The main focus of the issue this week is around the data analytics of the Internet of Things. Data has been collected since the early days of automation in factories. However, we are just now getting to the point of understanding just what this data can provide in terms of real ROI. Additionally, it is now much easier to mash up the data across multiple sources and feeds from security, to social and environmental.
Besides the focus on data analytics, we first cover the more general news of the week and a very cool Kickstarter that is working to make global open source and free connected network for the Internet of Things.
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Unlocking the Potential of the Internet of Things
This is a great article on how businesses are using the Internet of Things to unlock potential and bring increased value to their business. It will take time, but the dots are starting to connect. The Executive Summary and Full Report PDF's in this article are free and worth downloading.
IoE vs. IoT vs. M2M: What’s the Difference and Does It Matter?
The concepts of IoE, IoT, and M2M are inherently subjected to the confusion surrounding limitations associated with meaning, use cases and adoption. This article covers those issues and discusses if it matters.
IBM Acquires the Weather Channel: When Technology Vendors Become Data Vendors
This was the big news last week: IBM acquiring The Weather Channel. This article covers some of the fallout that will occur as the consolidation between platform and data providers blurs.
IBM's Watson Analytics Offers New Data Discovery Tools for Everyday Business Users
The Weather Company's new Expert Storybook data discovery model in IBM's Watson Analytics lets users blend weather data with other business data to understand how weather is affecting their business.
IBM, Jasper Connect IoT Devices in the Field to Analytics Behind the Scenes
Integration between Jasper's Control Center and IBM's IoT Foundation should simplify enterprise IoT. IBM has committed to putting $3 billion down on the Internet of Things.
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Taxonomy of IoT Usecases: Seeing IoT Forest from the Trees
This is a great article giving an overview of some of the terms we use and hear in this industry. I found this quote particularly interesting, "Analytics are present in almost all usecases. One of the key, yet often unspoken, assumption is that all data get collected and analyzed later." I think it begs the question, if we don't use the data, why are we collecting it?
Big Blue Continues Aggressive Expansion of IBM Watson
Continuing its march into Big Data and Analytics, IBM is pushing hard with Watson and other partnerships. To summarize this article, "It is clear that IBM feels that it has a winner – a big winner – in IBM Watson. It has methodically expanded its mission in a number of ways in the years since it beat Jennings. That aggressiveness clearly won’t stop."
The Things Network
The Things Network is a global, crowdsourced, open, free and decentralized internet of things network.