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Microsoft's partnership with Johnson Controls is critical for bringing natural human interaction with smart devices in vertical markets.

Digital security cameras are a vital piece of technology used not only to deter crime, but to help police catch criminals and have useable video evidence. However, because of poor lighting or lack of intelligence in the security system, the perpetrator is rarely identified. That may change as the next generation of network surveillance technology comes to market. 

Basketball fans who are watching the NBA finals this year have witnessed the IoT at work during the games at Oakland’s Oracle Arena as well as in Cleveland’s Quicken Loan Arena. While Steph Curry and LeBron James have been in charge of lighting up the scoreboard for their respective teams, Montreal-based PixMob is in charge of lighting up the crowd with synchronized, connected LED fan wristbands that pulsate to music and change colors when given an infrared signal.

Customers from every industry are interested in IoT, but they may have security concerns. You can help them address potential vulnerabilities and limit their risks by understanding the weak spots. This four-part series of blogs looks at where the IoT gaps are and provides strategies, tips and best practices for closing them. Part 2 offers seven tips for securing IoT devices.

The home technology industry is finally taking a lesson from the IT channel—accepting that remote managed service plans are essential—and IoT is playing a massive role in this shift. Residential OT integrator Livewire, based in Richmond, VA, has created two remote managed service packages, called InVision, that are inspired by the IT channel and the company’s SMB experience. 

Improving urban infrastructure can be a challenge in many ways, including high costs and long wait times for an ever-growing list of repairs. As urban cities age and the world becomes increasingly populated, city administrators are turning to automated technology and the IoT to build what developers and city planners are calling “self-healing cities.” 

One of the biggest inhibitors to a good night’s rest is technology—illuminated screens, social media distractions before bed and late-night gaming are all culprits to sleep deficit. But now, IoT devices are helping consumers catch more zzz’s. In fact, sleep technologies are changing the landscape of sleep health and clinical sleep medicine, according to a recent study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine

While real-time machine-to-machine conversations happen all day, every day, the majority of them are silent. However, Finland company Hasan & Partners has given a voice to several KONE-built elevators located in various cities around the world, allowing customers and maintenance technicians to literally hear the machines talk as the sensors deliver their 24x7 operational monitoring messages. 

As more and more metropolitan areas are reaping the myriad benefits the IoT has to offer, it is clearer than ever that making the move toward becoming a “smart” city is just good sense. Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco are establishing the infrastructure needed to turn the promises of a smart city into a reality.

The surveillance system market is heating up fast. The move to high definition cameras, the increasing concern over public safety and the demand for edge-based analytics are pushing the need for digital security and surveillance systems. The acceleration of open standards in hardware and software along with video content analytics (computer vision) have shifted the surveillance market from reliance on conventional network video recorders to PC-powered, intelligent digital systems. 

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