How the ‘Internet of Things’ Will Create a Technological Revolution

You know when apps became population how everyone wanted to make an app for just about anything? You could get an app to tell you the weather, an app to work on office documents, an app to track your spending and an app to display motivational sayings across your screen every morning to get you ready for the day. Everyone from McDonald’s to your local grocery store was releasing an app to get themselves onto your mobile device. Well, that’s how the Internet of Things will go in the next ten to twenty years.

Right now, there are about 16 billion internet-connected devices on the planet. Original predictions a few years ago put that number much lower and the subsequent projections for 2020 and 2050 were similarly underestimated. Now, the estimate is that by 2025, there will be nearly 50 billion devices or “things” communications via the Internet of Things. So, what are all these devices and how will they trigger the next technological revolution?

The Devices Making Up the Internet of Things
So, what are these devices that are currently using that internet connection to talk to each other and to us? Plus, what devices are coming in the future?

Right now, there are a number of new “things” that have technology inside them that show the way the future is shaping up. From smart light bulbs to cars that drive themselves because of sensors and technology in both the car and the roads. From electronics and appliances to all sorts of smart devices that are rolling off of the assembly line. There are quite a few IOT ready devices already on the market, but what is available now is nothing compared to what is coming.

If experts are predicting 50 billion devices (5-6 for each person on planet Earth) by 2025 then the future is jam-packed with items that will use smart technology. This technology will revolutionize healthcare, change how we get from point A to point B and very likely change the way we work much in the way that computers changed the way that people worked over the past few decades.

This network of sensors will work directly with cloud technology, which will collect and analyze the data that it received and then it will be turned into information and allow smartphones and mobile devices to use that information.

How IoT May Help to Feed the World.

How IoT May Help to Feed the World.

Mobile Satellite Company Inmarsat has determined that over half of all respondents in the agriculture or farming sector are interested in taking a closer look at the power that IoT can offer in farming. Most are actively interested in embracing that power and state that they will spend significantly more over the course of the next five years to make that happen.

In a study called The Future of IoT in Enterprise-2017, responses from 100 of the largest agritech companies in the world showed that more than 60 percent of companies that were surveyed had already deployed some measure of IoT solutions and planned on taking advantage of it even more in the coming 5 years.

This is far and away above the use of other companies and their adoption of the IoT technology. Companies that are typically seen as more forward thinking than farming such as Transport, Energy, and Mining are well behind the 62% of agriculture businesses who have engaged in IoT. In addition, 27% more of the surveyed agriculture companies say they will be heavily invested in the next six months.

According to Ayan Jobse-Alkemade of Inmarsat Enterprise’s Agriculture Sector, said: “With the planet estimated to reach a population of 10 billion people by 2050, humanity will face challenges with sustainable water sources, food production, and the best use of land to get the maximum yield from crops. Additionally, using the most efficient method to deliver the resources will increasingly feature on the global agenda.”

Farmers are going to have to produce foods more rapidly and more intelligently. The Agri-tech sector can help them to do that.

Can AI and Big Data Save the Bees

One of the most important parts of our world and one that keeps us alive are bees. They pollinate more than  seventy—yes seventy—percent of the crops that feed mankind. In addition they give us more than 30 billion dollars in crops every year in our economy. That means that if we have no bees we’re going to be a hungry country. It also means that living with no bees simply isn’t possible.

Bees are declining very quickly these days. They are under threat from many different problems, not the least of which is a virus and another problem Varroa Descructor, a parasitic problem that feeds on bees and can cause ruin to an entire colony of bees in a very short time.

Artificial Intelligence and Big Data are being brought to bear on the problem and are making headway in finding ways to save the bees. The Bee Scanning app is using the vision of a computer to help to protect the bees and to show the farmers at the first sign problems so that they can go and correct it. The Machine Learning and the object recognition is making it so that the beekeeper can see the mites on the bees and work to eradicate them more fully and more quickly.

The decline of bees must be halted but in the interim, there are drones, robo-bees as it were that are now in use to collect pollen particles and to fly into the next flower and rub the pollen off. The robo-bees are being controlled manually at the moment but the team that created them has said that they are developing autonomous bees using the power of AI.

While it isn’t the ideal solution it is A solution and one that may save both the bees and mankind in the long haul.

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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.

Police are Seeking Amazon Echo Data for Use in Murder Trial

Amazon Echo and other virtual devices are now part of the legal landscape. As of last week, police are seeking access to Amazon Echo information to see if the Amazon data has something that will help them with a murder case.

According to The Information the police and the attorneys involved in the case from Bentonville Arkansas have issued a warrant to Amazon asking them to hiand over any and all audio or records from Echo that belong to James Andrew Bates. Bates will go to trial for the murder of Victor Collins in 2017.

While Amazon has declined to give any of the recorded information from the Echo that it has on its servers, the company did give the account details and the account purchases from the account to the police. The police state that they could pull some data from the speaker but what they could get was unclear.

The Echo device is always on and can be awoken so police want information that may be stored on the device of an audio nature. According to Gabe Guttierez the police want to see what the device recordings may tell them. “We know Amazon has a copy because consumers can actually listen to all their Alexa requests and they can delete them, so that’s an option that’s available in a lot of these technologies–something that’s good for consumers to know,” stated privacy expert Bob Sullivan.

According to WHO TV the prosecutors say 32-year-old James Bates murdered his co-worker Victor Collins, who was found strangled in Bates’ hot tub.”

Bates, who called 9-1-1 when he found Collins, has pleaded not guilty to the crime and of course isn’t thrilled with the Amazon data being called into play. He had multiple other smart devices attached to his home at the time, including a water meter. The water meter showed that more than 140 gallons of water were used between 1 and 3 am when Collins was murdered.

Investigators state that he used that water to clean up a crime scene. The Echo and other devices like it are supposed to find answers for you by listening to what you tell it to do, but the police in Bentonville believe that it can help with the case by telling them what it heard.

“Did anybody think when this was being created that information you gave to Alexis or you gave to the amazon echo would be used outside your home, and then be used to have you arrested for a crime you didn’t commit?” asked Bates’ defense attorney Kim Weber.

Amazon told WHO — NBC News that it “will not release customer information without a valid and binding legal demand properly served on us. Amazon objects to overbroad or otherwise inappropriate demands as a matter of course.”

“When we give companies data, the big problem is not only how will it be used today, but how could it be combined with other data in the future and then used against us,” remarked privacy expert Sullivan.

How it all plays out remains to be seen but based on the Echo and the hot water meter, it appears that your smart devices may be the best witnesses against you.

Protecting Tomorrow’s IoT Devices from Cyber Attacks

The Internet of Things (IoT) has allowed for significant developments in the technology used in healthcare, manufacturing, and retail; and IoT has even changed the way that we use consumer devices. While technologies associated with IoT are often lauded for innovative features, there is less coverage given to the vulnerabilities and security risks associated with some devices.

In a world where technology is pervasive and continually increasing in complexity and capability, security should be at the forefront of the mind of anyone who is interested in either the IoT industry, or even specific devices.

IoT Cyber Attacks Are Increasing in Frequency

Recent reports have shown that cybercriminals have expanded their attacks from existing systems, and are now spending a significant amount of resource on attempting to compromise IoT devices. Vulnerable devices include connected televisions, washing machines and refrigerators, and even home CCTV systems and baby cameras. With the increasing expansion of IoT into all areas, it should be expected that cybercrime will increase in the coming years.

In 2017, it is estimated that there are around 20.35 billion connected IoT devices around the world. By 2025, that figure is expected to increase to over 75 billion. Growth is being driven by a high rate of innovation, consumer and industry demand, and partially due to a decreased unit cost for devices. As sensors and embedded chipsets become more affordable, it’s only natural that more innovators will look at making their existing devices more ‘connected’.

With Market Growth, Security Will Be Essential

By 2019, the global cost of cybercrime is expected to hit figures exceeding $2 trillion USD. New device manufacturers and developers may have no prior experience with data and internet security, so it will be critical that the right professionals are hired throughout the industry, to secure the next wave of devices. Thankfully, industry insiders do seem to be aware of the risks that exist in the market.

Almost half of all developers involved in IoT consider security their primary concern when developing and supporting devices. This is a promising statistic, especially considering that more than half of all consumers are concerned for privacy and security when dealing with devices that are connected to the internet.

There’s little question the IoT market will continue to grow in the coming years, allowing for embedded devices that were simply not possible in the past. With the ever present risk of security threats, both technology and product developers will need to take great care to not only develop devices that are innovative and functional, but that are secure by design and protected from cyber-attacks.

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IoT in 2016. What Did We Experience?

The internet of things has made incredible leaps and bounds in recent years. 2016 was no exception with most of the hype we’ve been hearing
coming to fruition. In fact, the general population actively discovered this amazing trend and while there were a few bumps in the road, 2016
proved we are still in a golden era.

A great example can be found in the homes of millions. Thanks to devices like the Amazon Echo, more people have embraced the IoT on a consumer
level. This has shown that while some concerns are out there among people, it is possible to win over the consumer and to create a
multifunctioning device that is successful. We now can control all aspects of our home from a single unit so lights can be switched on,
television systems recorded, and even thermostats adjusted even if we are on the other side of the world.

We also learned what we can expect when a cyberattack happens on a grand scale. Yes, the September 2016 cyber-attack that slammed Netflix,
Twitter, and other major players allowed us to recognize the importance of cybersecurity and put it at the forefront of the connected devices
that we use. Fortunately, nothing of serious consequence was experienced during this attack and the online world appears to have recovered.

In a sense, even the concerns with cyber-attacks are not enough to sway the investors who have helped IoT stocks to experience new highs. On the
NASDAQ alone, there was a major surge in Industry 4.0 stocks including the likes of Sierra Wireless and PTC who are often viewed as the
frontrunners when people talk about the internet of things.

Because 2017 is expected to be an even bigger year, we saw some legal changes to how the IoT can work. No data coming from devices that are
potentially used by children can be mined for data. If a security breach is experienced, it must be reported at once. Also, users must give
their consent to have data mined, and have the option to object to it if they desire to do so.
Even with all those restrictions in place, this should still be an incredible year for both the average consumer, and those producing connected

Who Will Rank Among the Top IoT Providers in 2017

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Who are Some of the Most Powerful IoT Companies Going into 2017?

IoT is no small thing any longer. With smart phones, smart tablets, smart refrigerators, smart buildings and smart cities, it’s a given that there is a lot of money to be made in the IoT industry. With IoT growing by leaps and bounds and predictions being that it will grow to a trillion and a half dollars by 2020, everyone wants a piece of that pie.

The IoT companies that have the most to offer and are taking away most of the consumers at this point in time—the heavy hitters in IoT are the companies that should all be watching. The question is—who are they?

The top IoT movers and shakers for 2017 –based on those who did the most with IoT in 2016 appear to be these: ( listed in alphabetical order, not necessarily by order of importance)

Amazon. With tools like Echo and Amazon AWS and Kinesis, Amazon scores big on the IoT scene by offering increasingly powerful services and tools for users.

AT&T with their broadband network is slated to be a key enabler of the IoT forces. The M2X will also play an important role in that along with Data Flow, the development portal for IoT.

Bosch—the German wizards of home appliances also make enterprise software. They say that their range of appliances and products will now be connected to IoT to make monitoring and maintenance easier. This will make them one of the key companies in IoT.

Cisco, which company terms the IoT the Internet of Everything is slated to be one of the main companies that will be enablers of Iot in every form. Cisco is creating a whole new niche for themselves by their provision of switching, routing, wireless access points and network hardware for connecting and communicating with IoT devices.

Google—Always in the lead in nearly anything they undertake, Google has made it a point to take hold of the IoT reins and put themselves at least in the top ten companies by the purchase of smart thermostat maker NEST, that could expand to bring in all manner of smart home systems.

IBM—The Watson smart products will be what lands IBM as a mover and shaker in the IOT space if they have anything to say about it. A combination of cloud development and production arenas for apps, IBM has a little of everything to offer the cloud development community.
These powerhouses, joined by Huawei, Hitachi, Samsung, and yes, even Microsoft, are the companies to watch—and to beat if you’re looking at it as a competition. The question is not whether they will give us great products and services—we already know the answer to that one–most of them will. The bigger question is and one that is and will continue to be a sticking point for the consumer is– with the race to market we’ve been seeing from a lot of these companies, in their haste, can we depend on them to secure their IoT space as well?

DIY Applications that Could Expand the Reach and Mindshare of IoT

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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.