Net Neutrality & IoT

By: James Brehm

We've received countless emails and phone calls the past couple of days asking for our opinion on Net Neutrality and Chairman Pai's reversal of previous policy.

Well, just wait, I've got a special edition of our newsletter devoted to Net Neutrality coming. And if you want a preview--all you whining and sniveling SISSIES who are complaining about the reversal order--remember this: without the Network, there is no Net Neutrality discussion.

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Q3 Results Are In!

In our latest issue of A Deeper Connected Conversation we provide an in-depth analysis of Q3 results and a review of market activity (e.g., new network deployments, partnerships &/or alliances, new product &/or service announcements). 

It is our goal to equip readers with the knowledge and insight they need to make wise decisions regarding your IoT and IoT-related ventures and projects. That drives us to uncover and report the most accurate and telling financials, key performance indicators (KPIs), and news. 

To view this report, simply click HERE

For more information, please contact us at info@jbrehm.com.

IoT Should Be Used to Tackle the National Opioid Crisis

By: Consuelo Azuaje

On October 26, 2017 President Trump declared the current opioid crisis (which takes an estimated 91 lives in the US daily) a national health emergency. Under the Public Health Service Act, this declaration will direct federal agencies to contribute more grant money to combatting the epidemic and will give states greater flexibility to use federal funds.

The Scope of the Issue

According to recent studies, more than 30% of Americans have some form of acute or chronic pain, and among the older adults, the prevalence of chronic pain is greater than 40%. More than 37% of of the 44 thousand drug-overdose deaths reported in 2013 were attributable to pharmaceutical opioids; heroin accounted for an additional 19%. Opioid addiction affected ~2.5 million adults in 2014. The widespread misunderstanding and misuse of these drugs has largely contributed to this national epidemic.

In response to the crisis, doctors have become increasingly hesitant over the years to prescribe opioids, and although limiting access to habit-forming opioids may help stem future incidences of addiction development, it also limits pain management options for those that struggle with acute and/or chronic pain. Alternatives to opioids for pain management must be more fully promoted and vigorously promoted.

Drug-Free Alternatives for Pain Management

Neuromodulation is an exciting drug-free alternative for pain management. In fact, some experts expect the global neuromodulation devices market to reach $7.1 billion by 2018—up 270% from 2011. According to the American Pain Society, the annual cost of chronic pain totals $635 billion in the US. That’s greater than the combined costs of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy uses a form of neuromodulation technology. NeuroMetrix, a commercial-stage, bioelectrical and digital medicine company, recently developed and released the TENS-based pain management offering, Quell. Quell is five times more powerful than other OTC TENS kit and provides users customizable, automated pain management therapy. 

An IoT-Compatible Task

Although Quell is also highly effective at reducing pain, what makes it exciting and relevant to IoT companies is how it extends far beyond pain reduction to place greater control into users’ hands, and use IoT and big data analytics to bolster pain management and research. By supporting research, Quell contributes to improving to more than just users’ care and quality of life but to improving the industry itself.

Quell offers users a smartphone app for tracking health metrics such as pain, sleep, activity and gait, and device utilization. This app connects to Quell Health Cloud, NeuroMetrix's integrated cloud platform. Being able to view, form, and consume analyses of their own trends empowers users to identify what their personal pain triggers are, maintain awareness of their own activity levels, and better inform medical professionals of how they are doing.

Quell Health Cloud is its IoT and big data component. The cloud database stores users’ demographic and clinical profile and health metrics. With greater than 35 thousand registered users and over 2.5 million hours of anonymized patient data (e.g. demographic and clinical profiles, health profiles), Quell Health Cloud is quickly becoming one of the largest chronic pain databases in the world. While providing customers with real-time guidance to help them make the most of their therapy, it also helps researchers generate insight into better understanding chronic pain at a population level and developing more effective pain management strategies.

Final Thoughts

Tackling substance abuse will require a multi-pronged approach that and we stand at the precipice of a vast field of unique opportunity. Never before has our understanding of addiction’s neurobiology and root causes been more robust—nor our technological ability to address it effectively and affordably. Improper use of opioids has crept insidiously into every corner of the country, and left pain and destruction in its wake. Treatment is important, but prevention is gold. A drug-free option capable of effectively treating acute and/or chronic pain would do wonders for substance abuse prevention, and data-driven approaches to healthcare will be the cutting edge that breaks new ground for research opportunities.

This is an important opportunity for IoT companies to address and create recurring revenue in a largely untapped and compatible market, all the while producing an enormous amount of social good.

How Are Different, Major Consumer IoT Areas Doing & How Can We Improve ROI?

In this issue of A Connected Conversation, we interpret data that we gathered from hundreds of industry professionals and consumers, alike, to generate a coherent and comprehensive picture of Consumer IoT today. The several major areas of focus were connected cars, home security and automation, wearables, and people and property trackers. 

For each area, the report author and Vice President of Business Intelligence & Analytics, Keith Tamboer, outlines the current state (e.g. amount of market participation, number of subscribers), explains what factors have played into the creation of that state (e.g. misdirected marketing), offers strategies for strengthening weak marketing practices, and highlights underutilized opportunities for creating more meaningful ROI. 

To view the report, click HERE

For more information, please contact us at info@jbrehm.com.

Read All About San Antonio's First IoT Summit & EPIcenter, the Soon-to-Open Energy Innovation Makerspace

In this issue of A Connected Conversation, we discuss EPIcenter (the new San Antonio-based energy innovation center expected to officially open its doors in 2021) and this past spring's IoT Summit: A Connected World which EPIcenter organized. 

IoT Summit showcased the accomplishments and future plans of many professionals in the energy industry as well as their insights into IoT, the challenges associated with IoT, and steps that can be taken today to minimize those challenges.  

Hot Off The Press! Read Our Mid-Year 2017 IoT Results & News Round-Up Report

Read our latest issue of A Deeper Connected Conversation. In this issue, we provide an overview of how well different IoT players have performed so far this year as well as significant activities they have engaged in (e.g. acquisitions, product line expansions, etc.). 

We also provide concise interpretations of the deeper meaning this data carries for individual companies. 

To read our latest issue, click here.

For more information, please contact us at info@jbrehm.com.

Extra! Extra! The New ELD Rule and Fleet Taxonomy Explained

In this issue of A Deeper Connected Conversation we answer of all your questions regarding the new electronic logging device (ELD) rule: What will the mandate accomplish? How will compliance be achieved? And how many people have deployed an ELD solution and how many will need to deploy? 

We also shed some light on the vocabulary problem that the fleet industry is currently contending with. 

Click HERE to read our latest issue of A Deeper Connected Conversation

For more information, please contact us at info@jbrehm.com.

 

Sector Report: The IoT - Examines IoT Layer-By-Layer to Unveil the Larger Picture

We recently collaborated with Drake Star Partner, a global M&A and corporate advisory firm, to produce the comprehensive white paper, Sector Report: The Internet of Things (IoT).  The report, by deconstructing and analyzing each layer (e.g. hardware, software, and networks & integration), demystifies IoT's nature and current state. 

Sector Report: The Internet of Things (IoT) also focuses on recent IoT markets & acquisitions and financing activity, contextualizing the deals and their impact to the market and  provides usecases to shed light, not only on the different ways IoT is showing up across various industries (e.g., Commercial & Industrial, Agriculture & Farming, Utilities & Energy, etc.), but also on how these manifestations contribute to the larger IoT-picture.  

Click HERE to read the report. 

For more information, please contact us at info@jbrehm.com.

Phone’ll Jingle, Door’ll Knock: US Rep & EPIcenter Keynote, Will Hurd, Weighs In on Imminent IoT Security Risks & Best Practices

By: Consuelo Azuaje

Punctuated by sips of coffee and firm handshakes, conversation stirred amongst attendees at San Antonio, TX’s very first IoT Summit which was held at the city’s historic Pearl complex. The event was organized by EPIcenter, a recently-founded non-profit that aspires to become a smart energy hub and innovation center. EPIcenter’s CEO, Kimberly Britton, and board intend for the center to positively impact local residents and the global community by contributing to the development of cleaner, smarter energy. The crowd found their seats and settled in as Britton took the stage and explained how IoT had contributed to EPIcenter’s creation and had shaped its mission. She was preaching to the choir, and the choir hummed back with energy.

Then keynote speaker and US representative for Texas’s 23rd congressional district, Will Hurd, took the stage. “What is IoT and why should it matter?” he asked. It’s a question that keynote speaker Congressman Will Hurd addressed before delving into his core concerns. Hurd cited a recent IEEE study that predicted the global number of connected devices would rise to 17B by 2020. The air is buzzing with noise of connected devices, and a Metcalfe’s Law-informed perspective would look at that kind of surge and equate it with greater utility. Hurd countered, however, that connected devices represent more than the utility they offer; they are also opportunities for exploitation. Vulnerabilities. Like gaps in telco-network security, they make both providers and clients vulnerable to cyber-attack.

How do cyber attacks happen to good networks? Cybersecurity is a messy challenge. An arms race that precludes magic bullets and will force cybersecurity professionals to constantly up their game. Still, even the best cyber security systems and practices can fall prey to attack. The goal isn’t to reach perfection—an impossibility—but to pragmatically and constantly approach it. Doing so minimizes attack efficacy and better safeguards providers and clients alike from attacks which could affect them both physically as well as materially.

The first step to developing a strong defense is to understand the nature of the attack. Cyber attacks are one step in a negative feedback loop. No cybersecurity system is foolproof but cyber attack success rate can be stemmed by good practices. When bad practices lead to disaster, government officials panic and step in to do the only thing they know how to do—legislate. Over-legislation stunts innovation and growth. It’s not uncommon for technology, often ripe on the vine, to become obsolete before it can reach the market due to over-legislation. Which leads to suboptimal cybersecurity systems stunted from their true potential which leads to greater vulnerability which leads to more legislation. Tech, stunted of its true potential, leads to sub-optimal systems that are more susceptible attack and likely to supply lawmakers with reasons for creating even more legislation.

So what’s to be done? How can we break the cycle? By establishing good cybersecurity practices.

In their rush to forge ahead, the previous generation that created the Internet neglected to invest as much in security and we’re feeling the backlash today. For one, companies need to stop backing default passwords into their devices. Second, encrypt everything. Even the simplest devices should be encrypted. Third, plan for regular software updates.

By providing an open work space to tech innovators and energy experts, EPIcenter will facilitate collaborative problem-solving, cultivate the creation of new technology, and ease the necessary paradigm-shift towards greater IoT acceptance. EPIcenter will offer innovators a space to experiment with and test new technology—a crucial component in the process of invention, not only for weeding out ideas but for forming new ones.

Witness NimbeLink’s Journey at This Year’s Sensors Expo & Conference in Silicon Valley

Rich with 30+ years of experience in and insight into the sensors industry, the Sensors Expo & Conference this year will be held at the McEnery Center in San Jose, CA this year and will feature over 100 industry experts with speakers and keynote sessions from companies such as NimbeLink, NASA, Exosite, and Augmented Reality, among others.

NimbeLink first broke into the IoT space as a components company with their family of end-device certified Skywire-embedded modems but has been repositioning itself as an IoT-solutions provider with QTELLUS, its latest full stack, asset tracking solution.

While at the Expo, NimbeLink’s CEO Scott Schwalbe, CTO Kurt Larson, and CIO John Young will discuss the various challenges that NimbeLink has been overcoming as they transition from a components company to an IoT-solutions provider as well as the challenges inherent in designing end-device certified, sensor-embedded devices and systems (e.g. managing device complexity requirements vs time-sensitive deadlines). They will also discuss the characteristics that make cellular connectivity the best fit for some (but not all) applications and the criteria that NimbeLink seeks out in potential partners as they scale up in IoT ecosystem.

To learn more about NimbeLink, visit them on the IoT Ecosystem Expo Floor (Booth #1242) or sit in on any number of the presentations that they will be involved in. A schedule of the Sensors Expo events can be accessed by clicking HERE.