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Live from the ITA (Illinois Technology Assn.) IoT (Internet of Things) Summit in Chicago, Ill., Peggy discusses the importance of 2G in M2M/IoT and the fact that 2G still has self-life, but it is set to expire when carriers retire towers. She says the carrier T-Mobile really wants to help, launching 2G M2M, which is a modified version of its 2G network that will continue to operate through 2020.

Matt Duffy, vice president of marketing, connected products and customers, LogMeIn, continues the discussion, saying, one in five companies across the world have taken on some kind of IoT initiative, but many of those companies are trying to build it on their own, which is slowing overall adoption. He says these companies will realize building solutions is note their core business and neither is Internet connectivity, security, and scaling solutions. As a result, more of these companies are going to realize they need help.

Peggy says hands-free systems are not actually solving the distracted driving problem, but are safer than the alternative. She says information systems add to our cognitive workload, and potentially unsafe mental distractions can last up to 27 seconds after dialing or changing the radio station in the worst performing systems.

Ray Zinn, author, Tough Things First, says his book is a missionary tool to help managers and CEOs understand the principals of making someone a better person. He advises people to learn to love what you hate doing, and do those things first. 

Peggy says there are some hackers on our side, trying to do some positive things and ‘ethical hacking.’ On the automotive side, she asks, however: How can people guarantee these white-hat hackers are ethical when they have to think like the bad guys?

Joe Catrambone, head of product, Uptake, continues the discussion, explaining any industry that requires you to surface insight based on the data collected requires it to be visualized in a compelling way. Uptake takes that a step further, enabling actions to be taken next, he explains. 

Peggy explains how the FAA has created regulations for drones, saying she leans toward education and outreach instead of legislation, but she also loves and thinks drones are amazing and they can be used in a lot of industries. Peggy says with great technology comes great responsibility.

Matt Duffy, vice president of marketing, connected products and customers, LogMeIn, explains security is of the utmost importance with anything that has to do with connectivity, but particularly in the IoT. He says when you think about the IoT you are opening yourself up to a lot of security issues if you don’t know what you are doing.

Peggy says she has seen interesting trends tracking the CW 100, especially considering all the M&A (merger and acquisition) activity. Tim Lindner, senior business consultant, Voxware, adds, some of the things he noticed that emerged clearly is if there is any doubt in anyone’s minds that the cloud is not it, then they are diluting themselves—the cloud is it.

Peggy and Tim Lindner, senior business consultant, Voxware, talk about how companies are selected to put on the list. He says innovation is disruption and disruption is certainly a step forward, and quotes his favorite author, saying that the future is already here, it is just not evenly distributed. Peggy talks about the Disruptive Innovation Index, and the impact of big trends on the CW 100.

Live from Renesas Electronics DevCon, Vin D’Agostino, vice president general purpose products unit, Renesas Electronics America, talks about changes that have been made in the business since he came on board. He says the company is working with many verticals, and when working with technology, you need problem solving skills and to speak a language, and each vertical requires a different language.

On the fourth segment, Matthew Slager, director, Asia-Pacific business development, Green Hills Software, says the company is an independent embedded tools provider, and says the partnership with Renesas leverages a synergy of software and hardware. Joseph Zaloker, director of technical marketing, Arrow Electronics, says the company is an electronic distribution company, and explains it takes a lot of people, and a village, to tell a unified story to help joint customers realize what they are going to do, as it requires a collaboration of likeminded companies.

Live from Renesas Electronics DevCon, Ali Sebt, president, Renesas Electronics America, says in order to traverse from what we do today—collecting data and displaying information or transferring data—to monetize what is known as IoT (Internet of Things) requires going to the next step and garnering intelligence from it. The exciting opportunity is all of a sudden we can enable new services, he continues.

Amrit Vivekanand, vice president automotive, Renesas Electronics America, joins the show to discuss the excitement from the show and what he is hearing from partners. Vin D’Agostino, vice president general purpose products unit, Renesas Electronics America, adds the excitement from the show is that everyone feels like someone has heard them and they feel empowered to make their product unique in the marketplace.

Live from Renesas DevCon, Amrit Vivekanand, vice president automotive, Renesas Electronics America, says it is a battle of ecosystems out there right now, and Renesas, for example, is showing commitment to the space. He says technology is there for most aspects of autonomous driving, and the challenge is integrating all the pieces together.

Mark Bartolomeo, vice president Internet of Things, M2M connected solutions, Verizon Wireless, says one of the areas that has taken off aggressively is anything in the energy industry, such as the smart grid. He also sees growth in transportation, and an emerging industry is AG tech, especially on the west coast.

Peggy talks about how data is becoming more important in todays connected world as evidence by a new cabinet position: DJ Patil being named as the U.S. government's chief data scientist. She says data can impact all of our lives for the better and Patil will foster partnerships to help maximize return on investment in data.

Peggy ends the show by looking at the big predictions for the IoT (Internet of Things) in 2016 and beyond. She challenges listeners to go back to analysts and question the numbers. She says look to 2016 as the year healthcare, and big data and predictive analytics and couple that with AI (artificial intelligence) and robots since a machine can learn and make decisions key decisions.

Live from FinTech in New York, Rory Griffith, SVP financial software and services, information security and government solutions consultant at Enterprise Ireland, says his role is to be the market voice and give perspective back to Irish market. By helping them get into the market and sell, companies are scaling and it is feeding development and the ecosystem in Ireland. Joining Griffith, Feargal O'Sullivan CEO, USAM Group, says technology has advanced in the past 10 years since the iPhone took off, and firms are demanding new ways of doing business. He says the companies on the show deliver solutions today that can be deployed and increase capability in terms of having different mobile functions and more advanced features.

On the final segment, Ciarán Stapleton, head of sales and business development, Acquirer Systems, says the company helps customers protect brand value, enabling customers to launch products to the market in much faster time, and focuses particularly on EMV certification and compliance. He talks about the significant change coming in 48 hours in the United States market. Conor White, president, Americas, Daon, says the company empowers people to authenticate using biometrics. He says the password is the weakest link today, and biometrics can assert identity securely.

Peggy says each football player has an RFID (radio-frequency identification) sensor embedded in his shoulder pad, providing data such as speed and direction, with the objective of gathering statistics to make informed decisions. She continues, saying how the NFL can use IoT (Internet of Things) to prevent incidents like last year’s deflate-gate.

Deb Trombley, senior program manager of transportation initiatives, National Safety Council, says the workplace feels the same pressure to respond to bosses and customers—even while they are driving. Many companies are passing cellphone distracted driving policies, she explains, and it can help with behavior change. When an employee is exposed to a safety behavior in the workplace, they will also apply that in their personal life, she says.

Peggy says the IoT (Internet of Things) will change how enterprises will conduct business, saying announcements related to IoT in the enterprise have made a big showing at this year’s CTIA Super Mobility Week 2015. Based on her experience at the show, everyone is getting excited about what the IoT can do for the enterprise-side and industrial. She likes the aggressive moves in the space, and highlights specific announcements.

Colin Sutherland, vice president sales and marketing, Geotab, says GO TALK is a coaching module that does a conversion of text-to-speech-to-talk to the driver in realtime. He says it uses real words to help improve driving behavior. The advantage for the fleet is two-fold, he explains, including doing in-vehicle behind-the-wheel with at least $1,000 savings a year and clean driver records, which means employers can be more confident having those people behind the wheel.

How will wearable devices such as smartwatches impact distracted driving? Peggy answers, giving an example of a man in Canada who received a ticket while using an Apple Watch while driving and the motorist argued the watch wasn’t a handheld device. Peggy addresses the differences between regular watches and smartwatches and suggests where law enforcement should draw the line. She says the onus is on each of us to focus on the task of driving.

Gregory Thomas, director, center of design research, University of Kansas, says a combination of a lot of technology working with each other will make the safe vehicle of the future. He explains we do have to slow down in terms of what we feel needs to be incorporated in displays, saying in terms of the driver’s responsibility it should be kept pretty simple.

My car does what? Peggy kicks off the month discussing a campaign that focuses on safety features in vehicles. She says one of the symptoms of society in general is a lack of awareness of road safety. There is no question safety is a key component, she explains, but at the same time it is disheartening to think consumers aren’t fully aware or taking advantage of what vehicles have to offer.

What are the top distractions while driving? Peggy says the top spot is wireless devices, according the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. However, what about No. 2? It is not an electronic device, but rather talking to a passenger, she explains. Peggy continues, saying No. 3 is reaching for CDs or objects. She goes through the list, and asks listeners what can be done to improve the distracted-driving epidemic.

Peggy starts the show by discussing Google’s Alphabet. Why is Google doing all of this? She says Larry Page suggests Google is not a conventional company, and Peggy agrees, quoting Page from an original founders’ letter 11 years ago. She explains Google created Alphabet because it will give Page and Co., the opportunity to more heavily invest in experimental and ambitious projects.

Vince Guarna, managing director, IoT Technology Solutions, talks about the evolution of the market, saying on the vendor side people are recognizing they need to be connected. On the customer side, he says he has done a lot with healthcare and in the past the industry would not let data get out of a firewall, but today he says people are trusting the cloud a little bit more.