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November 18, 2016

US Department of Homeland Security Issues Principles for Securing the Internet of Things

On Tuesday Nov. 15, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a set of guidelines for developers, manufacturers, service providers, and industrial consumers of IoT devices, called “Strategic Principles for Securing the Internet of Things.” Noting, “the time to address IoT security is right now,” the document comes less than a month after a stunning reminder of the importance of IoT security: the Dyn attack, where hackers used thousands of internet-connected devices around the world to launch a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that caused Internet outages to major sites, including Twitter, Netflix and Paypal. The DHS said […]
November 16, 2016

Arrayent’s Take On Parks Associates’ CONNECTIONS EUROPE Conference

We just returned from the 11th-annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe conference held on November 2 & 3 in Amsterdam. This ever-popular Parks Associates event was themed: ‘Smart Home, IoT, and the Connected Consumer.’ The two-day conference featured keynotes and panel presentations on IoT strategies from industry leaders, including one of our own, Arrayent’s founder Shane Dyer, who spoke on a panel entitled: “Smart Home Solutions: Business Models Shifting to the Cloud,” moderated by Parks’ president, Stuart Sikes. The event was well attended by high-level executives from companies that ranged from the Fortune 500 to startups plus many venture capitalists. In our view, […]
November 10, 2016

The Tech Talent Gap Facing IoT Consumer Products Manufacturers.

IoT is a complicated space spanning the worlds of both product development and information technology (IT). IT spans many areas of technical expertise: embedded product design, app design, connectivity, cloud software, security, backend, dev/ops and many more. Adding connectivity to products has many implications across an organization. Companies need to link physical products with software and services, and that means cross-functional cooperation across IT, engineering, manufacturing, marketing, business intelligence/data analysis, sales and customer support departments. As manufacturers move beyond pilot projects towards deployments at scale, IoT takes on even greater meaning across an organization. As we’ve discussed in other blog posts, with […]
November 3, 2016

IOT VIEWPOINT: DDoS Attacks and IoT Security

Friday October 21st raised a three-alarm emergency for IoT security. The Distributed Denial of Service (DDos) attack on Dyn, an East Coast-based company that monitors and routes Internet traffic, brought down major Internet sites in the U.S. and U.K. for the better part of a day. It also put a spotlight on future threats that may loom for unsuspecting consumers with unprotected IoT devices. This particular attack used unsecure devices, such as IP-connected cameras with weak security policies, as tools to perform the attacks through malicious malware. Thankfully, to our knowledge, no Arrayent-enabled products have been impacted by this recent […]
November 2, 2016

IOT SERIES: What We Are Reading This Week – November 1, 2016

Here are five things on our reading list this week that are worth a look for those who, like us, want to keep up with fast moving IoT trends: 1) The Gartner Top 10 Strategic Tech Trends for 2017. This years trends are all about AI, machine learning, and smart things – and the promise of an intelligent future as we mentioned in our previous blog on Digital Twins (which is trend number 5 in the Gartner report). Gartner analysis is always worth a read. In case you aren’t a Gartner client and haven’t seen the report yet, a summary of it is […]
October 26, 2016

Of Digital Twins And Device Virtualization

Last week Gartner unveiled its Top 10 Tech Trends of 2017. They were announced by at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The trends were characterized in to three themes — intelligent, digital, and mesh. Here are the top 10, listed by category: Intelligent: 1) AI & Advanced Analytics 2) Intelligent Apps 3) Intelligent Things Digital: 4) Virtual and Augmented Reality 5) Digital Twin 6) Blockchain Mesh: 7) Conversational Systems 8) Mesh App and Service Architecture 9) Digital Technology Platforms 10) Adaptive Security Architecture As an IoT platform company that enables smart IoT connected devices, we were delighted to see […]
October 19, 2016

Connections That Make Sense for the Smart Kitchen

Musings from our visit to the 2016 Smart Kitchen Summit in Seattle, where the future of food and cooking was chopped, diced and puréed We recently attended the Smart Kitchen Summit, which brought together leaders in the category—all in conversations about the kitchen, food and the potential of technology to simplify lives, reduce waste, and help people make better decisions about what they cook and eat. The summit, created by industry commentator Michael Wolf, in one year’s time has grown to a standing room only affair for designers, CEOs, major appliance brands and up-and-coming startups. Here are the recurring messages […]
October 12, 2016

The Age of Smart Talking Interoperable Products

We are literally moving into the age of smart talking products, a new category of the Internet of Things given voice by the advent of Amazon’s Echo/Alexa, and now the newly introduced rival Google Home. And still to come, perhaps, an Apple Siri-enabled equivalent expected in the near future. The recent Google Home announcement drew a lot more attention to the emerging category, which has been called voice-activated or virtual personal assistants. In the lead-up to the Google announce-ment, market research firm Gartner predicted the VPA-enabled wireless speaker market will be a two-billion dollar business by 2020 – with 3.3% […]
September 1, 2016

Will HaaS Become The New SaaS?

WILL NEW BUSINESS MODELS DEFINE IOT’S FUTURE? Wall Street Journal reporter Christopher Mims did an insightful piece on IoT technology adoption a couple of weekends ago, entitled The Internet of Things Is Here, and It Isn’t a Thing. Mims astutely assessed: “The killer app of the Internet of Things isn’t a thing at all—it is services.” We couldn’t agree more. We actually think HaaS (Hardware as a Service) will become the new SaaS (Software as a Service) and is the future of connected consumer products. As the article vocalized, and what we have been preaching to consumer brands for a long time, […]
August 26, 2016

IoT Business Decision: Build vs Buy IoT Platform

One of the biggest decisions facing consumer products companies undertaking development of connected products is whether to build their own IoT cloud or to adopt a commercially available IoT platform. Here are some thoughts to consider. More building blocks are available than ever before—from Amazon Web Services, IBM Watson IoT, Microsoft Azure, and others—enabling companies who have the understanding and expertise to assemble their own cloud-based IoT infrastructure. And, the websites of some building block companies make it sound like they offer an end-to-end connected product solution, but that is only true if you engage their professional services to build your own IoT […]