Last month I kicked off a new series focusing on companies and start-ups that are helping to move the Internet of Everything (IoE) forward. Today, I am excited to share some insights from Alex Hawkinson, founder of SmartThings, a platform for automating connected objects.
Alex shares an interesting perspective with us about the value of increased connections and how creating an open, low-cost way to automate our lives is key to achieving the full benefit of the Internet of Everything. Here’s a look at how Alex and SmartThings are pioneering the growth of IoE.
SmartThings is garnering a lot of buzz in the industry for adding intelligence to everyday objects to achieve home and office automation. In which ways is SmartThings leading the way by connecting the previously unconnected?
The dream of the Jetsons-style house has long been just that – a dream. Different smart devices have come to market but, generally speaking, they’ve been hard to buy, set up and use. With SmartThings we set out to create a single platform and single app interface from which you can control all of the connected objects in your life. When you purchase a SmartThings kit, you can connect pieces of your home in minutes once you plug in the hub and download the app. You can mix and match third-party devices with those created by SmartThings to build the connected space that makes the most sense for you. SmartThings is simple enough that the average smartphone user can bring a connected world to life, but sophisticated enough that an inventor can create completely new devices and applications to custom fit his or her needs.
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Tags: Cisco, innovation, Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE, IoT, mobility, network, Tomorrow Starts Here
Even in the face of the U.S. government shutdown, law enforcement around the world continued undeterred. The 120th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference and Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exposition will take place October 19-23, 2013 in Philadelphia.
A key event for law enforcement education, IACP 2013 topics will include everything from tracking officer injuries to understanding the power of social media.
One session we are especially excited about will be presented as part of the Chief Executive Track by Chief Todd Miller, Director of Public Safety at the Mankato Department of Public Safety, and his team.
This workshop will highlight strategies agencies are using to deal with mass shootings and individual crisis incidents. If you’re attending IACP2013, join this session to learn how to prepare for the resulting media frenzy and develop a community response -- Saturday, 10/19/2013 1:00PM -- 3:00PM, Room 115AB. Read More »
Tags: Community Policing, IACP, internet of things, IoT, Public Safety, State and Local Government
Science fiction writers have often mused about the merger of humans and machines. But while RoboCops and bionic superheroes aren’t likely to fight evil anytime soon, some exciting wearable smart technologies are already here. They may not match Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit, but they are enabling ordinary people to interact with the wider world — and the Internet of Everything (IoE) — in intriguing (and sometimes stylish!) ways.
So, if you think your smart device is generating and processing a lot of data today, get ready for an even closer connection with your personal technology in the near future. Wearables are infusing sensors into bands, watches, shoes, shirts, bras, glasses, earrings, necklaces, and helmets. And these technologies are ready to generate reams of data — as well as real-time insights — about the ways in which we live, play, learn, work, exercise, maintain health, you name it.
I expect wearables to be a core topic of conversation at the Internet of Things World Forum in Barcelona later this month. As a further evolution of IoT, IoE is all about connecting people, processes, data, and things in amazing new ways. And while we often hear about IoE’s potential to transform supply chains, factories, retailers, and assorted megaprojects, wearables are a good reminder that the people element of connecting the unconnected is paramount. Armed with these new technologies — and the ability to connect via the key pillars of IoE, such as cloud, mobility, video, and analytics —individuals will be able to monitor and quantify their lives like never before. Wearables add another dimension to the Quantified Self movement, which I covered in a previous blog.
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Tags: Big Data, Cisco, Cisco Consulting Services, employee productivity, innovation, Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE, IoE Value Index, IoT, Quantified Self, value at stake, Wearables
On October 29-31, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, Cisco will host customers, partners, influencers and policy-makers at the inaugural Internet of Things World Forum.
This October, Barcelona will begin the journey towards joining the ranks of Nice as a connected city, making it the perfect hotbed for displaying the Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) solution in action. During the IoT World Forum, Cisco will showcase the CMX solution in a number of venues, both indoors and out.
CMX Analytics will be displayed on a large screen in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Arts on Barcelona’s waterfront, where the conference is being held. We will display dwell time, patterns of movement, crowding, etc. each day for the conference itself, showing real insights on the venue and attendees. Read More »
Tags: barcelona, Cisco, cmx, connected mobile experiences, internet of things, IoT, location, location based services, location services, location-based, network, services, wi-fi, wifi, wireless, World Forum
One of the most visible forms of the Internet of Everything (IoE), at least from a consumer’s perspective, is the advent of wearables, a term for wearable computing devices. The full range of this new form factor for mobile devices is very wide and I would like to define wearables as electronic systems located on the body that mediate their user and their environment. From activity trackers like FitBit and Up by JawBone and other quantified self applications, to more advanced information devices like Google Glass and Samsung Smartgear, these first generation devices are always on and always connected. Next generation devices will also be contextual and intelligent thanks to the Internet of Everything’s convergence of people, devices, data and the web.
Computing devices have moved from our desktop to our lap, to our pocket and now onto our body. Technology has never been this personal, however, we are far from the wearables endgame. For wearables to truly become a useful addition to our already technology-filled lives, we need to get back to the basics. Here’s a brief look at three ways we can evolve wearables by thinking about the technology itself, our interaction with these devices and the value they should offer.
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Tags: Cisco, forecast, innovation, Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE, IoT, network, wearable technology