The evolution of the internet Welcome to the internet of things

ELIZABETH SPARROW | March 1, 2016

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As technology developments continue to transform our lives, CIOs have great opportunities to drive business innovation and success. Over the last ten years we have seen how the internet has changed the way we communicate and share information. Social networking has opened up new and profitable ways to grow and maintain our network of business contacts, to recruit the best employees and to interact more effectively with our customers. The next step is the internet of things.

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Turnkey IoT solutions, transforming ideas from concept to innovative wireless connected products for digital health, smart home and connected vehicle applications. We actively seek complexity. Only by sitting at the cutting edge of technology can we give ourselves and our customers the best vantage point to see what’s possible. But we build harmony from understanding this complexity. Connecting things to things, people to things and people to people. This harmony validates our customers' intent it shares the insight we found and creates value.

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Practical AI – A Serious Issue for Industrial IoT

Article | February 28, 2020

While the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is maturing rapidly, there’s often a strong link to Artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) tools to manage data flows. This raises a host of challenges including connectivity, security, storage and modeling requirements. Designers of IIoT devices and larger deployments must build in contingencies for shifts in these areas or risk falling short. While IIoT is gaining in maturity, the overall market still has many challenges to overcome. Some of these challenges are technical barriers to IoT device operation, such as connectivity standards and battery technology, but the picture is even wider than that. The world of IIoT not only requires IoT hardware to operate reliably and efficiently in all environments but also relies on supporting networks and services too. The result is that IIoT deployments cannot be viewed as isolated technology upgrades or productivity drives, but highly interconnected ecosystems sensitive to a wide range of variables – in particular the developing world of AI.

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AI + IoT = Automating and Analyzing Data Collection

Article | February 28, 2020

IoT is huge, but AI has the potential to supercharge the technology even more. Gartner predicts that this year 80 percent of all enterprise IoT projects will include AI. One area where many have been critical of IoT is a lack of good security. When coupled with AI, that could be improved, but some worry that AI can also be used as a tool to defeat IoT security. Dean Chester, cybersecurity author, wrote that “AI can be used for IoT security, or it can be used against it.”Melvin Greer, Chief Data Scientist, Intel Americas , said that “AI and IoT are no longer in separate swim lanes. AI closes the loop in an IoT environment where IoT devices gather or create data, and AI helps automate important choices and actions based on that data. Today, most organizations using IoT are only at the first ‘visibility’ phase where they can start to see what’s going on through IoT assets. But they’re moving toward the reliability, efficiency and production phases, which are more sophisticated and require stronger AI capabilities.

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THE FUTURE OF BIOMETRICS IOT

Article | February 28, 2020

In 2018 when Apple unveiled its iconic iPhone X with a feature to unlock the phone with Face ID thereby eliminating the use of the home button, it met a lot of eye-rolls. Fast forward to now, people are in love with the biometrics enabled technologies. While iPhone X had a unimodal authentication system, gadget these days have updated themselves in a better way. Let’s try to have a better understanding of the Biometrics. Biometrics are a way to measure a person’s physical characteristics to verify their identity. It can be physiological traits, like fingerprints and eyes, or behavioral traits, that define the manner an individual respond to stimuli. These characteristics are unique to the person. Once collected the data compared with the pre-existing database to find a match. Accordingly, it then produces an outcome. There are many varieties in which this data is collected. Facial and voice recognition, iris and finger scanner, signature verification, hand geometry, keystroke, gait detectors are some of the examples.

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WiFi for Enterprise IoT: Why You Shouldn’t Use It

Article | February 28, 2020

So you’re building an IoT solution and you’re ready to select your connectivity approach. Should you use Bluetooth? WiFi? LoRa? Cellular? Satellite? As I’ve explored in a previous post, the connectivity approach you choose ultimately comes down to the specific needs of your use case. Some use cases favor mobility and bandwidth, and power consumption doesn’t matter as much. Other use cases favor extensive battery life and broad coverage, and bandwidth doesn’t matter as much. In this post, I argue that for Enterprise IoT solutions, you shouldn’t use WiFi regardless of the use case. To build and implement a successful IoT solution, your connectivity needs to be reliable and consistent. When there’s an issue that needs troubleshooting, knowing that certain components of your IoT solution are reliable and consistent enables you to narrow your focus and address issues more effectively. There are many challenges in IoT, many of which stem from operational challenges and from having thousands of devices out in the real world where they’re subject to harsh, ever-changing environments.

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Spotlight

Spicebox Labs

Turnkey IoT solutions, transforming ideas from concept to innovative wireless connected products for digital health, smart home and connected vehicle applications. We actively seek complexity. Only by sitting at the cutting edge of technology can we give ourselves and our customers the best vantage point to see what’s possible. But we build harmony from understanding this complexity. Connecting things to things, people to things and people to people. This harmony validates our customers' intent it shares the insight we found and creates value.

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