Editor's Notes

Opinions posted by the editor.

  • Why You Should Elect to Be Part of the IoT

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    Just like our democracy, the Internet of Things will break if we do not take an active role in it.

  • It's Time to Unplug the Insecure IoT

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    Hackers have proven what security experts have been warning us about for years—that they can soldier insecure Internet of Things devices to do their bidding. It's past time for all players in the IoT ecosystem, from manufacturers to consumers, to address vulnerabilities.

  • Does One Fewer IoT Standards Equal One Step Closer to Interoperability?

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    On Monday, two groups that have spent the past few years developing competing open-source communication standards for Internet of Things devices announced that they will merge. But there is still plenty of reconciliation to do before consumers can enjoy interoperable IoT devices—if they ever do.

  • A Smart Supply Chain Starts With Smart People

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    Internet of Things technologies, on their own, will do nothing for the supply chain. But well-trained supply chain professionals could do quite a lot of good with IoT technologies.

  • Why Stadiums Should Be Early Adopters of Smart-City Tech

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    Major League Baseball is all about data, and the IoT offers a way for that number-crunching to extend to MLB stadiums as well.

  • We're Awash in Sensors—Let's Start Using Them

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    Modifi is answering the call of resource reuse, and I believe it's a smart business model.

  • Climate Change Is Chipping Away at the Shellfish Industry

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    Oyster farmers, already suffering from losses caused by ocean acidification, are also on guard against bacteria that new research shows are increasing in lockstep with warming oceans. The IoT can help oyster producers address threats associated with warming waters in the short term, but the long-term fix will take more than technology.

  • Consumer Drones Have No Place Near Wildfires

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    Wildland firefighting is not a spectator sport, but some drone pilots seem to think otherwise. Fortunately, the Department of the Interior is partnering with technology providers to put a stop to the disruptions that UAVs sometimes cause.

  • Sensors Cross the Industrial-Consumer Divide

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    New, more capable and affordable sensors are being used in both industrial and consumer Internet of Things applications.

  • The IoT Could Make Retailers' Dreams About RFID Come True

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    A startup called Stuffstr shows how consumers, with the help of a smartphone app, could be benefiting from brands embedding RFID tags into their products.

  • Here Come the Digital Overlords

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    Forget the sinister government plot lines—consumers appear willing to pay for some level of servitude to technology if it helps them overcome vexing problems.

  • How Beacon Technology Is Changing Lives

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    An open standard for audio-based navigation systems could make public transit far more appealing and accessible to vision-impaired commuters.

  • IoT Reporter Finally Feels the Spark of IoT

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    After nearly two years on the Internet of Things beat, I have finally figured out why others get so excited about being able to see the unseeable.

  • Wisdom of the Crowd? A Look Back at Crowdfunded IoT Projects

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    There's no doubt that crowdfunding can be a great tool for IoT startups, but it's no guarantee of success.

  • Can the IoT Change the Very Fiber of Society?

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    A major research and development project aims to change the meaning of "a smart-looking outfit."

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