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By Marie Martin The Internet of Things: Another Silicon Valley invention to get all excited about? Or is it something that will hold up beyond the California border and next January? If you’re aching to know, then I suggest you attend the upcoming “Monetizing the ‘Internet of Things’” presentation by our illustrious, and super smart co-founder, Brendan O’Brien. He’ll fly in from the East Coast just to talk to you all about the IoT next Tuesday, October 14th at 12 noon at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, Foothill-F room, just steps away from the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. To be sure, I think you know what the answer to the question posed above is. The IoT is here, and it’s happening now. But there’s nothing like hearing Brendan talk about it. It’s ‘dinner and a show.’ (Well, no dinner, but you get my drift). Brendan will talk about Google and what they’... (more)

The ‘Reach Out and Touch Everything’ Era

How big will the IoT be? According to readwrite, if you ask Cisco and Morgan Stanley it’s somewhere between “big” and “ginormous”. Cisco says there will be 50 billion devices connected by the end of the decade. Morgan Stanley extrapolated a 50% higher estimate at 75 billion. To put it into perspective that’s 9.4 connected devices for every man, woman and child on this spinning little ball we call home. Morgan Stanley suggests that even that number could be low with up to 200 devices helping each of us stay better connected. The IoT is big news because it borrows from the old Ma ... (more)

@ThingsExpo | Google and Samsung Lead IoT Land Rush [by @AriaSystemsInc]

Google’s and Samsung’s Smart Home Deals Lead the Internet of Things Land Rush By Marie Martin If you’re like me – with my busy schedule and all – it’s easy to forget things, especially when I am in a rush to get out of the house for work or for some critical appointment. Usually my mind is fixated elsewhere. I invariably have to ask myself whether I’ve switched off the iron or whatever appliance I happened to be using before I left. Oh, and did I lock the door? Somebody could make a million bucks if they came up with a device that remotely shuts down any appliance large or small... (more)

The Compelling Driver for the 'Internet of Things'

The Compelling Driver for IoT Is in Services, Not The Devices By Marie Martin I came across a very interesting story posted at the Reviewed.com. Website in the section covering home oven reviews. The headline read “The Smart Home Dominates the Internet of Things.” The story, based on a recent report published by Appinions, a market research firm, stated that while home automation “is used interchangeably” with the Internet of Things, the fact is that the IoT is far bigger than that. “It promises to unify a vast array of industrial and commercial devices and activities, not just y... (more)

Monetization – As Interesting as It Sounds?

Monetization – As Interesting as It Sounds? Monetization. Monetize. Great sounding words. Is it just pricing or something more? Merriam-Webster defines monetize as “to coin into legal tender,” or “to purchase debt and thereby free for other uses moneys that would have been devoted to debt service,” or “to utilize (something of value) as a source of profit.” Wikipedia defines monetization as “the process of converting or establishing something into legal tender.” All these definitions indicate that monetization is more than pricing, although pricing is definitely involved. Mone... (more)