Proximity & Affinity the future of IoT

I often listen to IoT discussions that make me think I am in an episode of Highlander!  “In the end there can only be one!”

I think that premise is flawed and I think we are going to see some changes as we adopt alternative wireless technologies.

Let me explain why.

  1. Security is the starting point, but not about the way that IoT and DDoS have been linked together.  If you see what I am doing with the security summit at IoT Evolution Expo you know that I am not about IoT fixing problems that are beyond it’s control.  DNS was being attacked before IoT and it will be attacked without IoT.  However, there is a bigger problem that faces those of us that try to harden our networks.  The problem is that when a calamity hits like a earthquake, tidal wave or terrorism, the odds are likely we are going to crash the network with sensors all trying to report back.  Whether that leads to reboot break ins or just a network failure is not clear.
  2. Proximity and Affinity are the solution.   If we map where things are when a packet storm starts the network gateways can dampen the noise and create a affinity group of reporting.  Now the reality of most PLCs these days is that IoT normally has pretty simple signals that it delivers.  This is particularly true in manufacturing but also applies to field systems. In reality we have many systems that are tracking boolean data of red (stop) and green (go).  Using Affinity information allows the systems to distribute and machine learn.

As we move to intelligence at the edge the use of affinity and proximity will increase.  While the cloud is common strategy today, the edge is the more logical place to manage particularly for system security.  Here again proximity can become part of the strategy as companies can sense their surroundings to gather deeper analytics. We see the edge become so well self management that it manages alternate routing, I believe this is the concept that is driving SDNs.

The bottom line is we are going to see the edge continue to become the focus thanks to IoT.  Building a pool of sensor intelligence from multiple devices is going to become more common place.

Business Alerts by Chrissie Cluney

  • Are the batteries dying on the future of Smartwatches?

Apple sold 1.1 million of their watches in 2016, which is 73% less than it sold in 2015. And Motorola doesn’t “see enough pull in the market to put [a new smartwatch] out at this time,” you would be excused for thinking the smartwatch world is contracting.

“Wearables do not have broad enough appeal for us to continue to build on it year after year,” said Shakil Barkat, global product development head, Motorola.

There are a few factors as to why this technology might be failing. First, smartwatches are implicitly polarizing. Unlike a phone, a watch is more an accessory and than an electronics device.
When a customer thinks about purchasing an Apple Watch or a Samsung Gear the question is not whether this device is better than the closest alternative. The question is whether this device will go with their wardrobe. The issue becomes more aesthetic than functional.

The second problem is that watches, unlike phones, are rarely upgraded. A watch is supposed to be an heirloom and the only way to encourage multiple purchases is to price them at lower than a traditional watch, which is a near impossibility. Or make them last longer. This is more of a generational problem, but one that will stymie smartwatch sales for years.

So what’ll happen next? The fashion watch brands such as Swatch, Burberry, Casio, Seiko will probably bring their long experience in making watches people actually want to buy to the smartwatch world.

Smartwatches are a fade. Watches, however, will always be with us but in their original form, as a tool and a bit of ostentation.

 

  • What’s HDR? It’s Explained.

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It is slowly changing the way in which television set companies are making their televisions.

Ever since the HDTV standard was advertised in the mid-’00s, screen producers have been attempting to come up with new standards that feel anywhere as impressive. There hasn’t been a baseline image standard that has surpassed the quality jump from CRT sets to clearer panels with 1080p resolution support.

HDTV, 3D, and 4K have all been ready to quickly and accurately describe for every day people as “more pixels,” or “one image per eye”. HDR’s different because people don’t know how to justly describe everything that the standard is capable of.

HDR might be the most impactful addition to modern TV sets since they made the 1080p jump. The images are brighter and more colorful. Because of this the brightness and color are unmistakable to see even to the untrained eye. Content and hardware providers all know it, and they’ve all begun cranking out a worthy HDR ecosystem. The HDR difference is that it’s officially affordable.

“The problem with restricting maximum brightness to 100 nits (as in TV and Blu-ray) is that the brighter the color, the closer it becomes to white, so bright colors become less saturated. For example, the brightest saturated blue on an ordinary display is a mere 7 nits, so a blue sky will never be as bright and saturated as it should be,” said Dolby engineers.

The future of your television set is now HDR and not necessarily HD or 3D.

 

  • HackerOne Bug Bounties of 2016

What’s a bug bounty? Bug bounty programs are a way for software vendors to outsource web domain, app and network security beyond their own in-house security teams. This allows them to acquire as many eyeballs on potential security problems as possible before they become exposed and exploited by attackers.

Apple, Microsoft, Google and other name brand companies run their own invite-only and open bug bounty schemes. The rewards from those companies can sometimes reach as high as $200,000 for the most severe flaws, which could jeopardize users.

HackerOne provides a platform designed to streamline vulnerability coordination and bug bounty program by enlisting hackers to improve companies’ online security. Below is the list of the bug bounties that have been around this year as the most competitive programs.

PornHub’s bug bounty program was launched in May. It has already accepted reports and thanked 311 hackers for their efforts in finding security flaws in the porn provider’s web domains.

LocalTapiola is Finland’s insurance giant’s bug bounty scheme. It was launched roughly eight months ago. It has resulted in hackers being awarded some of the most competitive lures on the platform.

Twitter’s bug bounty program has proven to be a popular avenue for security researchers looking to make some extra cash. One hacker was awarded $15,120 for reporting a critical bug.

Snapchat’s bug bounty scheme, was launched two years ago. It is a relatively successful program, which has resulted in 125 security researchers being awarded over $70,000. The average for a valid bug report is $100. However, some researchers have earned $10,000 out of a $15,000 maximum award.

Uber’s bug bounty program has a response time of around a day. It asks researchers to find bugs in both the transportation company’s web interface and on their app. The bugs found range from cross-site forgery (XSS) issues to remote code execution.

Hack the Pentagon was the US government’s attempt in bug bounty programs. The program ran for 24 days last March. It resulted in 138 vulnerabilities being taken care of and $70,000 awarded to researchers.

From their success, Hack the Army was created. It is a program designed to challenge researchers to find security flaws in the US Army’s front-facing systems in return for thousands of dollars in rewards.

Bug bounty programs are a very lucrative choice of work for those people who have a knack for finding bugs in companies websites or apps.

  • Ericsson ConsumerLab Report – Top Trends for 2017.

The Ericsson ConsumerLab recently published their report, “The 10 Hot Consumer Trends for 2017 and beyond”. This report found that 35% of advanced Internet users want an AI advisor at work. And one in four would like AI as their manager. However, almost half of the respondents were concerned that AI robots will soon make a lot of people unemployed.

The IoT? With an increase in IoT adoption, two in five believed smartphones will learn their habits and perform activities on their behalf automatically.

Virtual reality? While mentioning about Virtual Reality, the report pointed out that almost four out of five VR users believe it will be indistinguishable from reality in only three years.

“Beyond real time, I believe we should be talking about reality time. In fact, what we call reality becomes ever more personal and subjective,” said Michael Björn, head of research, Ericsson ConsumerLab.

Over 50 percent of those surveyed are already use emergency alarms, tracking or notifications on their smartphones. Of those people who say their smartphone make them feel safer, three in five say they take more risks because they rely on their phone.

One in three respondents said social networks are their main source of news and more than one in four value their contacts’ opinions more than politicians’ viewpoints.

“Consumers also want the future to remain fully mobile, implying that demand for battery-friendly, instant and fast connectivity is set to grow rapidly. In that sense, reality time means it is time for 5G networks,” said Björn.

The Ericsson ConsumerLab report describes what our society is doing in regards to technology. We can only wait to see what will actually happen in 2017!

Unicorn Awareness 16 of 155: Lufax Peering into Finance

This is a series of articles aimed at making people aware of the endangered Unicorns that exist among us.

It is not their fault that they are endangered. It’s the price and pride of ownership. So where along the way the decision was made to feed them more than they can consume and that lean was not as import as means.

Some of the unicorns have done well on this diet. Others have not. We don’t pass judgement on the individual unicorns. We just highlight the herd for your awareness.

Currently we have gained a new Unicorn and the count is 155. In other words we are one short. (Which I would make a case should be more than one ;<) ).

Lufax

Lufax is short for Shanghai Lujiazui International Financial Asset Exchange Co. and according to the WSJ they have “7 million registered users [and have] arranged more than 200,000 loans worth $2.5 billion.”

The idea of  peer-to-peer [P2P] lending is to bypass the bankers so that the lenders can recoup principal and interest directly. This increases the chance of individual defaults and makes risk unmitigated.  In China, the banking industry has not matched the need of small firms and consumers so LuFax is a well known alternative.  However, it is not the only alternative.

Unicorn Awareness 15 of 155: Palantir Finds Fraud

This is a series of articles aimed at making people aware of the endangered Unicorns that exist among us.

It is not their fault that they are endangered. It’s the price and pride of ownership. So where along the way the decision was made to feed them more than they can consume and that lean was not as import as means.

Some of the unicorns have done well on this diet. Others have not. We don’t pass judgement on the individual unicorns. We just highlight the herd for your awareness.

Currently we have gained a new Unicorn and the count is 155. In other words we lost one.

Palantir

At $20B the Palantir is one of the largest unicorn’s in the herd.  The P A L in Palantir maybe a reference to it’s origins in PayPal, where the focus was on using link analysis to find fraud.  Since then it has been a darling of the government agencies with contracts for $215M for helping them to do everything from finding Bin Laden to prosecuting Bernie Madoff.

They are looking to be used for energy, entertainment, finance, healthcare, insurance and retailing.

Unicorn Awareness 14 of 156: Xiaomi Zowie

This is a series of articles aimed at making people aware of the endangered Unicorns that exist among us.

It is not their fault that they are endangered. It’s the price and pride of ownership. So where along the way the decision was made to feed them more than they can consume and that lean was not as import as means.

Some of the unicorns have done well on this diet. Others have not. We don’t pass judgement on the individual unicorns. We just highlight the herd for your awareness.

Currently we have gained a new Unicorn and the count is 156.

Xiaomi

It might be the great firewall of China is an aid to Xiaomi growth, but certainly it’s vision is international.  The company’s name means “little rice” in Chinese, but within China the social aspects of the Xiaomi product line is apparent.  The founder Lei Jun is like the Mark Zuckerberg of China and the product launches rival the Steve Jobs grandeur.   Combined with their social media prowess, moderate pricing strategy and frequent software releases the company has a market valuation of 46B.

Of note is the fact that Qualcomm is an investor.  The WSJ lists Huawei and Lenovo as its competitors but Apple and Google come to mind first internationally.

The Bright Shiny Object Syndrome

A friend once commented on a specific country, that it was the best place to go if you wanted to see a smile while being told to go jump in a lake.  “They are very good at telling you to F*#k-off politely”

I have similar feelings about the “spirit of collaboration” in California.  I contend that the openness is a false trust factor.

I am not saying I am not interested in open solutions, I am saying that some business ideas are corrupted by the bright shiny object syndrome.

While I am impressed with all the activity, sometimes it feels like some stronger discipline is needed.  A good example is ride sharing and the offshoots.  Does Apple really have any business going into the Auto industry?   If so, what is their competitive advantage?  Are they going to be able to charge a premium for a mid market car?  Go on the high end?  The auto industry was very sick just about a decade ago.  Consolidation occurred for brands and companies.  Does this look like a ripe market?

Yes, Tesla has brought game changing technology to market, but it’s still not clear if they are not going to be an enabler for others more than a competitor.

Uber and others have indicated they are going to use autonomous vehicles to ride share. Does a driver less car change the cost factors to the point where the BOM is significantly impacted?  And does the lack of a steering wheel have other human factors that impact comfort and buying decisions.

The fact that Google left the board of Uber indicates the issue I have.  Google wants to be in the ride sharing business in San Fransisco.  Google waited until it was ready before resigning from the board.  I am not sure that follows the “do no evil’ goal, but even so, I still have to ask why?  The fact that Uber has taken a real debt with bonds and merged it’s china operation suggest that things are tougher.  Does the use of Google for maps equate to a google cab?

I would love to see the rotary guidance applied to opportunity.

Does it have to be built?

Does it have to be built now?

And does it have to be built by us?

I think a lot of projects would be abandoned once these questions asked.

The Nightly Unblackening of Comedy Central

I am disappointed that Larry Wilmore will no longer be guiding me through the subtlety of White and Black experiences.

He has managed to take hard discussions and make them palatable to a tree hugging liberal like myself with few black friends.

larrywilmore

I am not sure what Comedy Central has in mind for the future of the Nightly Show, but I think anyone competing with Stephen Colbert’s migration to CBS would have had a problem.

I am hoping that Larry and the entourage find a way to reminding us to “keep it 100”. And to call things out when they are “weak tea”.

Like Stephen, Larry added to my vocabulary with phrases that I now understand and can use in a sentence to help me speak to other people beyond my tree hugging liberal friends.

I will not claim I am blackened, but at least I am more aware thanks to Larry and the team.

Michel Martin Steve Voss/NPR

Michel Martin
Steve Voss/NPR

However, adding to the post, I want to point out the Michel Martin at NPR had similar problems connecting to more listeners with her show “Tell Me More”.

There I got to hear a barbershop filled with a diverse set of political views.

It maybe that white america is only ready for weak tea.

So while I am sad these shows are off the air, I feel they kept it 100.

Unicorn Awareness 13 of 150: Uber Alles

This is a series of articles aimed at making people aware of the endangered Unicorns that exist among us.

It is not their fault that they are endangered. It’s the price and pride of ownership. So where along the way the decision was made to feed them more than they can consume and that lean was not as import as means.

Some of the unicorns have done well on this diet. Others have not. We don’t pass judgement on the individual unicorns. We just highlight the herd for your awareness.

Currently we have gained a new Unicorn and the count is 150.

Uber

My tendency with Uber is to defer to Velveteen Rabbit as analogous to Uber’s becoming a real company. Already it has done things that stand out from the rest of the unicorns. The first is that it went to the debt market which it did not publicize, the second is that it admitted that it could not beat them, so it merged its Uber China LoB with Didi Chuxing.

With an evaluation of 68B and another 15B in available through debt, the question has to be can Uber possibly pay off in the long run.

Unicorn Awareness 12 of 149 (again)

This is a series of articles aimed at making people aware of the endangered Unicorns that exist among us.

It is not their fault that they are endangered. It’s the price and pride of ownership. So where along the way the decision was made to feed them more than they can consume and that lean was not as import as means.

Some of the unicorns have done well on this diet. Others have not. We don’t pass judgement on the individual unicorns. We just highlight the herd for your awareness.

Currently we have gained back a Unicorn and the count is 149.

Mode Media

Mode Media, formerly called Glam Media, owns hundreds of lifestyle sites that connect brand advertisers with targeted audiences such as men with Brash, Foodie, Glam, Tend (for moms) and other channels online.

Advertisers can access Mode’s audience directly through Mode in North America (US and Canada), Asia (including Japan, and South Korea) and Europe (including Germany, the United Kingdom and France) as well as through our sales and marketing partners in Australia, China, Singapore, Italy, Spain, the Middle East, South Africa, and Russia. In fact, we have the capability to aggregate viewers from almost anywhere in the world. We focus on local creators and brands, creating original, local and highly engaging in-market experiences.

Unicorn Awareness 11 of 148: WiFiMaster

This is a series of articles aimed at making people aware of the endangered Unicorns that exist among us.

It is not their fault that they are endangered. It’s the price and pride of ownership. So where along the way the decision was made to feed them more than they can consume and that lean was not as import as means.

Some of the unicorns have done well on this diet. Others have not. We don’t pass judgement on the individual unicorns. We just highlight the herd for your awareness.

Currently we lost one of your Unicorns since the count was 149 until last week.

WiFiMaster

Wifimaster WiFiMaster biggest asset might be that the own the domain wifi.com. However, it probably helps that they are in China, but 52M investment has yielded a Billion dollar evaluation. Wifimaster provides an app called Wifi Master Key for connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots without a password or sign-in.