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IOT and utilities: an opportunity to differentiate

According to analyst firm Gartner, the number of internet-connected devices in the home will almost double each year up to 2018, by which time there will be almost 1.1 billion devices.
There is a huge opportunity for utilities to ride this IoT wave and deliver smart home technology and services to consumers.
While smart home technology has evolved rapidly over the past few years, there are still too many barriers to its wide-scale adoption, especially to interoperability and integration among different suppliers. This represents one of the opportunities for service providers and utilities: to provide a single hub and app, linking disparate connected home technologies together.

Source: Internet of things a smart opportunity for energy companies

What exactly is the Internet of Things?

A graphic primer behind the term & technologies.

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iBeacon can power micro-location revolution

iBeacon, a micro-location technology based on BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy), can revolutionize the way one physically interacts with brands and products.
Scenarios include available parking spots messaging your phone as one drives by, or setting up beacons at home, so a smartphone could automatically turn on the lights at arrival, or trigger other appliances based on a personalized set up. It could even notify someone else.

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The age of social products

The Age of Social Products

While the Internet of Things is becoming a reality due to the confluence of multiple technologies, such as inexpensive sensors, wireless networks and cloud computing, products are becoming social as they leverage the power of the community to learn from other products.

Mark Bonchek writes on HBR blogs about the creation of social products, which benefit from the ubiquitous connectivity and access to a platform where people and products can collaborate.

Waze is a perfect example of how to leverage the collective intelligence of the community of connected cars, phones and people.

Social products can have a deep impact on future product development. Traditionally companies have focused on product supremacy, outdoing their competitors with better features and attributes.  In the age of social products, competitive advantage can come not only from product features but also from network effects.

Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends

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Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014

Gartner just released their list of Strategic Technology Trends for 2014 which includes the Internet of Things.

Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt.

A strategic technology may be an existing technology that has matured and/or become suitable for a wider range of uses. It may also be an emerging technology that offers an opportunity for strategic business advantage for early adopters or with potential for significant market disruption in the next five years. These technologies impact the organization’s long-term plans, programs and initiatives.

The top ten strategic technology trends for 2014 include:

  • Mobile Device Diversity and Management
  • Mobile Apps and Applications
  • The Internet of Everything
  • Hybrid Cloud and IT as Service Broker
  • Cloud/Client Architecture
  • The Era of Personal Cloud
  • Software Defined Anything
  • Web-Scale IT
  • Smart Machines
  • 3-D Printing

IoT complexity

The Problem With Home Automation’s Internet Of Things (IoT)

Good overview of the home automation challenges for companies developing IoT based solutions.

The multiplicity of solution-oriented devices is creating more complexity on managing them as a whole.

Companies such as Revolv are developing as integrated platform to manage multi-brand sensors in a single interface.

Internet of everything index

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Internet of Everything

Provided by Cisco, this tool calculates the potential savings of using Internet of Everything (Internet of Things) technologies for given applications in several industries and countries.

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