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IOT Trends for 2018

 

We spoke with a number of IT leaders and industry experts about what to expect from IoT in the coming year and what could be the latest trends for IOT which will dominate 2018.

Following are the Internet of things trends to watch out for in 2018.

1.The IOT industry will bring a changed awareness around security and risk:

Security concerns will be high on the list. We have reached a point in the evolution of IoT when we need to re-think the types of security we are putting in place. Have we truly addressed the unique security challenges of IoT, or have we just patched existing security models into IoT with the hope that it is sufficient?

IOT presents a different kind of risk. Businesses need to understand that sensors and machine-to-machine communications are also stored in the cloud. In particular, facilities implementing devices connected to the IoT need to think about communication and the security protocols between devices: sensor-to-sensor communication, sensor-to-gateway communication, and updating and maintaining all on-premise equipment to better secure their data.

Tom Smith is a research analyst for DZone.com and he queried these IT professionals to get their insights on predictions for 2018. Here’s what IOT experts shared their thoughts on IoT trends for 2018.

IoT security will continue to dominate as a major concern, and I would expect the rise of several IoT-driven platforms to rise to the surface in an attempt to address and manage this. Says Lucas Vogel, Founder, Endpoint Systems

My hope is that there will be some adopted regulations around IoT security and compliance, otherwise, there will undoubtedly be more frequent and massive attacks. The fully-connected home will move closer to being a reality, and there will be unique solutions that address actual needs instead of just being “internet-connected”. Says Mike Kail, CTO, CYBRIC

2. Businesses will need to embrace the implementation of edge and cloud computing: 

Edge computing, also known as fog computing, will continue to rise. The ability to run software at the edge is turning out to be one of the most promising accelerators of IoT adoption, given the cost savings and the ability to quickly achieve largescale systems.

3. Connectivity Management: 

Another exciting new area involves the management of whole IoT systems or solutions. Device management and connectivity management has been around for several years already, but now that the pieces of IoT systems are coming together to form whole enterprise-scale solutions, management of these solutions has become higher up on the “tech wish list” for organizations.

4. IOT vs IIOT:

In addition, the separation between consumer IoT and Industrial IoT is becoming clearer all the time. One key distinction that is now apparent is that consumer IoT can often focus on greenfield installations but IIoT must enable brownfield installations. The investments in systems and equipment that were made by industrial firms over the last decades will continue to be in place and will need to be incorporated into IIoT solutions.

We’re seeing a trend towards a lot more IIoT use cases. As we move into 2018, we will see a much higher adoption of industrial IoT where sensors are making a big impact in the manufacturing, automotive, aerospace and engineering sectors. Other areas where we expect greater uptake of IoT systems include shipping, retail, agriculture, and healthcare. This expansion will trigger a need to hire many more IoT professionals and will likely see the rise of many new types of IoT specific roles within companies.

Many verticals still have business operations that involve manual observation of equipment status, inventory levels, and other key metrics. Where there is currently manual observation, there may be a great opportunity for a high-ROI project involving IoT. Some verticals that have a lot of manual observations are Oil & Gas, Energy Distribution, Supply Chain, and Telecommunications. The repeating theme is high-value infrastructure that is spread out geographically.

Thanks Kilton Hopkins, IoT Program Director forNortheastern University-Silicon Valley and the CEO of IOTRACKS, for providing your inputs to this article.

 

 

IOT in Insurance Sector: Home, Auto and Health Insurance

Internet Of Things is helping the Insurance Industry as well. Based on the reports we have read it is all set to transform the insurance industry in flexible and exciting ways. Last month Accenture insurance blog stated that 39% have already launched or are piloting connected home or connected building initiatives that use the Internet of Things, and 44% consider connected devices to be a driver of future insurance revenue growth.

Future insurance is set to be completely transformed because of IoT. There are already some insurance companies that have adopted IoT and Insurance Tech such as Bajaj Allianz, ICICI Lombard, HDFC life.

 

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In this article we plan to discuss how IoT is helping in home insurance,  auto insurance, and health insurance businesses.

Health Insurance:

Wearable devices such as fitness bands such as FitBit are helping people, especially elderly, to track their health details constantly. This information can further help doctors treating the patients requiring immediate medical attention. Insurance companies, at the same time, can reduce their claims by offering incentives to their policyholders to use these kinds of devices.

Home Insurance:

Sensors, Detectors connected via the internet could send early signals of smoke/radiations to the rescue services, helping in minimizing the damages. Information derived from inter-connected smart devices at home can also be utilized by insurance companies to determine the safety maintained at home. In the first place, smart devices used to keep an eye on their home while they are away. This would decrease the unfortunate incidences of theft or burglary and save people from losing their precious assets as well. Eventually, it would also bring down the claims raised by households.

Auto Insurance:

Telematics like monitoring automobile speed, the behavior of a rash driver could assist in making a clear judgment of claim policies for individuals and insurance firm.

Hence while IoTs and interconnected network could be a boom in offering policies, these minuscule are taking insurance services to the next step.A huge amount of data generated by the IoT devices can be used for predictions, understanding of the market, customers etc, that will help in distributions the policies in a very effective manner as well as a great customer satisfactions.

IoT World is getting trendier and fashionable with these Latest trends

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Let your treadmill pass on the data to your wearable hand devices that could be read on your smart phone with visual and analytics. Or how about you casting your mobile to Office projector while all are having their evening snacks and enjoying live cricket?

Let’s see what are the latest trends in IOT.

Welcome to Connected World!

Research experts like Gartner Say 8.4 Billion Connected “Things” Will Be in Use in 2017, Up 31 Percent From 2016. On the other hand, firms like Intel predicts that there would 200 million connected devices by 2020. With such a rapid growth startups and big firms are keen in observing the space. So, here we bring on the latest trends shaping the world of IoT [ Internet of things].

An Increase in Miniscule Products

Products like sensors and cameras may be little in existence, but the power they hold makes them sustainable in the long run. Smart homes, Smart cars, climate control, home security are some of the aspects that need these sensors and devices. In future, we may see them as default items in IoT world, but for now, they are the stepping stone and would create an impact in IoT domain.

Evolution of IoT Squares 

A very peculiar case of IoT is that the Amazon Prime video cannot be cast via Google Chormecast, the user needs to purchase Amazon Firestick if he must enable casting. With such a wide range of hardware and software list, users can’t be loyal to just one firm. Hence the need for gateways that allow software’s, hardware, apps, devices of various vendors to connect, interact and communicate without the need to change it.

These markets would not only help the users but the firms who want to want to automate their legacy equipment. They could just tap into industrial drivers, hubs, data visualization, monitoring and data mapping modules and reap the benefits.

Let the Data Do the Talking

Big Data is not an emerging trend anymore, but a default technology adopted by most of the businesses. However using Big data with IoT cloud could help many firms in making an informed decision. Just for example an insurtech firm could gather the driving behavior and pattern of his customer using sensors and could design a customized policy that suits his needs.

IoT Analytics is an upcoming trend, and many of the start-ups are eager to provide the optimum solution to other businesses.

Integrate IoT with Machine Learning

Machine learning is another emerging trend that experts are confident would change the future. But its benefits could be manifold if it’s integrated with IoT. Mantra’s innovative solution XAVI is the best example here. Just imagine you entering the home after a long tiring day and wished someone could switch on your lights tv and air conditioner. XAVI is a genie that allows you to do so with your voice or through a mobile app. As you get comfortable on your sofa, you could issue a command to list all English movie to be aired in next 15 minutes, and in no time, you could have an exclusive list of it on your tv screen. For more features click here.

It would also help firms in gathering data of individual usage patterns and would assist them in building more cognitive technology.

Security the Major Opportunity

With every new technology first question posed is – Is it safe? While many people believe interconnection could make systems more vulnerable to attacks, the opportunists believe it as a space to explore and come with a more robust solution to keep devices and data protected.

 

 

Create IOT products and solutions – Part 2

In my last article, I have talked about the challenges and oppurtunities of IOT industry. Now let’s talk about building an IOT product and  benefits of it in the market.

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How about building an IOT device?

Now let me also talk a bit about the process of building an IOT product. If you are thinking of building an air purifier, or a thermostat, or some smart lighting solutions for home, you are very likely to hit the first stumbling block as to how to go about the whole process. How to get a 3D design for the device, where to go for a prototype design, and how to get the electronics (the PCB part) done, and how to make the device talk and interact with various other devices like your mobile phone, etc.
 What you need is professional expertise in not one particular field, but many diverse fields. If you are a software engineer with some experience with coding, you will know writing software is not that difficult as all you need is a computer, and you could create wonders just sitting in home or office. Building a real, physical thing can be really tough & challenging. Not only it requires varied set of skill set, but also can cost much more to prototype, and test it out.

Steps to follow before going ahead

For the benefit of newbies to the field, I have listed down the steps generally followed in any IOT product development process.

  • Market Research
  • Conceptualization/Ideation
  • Design
  • Prototype (Schematic Design, Layout)
  • PCB Manufacturing
  • Procuring components & assembly of electronic circuitry
  • 3D printing of casing & outer facade of the product
  • Field Trials
  • Redesign & trials if needed
  • Marketing & Mass manufacturing

Loads of data is generated, but what to do with it?

Due to the large number of IOT devices around, it is quite as well expected that they will generate a huge volume of data. Question is how to make best use of the data captured, or how to make your device react to events triggered by actions of other users, or may be from the device owner himself through a mobile application.

Standards like the MQTT, AMQP, etc are the general protocols used for an IOT device or the cloud to communicate with each other. Both of them work on basic principle of publish/subscribe. The two parties subscribe to events, and whenever there is an update, or an occurrence of the event, the subscribing parties are notified.

Providers like Microsoft Azure, ABM, and AWS have all come up with their IOT platforms making it easy to monitor and control remote devices from click of a button. Being on the cloud, it gives IOT the ability to scale. The data being captured in the cloud can be analysed, and trends studied using Machine Learning algorithms and Artificial Intelligence.

Today it is possible to auto update the firmware of an IOT device without requiring any intervention from the customer.

How IOT will drive benefits for users?

Data generated from IOT devices are being continuously analysed and machine learning models are built to help in predictive analytics. Earlier emphasis was on preventive maintenance in industries, and anywhere else where machines were deployed. We used to ensure regular and timely checkups to ensure our machines are always in healthy state. But now with advancements in technology, based on the data captured, our machine learning prediction models can warn us in advance of a possible impending breakdown. A corrective action can be immediately triggered, and the machine is restored to good health much before breakdown.

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Today IOT driven processes paves the way for improvements in existing processes leading to higher customer satisfaction & safety leading to better profits for businesses. Customers delight and an increasing affiliation are invaluable assets to any business, and when IOT is able to help the business achieve that, its relevance will never be in doubt. No wonder Gartner Research predicts there will be more than 20 billion IOT devices by the year 2020.

Smart Home Mantra

Technologies evolution is impacting our life every day in ways never seen before. Most of the change is for good. Cloud, Big data, Analytics, AI and IOT(Internet of Things) are all very hot technology spaces. IOT has truly caught the attention. It not only solves your problems in real time, but also maintains a crucial connection with the other technology spaces.

Connected devices is not a very new thing as it has been happening in industrial settings for a while.  A large number of varied devices are connected to make world-class production systems. However, the use of the smaller devices connected over the internet is definitely a breakaway idea.

The market size of IoT is expanding rapidly; the industry is expected to grow up to USD 883.55 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 32.4% between 2016 and 2022. Nearly 10% of this would be coming from home automation.

Home automation systems leverage this technology to create user experiences not thought of before. Companies like Apple and Nest have created compelling connected home kits which can work with market devices as well. It is a different question about how many such devices are available.

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While you may easily find large appliances which are compatible with solutions like Apple Homekit and Nest individually or in some cases interchangeably allowing you to control them. The smaller devices like light bulbs, clocks, knobs, switches are not available in great variety.

Home automation systems like for light bulbs Philips Hue (TM) is compatible with Apple Home Kit, LIFX works with Nest or with its own App downloadable from various App stores. This does not allow customers to have a choice. Similarly, devices like smart clocks are not yet integrated with these systems. Kitchens may not be complete without having your gas knobs being turned smarter to turn off when they sense a danger or notice you have left the home.

IT industry while focusing on the IOT  is not focusing on helping create such products that may help provide consumers more choice for the home automation . MantraLabs is taking a different view and concentrating on creating smaller connected devices providing greater value to the home automation use cases.

So what are you waiting for, make your smart home even more smarter with these smart home technologies.

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