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. 

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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. 

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

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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. 

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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.  

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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.

Visit James Brehm & Associates at Sensors Conference & Expo in San Jose, CA!

James Brehm & Associates’ own James Brehm and David Houghton will be moderating several panels at this year’s Sensors Expo & Conference which will be held June 27-29 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA. Particularly relevant to IoT, the sensors industry enables IoT-technological progress and innovation by providing increasingly sophisticated, powerful, and economical sensor technology. The sensors industry has been a major driving force behind IoT development and proliferation.

Come see us at the Sensors Expo & Conference to discuss IoT solutions as well as challenges and problem-solving strategies on the IoT Ecosystem stage located on the Expo floor.

IoT Q1 Performance Analysis

IoT's outlook has been favorable this year, with most firms showing healthy growth in revenue and other key performance indicators.

This latest issue of A Deeper Connected Conversation contains an in-depth analysis of Q1 results and a review of market activity (e.g., new network deployments, partnerships &/or alliances, new product &/or service announcements). 

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Attend San Antonio's first IoT Summit, the EPIcenter's IoT: A Connected World

2020 is going to be an incredible year-- the number of IoT-connected devices by conservative estimates will have reached into the tens of billions. Always outpaced by its own hype, real change never happens as quickly as people advertise it's going to happen, but almost always happens faster than people prepare for it to happen. 

San Antonio's first IoT summit, IoT: A Connected World, will be hosted June 1 by the EPIcenter, and it will bring together IoT industry professionals, utility experts, and city officials for the purpose of sparking more robust discussion about planning for the tides of technological change.

EPI is an abbreviation for "Energy, Partnerships, and Innovation", which represent the core of the center's strategy to become a world-class meeting space for energy innovation and entrepreneurial incubation. Hoping to grow from the ground up, the center plans to engage local businesses and technology communities.

For more information about the speakers that will be featured and about how to register, click HERE