Peggy Smedley talks about the challenges and opportunities for the digital supply chain—and why the IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (artificial intelligence) is playing a greater role. She points to examples of how manufacturers, retailers, and logistics companies are leveraging technology in today’s on-demand economy. When done right, data can give businesses critical insights that can drive growth and profitability, she says.
Peggy Smedley talks about how AR (augmented reality) is impacting the retail sector. She explains AR will be adopted where it will provide the most value and it will explode in this sector in the next several years. She adds that Wal-Mart is leading the way in adopting AR technologies. She says now the company is taking its VR (virtual reality) initiatives further, leveraging headsets that make learning experimental. She says one of the keys to success for retail going forward will be finding ways to integrate the online and store experience.
Peggy Smedley says research suggests the global blockchain in energy market will grow tremendously in the next decade. For example, in countries like Japan, utilities are testing blockchain tech to determine the value it can offer. She also says there are seven different uses for this technology in energy. She adds that blockchain can help address some of the core challenges in the healthcare industry. Finally, she says blockchain will make an impact in the near future on elections as well.
Peggy Smedley says too many businesses are undergoing an IoT (Internet of Things) transformation lack a cybersecurity understanding. She says cybersecurity is the c-suite’s job too, suggesting responsibility for risk starts at the top and involves everyone. She encourages c-suite executives to engage themselves in cybersecurity and the company’s digital transformation. She also looks at cyber insurance—and addresses if it provides a dangerous sense of security. She says we can predict so we don’t have to react.
Peggy Smedley tells the story of smart-home devices that were left orphaned in many people’s home. She talks about the fallout when technology is abandoned as a result of mergers and acquisitions. She says the FCC sums it up, when it listed the questions IoT businesses should ask itself. Security is another big concern with orphaned technology, as vulnerability could put consumers’ lives at risk. One smart move is to make sure you are buying from a trustworthy and reputable company. She suggests to make sure to ask a provider what their plans are. For providers, she says don’t pretend that you are never going to change as a company—be upfront about what your plans are.
Peggy Smedley says we can expect 12.86 billion IoT sensors and devices to be in use by 2020 in the consumer sector alone, and vertical-specific sensors and devices will exceed 3 billion by 2020, but she says the IoT has to work to do before it starts living up to all the hype. She explains that as an industry, we need to be really meticulous and slightly cautious when bringing IoT devices and solutions to market. She also says we need to keep talking about performance issues and security issues and sharing best practices with each other—even in cross-industry situations. Finally, the more communication within the industry, the better it will be for everyone in the long run.
Peggy Smedley says there is a lot happening in the world of AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning. She’s a big fan of making technology available to more people, saying more companies are using resources and taking a look at sustainability. She is also looking forward to how big companies are going to tackle issues with help of AI, machine learning, and IoT (Internet of Things). The IoT has the potential to change the world and help humanity solve some of its most pressing challenges in the years to come. Machine learning, in particular, is going to transform industries such as healthcare. She points to an example of a boy who is leveraging AI to improve pancreatic cancer.
Peggy Smedley chats with Chris Penrose, president, Internet of Things, AT&T Business, and James Brehm, founder and chief technology evangelist, James Brehm & Associates, about the approval of new LPWA network technologies and the verticals seeing the most IoT (Internet of Things) penetration including connected car, healthcare, retail, smart cities, and more. They also discuss the AT&T Foundry and why it is important to brainstorm and change how companies operate businesses. Further, they discuss big trends such as surveillance-as-a-service and inspection-as-a-service.
Segment 1 Peggy Smedley, IoT Industry Expert, Specialty Publishing Media Peggy Smedley answers the questions: Can artificial intelligence brew a better beer and can machine learning make better cannabis-related recommendations? She explains that there are a number of applications for AI and machine learning and they are changing the game for manufacturing. She [...]
Peggy Smedley takes a moment to pause and remember the deadly attacks of September 11, outlining who a first responder is and the goal of using technology, which is to set first responders up for success by giving them the best resources available to perform their duties. She also says there are some exciting new applications of connected technologies that can help people get help in times of need. She explains with data, users can make better decisions about where to deploy officers or how to train first-response team. She also asks: Are we as a society truly investing the time and resources to make sure our first responders have the technology they need when and where they need it?