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It's Crucial to Keep Up With These 6 Digital Trends in 2016. Businesses, entrepreneurs and employees can benefit from a wide variety of digital technology set to explode in 2016.

It's Crucial to Keep Up With These 6 Digital Trends in 2016

The ability to leverage technological advances is a crucial element to the success of small businesses. Some of the most disruptive innovations over the past few years are creating new opportunities for businesses exploring the new digital frontier. Related: What Small Businesses Need to Know About Digital Transformation and Disruption 1. 3D printers The quality and speed of 3D printers evolved a great deal in just the past year. 3D systems, an industry leader in 3D printing, produces a variety of 3D printers that fall under three main technology categories: Stereolithography (SLA), Laser Sintering (SLS) and Direct Metal Printing (DMP).

Hello Barbie! Welcome to the cloud and IoT. I’ve always thought dolls were creepy -- not because I’m a guy, but because it seems that horror movies are chock-full of evil dolls trying to kill you.

Hello Barbie! Welcome to the cloud and IoT

How many “Chucky” sequels do you have to watch before the stuff becomes real in your mind? Now, there is Hello Barbie, a network-enabled, cloud-powered, AI-driven doll that will hold a conversation with your kid. According to Tech Republic, “Hello Barbie's necklace is both a recorder and a microphone. Using Wi-Fi, the jewelry will pick up a child's questions and conversations -- and transmit them back to a control center for processing. Speech-recognition software, operated through ToyTalk, will detect the input.

The Internet of Things in the Cognitive Era. The Internet of Things (IoT), once merely an idea, has made the leap from conceptual to actual.

The Internet of Things in the Cognitive Era

Indeed, what once was merely a possibility is quickly becoming something we take for granted. Analysts project IoT data to yield insights driving potential economic value of as much as $11 trillion by 2025. What’s more, they estimate that business-to-business (B2B) users can generate nearly 70 percent of the potential value of the Internet of Things, in large part through operational efficiency gains made possible by initiatives such as smart factories and connected supply chains. How to invest in the Internet of Things (my 18 stock IoT index) How to invest in the Internet of Things In my rough framework of IoT I describe 7 categories that make the up the market with an 8th category of investment which as a believer in the opportunity I will explore in this post.

How to invest in the Internet of Things (my 18 stock IoT index)

Here are those categories again: 1. Sensing and Control 2. Connectivity 3. Cloud-to-Cloud Integration to Enable IoT: What About Standards? Five Critical Questions to Ask Before Moving Data to the Cloud It occurs to me that as the Internet of Things emerges as a topic of increasing relevance to CIOs, one of the things they’re going to need to be concerned about is standards.

Cloud-to-Cloud Integration to Enable IoT: What About Standards?

As the cloud-to-cloud integration that is necessarily associated with IoT becomes more commonplace, that integration will entail the adoption of certain standards that may or may not be in place at this point. So where is all of this heading? I had the opportunity to discuss this topic with Shane Dyer, CEO of Arrayent, an IoT platform provider in Redwood City, Calif. Top 49 Tools For The Internet of Things. Everyone’s talking about the Internet of Things (IoT), but for a long time many weren’t quite sure how to define it.

Top 49 Tools For The Internet of Things

While the IoT is still taking shape, it’s already making incredible strides as a new frontier for the connected world in which people, devices, environments and virtual objects are all connected and capable of interaction. There’s a new wave of technology platforms targeting the need to bridge these sophisticated communications, as well as hardware manufacturers producing physical devices and sensors to power the IoT. Key Components of an IoT Application Platform. The explosion of IoT (Internet of things) devices continues at a stunning pace, with an estimated 5 billion devices connected to the internet today and 25 billion expected by 2020.

Key Components of an IoT Application Platform

This massive growth also poses technology challenges for businesses seeking to capitalize on this trend, as these smart devices continue to receive, process, and transmit data on a massive scale using different protocols, data formats, backend services, and apps. I’ll be joining the “Solving Interoperability” speaking panel at IoT APPNATION tomorrow, July 21 where I will discuss how interoperability, or the lack thereof, will affect IoT app development. I also hope to touch on why it is becoming increasingly important for organizations on both the supply and demand side of the IoT market to understand how to effectively build apps and enable innovation ecosystems that leverage this connected device landscape. Internet of Things Platforms- Postscapes. Platform/seecontrol Control, Analyze and Manage the Internet of Things -- SeeControl arms product makers and service providers with one of a kind cloud applications for the industrial Internet age.

Internet of Things Platforms- Postscapes

Platform/kaa Kaa is a highly flexible open source platform for building, managing, and integrating connected software in the space of Internet of Things. Platform/zatar Zatar is the world's first Internet of Things (IoT) Platform for Enterprise Applications Platform/arrayent The Arrayent Connect Platform is an "IoT platform that enables you to connect your products to value-added smartphone and web applications with unprecedented low-cost and simplicity. " Platform/carriots-cloud-platform. The 38 Companies that Joined the Billion Dollar Valuation Club in ... A review of the private tech companies globally that broke the billion dollar valuation mark in 2014.

The 38 Companies that Joined the Billion Dollar Valuation Club in ...

Getting to a billion dollar valuation in the private markets isn’t as hard as it used to be. The 2015 tech IPO pipeline has many companies who’ve already crossed this threshold, and globally, 2014 saw 38 tech companies enter the billion dollar valuation club for the first time. Here they are in alphabetical order: Over 500 of tech's most highly valued private companies. Highlighting the companies, investors, and trends among tomorrow’s disruptors. *Debt and grant rounds were not included in this analysis.

Want more venture capital and valuation data? The Internet of Things. Robert MACDOUGALL The Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) Policy Working Group makes cross-cutting policy recommendations for both the supply and demand side of the Internet of Things (IoT).

The Internet of Things

Patrick GUILLEMIN Our AIOTI Working Group is developing and adopting global key standards to ensure effectiveness and interoperability, support economies of scale, enable data sharing and offer innovative new services. Roberto VIOLA A new European standard for smart appliances called SAREF has been launched in a record time: less than a year! Raph CROUAN. The Internet of Things: EU vs US guidance. In its February 2015 Report on the Internet of Things (IoT), the FTC estimated that there are now 25 billion connected devices worldwide. Another more conservative report by Gartner estimates there will be 2.9 billion connected devices in the consumer sector this year and 5 billion total, and that total will climb to 25 billion by 2020.

Regardless of the accuracy of the numbers, clearly the growth of IoT presents unique challenges because of the sheer variety of “connected devices” – from sprinklers, to fitness trackers, to connected cars – and the data they may collect. It is therefore not surprising that regulators have released privacy and security guidance and frameworks for IoT.

In September 2014, the European Commission’s Article 29 Working Party on Data Protection (WP 29 Report) released an Opinion,1 setting forth its interpretation of how EU data protection laws apply to IoT. Six months later, the FTC released a report2 setting forth privacy and security best practices for IoT. IoT council, a thinktank for the Internet of Things. Architecting the Web of Things, for techies and thinkers! Web of Things Platforms Tutorial. Web of Things (@webofthings) Building the Web of Things. Infographic: Capitalizing on the Internet of Things. Three industrial revolutions that have brought epic changes to the world of business are steam engines, mass production, and internet technology.

Online Trust Alliance. IoT Trust Framework - Security, Privacy & Sustainability Addressing the mounting concerns, risks and rapid innovation of IoT in early 2015 the Online Trust Alliance, established the IoT Trustworthy Working Group (ITWG), as a vendor neutral multi-stakeholder initiative. The group recognizes “security and privacy by design” must be a priority from the onset of product development and be addressed holistically. The framework focuses on privacy, security sustainability. IBM Internet of Things Foundation. Internet of Things 2015 Forecasts of the Industrial IoT Connected Home and more.

BI Intelligence The Internet of Things (IoT) has been called the next Industrial Revolution — it will change the way all businesses, governments, and consumers interact with the physical world. For more than two years, BI Intelligence has closely tracked the growth of the IoT. Specifically, we've analyzed how the IoT ecosystem enables entities (i.e. consumers, businesses, and governments) to connect to, and control, their IoT devices in 16 environments, including manufacturing, the connected home, transportation, and agriculture.