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Episode 41

Like the last episode, this show is going to be a little different.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) where I’m going to discuss and analyse each episode to date, in an effort to guide you to the episodes that match your interests or where you are in your research into IoT ...




Episode 40

This show is going to be a little different than the 43 that preceded it.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) where I’m going to discuss and analyse each episode to date, in an effort to guide you to the episodes that match your interests or where you are in your research into IoT ...


The digital twin, as GE refers to it, or the software-defined product (SDP) as I teach it, is the critical component of incremental value generation in the Internet of Things. It’s always overlooked at the expense of the shiny things… and that’s a mistake. The digital twin or SDP is central to the IoT product/system/environment – interrogated by the product app and worked on and improved by analytics – it is the place to start when defining your IoT product requirements.
Watch this video (or read the transcript) to see Hima Mukkamala explain the importance of the digital twin and to put it into the perspective of the IoT platform ...




Episode 39

Before talking go to market strategy, we need to talk, go to green light strategy. For most people, internal or external, IoT is a big unknown and unknowns are scary. To get that IoT pilot started, think small and evolutionary.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript), with Michael Minkevich about his experience in building IoT products and systems, and the best way to get them greenlit ...




Episode 36

Ripping out an existing SCADA system and replacing it with an IoT deployment isn’t going to happen any time soon. Whether it’s an oil pipeline or a water processing plant, the job of the OT guys is to keep things flowin’. Although the writing is on the wall, it’s going to take a lot more than the promise of information nirvana to change existing infrastructure.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) with System Integrator Joel Hutton about his experience in applying the thin edge of the wedge to get an IoT pilot going with his clients ...




Episode 34

I’m sold. In fact I’ve been sold since early 2014 when I first started digging into the emerging Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) market. I’m sold not because it’s cool tech – I’m sold because its affordable. The price makes business sense for a wide range of IoT use cases – some we’re familiar with and others we haven’t even considered yet due to current cost structures.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) with Hardy Schmidbauer of the LoRa Alliance and Thomas Nicholls of Sigfox about what LPWA is and the different ways it’s sold ...


Because of where we are in the evolution of Internet of Things systems it’s not possible to simply bolt on a firewall or Intrusion Detection System. Unlike in IT, in IoT, security must be considered from the beginning as part of the product/system design. But it doesn’t mean we can’t apply some of the same techniques used by our IT brethren. Take for example network traffic analysis. It’s a hot IoT security trend that I’ve written about before but now it’s not just start-ups that are getting into the act - large companies like Symantec are planning to bring all their experience in security analytics to bear on the foes of IoT.
Watch this video (or read the transcript with Brian Witten about intrinsic security, security analytics and his four cornerstones of Internet of Things security ...




Episode 33

The more I dig into it, the more I’m convinced that privacy is a bigger issue than security in IoT. Don’t get me wrong, the challenges facing IoT security are huge and in many cases, unchartered but, we’ll figure them out. Why? Because we’re good at figuring out tech. What’s going to be more challenging is teasing out the rules of engagement from the tangled web of IoT privacy. This involves people, companies, special interests and the law – much more difficult and with huge business implications.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) with privacy philosopher Justin Klein Keane about the challenges we face and some mental frameworks in which to consider them ...


Most of what we read about IoT security and privacy is doom and gloom. I get it, playing on people’s fears is a proven way to get a click. Well there’s some good news too. Losing the typical UI for authentication and authorization can improve security. For example, machines don’t care if they must use 128-bit passwords. And since IoT devices are relatively simple, their traffic patterns are more predictable and therefore easier to examine for security breaches.
Watch this video (or read the transcript) to see May Wang describe the current state of security and how her start-up analyzes traffic patterns to make IoT safer ...