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These Are The Killer Apps That Will Make 'The Internet Of Things' Indispensable In Everyday Life

These Are The Killer Apps That Will Make 'The Internet Of Things' Indispensable In Everyday Life | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Here are some of the devices and applications that will be implemented at the consumer and civic level that we think will make the Internet of Things, or IOT, a critically important part of our daily lives:

Kitchen and home appliances  such as refrigerators, washers and dryers, and coffee makers that can keep track of when the milk is out and let you know when the clothes are dry.

 

Lighting and heating products , including bulbs, thermostats, and air conditioners that maximize energy efficiency.

 

Safety and security monitoring devices such as baby and assisted living monitoring systems, smoke detectors, fire hydrants, cameras, sensor-equipped drawers and safes, and home alarm systems. 

 

Health and fitness products that measure exercise, steps, sleep, weight, blood pressure, and other statistics.

 

Intelligent traffic management systems , including toll-taking operations, congestion penalties, and smart parking-space management.

 

Waste management systems , such as garbage cans and recycle bins with RFID tags that allow sanitation staff to see when garbage has been put out."Pay as you throw programs" are also likely to decrease garbage waste and increase recycling efforts.

 

Industrial uses , including Internet-managed assembly lines, connected factories, and warehouses, etc.

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Cyber Security in the Internet of Things

Cyber Security in the Internet of Things | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Why do we say IoT requires new thinking about cyber security? Mainly because of the level of data sharing involved. This is a fast-evolving feature of the IoT, around which industrial equipment markets have not yet aligned. Note that we can trace the origins of the IoT to the early efforts by engineers in Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to find ways to monitor, objectively and in real time, how the machines they designed for customers actually performed in the real word. They tended to use the terms telematics and mobile resource management. Soon, however, it became clear how valuable such data would be to their colleagues in product marketing, and in turn to customer service and technical support. As for the customers themselves, they received some benefits, such as maintenance alerts but, generally speaking, they had access to little real-time data, and it was difficult to work with when they did get it.

 

Today, growing numbers of customers recognize how that data could inform their own operations, and even feel it is rightfully theirs, leading to battles over who owns and has access to what data, who is responsible for securing it, and a long list of other related questions. What's more, as systems built by different OEMs interact, there is infighting among them as to what constitutes sensitive or competitive intelligence. Simultaneously, everyone must address the question of how shared access to data exposes them to new legal liabilities with their trading partners.

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the spime arrives

A short scenario written by Bruce Sterling and produced in collaboration with Scott Klinker and his students at Cranbrook Academy of Art exploring 'the internet of things' - new ways of connecting data and the physical world as a model of sustainable design.

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Vijay Kumar: Robots that fly ... and cooperate | Video on TED.com

TED Talks In his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams -- for construction, surveying disasters and far more.
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Printable transistors usher in 'internet of things'

Printable transistors usher in 'internet of things' | Web of Things | Scoop.it

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"Thinfilm, a Norwegian developer of printable memory, has co-announced with California's Xerox PARC a development that takes a big step towards the day when every manufactured object will report in to the internet.

 

Yes, the "internet of things" – the buzzword of the decade.

 

Thinfilm and PARC's breakthrough is a technology that can print not only memory onto, well, thin films, but can now also print transistors to address and manage that memory."

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The Internet of Things and the future of manufacturing | McKinsey & Company

The Internet of Things and the future of manufacturing | McKinsey & Company | Web of Things | Scoop.it
Executives at Robert Bosch and McKinsey experts discuss the technology-driven changes that promise to trigger a new industrial revolution. A McKinsey & Company article.

 

In manufacturing, the potential for cyber-physical systems to improve productivity in the production process and the supply chain is vast. Consider processes that govern themselves, where smart products can take corrective action to avoid damages and where individual parts are automatically replenished. Such technologies already exist and could drive what some German industry leaders call the fourth industrial revolution—following the steam engine, the conveyor belt, and the first phase of IT and automation technology. What opportunities and challenges lie ahead for manufacturers—and what will it take to win? To discuss the future of manufacturing, McKinsey’s Markus Löffler and Andreas Tschiesner recently sat down for a conversation with Siegfried Dais, deputy chairman of the board of management at German engineering company Robert Bosch GmbH, and Heinz Derenbach, CEO of Bosch Software Innovations GmbH.


Via Fred Zimny, Pierre Levy
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Weightless finalizes its white spaces networking standard for the internet of things

Weightless finalizes its white spaces networking standard for the internet of things | Web of Things | Scoop.it
The Weightless SIG claims the new standard will allow for ultra-low-power transmissions at long-range and at a cheap manufacturing cost. If true, that would make the technology ideal for M2M communications.
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The Internet of things is coming to a grocery store near you

The Internet of things is coming to a grocery store near you | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Thin Film Electronics, a company that makes wafer-thin printed circuits that can be built into packaging materials, and Bemis, a manufacturer of both consumer products and wholesale packaging, have signed an agreement that will add circuits to your cereal box.


Bemis makes packaging for those products (and more) and by 2014 it hopes to use thin-film, printed electronics to add a few bits of memory and little intelligence to its packaging.


As I wrote back in October, the idea of smarter circuits that are still cheap enough to be used in packaging are integral to creating an internet of things.


Davor Sutija, the CEO of Thinfilm, envisions that the Bemis deal is a first step in packaging that will have both freshness indicators but also sensor platforms that can share data on where an item has been and what the environment was in those locations.

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Pachube opens the Internet of things to end users

Pachube opens the Internet of things to end users | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"Pachube is a UK-based company that provides real-time data infrastructure for the Internet of things. “We make it very easy for devices to publish to the web in a format that's easy for people to understand,” explains founder Usman Haque. “We also make it very easy for application developers to build things on top of all that data.”

 

“Essentially, Pachube is bit like Twitter for machines,” he says.

 

The pitch to sensor manufacturers is as follows: “If you're a manufacturer, all you have to do is write a little bit of firmware which goes on your device, and we'll take care of the rest. On the input end, we've got a standard interface for handling data in a variety of formats, and at the other end, we can convert that data into formats such as JSON, which is very popular among web developers.”"

 

via Information Age

 

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IoT Interview: Rick Bullotta of Thingworx

IoT Interview: Rick Bullotta of Thingworx | Web of Things | Scoop.it

How do you view the term “Internet of Things”?

 

Interesting question. I personally think the term is one of those memes that, if you ask 100 people what it means, you’ll get 104 answers. I consider it somewhat “damaged” as a result of the original RFID-centric definition of a few years ago, so I’d love to see that cord being cut once and for all. I also don’t really see the analogy to the “internet” being accurate. The “internet” was the plumbing, but the “web” was really brought the value. So I’m partially biased towards Dom Guinard and Vlad Trifa’s “web of things” term. Also, the reality today is that a significant number of the devices that will be connected in the near term (energy, manufacturing, water, transportation, healthcare, and remote service management) will be connected via private networks. I call that the “Intranets of Things”. There are literally millions of these networks, and there is amazing value to be unlocked not only *within* those networks but at the interstititials/boundaries between those networks. I’m a passionate believer in the power of the network effect – Metcalfe’s law.

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