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A Feature on todays world full of Surveillance Technology

A Feature on todays world full of Surveillance Technology | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Todays Surveillance Technology
A great video with a feature on Surveillance Technology
and how it exists in various forms around us today,
everything from CCTV Surveillance, cellphone tracking to

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Zahid Yakoob's curator insight, January 20, 2014 2:01 AM

Civil liberties and general privacy.

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Harvard's Michael Porter: Service Leaders Will Be Hard Hit by IoT Revolution

Harvard's Michael Porter: Service Leaders Will Be Hard Hit by IoT Revolution | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things transformation will have a big impact on the service and maintenance industries. Here are 4 ways service leaders must adapt.
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Porter, along with Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO of PTC, summarized their findings from a November 2014 HBR article about how the Internet of Things (IoT) is disrupting various industries, field service included. The pair also spoke about ongoing research on the implications for company strategy and organization, which will be published in HBR later this year.

“Not only is the product changing, the product change is feeding back and changing how companies operate today,” Porter said. “How you run a company is going to change much more dramatically than in previous generations of IT.” 

1. Service businesses will shift from reactive to proactive:  There will be a transformation in the way service businesses are run and organized, as connected products allow technicians to diagnose the problem, or even perform service, remotely. Companies will be able to push updates to products in the field, and analyze product usage data to improve service efficiency and warranty management. As new IoT-enabled technologies take hold, service companies will move beyond the repair model to data-enabled advanced services that add value to customers. Ultimately, Porter said, this model will evolve to “product-as-a-service” as companies design new functionality and extend product life cycles. 

2. Big data will create an entirely new section of the value chain:    Companies will find ways to create value from the constant data stream from both internal and external factors. (Internal data could be product usage and equipment performance information, while external data could include weather conditions.)  Porter and Heppelmann said that, rather than having each division deal with its own data separately, companies need to create a “unified data group,” led by a chief data officer, that can store, aggregate and analyze the data — and work closely with other divisions to uncover insights that create customer value.

3. Product design will require a long-term, integrative approach:  Product design will become “evergreen,” said Porter, meaning products will be continuously re-designed and serviced via remote connections and services once they’re in the field. As a result, companies must find a new approach to product design that accounts for everything that happens after the sale is closed.  In addition, increased connectivity will require manufacturers to look at products within a larger, networked system. A “smart” tractor, for example, will have its own data analytics connections, but it must also interface with other smart machines on the farm.

4. Expect more consolidation and a war for talent: Porter frames the changes led by the IoT as an opportunity for companies to broaden their offerings and lead with innovative product functionality. There are two choices: cling to business as usual, or adapt. Companies that don’t react will have their products subsumed by companies that do. Porter predicts this will lead to further consolidation across industries, allowing companies to expand their market and products through data and IoT functionality. - But the biggest hurdle, Porter said, is likely to be the war for talent. There are currently too few people with the necessary mix of skills to tackle the new challenges presented by the IoT era.



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Im Service 4.0 müssen sich auch die Service Bereiche anpassen. Viele liegen hier noch im Dämmerschlaf und kümmern sich um Minutenpreise im Call-Center oder Erstlösungsquoten. Vielen Chancen liegen in den neuen Industrie 4.0 und IoT Entwicklungen und ich empfehle, frühzeitig Projekte aufzusetzen, um sich hierfür zu wappnen. Design Thinking Workshops oder einfach nur simple Brainstorming-Meetings rund um mögliche Service Innovationen können ein erster Schritt sein. Erste Kunden von uns fangen bereits damit an ...

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Adapt or be subsumed by competitors with IoT shift.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a scenario in which objects, animals or even people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. IoT has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and the Internet.

 

Evergreen design will change how we work in facilities management. After-sales or "service" data will become critical. A "smart" machine, for example a floor scrubber, will have its own data analytics connections for servicing, but it must also interface with other smart machines used in the building. This opens up all kinds of possibilities in facilities management. 

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Latest Apple Patent Relates To New Magnetic Folding Adapter For UK

Latest Apple Patent Relates To New Magnetic Folding Adapter For UK | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been granted a new patent which explores the possibility of a new retractable magnetic USB adapter for the UK market.
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This patent may never see the light of day but it does show how Apple wants to minimize the size of the accessories with the iPhone, with the new design more easy to use and less susceptible to damage. The United States has a very different kind of adapter compared to the UK, and in case this does become a reality, it will most likely be available only in the UK due to different adapter standards.

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BBC reveals Micro:bit, a programmable PC that fits in your pocket

BBC reveals Micro:bit, a programmable PC that fits in your pocket | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
British school children around age 11 and 12 are about to get a free micro-PC to learn how to code.
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The BBC is getting into the hardware hacking craze with its second device aimed at school age children in the last 34 years. The British broadcaster recently unveiled the Micro:bit, a mini-programmable computer meant to teach children how to code and develop hardware projects.  -  The device will be given away to every child in Year 7 at schools in the U.K.—around one million students—beginning in October. Before the end of the year, the device will also be available for sale to customers in the U.K. and other points around the globe. Presumably that includes the U.S.  -  Unlike other popular boards such as the Raspberry Pi, the Micro:bit is not meant to be used as a standalone PC. Instead, it’s a basic board for embedded projects such as a gaming device or a remote control. It’s also compatible with more advanced micro PCs like the Raspberry Pi and Arduino boards for projects that require more processing heft.  - The 1.6-inch by 2-inch Micro:bit comes with a 32-bit ARM Cortex M0 processor, 25 programmable LED lights arranged in a grid, two push buttons for user input, an accelerometer and compass, a micro-USB connector, and Bluetooth.

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Apple and Google's Next Big Battleground - Artificial Intelligence

Apple and Google's Next Big Battleground - Artificial Intelligence | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The war for better artificial intelligence is only just beginning
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At Google’s I/O event this year, the company announced Now On Tap. It’s a new version of Google Now, which uses context to make your smartphone more useful. The idea here is that if you get a text from a friend asking to meet at a certain place, Now On Tap is smart enough to put that event on your calendar, give you directions to the rendezvous and serve you up a menu. It might even show the best nearby parking areas as well as stores that could be of interest.  -  A few weeks later at WWDC 2015, Apple announced a new version of Siri, giving the company’s digital assistant better contextual AI and search. And in May, Microsoft used its developers’ conference to launch an updated version of Cortana, another AI-based personal assistant that can take questions and put them into context to deliver better answers.- They're just getting started on this whole AI thing.

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Divergent Microfactories - How they Built the Blade SuperCar - From an Erector Set

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People who like to build, just got a new way, the real secret sauce behind the new SuperCar design the "Blade".

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How the IoT is disrupting the C-suite

How the IoT is disrupting the C-suite | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
We’ve heard so much about the Internet of Things (IoT) but one topic within the business dialogue that needs to be addressed is how the IoT is disrupting the C-suite.
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Change is the Driver, and as we all know, change brings with it, fear of it, which can stifle an effective response on the part of senior leadership, just as it does for others in the organization.  Plenty of excellent advice in the article for CEO's, CMO's, COO's, CIO's, CTO's and CFO's -  The IoT is a seamless and complete integration of a business model with a technology deployment. If by example the CTO does not understand what users will pay for and how both revenue and costs scale with customer use of the product, they will not be able to choose the right technologies to create products that expand the business. -  Like it or not, the Internet of Things is changing how business is done.

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Uh-oh! China slings bloatware sueballs at Samsung and Oppo

Uh-oh! China slings bloatware sueballs at Samsung and Oppo | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Smartphone makers' pre-installed software is bad news for consumers, it claims
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China's Consumers' Association said in a statement on its website:

"Given the behaviour of mobile phone manufacturers against the legitimate rights and interests of many consumers, it is necessary to correct such unreasonable manner[s] through public interest litigation."  - Shanghai's Consumer Rights Protection Commission said it had taken action after it carried out a study of 20 smartphones to determine which models came stuffed with the most pre-installed apps.  -  It found that Samsung's SM-N9008S (Galaxy Note 3) and Oppo's X9007 (Find 7a) mobile phone like devices were two of the worst models on the market, with 44 and 71 apps respectively loaded on to the handsets.  The regulator said it hoped to win landmark public interest cases against bloatware being stealthily loaded onto smartphones prior to a consumer's purchase of the products.

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Cisco’s Six Pillars of an IoT System

Cisco’s Six Pillars of an IoT System | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Cisco estimates that 50 billion devices and objects will be connected to the Internet by 2020.
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Six-Pillar Approach for Cisco IoT System:

  1. Network Connectivity: This pillar includes purpose-built routing, switching, and wireless products available in ruggedised and non-ruggedised form factors.
  2. Fog Computing: ‘Fog’ is a distributed computing infrastructure for the Internet of Things (IoT) which extends computing capability – and thereby data analytics applications - to the ‘edge’ of networks. It enables customers to analyse and manage data locally, and thereby to derive immediate insights from connections. Cisco predicts that 40% of IoT-created data will be processed in the fog by 2018. Over 25 of Cisco’s network products are enabled with Cisco’s fog computing or edge data processing platform, IOx.  
  3. Security: The security pillar of the IoT System unifies cyber and physical security to deliver operational benefits and increase the protection of both physical and digital assets.  Cisco’s IP surveillance portfolio and network products with TrustSec security and cloud/cyber security products allow users to monitor, detect and respond to combined IT and Operational Technology (OT) attacks.
  4. Data Analytics:  The Cisco IoT System provides an optimised infrastructure to implement analytics and harness actionable data for both the Cisco Connected Analytics Portfolio and third party analytics software.
  5. Management and Automation: The IoT System provides enhanced security, control and support for multiple siloed functions to deliver an easy-to-use system for managing an increasing volume of endpoints and applications, field operators need an easy-to-use management system.
  6. Application Enablement Platform: Offers a set of APIs for industries and cities, ecosystem partners and third-party vendors to design, develop and deploy their own applications on the foundation of IoT System capabilities.
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New Threat for FBI - Hunting SF Bay Area Fiber-Optic Cable Cutters

New Threat for FBI - Hunting SF Bay Area Fiber-Optic Cable Cutters | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The FBI for the past year has been on the hunt for people slashing fiber-optic cables throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The FBI called for the public's assistance in June, after 10 attacks had taken place. The 11th occurred on Tuesday, when someone severed cables used by Wave Broadband. "We have been in consultation with the FBI," said Wave Broadband spokesperson Mark Petersen.
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Currently terrorism is ruled out, after the 11th strike by cable cutters who have gotten quite serious in their attempts to thwart internet use - FBI sending a bunch of G-men (and women) to get 'em..

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Why are they cutting cable

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Corporate 'IoT' will encompass more devices than the smartphone and tablet markets combined

Corporate 'IoT' will encompass more devices than the smartphone and tablet markets combined | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The enterprise will be the largest Internet of Things device market.
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IoT devices range from robot-like units to tiny chips that hook into industrial or office machines allowing the user to fully control the device, or merely collect specific data from it.

  • The enterprise will be the largest IoT device market: There will be a total of 23.3 billion IoT devices connected by 2019 across all sectors, we estimate. Of those 23.3 billion devices, the enterprise market will account for around 40% of the total or 9.1 billion devices, making it the largest of the three IoT sectors.
  • The enterprise IoT will be massive on its own, larger than the mobile market strictly defined. That also means that in 2019 the enterprise IoT alone will be larger the entire smartphone and tablet markets combined, which BI Intelligence forecasts will include around 6 billion devices by 2019.
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Researchers create “skin grafts” for buggy software

Researchers create “skin grafts” for buggy software | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
A team of MIT researchers has created a system that fixes buggy software similar to how surgeons apply skin grafts to damaged tissue.
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Fixing buggy code is becoming increasingly important as more companies like car manufacturers and airliners create software. It could also be a way for companies to save huge amounts of money on programmers by having computers do the grunt work of finding and fixing bugs.  -  The system taps into the growing number of public software libraries like GitHub and BitBucket that anyone can draw upon for free to help with their own software projects. The MIT team’s system takes advantage of the reality that many projects — although different — often share similar code. Part of one project can be fused onto another, at least in theory, to fix a bug. The trick is to get a computer to recognize the problematic code and then fuse the healthy code onto it.  - The MIT team tested the system, called CodePhage, on seven open-source programs that they found bugs in. Each software repair took between two to ten minutes.


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Garmin's Varia radar warns cyclists about traffic they can't see

Garmin's Varia radar warns cyclists about traffic they can't see | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Like an invisible rear-view mirror.
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Six months. That's apparently how long it takes to buy a company, retool their product, and sell it under a new name. Garmin's new Varia Rearview Bike Radar is a rear light that scans up to 140m behind a bicycle for traffic. It then hands that data on to either a compatible Garmin Edge system or a standalone handlebar-mounted unit with an array of lights to warn riders of what's behind them and how fast it's approaching. If you're a keen cyclist, this idea may sound a little familiar. Startup iKubu made a little splash last year with Backtracker, which was essentially the same thing but a little rougher around the edges. Garmin bought the company back in January, and apparently wasted no time turning the Backtracker into what you see above.

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Clark Kellogg on Design Thinking

Kellogg is a partner in San Francisco Bay Area-based consultancy, Collective Invention, teaches design and design thinking at UC Berkeley in both the College...
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Excellent discussion on the challenges of integrating Design Thinking into organizations who truly seek to be innovative in the way that they design their products and processes to be and stay profitable.

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The Secret Weapon to 80% Less Negative Reviews for Apps!

The Secret Weapon to 80% Less Negative Reviews for Apps! | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Launching your app is finally happening and it all seems great with a bright future. But wait, your app is suddenly bombarded with negative reviews and users are complaining. You start panicking and asking yourself why have you started getting negative reviews all of a sudden. Did your bubble just burst?

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Based on a survey conducted by HP, results indicated that mobile users are intolerant to any issue or bug, showing that 53% uninstalled or removed mobile apps with issues like crashes, freezes or errors. Not only do users abandon the app, but they usually blame the app company for performance issues and negatively review the app, publicly!   - Solution Suggested:  “prevention is better than the cure“. Your app must be immune from the possibility of negative reviews. And the best way to do that is to have another simple, smooth and intuitive channel where your users can directly reach you, express their anger and get comforted before exploding in public. This channel is In-App Feedback, which will help you fight such percentages and beat the odds. You will have an open direct channel with your users to converse, gather feedback and act at once.   Instabug, found out that using an In-App Feedback SDK results in an immediate 80% less negative reviews. We conducted a case study with a few of our users over the course of 6 months. At first, user feedback was all directed to the app stores with an average of 250-400 reviews per week ranging from five to one-stars reviews. It wasn’t until they introduced In-App Feedback that they started receiving a huge jump in the number of user feedback, exponentially growing by 750% by the end of the study.

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Xolo Chromebook Review: Crashing Through Cost Barriers

Xolo Chromebook Review: Crashing Through Cost Barriers | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The concept of Chrome OS has always had some appeal, but devices until now. The Xolo Chromebook is affordable and appealing to all kinds of potential users.
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Google's Chrome OS obviously rides heavily on the company's own Web services and software, and in fact assumes that you are online all the time. There's no need, in the company's opinion, for local storage when you can have everything online, backed up automatically and accessible from anywhere. It's a nice theory but has proven difficult to implement.

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Performance really doesn't matter for a device like this if you're only going to browse the Web, play light games and stream video, which the Xolo Chromebook is easily able to handle even with its basic hardware. At Rs. 12,999, the Xolo Chromebook presents some interesting opportunities for those who need only a simple machine for communications and light entertainment. Students, mobile workers and the elderly in particular might appreciate it, and it could be an interesting secondary device for those who want something like a tablet but with a keyboard.  However, for anything beyond the browser, you'll have to be willing to be heavily invested in cloud-based software and services, and also live with the realities of Indian broadband connectivity. Thankfully you aren't restricted to Google's own apps and services, but there will still be a learning curve for many people.

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What Doctors Really Want from the Latest Medical Technology

What Doctors Really Want from the Latest Medical Technology | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it

GURPREET DHALIWAL: Technology has much to offer doctors, but it is not the health-care technology agenda you hear about in the news. Big data, the electronic medical record, and the connected patient are frequently hyped as remedies to medicine’s ills. But improving and restoring health is a messy business that requires investment in human capital more than physical capital.

Here’s a modest technology agenda from the perspective of the front-line clinician who hopes to master their craft and continually improve the care they provide to their patients


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There are legitimate reasons why MD's are not able to utilize medical records technology as many would like, and this is despite the PR machine of medical documentation companies who say they are providing the capability for doctors to actually use it


And so a modest technology agenda, in the Wall Street Journal no less, from the perspective of a front-line clinician who hopes to master their craft and continually improve the care they provide to their patients.


Big data. Correlations that massive data sets churn out seldom change practice. Those associations are no different than any preliminary research finding: not ready for prime time until they are confirmed, scrutinized and distilled for daily practice. Clinicians need constant exposure to the findings of high-quality studies and synopses that already meet those criteria. Twitter, for example, is a great way to do that. Spare me your big data, send me your good data.

Electronic medical record. The medical record has devolved into a forensic document and billing tool with a subordinate role as a communication tool, but it never has become a learning tool. Doctors only improve with feedback, but workloads make it impossible to quickly answer questions like, “Is that patient I saw last week OK?” or “What did that test result show?” Some electronic medical records allow doctors to create a list of patients to track or set up scheduled reminder emails. But it should be easier and better, such as, “Siri, send me a secure email when Ms. Jain sees her rheumatologist. I want the note and labs from that day.”

The connected patient. I want updates from my patients, but the outdated emphasis on face-to-face visits often makes this impossible. Text, email and videoconferencing should be commonplace for follow-up, even though regulations and reimbursements pose formidable barriers. Many doctors already communicate electronically because it is the right thing to do—and because we believe it is more important to be connected to your health-care provider than it is to be connected to your Fitbit.

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GoPro Unveils Its First All-New Camera In Nine Years

GoPro Unveils Its First All-New Camera In Nine Years | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The camera giant is hoping that pro athletes will love using the smaller, lightweight Hero4 Session.
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GoPro today announced its first all-new camera since 2006, the lightweight, cube-shaped, waterproof Hero4 Session.  -  Priced at $399 and available throughout most of the world on July 12, the Hero4 Session is 1/2 the size and 40% lighter than the existing Hero4 line of cameras. It was designed to be much more simple than other GoPros, with a single button that starts and stops recording. It’s also meant to mount on objects, like bicycle spokes, that are too small to hold current Hero4s. It works with all existing GoPro mounts.

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Fibre-optic technology’s latest stride could boost capacity by up to 100%

Fibre-optic technology’s latest stride could boost capacity by up to 100% | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Engineers have set new power and distance records for fibre-optic communication
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Photonics engineers and researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have just offered some relief to already overused fibre-optic cables connecting the major continents. They set new power and distance records for fibre-optic communications that can still be deciphered by the receiver. The technology offers 50-100% capacity increases. -  They have managed to increase the maximum power at which optical signals can be sent through existing optical fibres. Should the technology be rolled out, it could improve data transmission rates significantly for the fibre-optic cables that underpin the internet, cable, wireless and landline networks. 


“A basic optical communication link operates by sending multiple wavelengths or frequency down a single optical fibre. As you increase transmission power, you start to introduce distortion between those wavelength channels. In other words, they interfere with each other.”  You also need a lot of power to send messages over longer distances. Over the long haul, you would need to amplify the signal every 100km. Not only that, but beyond a threshold power level, additional power increases damage the information travelling in the fibre-optic cable.


According to the authors, the new approach would take away the need for electronic regenerators placed along the fibre link.
“Our approach removes this power limit, which in turn extends how far signals can travel in optical fibre without needing a repeater,” said Nikola Alic, a research scientist from the Qualcomm Institute, and co-author of the research.  -  The researchers at UC San Diego successfully received information after it had voyaged an unprecedented 12,000km through fibre-optic cables with standard amplifiers and no electronic regenerators.  “You can choose to send more info over the same distance, or send the same data rate over longer distances,” says Prof Liam Barry from the Dublin City University school of electronic engineering. “This is big news for basic optical-fibre links, like the ones spanning the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It could lead to greater capacity between Europe, the US and elsewhere without having to install new fibre.


From a residential perspective, you’re not going to see a big change though, as each house is limited by its own network connections.” So season three of Orange is the New Black won’t necessarily load any faster but this is still a step forward in terms of increasing capacity on existing networks.


Innovation like this could assist in many industry’s aims to accommodate more services under the internet of things umbrella. “Everybody’s talking about it, but so far the internet of things has been restricted by capacity,” says Barry O’Connor, commercialisation development manager for the Adapt Centre for Digital Research. “The next version of every car, bus or house we build will need to have data-gathering capabilities but that will only happen if we increase and improve transmission capability, making more information travel faster.”

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Be My Eyes app brings new meaning to iPhone

Be My Eyes app brings new meaning to iPhone | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Thanks to one visually impaired man, a tap of the finger is all it takes to get the blind some help they need. Kristine Johnson reports.
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A tap of the finger is all it takes to get the blind some help they need.  Connecting people in more than 80 different languages, 20K users, 230K volunteers, the developer is hoping to develop an Android version of the app for those who can't afford an iPhone.

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Technology is great.

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IoT: Trends & Implications For Enterprise & Data Science

Internet of Things (IoT): Trends & Implications For Enterprise & Data Science The Internet Of Things (IoT) is already a reality but getting value out of that i…
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Excellent presentation for those wanting to be in the know about how to build an IoT device - the 8 Fold Path of Data Science is insightful.

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The Network Impact of Big Data

The Network Impact of Big Data | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Big data promises to deliver more insight, but the network must be ready to support the higher traffic levels that come with it.
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The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe predicts that data growth will be 350% higher in 2019 than it is in 2015. Such volume of data means a corresponding 350% growth in network traffic, which may be carried over private LANs (wired and wireless) and WANs, the Internet, and cellular networks.

Taxing Network Resources:

  1. Bandwidth -- You will always need more. As big data is analyzed, users may want to collect even more data as they learn how to better analyze it. Don't forget that data about the networks adds to the traffic load, and therefore more bandwidth may be required. Bandwidth should be scalable in response to traffic that can increase rapidly. You need to relate bandwidth utilization to the application used.
  2. Network Delay/Latency -- Real-time delivery with real-time responses based on analysis means that network delay can cause the data and responses to be created and delivered too late. Predictable consistent latency needs to be delivered.
  3. Security -- This is important for both access to and transmission of the data. It is very likely that the data is sensitive for both the organizations and its customers.
  4. Delivery Accuracy -- Data can sometimes be lost or delivered with errors. No network is perfect, but knowing that there has been data corruption can help minimize the impacts.
  5. Availability -- The loss of networks can be highly disruptive. An availability of 99.99+% is a good goal. Make sure you know what events or conditions are not included in the availability calculation, as you may actually be experiencing only 99% availability.
  6. Resiliency -- Failures will occur; they always do. How fast those failures can be resolved leads to either confidence in the network and its management or skepticism of the value of data collection and analysis.

Network Monitoring is Mandatory - Monitoring Strategies

  1. Ensure that your monitoring tools collect the network information with enough granularity to produce detailed statistical representations.
  2. You will need a dashboard that continuously provides alerts and alarms when traffic changes occur that are outside acceptable.
  3. Create long- and short-term reports rapidly so that traffic changes that could impair the network operation can be discovered as soon as possible.
  4. If a cloud service is employed, do you have the traffic data from the cloud delivered in real time so you can make decisions before a problem worsens?
  5. Ensure that the network performance measurements and SLAs are reported in increments of 15 minutes, not over a day or month.
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Ubuntu Intel Compute Stick arrives but specs lag behind Windows

Ubuntu Intel Compute Stick arrives but specs lag behind Windows | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Ubuntu version of the Intel Compute Stick will be released next week but comes with significantly less memory and storage than the Windows version.
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The Windows version of the stick was released earlier this year, and the Ubuntu version will go on sale next week - but the Ubuntu version has 1/2 the memory and 1/4 the storage of the Windows stick.  -  The specs put the 1GB Ubuntu stick above the minimum requirements for the operating system, yet there is disagreement over whether a 1GB machine can run the desktop edition of Ubuntu smoothly. Even the official guidance for desktop edition recommends 2GB of memory "to properly run a day to day Ubuntu" -  The 5GB desktop edition of Ubuntu would also take up more than half of the machine's 8GB storage - although this can be expanded using a microSD card.

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API Design Considerations for The Internet of Things

API Design Considerations for The Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things brings many constraints and opportunities to API designers. This article explores how some of the tenets of API design can apply to IoT.
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Recommends keeping simplicity in mind when considering the following aspects of API design:

  • Data format: As Reinhardt said, look for what the developers would like to use; "if they’re using JavaScript and JSON, don’t give them a Web service API."
  • Method structure: Are the methods generic or specific to targeted requests? What is the usual sequence?
  • Data model: The underlying data model can strongly impact usability and maintainability.
  • Authentication: This is dependent on need and context.
  • Usage policies: Everything must be really easy to understand and work with.
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The US Navy is testing a submarine-hunting drone ship

The US Navy is testing a submarine-hunting drone ship | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
It will be able to autonomously track down submarines for months on end.
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Originally conceived as a DARPA project, the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) is designed to hunt the next generation of nearly silent enemy diesel submarines.  -  Diesel submarines are quickly proliferating around the world due to their low cost. Russia recently announced that it has launched the world's "quietest submarine."  -  To accomplish its submarine-hunting mission, the ACTUV project is structured around three primary goals: the ability to outmatch diesel submarines in speed at significantly less cost than existing systems, the system's ability to safely navigate the oceans in accordance with maritime law, and the ability to accurately track diesel submarines regardless of their location.

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The cable box might solve the IoT's biggest problem

The cable box might solve the IoT's biggest problem | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The issue with the Internet of Things (IoT) and the connected home is that they're not even remotely connected. At least not seamlessly. Thanks to compet
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And yet another monthly charge from the cable company gouging your paycheck, there is a reason why so many have decided to be cord cutters.  

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Huge Increase Expected for Wearable Technology Materials 2015-2025

Huge Increase Expected for Wearable Technology Materials 2015-2025 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Market Research Reports Search Engine (MRRSE), has announced that it now carries a report titled ‘Global Market Study on HAIs Control Market: Cleaning and
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The need to control Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) has escalated into a massive market, which approximated $50B in 2014. The findings of the report, published by MRRSE, show that the market for HAIs control will soar to $82.8B by the end of 2020. The estimated CAGR for the HAIs control market is pegged at 8.5% between 2014 and 2020. -  Besides these forecasts, the report also lays down the various factors working against the HAIs control market. These include an absence of the right infrastructure and primary healthcare facilities. There is a pressing need for well-trained staff to manage hospital acquired infections, which if left unaddressed, could dent the market further.

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