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Do you know the simple steps to secure a small business or home network from an attack? Take this quick survey to test your IoT safety level.

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.

The Internet of Things is now bringing intelligence to every nook and cranny in the home, including to beds, bookcases, desks and chairs. A robotics start-up company, Ori, has created a voice-controlled modular furniture system that can automatically glide about the room, allowing home dwellers to maximize spaces in their tiny smart places.

A new report from energy consulting firm ScottMadden reveals that for managers and solutions providers in the initial stage of designing and building smart cities, a do-able “phase one” entry point for IoT technology is the street light. Street lights typically represent a substantial portion—on average 40 percent—of city energy budgets. So moving to smart lights that can dim when activity is low can save cities big money. 

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.” 


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