The Internet of Things in 50 Years

It used to be that the only electronics that were networked together and able to communicate were computers – and they only were able to connect with each other over a wired connection. But now, not only do we have wireless internet everywhere, we also have the Internet of Things – the network of devices that make up our world, sharing information, gathering data and learning from us so that they can serve us better. But what will this network look like in 50 years? Where exactly is the Internet of Things going?

The Internet in 50 Years
In 50 years, some experts think that the internet itself is going to be completely different than what we are used to. In the future, there will be internet much farther advanced than our current technology and it will literally be everywhere. Rather than finding “hotspots” with internet, people will very likely have a unique login of some kind that is the same across all of their devices to access the wide array of internet spanning the globe. You’ll probably have to pay every month for access, but maybe not. After all, you can find Wi-Fi that is free to use in my places even right now.

The Communication in 50 Years
Most people don’t have any idea just how fast the internet will be in 50 years. Right now, data centers or “nodes” that provide internet service communicate with each other at lightning speeds at least 10 times faster than the average home download speed. That will change. In 50 years, we’ll be connecting to each other at speeds that will probably be 100X faster than what currently passes for internet speed at these data centers, and rather than having home internet and Wi-Fi speeds that are optimized for download, both the upload and the download will be mega-fast. Fast enough that you could stream or upload a huge HD movie in seconds.

The Network of “Things” in 50 Years
Finally, the Internet of Things will literally be everywhere. From the clothing that we wear to the appliances, electronics and furniture in our homes, everything will be connected to the internet, gathering data, learning how to improve and sharing information with each other. When you sit down on your couch, your entertainment system will come on. When you get sick or injured, your clothing will not only have your medical information – they will also be able to call 911. Everything will be networked and it truly will be an Internet of Things.

Can Smarter Vehicles or Connected Vehicles Save Money and Save Lives?

Can Smarter Vehicles or Connected Vehicles Save Money and Save Lives?

We all know that we need insurance and we’re all aware that driving without it isn’t legal. Insurance is something we’d rather have and not need, but it can also be quite costly. It’s a requisite prior to engaging in certain activities such as driving. That said, lowering the cost is something everyone wants to do.

According to the latest statistics from the World Health Organization more than 1.25 million people die every year from traffic accidents. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death in people aged 15-29. They also predict that by 2030, just 13 years in the future, road accidents will surpass multiple health issues and become the 7th leading cause of death for people of all ages.

There are a few things that you can do to lower the cost of insurance as well as—as it turns out—probably keep you a little safer.

The most basic way to ensure that you lower your insurance costs and stay a little safer is to install a dash cam or a black box. That will keep track of everything that happens and it will help your insurance company to determine who is at fault. It comes as no surprise to find that those who have a dash cam typically drive much more carefully because the dash cam is recording the activity. That means that the IoT device you elected to use will also keep you safer.

Share the data with your company. Allowing the data that you have to be uploaded and shared is another way to go that will help with insurance costs according to Datum “We have been advocating data sharing. Given the sheer number of benefits that you can get when you participate in a truly decentralized marketplace for data. One such benefit is – you guessed it – lower insurance premium payments.”

While most black boxes today, OBD scanners and dashcams are not connected these days many can be and networking is becoming more common every day. Once insurance companies have more data about your driving they can optimize your payments and help you to save money and stay safer. Whether you are of the school that likes IoT or is nervous of it, saving money is an IoT bonus we can all get behind.

Is IoT the Death of the Higher Paying Job?

IoT is going to kill jobs.  There’s no way around it and there is no fix for some of it. IoT is going to change the way that we are going to go business and many jobs are simply going to evaporate because of the things that IoT can offer us.

Sound like a sweeping  gloom and doom statement? Really think about it. There’s no doubt that the Internet of Things and AI are going to be one of the biggest challenges in the future.

Just the onset of self-driving cars and trucks brings  the capacity to put millions of people out of work permanently.

The manufacturing sector is reeling. Decades of lower purchasing, higher pricing, poor job growth have nearly killed the beast and as if that were not enough, along comes the IoT with the ability to take over and do many manufacturing jobs better than people can.

Computers are learning to do jobs that require thought and that means that all of the sudden we have many hundreds of thousands of people who simply are not worth a lot in the workforce.

According to Venture investor William Davidow and Harvard review tech writer Michael Malone“We will soon be looking at hordes of citizens of zero economic value.” They continue“Figuring out how to deal with the impacts of this development will be the greatest challenge facing free market economies in this century.”

The duo of cognitive computing and IoT are poised to threaten more than just lower or mid sector jobs, they will, when used together, threaten even some of the most prestigious and upscale jobs because computers will be doing the jobs requiring thought as well as the jobs requiring mechanical skills.

How can we future proof our jobs  with the steady march of AI, IoT and cognitive computing? What’s next for us?

Our next segment examines some of the jobs that will be lost as well as the new opportunities  and newly made jobs that will inevitably crop up in the wake of job loss from AI or/or IoT. The third  article in the series explores how to future proof your job in an IoT era.

How You can Future Proof Your Job

The IoT is one of those amazing bits of technology that will give us a remarkable edge. It will also cut both ways. It is automating many jobs and making them much easier to do and offering very lucrative jobs for those who are in possession of the right skill set.

Still, its unavoidable that IoT is going to kill many jobs. In manufacturing alone the IoT is going to eliminate millions of jobs as they are replaced by what machines can do.

Add to that the fact that IoT and cognitive computing combined are going to threaten many top level and very prestigious positions as our advancing computers learn how to do jobs that require thought as opposed to just mechanical tasks.

Make AI and IoT Work Harder to Your Benefit. The intelligent employee is going to try to find the best way to leverage the changes in AI and the rapidly growing power of IoT.   Thomas Davenport, professor at Babson College recommends that  employees who are concerned about losing their jobs look for ways to use the power of AI and IoT as opposed to allowing it to automate jobs alone.

Tap Into Crowd Power . According to Tripp Braden who recruits for Strategic Performance Partner ” “Most businesses are built on the idea of an ideal worker being like an eagle, strong, self-motivated, and independent worker.”  The typical model is becoming a lot more team powered and companies and individuals need to take advantage of that  in order to  future proof their jobs.

Tamara McCleary agreed with that assessment. “As we head into a new age, we are disrupting the notion of one job being completely distinct from another. IoT is also leading to shifts in collaboration between fields,”  McCleary continued to state that . “It is breaking down barriers between different fields such as big data, security, energy and utilities, smart buildings, and industrial manufacturing. And for many companies, IoT is enabling a transition from product to services. This shift demands more skill versatility from workers.”

Be an Expert in Your Field and Constantly Learn. Its not enough to become an expert, but you must also learn consistently and continue to grow in your chosen career field. If some area of that field is being automated, becoming an expert in the automation and how it can benefit your company is going to future proof your job and keep you ahead of the game.

Build Your Own Brand. Become what is known as a thought leader in your area. Even if you don’t know all that there is to know about Iot or AI, get great professional head shots. Build your brand on LinkedIn and also on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. If you’re visible only on LinkedIn,  with  just 184 million users and you are conspicuously absent on Facebook (1.5 billion users) then you’re not doing as much as you could be to build that brand and surpass the other thought leaders in your arena.

Make Smart Choices. Whatever business you are in, make smart choices and decisions that will future proof your job.  Gather as much data as you can and use it to make better business decisions that will show you up as a leader in thought and in action.

Be Creative and Be Forward Thinking. What works today in IoT and your job isn’t going to work tomorrow. Be willing to adapt in order to overcome obstacles and problems in your job. In order to future proof your position, you’re going to have to be willing to change as rapidly and as dramatically as IoT is changing.

IoT DDos Attacks 12 Months Later. What Did We Learn?

Just a year ago today something amazing happened. IoT devices from around the world were used to create the most concise DDoS attack that the United States had ever seen. The attacks  affected sites like Reddit, Spotify, Paypal, Amazon and many others.

Stephen Cobb, in an analysis of the event stated that “We have been shown just how vulnerable the internet – which is now an integral part of the critical infrastructure of the US and many other countries – is to disruptive abuse conducted at scale, by persons whose identity is not immediately ascertainable.”

It’s a year later. What did we learn and how have we grown since that? The world market is completely dependent upon online events and online transactions. That means it is imperative that we stop attacks and prevent further issues.

What Exactly Happened?

Anything that can connect to the internet is risky. The attacks of last year  ( October 21) were made possible by millions of internet connected devices that were simply not well used . These attacks were made possible by people who had no real idea how to use their devices or more importantly, how to secure them. Surveillance cameras, home security,  home routers and many other things were used in order to shut down or deny services to sites. The attackers infected many thousands of IoT devices. Using malicious code these devices were formed into a giant botnet and that botnet swamped the servers of the  affected sites.

How Could That Happen?

Remember in the directions where it tells you to change that default password. It may come as a huge surprise to find that most people don’t. It may also come as a big shock that most people  still don’t a year later and there are no more warnings on packaging than there were prior to the massive DDos a year ago.   What have we taken away from one of the largest attacks on computer systems?  It looks like very little, to be honest.

How Can We Defend Against These Attacks?

We’ve known that IoT devices could be used for attacks since the beginning of IoT.  Companies advise people to change the passwords. Most don’t. Hackers and malware developers know the default passwords to many of these machines and log into them, using them for their own purposes. You can tell people to change the passwords on their IoT devices, but there isn’t any real way to make them do so.

So, a year later, how can we stop this? Realistically, the same way we could always have stopped it. We take better care of our networks, make sure that our passwords are changed periodically and that we don’t share them if we can avoid it.

This type of attack is relatively new so there really isn’t a best practice methodology to prevent it, but there are ways to regulate control of your own home or business network.  If you’re in business, make sure that you have a DDoS defense plan and keep it up to date. Practice it regularly, just like a fire drill.

There are multiple ways to defend against DDoS attacks. While someone may breach your site at least make it as difficult for them as possible by using every device and resource that you have at your disposal. You may just make it difficult enough that it’s not worth the trouble and they will move on.

 

 

IoT and IT Regulations on the Rise. Is Your Company Ready?

It’s no secret that data breaches are on the rise. In fact, there have been more data breaches than ever before. Medical data breaches are  proven to cost more than any other type of breach, costing about 400 dollars per record.

Data breaches are rising dramatically putting them on the agenda for most C-suite and corporate boards. Customer information is being lost, trade secrets are being sold and confidential assets being breached can significantly lower customer loyalty and trust as well as definitely lower the reputation of those companies which were breached.  They can also give the competition a significant advantage.

These aren’t the only things that companies have at stake. The many different types of cyber-security risks make cyber-security a vastly complicated problem. In fact attempting to protect the many different frameworks and CMS and private networks is fraught with other complications to layer on top of the complexities.

Today, governments are seeking ways to stem the tide of breaches and break-ins by creating new legislation that provides for specific levels of security and best practices for companies.

This tidal wave of  governments and new cybersecurity regs and recommendations make additional problems in and of themselves. The United States government alone has proposed more than  200 bills (actually 240 at last count.) This includes legislative proposals for ways to deal with cyber-security. This number of  mandates and proposals have taken place  in just the past three years alone and the number continues to rise.

The proposals fall into a wide range of categories. In some cases the proposals are that companies implement direct requirements for protection. One example of this is that companies in the critical infrastructure arena are going to be facing requirements for security in the US and in the UK and EU as well. They will have specific  requirements for risk assessment, control and for  personnel training. The question is how can a country legislate a level of security when that level cannot be guaranteed by any company. There are even “trade secret” protection laws in the works that require companies  to take “reasonable steps” in order to keep information about the programs and devices safe from cyber threats—though what those steps are is another unknown.

In addition to legislating the devices and services that are being legislated, share holders  are becoming more demanding that companies safeguard medical and technical information. That means that securities laws as they relate to new IoT devices and services are also being legislated. In the United States, some measure of shareholder litigation as well as SEC proposals and enforcement are already launched and seeing some effect.

With all of the changes and the advances in technology, it’s no surprise that legislation will follow. Is your company ready for the changes that are being made in IoT and internet services?

According to Brink News, “The rising tide of cybersecurity regulation and recommendations complicates the landscape for companies.”

The National Institute of Standards or NIST, offers one of the most comprehensive tools for managing the risks involved in information security. Even the federal government agencies of the US are embracing it wholeheartedly. In a survey undertaken by Dell, more than 80 percent of professionsl in the security arena are using the NIST framework for improving their own security, which makes it a great place to start for companies which are trying to come into line and ensure their compliance to the expected new regulations.

According to the experts, the NIST method and framework may well be the guideline that the courts and legislators will use to determine whether companies in the IoT and IT business are doing their best to secure devices and provide for data security.

There are other standards that are entering into play such as the ISO 27001 which is being used by many companies. The standard is different structurally than the NIST Framework though NIST makes reference to the ISO requirements in their own framework.

What is your company doing to secure their data and IoT devices? How are you set up to come into line with the regulations and legislation that is sure to be just around the corner?

Every company should be taking steps now to implement some type of protection to meet the ever changing threats as well as the ever changing cyber-security regulations.

IOT – Think Big – Start Small – Scale Quickly

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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/

Exploring IOT in Three Unique Environments

IoT is often spoken of as a single and relatively unified technology. The reality is that while IoT as a concept is fairly straightforward and applicable to numerous industries and use cases, things start to look a bit different when you look closer at some specific examples.

For these comparisons, we’ll focus on agricultural, manufacturing, and commercial building IoT implementations.

Data is a Key Differentiator in Systems

A significant aspect of IoT is that data that is collected and used to make automated systems more efficient and useful. Consider an existing commercial office building that is moving to IoT sensors and systems for building automation. From installation, that building will already have numerous data sets that will help when designing a cost effective and efficient system. Building automation, electronic access, and other systems have existed for a number of years, so a commercial building operator will already know what they want to achieve with an IoT connected system.

Compare that to agriculture, where sensors and electronic devices have not been used in the past. Adapting to IoT sensors and devices will be completely new territory, however, agricultural operators do have the advantage that they often start with a data lite ͛approach. With fewer sensors and systems, they are able to identify the key benefits of their IoT systems and scale them up in a way that creates the most value.

If manufacturing is analyzed, there’s even more data to collect, and even if it is not immediately usable, the right analytics can enable significant improvements in efficiency and productivity. The problem that exists today is that the data that can come from factory sensors is so rich and so varied, that companies often don’t know what to do with it. In fact, according to an Industrial Internet Consortium report, only 1% of all factory data is used to create valuable insights.

IoT Changes Depending on the Application

Although this is a rather brief overview of some ways in which IoT can vary between industries and applications, the point should not be lost. IoT on its own is not a magic bullet for solving efficiency or productivity problems within an organization. The right design Is required, along with continued learning and adaption to make the most of any investment.

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How to Nail Your Internet of Things Interview

How to Nail Your Internet of Things Interview

The internet of things is the future of technology. If you plan on getting a position that relies heavily on it, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure success.

First, understand what the company does and their approach to the IoT. If the company makes connected thermostats, you’ll want to ensure you have some knowledge about that area of expertise. If they manage a series of connected devices on a production line, you need working knowledge of how to interact and program those elements. Not every device is the same, so make sure you understand what knowledge is required for the position you are interested in. After all, simply operating these devices is vastly different from programming them.

Next, remember that the tiny details matter. Have you had experience with a particular system or code? Make sure you mention it. While your resume is a good outline for who you are, your knowledge and level of comfort with the topic during your interview will actually have more of an impact.

This means also taking the time to understand the company. Do your research and find out what projects they are working on. If their focus is on new avenues of technology you can briefly talk about it. When you don’t show any genuine interest in the company or knowledge, you put yourself in a position where the interviewer doesn’t take you as seriously.

Your first impression is also key. While it is important to know your stuff, also prove you have the desire to be there. Make sure you show up no more than 5 minutes early to your interview. Make sure you are cordial to all staff, including the receptionist. Many companies watch how potential employees interact with what are deemed “lower” importance employees. If you are rude, condescending, or cold they will find out and it could cost you a job. Ultimately, all employees in a company have a valuable purpose and no one position can do their job without the others ensuring the office functions.

Finally, make sure you read up on the latest internet of technology news pieces that come out. Did a major company announce a new revolutionary advancement? Then you’ll want to mention it. This shows you stay current and if you discover something that manager doesn’t know, they might see you as an invaluable expert in the industry. That could help you to nail that interview and go on to make waves in the industry.

Ten Great DIY/IoT Concepts That Are Here & Now

The meaning behind the letters in DIY are readily understood by people. IoT does not immediately spark recognition…yet. IoT stands for “Internet of Things” and refers to the amazing connection between various devices as well as connecting things via the internet. Since the world is becoming rapidly more technologically reliant, it makes sense designers would develop new ways to connect various technologies together.

Can DIY and IoT be fused together? Absolutely! Here are ten truly awesome DIY IoT projects:

Build a Robot

Who wouldn’t want their own robot? Okay, but how do you build one? No one needs to dream of classic science-fiction works such as I Robot anymore to figure out the answer. Windows IoT allows for easily building a mini-robot – a start.

Drone via Voice

The uses for Amazon’s Echo technology is far more diverse than people realize. The technology can be integrated into drone’s allowing for the voice command of the flying device. Just don’t go hoarse trying to use it.

Maintain a Weather Station

Data about the weather comes from all sorts of different sources. Combining all those sources into one central data hub makes it easier to get weather stats without fishing all over the internet.There’s another DIY IoT methodology.

Keeping Tabs on a Car

It would be tough to steal a car if the engine was remotely shut off. A new smartphone app can control the engine ignition, air conditioner, and, in time, more. Real-time tracking of where the car is could aid in tracking the vehicle down if someone absconds with it.

Auto-Tinting for Windows

Sensors built into the windows control the tinting of the windows when a bit too much hit warms up the surface. Once the tint darkens, heat is kept out and comfort is boosted.

Facial Recognition Door Locks

Remember the talking door knocker from The Wizard of Oz? A modern high-tech version has emerged. By utilizing advanced facial recognition software produced by Microsoft, a door’s lock can open for those it recognizing. No more stumbling for keys after this system is set up.

Animal Attack Wi-Fi

This is an intriguing concept, but one people might not want to try for themselves. Adding a device capable of hacking Wi-Fi to a dog or cat’s collar is innovative, but doing so may get you in trouble.

The Magic Mirror

A fairy tale can come true in the form of a talking mirror. Building up a smart mirror allow it to display more than a reflection. The mirror can present all manner of different data including weather, news feeds, and more.

Helping Animal Life in Rivers and Streams

Microsoft Azure can track the temperatures of creeks, streams, and more allowing the system to aid in reintroducing Salmon to the waters and maintaining a proper ecosystem.

Automatic Car Wreck Response

Wow – this one could literally be a lifesaver. A communications system is hooked up to a car and, when an accident occurs, first responders are notified immediately. Such a system could help in a multitude of different serious scenarios.

These 10 are only the beginning of what is sure to be an extremely long list. A lot of DIY IoT greatness is sure to emerge in time.