The Internet of Things at COFES 2015


COFES 2015

You see these headlines frequently: “By year 2020 there will be [insert a very big number here] devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT)”. And these numbers usually represent a significant range; for instance, from 26 billion (Gartner) to 41 billion (ABI Research). Estimates of IoT’s “economic impact”—in itself not a consistently defined term—also … continue reading →

Wearable and Mobile Technology in Manufacturing and Supply Chain


Vuzix M100

The 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report conducted by MHI and Deloitte Consulting reveals that while smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices have become ubiquitous, their use in manufacturing and warehousing application is predominantly in performing basic tasks such as order picking, item tracking, and similar activities.  According to the survey, the use of mobile technology … continue reading →

Artificial Intelligence or Real Stupidity?


Artificial Intelligence

A recent blog discussion and the ensuing discussion reminded me a lesson I learned many years ago when I was involved in developing artificial intelligence (AI) expert systems. I built expert systems to troubleshoot failures in highly engineered systems such the General Eclectic T700 turboshaft engine, a commercial high speed (at last for that time) … continue reading →

Television, Heal Thyself! Smart Service and the Internet of Things


TV Repair

Television, Heal Thyself!

I was asked by an investment banker to comment on business applications Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and specifically on IoT technologies and business models that pertain to this awful word “servitization”: equipment service, remote monitoring, predictive diagnostics and so forth. Their interest in the topic piqued following a recently published article … continue reading →

A Flying Car by 2017?


AeroMobil Flying Car

Will AeroMobil beat Terrafugia to Market?

According to CNN Money, Slovakian company AeroMobil will begin selling its AeroMobil 3.0 flying car in 2017. AeroMobil is a two-seat personal aircraft with folding wings that is also a street legal car and can be driven from a personal garage to the nearest airstrip. The AeroMobil is powered … continue reading →

Searching for Value in the Internet of Things


Business Value in Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things is not about Things, nor is it about the Internet

It seems not a day goes by without seeing breathless headlines predicting the magnitude and the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT).  For instance, Morgan Stanley estimates that by year 2020 there will be 75 billion devices. Harbor Research, at … continue reading →

Detroit, Silicon Valley


Silicon Valley Automotive

Automakers in Silicon Valley

The press and blogosphere are abuzz with rumors and opinions about Google becoming a car manufacturer, suggestions that Apple should buy Tesla Motors, and countless breathless headlines that tend to end with “will change the auto industry forever.” While the majority of these comments are unsubstantiated and often lack technology understanding … continue reading →

The Fallacy Behind Counting Lines of Code


Software Complexity

Mercedes-Benz vs. F-35

A while ago I attended a discussion about vehicle software development and maintenance. The presenters discussed the increased complexity in automotive software, especially in in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and the advantages of remote over the air firmware update (FOTA). To demonstrate the magnitude of the problem, one of the speakers used oft-cited statistics … continue reading →

2015 Connected Cars Predictions


Connected Cars

I was asked recently by a client to provide an overview and commentary on the state of connected cars and in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) technologies, ecosystem trends, and how I anticipate these to shape over the next 12-24 months. Specifically, we did not want to focus on connectivity technologies per se, but rather explore the drivers … continue reading →

Harman International Acquires Red Bend Software


Mergers and Aquisitions

On January 22, Harman international announced the acquisition of venture backed Red Bend Software, a provider of software and services for remotely updating mobile device software using Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) technology. The company claims a customer base of over 80 mobile device manufacturers, cellular operators and semiconductor manufacturers, all an all managing some 1.75 … continue reading →