The ultimate solution that needs to be provided for IoT is security, and Blockchain might be the answer. The lack of understanding of how to use and apply Blockchain is the opportunity. IoT solution providers need to get immersed in Blockchain to develop the next generation of inherently secure IoT devices.
In today’s retail market, successful sales strategies are no longer focused on asking what’s more important, brick-and-mortar stores or digital ones, the answer has overwhelmingly become—both.  Curbside adds zest to the shopping experience by letting customers find, buy and pick up products from stores—more quickly and easily than ever before. 
What does draft beer have to do with data? Turns out, a lot! Especially if you're a brewer, a distributor, a bar owner, or a beer-loving consumer.
Annual wildfires have become the norm in California, and the scale and impact of them has intensified due to global climate change. Wildfires catalyze larger public health issues as smoke pollution causes acute, and potentially chronic, upper-respiratory problems, among other harmful side effects. Now, dozens of IoT air quality monitors are coming to market to help communities measure pollution. 
Intel is working to make Parkinson's disease easier to study through the development of wearable medical devices that can measure undetectable changes over time. 
Vertical farming may be the next big thing in agriculture. One company is taking the vertical farming world by storm. AeroFarms uses IoT technology, including sensors and LED lighting, to produce up to 2 million pounds of produce per year, all indoors. The company has retrofitted a 70,000-ft. facility, which used to be an old steel plant, into what CEO David Rosenberg calls his “green machine.”
At this week’s CES 2018, USound is showcasing its MEMS-based micro-speakers. These breakthrough speakers give IoT solution providers a new way of generating and packaging audio.
Digital video displays bring big data to life in new ways. One eye-popping example is at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. Built in partnership with the Army High Performance Computing Research Center and open to all Stanford faculty, students and staff, the Stanford HIVE, or SAP HANA Immersive Visualization Environment, was created with the intention to provide researchers with a collaborative space. The screen allows them to display their data on a high-resolution video wall system designed by solution provider CineMassive.
The opportunity for technology in the smart grid market is starting to spike, as Markets and Markets predicts impressive growth from $20.83 billion in 2017 to $50.65 billion by 2022. Even though electrical grids have been a dependable and a financially sustainable mechanism for energy transmission across the globe, cities of all sizes are transitioning toward smart infrastructure. With the addition of IoT sensors to the grid, smart meters can provide more accessible, real-time data for energy providers and their customers.
If your buildings could talk, they'd tell you how to make them more efficient, secure, and sustainable.

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