Internet of Things
We all have heard that the Internet of Things is changing the world. But there are too many 'gee whiz' articles and blog posts out there that don't provide meaningful practical knowledge and insights about the phenomenon. In our research, we strive to bring structure, clarity of understanding, and illuminating real-world examples to help solution providers and users alike figure out what this phenomenon really means for them and how they need to respond.
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IoT Fundamentals, Architecture
IoT Platform: (Parts 1-2)
- IoT Platforms--Part One: A Framework for Understanding This Maze -- It seems everyone is jumping on the Internet of Things bandwagon, and IoT Platforms are sprouting up like mushrooms after a good rain. In this series, we will help sort out IoT Platforms, starting with a framework to make sense of it all.
- IoT Platforms--Part Two: Local Intelligence Platforms -- Internet of Things hardware and software platforms provide local intelligence sitting between the intelligent things and the internet/cloud applications. In some cases, the bulk of the end-to-end solution's intelligence and intellectual property resides in these local platforms.
IoT Security Series: (Parts 1-3)
- The IoT Security Imperative--Part 1: Physical-Cyber Risk Landscape -- With the current state of IoT security, we might call it the Internet-of-Vulnerable-Things. It's all the more alarming because of the types of physical machines/systems that are increasingly network-connected--traffic lights, airplanes, nuclear power plants, and other critical or potentially lethal systems. In part one, we discuss the nature of the challenge.
- The IoT Security Imperative--Part 2: Device Security Requirements --
Control over physical devices is what makes IoT different, and more dangerous, than traditional IT software. Here we look at device-level security requirements for makers of IoT-enabled products and services.
- The IoT Security Imperative--Part 3: IoT Platform Security Requirements --
IoT platforms, outside of the devices themselves, comprise the bulk of the intellectual property, infrastructure, and complexity in IoT. We examine requirements that are needed to ensure security in these platforms.
- Are You an 'IoT' Company? -- We all know the IoT space is hot. But should a company position themselves or their product as "IoT"... or Smart, Cloud, Connected, or any of those buzzwords?
- RFID Software Solutions are Evolving Rapidly -- Under the influence of development in the Internet of Things, cloud computing and data analytics, the way RFID value is delivered is evolving rapidly.
- The Internet of Things at the Knee of the Curve -- The Internet of Things is often misunderstood and overhyped. However, a lot of enablers are falling into place now, and are accelerating its growth and adoption.
- Gesture, Touch, and Sense -- How Systems Will Work in the Future -- Actually Now.
- The Future of RFID -- The future of RFID may be radically different than it is today.
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IoT Applications, Case Studies, Industry Examples
A Story of Vinyl --
Digital Supply Chain Story in the Music Industry.
- PTC Windchill 11--A Foundation for the Evolution of Manufacturing -- The current transformation of manufacturing is being driven largely by the Internet of Things and smart, connected products. PTC's new PLM release, Windchill 11, marks a major step towards a full-lifecycle, closed-loop PLM that enables and embraces this transformation.
- Creating the Future: Highlights from Autodesk University 2015 -- Autodesk University 2015 showcased their research and investments in future-facing technologies in manufacturing and AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction), such as IoT, 3D printing, and generative design.
- The Internet-of-Things in Logistics -- The Internet-of-Things (IoT) phenomena have a profound impact on logistics, with an enormous variety of current and potential applications. Here we scratch the surface, examining where IoT fits in logistics and looking at an example application area.
- How the Internet-of-Things is Transforming Mining -- Heavy equipment manufacturers are deeply involved in the Internet-of-Things (IoT) phenomena. Here we examine the impact of IoT on mining equipment and operations.
- Continuous Real-Time Situational Awareness for Time-Critical Operational Decision Making -- Time-critical decisions in transportation, risk management, security, disaster response, manufacturing, and other operational domains require continuous real-time situational awareness and intelligence. Most enterprise systems do not provide this today.
- Smart Grid's Implications for the Service Supply Chain -- Smart Grid can help utilities gain a leaner and more effective service supply chain. These advantages are applicable in other 'smart sectors' as well.
- Technology Integration Can Transform the Hospital and Patient Care Experience -- In our report on mobile mania (in the last issue) we looked at the supply chain side of mobile, probably the best understood - but still an evolving market. Here we will look at the consumer/retail side of the mobile mania.
- Healthcare Big Data: Connected Healthcare's Mountains of Data -- The tsunamis of data generated by connected care will be nearly useless to caregivers without systems that help digest it all. Can the systems and methods already developed to manage big data in supply chain be useful for healthcare?
- Mobile Healthcare Innovations - Part Three -- In this final installment of our series on Mobile Healthcare Innovations, we look at the mechanical, electrical, and wireless innovations in a tubing-free, personal insulin pump for treating diabetes.
- Carton-level Temperature Tracking for Cold Chain Pharmaceuticals - Why Now? -- A look at the key role that carton-level RFID temperature tagging can have within today's pharmaceutical cold chains.
- The Value of Dynamic Visual Tags -- Recent developments in technology have enabled the integration of e-paper with RFID tags to create dynamic visual tags. This is a powerful combination, especially for cyclic processes.
- The Blank Canvas of RFID - Part 1: RFID in Product Designs -- RFID's potential use cases are limited only by the imagination. We explore some of the possibilities, starting with how RFID is being embedded and used in various product designs.
- Location-Based Services Poised for Rapid Growth - Part 1 -- For years, pundits have predicted that the market for Location-Based Services is about to take off. So far that has been mostly wishful thinking. But there are many signs that now the time really is ripe for dramatic growth.
- Trends 2012: Mobile Mania - Shopping and the Shoppers -- In our report on mobile mania (in the last issue) we looked at the supply chain side of mobile, probably the best understood - but still an evolving market. Here we will look at the consumer/retail side of the mobile mania.
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IoT Industry Happenings (Acquisitions, Events, Trade Shows, Trends)
- The Intelligent Integrated Store: MIT Panel Discussion -- lululemon, DSW, b8ta, and Zebra technologies presented on a panel at MIT about the intelligent integrated storetheir visions and current progress towards integrating the various functions, sensors, and systems in a retail store. The goal is to achieve a higher order of intelligence and detailed, granular, near real-time visibility into what is happening with each shopper, each associate, and each item in each store.
- 2016 -- ThingX, PTC's Next Big Thing -- When PTC acquired Vuforia (augmented reality tools provider) last October, it seemed like a natural incremental next step in PTC's strategy. After attending ThingEvent on January 28th, I now think what they are doing with this technology may be one of Jim Heppelmann's and PTC's boldest moves yet.
- 2016 -- A Year of Change -- Supply chain and technology hot spots for 2016.
- IoT Gets Real in 2016 -- 2015 may have been the peak of hype for the Internet of Things, but hype drives investment. We expect that 2016 will see even bigger and broader investments in IoT, as well as a land grab amongst IoT solution providers.
- PTC Live 2015: Bridging the Physical and Digital Worlds -- At their annual conference, PTC showed how it is making big strides to their ultimate vision of smart connected products and the end-to-end product lifecycle systems that make that vision possible.
- IoT Takes to the Road--How IoT Is Changing Transportation -- Highlights from the MIT/ChainLink panel discussion on IoT in Transportation, including applications of IoT in transportation and logistics, data ownership, privacy and liability, the impact of driverless vehicles, and more.
- 2014, the Year of the Internet-of-Things -- 2014 was a year of over-the-top marketing and hype for IoT. But there were also many significant, substantive milestones and indicators of just how serious many companies are about IoT.
- PTC Jump-starting the Internet of Things -- The evolution of PTC has been fascinating-- from CAD to PLM, ALM, SLM, and now the Internet-of-Things. IoT is core to PTC's strategy going forward, and was emphasized repeatedly throughout PTC Live this year.
- Highlights From MIT's Auto-ID & Sensing Expo -- This year's Fifth Annual Auto-ID & Sensing Solutions Expo at MIT provided one more confirmation that RFID is thriving, with a more diverse set of devices, systems, and applications than ever. Here's a sampling of some really interesting up and comers at the event.
- Many Lights Turning Green for Investors in RFID -- This article explores how RFID has matured in the last several years, and examines the fundamentals that make it a potentially high-growth opportunity. Most investors would be surprised at the changes since the Walmart era, and those who know the status may find profit opportunities.
- Highlights from AIM and RAIN -- Leaders from the auto-ID and RFID community met in Washington D.C. last week, including holding the first meeting of the RAIN Alliance for UHF RFID (whose founders include Google and Intel). The Internet-of-Things was a key topic, but they also discussed a new color barcode standard, and more.
- PTC Continues to Strive for World Domination of the IoT with Axeda Acquisition -- ThingWorx acquisition and Axeda by PTC. Recent acquisition of Quintiq by Dassault.
- How Will Business Look in the Future? -- From crowdfunding to 3D printing to insourcing, innovation is changing the face of business.
- RFID Live -- The RFID Journal Live! Conference demonstrated the health and maturity of the RFID market and its relevancy to so many sectors.
- Really Smart Clouds at MIT -- How three intelligent cloud platforms extract value from sensors and RFID.
- RFID is Alive . . . So where's it going Next? -- What I learned at RFID Live 2012, Part One . . . Or how I learned to make a great cup of coffee!
- Who Will Provide the 'Location' In Location-Based Services? -- Google's VP of Search Product has shifted roles to take charge of their location services. This is just one more sign of the growing battle over services for locating people and things, with wireless carriers, handset and OS providers, Google, Skyhook, and others in the fray.
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