‘Industry 4.0’ made possible by #IOT

Source: ‘Industry 4.0’ comes to B.C.: Smart machines and Internet of Things change the workplace

IOT changes everything for service and industrial businesses. As described at the link, IOT enables smarter machines/automation. But it also means deploying sensors throughout a “work environment” to monitor and detect safety issues, to identify productivity issues, to detect quality problems, to optimize production and much more.

EU proposing color coded “Security labels” for #IOT devices

When the going gets tough, the tough form a committee

Source: The EU’s latest idea to secure the Internet of Things? Sticky labels – Naked Security

Hmmmm …. I guess this is to inform the purchaser or user of a device as to the state of the device’s security. Would this be like the color coding scheme used to triage patients at a major incident?

  • Green = can walk, help can be delayed
  • Yellow = injured, needs medical care, but stable, not immediately life threatening
  • Red = immediate attention needed/life threatening situation
  • Black = dead or expected to die before they can be cared for

At a mass casualty incident, responders must quickly sort through the injured and provide care to the worst off (Red) patients first.

For IOT Security, would this be:

  • Green = mostly secure, if properly configured
  • Yellow = secure from casual attacks but still vulnerable
  • Red = easily broken security
  • Black = no security at all


How to get out of ObamaCare without paying a penalty

We, like many, have been  hit by extraordinary price hikes under ObamaCare. ObamaCare began in 2014. Since the first year, our premiums have risen 140% culminating in a 56% price hike in 2017. Obviously, ObamaCare’s nongroup market has failed and is collapsing (so say the insurance commissioners in Minnesota, Tennessee, the editors of the Chicago Tribune and others, former proponent Gov. Mark Dayton (D-MN), and former President Bill Clinton.)

There are ways to escape the crushing burden of ObamaCare’s extremely high insurance rates and rates that are increasing on an exponential trend line. Fortunately, there are perhaps 15-20 exemptions written in to the law. This post addresses only a few of those exemptions

The reason ObamaCare’s nongroup market has failed is due to a design and implementation error in the ACA. This is not rocket science.

Continue reading How to get out of ObamaCare without paying a penalty

Measuring people’s happiness using #IoT wireless signals

By measuring subtle changes in breathing and heart rhythms, EQ-Radio is 87 percent accurate at detecting if a person is excited, happy, angry or sad – and can do so without on-body sensors or facial-recognition software.

Source: EQ-Radio: Detecting emotions with wireless signals | Robohub

Potentially scary: #IoT systems might be used to surveil all of us and record whether or not we are happy, angry, and so forth. Imagine a police surveillance state that scans individuals as they shop in a mall, board a bus, or walk through an airport – and subject you to additional scrutiny – because your ObamaCare premiums went up by 30% and you are feeling sad and angry.

Many #IoT devices do not support software updates, cannot patch security holes

And even if they can be updated, consumers and customers must visit the manufacturer’s web site, download a patch and then manually update firmware in the device. Which means even those that may be updated are unlikely to receive timely updates.

Source: No wonder we’re being hit by Internet of Things botnets. Ever tried patching a Thing? • The Register

#IOT adoption slower in health care, utilities and government

IDC’s report found that IoT adoption was on the low side in the healthcare and utility industries, mainly because of worries about compliance with regulations. Governments are also slow adopters, despite the heavy promotion of so-called “smart cities” by numerous vendors.

Source: Businesses like the Internet of Things, but they’re not doing it right | SiliconANGLE

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