Internet of Things

The House That Learns: How AI Makes Smart Homes Smarter

Kris Bondi | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Tech
Kris Bondi

AI in devices that has learned your habits can start to predict the experience that matches your needs in a given moment. So, for example, if everyone has left the house it knows not to turn on the lights. Or if you drive off to work, it will turn down the thermostat; and if everyone is out of the house, it knows to lock the doors.

Role Of Blockchain In The Internet Of Things: SWOT Analysis

Sufian Farrukh | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Tech
Sufian Farrukh

Are our laptops and smartphones the only devices connected to the large virtual space, the internet? Certainly, not! The internet, as we know today, connects a diverse range of devices that are built to make life more convenient.

Why We Should All Embrace The Epicness Of The Internet Of Things

Adam Manuel | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK Tech
Adam Manuel

The world is built upon efficiency, information, and the quantification of big data. At present, the problem we face is that there's too much information and not enough experts to process it. It's like we're living in a giant hourglass, with only a small tube (the experts) to organise the contents and deliver some kind of measurable result.

A Smart Lock Company Accidentally Bricked Its Own Locks With A Software Update

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Tech

Earlier this week hundreds of owners of a smart lock found themselves in the unusual position of being either locked in (or out) of their homes. The L...

Navigating The Smart Cities Of The Future

Sergio Barata | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Tech
Sergio Barata

It's predicted that by 2020, there will be more than 20 billion connected things sending data all over the world. Everyday objects, from running shoes to fridges, from fish tanks to vending machines, have the potential to send and receive data from the likes of networks, infrastructure and our mobile phones.

Are Cyber Thieves And Snoopers Turning Your Smart Home Against You?

Peter Turner | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Tech
Peter Turner

As our homes become jam-packed with smarter devices in the years to come, they may help to makes our lives easier. At the same time, if they are not secured, they also can make the lives of cyber criminals easier by giving access to our whole network and all the devices on it. To be truly safe in our smart homes then we need to start applying the same security principles we already do with our mobile phones and computers.

Internet Memes Are Changing The Way We Communicate IRL

Jamie Wareham | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Tech
Jamie Wareham

The reason Dawkins describes it as a hijack is because internet memes make no attempt at the accuracy of copying. It's a a key part of his definition and Internet memes are deliberately altered.

Bees, Bears, And BotNets

Mike Ahmadi | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Tech
Mike Ahmadi

I want to tell a story. Hang in there with me for a bit. Almost 2 years ago, I bought a home in Mariposa California, which sits in the Sierra Nevada mountains, and is the home county for the spectacular Yosemite National Park. I fell in love with the area on my first visit over a decade ago, and longed for my own place in the serene setting for years.

Sobering Thoughts When a Connected Medical Device Is Connected to You

Jim Ivers | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Tech
Jim Ivers

Security is pervasive in our scenario--both physical security and protection from external attack as a connected device. The software must authenticate the operator of the device to ensure that it cannot be improperly used by an unauthorized person. Since the device is protected, the software must also be protected against attacks that allow for remote operation of the device or exfiltration of patient data.

The Rise Of Smart Farming

Mohsen Mohseninia | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Tech
Mohsen Mohseninia

Today, we use sensors to monitor cattle, which means that a farmer can make informed decisions on how to manage his livestock based on real-time data, and he can do that remotely without having to be physically in the field. Therefore, the time saved by avoiding manual monitoring can be used elsewhere to make the farm more efficient.

You Can't Put A Band-Aid On Smart Home Security

Yossi Atias | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Tech
Yossi Atias

That's when it hit me: something must be done about the woeful lack of security and privacy we face while using all those connected devices in our homes. Putting a band-aid on every smart home device you own isn't an option. You can't plaster over the vulnerabilities and backdoors that exist in many of the smart connected devices we use at home.

Why The Future Of IoT Needs Blockchain And Distributed Ledgers

Paul McNeil | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Tech
Paul McNeil

However, since it was not originally created for real-time IoT communications, blockchain has its shortcomings. Notably, the fees associated with transactions make it less suitable for small exchanges, also known as microtransactions.

Time For A Digital Overhaul Of The Planning System?

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Tech
Peter Madden OBE

In many ways the planning system has done a good job: trying to balance competing demands for scarce resources and mediating between economic forces and the views of local communities. And, over the years, it has proved remarkably resilient.

Are You Equipped To Deal With The Changing Face Of Bullying?

Carolyn Bunting, Internet Matters | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Parents
Carolyn Bunting, Internet Matters

In a survey of 2,000 parents of children aged between nine and 16, nearly seven out of 10 (68%) said their top concern on the issue was their children being targeted over their physical appearance, followed by popularity (52%) and sexism (26%).

Critical Communications And IoT: Connecting The Dots In An Emergency

Nick Hawkins | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Tech
Nick Hawkins

Virtually any IoT device can be integrated with a critical communication platform to improve its self-regulation and ability to communicate. Imagine a world where your appliances and business applications could self-diagnose. For example, airports can identify when a new bulb is needed on a runway.

My Phone Isn't Smart Until It Can Read My Mind

Dr James 'Bo' Begole | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Tech
Dr James 'Bo' Begole

This year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) featured drones that follow their owners, lip-reading cars, robots that recognize your family members, and head-mounted VR games controlled with your gaze. By comparison, today's "smart" phones feel as quaint as a pocket calculator.

Are Smarter Cities Making Us More Vulnerable To Cyber Crime?

Vince Warrington | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Tech
Vince Warrington

So I would guess that many of us are now aware of what ransomware is. Following the attack on Friday 12th May which spread to 150 countries and infected over 230,000 computers, it's clear that many organisations are still unprepared for cyber incidents, and it highlights the escalating challenges facing those of us who work to protect vital systems from ever more innovative types of cyber crime.

The Technology Behind Europe's Smart Cities

Phillip Othen | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Tech

What is a smart city? It’s where urban networks – human and technological – are integrated in order to optimise convenience, efficiency and the ...

Every Sound Tells A Story - Especially In The Smart Home

Chris Mitchell | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Tech
Chris Mitchell

A truly smart home would be able to recognise the sound of an alarm and alert the home owner via their mobile device if they happened to be out. A truly smart home should also be able to recognise the sound of a window breaking, and in addition to alerting the absent homeowner, play loud music and turn on the lights to scare off any intruders.

2020 - The Smart Meter Epiphany Or Apocalypse?

Diederik (Dik) Vos | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Tech
Diederik (Dik) Vos

The role and importance of robust and rigorous quality driven end to end testing will be key to the success or failure of utility companies. Without the right technology systems and platforms in place, the biggest infrastructure of our time is an impending disaster which could affect this and future generations across the UK. With it, it could be an exciting energy revolution.

What Will Healthcare Look Like In 2027?

Theo Priestley | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Tech
Theo Priestley

Understanding the future of a digital, autonomous and patient-first healthcare system is in fact the first step in realising that every industry is ab...

Cloud + Intelligent Edge = The Fog

Chris Woodcock | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Tech
Chris Woodcock

With global giants BP and Standard Chartered announcing their wholehearted support for 'the third generation of computing', we can say with conviction...

Are We Safe In Our Connected Beds?

Jon Lucas | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Tech
Jon Lucas

Among today's tech trends, the Internet of Things - IoT - is right up there as a talking point and emerging market. While the general idea has been around for some time (it was 'named' in 1999), it's only in the last few years that investment, product development and revenue have really accelerated.

Don't Let WiFi Woes Slow You Down

Rob Wells | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Tech
Rob Wells

Many people across the UK will have recently invested in a new gadgets be it smart TVs, mobile phones, tablets or game consoles. With video streaming fast becoming one of the main reasons we use the internet, it's no surprise these gadgets are some of the most desired products on the market, and it's likely the UK's love of internet-enabled devices will continue to rise this year.

What Shall I Do If My Child Is Glued To Their Device?

Carolyn Bunting, Internet Matters | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Parents
Carolyn Bunting, Internet Matters

Can you answer this question? Which of the following four activities is most popular with children - watching TV, going online, playing sport or reading books?