The Internet of Things Made Simple

The Internet of Things is such a far-reaching phrase that it can be difficult to really put a finger on what it means in a practical sense. Good examples are the heart and soul of the IoT, to show where it is going and where it is today. This is especially important to the lay-person, who cares more about the final product than the technology needed to get to that point. Additionally, the lay-person is, in many cases, the beneficiary of the Internet of Things. Business and home owners, innovators and problem solvers make up the catalyst for growth in IoT technology, which is why it is crucial that product developers can explain the value of their product and the IoT in general.

 

DevEx put together a video explaining the Internet of Things and giving some great examples that we love. Check it out here: https://www.devex.com/news/devexplains-the-internet-of-things-89765

Industrial IoT

We have all heard how the IoT will affect the smart home. By connecting all our appliances and devices into an interconnected web we will be able to control and monitor our residences easily and effectively. But what about other areas?

Industrial manufacturing is one of the areas where interconnectedness will have the largest impact. There are already ways in which automation has greatly increased the profitability and capacity of manufacturers, but this is only the beginning. In Covisint’s new article, they explore the amazing possibilities achievable when the IoT is applied in industrial environments. 

To read what they have to say check out their post here: https://www.covisint.com/blog/how-the-internet-of-things-can-improve-manufacturing-facilities/

The HomeKit Climate

The smart home environment has progressed at a dramatic pace over the last few years. Apple, Google, and Amazon have all made significant contributions to the space by developing their platforms and giving the thumbs up to dozens of new devices. HomeKit specifically has shown a lot of growth. From what initially appeared to be an afterthought of Apple, HomeKit has developed into one of the big-leaguers in the smart home market.

In TechHive’s new piece on the state of Apple HomeKit; they describe the strengths and points of growth for this platform as well as the devices currently working with it.

Check out the full article here: http://www.techhive.com/article/3159652/home-tech/the-state-of-the-apple-homekit-market-apples-smart-home-ecosystem-has-yet-to-coalesce.html

CES 2017 Will Showcase Brand New HomeKit Products

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the highlights for the smart home world, providing one of the largest stages for showcasing new connected technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT). One of the most exciting points of the show is seeing the large number of interoperable devices that will be available on platforms like HomeKit and Alexa. This year, ConnectSense will, once again, have a booth in the Smart Home Marketplace to display some of our new HomeKit-enabled products.

We are not alone, however, there are many new devices hitting the marketplace for HomeKit, allowing for a greater range of interoperability and a more immersive, yet less complex, Smart Home experience. Check out CNET’s new article on what HomeKit devices to look out for at CES 2017, and look for our booth (#40357) in the Smart Home Marketplace tomorrow!

http://cnet.co/2iAAwdk

IoT Design Considerations: Security

Building a secure IoT-enabled device comes at a cost. As the IoT continues to grow, there is an increasing focus on its security and how safe the claims of end-to-end solutions really are. While security threats in the news have scared away some manufacturers and consumers from entering the IoT space, others view it as an opportunity for added value to their products. Implementing high-cost security into every product a company has is ideal, however not very economical. Manufacturers must find proper security for each of their IoT solutions while keeping costs low.

This process must start at the time of a product’s conception. Proper due-diligence is required from each manufacturer to find a way to secure their devices, protect their consumer and ultimately, the rest of the IoT world as well.

To download the complete Internet of Things Design Considerations White Paper, click here.