FTC recommnds “End-of-Life” strategy for #IoT devices

When does a connected IoT device die? Does it continue to transmit data somewhere?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently warned that Internet of Things (IoT) products and services that are no longer operational, updated, or supported present significant issues related to consumer expectations, security and privacy.

Source: FTC Urges Prescient End-of-Life Strategy for Internet of Things Products | The National Law Review

The role of the CIO in the future

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.

Real-time power usage meters will help customers adjust demand

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

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

“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)

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

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.

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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 | Equities.com

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.”