The Growing Threat of IoT Security and What YOU (Manufacturer, Service Provider, Consumer) Can Do About It

Cybersecurity is one of the greatest threats facing any business today, and this threat is compounded for companies producing, supporting, or leveraging connected devices. Data transmission between devices can drive tremendous efficiency increases, from supply chain automation to software updates, to self-monitoring, self-adjusting, and self-optimizing smart systems. But these useful interactions also create potential new…

The Viability of Enterprise Blockchain beyond Financial Services

In a flurry of blockchain investment, activity, and hype, and hyperbole, enterprises are left wondering: Is a “protocol-based” trust system actually viable for business? In 2015 and 2016, blockchain, the distributed ledger technology born of Bitcoin, enjoyed a blossoming beyond cryptocurrency and logging financial transactions, to an architecture capable of supporting the logging of events.…

Why are Companies Connecting Products Anyway?

Manufacturing is undergoing a sea change. Product manufacturers across every sector are re-evaluating the very form, function, and business models of their products. The ability to connect objects to the Internet, monitor their existence, and leverage data and software to deepen insights and interactions with those products, is transforming the entire manufacturing sector. This post…

New Research Surveys 600 Product Manufacturers on their Internet of Things Journeys

Manufacturers across a wide range of product sectors are exploring how to adopt sensors and networked services to improve their products, customer experiences, and business processes. Harbor Research found some 4.3B devices came online in 2015 alone, signaling activity, investment, and adoption in the Internet of Things is at an all-time high. But despite this…

Why Interoperability Holds the Keys to the Smart Home

Investment is pouring into the Smart Home. But is ‘the home of the future’ really viable when it’s just a bunch of Internet-connected appliances? The so-called “Smart Home” market— that is, replacing your current in-home appliances and products with an Internet connected version—is ripe. At least, insofar as it is forecasted for significant and rapid…