Are you Bored of IoT predictions?

Are you Bored of IoT predictions?

If you have read my post “Will finally be 2017, the year of Internet of Things? I do not think so.� you will have confirmed that it was not.

I like to read and analyse IoT predictions, but I have noticed a certain fatigue this year perhaps, due to the appearance of other technologies like Machine Learning or Blockchain.

What will be of IoT in 2018?

During 2018, we will see mobile phones to be surpassed in numbers by IoT devices and how AI and IoT will converge. Next year, CIOs will be busy integrating device management into overall IT infrastructure. However, 2018 will not be the year of Blockchain and the IoT, because blockchain is not yet ready for large-scale deployments as it requires reliability, stability and seamless integration with existing technology infrastructure.

The consolidation of IoT platforms will continue as is the war between connectivity technologies. Below you will find a list of links to articles of 2018 IoT predictions for your comfort.


Ericsson: in 2018, mobile phones are expected to be surpassed in numbers by IoT devices
Gartner: Strategic Trends for 2018
Forrester: affirms that finally 2018 will be the year in which the Internet of Things moves from "experimentation to business scale".
Forrester: IoT platform ...


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Which Top IoT companies are losing, keeping or winning its Charm in 2017?

Which Top IoT companies are losing, keeping or winning its Charm in 2017?

Nostalgics will remember the articles on the ReadWrite website that included the top Internet of Things (IoT) companies of 2009 and 2010. Unfortunately, these articles are no longer online.

The list of companies in the Internet of Things market has not stopped growing in the last eight years. During this time, I have been following many of these companies that have joined the train of the IoT that aims to reach a still diffuse destination. Just in the USA alone, the Internet of Things includes 3,000 Companies, $125B In funding, $613B In valuation, 342,000 employees.

In this post, I will review Top IoT 10 companies that in 2017, in my opinion, have lost, maintained or gained charm in this dynamic, competitive and demanding sector of the IoT.

I selected these companies from these articles  “Top 25 IoT Companies by Sales�, the most powerful Internet of Things companies� and the Top Internet of Things Companies.

According to the acceptance of this article, I will decide in the next weeks to write about the top IoT platforms, the top IoT startups or the top M2M Service Providers that are losing, keeping or winning its charm.

Defining Charm

The power of pleasing or attracting through their strategy, investments, innovation, ...


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How Long Do We Have to Wait for the Internet of Things 4.0?

How Long Do We Have to Wait for the Internet of Things 4.0?

“In memory of my brother Juan.�

I have not intended to abuse of one more time of a shocking headline in IoT, but the fact is that per Gartner´s 2016 Hype Curve� the Internet of Things (IoT) had to fall into the dreaded Trough of Disillusionment and the Powerful analyst firm decided to not mention IoT anymore in 2017. Also, corroborated for many pessimistic articles of IoT project failures.

So it is our responsibility as IoT influencers to continue evangelizing about how the “The Internet of Things will Change our World�.

In the article “The Internet of Things… Are We There Yet?� , Cees Links points out that “The IoT is suffering today from a lack of understanding of its true value proposition and even if we are currently in the Valley of Disillusionment, we should not be distracted. We still have a lot to learn, but we are in the middle of shaping a better world for the next generation�.

IoT 1.0 or the time of the Systems

It seems prehistoric. I'm talking about the world of Telemetry, Machine to Machine, Industrial Control Systems (PLCs, SCADAs, HMI,..) . But IoT 1.0 is still the one that holds the largest number of devices connected ...


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Bring Your Own Cyber Human (BYOCH) – Part 1: Self-connected Humans

Bring Your Own Cyber Human (BYOCH) – Part 1: Self-connected Humans

Perhaps some of my readers and followers have ever played in their infancy the “Rock, Paper or Scissors� game. During each match, we simulated with our hands one of these three things, although in those years we could never think that any of it could connect to the Internet.

A few years later, we are not surprised that somewhere in the world is designing connected stones, connected papers or connected scissors. Just read “The abuse of shocking headlines in IoT or how many stupid things will be connected ? “. To this end, we have arrived in Internet of Things (IoT).

But far from conforming us just connecting things, some enlightened like Elon Musk do not dream of electric sheep; they dream building human-computer hybrids. Elon Musk’s Neuralink company goal is to explore technology that can make direct connections between a human brain and a computer. Mr. Musk floated the idea that humans will need a boost from computer-assisted artificial intelligence, to remain competitive since our machines get smarter.

Facebook Engineer Asserts That Augmented Reality Will Replace Smartphones in 5 Years. Facebook’s uber-secretive Building 8 (B8). The division is currently working on a top-secret brain-computer interface (BCI) like Elon Musk’s Neuralink, but that BCI project ...


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About IoT Platforms, Super Powers Methodology, Superheroes and Super Villains

About IoT Platforms, Super Powers Methodology, Superheroes and Super Villains

The world is full of normal people like you and me, but I love to think that superheroes live between us and I dream that maybe someday I could become one of them and make a better world with my super powers.

In the universe of superheroes fit gods, mutants, humans with special skills, but also the special agents. I found fun to find similarities between this fantastic world and the world of IoT platforms.  Compare and find a reasonable resemblance between IoT Platforms and Superheroes or Super villains is the goal of this article. Opinions as always are personal and subject to all kinds of comments and appreciations. Enjoy, the article.

About IoT Platforms

Many of my regular readers remember my article “It is an IoT Platform, stupid !.�. At that time, per Research and Markets, there were more than 260 IoT platforms, today some sources speak about 700 IoT platforms. I confess, I have not been able to follow the birth, evolution and in some cases death of all IoT platforms out there. I think that many enthusiasts like me also have given up keeping an updated list.

I cannot predict which IoT platforms will survive beyond 2020, or which will be ...


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What is the Concept of the Internet of Things in a Box

What is the Concept of the Internet of Things in a Box

A few years ago, the idea of a “Telco in a Box” was very usual among the Telecommunication industry. Basically, it was a pre-integrated, turnkey real-time billing and customer care solution that enabled communications service providers (CSPs) to accelerate their growth strategies and increase profitability.

Companies like Accenture, Oracle, Redknee or Tech Mahindra used this concept addressed to Mobile Virtual Network Operators or MVNOs, Tier 3 Operators and Tier 1 sub brands. The benefits of this solution were clear:


A low-risk, quick to launch turnkey solution
Go to market faster than competitors


It was a matter of time that this marketing slogan reached the Internet of Things (IoT). And so it has been, at the moment with little noise, but it is certain that we will see much more “IoT in a Box” in the next months.

What is IoT in a Box and What’s in the box

Today we could say that IoT in a Box is:


A pre-configured, fully integrated, enterprise-enabled IoT bundle optimized for IoT processing (Telco view)
All the required building blocks to develop a wireless IoT system (IoT Vendor view)


In the first case, the IoT in a Box must include some of the following components depending on the application:

Hardware / Hardware as a ...


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Is Blockchain the Silver Bullet Needed by the IoT Industry?

Is Blockchain the Silver Bullet Needed by the IoT Industry?

It was a matter of time to end up writing an article to talk about the connection between Internet of Things (IoT) and the technology (arguably still in the infancy of its development) that may have the greatest power to transform our world, Blockchain.

In a future planet interconnected not just by devices, but by the events taking place across it, with billions of devices talking to one another in real time, the Internet of Things will require a secure and efficient way to track all interactions, transactions, and activities of every “thing” in the network.

Blockchain’s role could be a coordination layer across devices and the enabler of the IoT to securely facilitate interactions and transactions between devices, and may also support certain processes related to architecture scalability, data sharing, and advancements in encryption and private key technology, enhanced security, and potentially even privacy.

With blockchain, the Achilles’ heel of the IoT of heterogeneous OEM devices world now becomes viable. I wonder, however, if it is feasible that this decentralized IoT network may co-exist IoT sub-networks or centralized cloud-based IoT models.

But let's face it, blockchain is still a nascent and controversial technology (experts estimate that it might take 5 -10 years for the ...


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Will 2017 Finally be the Year of Internet of Things? An Overview of IoT Predictions

Will 2017 Finally be the Year of Internet of Things? An Overview of IoT Predictions

Predictions like turron in Spain come back for Christmas.

Good Bye 2016

We can say that 2016 was an even bigger year for Internet of Things, something that is not particularly special. The year brought good Internet of Things stories, and news, but we are far from reaching the expectations.

If you want to know if the 2016 predictions were true or the authors make some corrections during the year, I suggest that you read my last year post and comments “Quo Vadis IoT in 2016 or do not you think that we need more accurate predictions?”.

My two cents about 2016 IoT predictions:


I believe that Gartner failed and the IoT industry did not explode in 2016.
I did not see that Millennials accelerated the Internet of Things as IDC predicted.
2016 was neither the critical year for defining the LPWA networks and connectivity that Machina Research, now part of Gartner, anticipated. 
Sorry Vodafone, IoT has not been vital to the customer experience.
Large  companies such as Cisco Systems, Dell Technologies, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel are making deep investments in IoT products, new startups such as Samsara, Monnit and others are doubling down on the space as well.
The barriers for IoT adoption have been many and well ...


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If a Robot is Going to Take My Job, Should it Pay My Taxes?

If a Robot is Going to Take My Job, Should it Pay My Taxes?

According to the OECD, since 1967, the share of men aged 25 to 54 without work has more than tripled, from 5 percent to 16 percent. But the reasons they are not working have less to do with the rise of the machines than we are being led to believe. Not only will machines compete for positions, but global population growth and a rather stunted job market will make competition all the fiercer.

Despite the many surveys that try to explain causes for the decline in labor participation, the debate over how robots will replace our white collar jobs has increased in the past years and is provoking opposing reactions that can become violent.

Martin Ford, in his new book, Rise of the Robots, argues that AI and robotics will soon overhaul our economy, so we should expect a future with lots of Robots and few jobs for humans.  And Martin is not alone,  there are many experts warning that robots expected to replace some five million jobs by 2020,  robots will take over most jobs within 30 years and intelligent robots threaten millions of jobs.

Not everybody is against robots, we find positive reactions defending that robots are coming for dirty, dangerous, ...


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Will Fog Computing Hide the Clouds of the Internet of Things?

Will Fog Computing Hide the Clouds of the Internet of Things?

As if the Internet of Things (IoT) was not complicated enough, the Marketing team at Cisco introduced its Fog Computing vision in January 2014, also known as Edge Computing  for other more purist vendors.

Given Cisco´s frantic activity in their Internet of Everything (IoE) marketing campaigns, it is not surprising that many bloggers have abused of shocking headlines around this subject taking advantage of the Hype of the IoT.

I hope this post helps you better understand what is the role of Fog Computing in the IoT Reference Model and how companies are using IoT Intelligent gateways in the Fog to connect the “Things” to the Cloud through some applications areas and examples of Fog Computing.

The problem with the Cloud

As the Internet of Things proliferates, businesses face a growing need to analyse data from sources at the edge of a network, whether mobile phones, gateways or IoT sensors. Cloud computing has a disadvantage: It can’t process data quickly enough for modern business applications.

The IoT owes its explosive growth to the connection of physical things and operation technologies (OT) to analytics and machine learning applications, which can help glean insights from device-generated data and enable devices to make “smart” decisions without human intervention. Currently, such resources ...


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Why the Future of the Olympics are “The Internet of Olympic Games”

Why the Future of the Olympics are “The Internet of Olympic Games”

Forgive me for using this headline to attract more readers during the summer holidays. Certainly I will include a comment in my famous post The abuse of shocking headlines in IoT or how many stupid things will be connected? I encourage you to continue reading.

The Internet of Things in “Smart City Rio 2016“

I guess that many of you are following the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by TV, Internet or the lucky ones who are watching the Games in Rio, are listening and reading complaints from athletes, journalists, spectators and fans about this Games.

How is it possible that there are so many complaints on traffic jams in one of the most famous “Smart Cities? I imagine citizens and visitors are not satisfied with the performance of the Rio Operations Center, known as COR, that allows the local government to continuously monitor the city from this center. As a result, agencies can act more quickly in different situations, such as unforeseen events in traffic or environmental disasters or increase the security of its streets and assure unpredictable weather conditions.

How come that the IoT did not avoid any complaints on the green water in the sensorized swimming pool?

How come the Organization allowed empty and noisy stadiums? Maybe ...


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5 Security Vulnerabilities Looming for the Internet of Things

5 Security Vulnerabilities Looming for the Internet of Things

Almost three years ago, I wrote in my IoT blog the posts “Are you prepared to answer M2M/IoT security questions of your customers ?. and “There is no consensus how best to implement security in IoT” given the importance that Security has to fulfil the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Now, I have been sharing my opinion about the key role of IoT Security with other international experts in articles such as “What is the danger of taking M2M communications to the Internet of Things? and at different events (Cycon , IoT Global Innovation Forum 2016).

Security Has Always Been a Trade-off Between Cost and Benefit

I am honest when I say that I do not known how McKinsey calculates the total impact of IoT on the world economy in 2025, even in one of the specific sectors, and if they took into account the challenge of security, but it hardly matters: “The opportunities generated by IoT far outweigh the risks”.

With increased IoT opportunities coms increased security risks and a flourishing IoT Security Market (According to Zion Research the IoT Security Market will growth to USD 464 million in 2020).

A Decade of Breaches and the Biggest Attack is Still Looming

We all ...


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How the Internet of Things Can Offer Your CEO a Good Night’s Sleep

How the Internet of Things Can Offer Your CEO a Good Night’s Sleep

When I wrote “Welcome to the first” Selling IoT “Master Class“, I expected the post was read by many CEOs. It has not been a bestseller, but I have received many positive comments and congratulations. Thank you.

I have been talking to many CEOs and Board members of non-technology companies to explain, if this is possible, what the Internet of Things (IoT) is, how the IoT will impact their business and the risk of not having an IoT strategy to transform their business.

The conclusions of these meetings, regardless of the sector or the country or the size, were very similar. The priorities of the CEOs can be summarized in the following points:

Grow the Business

How does my company grow from a $Xmillion/billion to a $Y million/billion organization and increase market share? Who needs my new products or services?.

Reduce expenses

My company has many different expenses. There are operating expenses such as employee salaries and infrastructure costs, underwriting expenses, and commission payouts. But by far the biggest expense within my company is customer service. How we can reduce expenses?

Ensure compliance

My company is facing a host of new regulations and we need to ensure compliance. We need to deal with FCC compliance and EU regulations ...


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Could We Avoid Psychopath and Sociopath Robots?

Could We Avoid Psychopath and Sociopath Robots?

For all of us who follow with interest the progress of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robots, the recent news about the victory of Google’s AlphaGo against grandmaster Lee Se-Dol has made us think if we face the evolutionary moment in which technology finally triumphed humanity and it was Google who just proved how unpredictable artificial intelligence can be.

To Fear or Not to Fear Robots

No doubt this news will increase the fears over the pervasive application of deep learning and AI in our future – fears famously expressed by Elon Musk as “our greatest existential threat”. What to say about the fears of those that believe that machines will replace our White Collar Jobs. If you are in marketing maybe you already noticed how machine learning robots will replace human marketers. After watching this video from Atlas Boston Dynamics, I am not sure if Robots will not hate Humans.

Why do we laugh at videos of robot fails? It seems that we all have to some extent fear the rise of robots and artificial intelligence and it is possible that our fears are justified after news like this “Most Advanced A.I. Robot Admits It Wants to Destroy Humans After Glitch During TV Interview”.

However, ...


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How the Connected Business Card will Change doing Business

How the Connected Business Card will Change doing Business

Many years ago I thought the business cards were condemned to disappear; then I decided to start making my private collection, not for the future economic value that could reach, but for the sentimental value that would provide me over the years. Of all the collections I have begun, it is the only one that I still continue maintaining and increasing.

Without going further, during my last visit to Mobile World Congress, MWC 2016, The year of IoT and VR , I have distributed dozens of several of my current business cards while my collection has fattened by receiving near a hundred of new cards from old and new friends and colleagues.

The history of business cards stretches back over 500 years – originating in China before being adopted by European aristocrats leaving cards to mark their visits in the 17th century. However, some say the business card is on the way out now, with younger workers preferring to connect on LinkedIn or exchange Twitter handles. But, if you are an entrepreneur or small business, here are seven reasons why you should still bother to get business cards printed.


A business card provides tangible information for others. A business card not only is ...


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How the Internet of Things Can Help Against Global Warming

How the Internet of Things Can Help Against Global Warming

“Once upon a time there was a little Shepherd who lived in a town near the woods …”. So it starts Peter and the Wolf, one of the tales I read when I was a child. As every tale, Peter and the Wolf, had a moral that now comes to my mind while I am writing this post. As Peter was advised about the Wolf, we have also been advised about Global Warming. Did we learned Peter´s lesson ?

This year no one can avoid to say that “the Weather” has changed and everyone can notice their effects.


The Chinese capital Beijing was on Christmas Day enveloped by this year’s worst air pollution with the smog level crossing the most hazardous mark, two days after a red alert for foul weather was lifted. Is this a consequence of Global Warming? In part, it is.
2 dead and 150,000 people evacuated in Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil by floods on Christmas day. Is this a consequence of Global Warming? In part, it is.
Forty deaths in the United States by bad weather. Is this a consequence of Global Warming? In part, it is.


I fear not even IBM Watson with its immense power of predictive analysis ...


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The Internet of Things: “To Infinity and Beyond!”

The Internet of Things: “To Infinity and Beyond!”

There are many IoT events, perhaps too many. Internet of Things events will evolve, for sure and only a few will survive in a coming years. I am confident that the IoT World Congress will be one of them (just remember what has become from the Mobile World Congress when it started in the French Riviera), especially if the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) continues to hold a quarterly or annual meeting in Barcelona. As Lynne Canavan in his post ‘Putting IoT to work’ said, “the excitement and energy was palatable from the 4,000 attendees at this event”.

With IoT events you can expect a lot of networking between peers of the industry. Visitors and exhibitors increase their collection of business cards. Partners finally meet face to face and sales teams run around trying to catch the customers. To be honest, few customers nowadays.

When I was on my way back to Madrid, sitting in the plane before we took off, I watched the person in the next seat (a seller of gift items for tourists) and a group of ladies who were to begin a vacation trip. All of them (none was digital native) were non-stop using their smartphones until we heared the notice to switch our phones to fly ...


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The Internet of Things: “To Infinity and Beyond!”

The Internet of Things: “To Infinity and Beyond!”

There are many IoT events, perhaps too many. Internet of Things events will evolve, for sure and only a few will survive in a coming years. I am confident that the IoT World Congress will be one of them (just remember what has become from the Mobile World Congress when it started in the French Riviera), especially if the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) continues to hold a quarterly or annual meeting in Barcelona. As Lynne Canavan in his post ‘Putting IoT to work’ said, “the excitement and energy was palatable from the 4,000 attendees at this event”.

With IoT events you can expect a lot of networking between peers of the industry. Visitors and exhibitors increase their collection of business cards. Partners finally meet face to face and sales teams run around trying to catch the customers. To be honest, few customers nowadays.

When I was on my way back to Madrid, sitting in the plane before we took off, I watched the person in the next seat (a seller of gift items for tourists) and a group of ladies who were to begin a vacation trip. All of them (none was digital native) were non-stop using their smartphones until we heared the notice to switch our phones to fly ...


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It is an IoT Platform, Stupid!

It is an IoT Platform, Stupid!

I remember a speaker repeating at the end of each sentence the word stupid. I must say that the first three times seemed effective, but then I squeaked this tagline. That’s why I will only use it one, at the title of the post.

When in late 2103, I decided to relaunch my company OIES Consulting with a focus this time on Advisory services for the Internet of Things (IoT), I thought the selection of IoT platforms would be one of the most useful services that we would offer and certainly one that would bring more benefits to the clients wishing to accelerate the adoption of IoT. At that time I had identified about 60 IoT platform vendors and despite some analyst reports specialized in this subject, the confusion was brutal. Today is worst, there are more than 260 platform vendors according to the market research of Research and Markets.

I was tempted to maintain, classify and publish my own a list of IoT platform vendors but it looks like almost an impossible task these days. There are other bloggers and reputed industry analyst firms that also try to maintain an updated list. For now I include below some useful links and ...


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It is an IoT Platform, Stupid!

It is an IoT Platform, Stupid!

I remember a speaker repeating at the end of each sentence the word stupid. I must say that the first three times seemed effective, but then I squeaked this tagline. That’s why I will only use it one, at the title of the post.

When in late 2103, I decided to relaunch my company OIES Consulting with a focus this time on Advisory services for the Internet of Things (IoT), I thought the selection of IoT platforms would be one of the most useful services that we would offer and certainly one that would bring more benefits to the clients wishing to accelerate the adoption of IoT. At that time I had identified about 60 IoT platform vendors and despite some analyst reports specialized in this subject, the confusion was brutal. Today is worst, there are more than 260 platform vendors according to the market research of Research and Markets.

I was tempted to maintain, classify and publish my own a list of IoT platform vendors but it looks like almost an impossible task these days. There are other bloggers and reputed industry analyst firms that also try to maintain an updated list. For now I include below some useful links and ...


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Will My Summer Holiday in My Smart City Be Boring?

Will My Summer Holiday in My Smart City Be Boring?

I do not think I am the only one who thinks that life in Smart cities is boring. Underprivileged citizens (most of us) are unable to break the monotony to which we are subjected in these macro moles of cement, steel, and glass. Our life takes on a scheduled basis on weekdays or weekends, on public holidays or during weekdays, with own vehicle or using public transport. No big surprises, we have used or accepted +10 hours daily work, three hours of daily traffic jams or uppercase jams when the siren sounds of the summer holidays.

A new summer has arrived, I no longer wonder if IoT could avoid strikes this holidays. I wonder if I can enjoy this year my holidays in the smart city I am living.

These days, I have time to run in the morning or evening, I do not need to eat out in 1 hour, or queue in theatres for shows.  But have I made the right decision to stay? Will I not regret having chosen not to enjoy my square meter sand in the beach or hiking in the mountains, or share tapas with my relatives and childhood friends in town or travel exotic countries with my smartphone or ...


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Why We Should Stop With Catchy Internet of Things Headlines

Why We Should Stop With Catchy Internet of Things Headlines

I’m not sure if we have already passed the Peak of Inflated Expectations (Hype of the IoT), or if we are living in a reality long time desired by IoT pioneers, or if instead we are eagerly waiting the promises and predictions of +50 billion connected devices at the increasingly near future of 2020.

The truth is that the number of posts, blogs and articles related to the Internet of Things (IoT) are far from diminishing, byt in fact has increased in the last twelve months. But I think this year the number of post with original content and interest have decreased or are harder to find among repetitive posts multi-published in blogs, social networks and industry or company webs.

It is normal that when something becomes fashionable as IoT, everyone wants to talk or write about it. Nevertheless, it looks like we have stalled in the absence of actual use cases to tell. Instead we are still harping on the same themes but with catchy headlines.

The Catchy Headlines of Internet of Things

The IoT blogs ban was reopened two years ago for analysts, IT writers, advertisers, marketing departments, community managers and amateur bloggers. We have been using catchy IoT headlines and sometime ridiculous ...


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For the Industrial Internet to Prosper, Collaboration is Required

For the Industrial Internet to Prosper, Collaboration is Required

Gone are the days of isolated point solutions that leave companies in a lurch trying to figure out how to get the last mile of their needs met.

Industry solutions in the age of Internet of Things, the ones that will really create change and drive new levels of productivity for the enterprise, will necessarily cross the bounds between different applications, platforms, networks and hardware devices. Everyone in this sector agrees that developing industry solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) requires collaboration.

Almost every day we read announcements of partnership in the IoT and Industrial Internet. Most of the interviews and related posts from different vendors and alliances members include comments that describe how they are collaborating to streamline IoT integration; delivering consistent, reliable, and integrated, end-to-end solutions that encompass hardware and software and scale across industries.

It is not a casual, it is an unstoppable trend, and this trend is more than just integration of products and services, it is also customer-centric design and innovation.

 

The value of Partnership in Industrial Internet of Things

Partnerships are going to be necessary for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to achieve its potential as the next biggest area of growth. This is something that almost every IIoT ...


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Smart Cities Are Vital to Cope with the Aging Population

Smart Cities Are Vital to Cope with the Aging Population

As Tejvan Pettinger wrote in his blog “The main impacts of an ageing population”, we must be proud of the great achievement of the twentieth century regarding the dramatic rise in life expectancy. However, the aging population comes with many challenges for smart cities— across social, financial, economic, and political dimensions.  Managing healthcare quality and costs for this demographic is one of the key focus areas but there are other areas that our Smart Cities majors and municipal councils should consider.

“As governments begin to use technology to improve city life, the older generation should be top priority”
(Source: Intel futurist Steve Brown).


Healthcare for senior citizens and the disable population will be probably one of the main issues for smart cities. Due to the increasing number of retired workers, smart cities majors and municipal councils will be forced to struggle against this ‘demographic time bomb’. I hope, for the good of the society, they start planning what services they must offer to all of millions of not so old workers so they can live the life they deserve.

In a recent post, Bill Gates alerted about big changes that are coming to the labor market and that people and governments aren’t prepared for it. ...


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Is the Internet of Things changing Manufacturing?

Is the Internet of Things changing Manufacturing?

Manufacturing industry has long time using sensors and devices in industrial automation. It may or may not be over the Internet and it may not be every device on a machine, but in general, industrial automation was ahead of consumer technology adoption.

Whatever the Internet of Things (IoT) buzz is now, the goal for IoT in manufacturing is straightforward. It is to achieve connected sensors and devices, taking plant floor visibility to the next level.

All parts of the manufacturing value chain will greatly benefit from a deep pen­etration of digital sensors that enable enhanced visibility and better control of production processes, as well as increased automation of tasks.

Applications that encompass IoT principles across the manufacturing value chain — from research and development, through sourcing, production, outbound logistics, marketing and sales — offer huge potential benefits.

Using the Internet of Things in Manufacturing

The manufacturing sector increased its operational efficiency with the Internet of Things in its pocket. Introducing machines that could learn their processes, industries are now slashing their manufacturing time and costs to their lowest. Manufacturers are now making their customers well aware of their product statuses, even on the assembly line and are able to deliver products in very short period ...


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MWC2015: Everything Connected, Tapas and Jamon

MWC2015: Everything Connected, Tapas and Jamon

A busy week in Barcelona. One more year GSMA Mobile World Congress announced record of attendees, CEOS and exhibitors in MWC 2015. If the organization continue increasing the number of exhibitors, conferences and parallel events we will need more days. This does not think it will be a problem, except for pockets of companies and individuals. Enjoy another day of tapas and jamon will be greeted with applause by the thousands of foreign visitors included Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg loves Spanish ham — known as jamón serrano.

The Internet of Things the Start of MWC 2015

The star of MWC 2105 was The Internet of Things. For the first time, IoT was one of the dominant themes at this year’s Mobile World Congress. In the event agenda, exhibitors panels the word IoT was the most repetitive and pronounced by speakers, panelist, exhibitors and attendees.

Parallel events like IoT Stars, where 10 IoT startups was pitching in front of a top-notch jury at the emblematic Agbar Tower in Barcelona on Monday, March 2, 2015. Other interesting startup event, 4YFN focused on building ideas and forging lasting relationships for international startups, investors and corporations. The GSMA Innovation City brought a fully immersive mobile experience to ...


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Will We Be Able to Build the Internet of Things?

Will We Be Able to Build the Internet of Things?

A year ago, in every formal or informal meeting with customers, partners, family or friends, I had to explain “what is IoT”. I guess I will continue doing it, but henceforth I will not go to use definitions from analysts and experts, from now on I will use economic concepts (“IoT is the business of trillion of dollars”) or philosophical concepts like when we try to define the infinite or the nothingness (“IoT is a super Internet where just about any physical thing can be connected in an intelligent fashion”). Not sure if this will be enough to avoid a debate or to start it.

Do We Need More IoT Hype?

During 2014, the reason for the IoT hype was pretty simple: analysts are forecasting massive growth. Take a look at these ten Internet of Things facts and predictions courtesy of SAS Insights.

As, Kurt Shuler, VP Marketing, Arteris, wrote in this post: “There is a lot of stupidity that comes with the IoT hype, stemming from the lack of critical thinking and “me too” herd mentality. Much of the IoT today is all about pontificating, dreaming, surmising, and pie-in-sky thinking.”

IoT is still in the nascent stage. In my view, more Hype is ...


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