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Utility IoT and the Cloud: From Connecting Assets to Enterprise-Wide IoT

By Brian Bradford, Vice President, Industry Strategy
Oracle Utilities

The Internet of Things (IoT) and increasing distributed energy resources and connected devices at the edge of the grid are transforming the electric utility industry. The sheer numbers of devices are phenomenal: smart meter deployments in the United States alone were projected last year to reach 70 million by the end of the year, and to reach 90 million by 2020.[1] And its not just smart meters in the new electricity network: utilities are also increasingly deploying smart field sensors, and end consumers and their utilities are both adding distributed energy resources (DER), smart thermostats and the like to the edge of the grid in record numbers. Continue reading

How the IIoT is Revolutionizing Industry

By Juan Carlos Lazcano, Vice President of IoT
Gemalto, North American

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has been heralded as transformational, by offering hitherto unparalleled levels of growth opportunities and efficiencies. For industries of all kinds from farming to aerospace harnessing the use of connected devices, machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and big data is creating a revolution that will cut production times, reduce inefficiencies through predictive maintenance, boosting outputs and increasing revenues. Continue reading

Smart Cities: Evolution or Inevitable?

Wiren Perera, IoT Strategy
ON Semiconductor

The percentage of human beings living in cities has increased substantially in the last few decades and this is destined to continue at a relentless pace. In 1800, only 3-4 percent of the population was urban dwelling, but by 1950, this had ramped up to around 30 percent. According to projections made by the United Nations and World Health Organization, it is predicted that by the year 2050, this figure will have more than doubled, reaching 66 percent, while rural populations continue to decline. Between now and the end of that time period, India will have added a staggering 400 million to its total urban populace and China will have close to another 300 million. Continue reading

MQTT: Winning the War of IIoT Protocols

Colin Geis, Director of Product Management, IIoT
Red Lion Controls

The IIoT revolution is in full swing, but there are several contenders in the protocol market for communicating plant floor data to IIoT cloud platforms. While the leader of this race to connectivity appears to be MQTT, alternatives like AMQP, STOMP and REST APIs (among others) provide a variety of benefits that make a choice less than straightforward. Even within the MQTT universe, despite its status as a standard, varied interpretations and implementation practices cause difficulties for those crafting a solution. Making an informed decision on which protocol to select needs to originate with a recognition of the goals of IIoT programs, an understanding of how this compares to traditional industrial communications objectives and protocol choices, and a review of the benefits and limitations of competing IIoT protocols and platforms. Continue reading

Are You in Safe Hands? – Recent Healthcare Hacks Present Opportunity for OEMs

Neil Oliver, Technical Marketing Manager
Accutronics

If you had to name a safe pair of hands, healthcare and medical practitioners would probably rank at the top. However, the medical technology (MedTech) they use is in a vulnerable state. Recent years have proven this extensively, with an unprecedented number of cyberattacks targeting critical medical equipment in hospitals. Continue reading

How e-paper Displays Could Improve Patient Care and Hospital Efficiency

Scott Soong, CEO
Pervasive Displays

Running a hospital efficiently and providing high-quality care relies on the right patients being in the right place at the right time and given the right treatment. Where is patient A? Is this patient B? Can we confirm what operation were performing on patient C? Continue reading

Internet of Things Security – Are You Failing to Prepare?

Ian Kilpatrick, Executive Vice-President Cyber Security
Nuvias Group

Flickering lightbulbs, scary Barbie dolls, infected computer networks and cities out of action. Could this be the brave new world of the Internet of Things (IoT), if we neglect IoT security? Ian Kilpatrick, EVP Cyber Security for Nuvias Group, discusses the unstoppable growth of IoT and the necessity for organisations to take appropriate measures to protect their computer networks. Continue reading