Internet of Things

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Understanding Analytics in a Connected Universe

Combining three pillars of cybersecurity analytics will help IoT expand opportunities for all industries.

In January 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned of a cybersecurity flaw that could allow hackers to remotely take control of a person’s heart defibrillator or pacemaker. The point of vulnerability is the transmitter that sends data from the implanted devices back to physicians. A hacker could hijack it to rapidly deplete the […]

Reimagining Financial Services with Blockchain

Organizations can unlock substantial economic value using blockchain technology.

Across every industry today, organizations are looking to streamline and automate processes to reduce costs, gain efficiencies, radically improve speed to market and achieve better business outcomes. The financial services industry in many ways is at the forefront of such initiatives – with particular focus on today’s disjointed and redundant processing and reconciliation challenges – […]

Cities of 2050: Data and Technology Will Fuel Megacities of the Future

Here's a collaborative blueprint for the urban areas of tomorrow.

What will cities look like by the year 2050? Will they be like those in South Korea centered on a digitally connected retrofit of existing society? Will they parallel the shiny new cities of Dubai or Singapore? Or could they possibly move underground or under the oceans? Today, innovative cities such as Curitiba, Brazil, are […]

High Fashion Meets Maker Manufacturing

The line between fashion and technology is blurring. What does this mean for future innovations?

Fashion has always been a form of communication and self-expression, a quick visual signal of one’s tastes, allegiances and socioeconomic position. During the next decade, personal fashion and personal computing will begin to blur, offering us a new way to think about what today we call “devices.” Whereas today’s personal devices help us communicate primarily through […]

Why Blockchain Matters

Blockchain has the potential to disrupt more facets of your life than perhaps any other technology. Here’s what you need to know.

In 2016, more than $1.4 billion was invested globally in blockchain startups. IBM invested $200 million and 1,000 employees in the technology. Walmart, IBM and Tsinghua University in Beijing are running a pilot project for tracking and tracing pork in China and produce in the U.S. Among companies in consumer goods and manufacturing, 42 percent […]

How Blockchain Can Restore Trust In Trade

During a time when transparency matters more than ever, enter blockchain.

International trade is under pressure. Fears fueled by the global refugee situation and terrorist threats have led to tighter border controls – and these come at a cost. Every inspection of goods, every stop along the supply chain, eats up time and drives up prices. It harms businesses and consumers alike. Those involved in international […]

Connected Consumers, IoT and What Retailers Need to Do Now

Check out this Q&A on how IoT will shape the future for retailers.

Doing your laundry and notice you’re low on detergent? That used to mean a trip to the grocery store. Now you have options: You can order it online. You can press your Tide Amazon Dash button to have it ordered automatically, or you can ask Alexa to order it for you. But in the future, […]

Disruption at the Edge: IoT Transforming Energy Grids

Utilizing the power of the Internet of Things would enhance sustainable practices.

Digital disruption is here to stay. Much like the electronic revolution that led to PCs, mobile phones and smart devices, energy grids are on the verge of a major change. Consider the network of power plants, utilities and power lines comprising energy grids, for a moment. What you effectively have is the largest machine in […]

Automating Supply Chain Resilience

To benefit from advanced risk identification tools and keep pace with customer expectations, companies need a new approach to supply chain resilience.

Substantial investments in supply chain resilience have enabled companies to vastly improve their capacity for bouncing back after a disruption. But the digitization of supply chains is introducing new demands on company operations that require a different approach to building supply chain resilience. With the benefit of digital technologies, companies are using big data to […]

Podcast: Building the Blockchain Ecosystem

Blockchain could be bigger than the internet and revolutionize our financial system, Barry Silbert argues.

Click to play podcast. Barry Silbert has a simple goal: to build a better financial system. He says he’s found a way to do just that. Silbert, the founder of Digital Currency Group, a strategic investment company that helps entrepreneurs, financial institutions and technology investors, believes that blockchain will help build that better system. Blockchain is […]

Winning With Shoppers in China

Earning trust in the Chinese e-commerce market could help businesses climb the ladder to success.

With a population of roughly 1.3 billion people, China offers unprecedented growth opportunities for retailers looking to conduct business internationally. China’s National Bureau of Statistics reported last month that online retail sales in China grew 26 percent in 2016 to $752 billion. That’s more than 40 percent of all online sales around the world. The […]

Move Over Millennials: Generation Z is Retail’s Next Big Buying Group

Generation Z will be the key to the next e-commerce boom.

Millennials are currently retailers’ largest demographic, with a massive consumer base dwarfing the size of their once-dominant Generation X predecessors. And they love to shop online — during the 2016 holiday season, more than one-third of online shoppers were Millennials. But just as Millennials overtook Gen X, there’s another big buying group retailers and consumer […]

These 3 Books Can Transform Your Business

Looking for new ideas to jumpstart your professional life? Here is a good place to start.

With so many business books out there, how do you choose which ones to read? There are books on how to work more efficiently, how to be a better leader and how to stay motivated at the office. But what about books that can help you understand the changing business world and how to adapt […]

How IoT Will Change Our Society

Find out how IoT will transform the economy, the workplace and transportation.

Some call the Internet of Things (IoT) the Intelligence of Things or the Internet of Everything. By whatever name, futurists say it heralds the moment when sensor-driven data connects everything to everything else and artificial and human intelligence become a seamless whole — the planet and virtually everything in and on it transformed into a […]

Book Excerpt: Thank You for Being Late

Bestselling author Thomas Friedman looks at UPS and the future of big data.

Thomas Friedman, The New York Times columnist and author, is waiting at a downtown Washington, DC, restaurant, where he’ll repeat a normal ritual, combining an interview and breakfast. When his interview subject arrives, the man immediately begins to apologize for his tardiness. “No, please – don’t apologize,” Friedman interrupts, realizing that he had been enjoying […]

5 Industries That Will Be Completely Transformed by IoT

The true promise of IoT is massive connectivity across industries, but can it deliver?

Contrary to popular belief, the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is not just about your alarm clock knowing when you leave the house or your thermostat adjusting the heat upon your return. Yes, these technological advancements offer myriad possibilities, but IoT technology is so much more than a connected light bulb — it’s […]

How Blockchain Will Transform Our Cities

How will blockchain change the internet? By transforming it from an internet of information to an internet of value.

Many trends on the horizon offer opportunities that could transform our cities. From self-driving vehicles and the sharing economy to cloud computing and blockchain technologies, each of these trends is quite significant on its own. But the convergence of their disruptive forces is what will create real value and drive innovations. Take blockchain and the sharing […]

Industry Experts’ Top IoT Predictions for 2017 and Beyond

What experts from around the industry expect for IoT in the not-too-distant future.

The number of connected devices is expanding at a faster pace than ever before, and it’s clear that the Internet of Things (IoT) is here to stay. We spoke to top industry analysts and business leaders who shared their thoughts on where IoT is heading next year – and in the years to come. This article […]

The Public Policies Needed to Make IoT a Reality

How governmental action can create a more connected world.

Enterprise use of IoT has become a reality, but governments in the U.S. and Europe are still catching up to regulate the fledgling industry. In the U.S., federal and state legislators aren’t known for being proactive about regulating technology. For instance, around 23 percent of Americans were already on the internet in 1996 when the federal […]

4 Steps Toward Faster, Smarter Factories

Smart manufacturing begins when factories go online.

Customers are becoming more involved in the manufacturing process.  Tesla, the electric car maker, serves as one of the more extreme examples. Buyers can customize their entire car online, on their own. They can choose the number of batteries and seats, add air filtration, smart air suspension, sound systems, towing gear – all in the […]

Retail’s Virtual Reality Check

Connecting with customers in the physical and virtual worlds requires tools your mom-and-pop shop never imagined.

At its root, connected retail is about one thing: Creating amazing and friction-less customer experiences.  That’s where Intel technology-based unified commerce solutions come into the picture, connecting with customers every time, everywhere and in every way they choose to engage. Getting there is not without its challenges. It means providing a seamless flow among multiple […]

Blockchain Meets Virtual Reality

Is the future a high-resolution game?

In 2010, the Institute for the Future’s Ten-Year Forecast suggested that the future is a high-resolution game: “Never before has humanity been able to encounter the future in such detail, to measure the forces of change at such vast scales, and to fill in the details with such fine grain. As we play this game, […]

Running on Data

Not all data is equal when it comes to the Internet of Things.

We are quickly moving from a physical world to a digital world, and thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), data has become the key to business success and new levels of consumer satisfaction. [Also on Longitudes: 8 Ways to Ensure Innovation Benefits All of Us] In the Cognitive Era, the IoT, applied at scale, […]

Hypergrowth is No Happy Accident

Companies with an annual growth rate of 40 percent or more operate in many sectors. What do these success stories share in common?

While the term hypergrowth was only coined recently, it is in increasingly common use thanks to the successes of headline-stealing companies such as Internet media giant BuzzFeed and taxi-hailing app Uber. In just a few short years, both of these businesses have totally disrupted and transformed the industries in which they operate. Uber, founded in […]

4 Ways Virtual Reality Is Molding the Future of Work

We are just scratching the surface of virtual reality. From doctors to auto technicians to astronauts, here are some ways VR technology is helping to reimagine the future of work.

Over time, ideas change and innovation takes us to new, unexplored territories that unleash the kind of creativity that creates new dynamic businesses and reimagines old ones. Today, we are potentially on the cusp of such a change — driven by virtual reality (VR). VR will not simply affect just one particular industry or a scientific […]

Leaving the Electric Grid Behind

Take a closer look at the symbiotic relationship between the building and the car.

They’re the twin pillars of the American dream and the current climate predicament: the single family detached house and the automobile—the convenience, freedom and independence enabled by inefficient and finite fossil fuels. As such, much of the urban-planning and architecture industries are focused on ways to radically subvert this inherited infrastructural wisdom. So what if […]

Turning Up the Volume on Over-the-Top Content

As more people cut the cord on cable, over-the-top service providers see opportunity in services like Uber.

While the number of traditional cable subscribers continues to decline, over-the-top (OTT) video services – the delivery of film and TV content without a traditional cable or satellite subscription – are headed in the opposite direction. And now, with the help of Uber, OTT is about to get even bigger. Nearly 60 percent of U.S. […]

How Technology Levels the Playing Field for the Blind

Guiding Eyes, along with IBM, uses information technology to give the best assistance possible.

Ever since Thomas Panek learned at age 20 that he would lose his eyesight due to a condition called retinal degeneration, he vowed that his disability would not prevent him from living a full life. “I wanted to do everything that sighted people do,” he says. He has not let himself down: In addition to […]

Will We Soon be Talking to Our Vacuum Cleaners?

When developers are able to get their hands on application programming interfaces like these, systems will advance rapidly.

In the future, science fiction tells us that we’ll be able to hold complex conversations with our starship’s computer as easily as we would our robot crew-mates or even other humans. But before we reach that point, we’ll have to make do by chatting with fridges and vacuum cleaners. Recently, several companies announced developer programs […]

PODCAST: Jeremy Rifkin on the Next Industrial Revolution

Part one of a set.

  You probably know a little bit about the Industrial Revolution or even the Second Industrial Revolution. But what if I told you we’re now on the cusp of another industrial revolution, a Third Industrial Revolution, to be exact? This era will usher in a fundamental reordering of human relationships, changing the way we conduct […]