Internet of Things

This blog highlights examples of how innovators have successfully overcome the many generic barriers to innovation deployment in large enterprises and government.

  • Life-Saving from Race-Winning IoT Technology

    What does Formula 1 racing and a children's hospital have in common?The answer, set out in a recent UK Parliamentary seminar, is the use of Internet of Things technology to protect lives of both racing car drivers and dangerously ill children.At...

  • Adopting IPv6 is a Corporate Business Issue

    Along with many groups Internet pioneer Vint Cerf has persistently warned of the imminent exhaustion of IPv4 Internet addresses (see clips from 2010, 2011 and 2012), to largely frustrating effect. The time for warnings is over. The primary supply...

  • Open Mindsets Link 3D Printing & Internet of Things

    In 2009 expiring 3D printing extrusive technology patents opened up a tsunami of creativity as the open source community swept in to that space. RepRap, a British-led open source initiative, liberated that area creating open blue-print,...

  • Breaking down the Internet of Silos

    We face three major challenges when it comes to accelerating the growth and the potential of the Internet of Things, according to Gary Atkinson, Director of Emerging Technologies at chip designer ARM.They are:Simplifying connectivityGetting...

  • Crowd Funding: gains whether you win or lose

    Take a look at the Good Night Lamp project currently looking for funding on Kickstarter. It is on a bold and ambitious scale and illustrates new directions in IoT crowd-funding. Unlike many Internet of Things related projects seeking funding,...

  • Vibrancy of London IoT Meetups

    I particularly enjoy going to the Internet of Things Meetups in London's Tech City/Silicon Roundabout. There's much more to them than just the vibrancy of entrepreneurial young people beavering and buzzing with ideas. IT developers,...

  • Open Data Institute Bodes Well for Internet of Things

    The formal launch of the London-based Open Data Institute this week marks an important step forward in preparing for the Internet of Things. The purpose of the £10m government-primed organisation, the brainchild of Sir Tim Berners-Lee and...

  • Bottom-Up IoT Innovation Thriving

    I experienced some of the vitality, sophistication and breadth of activity in open hardware and associated software and comms this week at the first Cambridge Internet of Things Practitioners Night meetup. That demonstrated how a rapid expansion...

  • How Boards Should Prepare for IoT Security

    The latest Forrester Report on IoT security, called “Prepare Your Security Organisation for the Internet of Things: Why the Next Internet Revolution is Much More Alarming than the Last”, is significant on two counts. Firstly it...

  • Engineer at the Top

    In today's China regime change announcements an engineer replaces an engineer at the pinnacle of China's leadership. That bodes well for the progression of China's 2011-2015 Five Year Plan for the Internet of Things. The new Communist Party...

  • IoT: a hub for social change

    Expect the Internet of Things to play a positive force in easing the impact of the hugely disruptive societal changes we can expect to undergo this century. With its billions of interacting, smart, programmable, locatable, interconnecting,...

  • IoT Takes Off Bottom-Up

    To see the power of the the Internet of Things, with its capability of linking high quality sensors cheaply and interactively, you don't have to wait for the big supplier companies and traditional business to show the way forward. Just go to...

  • The Comic Side of IoT

    I never thought I'd see the EU fund a comic strip book to explain a brand new technology and its applications to Euro-citizens - but there is one and it was relaunched this summer. Called “Inspiring the Internet of Things” the comic...

  • A Bottom-Up Revolution?

    To see the power of the the Internet of Things, with its capability of linking high quality sensors cheaply and interactively, you don't have to wait for the big supplier companies and traditional business to show the way forward. Just go to...

  • A Step Change is A-Coming

    “Open your eyes - there's a new world a comin'; Open your eyes, there's a new world today.” These lyrics are from the 1970 Paul Kanter/Jefferson Starship album “Blows Against the Empire”, heralding widespread societal...

  • Keep It Simple

    In the last week or so I've attended activities and events with several Internet of Things communities. They were a bit disparate, but all united on the need for much more intercommunication everywhere. With each group of people you talk to...

  • Chinese Internet of Things initiative: Set up to succeed

    Western governments and that of the UK in particular, could learn much from China's approach to the Internet of Things. But there's just too much disdain about engineering right now. Engineering and technology are not the best routes to the...

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