Privacy and Wearables in the Workplace – Is There an Issue

Wearable devices have become hugely popular in recent years, to the point where it’s no longer novel to see people wearing smartwatches and fitness trackers out in public, or even in the workplace. As much as these devices have allowed for new experiences and added convenience in business and professional settings, they also come with a certain level of risk.

In business cases, a number of companies are now considering wearables as devices to use in their health and wellbeing strategies, or even for staff tracking and other operational functions. Is this a good thing for the employment relationship, and should employees have concerns regarding their privacy and the use of mandated wearable technology?

Full Disclosure Will Be Key to the Acceptance of Workplace Wearables

In an age when the majority of electronic devices are becoming increasingly connected, it is reasonable that the average person should have some concerns regarding their privacy. In personal life, a user can take their own steps to protect their personal data; so what happens when it’s an employer that controls the collection, storage, and use of personal data?

For any organization to be able to make use of wearables for any kind of employee tracking or data collection, it is important that full disclosure is made. Employees need to know what data will be collected, how they are expected to provide it (through wearables or other biometric devices), and how that data will be used. Employers have an obligation to provide all of this information upfront, and an element of transparency will help to facilitate the acceptance of any new workplace policies regarding mandatory wearable devices.

Data Protection is a Non-Negotiable Obligation

Being transparent is the first step, but it’s not enough on its own. Employers need to have an appropriate security solution that will prevent data loss, unauthorized access, or even data theft by third parties. The intent to protect data should be outlined in contractual employment agreements, and should comply with any local or federal laws regarding information collection and storage. While organizations do have some rights to collect data with employee agreement, they should also be aware that employees have the right to decline participation in any new wearable device data initiatives, which could lead employment disputes and loss of valuable staff.

With such a fine balance between making use of new technology and data, privacy, and the employment relationship, organizations will need to be careful when developing strategies regarding wearable devices. It needs to be clear how such devices and data collection will benefit an organization, and appropriate messaging should be in place to achieve employee buy-in for any new initiative.

With the right approach, wearables could allow companies to better track staff attendance, manage workplace incidents, and even ensure the health and wellbeing of employees. However, without the right management, the push for wearables could easily damage the relationship between employees and employers, making strategic planning and communication an essential aspect of implementing any new technology in the workplace.

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What is BlockChain

Blockchain is a form of technology that had over $1 billion invested in it in 2016 alone. While this technology is far from new, it is one that grew in popularity thanks to Bitcoin. With it, a digital ledger is created that allows online records to record transactions, and ensure that all information is verified by another source to confirm accuracy. The network created by blockchain scans a number of computers within the same network. With each transaction, the size of the database grows and the number of users that access and manage the transactions increases.

Unique software is required for a blockchain to be run. When it is created, it is near instantaneous, and that means there isn’t the ability to alter transactions before they become recorded. This cuts down on the risk of fraud in most sectors which makes it appealing. It is also encoded and hashed in batches, so that the blocks of several bits of data create a chain. This allows for validation to occur at the same time, and protects the security of the system running it. Each time a transaction takes place, a unique transaction number is encrypted that show everything that took place in the transaction. Since several computers make up the different portions of the blockchain, it is nearly impossible for fraudulent activity to occur.

While Bitcoin and virtual currency is still where the bulk of blockchain is used, many companies are searching for ways to add it to their own applications beyond currency. This would help to reduce conflicts that are the results of disputes and even things like land rights, or legal items could be verified and the accuracy and lack of fraud would ensure that sensitive items such as these would constantly have more authenticity and reduce many legal woes.

However, not everyone is on board yet. Some companies are still concerned that since this technology is still in a relatively infancy, there is a need for proven transparency and someone to remain accountable for the data that is obtained. Since the process is also labor intensive, there would need to be dedicated users who solely work on the blockchain that is being handled. This would need to be people who have a basic understanding of IT and the way that it would be used for blockchains.

Another concern is the amount of resources it would take. There would need to be high end machines that handled the resource intensive nature of the software. Additionally, companies would need frequent access online to continue update and building the information. With more countries blacking out sections of the internet, this could prove to be a problem.

Blockchains are destined to become a more significant part of our industry. It is important that the technology is continued to be advanced, so more companies have a chance to benefit from it. After all, it is the technology that will help to boost security and ensure that there is something in place we can depend on. With Bitcoin showing it is already possible to succeed with this technology, there is little doubt that success will be had.

IOT – Think Big – Start Small – Scale Quickly

Think Big, Start Small, Scale Quickly

There’s an old philosophy that business coaches often use. It’s the saying that you think big, start small, and then scale quickly. If you follow it closely, you have the potential to make a lasting impression in an industry and achieve actual results in the process.

Let’s look at this in terms of the internet of things to see how it pertains to this industry. The first thing we do is think big. This means to think about the transformation in the industry and how it will not only impact you, but others. With this, you’ll know what technology you need to be successful, and have the building blocks in place that others can come to you as they need your technology in order to operate more effectively.

Now that you understand the big picture, you can start small. Begin to work a process into the latest trends. Identify any weaknesses the competition has, and work to design and processes to help combat these weaknesses. Consider adjusting the structure and then release products that address these concerns. You can begin to gain attention as you do this, and others will follow your suit. Chances are, other technology companies will be willing to work with you to address their own internal concerns.

It’s at this point, you scale quickly. You begin to unroll solutions quickly, release prototypes, and aggressively work to be the leader in the industry. The goal at this time is to show you are on the cutting edge of things and to drive the process further harder. As you do this, make sure you keep looking at the future, especially since you know the direction you are taking trends and work on building from this. Even though you did start small, you have cornered a section of the market at the head. That way, people will keep looking to you in order to determine the future of things.

The thing to remember is that as long as you are innovative, and follow through with the process, there is no reason why you cannot succeed. Mobile technology has used this approach for years and it continues to propel the smart phone industry. With more devices headed toward total connectivity, it will pay to be the company who decides to start small and scale quickly, and unleash the new popular trends that will propel the internet of things into the future.

For another real-world example of this check out this post from Cisco/Jasper.

http://blog.jasper.com/real-iot-think-big-start-small-scale-fast/

Expanding your IOT Horizons

DIY Applications that Could Expand the Reach and Mindshare of IoT

There are some in the IoT industry who see certain technologies as prohibitive, especially for the average user. There are a number of areas that are currently unserved by IoT technologies, sometimes due to a lack of innovation, and at other times due to there being a lack of network support in a particular geographic location.

With the increased penetration of 4G cellular coverage around the world, there is huge potential for DIY IoT services that are independent of any major branch of technology. Learning about the companies that are preparing niche devices can help you to expand your vision of what IoT is, and who it can benefit.

Here are three exciting areas that have already been embraced by the DIY IoT community.

Environmental Tracking for Agriculture

Agricultural operators could gain a lot from IoT sensors, and independent developer Mesur would like to provide the technology. This startup company creates simple sensor devices that can track atmospheric and environmental conditions to help with seeding and harvesting, allowing operators to minimize waste and increase crop yields. They also provide tailored analytical sensor software to benefit turf management, vineyard management, and even mining operations.

Private Car Telemetry Tracking

Telemetry tracking can be hugely beneficial when used for legal defense or during insurance claims. One driver who wanted to put the power of data in his own hands, went as far as creating a device that tracked his vehicle behavior, detecting speed, location, and acceleration/braking patterns. Using simple components like gyros, a GPS module, and a transmitter, individuals could create their own vehicle tracker with telemetry, and connect it to a cellular network for extensive urban and suburban coverage.

Plant Health Monitor for Home Gardeners

By combining a GSM connected microcontroller module from Particle, along with a temperature and moisture sensor, home DIY enthusiasts could create a simple device that tracks soil quality in home planters or gardens, letting them know when it’s time to get out and water the plants. With the Particle microcontroller, alerts can be sent via SMS, email, or to a mobile app. An electron 3G kit from Particle costs less than $70 USD, and as demand for DIY devices increases, these costs are likely to come down even further.

Using a Particle Microcontroller for Almost Any Application

Particle is one of the leading companies when it comes to home and small scale IoT development. Their electron IoT microcontroller kit can provide cellular service in virtually any country that has coverage, and the microcontroller can be used with multiple sensors for virtually any application. Whether a user wanted to create a GPS tracker for their vehicle, or a door sensor for their home, the Particle would be perfect for the job.

As other companies develop DIY-friendly kit sets and technologies, it is likely that the number of home-based IoT enthusiasts will increase, and devices like the Particle could even find their way into schools and tertiary education facilities, where they will inspire the next generation of IoT designers and innovators.

Smarter Cities with The Internet of Things

Parking meters, information signs, CCTV, traffic signals – almost everywhere that you look in a modern city, there’s a microchip embedded device, connecting to what has now become known as the all-encompassing Internet of Things. Although we often overlook the fact, cities are, in essence, huge and complex businesses. Cities compete for residents, investors, tourists, and even funding from central government. For cities to remain relevant, they have to become smarter, leaner, and more connected. The IoT is helping the world’s largest cities to do this, and it’s all happening on a grand scale, and at a phenomenal rate.

According to Gartner Research, in this year alone, 5.5 million new ‘things’ are expected to become connected every day. From consumer devices like smartphones and fitness devices, to interactive flat panel displays and information kiosks, IoT is seeing huge adoption rates and staggering investment. Just over a year ago, an IDC FutureScape report predicted that local government bodies would represent up to a quarter of all government spending, specifically because of investment into the research and implementation of connected technologies.

Simple Ideas are Changing How Cities are Run

Looking at just a few of the innovative technologies from the last five years, it is possible to start developing a picture of what smart cities will look like within the next decade. Bitlock is an innovative technology that uses proximity keys to automatically activate or deactivate bike locks. At the same time, the system uses an owner’s smartphone to record the GPS location of the lock and bike. Such a system could be utilized on a large scale, such as in a bike sharing program in heavily congested cities. Private and government organizations could track bikes for better management, and they could even use the uploaded data to provide real time updates for bike availability, while also recording patterns of utilization.

Streetline is another smart city technology that shows great promise. Using networked parking sensors, Streetline can record parking availability in real time, and report to city officials and publicly available smartphone apps, simultaneously. The technology is in widespread use around Los Angeles, and as of May this year, over 490 million individual parking events had been recorded and reported using Streetline sensors. Studies have shown that smart parking systems can reduce peak parking congestion by up to 22%, and can reduce total traffic volume by 8%. With other technologies like IBM’s Intelligent Transportation Solutions, local governments could utilize devices to gather real time aggregated data which can be used to measure traffic volume, speed, and other metrics, which could be used to design better policy and city planning.

Opportunities for IoT Skilled Professionals

Innovative technologies like these are just the beginning of what is possible in a smart city. Emerging technologies have the potential to make major cities more functional and convenient for residents and visitors, and more manageable for government bodies. Even so, there are still challenges to overcome. Infrastructure is a major challenge, and cities will need to plan and implement high speed networks, as well as the servers that are necessary to support their sensors and other systems. Storage and processing needs will increase as IoT becomes more widespread, and security will need to become a major area of focus. Security is not just necessary to safeguard systems, but also to protect end user privacy and data.

It’s clear that smart technologies and IoT are the future of the world’s major cities. Which in turn means that experienced developers, operations professionals, engineers, and IT security specialists will be in high demand, with growing opportunities in the immediate future, and in the coming years.

Honored to be #6 IOT Influencer by Onalytica

IoT is a huge industry, with 150 million smart appliances currently available for consumption. It is also a growing industry with a lot of potential and a bright future. However for the industry to reach its potential, security systems, network systems and management systems will need to be updated. This is especially necessary considering the high level of damage a hack could invoke upon an individual or community. As Network World point out an industry like the Internet of Things will always need to evolve to keep up with consumer needs. This may mean increasing machine to machine communication in all sphere’s of manufacturing, including highly intelligent cars.

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IOT 2017: Top 100 Influencers, Brands and Publications

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Are Job Boards Dead? Top Reasons that Job Boards are not as Effective

Once upon a time in the infancy of the internet—or — as short a time ago as just 4 or 5 years, job boards were “the” place to go for you to post your resume. Boards were also the best place to post a job where good people were hanging around reviewing them and waiting for the right job to come along. Today people are looking in other places and in many cases, finding jobs without going to the job boards at all. IoT jobs in particular simply don’t do well on the job board scenario.

Today there are dozens of places where you can find just the right person and you won’t have to work quite as hard. Job boards are still out there and to an extent they are still effective, but they are not AS effective because better things have replaced them.

According to JobVites Job Seeker Survey, social media is streaks ahead of the job board these days.

Why has the effectiveness of the job board gone down so much?

First of all many job postings never quite make it to the job board. That means that many of the jobs that actually are available are never seen. Not to mention that many jobs posted on job boards are also posted in a dozen other places and may have been filled and not deleted from the job boards. In addition, consider the many advances in technology and how we are using them.

Networking sites allow for nearly live interaction between the job seeker and the company seeking new employees. Resumes may be placed in the cloud and skill sets verified so that companies may seek out the workers of their choice and verify some of their work history.

Networking and social media sites have about a 45%-50 % effectiveness rating today when it comes to finding jobs. Job boards, which used to boast a 30-40% rating, are now seeing about 10 percent effectiveness in the jobs attainment.

These same networking sites also give us the means to explore the companies for which the recruits or candidates will work. Networking and recruiting is changing the way that we attain jobs or new talent because:

·      Your resume doesn’t fall into the job board black hole.

·      You’re not wasting your time because you do see/address the decision makers for the company or the recruiters seeking out new candidates.

·      By the time that the jobs make it to the jobs board, hundreds of people may have already applied but the same is not true for jobs you see on the social media sites.

Social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn are by and large replacing the job board sites and give us the means to interact in a live way, to verify information and to recruit people who seem to be a good fit for our open positions.

Job boards may be on the downhill slide but job sites or networking sites are providing some of the best ways for candidates to search out new jobs as well as for companies or recruiting agents to find new talent to fill those jobs.

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Onalytica IOT Top Influencer # 6 Per Onalytica 6/17

Top Industrial IOT Influencer Worldwide Per Right Relevance – March 2017

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List of AI Experts Includes IoT Recruiter Bill McCabe at Position Four.

Bill McCabe Added to Top 50 List of Artificial Intelligence Experts

DENVERJune 12, 2017PRLog — Bill McCabe is proud to announce that he has been included in the

“FINE LIST OF 30 TOP WORLD ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE EXPERTS TO FOLLOW IN 2017″ that was recently published by IPFC Online. Mr McCabe, renowned recruiter and CEO Of Softnet Search is well known for his insights into IoT and AI as well as Big Data. Mr McCabe is also well known in his space for matching the right client with the right job to the benefit of both entities.

Internet Of Things Recruiting has been part of the IoT recruiting landscape for years, recently branching out to include new services such as AI recruiting as well as Data Scientist recruiting. The company is expanding dramatically and the new services are a natural occurrence.

Mr McCabe commented ” AI and Data Science is a natural evolution of the IoT where Internet of Things Recruiting started. It is a source of great pride that we’ve been accepted in this arena after a vast amount of hard work and study to ensure that we had  all of the knowledge and skill that we required to be able to effectively and effciently recruit for big data and data science as well as artificial intelligence.”

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Oracle Ready to Fight for Their Share of the Cloud

In the world of commercial cloud services, there’s no doubt that Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure are dominating the market. According to estimates from Deutsche Bank, Amazon’s AWS generates revenue of around $6 billion per year, with Microsoft trailing by one or two billion. Other industry insiders report similar figures.

Compare this to Oracle, a company where similar cloud offerings are responsible for revenue in the millions. Despite being so far behind, Oracle wants a bigger share of the cloud market, and CEO Mark Hurd has come out with fighting words. In a recent interview featured on USA Today, there were some choice sound bites that showed Oracle’s current feistiness. “They can say what they want, but our strategy and momentum are irrefutable. We are the fastest growing cloud company at scale.”

Although Oracle hasn’t made a huge impact with cloud services, their position as an important player in IT is undeniable. Throughout the past two decades, Oracle made the majority of their money through business software. Their model was simple – sell a software product at a premium, develop the software based on market feedback, and sell new licenses to continue the revenue stream. For businesses in the past, this was the status quo. Today, there are better solutions, and many of Orcale’s former clients are discovering them.

Software as a service (SaaS) allows for products that are more affordable, but that still deliver ongoing revenue for developers. Microsoft is one company that has moved almost completely towards SaaS, offering all of their core product suites, and even Microsoft Windows, as SaaS products. Microsoft and Amazon are continuously growing with SaaS products in the cloud, yet companies like HP, IBM, and Oracle, have all been struggling in recent years. Some tech observers even listed these companies amongst the ‘walking dead’ of the established IT mega corporations.

Oracle simply can’t afford to fail when it comes to the cloud. They’ve been on the back foot for too long now, and despite having an almost $200 billion market capitalization around the world, their revenue has been virtually stagnant for the past four years. With a number of recent acquisitions and growth in their NetSuite cloud business solution, Oracle thinks they can topple the market leaders.

Whether this is just bravado to remain relevant, or if Oracle will cause an upset in the relatively young cloud market, still remains to be seen.

Planning Your Career in 2017

You will never hear anyone say, “I hope my career stagnates this year.” Your IoT career is a chosen path and you want to be sure that you move forward in it.

The problem is that many of us are not entirely sure what to do to plan our career. We planned our education and we planned our employment, but for many of us, that’s as far as we got.

Why should you plan your career?

Think of your IoT career as sort of a lifelong road trip. Without a map you’re going to end up going somewhere, but realistically you’re probably not going to go anywhere worth being. Without good directions, a map or a gps, the trip isn’t going to end on a high note.

Having a career plan gives you a general goal and a set of directions that can help you to get there. The plan will make you take a closer look at the things you are doing and what they are doing for your career. It makes you think hard and commit to a given process. That process begins with assessing the past year and taking a hard look at where you’ve been.

Ask yourself the question “Where would I like to be in my IoTcareer by the end of next year?” “What kind of IoT jobs are out there and what should I be considering?” What would make you feel as though you were a success? How will you know if you’ve achieved your goal? By setting a benchmark or a point that serves as a goalpost.

Next, set your definition of how you are going to get there. IoT jobs are a unique type of employment and each job in IoT requires a unique set of skills and a unique methodology for moving forward in your career path. There are no cookie cutter solutions for making your IoT career move forward.

Plot a course. Define the steps that you need to take and the way in which you will accomplish the forward momentum for your career. Give yourself quarterly goals and objectives to meet that will help you to get where you want to be.

Get help in defining your career path. If you’re uncertain as to how to chart a path forward in your career, find someone who is doing well and has steadily moved forward and ask for their assistance.

Speak with anyone who has successfully navigated a career path like yours. Even older people who are getting ready to retire and have been successful in their career are great people to work with.

Make a choice about the best way to navigate your career path and then commit to it. Watch where you go and evaluate the results at the end of the quarter. If the goals have been met and the movement is positive, continue on that path and it they have not, reevaluate and chart a new path to take you where you want to be.

Just as everything in life changes, your plan will change too and in some cases, things will not go 100 percent according to the plan. The important thing is that you have a goal post and some guidelines with which to work. Those can be changed as necessary to give you a guide that will allow you to plot a more successful career.