Growing Acceptance of IoT Transcends Industries

The latest advancements in silicon technologies has given birth to the connected devices which we have grown accustomed referring to as the “Internet of Things,” (IoT).

The IoT extends from consumer-owner mobile devices to smart connected devices available in homes, enterprises, healthcare institutions and more. An IoT-focused research by Gartner published in February projected 8.4 billion connected things this year and this will grow to 20.4 billion by 2020, driven by the rapid growth of connectivity and consumer services. IoT spending is projected to reach $1.29 trillion by 2020 from the projected $737 billion in 2016.

Like us, you too might be wondering where are all these devices and money are going? Aside from the home and the enterprise, there are particular industries that are leading the way in terms of investments in IoT technologies. Research by Gartner on IoT usage in the enterprise cited that the adoption of revolutionary devices reached 43% of enterprises globally by the end of 2016. The report estimates that the total investment from 2015 to 2020 will reach $6 trillion among both consumer and industrial IoT markets, led by the latter’s continuous growth.

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IoT for Healthcare: Medellín health tech company boosts emergency response time with IoT-powered ambulances

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes when you make an emergency call? When you dial the local emergency line in Medellín, Colombia, a medical team of 3—a doctor and 2 pre-hospital care technicians—work under immense time pressure to determine the care needed, and dispatch the nearest appropriately equipped ambulance in a matter of minutes.

am.jpgUntil recently, this already high-stress process was fairly manually—prone to inefficiency and human error (i.e. misidentifying the closest ambulance). Pre-GPS, and still wading through handwritten medical records in 2013, Medellín’s emergency response teams relied on radio communication to identify and dispatch the closest ambulance with the necessary equipment. Continue reading “IoT for Healthcare: Medellín health tech company boosts emergency response time with IoT-powered ambulances”

IoT Security Risks: Real Examples

Every new technology comes with great benefits, but of course they all have their risks. We analyzed three types of IoT (Internet of Things)  applications that might be vulnerable to security threats: webcams, patient monitoring, and smart vehicles. If your IoT application involves any of these, here we present some reasons why you should be extra careful, and of course how to minimize the risk.

1. Cameras

Remember when Mark Zuckerberg celebrated Instagram reaching over 500 million monthly users using a cute cardboard? You could see he had a tape over his laptop camera (see below). The FBI Director does the same, and they surely have a reason for it.

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