One of the most daunting tasks for any platform or device vendor in the smart home market is identifying which type of company offers the best opportunity for long-term success – security providers, multiple service operators (MSOs), smart home specialists, do-it-yourself (DIY) smart-home systems or utilities.
A number of trends will be visible at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016. Here Dr Kevin Curran of Ulster University, describes some of the features.
At CES this year, one of the key topics has been Internet of Things adoption. The IoT has gone from an industry buzzword to a very real phenomenon affecting every one of us.
The last 30 years of technological development has taken individuals and societies into the information era. The Internet and then the rapid adoption of mobile technologies and devices has affected all realms of our daily lives.
IoT lives at the network’s edge, bringing with it a unique set of security requirements. In order to leverage the benefits of IoT, organisations need to protect this distributed technology, which is increasingly viewed as a soft target.
It used to be that when you bought a product you had only one opportunity to buy the model most tailored to your needs because you were stuck with it until the time came to replace it. The object – be it a lightbulb or copier, an MRI machine or piece of telecommunications equipment – was fixed and unchanging, fixed in time and commencing obsolescence from the moment you purchased it.
In our quest to connect everything to the Internet, we are entering a new phase of incorporating machine learning and big data analytics to glean insights and improve decision making.
Many wearable devices to date have failed to live up to expectations – Google Glass and the Apple Watch in particular left many consumers wanting more. Valerie Riffaud-Cangelosi, new markets development manager at Epson believes that in 2016 we will see new applications for wearables reviving demand for the technology.
Robot maids? Voice-activated appliances? Automatic meals? The smart home of the Jetsons, America’s favourite space-age family, is hovering ever closer to reality. And in 2016 it will arrive on our doorstep.
Late last year, I had the pleasure of being called for jury duty. During the proceedings, where the defendant was accused of armed robbery among other offences, the judge mentioned that there were actually two trials going on. For this one, a jury was being selected, but for the other one, the defendant opted for a judge-only trial.
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