Articles by Steve Hilton
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As we move from an M2M world to the Internet of Things (IoT) we will increasingly see the value of aggregating and analyzing data from various devices – some machines, some personal devices like smartphones. The aggregation and systematic use of these data is one of the M2M-to-IoT transitions we described in a prior blog post entitled Progression from M2M to the Internet of Things: an introductory blog.
According to Wikipedia, “analytics is the discovery and communication of meaningful patterns in data. Especially valuable in areas rich with recorded information, analytics relies on the simultaneous application of statistics, computer programming and operations research to quantify performance.” By using various predictive models and statistical techniques, analytics can help optimize decisions. Read more…
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Do you want your appliances connected to a WiFi or other network in your home? Do you want a video-based security and surveillance solution that can identify the people who live in your home or are possible intruders? Do you want a system that monitors for broken water pipes when you’re away on vacation?
There are myriad solutions that enable the smart home and there is no end in the creativity shown by product and service vendors in offering these types of solutions. With 1.8 billion households worldwide in 2012, there are many growth opportunities in this sector. But the trick is finding target segments for these solutions, creating easy-to-use solutions and offering solutions at prices that are reasonable enough to attract the target segments. Read more…
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Energy conservation and management has been around as long as humans have used energy sources. In summer months, pioneers chopped enough wood for fireplaces and cooking hearths to last all winter. Mill owners would engage in peak production when water levels were high enough to power their water-fed mills. And today in an era of climate change and expensive energy production resources, we look for new ways to manage electricity. As we move to an Internet of Things (IoT) world, we will see greater adoption of energy management solutions.
There are various types of energy management applications. All of these applications are in use today, although some have found higher levels of adoption than others. Read more…
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Security – precautions taken to guard against crime, attack, sabotage, espionage, etc.
Security and surveillance has become a common facet of business. There are dangers in the world: some are personal dangers, others are dangers or risks associated with assets. While there has been much recent debate about the appropriate use and amount of surveillance, it is fair to say that some amount of security and surveillance is necessary in today’s world.
Security and surveillance solutions include everything from the most simple home monitoring systems and burglar alarms, to high-definition, motion-detecting cameras and retina scanning security solutions. Various forms of connectivity – both fixed-line and wireless – enable a basic type of M2M security solutions. However, when data from the solutions are aggregated and analyzed to predict behavior or thwart crimes, and we are able to access these data on common platforms and devices – including mobile devices – we have entered the world of the Internet of Things (IoT). I described this type of change from an M2M to an IoT world in a prior blog post entitled Progression from M2M to the Internet of Things: an introductory blog. Read more…
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The passenger automobile is one of the venues where there is tremendous opportunity for adding connectivity. You can use your mobile feature phone in the car, but that feels a little like retrofitting an old rotary-dial phone into your 21st-century home. In both, the developed and emerging worlds, it’s common for commuters to spend 1-2 hours per day driving in their automobiles to work. Isn’t it odd that new automobiles with all their computer componentry are not ubiquitously connected? What does the world of connected cars have in store for us? Read more…
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Connectivity is necessary, but not sufficient for the Internet of Things (IoT). As I discussed in an earlier blog posting, connectivity is one of the elements of an IoT solution: it’s the part that provides LAN and/or WAN communications between the hardware layer (equipment) and the application layer. See Figure 1.Read more…
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I’ve often wondered why I need to change my automobile’s motor oil every 3,500 miles or 3 months, whichever comes first. Maybe I’m one of the few people left in the world who still enjoys changing his own oil. But it’s often concerned me that maybe a mileage- or time-based maintenance schedule wastes lots of valuable resources like oil; aluminium and metals for fabricating the new oil filter; plastic for making the new jug of oil; and energy for the recycling facility that takes my dirty motor oil, strips all the impurities from it and recycles it.
Maybe I don’t really need to change the oil that often. Maybe the metrics which determine when I should change the oil – in this case either vehicle mileage or time – aren’t the best predictors of my car’s optimal maintenance schedule. What if there were sensors on my red 1966 Ford Mustang convertible (V8, 289 cubic inch engine, 2-barrel carburettor, for those curious) that would tell me when I need to change the oil. And what if those sensors were collecting data from the oil filter, the valves, the pistons and the exhaust to find anomalies that are better predictors of when I should change my oil to prevent deterioration of my car.
Predictive maintenance is one such IoT/M2M solution that helps lower operating and capital costs by facilitating proactive servicing and repair of assets, while allowing the more efficient use of repair resources – both human labor and replacement products. See Fig. 1.Read more…
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Like all hardware, applications and services in the communications and IT world, the Internet of things (IoT) must be secure. Think about all those billions of devices connected in 10 year. Now think about all the rich, personal data collected on those devices, flying over networks, stored on virtualized servers, and accessed by various end-users of the data. We need to consider the security implications of IoT devices and the systems surrounding them. I postulate that the risks are greatest where sensor data are combined with customer information are stored in large volumes on enterprise servers (see Figure 1).
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The Internet of Things (IoT) market is immature and it should come as no surprise that the management systems (sometimes called OSS/BSS) associated with IoT have yet to develop fully. It’s almost impossible for one vendor to supply all the systems management requirements in the IoT value chain. Furthermore, the threshold for scalability has not been tested in real-world deployments.
We discussed the differences between IoT and M2M in a prior blog posting. In summary M2M has generally been a customized solution with minimal sophistication at the applications layer. IoT is the evolution of M2M where applications, platforms, data aggregation and analysis drive process improvement and service innovation through connectivity-enhanced solutions. We are in the midst of the transition from an M2M to an IoT world.
M2M management marketAnalysys Mason forecasts that the total worldwide M2M management market will grow from USD397 million in 2011 to USD1.1 billion in 2016 at 23% CAGR (compound annual growth rate): See Figure 1. This M2M systems management market will support an M2M market with billions of device connections. See my first blog entitled, “Progression from M2M to Internet of things: an introductory blog”. Read more…
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Welcome to Analysys Mason’s monthly blog post on trends and happenings in the Internet of Things (IoT) world. When Bosch asked me to write this blog series, I was excited. I have known Bosch in my home and my car, and now I get to have my name on the Bosch website. I am going to try to convince Bosch to name a new high-powered, electric hand drill in honor of me, but I do not know if I will be successful.
Over the next 12 months I am going to write a series of blog posts and respond to your comments about all sorts of IoT topics. I will discuss various industry sectors’ adoption of connected devices and applications; look at new business models for IoT; ponder some M&A activity; talk about platforms; and highlight some solutions adopted in various regions of the world. Certainly let me know if you have ideas or thoughts for blogs as well.