Home Network Security ≠ Privacy

There are a number of new hardware network security products hitting the market. Some replace your existing WiFi router, and others are inserted in the network between the ISP broadband box and your WiFi router. The hardware ranges in price between $99 and $250, and they all require ongoing subscriptions that range from $99 – $130 / year. These devices …

Are smartphones and WiFi / Bluetooth Devices Biohazards?

I’ve heard claims of negative physiological effects of electro-magnetic radiation for years. I’ve never given the matter much thought, but I’m doing product research on a concept that has a side effect of reducing exposure to WiFi radiation. I did a bit of research, and I thought I’d share my findings. I was surprised to find good arguments for and …

Privacy: Personal Data Dissection in an IoT World

As a kid, I remember visiting the museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and seeing the human bodies on display that had been filleted into thin strips to show the inner workings. My wonderment of the complex inner workings was tempered by a curiosity about the donors; did they know how exposed they’d be? We’re in an age of insidious …

IoT and Personal Data Privacy

The subject of personal information privacy has been a major topic of discussion, even before the Snowden revelations on how the NSA has been collecting data on the US population and the complicity of several information and network service providers. The policies of Government will be debated forever, but at least there is some transparency there. Businesses, on the other …

The Strategic Advantage of Mini-Terminals for Chemical Distributors

Q: What’s the difference between a sightseeing tour bus and most minibulk chemical delivery trucks? A: The sightseeing tour bus has windows on the back Working with chemical distributors over the years it was really surprising to learn how often tankers return to distribution terminals with a considerable about of product still on board. This is what’s behind the sightseeing …

Reducing Chemical Costs Using M2M / IoT Technologies

Question: How do you reduce the amount of money your company is spending on chemicals? Answer: Use less chemicals. How? By making sure you’re only using exactly what the application calls for and no more. Forgive me for stating the obvious, but in my years of working with chemical distributors, and their customers, I’ve seen a repeating scenario of overdosing in …

Educational DIY Maker Market: What’s in it for established businesses?

In the MobileM2M white paper “Measure the Gap: The Gap between what’s available and what you need”, we discussed the importance of discovering & documenting your functional requirements.  We suggested that it’s worth considering that your business has enjoyed a level of success because you’re doing something different than your competitors; be it better, cheaper, faster, whatever; and that any …

Mind the Gap Part 1: Device and Software Management

This is the first in a series of articles focusing on the shortfalls in the initial M2M / IoT product offerings. We’ve titled the series “Mind the M2M Gap” after the iconic signs in the UK warning to rail passengers to take caution and not step in the gap, between the platform and the train. The gaps here are the …