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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Throughout history technological advancements have moved the field of medicine forward by leaps and bounds. One of today’s most widely used surgical tools, the endoscope, an instrument made up of a teeny video camera and fiber optic light source, is getting a helping hand from IoT technology capabilities. 
With today’s online customers accustomed to getting what they want when they want it, smart retailers are turning to endless aisle kiosks in their brick-and-mortar locations. Integration partner Storeworks helped the nation’s largest sporting goods retailer realize significant sales improvement with the installation of custom kiosks.
How can food and beverage manufacturers reduce wastage, enhance freshness of their products, improve supply chain management and provide usage guidance, all the while reducing costs? With the latest advances in IoT sensor technology in food and beverage labeling, companies are able to do all of that, and more. 
Moving to drone-driven inspections enables insurers to reap myriad benefits while speeding up the adjusting process. The drones are hard at work in Texas and Florida now, and by 2020, insurance is expected be one of the top five markets served by commercial drones.
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.
While the benefits of becoming a smart city are numerous, the processes involved can not only be quite daunting, but also potentially dangerous. City administrators must be familiar with the security risks that connected technologies can bring. One collaborative organization, the Global City Team Challenge, aims to assist. 
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.