Connected Device Forecast: Federal Regulations and the Future of IoT

Chirag Pathak, Senior Solution Architect, Mobiliya

It was in 1999 that the term the Internet of Things (IoT) was first coined by Kevin Ashton in a presentation to Proctor & Gamble. Ashton, a co-founder of MITs Auto-ID Lab also pioneered the use of RFID in supply chain management. Ever since, the connected device technology literally took the world by storm. Since 2009, from just 10 years of its conception, the world has had more Internet-connected devices than the total human population. Tech companies have latched on to IoT at jet speed to create consumer and enterprise products and platforms. Consumers too have adopted the technology and have come to be more dependent on connected devices than ever before, then be it in the form of home automation, for work or for their daily commute. With producers and consumers already in sync, it has been the government, the final cog that completes the triangulate, that has been the one dragging its feet, first in adopting and then in finding the right strategy to regulate IoT. Continue reading

Smart Cities Present New Challenges and Opportunities for App Developers

Laetitia Gazel Anthoine
Founder & CEO of Connecthings

The foundation of the modern smart city is not concrete or steel, its information. Cities are implementing sensors and meters to constantly collect data on infrastructure operations ranging from water usage, air quality, traffic patterns and city services. Businesses analyze data to improve their engagements with customers. Residents rely on their smartphones for virtually every aspect of their daily lives. The primary challenge to building a smart city is turning all of that data into actionable information. This presents a potential financial windfall for app developers, but reaping those rewards requires addressing three key challenges: Ensuring apps are proactive in interacting with one another, establishing new partnerships with government officials, and embracing open wireless communications protocols and interoperability standards. Continue reading

Using Power Modules to Improve Time to Market and Reliability of Industrial IoT Devices

Vesa Jokitulppo, senior product manager
GE’s Industrial Solutions

A Coke vending machine at Carnegie Mellons computer science department was probably the worlds first Thing connected to the Internet[1]. With the command, “finger coke@cmua”, caffeine-deprived students and staffers could check for ice-cold Coca-Cola availability remotely. Continue reading

Securing Your Drive: Vulnerability Assessment & Architecting Security Solutions

By Krish Kupathil, founder and CEO

The recent WannaCry attack that hacked into some of the largest digital systems globally proved that anything digital can be hacked at any time. This rings alarm bells particularly for the automotive industry, which has seen the biggest technological transformation in the form of the connected car and the emergence of fully autonomous vehicles. Continue reading

The Challenges of Building Flexible Wireless Platforms

Brandon Malatest, Co-founder and COO
Per Vices Corp.

Today’s wireless systems need to be more complex than ever to accommodate new standards, protocols, and spectrum becoming available. This in turn has led to the the development of different dedicated systems for specific applications and protocols, resulting in problems of constant integration and hardware replacements costing more than ever. Software defined radio (SDR) can help to address these inefficiencies by offering a single, flexible wireless system capable of operating across multiple frequency bands and protocols. These commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) SDRs offer a solution but are not without their own complexity in design. Continue reading

Industrial IoT Use cases in Emerging Nations

Gopinath Polavarapu, Senior Director -Product Management
Zebra Technologies

The Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT, has become the next big technology trend that will help businesses automate processes and collect intelligence to inform calculated decisions. This radical transformation is also opening up new opportunities for economic growth and improvement in quality of life. Continue reading

Wireless Power: Enabling the Future

David Meng, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Much of the current excitement around wireless power focuses on the freedom that comes with cutting the charging cable from our handheld mobile devices. But the true game-changer may be what it means for enabling the IoT, where nearly every aspect of our environment is a node for a smart, connected and data-driven ecosystem. Continue reading