kostenbesparingen. Gigaom voorspelt dat deze markt tot 2020 met 30 procent zal groeien. Voor de industriële markt zijn de voorspellingen een stuk lastiger te maken. Toch stelt Gigaom dat de economie ‘klaar staat’: er is een grote investeringsbereidheid.

De snelheid waarmee het IoT bewaarheid wordt (bijvoorbeeld in de vorm van miljarden connected devices) hangt af van vier factoren: een economie met een digitale infrastructuur, de realisatie van wereldwijde standaarden, de kundigheid om datastromen zinvol te verwerken en het ontstaan van schaalbare businessmodellen.

Met het volkomen digitaal maken van de economie – de eerste factor – is nog niet ieder land even ver gevorderd. Om het IoT op wereldschaal tot een succes te maken moet connectiviteit een commodity zijn, net als de lucht die we inademen. Voor die connectiviteit zijn zowel verbindingen (wifi, mobiele netwerken, BlueTooth en Zigbee) als apparaten (sensors, smartphones, tablets, objecten) noodzakelijk. Uit een gezamenlijk onderzoek van Accenture Strategy en Oxford Economics naar ‘digitale dichtheid’ komt een verband naar voren tussen het toegenomen gebruik van digitale technologie en digitale economietoegenomen productiviteit. De onderzoekers gaven ook inzicht in de relatie tussen de uiteindelijke impact daarvan op concurrentievermogen en economische groei. Hiervoor gebruikten zij de Digital Density Index, totaal 50 aspecten omvattend en gegroepeerd tot vier variabelen van economische activiteit: Making Markets, Running Enterprises, Sourcing Inputs, and Fostering Enablers. Vervolgens werden 17 belangrijke economieën langs de lat gelegd. Een hogere score op de Digital Density Index vertegenwoordigt een bredere en diepere adoptie van digitale technologie – denk aan vaardigheden, werkmethoden, wet- en regelgeving. De lijst van 17 landen wordt overigens aangevoerd door Nederland en digitale technologie kan het GDP van de top tien economieën verhogen met 1,36 biljoen dollar in 2020. Een belangrijke deel daarvan komt voort uit de mobiele economie.

Een belangrijk deel van deze connectiviteit is echter al behoorlijk op stoom. De smartphone is tegenwoordig gemeengoed en de kosten voor connectiviteit zijn flink gedaald: tussen 2005 en 2013 een afname van 99 procent per megabyte. Vergelijkbare sprongen zijn zichtbaar als je de verschillende generaties vergelijkt (G, 2G, 3G, 4G); tegenover prijsdalingen staan grote snelheidsverhogingen. Zo is 4G 12.000 x sneller dan 2G. In minder dan 15 jaar zijn 3 miljard mensen gebruik gaan maken van 3G, in 2020 wordt verwacht dat meer dan 8 miljard mensen gebruik maken van 3G. Ondertussen wordt hard gewerkt aan 5G, dat over enkele jaren een transmissiesnelheid heeft van 1 milliseconde (bij 4G is dat 15 milliseconden) en een datasnelheid tot 10 gigabit per seconde. De verwachting is dat 5G vanaf 2018 geleidelijk zal worden uitgerold. Ondertussen zet de halfgeleider industrie de volgende stap door van 2D naar 3D-chips te gaan, die kleiner zijn, sneller werken en minder energie verbruiken. Die snelheden zijn naar verwachting niet nodig voor alle IoT-functionaliteit, die voor een groot deel zal gaan bestaan uit kleine datapakketten.

Een tweede succesfactor voor het IoT is de ontwikkeling van een wereldwijde standaard. De miljarden apparaten en objecten die straks met het internet verbonden moeten zijn, moeten op een eenduidige manier communiceren en bovenal vindbaar en aansluitbaar zijn. Standaardiseringsorganisatie IEEE werkt samen met grote technologiespelers zoals Oracle, Cisco Systems, Huawei Technologies en General Electric aan een IoT-standaard die in 2016 beschikbaar moet zijn. Misschien is Gartner in dit opzicht te pessimistisch: Bluetooth werd in slechts vier jaar gerealiseerd en aansluitend succesvol als wereldstandaard in de markt gezet. Ook Google werkt aan de ontwikkeling van herkenbaarheid van connected devices; waar apparaten met een internetverbinding nu nog een IP-adres hebben, streeft Google naar een URL (zoals bij een webpagina). Het gebruik van een zogenaamde uniform resource locator  maakt connected things beter vindbaar, onder andere op het web.

De derde succesfactor ligt in de ‘backoffice’ van het internet of things. Met vele connected devices moet er voldoende rekenkracht (en intelligentie) zijn om gegevensstromen te kanaliseren en analyseren. Het is de basis voor het uitbouwen van verdienmodellen. Aan de ene kant is hiervoor een platform nodig (cloudcapaciteit), aan de andere kant moet er hard gewerkt worden aan betrouwbare, veilige en slimme software en algoritmen. Waar aan de technologiekant relatief gemakkelijk aan de succesvoorwaarden kan worden voldaan, levert de arbeidsmarkt een nieuw vraagstuk op. De komende jaren zijn vele duizenden ‘datageeks’ nodig, die volgens big data experts nog niet beschikbaar zijn.

De vierde factor, en mogelijk de meest belangrijke, is de realisatie van haalbare business modellen: met het IoT moet wel geld kunnen worden verdiend. Dat kan volgens het principe van automatisering (menselijke arbeid vervangen door systemen), door kostenbesparing (sensoren die real time informatie geven, kunnen bijdragen aan de efficiency van processen) of door nieuwe verdienmodellen (‘monitizing’: bijvoorbeeld geld verdienen met de data afkomstig uit het IoT). Joep van Beurden van McKinsey stelt dat slechts zo’n 10 procent van de IoT-economie ligt in de ‘Things’, 90 procent van de waarde komt voort uit de connectie met het internet. Ook Van Beurden wijst er op dat IoT pas interessant wordt als connected devices gecombineerd worden met sensors en analytics.

Een andere randvoorwaarde om snelheid te maken met het IoT is de beschikbaarheid van kapitaal. In de aanloop naar economische activiteit wordt al behoorlijk geïnvesteerd. Amazon neemt met enige regelmaat bedrijven over, zoals 2lemetry, een startup uit Denver die zich heeft gespecialiseerd in het traceren en besturen van connected devices. In 2013 heeft Amazon al een begin gemaakt met het ontwikkelen van een platform dat real time hoge volumes aan data vanuit verschillende bronnen moet kunnen verwerken. Maar Amazon richt zich daarbij nu nog hoofdzakelijk op eigen producten en services voor connected homes.

Investeerders in industriële toepassingen zullen vooral kijken naar de directe ROI. In veel gevallen is er ook zonder IoT al veel te winnen, zoals zichtbaar in de luchtvaart. Volgens wereldwijde aanbieder van communicatie- en IT-oplossingen, SITA, heeft deze sector sinds 2007 een kostenbesparing van 18 miljard dollar gerealiseerd, alleen door het proces van bagageafhandeling te verbeteren. De connected koffer kan hier wellicht nog veel aan toevoegen, maar ook hier is het de passagier die in de buidel moet tasten. De consument zal de komende jaren vrijwel dagelijks kunnen (of moeten) kiezen: ga ik voor een connected oplossing of niet? Dat geldt niet alleen voor je koffer, maar ook voor je auto, je keukenapparatuur, je tandenborstel, je meterkast, sleutelbos, huisdier, en wellicht je kinderen of grootouders. De mogelijkheden zijn eindeloos, maar juist daarom is een extreem snelle groei in het aantal connected apparaten niet uit deze hoek te verwachten.

Source: http://www.toii.nl/category/internet-of-things/

Ten Ways Connected Devices Will Impact Every Organization

22 Aug

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This year, the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the world’s population. To survive the coming decade, most organizations will have to respond in some way to the rise of connected devices. As connected products, connected logistics, and connected phones become ubiquitous, they create value for users and risks for companies.

If you’re reading about the Internet of Things for the first time, here’s a short primer. But now that there’s widespread knowledge about the Internet of Things (IoT) — also known as the Machine to Machine internet (M2M) or the Industrial Internet (II) — we at consulting firm Undercurrent find that senior leaders at global organizations still struggle to articulate how it will meaningfully change their business, or shrug it off because they’re in the energy business, or the orange juice business, or name your 20th century business.

Winners will know they’re winning before losers find out they’re losing.

The pressures the IoT brings affect all types of organizations. For companies that make durable physical products it’s easy to imagine a digitally connected version. For companies that make consumables, the Internet of Things is slated to revolutionize logistics. For both, ubiquitous connected mobile devices are already changing commerce, workflow, and customer relationships.

Here are ten ways IoT will affect companies, and how companies can respond.


Over the next three years, every major manufacturer will have to include connectivity in its business product lines or logistics. Consumers will demand it soon, but Wall Street will demand it first. Companies like Tesla with their connected car or Amazon with their connected logistics are already trading above traditional valuations. Shareholders and analysts will evaluate companies based on their ability to integrate connectivity into their business and product lines.


Manufacturers of consumer durables and equipment manufacturers will have to make connected products. CPG companies and grocers, will have to build in smart logistics. The new tech enables efficiency in managing production and distribution. Connected sensors monitor liquids, gases, and chemicals in real time. Route automation for moving things is on the horizon. Fleets of driverless trucks will soon become the standard.


Competition will be dire, as most businesses will try to own the platform. While the tendency in big business is to build the platform first, every platform business starts off as a product business. Nest didn’t build a platform first, it built the best thermostat. To win, start with a hero product that conquers hearts and markets. This requires a radical focus on creating products and experiences that are beautiful, functional, and valuable to customers.


In the future, consumers will buy new products based on how well they integrate with their smart home appliances or their health app. In June Apple released development kits for the smart home and the smart body. They’re enabling your competition and startups worldwide to create beautiful experiences for connected devices. When you go to Best Buy in a couple of years, you’ll ask if your new washing machine displays a discreet notification on your iTV. Being present in the home meaningfully also creates a commercial channel, and creates opportunities for great partnerships. You’d benefit if your fridge automatically re-ordered groceries from FreshDirect or Amazon Fresh, and so would the partners involved.

Connected equipment can sense and communicate a potential fault in any system before it creates a crisis. Such equipment can also lead to new efficiencies. For instance, a full milk tank can signal a smart truck to come pick up farm-fresh milk. Either way, a new service-driven model creates a reliable recurring revenue stream and protects your business from downstream challengers.


When connected products become pervasive and communicate continuously with one another, marketplaces are created involving machines, not just people. Imagine a future where your fridge negotiates with the grid in real time to get you the best rate on power if it can wait a bit for the next cool cycle. Optimization provides quantifiable benefits, and value becomes apparent to your customers. Inside industry-leading businesses, the risk tolerance required to embrace new business models (think Innovator’s Dilemma) is paramount to making big leaps.


Creating these products or supply chain improvements will likely require you to focus on hiring more engineers, designers, and data scientists. Hardware is increasingly just software wrapped in plastic, and connected hardware is all about data. Your organization structure might have to adapt as well in order to move faster. You might have to shed some fat in other areas of the business. Teams will have to be leaner, smaller, and multi-disciplinary to get to market faster.


In Kenya, more than two thirds of the adult population uses a mobile digital currency called M-Pesa; 25 percent or more of the country’s GNP flows through this parallel financial system. Most emerging markets already have pervasive mobile usage, and smartphone adoption is increasing in the rising mobile-first billion.

Besides being a requirement for products or solutions targeting developing markets, mobile is a natural interface for connected devices. I love Benedict Evans’ perspective on this: dumb sensors paired with smart phones become exponentially more valuable.


For many companies, perhaps the most overlooked asset class is the network of products and customers that an established business has already created in the world. Imagine you’ve been selling vacuum cleaners or street lamps for decades. Odds are, there are thousands or even millions of products exist in the world with your brand.

Similar to how cell tower businesses use their network of physical assets (towers) to create new revenue streams by leasing out spots on the towers, all companies with products out in the world have a potential base to integrate sensing, connectivity, and intelligence open new and exciting revenue streams. Imagine how valuable the street lamps on your highway become if they broadcasted up-to-the-second traffic updates.


Organizations will require a clearer visionary focus and purpose. The teams and skill-sets required for companies to succeed in the near future need to pair up with new ways of working. Leadership teams must find comfort in embracing unknowns and iterating towards solutions, and they have to empower their teams to move quickly into new markets and product spaces.

The change brought on by this new wave of connectivity will be will be subtle at times, but always valuable. What’s intimidating is that winners will know they’re winning long before losers find out they’re losing.

Source: http://techonomy.com/2014/08/ten-ways-connected-devices-will-impact-every-organization/

Smart cities to quadruple by the year 2025

4 Aug

The number of global smart cities is expected to grow from 21 in 2013 to an estimated 88 in 2025, according to a new report from IHS Technology. These smart cities will possess energy efficient infrastructures as well as keep a maintained focus on security and streamlined transportation efforts.


Lisa Arrowsmith, IHS Associate Director, defines a smart city as a city that has deployed “the integration of information, communications and technology (ICT) solutions across three or more different functional areas of a city.” She further adds that these implementations could be in the realms of mobile and transport, energy and sustainability, physical infrastructure, governance, and safety and security.

Among the 21 cities IHS currently categorizes as smart are five in the U.S. – San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and New York. According to the study, “Asia-Pacific will account for 32 smart cities of the total in nine years’ time, Europe will have 31, and the Americas will contribute 25.”


“London, for example, is retrofitting both residential and commercial buildings to lessen carbon dioxide emissions,” the study notes. “The city is also adopting charging infrastructure to support the introduction of 100,000 electric vehicles.” In Santander, Spain, it adds, “soil-humidity sensors detect when land requires irrigating for more sustainable water use.”

The IHS report titled, “Smart Cities: Business Models, Technologies and Existing Projects,” also finds that the current $1 billion worldwide annual investment in smart cities will grow to over $12 billion by the year 2025. The report continues on to demonstrate the need for smart cities as a response to increasingly congested and polluted cities.

With a global population that is becoming overly urbanized, certain resources are becoming scarce in these densely populated areas. Smart cities and tech based city organization can focus on these limited resources and assure they are managed in a way that provides the best solutions for inhabitants.

While today’s smart cities may not be the most cost-friendly option when reorganizing an urban area, Arrowsmith lauds the possibilities that smart planning could provide. She notes the collaboration of public and private sectors could unquestionably boost a local economy. Incorporating technology applications into city planning could in turn create jobs or even foster a high tech culture within the municipality.


The glowing example of a global smart city is Santander, Spain. After obtaining an EU grant, the aging port town organized a team to install over 12,000 sensors within city limits. BusinessWeek’s Carol Matlack writes that the sensors track everything from surfing conditions to traffic congestion. The city has even placed sensors deep in the ground of their parks to measure soil humidity and can then properly determine sprinkler usage. In all, Santander is a prime example of how technology and communication can work in unison to better organize the smart city of the future.

With the example Santander has provided as well as what plans for cities across the globe have in store, it’s certainly not far-fetched to believe in the projections provided by the IHS report. You can read the IHS document in its entirety here.

Source: http://atmelcorporation.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/report-smart-cities-to-quadruple-by-the-year-2025/

Big Data – Trends & Trajectories

4 Aug

Would you be taken aback if Big Data is declared as the word of the year 2014? Well, I certainly wouldn’t be. Although initially it started off as a paradigm, Big Data is permeating all facets of business at a fast pace. Digital data is everywhere and there is a tremendous wave of innovation on the ways big data can be used to generate value across sectors of the global economy.

In this blog we shall discuss few big data trends which will have immense significance in the upcoming days.

Internet of customers:

In a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum, 2014, when asked what will be important in the next 5 years, Marc Benioff, CEO of salesforce.com, elucidated on the importance of big data in enhancing and maintaining the customer base. As we talk about mobility and the internet of things, we should recognize that behind every such device is a customer. It is not an “internet of things” but an “internet of customers”.

The catchword here is “Context”. With data explosion happening in every industry, we are gathering unprecedented amount of user contexts. Big data provides tremendous opportunities to harness these contexts to gain actionable insights on consumer behavior. It doesn’t really matter if you are a B2C or a B2B company but what actually matters is how effectively you utilize the potential of big data to extract useful contextual information and use it to build a 1:1 relationship with individual customers. The companies that use this opportunity to enhance their customer base will be the most successful in the future.

Good Data > Big Data: One of the most prominent illustrations of big data in action is Google Flu Trends (GFT), which uses aggregated Google search data to monitor real-time flu cases world over. Google used specific search terms and patterns to correlate between how many people searched for flu-related topics and how many people actually have flu symptoms. With over 500 million google searches made every day, this may seem to be the perfect big data case study but as it turns out, GFT failed to perform as highly as it was expected to. GFT overestimated the prevalence of flu in the 2012-2013 and

2011-2012 seasons by more than 50% and also completely missed the swine flu epidemic in 2009.

This has led many analysts to sit back and retrospect on the big data strategies which caused this failure. The fallacy that a huge amount of data leads to better analysis should be recognized. Rather than taking into consideration indiscriminate and unrelated datasets which worsen the problem, the analysis premise should study data based on specific definition and aligned to the objectives. Big data methodologies can be successful, but only if they are based on accurate assumptions and are relevant.

Open Sourcing: Google never made public the criteria it used to establish the search patterns and has hence hindered further analysis on the failure. This experiment necessitates the introduction of the open source culture in big data technologies. Studies involving astounding amount of data should involve greater cooperation and transparency between participating organizations which would in turn help build robust predictive models.

Visualization/ User experience: Presenting data in an understandable and rational way is another issue concomitant with big data technologies. Softwares which help deduce insights from big complex datasets will be much in demand in the near future. Analytical business softwares with user-friendly and intuitive user interfaces will form a critical component of the sales of big data technologies.

Many technology giants have started to focus on building easy-to-use and engaging user experiences which would make them popular facilitators of big data. In one of his all-hands speeches in the second half of 2013, Jim Hagemann Snabe, Co-CEO of SAP AG, outlined SAP’s vision to change the perception that its softwares are complex and difficult to use. As far as SAP is concerned in this context, user experience is one of the focus points of SAP’s strategy and it will go a long way in helping SAP further cement its position as one of the analytics market leaders and a promising enabler of big data technologies.

Source: http://chayani.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/big-data-trends-trajectories/

The Internet of Things – Terminator, Big Brother or even more power to the consumer?

1 Aug

Blue eyeWhilst researching for a client’s conference, I would regularly come across references to The Internet of Things (IoT). Up until then, an alien concept, it was quite possible something quite phenomenal was on the horizon which had completely passed me by. Posing a question via Facebook quickly confirmed I wasn’t the only one apart from two geeks on my friends list.

If the Internet of Things isn’t on your radar, basically it means the connection of objects to the internet with the ability to communicate without the intervention of humans. For example, I could park my car next to a car parking meter with could ‘tell’ the lamppost to assume a brighter setting for added security whilst the meter could communicate directly with my bank (having gained my personal details from the car’s registration) to deduct the parking cost from my account. I have just made this scenario up and it is the kind of thing I imagine happening from what I have read but it is just my interpretation.

If that all sounds scarily familiar; I agree. The first thought I had was ‘Terminator’ and, in fact, one of the know-it-all geeks (love ‘em really) made a ‘Skynet’ comment on the aforementioned Facebook post.

My objective, then, for writing this, is to gain a slightly wider understanding of The Internet of Things and determine whether I am worrying unnecessarily about some post-apocalyptic world where machines dominate and hunt down humans to rid them from the planet.

According to tech company Cisco, the IoT heralds a new era of efficiencies and heightened security creating a connected world with vast implications for the way we live our lives. Microsoft says the IoT offers huge opportunities (as well as challenges) to business and the time to act is now: “The Internet of Things is not a futuristic, aspirational technology trend. It’s here today in the devices, sensors, cloud infrastructure, and data and business intelligence tools you are already using.”DKC - Laptop image

The IoT is already big, really big, according to a recent piece in The Guardian, the UK government has doubled its spend to £45 million to develop internet-enabled technology. Ovum, a research and advisory business specialising in converging IT, telecoms and media markets, also predicts that the number of global machine-to-machine (M2M) connections will increase to 360.9m in 2018. And with this increase of data, it means businesses can market their products and services much more effectively to an even more highly defined target audience, potentially providing them with the answer to their problem before they even knew it was an issue!

Predictions from IT research company IDC suggest the IoT will be responsible for generating an almighty £7.2 trillion of revenue by 2020. Other predictions include the rapid expansion of the IoT, so much so that by 2020 a mind-blowing 26 billion units will be connected compared to the prediction of the number of smartphones tablets and PCs in use of 7.3 billion units. In terms of retail, IoT is expected to be as big a game changer as the arrival of the internet itself.

So should we be worried? Even if the Terminator analogy is a stretch too far even for those of us with rather overactive imaginations, Big Brother it certainly seems to be with the ability of retailers to track your every move. However, in a blog post by Steve Olenski on the Huffington Post makes a good point that any retailer who thinks the consumer is not in charge is most sadly mistaken.

If you watched Channel 4’s Dispatches this evening ‘Secrets of your Supermarket Shop’, it was quite apparent that consumers are turning their backs on the ‘Big Four’ – Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Asda in favour of the budget supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl. Two ‘supershoppers’ were challenged with a shop with one using an app to locate the best offers for each item. It was obvious who was calling the shots so perhaps rather than fearing the IoT, I should embrace the increased power it could potentially give us.


Source: http://quippeblog.com/2014/07/28/the-internet-of-things-terminator-big-brother-or-even-more-power-to-the-consumer/

First Test with Everythng Cloud, Raspberry PI and Python

12 May

During my constant research and work on the topic „Internet of Everything“ or „Internet of Things“ and to be more special: searching for a cool middleware, I came across a very interesting website: https://www.evrythng.com/. The whole concept behind looks very promising and I was tempted to give these guys a try. I have a few sensors, some knowledge in programming and I need some online space to store my data. So basic motivation is there to look out for some good concepts which are not doomed to be killed soon after their first release date because of loosing the race to be the best middleware. As a start I registered an account and my first idea was: connecting a sensor to their cloud based storage system and simply try how it might look like. Of course they offer a variety of other services, like:

  • Products, which are a description of class of THNGs (THNG = smallest unit)
  • Applications which can be used to connect e.g. a webbrowser
  • Campaings
  • Analytics
  • and many other very useful services.

Basically you can build a whole economic system on their online spaces. So where to start? First things first and so I decided to build only a simple use case to connect only one sensor which seems to be sufficient for a small test. The sensor which is the basic entity in their terms: a THNG. So for a fast start: build a small sensor and then try to connect it via a Python script. My self-imposed task was: using Python as programming language. (I could have used some different languages, like JAVA. This would have been much easier because there exists a ready-to-use Java API here ..)

At first I thought about a sensor architecture which included to build a sensor gateway to connect my local sensors (picture: Basic Sensor Architecture). Why? A gateway can:

  • protect the communication from sensor to cloud based services
  • has more CPU power to use stronger cryptographic algorithms
  • protect the sensors from being accessed from outside the Internet
  • store data when the connection to the cloud services is lost
  • lower the volume of traffic by sending data only, when the value is changing (saving bandwidth),
  • bridging connectivity options between e.g.: Ethernet and Bluetooth
  • translating IPv4 into IPv6 or vice versa
  • etc …

Sensor gw

Basic Sensor Architecture

But this would have taken some time, so I simplified the architecture a little bit and connected a sensing device directly to the EVRYTHNG cloud, which is reflected by the following picture: Proof of Concept Architecture.


Proof of Concept Architecture

And of course the sensor must have enough CPU & storage capacity to run some functionality, like Python, ssh, etc.. on it. Of course there must be at least an ethernet connectivity to transport its data to its final destination. For these basic requirements I made my choice: I used one of my Raspberry PIs for my experiment. A bread board, some wires, a resistor and a waterproof temperature sensor did the trick:

PI sensor

Raspberry Pi as a sensor

Next step: getting data from the sensor via Python was not a very difficult task and there are a lot of very good tutorials on how to program Python to get sensor values: e.g. here. So I skipped that step in my description to concentrate on the new things.

I headed for a test account and after registering I got my personal access. Next step was to setup a THNG as a base entity to send data to. I decided not to do it via API calls (which would have forced me to write another script) instead I did it the traditional way: using the web-GUI from EVRYTHNG:


THNG Creation

After getting my THNG and of course here you can find the ThingID (greyed out) which is important to access it via API calls from your sensor, you can then define some properties which will then will be filled with data from your devices ( a really nice one is to use Geo locations, because if you have a moving sensor e.g. in a car, this could easily become quite handy). For this THNG I simply used one property: temperature. Of course you can use multiple of these data fields, but again: my task was only to do a simple test if I can get the whole story up and running.

But the most interesting part was: getting the REST API from EVRYTHNG to work with Python. No API exist for Python so far and I had to experiment a little on how to write a PoC Code for such a task. But again: it was not really a challenge, because the API from EVRYTHNG is very well documented and can be found here. A lot of examples of how REST is working, which return codes you can get back, how to create and delete, and most important: how to store and access your data. I decided to build a small class which fits for a sensor with limited amount of space. So the basic task was: sending data via http and before you can do that: converting the Python data array to JSON (yes, https is also an option and it is recommended once you use it for your production environment!!!). I did it via urllib2 and converting Python data to JSON, I used simply the json coder / encoder API. Nearly everything worked straight, except one little glitch which costs me some time: to convert data to an EVRYTHNG API-readable format I had to add brackets to the final json-converted data like: “[“+self.DATA+ “]“. After that challenge my little program worked and I was able to produce some valid input into EVRYTHNG. You can find the Python class below. Feel free to use it (at your own risk)…


@author: Axel Dittmann


import urllib2

import json

class sensorthng:


   a very small class just to update sensors .. no further functionality provided 


    def __init__(self, API_Token):

        self.API_TOKEN = API_Token

        self.HEADER_UPDATE = {‘Content-Type’‘application/json‘Authorization’: self.API_TOKEN}

        self.URL =https://api.evrythng.com/thngs/”


    def open_query (self, query_URL, data, header):

        self.URL_REQUEST = query_URL

        self.DATA = data


        #Request is GET if data = None, POST if data has some valid JSON data

        self.REQUEST = urllib2.Request(self.URL_REQUEST,self.DATA,self.HEADER)

        self.RESPONSE = urllib2.urlopen(self.REQUEST)

        return self.RESPONSE.read()


        #Updating properties of a thng

    def updating_properties(self, thng_id, data):

        self.DATA = data

        self.QUERY_URL = self.URL+thng_id+“/properties”

        #convert to JSON

        self.DATA = json.dumps(self.DATA)

        # now the important part: add [] to the json data, otherwise the function would not work

        self.DATA = “[“+self.DATA+ “]“

        #change of the header -> must be update string

        return self.open_query(self.QUERY_URL, self.DATA, self.HEADER_UPDATE)

My basic Proof-of-Concept code looked like this:

mythng = sensorthng(„USE your API-Access-Code-here”)




        c_temp = read_ctemperature()

        print c_temp   

        data =  { ‘key’:‘temperature’,‘value’:c_temp}

        print mythng.updating_properties(„USE your THNG-ID here”, data)    



        print” Error Occured .. next try”

It is doing nothing else than sending data (of course getting the Celsius temperature from the sensor) and if an error occurs e.g. my internet connection will be down, then it will simply loop until the connection is restored. So no interruption of service in case of failure …

So basically just write a little code to implement the class and and use your API_Token from your EVRYTHNG login and your THNG_ID from your THNG screen. Then it should just work fine and the script updates your data .. Like my Raspberry PI: I decided to just sending a continuous stream for every 60 seconds:

PI response

Temperature and EVRYTHNG API return data

In this picture you can see, that the EVRYTHNG functionality add a timestamp to your data if you do not provide one. And this output shows also the return info from the EVRYTHNG API once the data was sent to their REST API if everything works and the data was successful delivered. And now let’s take a look how it looks like in the EVRYTHNG web GUI:


THNG Overview

After clicking on the properties of my PI_temp_sensor you can than see a nice little graphical view of your submitted data:

Tmp graph

Temperature Data

The graphical view expressed the real life situation: at 8:10 it started to rain and this caused the temperature to drop 🙂.

So, first test done, in my opinion very easy and of course for me was my little test a great success, because everything works just „out-of-the-box“ and straight forward!! The EVRYTHNG idea has great potential and I am very sure that they will make their way to one of the leading THNG / IoT providers in the near future. The topics I haven’t covered so far are really interesting subjects like: using coordinates on a map to have a better overview of your THNGs, or grouping THNGs, etc .. I haven’t discovered EVRYTHNG’s full potential yet, but due to the fact that every upcoming day you have to learn new things, there must be something left for tomorrow 🙂 …


Source: http://ipv6poclab.org/2014/05/11/first-test-with-evrythng-cloud-raspberry-pi-and-python/

The Smart Home

7 Apr

This post continues a disruptive scenario analysis focused on assessing the transformative environment that faces companies, Industries, Governments, and society as a whole. Much attention is paid to several digital forces (e.g. Mobile, Social, Cloud, Big Data, The Internet of Things, AI, Robotics), but for the most part, the focus is isolated in nature. As described in The Second Machine Age, the combinatorial effect of these forces enables disruptive scenarios at an unprecedented pace. While some of these forces and their combinations are growing more visible, many are far off on the horizon, and countless scenarios are not yet visible. The visual below depicts this phenomenon, underscoring the difficulty of responding to the forces in our line of sight – and the near insurmountable task of responding to those further on the horizon. At its furthest point, lack of visibility to future combinatorial innovation drives a high degree of uncertainty.

Combinatorial Innovation


No one can plan for disruptive innovations that are not yet visible – and the accelerated pace at which future innovations emerge complicates the matter further. Therefore success is highly dependent upon an enabling set ofenterprise characteristics – a tall order for most traditional companies. Nonetheless, investment in the enablers of these characteristics is rapidly becoming a point of future viability.

Having focused on autonomous vehicles and transforming medicine, we now analyze the possible transformative effect of the Smart Home. John Chambers, the CEO of Cisco, was recently Quoted as saying that machine-to-machine connections on a massive scale (Internet of Things), will add $19 trillion to worldwide economic growth over the next 10 years. This perspective is consistent with the recent Thinking of two professors from MIT; namely, that the global economy is on the cusp of a dramatic growth spurt driven by smart machines that take full advantage of advances in computer processing, artificial intelligence, networked communication and the digitization of just about everything.

Why now? Several trends have emerged to drive Smart Home adoption, including an aging society, Smartphone penetration, and combinatorial innovation. The MIT professors referenced earlier suggest that we are at an inflection point driven by three breakthrough-enabling forces: the exponential progression of technology, digital inter-connectedness, and combinatorial innovation. As a result, the smart home – like many current disruptive scenarios – is no longer relegated to the world of science fiction. Wi-Fi removed an obstacle by eliminating the need to run Ethernet wiring to create a home network. Other barriers are eroding quickly as described in a recentReport from Forrester. Several observations from the report: widespread network bandwidth is accelerating the pace and availability of smart home products; an always-on broadband connection enables awareness and control of connected devices; mobile devices provide a remote control for the home; home networks distribute the connection throughout the home; local communication options have stabilized; the options for making local connections are now manageable.

Are consumers interested? This same Forrester report surveyed consumers to assess their interest in smart home capability and a significant percentage find the idea appealing. Yet we are still in the early stages of adoption and the survey indicates that interest among U.S. consumers has declined since 2009. In spite of apparent enthusiasm from consumers, adoption remains low with levels across five of the six application areas in the survey barely registering, and the sixth (security) rising above 3% adoption.

Although the market signals are mixed, a new Report from ABI Research sees demand for smart home technology growing at a rapid pace. According to the research firm, sales of smart home monitoring devices (such as contact and motion sensors, smart thermostats and smart plugs) grew to 17.23 million in 2013, almost double the 2012 amount. Contact sensors for detecting whether windows and doors are closed were the most popular devices shipped last year while motion sensors were in second place. By 2018, ABI projects that more than half-a-billion wireless smart home monitoring devices will be deployed in homes around the world. They expect growth to come from new users and the extension of existing systems by current users. Although they expect over 84 million contact and motion sensors to ship annually by 2018, they see smart plugs, smart door locks, and connected smoke and CO detectors having the greatest shipment growth. In addition, Juniper Research sees the smart home industry growing from $33 billion in 2013 to $71 billion by 2018.

Benefits of the Smart Home: Forrester describes four areas where smart home benefits will be derived. First, the smart home takes entertainment to another level by providing more flexibility and control over the media we consume; such as time shifting TV and creating shared experiences. Second, connectivity delivers peace of mind by assuring owners that their home is safe and secure. Third, smart products in the connected home deliver convenience by making it easier to do things. Fourth, by making better use of resources such as electricity, gas, and water, smart homes deliver Efficiency.

On a broader scale, benefits accrue to businesses and society as a whole. Demand-response functionality enables utilities to improve the operation and efficiency of their networks by managing its load. In another scenario, assets can be monitored by device manufacturers to save costs by running remote diagnostics and maintenance. The information gathered can also be used to inform their research and development activities.

What will consumers do with Smart Home products? There are a number of known applications and many more to be defined. As with any combinatorial innovation, the ecosystem will form to create new and yet envisioned value cases. Here is a representative list of scenarios and applications:

You leave the office after a late night

  • Start a load of wash as you are leaving the office
  • Illuminate the walkway
  • Play the evening playlist when you walk in the door
  • Pre-heat the oven upon arrival
  • Open the garage door as your smart car draws near
  • Unlock the door upon authentication via the wearable on your wrist
  • Turn on lights and close the blinds when you walk into the room
  • The car alerts the thermostat to turn on the A/C

The kids get home from school

  • Unlock the door upon authentication via the wearable on their wrist
  • Send an automated notification to parents that they are home

Security and control

  • Tell me who’s at the door
  • Make it look like someone is home when I’m away
  • Smart home connects to the community to share security alerts
  • See my home from anywhere no matter where I am
  • Allow access to my home to anyone by providing time-restricted codes
  • Control my home from anywhere via a Smartphone or tablet

The truly smart home

  • Gauge if someone is home to stay rather than running in because they forgot something
  • Voice controlled-home automation
  • Automatically dim the lights and drop the window shades
  • Extend the smart home to the car – example: sense the need for an oil change and send a coupon from a local service center to the in-home touch screen
  • Digital backsplash installed above kitchen countertops


  • Elder care
  • Assisted living service; integrate data gathered from remote medical sensors with the readings from utility appliances for enhanced care management


  • Running the dishwasher when the electricity is cheapest
  • Soil sensors indicate sufficient moisture, preventing sprinkler systems from running
  • Conserving energy by turning off or dimming lights in the house
  • Conserving energy by controlling motorized window shades and managing heating and cooling

Although these various scenarios deliver great value, this article on Bluetooth Plugs takes it one step further. According to the article, a truly smart home would know that the kids were leaving and close up automatically. Remote controlling your home would not be necessary, as your home would do it for you. The article describes how Bluetooth enables this scenario by creating a mesh network that tracks you, via your Smartphone, throughout your home. Beyond knowing where you are, the article goes on to describe a smart home that knows who you are. Now this gets interesting, as it takes personalization to another level; someone likes the lights a little lower when they watch TV at night; someone else always sets the thermostat a little higher when they’re home alone. These automatic adjustments enabled by Bluetooth are an outcome of the learning home if you will – and that’s a next generation experience.

As described in this piece on the Healthier Home, improving personal health is another area that promises to benefit from advances in smart home capability. The article describes the iRobot, a prototype robotic home health assistant that could eventually monitor and interact with patients to understand their daily routines and needs. Other Healthcare scenarios include room-to-room behavior sensors that log daily physical activity, and smart bathroom scales and wearables connected to the network. Collectively, these capabilities enable the home to effectively become an omnipresent personal trainer.

Smart home ecosystem: As it is with most future value creation, the success of smart home services cannot be driven by a single company, or even a single Industry. In order to truly create value from smart home applications, competitors must become collaborators. The Value Ecosystem model becomes the critical enabler for combinatorial innovations like smart homes, autonomous vehicles, virtual healthcare and many others. While the actors in the smart home ecosystem will evolve, there is a clear list of participants emerging:

Smart Home Ecosystem

Companies that currently focus in a single-category like energy, entertainment or security can exploit the emerging smart home market to widen their service offering and extend their relationship with customers. The ecosystem model enables both relationship extension and the creation of new revenue streams. As existing revenues come under increasing attack, finding these new sources becomes more critical.  Examples of new sources of revenue within the context of the model: gaming companies could add wellness monitoring; communications providers could become primary suppliers of home-security and energy demand management services; Insurance companies could monitor the home and use sensor data to proactively avert damage from a pipe leak. These scenarios enable new or different relationships and revenue streams.

Stages of Evolution: The previously mentioned Forrester Report suggests that consumers don’t want a smart home; they want a smart product to solve a specific problem. If the need is to ensure that the lights are on or the door is locked, an integrated smart home solution is overkill. However, as individual smart products are added to address additional problems, new applications emerge from the combination of products. To realize value from this combination, smart products need to communicate and interoperate, and this realization will create demand for federation among smart products.

Forrester sees two types of connected homes existing: those enabled by integrated solutions, and those created by consumers who combine off-the-shelf smart products. The consumer-driven approach will outnumber the solution buyers, and while they may take diverse paths, all will originate from a smart product and evolve incrementally with additional smart products into a smart home. For solution buyers, Forrester believes consumer will fall into three categories:

New-home buyers – as the price of an integrated smart home comes down, home builders will use these features to attract buyers to new developments while extracting a premium for the peace of mind they offer. Some builders will partner with other ecosystem participants to deliver premium services

Existing home security customers – for customers who already subscribe to a professionally monitored security service, additional functionality such as energy control, remote video monitoring, and utility alerts will be enough to motivate an upgrade

New security customers – Those that did not previously see value will subscribe to connected solutions because the richer feature set or targeted functionality justifies the monthly cost 

Challenges and Obstacles: As with many of the emerging combinatorial innovations, there are challenges and obstacles. Given that data is at the core of most innovations enabled by digital forces, privacy concerns is a big smart home obstacle. Additionally, security risk is high, as hacking into the home via the automation systems becomes a major concern. Other possible inhibitors to adoption are described in the Forrester report:

  • Monthly service fee models can be expensive
  • Difficulty finding smart home products and the educational experience required
  • Fitting smart home products like thermostats into existing homes
  • Interoperation complexity associated with coordinating smart home solutions 

As the smart home space evolves, consumer benefits must be articulated in a manner that gains trust; new business models and cross-industry partnerships need to be developed and implemented; and technical standards need to be designed to encourage interoperable and scalable solutions. 

Is disruption likely? Sticking with the theme of previous posts, the combinatorial innovation that drives the future smart home is disruptive. This innovation area – and many like it – will continue to Blur the Boundariesbetween industries and companies, and new sources of value will be created as the ecosystem emerges. Companies across multiple industries have already entered the space:

Smart Home Players 

Who gets disrupted? This Forbes Article describes the smart home impact across four industries. The author describes how low cost sensors, rapid product development, the explosion of mobile apps, and cloud computing are driving a smart home revolution that will create alternatives to incumbent products and services. The number of growing alternatives is a key point, as it creates a disruptive effect on existing revenue streams. Here are the four industries the author focused on:

  • Elder Care – aging has driven a quarter trillion dollar elder care business in the U.S. alone. New smart home options provide alternatives to costly live-in care or elder care facilities
  • Home Security – likely one of the most disrupted industries according to this Article. The industry is already stagnant at 20% market penetration, in part due to high installation fees and annual contracts. Everyone wants to feel safe, and new low-cost, self-installable home security options will give new consumers that option
  • Insurance – early detection of possible home damage can create value for both the home owner and the Insurance Company. The home owner avoids damage and likely gets lower premiums, while the Insurance Company saves money. Smart home technology like moisture sensors can warn of a leak via a smart phone app
  • Pet Care – are kennels heading toward disruption? New smart home solutions can enable pet monitoring, with possible action enablement like feeding or keeping you up to date on the wellness of your dog 

The Response: What are the likely responses to this growing opportunity? Clearly – as Forrester describes – ecosystem players like Amazon will pounce. Other drivers of the consumer computing ecosystem like Apple, Google, and Microsoft will also see the smart home as a way to extend experiences. These next generation experiences provide an opportunity for companies to connect to their customers in new ways. Customer experience efforts in my view have still not advanced to this level – with too much traditional thinking clouding the picture.

What about TV manufacturers? Does the TV someday Control the Smart Home? Does smart home intelligence simply get embedded into a centerpiece of our homes? Samsung has already talked about how their smart TVs will act as a control point. Does Google think the same way with their Android TV platform?

Communications providers are responding, as they Make Room for the Smart Home Opportunity.  Thanks to their strategic assets, these providers are well positioned to capture value from Smart Home services. As the number of actors in the ecosystem expands, Communications providers can strengthen their central position as the integrator of Smart Home services. The article above speaks to the significant assets of telecom operators in the Smart Home environment, like the central role they play in customer relationships, their sales force, support capacity, and network management capabilities. Their broadband internet gateways make them leading players in terms of penetration of households with Smart Home solutions.

Will the smart home disrupt your revenue streams, or does it represent a new source of revenue? To Out Innovate startups, new market entrants, and major ecosystem players, companies must analyze smart home scenarios, embrace ecosystem-thinking and strategize the appropriate response. It has been the intent of this current series to focus on the visual provided earlier in this post; to look at combinatorial innovation on the horizon and evaluate potential impact and response. The next post will continue the journey.


Source: http://frankdiana.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/the-smart-home/

The Internet of Things Ecosystem

7 Apr

The Internet of Things Ecosystem framework was introduced this past week and was well received for providing a holistic view of the different segments that make up the IoT. This post provides a snapshot of the companies, organizations, technologies and trends within the IoT Ecosystem, and the full list of articles within the segment. Ideally, over time, key players and technologies will start to emerge through the ongoing analysis of the Internet of Things Ecosystem framework.


IoT in the News (3/31-4/4)


Medical engineers said Sunday they had created a device the size of a plaster which can monitor patients by tracking their muscle activity before administering their medication.Scientists Have Created An Incredible Patient-Monitoring Device That Is The Size Of A Band-Aid

Methods for monitoring so-called “movement disorders” such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease have traditionally included video recordings or wearable devices, but these tend to be bulky and inflexible.

The new gadget, which is worn on the skin, looks like a Band-Aid but uses nanotechnology — in which building blocks as small as atoms and molecules are harnessed to bypass problems of bulkiness and stiffness — to monitor the patient.


Hand Hygiene Technology Startup Hyginex Receives Investment from Persistent Systems

Hyginex has committed to saving patient lives through use of its novel hand hygiene improvement and monitoring technology. The system uses patented wearable technology and sensors in healthcare facilities to help doctors and nurses improve hand hygiene practices.

“Hyginex’s unique approach based on innovative wearable technology protects patients in hospitals and improves global healthcare,” says Dr. Sridhar Jagannathan, chief innovation officer for Persistent Systems, Inc. and head of the Persistent Venture Fund. “To this investment in Hyginex, Persistent brings its expertise and focus on emerging medical technologies.”

‘Internet of things’ will significantly alter supply chains

Michael Burkett, managing vice president at Gartner, said: “It’s important to put IoT maturity into perspective, because of the fast pace at which it is emerging, so supply chain strategists need to be looking at its potential now.

“Some IoT devices are more mature, such as commercial telematics now used in trucking fleets to improve logistics efficiency. Some, such as smart fabrics that use sensors within clothing and industrial fabrics to monitor human health or manufacturing processes, are just emerging.”


Wearable Technology Appeals to Jewelry Consumers

High-tech watches were the most preferred wearable technology, with 55 percent of participants saying they would buy the device, followed by bracelets and wristbands with a 27 percent share.

As for where consumers would make their purchase of wearable devices, there was no clear trend; however, respondents stated that the local independent jeweler was their least preferred retailer. This could still present an opportunity for local jewelers to capture the space by increasing their visibility overall and build a reputation as a ”go-to” source for wearable tech devices.


Microsoft Paid Up To $150M To Buy Wearable Computing IP From The Osterhout Design Group

Microsoft, we have discovered, has paid up to $150 million to buy IP assets related to augmented reality, head-borne computers, and related items from the Osterhout Design Group, a low-profile company that develops wearable computing devices and other gadgets, these days primarily for the military and other government organizations.

As you might remember, we first broke the news that Microsoft was looking at acquiring ODG, or part of its assets, in September 2013, at a price tag of up to $200 million, depending on what went into the deal.

The government continues to be ODG’s primary customer, although as Osterhout reminds us, the pace of technology right now is such that the kinds of innovations being created for enterprises and other organizations has very direct applicability to the consumer market, too — and the reverse as well when you think about the wider trend of the consumerization of IT.

“In terms of what we’re doing [at ODG], we don’t make weapons. We make things that can help people do their jobs,” he says. “The real focus are features that are applicable in the consumer space, too.” In other words, ODG may already be talking to other companies for consumer products; or its door is open to that possibility.


SITA and Virgin Atlantic win Smart technology award

LONDON – SITA and Virgin Atlantic Airways have received a Smart Technology Award from The Wearables 2014, the leading awards for wearable technology. Part of the 2014 Wearable Technology Show, the award recognized the companies for a pioneering pilot, which tested how Google Glass and Sony Smartwatches could enhance the passenger experience. – See more at:http://www.traveldailynews.com/news/article/59781/sita-and-virgin-atlantic-win#sthash.9Z0U5mmn.dpuf

Microsoft acquires 80 wearable tech assets in $150m deal

The technology juggernaut was in talks to purchase ODG entirely in September last year, an unnamed source told TechCrunch. However, the deal later switched to an IP acquisition. The transaction was completed last year and all related patents and IP transferred in January.

The hefty price tag of $100 million-to-$150 million was attached by another source. Microsoft has given no official comment so far, but the deal has was confirmed by ODG founder and inventor Ralph Osterhout.


Future of Wearable Tech: Solar-Powered Dresses and Wi-Fi Suits

The designers at Studio Roosegaarde have created a provocative dress called “Intimacy” that becomes transparent based on “close and personal encounters” with other people. The dress is made of smart electronic foil that gradually becomes see-through as its wearer’s heartbeat increases.


Wearable Tech Conference arrives in NYC this summer

A conference focused on one of the hottest tech growth areas will launch this summer in New York City. Organized by media group TMC, the Wearable Tech Conference & Expo will be held July 23-24 at The Javits Center.

The agenda for the event will provide attendees with new perspectives on wearable tech devices and technology, how and why they work the way they do and what lies ahead for the billion-dollar industry. Individuals and companies attending the conference will have the opportunity to interact with colleagues, meet new partners, see live demos and participate in in-depth discussions.

“Wearable technology is a rapidly growing trend and one that will reach a broad set of markets, from fashion to healthcare to fitness,” says Rich Tehrani, TMC CEO and conference chairman. “We look forward to providing a robust and interactive experience for our event attendees, providing them the tools and information needed to take advantage of every opportunity in the wearable industry and achieve business success.”


Marc Newson’s Wearing Technology (Vogue)

MARC NEWSON, designer of some of the world’s most desirable industrial objects, says there’s no question that wearable technology is “the future” but counters that, for now, it falls way short. “I wouldn’t be seen dead wearing [Google Glass],” he says. “It looks pretty stupid. It’s a little bit like that wonderful invention called the Segway.  Such a fantastic piece of technology but you just look like a complete dick when you drive around on it. That’s precisely the moment when I think the fashion world laughs at the world of industrial design.”


Could wearables become bigger than tablets?

Mobile gadgets won’t just be tucked into your purse or your pocket. Soon, they’ll increasingly be on your wrist, as part of your glasses and even in your clothing. While still in its infancy, wearable technology is poised to take off. The market for the wearables business is expected to exceed $1.5 billion in 2014, double its value last year, according to a report from Juniper Research.


The explanation for recent wearable technology abandonment

The Guardian posted today that one-third of consumers are abandoning their wearable tech devices. The author, Charles Arthur references research from Endeavour Partners in which it states, “one-third of American consumers who have owned a wearable product stopped using it within six months.”


How Wearable Tech Could Improve Your Mental Health

Smart wristbands have become increasingly popular tools among people interested in tracking data about themselves, from their heart rate to their movement during daily activities. In the future, these devices could also help people understand the symptoms of conditions such as autism and depression, researchers say.

These researchers have recently focused their work on children with autism, and have found that these children’s expression of their emotions often does not correlate with their internal arousal state as indicated by wristband data. For instance, a child with autism might appear to be experiencing a high-energy episode when, in fact, wristband data indicates that their internal state is calm.



Wearable technology is a scifi idea that’s just starting to become a reality, so it’s to be expected that for a while its gaze is going to exceed its grasp, and in the world of fashion one must make allowances that one typically doesn’t for technology for pieces that blur the line between art and a functional object. But dang, wearable tech, if a dress that turns more translucent based on the speed of your heart rate doesn’t perfectly embody the vast gulf between the dreams of wearable tech and the reality.


Google and designer fashion brand Fossil join in wearable tech

Google and Fossil designer brand announced today that they will create with technology and fashion a designer brand smartwatch as a first step in this union of wearable tech trend, reports Mobile Commerce Press.

The chief strategy and marketing officer, Greg McKelvey, of the Texas-based Fossil released a statement to explain the creating wearable fashion rooted in twenty-first century technology, ‘we believe we are uniquely positioned to develop and bring to market products for our fashion customers that marry the beauty of our designs, the promise of our brands and now the function of new technology.’


The Future of Wearable Technology

Wearable technology is on the rise as companies like Sony, Samsung, and Motorola join the ranks of Google and potentially Apple in the development of smartwatches. At present, some 15 percent of consumers are using this wearable technology, a term that includes everything from Google Glass to fitness bands to smartwatches.

If any company were to come to the forefront in designing a smartwatch, it would inevitably be Google. The company recently announced that it would indeed be delving further into wearable technology with a carefully designed and simple smartwatch model known as Android Wear.

Devices don’t connect to the Internet to see what their friends are posting on Devicebook. They’re exchanging data and performing tasks via a well-understood paradigm — applications.Internet Of Things – Or Business Of Applications?

There’s a lot of buzz these days about the — forthcoming, already here, arriving between 2013 and 2017 — Internet of Things. Along with that buzz come statistics — particularly from networking expert Cisco, which predicts that billions of devices will connect to the Internet in the next few years.

No one disputes that because it’s obvious. From wearables and Internet-enabled televisions to smart pens and children’s toys, the growth of the Internet of Things seems like an inevitable conclusion.


Wearable Technology Innovator Valencell Teams with 3Pillar Global

3Pillar Global, a leading developer of innovative, revenue-generating software products, has announced a product development partnership with Valencell, an innovator in mobile health and fitness technology. 3Pillar and Valencell are collaborating to build a new consumer-facing application that will use industry-leading data from Valencell’s PerformTek sensor technology to help consumers understand a vast array of biometric information.


Growing Internet Of Things Means Growing Opportunity For Solutions Providers

The Internet of Things gives solutions providers an expanded opportunity. It enables them to grow into the role of their customers’ single, trusted advisor and manager of all IT systems and solutions inside — and outside — of the office.

Len DiCostanzo, senior VP of community and business development for Autotask and former managed services provider (MSP), points out, “There is a tremendous opportunity out there.” To capitalize on this opportunity, solutions providers will have to do what they’ve always done — connect things through a network. The Internet of Things, however, means MSPs now need to create solutions to support their customers’ business objectives not only with technology at the office, but also with technology necessary to manage mobile devices and remote users.


F. Scott Moody jumps from iPhone fingerprints to Internet of things

Two years after selling his company and technology to Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), AuthenTec founder F. Scott Moody is at it again.

Moody, who helped develop the fingerprint security technology Apple uses in its latest iPhone, has taken a slight pivot with his new Raleigh startup- K4 Connect.

“Basically, K4 Connect is the name of the company that’s providing a software platform that connects various things,” he says.


Microsoft readies to join the ‘Internet of Things’ with Windows on Devices

We are less than 12 hours away from Microsoft’s keynote at Build 2014. We’re really looking forward to all the news surrounding Windows Phone 8.1. That said, Microsoft will be showing off plenty of other products, devices and services. It also looks like Microsoft is ready to join the ‘Internet of Things’. A website has gone live on the night before Build. The site gives us a little insight into what else Microsoft may announced this week.

Windows on Devices (www.windowsondevices.com) is now live on the internet. The site talks about the next big thing being small and how Microsoft plans to bring Windows to a whole new class of devices.

What sort of devices? A coffee mug, a talking bear, a robot or anything else your imagination can dream up. Microsoft even says they’ll demo a connected piano with Windows on Devices at Build 2014.

It looks like Microsoft might be making development tools for developers looking to join the Internet of Things. An SDK is expected to release during spring 2014 with a look at new software and APIs.  Windows on Devices will allow devs to work with development boards like the Intel Galileo.


Tech companies to work together on Internet of Things

One of the group’s goals is to draw up inter-operability standards so that the devices, sensors and networks members create can communicate with each other and the data they exchange can be secure.

The organization is to be managed by the Object Management Group, a Boston-based nonprofit trade association. The coalition is still discussing which industries could serve as test-beds for new standards.


Start-Up 1248 Gets Backing From Heavyweight

Currently, 1248 is creating an open standard to allow IoT applications and services to work together as part of a project funded by the U.K. government’s Technology Strategy Board. The U.K.’s tech industry recently received a boost from Prime Minister David Cameron, who has pledged more than £45m to help companies develop IoT technology.


85% of the public sector is unprepared for the impact of wearable technology on its IT infrastructure – 

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request by Ipswitch has revealed that when asked specifically about managing wearable technology entering the workplace – from Google Glass to smart watches – an overwhelming 85% of public sector organisations (PSOs) admitted to having no plan in place.

The request revealed that despite 93% of PSOs having invested in network management tools, less than a quarter (23%) bother to review network performance regularly during office hours.

It also found that, despite the rich feature set offered by these tools, almost two-thirds (65%) of PSOs across the UK are unable to differentiate between wired and wireless devices on their network.

Finally, even though performance was cited as a key priority by 87% of PSOs, only just over a third (34%) review network performance on a weekly basis or less frequently.  One in eight (12%) of PSOs admit to not reviewing network performance at all.


Internet of Things Enables $3.88 Trillion in Potential Value to Manufacturers

ARC Advisory Group believes that the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) will offer value across multiple industrial sectors and applications. Cisco expands on this, using the term, “Internet of Everything” (IoE) to describe its vision of bringing people, process, and data together via the Internet of Things. The company predicts that the IoE could enable manufacturers to generate $3.88 trillion of value through a combination of increased revenues and lower costs over the next ten years.


Australian “Internet-of-Things at home” market to hit $1 billion by 2017: Telsyte

The Australian smart-home automation market is set to reach almost $1 billion by 2017 making the connected home a reality for many Australians.

A new study from the technology analyst firm Telsyte has revealed the home automation market will generate $160 million in device revenues in 2014.

This is expected to grow to $917 million by 2017.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/541779/australian_internet-of things_home_market_hit_1_billion_by_2017_telsyte_/

Identiv Raises $20M to Deliver Trust to the Internet of Things

FREMONT, Calif., March 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Identiv (Nasdaq:INVE) today announced that it has entered into a $20.0 million term loan and line-of-credit agreement through Opus Bank’s Technology Banking Division. The proceeds of the transaction will be used to retire existing debt and enhance liquidity, creating a stronger financial platform to accelerate growth.

“We are now focusing on delivering trust solutions for the rapidly expanding connected world,” said Jason Hart, CEO of Identiv. “Our ‘Trust Your World’ vision is applicable to billions of everyday items that demand to be trusted. We are expanding from a strong base, having shipped product for well over 100 million everyday items in 2013.”

“We could not be more excited about contributing to this shift in the industry. There is so much potential in the emerging Internet of Things market and in connecting everyday items,” said Kevin McBride, Senior Managing Director and Head of Opus Bank’s Technology Banking Division. “Identiv is a clear market leader with its strong capabilities and core competencies, and we are proud to be joining Identiv on this journey.”


The challenge of the Internet of Things in the workplace and data centre

Peter Wood, ISACA member and CEO of penetration testers First Base Technologies said that as devices are often built small and cheap, they have little in the way of authentication and encryption built-in. It works in the background, but an educated attacker could leverage devices to get access to the rest of the network.

“As we get smart buildings with connected heating, ventilation and air conditioning it is not unfeasible for an attacker to switch off the air conditioning in the data centre, or to turn up the heating so everyone has to leave,” he said.

“The challenge is all of these devices can talk to each other. A smart building will have servers to address all of the endpoints, but it is not difficult for an attacker to impersonate that server or take the devices over completely. In the Far East you will see smart cities sooner rather than later.”


Keeping track of athletes with wearable tech

Sports fans among us have seen the proliferation of wearable GPS devices in professional sports such as AFL and the rugby codes, where tracking devices are worn between the shoulder blades of the athletes.

And it is not limited to the professionals, as any Lycra-clad weekend cyclist with a GPS-enabled smartphone will tell you.

By tracking athletes and measuring heart rates it is possible to monitor fatigue, track player movements in relation to each other, plan team strategies and improve training.

The next revolution is to make it all possible indoors and under stadium roofs, and with the new CSIRO indoor tracking system the future is already upon us.

With the addition of the CSIRO wireless ad-hoc system for positioning (WASP) technology, these parameters can all be measured under the roof of the Docklands stadium, in ice hockey rinks, netball centres and indoor velodromes. The device, called ClearSky, is produced by Victorian company Catapult Sports which supplies GPS devices to the international elite sports market, including the US National Football League (NFL) and European football leagues.

We expect to see full or nearly full adoption in 2014 and beyond as wellness and wearable use continues to expand. From a market leadership standpoint, three vendors have quickly broken from the pack in the Bluetooth Smart race. In products released in 2013, we found Qualcomm, Broadcom, and MediaTek as the providers of this technology in nearly 90 per cent of devices we analysed. Where Qualcomm and Broadcom are primarily seen in the global who’s who of mobile devices, MediaTek has ramped up quickly and is seen in the leading Chinese devices.Bluetooth Smart charts course to widespread IoT adoption


Wearable technology, beacon, augmented reality, and content

Wearable technology was one of the big topics at SXSW 2014. A lot of the panelists spoke about the importance of brands to deliver valuable & unique content and wearable technology will allow for that, although, brands will need to be careful not to overload fans/consumers with content.

Contextual interaction is one of the main drivers of wearable technology and brands will be able to differentiate themselves by the way they connect with consumers through story telling.


Fraunhofer Designs Flexible Energy Harvesters for Wearable Tech

The development of wearable electronics demands new types of power sources that are flexible and compact enough to fit into these devices. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany are working on this problem with the design of a flexible energy harvester that can be manufactured through a low-cost printing process.

The FP7 MATFLEXEND project at the Fraunhofer-Institut für Zuverlässigkeit und Mikrointegration (IZM) is developing harvesters that convert mechanical deformation into energy by using a capacitive converter exploiting a capacitor’s deformation, according to information about the project on the institute’s website.


ADI Engineering Announces White Oak Canyon Gateway as part Intel® Gateway Solution for the Internet of Things (IoT)

ADI Engineering, Inc. today announced availability of its “White Oak Canyon” IoT gateway based on the new Intel® Quark™ SoC X1000. With an integrated and prevalidated IoT software solution from Wind River and McAfee, White Oak Canyon is available from ADI Engineering as a turnkey production solution to OEMs adopting the Intel® Gateway for the Internet of Things (IoT). ADI also supplies the White Oak Canyon hardware by itself to customers preferring to provide their own software. Shipments of White Oak Canyon commence in early May, and detailed product information can be found on ADI’s website.

With its comprehensive communications and security solution from Wind River and McAfee, White Oak Canyon provides seamless connectivity between devices and the cloud, ensuring interoperability of edge devices through an open architecture enabling rapid application and service differentiation. The White Oak Canyon hardware platform provides a full suite of highly integrated features, including the 400 MHz Intel Quark SoC X1000, 2x 10/100Mb Ethernet ports, 1GB DDR3 memory, integrated wireless including ZigBee, 2G/3G, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi, TPM, analog inputs and digital I/O, optional 1- and 3-phase AC power measurement, RS-232, isolated RS-485, USB, and MicroSD.

Michael Burkett, managing vice president at Gartner, said: “It’s important to put IoT maturity into perspective, because of the fast pace at which it is emerging, so supply chain strategists need to be looking at its potential now.‘Internet of things’ will significantly alter supply chains

“Some IoT devices are more mature, such as commercial telematics now used in trucking fleets to improve logistics efficiency. Some, such as smart fabrics that use sensors within clothing and industrial fabrics to monitor human health or manufacturing processes, are just emerging.”


How the Internet of Things is Keeping Trains on Track

Despite 200 years of development, train accidents are still a cause for concern in the rail industry, but now sensor technologies are helping make things safer.

InSync Releases iApp Cobalt Platform for the Internet of Things and RFID Applications

InSync Software, Inc., the leading provider of enterprise IoT and RFID software, today announced the availability of its iApp application platform, Cobalt Release 5. InSync’s award-winning iApp platform powers Fortune 500 companies’ RFID, GPS and sensor-driven asset tracking and management applications, helping these businesses locate and track mission-critical assets and improve efficiency in operations.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1822349#ixzz2xegf5iiO

Intel to turn Dublin into world’s first ‘internet of things’ city

Almost a week after revealing a US$5bn investment in Ireland, chip giant Intel is embarking on a plan with Dublin City Council to make Dublin the most densely sensored city in the world.

The project to make Dublin a ‘Global Demonstrator for Smart City Sensors’ will use Intel Quark-based Gateway platforms.

Two hundred of these sensing gateways will be placed around Dublin City to gather and monitor environmental data, in particular noise and air quality. Each of these gateways can deploy up to six sensors.

In the near future, consumers will be adorning themselves with wearable technology that will weave an incredibly detailed picture of their lives. A cloud of information will float around you with details on sleep habits, what you ate for breakfast, who you are meeting for dinner, your heart rate, and much more. Insurance companies will likely harvest this data to adjust your rates. Governments will undoubtedly hack into this cloud of personal data to track down dissidents. Marketers will have access to a goldmine of personalized information that will be used to market products.WEARABLE TECH: THE SURVEILLANCE GRID OF THE FUTURE


Internet of Things: Mitigating the Risk

Tony Sager, a 30-plus-year National Security Agency information assurance expert, has a new mission: to identify ways to help mitigate the cyberthreats posed by the Internet of Things, those billions upon billions of unmanned devices connected to the Internet.

Since his retirement in 2012 as chief operating officer of the NSA’s information assurance directorate, Sager has focused on getting organizations to adopt cybersecurity best practices. More recently, he has begun to look at the vulnerabilities presented by the Internet of Things as the chief technologist of the Council on Cybersecurity, a not-for-profit group that promotes practices to assure a safe and open Internet.


Source: http://mattceni.com/2014/04/06/internet-of-things-in-the-news-week-of-331-44/

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