In the latest wave of robotic roll-outs, companies are building robots that can work side-by-side with employees. They are connecting the robot’s IoT sensors to the cloud, plus adding intelligence and maintenance analytics to the robotic workforce. 

Fighting marketing hyperbole, Intel’s Mark Bohr resurrected an old metric to get the industry to a common reference point regarding IC transistor density so solution providers – and buyers – don’t get tricked.

In Johannesburg, South Africa, Absa Cape Epic recently renewed its partnership with solution provider Dimension Data for the world’s premier mountain bike race. Dimension Data built sophisticated hotspots that provide digital video communications along with a network of connected wearables and cameras to track riders start to finish.

Are low-power wide area networks (LPWANs) the answer to IoT connectivity?.

The Industrial Internet Consortium’s Reference Architecture helps connect the many dots needed for the IoT to work from a technology and business perspective. Check out the recently added documentation. It’s must-read material for anyone developing an IoT solution and wanting to present the value using generally understood terms. 

The Internet of Things marketplace has big-name players—Intel IoT, IBM Watson, SAP, GE, Google and many others. The market potential for all companies is predicted to be enormous. According to Gartner, IoT vendors will earn more than $309 billion by 2020, with most of those earnings coming from services. As a solution provider, you probably have existing relationships with many of the leaders. But the IoT market is the wild west, and a crop of lesser-known IoT companies are stepping into the game, making headway in vertical ecosystems. 

Is blockchain the answer to privacy issues and data protection on the IoT?

Hands-free technology is on the rise in industrial applications, as it quickly connects workers with pertinent information in a matter of seconds. Even though the creation and application of smart glasses isn’t particularly new, private partnerships have led to the development of smart glasses that can transform daily operations in the workforce while decreasing operational costs and increasing worker productivity. 

The IoT promises exciting new business models that are as compelling as the benefits of reducing costs and improving efficiencies. By leveraging your ecosystem and re-imagining your business, solutions providers can take advantage of a market that is changing everything. 

MaaS360 Advisor uses IBM’s Watson technology to help manage and secure networks used by mobile devices (such as laptops, smartphones and cellphones) and new “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices (such as sensors, cameras and manufacturing devices).


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