The role of the CIO in the future

July 18th, 2016

With high tech readily available “off the shelf” and probably from an outsourced cloud service, what is the role of the CIO in 10 or 15 years?

A world where IT is perceived as essential but not strategic is an ugly place to be.

Source: The CIO is becoming the HVAC guy | Computerworld

The author suggests the role of the future CIO is to provide a smorgasbord of IT options from which others can select, and to gracefully manage the end of life and shutdown of legacy systems. Plus, as technology advances, much of it has also been simplified to the point that end users make their own decisions (for better or worse). But think: Once upon a time, we hired a group to develop, say, a manufacturing cost analysis software project. Then users began to develop practically the same thing in Excel using VBA – all by themselves. Today, they just buy something from the cloud.

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AT&T will use small radio controlled “drones” for cell tower inspections #Drones #IoT

July 18th, 2016

AT&T is now using drones to inspect its cellular towers and foresees them as a way to beef up its wireless LTE network on the fly.

Source: AT&T deploys drones for cell tower inspections, network expansion | Computerworld

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Real-time power usage meters will help customers adjust demand

July 18th, 2016

At our homes, we generally have no idea how much electricity, gas or water we are consuming – until we receive a bill in a month or a quarter.

IoT technologies will provide us with in home, real time “speedometers” so that we will know what utility services we are consuming – and will likely make adjustments to our usage patterns once we can see our usage, in near real time.

Source: Smart meter guru to head up “internet of things” expansion : Renew Economy

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Nordic Semiconductor announces low power LTE cell tech for #IoT

July 18th, 2016

Nordic Semiconductor, a leading provider of ultra low power wireless connectivity, today announces the development of a low power LTE technology for cellular Internet of Things (IoT).

Source: Nordic Semiconductor unveils product roadmap for low power cellular Internet of Things |

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FCC Allocates 11 Ghz of spectrum above 24 Ghz for #IoT and 5G applications

July 14th, 2016

“The FCC today adopted new rules for wireless broadband operations in frequencies above 24 GHz, making the United States the first country in the world to make this spectrum available for next generation wireless services. Building on the successful, flexible approach to spectrum policy that enabled the explosion of 4G (LTE), these rules set a strong foundation for the rapid advancement to next-generation 5G networks and technologies in the United States. This high-frequency spectrum will support innovative new uses enabled by fiber-fast wireless speeds and extremely low latency. While 5G technologies are still under development, today’s action by the Commission to put rules in place will provide vital clarity for business investment in this area.”

FCC Press Release (PDF)

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Vodafone says one quarter of IT budgets now spent on #IOT projects

July 14th, 2016

The latest edition of Vodafone’s annual Internet of Things Barometer suggests that the IoT commands as much attention as cloud or data analytics

Source: Internet of things accounts for a quarter of IT budgets, claims Vodafone

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Media & Entertainment firms see some (creepy!) uses of #IoT

July 13th, 2016

One of the most anticipated benefits of IoT for marketers is its potential – through the use of sensors – to unlock data on a person’s habits, preferences and most significantly, the context in which media is being consumed.

Source: Opportunities for M&E companies from the Internet of Things – The Economic Times

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The “Industrial Internet of Things” #IoT will be profound

July 13th, 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) is often marketed as a consumer-based technology phenomenon that will combine the potential of low-cost sensors and big data with wide-scale internet connectivity.


But flying under the radar is a less sexy sub-sector of the IoT that could ultimately prove to be the most transformative – the marriage of the internet of things with industrial applications such as mining, oil and gas, infrastructure, aviation, locomotives, cities, farming, manufacturing, and power generation.

Source: How the Internet of Things Will Drive the Next Economic Revolution |

The application of IoT – and automation generically – is having and will have profound impacts in the business, manufacturing and industrial sectors.

While those of us in tech are aware of IoT, ask your non-tech friends about what they think of “IoT” or “Internet of Things” and you will get a blank stare followed by “What?” Sure, consumer IoT is here now and coming at us fast, but is largely unknown in the general public.

Businesses, though, are seeking a combination of cost reductions, quality improvements and new opportunities that are incentives to rapidly develop and adopt IoT solutions.

As Michael Porter says, “What is underway is perhaps the most substantial change in the manufacturing firm since the Second Industrial Revolution, more than a century ago.”


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IBM and AT&T make their #IoT & Cloud platforms interoperable

July 13th, 2016

IBM and AT&T said they will combine their cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) platforms to make them interoperable and to provide developers with easier tools.

Source: IBM, AT&T to meld Internet of Things platforms | ZDNet

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Possibility of home entertainment hacking exposes #IoT users to maliciousness

July 13th, 2016

“The very nature of hacking dictates that people will find the new and innovative hacking targets, such as hacking into toys, smart TVs and refrigerators which are seemingly harmless, and try and compromise them – simply because they can,” argued Lastline VP of product development, Brian Laing.

“IoT presents one of those unchartered [sic] territories where people are opening themselves up to all sorts of maliciousness, purely because these devices are connected to the internet.”

Source: Home Entertainment Tops IoT Security Fears List – Infosecurity Magazine

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Is IoT the Next Industrial Revolution?

July 13th, 2016

Depends on how you define Internet of Things!

Broadly defined, “smart devices” in business and the home will be a large market that likely causes disruption to many of our present day activities and use cases.

IoT often includes the category of “automation”. Automation is coming at us very fast and will soon show up in places you may not be expecting (retailers, restaurants, for example). Automation will impact and replace existing job categories. To the extent this frees up labor to work at activities that add more value, this is good. But this will require training and re-training and the upheaval may have undesirable effects for many.

Right now, IoT is in the “mania” phase where anything is imaginable and anything is possible. The “market” will eventually sort out what is desirable and needed and many of today’s hyped applications may simply vanish.

Is IoT the Next Industrial Revolution? Potentially yes! What ever shape IoT takes in the years to come, IoT will have large impacts on all of us.

Source: IoT Ecosystem – Internet of Things Predictions & Business Potential – Business Insider

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Hearing Aid becomes part of Internet of Things

July 12th, 2016

Why not? This is a fascinating application – linking a hearing aid directly to smoke alarms, “doorbells, baby alarms” and perhaps security systems too.

An IoT-enabled hearing aid connects to devices like smoke alarms, baby alarms and doorbells to help people with hearing impairments function.

Source: Hearing Aid Comes Connected To The Internet Of Things

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