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Internet of Things in Real world

Internet of Things in Real world

The future of Internet of Things is huge, and it can be said without any doubt.

According to survey-  IoT units are expected to reach 28.1 billion by 2020. All this indicates that in near future, world will surround with the best technologies and we call it Internet of Everything (IoE).

IoT adds “the smart” in everything – smart cars, smart cities and smart homes, by enabling these things to share and synchronize in real time.

Below given are some IoT things being used in real world:

1. Smart Themostats

Imagine, you want control temperature of your home from anywhere with simple touch on tablet or smartphone. Well, Net Learning Thermostat is most popular smart thermostat that helps to control temperature from anywhere.

2. Mimo Monitor

Mimo Monitor enables parents to get updates about baby’s body position, body temperature, breathing level, response to health and activities and more.

3. Philips Hue Bulbs

Philips hue bulbs which are linked with your smartphone enable you to control intensity of lights. Instead of using various watt bulbs to suit environment and mode, you can simply change intensity from low to medium.

4. Ralph Lauren Polotech Shirt

This shirt records the biometric readings of Athletes like calories burned, heart rate, breathing depths, activity levels and more, and help them to improve their performance.

5. Smart refrigerator

Smart refrigerators inform you about empty bottles and consumed items in the fridge, and can order those items online as well.

6. Google Glass

The Google glass is designed with optical head display. With voice activation, you can to interact, surf net, see, click pictures and many other things in mobile phone.

On the ending note, IoT has many innovative devices to be introduced yet, which will leave the world thrilled and amazed.

Alleviate IoT Innovation for next generation

The two newly launched products by Alleviate IT consultancy namely, UBeacon and UWiFi, are taking world by the storm. These two products have their own features and functionalities. The letter “U” in both these products means universal. On the cusp of discussion about these products,

AITC IoT Innovation

what is UBeacon and UWiFi? UBeacon, name for Apple’s technology standard, allows mobile apps to analyze signals from beacons and react accordingly. It also permits mobile apps to understand customer position and on this basis, it sends hyper-contextual content to users.

UBeacon uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) communication technology. BLE is a personal wireless area network technology to transmit data over short distances. As clear from name, it’s designed for low cost and minimal energy consumption, while maintaining a communication range. BLE communication contains small packets of data or “Advertisements” which are broadcast or sent at a regular interval by Beacons.

Now coming to UWiFi, UWiFi is a serial-to-WiFi device server that allows installed serial devices to connect with Internet via their existing serial port. It acts as a security gap between the network and host application. It supports up to 10 simultaneously active TCP/UDP sockets, provides one secure SSL3/TLS1 socket and two listening sockets. Apart from this, UWiFi eliminates the need of any hardware modifications to the host device.

On the ending note, hope to get more these kinds of products from Alleviate IT Consultancy.

Open Source Tools for Internet of Things

Open Source Tools for Internet of Things

Once in a while, you might have heard of “Internet of Things” or IoT. It is about using of devices to collect data and share it with other devices via Internet. In other words, it can be said that it is machine-to-machine technology.

According to Gartner, 

“26 billion IoT devices will be installed in 2020, generating $300 billion in revenue for service providers and manufacturers.

If you are also interested in this technology and want to develop IoT related software and hardware then here are some open source tools for the same:

1. Arduino:

Arduino is both hardware and set of software. It provides hardware specification for interactive electronics and includes IDE and the Arduino programming languages. Many groups have used this tool to build IoT-related hardware and software products.

2. Eclipse IoT Project:

Eclipse sponsors various projects of IoT including application framework and services and open source implementations of IoT.
3. Kinoma:

Kinoma software platform offers three different open source projects namely, Kimona Create, Kimona Studio and Kimona Connect.

4. M2MLabs Mainspring:

Mainspring is open source framework designed for fleet management, remote monitoring and smart grid applications. It is based on Apache Cassandra NoSQL database and Java.

5. Node-RED:

Node-RED is built on Node.js and is a visual tool for wiring the IoT. It permits developers to connect devices, APIs and services together.
To conclude, these open source tools are highly important in far-flung world of the Internet of Things.

Data Integration with IoT

Data Integration with iot

Everything that will be automated will be automated. – Robert Cannon

What is IoT ? IoT is a concept which enables dumb devices such as car ignition systems, thermostats, etc. to communicate with other systems outside of those devices. These systems share information and gather information that the devices produce, which is then analyzed to take action. Suppose, motorbike shares and gathers data by using devices that are integrated into the core system of bike including fuel management, ignition and transmission. These devices store and produce data which helps to determine how well the bike is performing, examine forthcoming problems and take preventative actions.

This information is really helpful and can perform few actions. It can send direct message to the core systems of motorbike to proactively fix problems by using predirected processes. It’s handy to have this type of system in motorbike, instead of the day, you reacted to things when they failed.

Coming to the next term ‘Data intergration‘. The data integration issue is same like the integration issue that was tackled with in the old days. IoT devices share data in various formats by using different interfaces. The various instances such as planning for integration, shows how well the devices are in and how well they perform with data integration approach. Nowadays, device vendors deliver APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), those APIs are capable to be proprietary. Thus, there are various interfaces to communicate with IoT devices.

Thus, it’s advisable to assemble data integration strategy. Also, be sure to include IoT devices and how the use of IoT can enhance your efficiency. Because, it’s best time to get started with the IoT!

Why startups are focused on the Internet of Things?

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As technology is expanding, people want everything to be connected to Internet, may it be our front doors, microwaves, blenders or our tube lights. When everything will be connected to each other or to Internet, the world will entirely change.

According to studies, by 2020, there will be 38.5 billion connected devices. And,According to Gartner,

there will be 25 billion connected devices and IoT vendors will take home more than $309 billion.

All these surveys indicate that IoT will be firmly embedded in our daily lives. IoT offers new opportunities for start-ups all around the world. Anyone with good idea to connect anything like accessories, wearable’s, etc., can bring it to market.

As the IoT evolves in industries, so are the startups focused on it. Reason? The increasing demand of connected devices. Just imagine, our refrigerator orders for milk and vegetables, which are required, of its own. Won’t it make our life very easy? Yes, it will. And, it is IoT. That refrigerator is connected to internet and it will order from grocery website. The startups with such innovative ideas will really succeed.

Why Startups are focused on IoT?

There can be various reasons like they want to go with the tide or want to earn a lot in less time. Whatever the reason be, startups who are focusing on IoT know it well that they can gain huge profit.

In nutshell, the world has got first real glimpse of fully-grown IoT and what it will look like.

IoT and Cloud Computing

IoT and Cloud Computing

Internet of Things and Cloud Computing are two different technologies and both are part of our life. The use of these technologies is expected to increase and make them important components of Internet. Let’s understand these technologies in brief.

What is IoT?

IoT means connecting devices to internet or network connectivity and enabling these devices to share data. Currently, there are more than 12 billion devices connected to Internet and survey estimates that by 2020 the connected devices will increase by 26 times.

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is internet based computing which allows computers to share data, resources and information. It focuses to maximize the effectiveness of shared resources. Its services can be private, hybrid or public.

In private cloud, services are delivered to internal users from business data center. In public cloud, third-party delivers cloud service over Internet. If talking about Hybrid cloud, then it is combination of public cloud services and private cloud. The goal of Hybrid cloud is to create automated, unified and scalable environment.

IoT Cloud Computing

From the above description, we can say that Cloud Computing works as front end for accessing Internet of Things. As the adoption of IoT technology is increasing so are connection of things. All this will produce large amount of data which needs to be stored, accessed and processed. The combination of IoT and Cloud Computing can help to sense services and processing of data stream.

Characteristics of IoT Cloud Computing

  • On Demand self service -This means that IoT Cloud computing is there for you when you need it.
  • Broad network Access- There are lot of connectivity options for IoT cloud computing.
  • Rapid Elasticity-This means that you get what you need.

In nutshell, these technologies are dramatically changing our daily life and will change more lives.

Is Security and Privacy critical in the Internet of Things?

Is Security and Privacy critical in the Internet of Things?

In this IoT world, the thing that is on stake is ‘our Privacy’. It is pretty much exciting to think that how we can customize the services and products that we want. Apart from this, IoT will modify every aspect of our life, may it be healthcare, manufacturing, government, etc. Now, the question is “How IoT affects our Privacy?” We share a lot of information with other through social media and devices. But there is dark side of sharing this data because this shared information may jeopardize our personal safety.

We can’t deny the fact that this world is moving to ‘internet of connected things’ from ‘internet of connected computers’. We use smart watches, washing machines, fridges, vending machines – all these things collect ocean of information about us. We are surrounded by technologies and smart devices that seem to be the world of robots as picturized in any science fiction movie. All this could turn against us in one single click of button. What we can do to protect our privacy? The options to protect our privacy are very limited. We can use tools such as VPNs, encryption clients, but there is no such thing that can be used as bulletproof privacy shield.

In conclusion, no one tell how much privacy we will get once the IoT is on its hype. So, for the safe side, it’s better to be careful with whom and how you are sharing your information. Marwick, the social media researcher said that, “Neither privacy nor publicity is dead but technology will continue to make a mess of both.

IoT Innovation with Big Data  Industries

IoT Innovation with Big Data   Industries

To begin with, read the statements given below which are related to big data and IoT:

  • Every day, about 500 million Tweets are sent, 4 million hours of content  is uploaded on YouTube, 4.3 Billion Facebook messages are posted and 6 million Google searches are performed. [Big Data]
  • It is expected that industry will grow from $10.2 billion to $54.3 billion by 2017. [Big Data]
  • It is estimated that by 2020 there will be more than 50 billion connected devices.

 You might be thinking, what is relationship between IoT and Big Data? Let’s
discuss.

 Mauritius Privacy Conference
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In 36th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners,

representatives from academia and private sector discuss positive and negative impact of big data and IoT. The purpose was to establish principles on how to reduce the risks related to using data. The conclusion of this conference was captured in two documents namely, the Mauritius Declaration on the Internet of Things and the Mauritius Resolution on Big Data.

Mauritius Resolution on Big Data

  1. Collect and store data that is necessary for lawful purpose
  2. Enable individual to access data maintained by them, and correct and control that information
  3. When collecting data, define the purpose of collection
  4. Carefully control access to sensitive data

Mauritius Declaration on the IoT

  1. Individuals who have connected devices should know what data they collect, for what  purpose and how long it should be retained
  2. Data received from connected devices is “high in quality, quantity and sensitivity”, and should be treated as sensitive and personal data

In the end, these documents indicate the direction where trends are going.

Internet of Things & Security  Challenges

Internet of Things & Security  Challenges

Starting with, what is Internet of Things (IoT)? I think all of us are aware of this umbrella term. IoT is about connecting billions of devices over the internet and enabling them to share data. The device then no longer just relates to you, but is connected to surrounding devices as well. These devices gather and share large amount of crucial data. It has power to make us more productive at work, and make our life happy.

IoT devices are everywhere and it is not a fad. As per the survey, by 2020 there will be more than 50 billion connected devices. Apart from everyday plans, there are various benefits of IoT in various sectors including health care, businesses and more. As IoT has become a larger part of our life, it is more prone to security risks or hacking. And, this arises the question ‘about IoT security’.

Today every industry is adopting an IoT infrastructure and few of them are giving attention to security as well. And, any gap in security can open doors for prying eyes to misuse sensitive data. The various major security challenges that IoT is facing are poor proprietary software, network connectivity, lack of internal, security control in the system, lack of standardized security protocols and more.

In the nutshell, to tackle with security challenges, it is necessary to stay up to date with evolving security risks. Also, a monitoring strategy can be of great help to keep it all in check.

What is IoT

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Iot or Internet of Things can be described as anything, it could be a heart monitor implanted in a person, it could be an automobile with proximity sensors to alert the driver while parking.

In simple words

IoT be describe as an object which can be natural or man-made and can be assigned an IP address and also provided with the ability to transfer data over a network.

The Idea and model of IoT is in practice for years now, but recently with the advancement in the technology there is acceleration in the use of Internet of Things with several devices for collecting, processing and sharing information.

As per a recent research the use of IoT is getting popular in consumer electronics, automobiles and transportation, energy & utilities, industrial and commercial buildings, and many more. Although the concept wasn’t named until 1999, the Internet of Things has been in development for decades.

The first Internet appliance, for example, was a Coke machine at Carnegie Melon University in the early 1980s. The programmers could connect to the machine over the Internet, check the status of the machine and determine whether or not there would be a cold drink awaiting them, should they decide to make the trip down to the machine.

People who are using diverse or interoperable communication protocols realized that in place of diverse and interoperable communications a dynamic heterogeneous/multimodal network can be used in remote and unreachable places such as mines, oil platforms, forests, pipes, etc. Or it can be used in emergency situations like floods, earthquake, etc.

In IoT infrastructure, these “things or objects” will realize and explore each other and learn to take advantage of each other’s data by sharing resources and dramatically enhancing the scope and dependability of the resulting services.

According to Gartner, Inc. 

A technology research and advisory corporation), there will be nearly 26 billion devices on the Internet of Things by 2020.”

ABI Research estimates that more than 30 billion devices will be wirelessly connected to the Internet of Things by 2020. As per a recent survey and study done by Pew Research Internet Project, a large majority of the technology experts and engaged Internet users who responded—83 percent—agreed with the notion that the Internet/Cloud of Things, embedded and wearable computing (and the corresponding dynamic systems) will have widespread and beneficial effects by 2025. It is, as such clear that the IoT will consist of a very large number of devices being connected to the Internet. In an active move to accommodate new and emerging technological innovation,

UK Government, in their 2015 budget, allocated £40,000,000 towards research into the Internet of Things. The British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, posited that the Internet of Things is the next stage of the information revolution and referenced the inter-connectivity of everything from urban transport to medical devices to household appliances.