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Peggy says cyber criminals are not resting and everyone needs to focus on cybersecurity. She explains how biometric authentication can improve safety and security, saying user experience often trumps security, and biometrics could be the great compromise to secure data.

Peggy looks at Mcity, a new connected car test facility, which might change the way we see connected cars in the near future. The University of Michigan is teaming up with industry, academia, and government to create an ecosystem of connected cars to dramatically improve safety, sustainability, and accessibility. These cars will be designed to improve traffic accidents and will automatically steer themselves.


Peggy explains how IoT (Internet of Things) impacts one specific vertical—construction. She says connected technologies are changing the way builders and contractors conduct business at the office and the jobsite, allowing for safety and security to be monitored.


Ed Coffin, senior product advisor, ConEst, says the biggest pain point for construction customers is an estimating process and the handover of the estimating process to project managers. The company’s technology establishes budgets at the estimate level and by using the work breakdown structure at the estimate level can factor in unknown or unforeseen costs.

Peggy explains the latest research from Hewlett-Packard involving smartwatch security finds smartwatches are highly vulnerable to attacks, and that 100% of the smartwatches HP tested exhibited security flaws. She says this is unacceptable by today’s standards and surmises which manufacturers are among the group.

Duane Benson, chief technology champion, Screaming Circuits, talks about an IoT (Internet of Things) device that gets buried in the sand and monitors turtle eggs, so wildlife individuals can make sure turtles have a safe trip to the sea. He says 3D printing, smaller components, wireless becoming less expensive, and a host of factors have come together and suddenly make IoT devices all possible now because of improvements.

Peggy talks about how crowdfunding and equity funding has expanded in last five years globally. One recent success story involves a medical company that raised $1.7 million to boost oxygen levels in re-growing bones to assist in less painful recovery.

Chad Curry, managing director for the Center for REALTOR Technology, NAR (National Assn. of REALTORS), says realtors can build a brand and relationship around devices for the homeowner. If you have a home that has environmental sensors, realtors can make recommendations for how to improve and make a home more livable.

Peggy gives her thoughts on how crowdfunding plays a role in innovation and has become a proving ground for IoT. She explains crowdfunding is a place where innovators can push the envelope and test the waters, and the general public can consume ideas.

Juan Lazcano, vice president of M2M, North American Gemalto, says Gemalto supports deployment of M2M and IoT (Internet of Things) in regards to security through three basic elements including the device with credentials and data; ensure communication between device and backend is secure; and on the server side by having the same type of mechanism when securing and keeping information in safe place. He believes many developers underestimate the need for security and have pressures from cost.

Neil Cawse, CEO, Geotab, gives an exclusive first look at the upcoming launch of the Geotab Marketplace, which gives clients an extensive ecosystem of applications and add-ons to extend the use-case of fleet management and telematics services.

Brendan O’Brien, chief evangelist and cofounder, Aria Systems, says the value that is going to be derived from IoT is the services that it will unlock, and we see it in our everyday lives. He addresses the rapid pace of data and how it enables agile business models.

Peggy explores a hot topic in the wireless industry, the latest LTE-U technology and what this developing technology means for the future of Wi-Fi.

Steven LeBoeuf, co-founder and president, Valencell, talks the latest in wearable technology, and explains how his company’s latest study aimed to match the performance of medical-grade sensors to measure activity in the wrist. 

Janet Peterson, co-founder and general manager, XCSpec, knows service technicians are always looking for ways to add value to their service. She explains they can do this by understanding the cost of doing nothing, and what it means for the commercial building space. 

Suzanna Kovoor, founder, Zohmic, discusses Apple, Amazon, and Google getting involved in home automation, launching innovative IoT solutions, and integrated platforms that make it easier for consumers to embrace and adopt connected-home solutions.

Peggy takes a look at the state of industrial-based robots today, acknowledges the unanswered questions in the data, the challenges of these products, and what this means for the future of robotics.

Peggy touches on the impressive role of women in the IoT space, and the importance of inspiring the next generation to get involved.

Donald Spector, chairman of the board of trustees, New York College of Health Professions, explains his new home environment customization patent, and what it means for IoT, and electronic products in the future.

Sarah Cooper, chief operating officer, M2Mi Corp., talks about the shift from long-lasting, complex IoT (Internet of Things) and connected-device solutions in the M2M space, to what has been achieved to improve flexibility.

Peggy Smedley talks about her tour last week of the DeWalt, Charlotte, N.C. plant, the thrill of making a brushless hammer drill, and how the company is emphasizing manufacturing is vital to providing economic wealth for this country. 

Sarah Cooper, chief operating officer, M2Mi Corp., explains why there are a lot of big technology disrupters, and one is moving beyond connecting devices and to understanding the context of individual devices.

Peggy takes a closer look at how the Industrial IoT (Internet of Things) just might offer distinctive operational, strategic, and competitive advantages to manufacturers as they continue to invest in big data.

Rose Schooler, vice president of the IoT group and general manager of the IoT strategy and technology office, Intel, growth areas of IoT will includes smart building, transportation, and industrial.

Peggy takes a closer look at how the IoT (Internet of Things) revolution will dramatically alter manufacturing, energy, and more, and as a result the industrial IoT will fundamentally transform how people will interact with machines.

Peggy discusses how the industrial IoT will create new jobs that did not exist before such as medical robot designers and grid optimization engineers, making jobs safer and more productive.

Peggy takes a closer look at how sensors are shaping both our personal and professional lives. These tiny sensors are proving to be the eyes and ears of the IoT (Internet of Things), collecting realtime information and sending it on for processing.

Dominic John, vice president of global marketing and industry, OSIsoft, says without sensor-based data the lights in America would go out because these sensors are improving processes and operational efficiency. 

Peggy forecasts the upcoming trends in the smart home, including energy saving smart sockets and water systems designed to prevent excessive waste.

Jamie Siminhoff, founder and CEO, Ring, says the motion sensors and HD camera of his video doorbell provides homeowners safety and security at an affordable price.