Connected Cars: Past, Present And Future

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TU-Automotive Connected Car 2015 Pre Conference Review

The connected car industry continues to be in a state of flux and there’s no end in sight. The availability of a standard vehicle data port and built-in connectivity is fueling a wave of technology and business model disruptions, creating new opportunities not only for traditional OEMs and … continue reading →

Libelium: Wiring The Internet Of Things From Spain


Libelium and a Vision of Smart Cities

One does not usually think of Spain as startup nation (see postscript The Gain in Spain, below), but a small Spanish company Libelium has been getting much attention, especially in Europe, thanks in no small part to its young charismatic CEO Alicia Asin Pérez. Libelium specializes in sensors … continue reading →

PTC Expands the ThingWorx Platform, Adds ColdLight Analytics


PTC LiveWorx 2015 concluded earlier this week. PTC brought together a good mix of users and prospects, technology vendors and systems integrators, analysts and the press, in a series of presentations and discussions that created much enthusiasm and probably greater expectations from PTC as it seeks to establish a leadership position in the Internet of … continue reading →

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

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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

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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 →