What to Know About Bluetooth 5

    Posted by David Bonneau on 07/30/18

    Radios, Remote Sensors, and Connectivity

    It’s hard to imagine a time before 1998, when Bluetooth® was first introduced, that we’d have to endure commutes to work on the train without the “luxury” of internet connection, or workouts with our favorite tunes blasting perpetual motivation through our cable-free earbuds. Remember when cafés advertised free WiFi? Now wireless connections are commonplace and expected amenities in public places. And, noting the difference between WiFi and Bluetooth, the latter—through our Bluetooth-enabled devices—keeps us connected to WiFi. Bluetooth has become a necessary bridge to the world wide web, making it the modern-day lifeline to the internet of things (IoT).   

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    Topics: Troubleshooting Technology, IoT Engineering, Internet of Things, Creative Solutions

    Smart City or Surveillance City?

    Posted by David Bonneau on 06/15/16

    “Smart City or Surveillance City?”

    asks Sophie Quinton in her feature for The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline this past April. That’s undoubtedly a question many city dwellers will be asking as their leaders add the enhanced technology that will classify them as “smart.”

    What exactly is a “smart city?"According to Quinton, there is no clear definition, but many cities are claiming the title by integrating information technology into city services at some level. Cities that boast the title are leading with technological innovation to improve infrastructure, safety, public services, and the overall life and wellbeing of their citizens.

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    Topics: Internet of Things, IoT Engineering

    City IoT Networks to Launch across the Country

    Posted by Ben Miller on 04/29/16

    The first machine-to-machine networks from Ingenu have launched in Texas and California, but the company isn't stopping there.

    Dedicated machine-to-machine (M2M) networks capable of supporting Internet of Things (IoT) connections might just be commonplace by this time next year.

    Ingenu, a company with proprietary technology for M2M connectivity, has launched such networks in two cities as it gets ready to set up in more than 30 cities through 2016 and 2017. The networks will be open to public- and private-sector users as a means for connecting devices without forcing them to compete with more “noisy” technologies like cell phones.

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    Topics: Internet of Things, IoT Engineering

    What’s Next for IoT Security?

    Posted by David Bonneau on 04/01/16

    This past January saw the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas roll out some really innovative products. Visitors saw everything from 3D printed goodies and gigantic TV wall displays (like Samsung’s 170-inch modular TV) to self-driving cars.

    As companies race to rollout the greatest new gadget to consumers, what is the impact on cybersecurity for the quickly expanding Internet of Things (IoT) and the growing connectivity between devices? In his blog post, “Where Next on Internet of Things (IoT) Security?” Dan Lohrmann gives a quick snapshot of some of the things he found most intriguing from this year’s event.

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    Topics: Internet of Things, IoT Engineering

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