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The IoT Singularity is Now Where in Sight

September 20, 2016

I don't mind being in an argument from time to time about who leads the market and how IoT is being deployed.

However, it drives me crazy when arguments get circular.

I am all for the zen of all things are part of IoT.  However, my friends tell me the Internet of Things is about connectivity of sensors.

In our discussion we kind of agreed that the 50B by 2020 had to include phones, but most analysts do not count phones in their estimates of IoT markets.  This kind of explains the difference between estimates.

The next point made is that what sensors we should count then should not be the ones embedded to a smart phone.  So Uber is not part of IoT, however a Square or a tablet with a card swipe might be part of the IoT Retail.  

IoT Shows and Our Show

September 15, 2016

Talking to some friends about our show in comparison to other…


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The Now What Works

September 13, 2016

This morning I ended up on a call talking about the transition to the next generation of workers.  With the commercial Internet being over twenty years old and the iPhone almost then year old the expectation is that information is instantly accessible and communicable.

Given that less than 3% of the systems in the Enterprise are connected the push to retrofit and existing systems is going to be huge.  This manifests in two ways.  

The first is the use of gateways to manage existing industrial controls.  

Dr John R Peralo becomes a Fellow of Colon & Rectal Surgery

June 1, 2015

A friend sent me this note about Dr. Peralo advancement to Fellow at the American Society for Colon and Rectal Surgery and I instantly thought about the advances of medical technology.

Horizon Family Medical Group is not too far from the maddening crowd (of NYC), but it has offices all through Orange county and beyond. 

What I find interesting is the fact that Dr. Peralo and several other members of the team are using robotics in their medical procedures.

Adoption of technology is always hard to quantify, but the fact that I am getting to write about a group that is serving their local community shows me they are an adaptive/adoptive medical practice.

His becoming a Fellow with his skills suggests that his peers are also adopting the use of robotics.


A Joke About Laws

April 14, 2015

All Singularity is Local

April 14, 2015

I am rereading Ray Kurzweil's The Singularity is Near after having just read Peter Zeihan's The Accidental Superpower.  It occurred to me that much of the technology changes that are now curiosities to the mainstream, are going to eventually bring us to the singularity of human and machine evolution.  

However,  these silos are not connecting well together.  If I talk about Autonomous Automobiles and 3D Printing the two worlds don't really make a connection.  

SAP & The Industrial Internet Consortium

March 12, 2015

The Press Release read.  

SAP Joins the Industrial Internet Consortium to Accelerate the Internet of Things and Help Shape the Business of the Future<http://www.news-sap.com/sap-joins-industrial-internet-consortium-accelerate-internet-things-help-shape-business-future/>:  The Industrial Internet Consortium (which aims at accelerating and promoting the business use of the Internet of Things (IoT)), supports the importance of industry-wide, international standards for easier interoperability for customers. SAP solutions for IoT are powered by the SAP HANA® Cloud Platform, which supports telematics, predictive analytics, and complex event processing including SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service solution, SAP Connected Logistics software and SAP Manufacturing Execution application. Additionally, SAP received the 2014 M2M Evolution IoT Excellence Award for its IoT connected trade asset intelligence software.

It followed a discussion about their activity with Jasper at Mobile World Congress.

The importance of SAP playing in the IoT space to me, is not the configuration aspects, but the ability to start rethinking business intelligence with the analytics.


November 5, 2014

This is reprinted from the James Brehm and Associates blog with permission.


Within the next week or so, there will be at least one sizable transaction in the MVNO space, with the amounts dwarfing the recent Axeda acquisition by PTC.  The goal of these transactions is to turn one or more of the MVNOs into an end-to-end M2M solution provider on a global scale.  

The Land Grab of IOT

March 5, 2014

One of the struggles we have in talking about M2M is everyone wants to change the category.  For example, M2M itself is a term that fits the mobile carriers well, but not all the sensors use cellular technology.   Cisco is pushing the Internet of Everything [IoE] and Europe has pushed the term Internet of Things [IoT].

Well based on the tweets at Mobile World Congress the defacto term is definitely IoT since IOT as a tweet was 50% larger than the next category which was wearables.  

The problem is that no one term really works well for all the industry.  

The Buy Side of Energy Still is a Dim Bulb

February 19, 2014

I never know what to write as an article and what to just comment on, so I am going to experiment with a little of both.

On the trip home from TMC's offices in CT (a great place to visit particularly if you want to shoot some video with me).    I was listening to the NPR discussion about Incandescent, CFLs and LED lighting.

In effect, what they were saying was the move away from incandescent lighting had been a miserable failure, because consumers did not see any real benefit.

They were making the point that LED had a lot attributes such as color and duration that made it superior to CFL which was superior to incandescent. 

CFL did not win the hearts and minds of consumers because their principal selling point was energy efficiency and the price of the savings was already built into the price.  The efficiency was not sufficient to woe customers.

As I was listening I was seeing the parallel to smart meters and home energy products.  

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