The Internet of Things Mentality

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 22, 2016 10:10:59 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in analytics, connected, developers, Edge Analytics, General, Internet of Things, IoT, Sensors

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By Joe Duncan, Marketing

Whatever there is to be said about the development of connected devices in recent years, it is obvious that the attitude behind the Internet of Things (IoT) has been mostly visionary up until this point. Some products have had more success than others, but on a broad scale, the adoption of IoT tech has been a slow process. Many people still don’t know how the conceptual term “Internet of Things” could apply to their lives, and to some, the idea even appears trite and unnecessary. However, the buzz surrounding connected technologies cannot be disregarded due to the fact that more devices are hitting the market every month, with tech giants like Amazon, Apple, and Google leading the bunch with their respective platforms and hubs.

These products have definitely excited developers and consumers alike, as many have pointed out, and have accelerated the recognition of the Smart Home. The big question now is: “where is the IoT?” It would seem a bit presumptuous to say that we’ve arrived considering the strides that have yet to be made in adoption of devices, yet so many product headlines continue to read “the IoT is here.” The IoT is not an event or a bar to be reached, but the continuing interconnectedness of objects in our environment. So it’s no wonder that, in the early stages of IoT technology, widespread acceptance is still forthcoming. Developers should be more worried about continuing to search for progressive solutions and adaptations to the expanding platforms. One of the big areas for growth in IoT products has been widely referred to as Edge Analytics.

The “Edge” is a term that could easily be lost in the technical jargon of networking capacities, but it is a simple idea: the sort of computations and data sorting that used to require a server, can now be accomplished on the connected device itself. “A simple example is monitoring a camera. If you think about a video camera set up to count cars at the intersection of two roads, you don’t really need to watch video of the cars going by, you only want the count and timing of cars.” (Forbes) Moving analytics closer to the Edge provides a number of benefits. First, bandwidth costs money, and the growing amount of data that will be sent via sensors and other devices is not going to make this expense any cheaper. Developing a product that can monitor and synthesize information valuable to its local functionality will be much better off than the product that will have to send the data away before it can act. This is the second benefit of moving toward the Edge, and this Idea has been called the latency of a product, or its time to action. Products that can act quicker, and with a higher data reflex will be the most progressive in their market. “You no longer need to land the data for analysis; you can now take analytics to the data, while it is in motion” (SAS)

Depending on the application, developers may want to consider a number of different options when thinking about how to move analytics closer to the Edge with their products. Gateways have also become incredibly powerful, and have taken on a number of characteristics that used to only be present in servers. In all cases, the ability to analyze and respond quickly to sensor data is at the heart of the IoT. Connectedness is given more power when it is able to respond in a cohesive and accelerated way to the information present, and acceptance will rise with the recognition of this capacity.

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The Changing Nature of Human Life and the Internet of Things

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 25, 2016 10:55:28 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in connected, Consumer, General, internet, Internet of Things, IoT, network, Smart Devices, smart home, technology

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By Nathan Rockershousen, Technical Writer

The way consumers interact with the objects in their lives is changing at a pace that once seemed impossible. Connectivity that was recently unimaginable will soon be the standard for all technological devices. The Internet of Things (IoT) goes far beyond industrial applications; consumers will be able to receive updates and information about nearly every aspect of their lives with wirelessly connected smart devices. The push for IoT technology is a push for control. Users will have control over their homes, cars, and even their own bodies through wearables. Even though it may seem intimidating to have technology take such an invasive role in consumer life, the benefits created by connectivity outweigh the perceived intrusive nature of smart devices.

The internet-connected devices that are being implemented as a means to create the ultimate smart home are changing the way individuals interact with their environment. IoT devices allow users to establish a network of smart devices, giving the user the flexibility to build an environment optimized for their needs. Smart home connectivity is enabled through powerful software such as the innovative Apple HomeKit, which gives users complete control over a variety of smart devices. Having the ability to control and monitor different aspects of a home gives the user endless possibilities in terms of setting up a custom, optimized environment.

The ability to control a connected network of devices will help save the user a significant amount of money. The most direct application in terms of money being saved is simply having the ability to reduce power usage. IoT devices give the consumer the convenience of being able to operate different devices on timers and manually control devices with their mobile phones. If a thermostat is being controlled, the user can set the air conditioning to only be on when people will be present in that environment. If various lights are left on when the user leaves their home, they have the ability to turn them off remotely. A washing machine can be set to run its wash cycle during electrical quiet periods. These are just a few of the many ways a smart home can be managed to reduce electricity usage and save the consumer money.

The smart home is still in its infancy. Even though the potential for the IoT to continue to improve human life is easily observable, extremely advanced solutions are still on the horizon. This does not mean that there are not functional and efficient devices on the market today, it simply means that there needs to be more hardware available to develop a true network of connected devices. It is essential to begin to create a personalized smart home as the cost of connectivity continues to plummet and smart home solutions become more sophisticated.

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IWCE Panel: What You Need to Know About the Internet of Things

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 26, 2015 8:43:26 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, connected, connected devices, Events, General, Grid Connect, Hassan Bawab, home automation, International Wireless Communications Expo, Internet of Things, IoT, IWCE, Las Vegas, M2M, machine to machine, Magic Logix, networked society, social web, Sudhakar Marthi, technology, what you need to know about the internet of things, ZOHO Corporation

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When: March 20, 8:30am-12:00pm
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV - Room N259

Session Title: What You Need to Know About the Internet of Things

Whether you call it the Internet of Things, machine to machine, Connected Devices, the Social Web of Things or the Networked Society, it is hard to deny that more and more "things" are being connected every day. The Internet of Things has exploded! From light bulbs to automobiles to buildings, things are getting a digital makeover as the IoT connects people, devices, and applications wirelessly, turning them “smart.” IoT applications have the potential to transform every sector of business by allowing enterprises to take informed decision, optimizing the process, and supporting innovative business models. The combination of ‘low-cost’ connected devices with the need for data drives Internet of Things. Examine business opportunities in everything from M2M to green buildings to smart devices, explore how to create a wireless business ecosystem with IoT platform, and what limitations IoT might have technologically.

Panelists:
Adam Justice, VP and General Manager of Grid Connect
Hassan Bawab, Author and CEO of Magic Logix
Sudhakar Marthi, Vice President Global Business Development of ZOHO Corporation
Barry Einsig, Global Transportation Executive, Internet of Things Group at Cisco

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About IWCE:

Since 1977, the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) has been the authoritative annual event for communications technology professionals in the working world. IWCE features over 350 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and trends in the industry. Over 7,000 individuals attend from a diverse group of industry professionals including government/military; public safety (law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical & 911); utility; transportation and business enterprise. This year’s show will be held March 16-20, 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.

Conference Website: http://www.iwceexpo.com

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