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Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
5/4/2016 7:12:05 PM
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Re: Default or validation?
vnewman - Consider the security problems of IoT when applied to healthcare. Imagine when an artificial hand or arm is network connected. 

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vnewman
vnewman
5/4/2016 1:41:20 PM
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Re: Default or validation?
And let's not forget the security issue - researchers at the University of Michigan just hacked Samsung's Smart Home Platform which allowed them to open locks and set off the fire alarm, among other things.  To use a technical term: Yikes.

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DHagar
DHagar
5/4/2016 1:18:16 PM
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Re: Smart Cities
@srufolo1, very true.  I believe the "connectivity", with cities as hosts, provides a viable contribution for IoT to provide a "utility" that enhances the services of cities (ie, police, transportation, emergency response, etc) for citizens and improves the overall quality of life.  That, in fact, may be a stronger value proposition than the consumer-driven "smart homes" that several other posts are commenting on - not everyone wants or needs a "smart home".

Note:  Agree on 5G and the mobile entertainment centers - it's a different world!

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Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
5/4/2016 1:15:58 PM
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Re: Default or validation?
I think of this kind of thing as "solutions in search of a problem." See also: Bitcoin. 

Now, smart thermostats are an interesting case. I've seen reports they can save heating costs by something like 2%. That's nothing to an individual household, but enormous on a national scale. However, how can you get them implemented nationally when individual consumers aren't interested?

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srufolo1
srufolo1
5/4/2016 9:46:30 AM
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Re: Smart Cities
"Connected cars" is another big development. What's going on with the Internet of Things is fascinating and requires a whole new set of technological solutions for all these different use cases. With 5G in cars, parents will probably never hear the words, "Are we there yet?" again.

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
5/4/2016 7:16:32 AM
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Re: Default or validation?
Mitch, I think much of the drive for consumer/household IoT is coming from the tech side, not from marketing/sales, that it's more about what is possible than what people want. This is just what we used to call PRUE when I was a consultant in the 1980s (Programmers Really Understand Everything) -- the tendency of the code-proficient and the people-clumsy to decide that user needs/desires/requirements are "self-evident," meaning "do not need to be researched,that involves talking to yucky people who don't agree with each other.  Just tell them what they're getting."

So the minor problems of the light switch being across a dark room from you (solvable by cell-phone shine or leaving a door open), or temperature not being exactly what you want at every moment, etc. become issues mainly because techfolk see ways to code them.

Having spent some portion of my life insisting that for stage design, CAD had to come up to the standards of the pencil, it's a much too familiar phenomenon.

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Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
5/3/2016 4:24:09 PM
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Re: Default or validation?
I haven't really seen a compelling case for consumer IoT. Smart homes? is it that hard to get up and turn on a lightswitch, or check to see if there's milk in the fridge?

Industrial IoT apps, on the other hand, are quite compelling, as are smart cities, healthcare, and other non-consumer IoT opportunities. 

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DHagar
DHagar
5/3/2016 4:13:06 PM
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Re: Smart Cities
@srufolo1, well said.  I agree with the report that the smart cities are a key focus for IoT - it really follows the adaption rate of smarter cities with broadband, etc. 

I also agree with you that Europe, and other parts of the world, are further ahead in their digital connections.  They are deploying IoT in basic ways that improve public services.  I realize that they are more government-centric, but as they are a driving force, we can learn from them.

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srufolo1
srufolo1
5/2/2016 10:40:22 PM
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Smart Cities
At 43% in the Verizon study, smart cities is poised to take off in the Internet of Things arena. That being said, the U.S. should be following the lead of some major European cities, such as Barcelona and Stockholm, in this area. These cities are employing IoT in ways that are improving the lives of citizens, such as traffic control, water supplies, and even parking spaces and trash removal. Once we catch up, CIOs in government will be the "new consumer."

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Ariella
Ariella
5/2/2016 12:15:44 PM
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Re: Startups
<Some companies use the term IoT for bragging rights but don't have any plan in plan to take action on using it.> @freehe exactly, it's the new shiny thing that each business wants to lay claim to for the coolness factor. In the same manner many latched onto social media several years back with no clear plan of how to integrate it into its business goals. 

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