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IoT 2016: 13 Hot Trends For Business

We've identified 13 noteworthy Internet of Things trends that will make a difference to your business -- and your life -- this year and beyond.
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a label that excites some people and causes violent eye-rolling in others. Before we go any further, it's important to note that IoT has multiple meanings.

In the consumer world, it tends to mean sensors in devices previously left outside the realm of electronics. In the business world, it tends to mean automated control of processes using sensors and controllers tied together, rather than left to operate on their own.

We've identified 13 noteworthy IoT trends that will make a difference to your business -- and your life -- this year and beyond. These include:

  • An array of healthcare wearables that enable doctors and clinicians to monitor all aspects of a patient's well-being
  • An assortment of tools, including Raspberry Pi and Arduino, that encourage DIY projects of all kinds
  • Sensor-equipped office furniture and lighting that promotes ergonomics
  • Devices and sensors designed to help agriculture and other industries improve productivity and preserve resources

We were able to see many of these devices on display earlier this month at CES in Las Vegas, where we also gained insight into the prevailing trends and potential business benefits of many IoT options.

[Which new gadgets work for business? Read 10 Best Enterprise Products At CES.]

Once you've reviewed our trendspotting, let us know what you think in the comments section below. Are we on the mark in predicting which IoT developments will matter most to our work and our lives? Are there any compelling options you think we've missed? We're eager to hear from you.

Curtis Franklin Jr. is Senior Editor at Dark Reading. In this role he focuses on product and technology coverage for the publication. In addition he works on audio and video programming for Dark Reading and contributes to activities at Interop ITX, Black Hat, INsecurity, and ... View Full Bio

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Gigi3
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1/21/2016 | 3:53:34 AM
IoT Health Care Domain
Curtis, there is No doubt that health care domain is going to be the bigger user for IoT. But when it comes for handling and processing the sensitive personal datas, end point security is going to be a major concern.
SaneIT
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1/21/2016 | 9:53:41 AM
Re: IoT Health Care Domain
I agree that health care is going to be a very big area for IoT but the DIY pieces are going to give us more innovative products.  One problem I have with the DIY offerings is that they overly sacrifice performance assuming that the DIY crowd will be OK with giving up performance for customization.  I disagree because every DIY thing I've taken on wasn't so much about customization it was about doing something better than I could do with off the shelf products.  I'm not knocking the Raspberry Pi but the promise it shows in many DIY projects goes out the window when you realize that the single USB bus from their site " The Raspberry Pi also has only one root USB port: all traffic from all connected devices is funnelled down this bus, which operates at a maximum speed of 480mbps."   I know that's not what the Pi was intended for large projects but not everyone is OK with a server running in the living room.  The price point for the Pi is perfect for the DIY crowd so hopefully they'll release a version that gives us a little more throughput to do crazy things. 
Gigi3
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1/25/2016 | 12:19:31 AM
Re: IoT Health Care Domain
"DIY pieces are going to give us more innovative products.  One problem I have with the DIY offerings is that they overly sacrifice performance assuming that the DIY crowd will be OK with giving up performance for customization.  I disagree because every DIY thing I've taken on wasn't so much about customization it was about doing something better than I could do with off the shelf products."

SaneIT, there is NO doubt that number of products in DIY is more than any other domains because it gives an opportunity for all enthusiastic technocrat to come up with their own products or solutions. Performance or satisfaction is secondary because it matters only when such product/solution moves to business or marketing segment.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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1/25/2016 | 8:14:13 AM
Re: IoT Health Care Domain
It's kind of a sad statement to say that performance and satisfaction are secondary in the DIY market because I really do believe that this is the market that will drive IoT.  Making it difficult for the hobbyist to do all the things they dream of doing puts a cap on growth.  
Gigi3
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1/27/2016 | 4:13:33 AM
Re: IoT Health Care Domain
"It's kind of a sad statement to say that performance and satisfaction are secondary in the DIY market because I really do believe that this is the market that will drive IoT.  Making it difficult for the hobbyist to do all the things they dream of doing puts a cap on growth"

SaneIT, self satisfaction and customer satisfaction are different. When you make a device/solution to cater a specific requiremnt then you can have self satisfaction. But when you are marketing the product, customer satisfaction is more important then self satisfaction.

 
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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1/27/2016 | 8:19:14 AM
Re: IoT Health Care Domain
Yes those two are different but it is also difficult to have self satisfaction when you look at a project and admit that you've made some concessions due to hardware that really should exist.  The hobbyist isn't going to contract a run of a few thousand boards so that they can get exactly what they want so what most of us end up doing is building smaller than we wanted in the hopes that we'll have what we really needed in a few years. 
Gigi3
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Gigi3,
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2/4/2016 | 4:15:35 AM
Re: IoT Health Care Domain
and admit that you've made some concessions due to hardware that really should exist.  The hobbyist isn't going to contract a run of a few thousand boards so that they can get exactly what they want so what most of us end up doing is building smaller than we wanted in the hopes that we'll have what we really needed in a few years. "

SaneIT, again it depends upon how looking to the matter for satisfaction. It can be in either way of thinking "Oho I have done this much" and "I done a little" for the same product. I meant psychological thinking
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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2/8/2016 | 9:23:15 AM
Re: IoT Health Care Domain
I'm really glad this topic came up, it seems like someone is watching since I've seen handfuls of Raspberry Pi like devices pop up in the past week that address some of the limitations.  It seems the hardware developers working on these tiny devices look at the product and say "you can do all of these things" but they don't look at it and say "someone is going to try doing...".  Maybe the landscape is changing enough that I won't be disappointed much longer.
Gigi3
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Gigi3,
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2/9/2016 | 12:02:21 AM
Re: IoT Health Care Domain
SaneIT, All the best.
batye
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batye,
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1/22/2016 | 3:03:31 AM
Re: IoT Health Care Domain
@Gigi3, interesting observation from security point of view it will always be a big problem...
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1/21/2016 | 9:50:23 AM
Smart office furniture?
So many gadgets to choose from, and lots of great potential.  Smart chairs to help reduce strain on office workers, such a great idea, if ofcourse we can show measureable imporvement for users.  

I'm very excited to see the ocntinued development of DIY kits, especially around Raspberry Pi and Arduino.  I think this could be a great way to get more of the public involved in not necessarily coding, but interacting with other connected objects and learning more about technology.

Every year IoT promises more and more uptake, and while the devices are there, I really hope to see the business side of things catch up in terms of adoption.
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batye,
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1/25/2016 | 12:44:31 AM
Re: IoT Health Care Domain
@Gigi3, no in Canada, this days no one interesting DIY pieces ... better to call specialist... to deal with the problem...
Gigi3
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1/27/2016 | 4:04:52 AM
Re: IoT Health Care Domain
"no in Canada, this days no one interesting DIY pieces ... better to call specialist... to deal with the problem..."

Batye, Is it cost effective? I won't think.
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mejiac,
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2/10/2016 | 11:27:34 AM
When it's becoming part of the Organization's culture
Thank you Curt for the great article,

I think that most, if not all that you mention, is somethign that's being implemented in Office and Work environment design. At my current assigned they completly remodeled an entire floor adopting a more collaborative approach. What this does is in fact make people get up and be more on stand up meetings.

All desks can be lifted so to be stand up desks. Devices are placed to isolate white noise, and even the ligthing is more pleasent to the eyes.
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