Patricia Schnaidt

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Patricia Schnaidt is an expert business technology writer. She has held top publishing and editorial positions at InternetWeek, Network Computing, Windows Magazine and LAN Magazine. Schnaidt has written countless articles, lectured extensively, and authored "Enterprise-wide Networking" (Prentice-Hall). She holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Columbia College, Columbia University.

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Vehicle management can be costly. Think about the required upkeep of your own personal vehicle. Now imagine that same upkeep, but for an entire fleet of vehicles. IoT telematics is helping fleet management companies track their assets and keep drivers safe.
The food industry is turning to IoT to bring its ecosystems into the modern technological era.  By facilitating improved prevention and improving response and traceability, IoT is well positioned to improve food safety. Blockchain, wireless sensors, smartphones and the cloud are reducing food contamination and tracking contaminants to the source.
Educators are adding interactive whiteboards to bring a more dynamic and compelling approach to teaching. The latest iterations of this smart, connected technology are finding a home within classrooms and school districts throughout the United States. For solution providers, now is the time to educate your customers on the advantages of using smart whiteboard technology
Water utilities are lagging behind electric utilities in terms of IoT and data analytics. Only about 20 percent of U.S. drinking water utilities count themselves as smart. The number for electric utilities is much higher at 60 percent. Ready to make up the difference, water utilities are starting to embrace smart meters, IoT and data analytics.
IoT directed at boosting New Zealand’s prosperity holds huge potential for both the country and the tech sector, according to new IoT research study. Ranking among the leading countries in the world on their readiness for IoT deployment, New Zealand is unusually well positioned to embrace—and reap the significant benefits of—the deployment of IoT technologies. 
Consumers are used to paying for what they want or need, but everyone still likes to get the best possible deal. This desire can be problematic when it comes to purchasing car insurance, as insurers rely on old-school underwriting practices, basing rates on factors such as age, gender and marital status. Now, powered by connected IoT devices, usage-based insurance (UBI) is leading the charge in revolutionizing how insurance rates are calculated.
Being on the road today is dangerous business. According to the National Safety Council’s estimates, motor vehicle deaths were up 6 percent last year, making 2016 the deadliest year on U.S. roads since 2007. These kinds of statistics are behind the push to get autonomous cars road ready, as driverless vehicles have the potential to decrease road fatalities and collisions. In the meantime, companies are using IoT technology to increase road safety in other ways. 
From taking photos and delivering packages to improving agriculture practices or inspecting infrastructure, the possible applications for commercial drones is vast. As the skies get more crowded, NASA is stepping in to help build a system to manage drone air traffic. 
Imagine you’ve just been diagnosed with cancer. It’s an incredibly frightening prospect followed by frustration, as you wait to learn more and to find out what treatment options are available to you. The IoT is rapidly transforming how businesses run, consumers shop, cities serve their citizens and much more. But perhaps the most personally impactful use of IoT is in healthcare—specifically in helping vastly improve the treatment process for those facing a cancer diagnosis.   
Urban cores across the United States are experiencing rapidly increasing population growth, as more people are moving away from rural areas into the city. This change in population demography has necessitated the importance of local partnerships among private companies, public agencies and solution providers to find automated technology solutions that can make urban living easier. One such rollout is in Miami-Dade, Florida, where the county government is installing CIVIQ Smartscapes kiosks, powered by Intel, to better connect the public to county services.