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Top 20 Articles Worth Reading: Q1 2014 on the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things arrived on main street in Q1.  The term has evolved from a futuristic opportunity to a buzz word for driving up stock prices.  From consortiums, new product offerings and high quality commentary from very respected journalist, this quarter’s news pieces bring up security, privacy, new business opportunities, unanticipated consequences of connecting devices all under the banner of the overused term IoT.

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Highlighted Q1 Articles: 

At Newark Airport, the Lights Are On, and They’re Watching You

By: Diane Cardwell

What began as a way to help governments and businesses save energy by automatically turning lights on and off has become an expanding market for lights, sensors and software capable of capturing and analyzing vast amounts of data about the habits of ordinary citizens.

“We are opening up an entirely new area in lighting applications and services,” said Chuck Campagna, Amerlux’s chief executive, “including video-based security and public safety, parking management, predictive maintenance and more.”

Other companies, including giants like Cisco Systems and Philips, are racing to grab a share of that market.


Stringent Requirements Needed for the Industrial Internet of Things

By: Sanjay Manney

The IIoT requires multiprotocol, multimedia platforms able to perform control networking using IP all the way to the end device. Successful industrial control networking solutions will recognize and embrace the special considerations of the industrial world, e.g., myriad existing protocols, devices installed for their reliability and longevity, and the need for both wired and wireless connections, while building IP-based bridges to the IIoT.


Consortium wants Standards for ‘Internet of Things’

By: Quentin Hardy

A consortium of industrial giants, including AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, IBM and Intel recentl that they would cooperate to create engineering standards to connect objects, sensors and large computing systems in some of the world’s largest industrial assets, like oil refineries, factories or harbors.

The Industrial Internet Consortium, hopes to establish common ways that machines share information and move data. Creating standards for things like the electricity levels within small machines, or the kinds of radio technology a railroad might use to signal track conditions, can increase the size of the potential market and speed product development.


The Internet of things is coming on faster than ever thanks to a new, huge alliance

By: J. O’Dell

Qualcomm, LG, the Linux Foundation, and a whole team of heavy-hitters in the Internet of things world are coming together and creating the AllSeen Alliance. The formation of this alliance against the recent announcement of Intel, GE, Cisco and AT&T starting the Industrial Internet Alliance will potentially drive creative contention. In most instances, the AllSeen alliance should operate in a complimentary way as it focuses on ensuring that more and more electronic products can work together, regardless of brand, in the new era of smarter technology. Again, alliances have a marred past of unsuccessful traction and developments so the jury is still out on the ability to drive impact in the market place.

Here’s the full roster of AllSeen Alliance charter members: Qualcomm, LG Electronics, Sharp, Haier, Panasonic, Silicon Image, Cisco, TP-LINK. Canary, doubleTwist, Fon, Harman, HTC, Le Shi, Lifx, Liteon, Moxtreme, Musaic, Sears Brand Management Corporation, Sproutling, The Sprosty Network, Weaved, and Wilocity.


Intel’s voice recognition will blow Siri out of the water—because it doesn’t use the cloud

By: Christopher Mims

Intel partnered with Nuance to put that company’s voice recognition software on Intel mobile processors powerful enough to parse the human voice but small enough to fit in the device that’s listening, no round trip to the cloud required. The only problem here is that for years Intel has refused to adopt any chip that cost less than $25, so if they truly want to compete in the Cell phone market against ARM, they are going to have to re-think their business. This would involve a high level risk, and most CEOs (risk managers) do not want to take this bet.  


Other Articles Worth Reviewing:

Making Sense Of The Internet Of Things

The Frightening Truth about the Security of our Healthcare Data

Malaysian Flight 370 Foreshadows Many Unanticipated Consequences of the Internet of Things

As Objects Go Online – The Promise (and Pitfalls) of the Internet of Things

Cybercriminals Use Text Messages to Empty ATM Cash

Consortium wants Standards for ‘Internet of Things’

Predictive Security Goes Beyond the Network

Internet of Things can Battle Climate Change

Hurdles to the Internet of Things Prove More Social than Technical

New Skills are needed to work on the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things – Your Next Big Investment Opportunity in Technology

Investing in the Internet of Things

Why the Internet of Things is More 1876 Than 1995

IoT gets Interesting with Smart Party Lights, Bluetooth Controller

City of Paradigm: The Internet of Things

IBM Looks to End the OpenStack Wars with Jumpgate – a Bridge to Public Clouds

The Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came to Rule the World

Spam in the fridge: When the Internet of Things Misbehaves

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