I look at the IoT as having three great components: M2M, wearables, and
grids. The components can also be seen (roughly) as enterprise, personal, and
I'll examine each area in follow-up articles. I'll start with the third, as
it applies to research I've been conducting for the past three years and
dovetails with the very high-level view of the IoT being taken by the largest
technology companies in the world.
And I'm looking forward to discussing issues great and small with all in
attendance at the upcoming @ThingsExpo, for which I serve as Conference
A Dismal Look
Smart grids, cities, and nations hold transformational potential, especially
but exclusively for the developing world. It that holds the promise of fixing
the millenium-old human problems of poverty, disease, violence, and poor
To examine the IoT's po... (more)
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
Let me think lemme think. Do I date myself unnecessarily by making a
"Gaslight" reference? You know, the 1944 film with Ingrid Bergman and several
other great actors in which the remote, seeming random dimming of a house's
gaslights were part of a plot to convince Ingrid's character she was insane?
This classic-which by the way was released well before I was even born-comes
to mind when reading about Plum, which "lets users control lights and
electronics from...anywhere in the world."
This company is one of 10 IoT startups just selected by a "thematic
accelerator focused on home ... (more)
The earliest challenge to the original homebrew microcomputer geeks was to
get little indicator lights to flash. Then, by toggling several switches to
turn the lights on and off, the computer would start doing other things,
processing instructions within the confines of several hundred or a few
thousand bytes of memory.
Fast forward to today, and we're revisiting that age within the IoT, albeit
with much more power and sophistication.
I was struck by this thought when reading the line, "We'll help you get your
Windows application running on a Galileo-and blinking LEDs in no time.... (more)
The 15th International Cloud Expo has just expanded its conference program,
to bring together Cloud Computing, APM, APIs, Security, Big Data, Internet of
Things, DevOps and WebRTC at one location.
The show now has three tracks devoted exclusively to the IoT (with WebRTC
present in one of the tracks), a full single track focusing on Big Data, and
a two-track DevOps Summit, in addition to four tracks devoted exclusively to
Cloud Computing in the enterprise.
Cloud Expo is the single show where delegates and technology vendors can meet
to experience and discuss the entire world of th... (more)