Earlier, I wrote a bit about traffic and the IoT. It's a big topic. The
traffic problems of the developed and developing worlds seem so large,
complex, and intractable to significant change in any reasonable timeframe.
Consider Mexico City. There are more than 20 million people in the metro
area, of whom about 4 million ride the subway systtem every day. There are
also about 4 million cars, all of which seem to be on the road at most given
moments. The traffic there has been legendary for a long time.
Mexico City, like so many other metro areas in the developing world, does not
have a highly advanced multi-lane highway system. (Crawl along Manila's EDSA
or any number of main thoroughfares in the developing world and you have
roughly the same experience.)
Yet, ask people in Los Angeles, or New York, London, or any other big place
in the developed world, and you'll lea... (more)
Getting one's arms around the Internet of Things is a daunting task. In
addition to big IoT commitments from all of the big players in computing and
telco, there are a number of smaller companies and startups working on
devices and services to enable the future of enterprise IT and personal
A recent article in IoT Journal from InfoChimps CEO Jim Kaskade mentioned six
of these (the first two owned by PTC): Axeda, ThingWorx, SmartThings,
Exosite, Numerex, and Xively.
Chad Jones (pictured) from Xively is a faculty member of our @ThingsExpo, and
we've gotten some gre... (more)
Driving the freeways of Greater Los Angeles is often an experience in wave
theory. Heavy traffic on one freeway can influence traffic on several others;
slowdowns and stoppages ripple throughout much of the system during much of
the day; and one can often feel trouble ahead well before seeing it or
stopping for it. Talk of "Carmageddon" in LA is real, and a small closure
here can box things up there and there and there.
With a gross economy size approaching $1 trillion annually, the Southland
loses billions upon billions of dollars in wasted transportation costs and
lost product... (more)
As we approach the upcoming @CloudExpo, we find ourselves in an era of
maturing cloud computing services, with lines beginning to blur among
formerly discrete segments.
Among the things we're witnessing is a fuller integration of DevOps into the
mix. Rackspace is one company in this discussion, having just launched its
DevOps Advisory Service.
Rackspace Extends DevOps Service [story]
So we had a few questions for Prashanth Chandrasekar (pictured below), GM of
Rackspace's DevOps Business Segment.
Cloud Computing Journal: What are the two or three key reasons your cloud
Each major technology vendor sees the Internet of Things in a slightly
different way. For IBM, the IoT is taking us down the path to the Smart Home,
Smart Grid, and Smart Cities. The company promises that the IoT "by combining
technology with societal interests...will change business models, technology
investments, consumer experiences, and everyday life."
More prosaically, IBM notes that the IoT "helps enable proactive data access
from any connected device." The company will have a major presence and
several speakers at the upcoming @thingsexpo in New York, part of the overall