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  • Simplifying the IoT: Connecting, Commissioning and Controlling With Near Field Communication
    Published June 2016
    Eventually, most devices will be interconnected to collect sensor data or enable control of the smart-home environment. In the future, PCs and mobile phones could become outnumbered by small "headless" devices with limited or no user interface. The NFC Forum describes how Near Field Communication specifications will help developers and manufacturers to bring the Internet of Things' benefits to where people live, work and play. (14 pages)
  • Barcodes vs. RFID and the Internet of Things for Work-in-Process Tracking
    Published May 2016
    BellHawk Systems examines the pros and cons of using bar codes versus RFID scanning technology for tracking work-in-process in industrial organizations. This document also outlines the issues of how automated data capture, whether using bar codes or RFID, becomes part of an Industrial Internet of Things systems architecture for making operational data available in real time regarding the status of customer orders, inventory and WIP.
  • Security Solutions and Services for the IoT
    Published May 2016
    Security is a major industry concern that could significantly slow Internet of Things market growth. IoT security is a multi-layered problem, with the added complexity of practical implementation challenges arising from supplier diversity and legacy systems. Gemalto's François Ennesser and InterDigital's Yogendra Shah explain how the global oneM2M standard provides a horizontal architecture for common IoT application-enablement services, such as security. With the oneM2M architecture, IoT application developers and service providers can collaborate within a common security framework to enable multiple IoT applications using shared service resources. (9 pages)
  • Simplifying Security for IoT Device Engineers and Manufacturers
    Published May 2016
    The idea of providing network security to legacy embedded systems and the latest IoT devices is taking hold in the marketplace, but most vendors offer a single component, like a secure boot or a simple encrypted connection, without addressing other common attack vectors. The lack of product depth among software vendors is forcing engineers to integrate a confusing array of components from many sources, only to find that they do not play well together or impose an unwieldy demand on scarce system resources. Icon Labs' Dave West outlines four device classes with common security concerns. (5 pages)
  • Home Appliance Connectivity: Limitless Potential
    Published February 2016
    This white paper, from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, highlights the potential of connected home appliances to provide time savings and convenience. The document addresses how manufacturers are tackling concerns regarding data privacy and the safety of connected appliances. Topics covered include the difference between smart, smart-grid-enabled and connected home appliances; how connected appliances will allow consumers to save more time; how smart appliances can reduce users' energy costs; the steps being taken to preserve high safety standards in connected appliances; and steps users can take to protect their personal data. (9 pages)
  • Family@Home Transforms Smart Houses into Smart Homes
    Published December 2015
    Although the technology industry has been telling consumers they need a smart home, all that has been available to date are connected devices. Consumers want smart applications that take care of their family and their home, not just connected devices. GreenPeak Technologies' Cees Links explains how his company is working with service providers to transform the connected house into a smart home. (6 pages)
  • What RAIN RFID Brings to the Internet of Things
    Published December 2015
    Growth of the Internet of Things is forecast to exceed that of other connected devices. Estimates predict the resulting economic value-add that businesses will derive may be as high as $1.9 trillion, with adoption being led by retail, manufacturing and health care. The RAIN RFID Alliance explains how RAIN RFID, as an essential building block of the IoT, can enable many new applications and business models, as well as make them affordable and practical. (7 pages)
  • Edge Analytics via Edge Clouds for Real-time Insights
    Published December 2015
    In today's digitally connected society, there is a deeper and decisive affinity between enabled objects, connected devices and humans. As a result, large volumes of multi-structured data are being generated in different speeds, sizes, scopes and schemas through the interactions and collaborations of heterogeneous digital elements, smartphones, technical experiments, social media, health-care instruments, machines, satellite telemetry and imagery. This white paper, submitted by IBM's Pethuru Raj, articulates the need for edge analytics of Internet of Things data through appropriate edge clouds to realize actionable insights. (7 pages)
  • Testing Bluetooth Smart Products for the Internet of Things
    Published November 2015
    Bluetooth Smart is playing an important role in the Internet of Things. The technology has low power consumption, the components are available at low cost and it is supported by all mobile platforms and operating systems. This LitePoint paper describes the wireless testing required for IoT products built with Bluetooth Smart technologies, characterizes the market and motivations for using Bluetooth Smart for the IoT, describes leading applications, summarizes the technology's key performance characteristics and operational features, and discusses test specifications that must be employed to ensure product compliance. (18 pages)
  • New Internet of Things Application Enables Elderly to Live Longer Independently at Home
    Published November 2015
    Senior citizens often prefer to live at home longer since that is the environment they are used to. But if something happens to them, will they be able to alert someone and seek assistance? GreenPeak Technologies' Cees Links explains his company's solution to the problem, the Sensara Senior Lifestyle System, an IoT service application that utilizes sensors, communication and smart cloud technologies. (3 pages)
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