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Calling all IoT Twits – Looking for #IoTWF Attendees on Twitter

IoTWF Follow Icon 3The Internet of Things World Forum is fast approaching and I’m looking for a few good Tweeters!  Are you going to the IoT World Forum?  If so, add your name and twitter name below… or just start tweeting #IoTWF!

What might you be tweeting about?  Well, we’ve just announced our closing keynote speaker and he sounds amazing!  Also, I’ve outlined three other speaking sessions you should check out.  If you’re registered to attend the IoT World Forum, don’t forget to also register for individual sessions to save your seat!

Now, on to that keynote speaker… Read More »

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Will Utilities Become Obsolete? The 1st Step to Get Ready for the IoT World Forum

The inaugural Internet of Things World Forum is in just a few weeks and if you’ve registered you are probably getting excited with anticipation.  As part of your preparations for the World Forum (in addition to packing your clothing and power cords) you’ll want to plan your daily schedule.  

Session registration is on a “first come first served basis” and as sessions reach the capacity of the room, we’re closing registration. I thought I’d highlight a few sessions that sound interesting, to give you a taste of what’s to come, including one addressing the title of this post:

IoT UnitiliesBIZ 01 -- Disruption ahead! The new economics of a decentralized energy world.  This should be a fascinating panel session as 4 industry experts discuss why power generation will be decentralized (and how to roll your own power), the pros and cons of net metering (and who pays), the potential obsolesce of utilities, and the new business models we must explore.  In the past power has flowed in one direction -- from centralized plants to homes and businesses.  Now, however, power is flowing in all directions from hundreds of thousands of rooftop solar panels and other forms of distributed generation -- and this distribution will only get more complicated. Read More »

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Internet of Things World Forum – Why, What, Who and How

Last month, the Internet of Things was added to Oxford Dictionaries Online.  IoT was added along with such august terms as BYOD, Bitcoin, and even selfie.  While the ODO isn’t the OED – it’s the younger, hipper sibling focused on current English and modern meanings – this addition is just one more datapoint on the growing awareness around the coming Internet of Things.

Internet of things has been around as a term since about 1999, however, it’s recent popularity is due to a few emerging trends.  In the consumer space there’s been wide adoption of connected products such as smart thermostats and intelligent pedometers.  In the enterprise (and here I am using enterprise to represent many types of larger organizations – including local and national governments, non-profits, academia and companies) we’ve seen the rise of BYOD which you could argue is the first mainstream IoT form-factor. Read More »

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Collaboration is Hot: What IT Professionals Can Learn at the Internet of Things World Forum

IoTWF for blog smallIn partnership with our industry steering committee members and sponsors, Cisco will host the Internet of Things World Forum, to be held October 29–31 in Barcelona, Spain. This exclusive event will bring together business and global thought leaders from across industries, technologies, and geographies who are passionate about igniting innovation and accelerating the advancement of the Internet of Things for their organizations.

Not surprisingly, there are several exciting sessions of interest to those of us involved in Communication and Collaboration technologies. If you need help maneuvering through the conference’s collaboration landscape, here are a few recommendations: Read More »

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IoT World Forum: Getting More Out Of IP Cameras

10254_Surveillance_256For the past 15 years, businesses of all types and sizes have used IP cameras to monitor and protect their physical environments. Whether monitored in real-time by security staff or analyzed following a breach, cameras provide an essential physical security solution to keep employees, data, and network appliances safe.

While this use case is still very much relevant today, the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) has dramatically expanded the scope and capabilities of connected cameras now acting as powerful sensors and intelligent platforms to also deliver extraordinary gains in operational efficiency, situational and acoustic awareness, and forensic investigations.  Furthermore, the evolution of video analytics such as facial and license plate recognition, as well as audio analytics, has significantly enhanced the ability of IoT-enabled cameras to deliver superior insights into all application areas – from safety and security, to business intelligence.

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