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eBay’s IoT Collections: EMF Smog Box

And so it’s time for the second instalment of our Internet of Things Collections blog series for eBay: the EMF Smog Box!

The basic concept of this project is quite simple: making electro magnetic fields (aka EMFs) visible! EMFs surround us day and night. Some are generated by natural elements such as the Sun or the stars, others however are created by humans – mostly through the use of wireless technologies.

Electro Magnetic Field

EMFs are invisible but scientists are not yet sure of the impact they have on our health, sleep patterns, moods, etc. especially when considering high-frequency fields (see for instance the results of the Interphone study, one of the biggest of its genre). So, visualising these fields is the first step towards awareness; plus it’s quite fun!

For the full techy ‘recipe’ and step by step instructions head over to the Web of Things blog.

And to make it even more interesting (and more ‘Web of Things’!) you could also connect your shiny new device to the EVRYTHNG API to store and graph your measurements. Our Java SDK supports Android.

EMF SMog Box

Wanting to go even further? You could even build maps of the electrosmog in your city, finding the EMF quiet zones! ;-)

Watch this space for the next in the recipe blog series – Connected Coffee Machine – which will be live next week, in the meantime, go and check out the rest of EVRTHNG’s eBay Collections.

The digital horizon: A connected, adaptive, intelligent landscape for business…

As proud media partners of O’Reilly Solid 2014, we thought we’d fuel some discussion on an area of particular interest to us, before it all kicks off next month. The topic we decided to look at was how the Internet of Things will impact business processes in the future, as one of the more interesting and significant challenges facing modern business, we thought, what better place to start?

To provide some context: as we set out in to a new age of digital automation and intelligence, modern day business requires the adoption of smart, connected technologies in order to: optimise efficiency of their manufacturing processes, increase targeted sales or marketing campaigns, engage and manage their consumer base effectively, or distinguish themselves from competitive advances. But how can the Internet of Things unlock those advantages?

Manufacturing

To gain an initial understanding, we will take a brief look at how the IoT could help revolutionise the manufacturing process.

As businesses need more accountability and traceability of their products and goods – with the same trend being reflected in the consumer market – gaining the ability to monitor step-by-step processes throughout manufacturing would enable a greater level of visibility for a business. This visibility may lead to new insights being unearthed:

  • Inefficiencies in the manufacturing process

  • Potential opportunities in reducing operational costs

  • Enable consumers to track their goods from production to point of delivery

  • Provide real-time analytics, etc.

There are potentially hundreds of opportunities that are waiting to be exploited in the manufacturing space. The adoption of these technologies doesn’t need to see an extensive overhaul of the already established manufacturing processes however, simply put the hardware needs only to be integrated with a developed intelligent software: this can be done in a variety of ways suitable to the organisation.

Therefore, key individuals in an organisation – the CIO for example – need to realistically start thinking about the opportunities that get unlocked when integrating intelligent software in to all formats of a business, not only the manufacturing machinery; consumer products, FMCG goods, professional services and so forth. There is a real opportunity for those willing to embrace the new technologies available to them.

O'R Solid

With all this in mind, the Solid Conference 2014 (San Francisco 21/22 May), no doubt promises to see some interesting discussions surrounding the opportunities that are available to businesses right now. Niall Murphy (Founder & CEO) & Dom Guinard (Co-Founder & CTO) will  be in attendance and more than happy to chat further – able to provide examples of how organisations have already taken advantage of these opportunities in real life contexts, and also offering suggestions on how others might be able to realise theirs…

They look forward to seeing you there!

The Launch of eBay’s IoT Collections: Smart Lamps

Today sees the launch of ‘Collections’ – eBay’s newest feature that allows its members to curate products around certain themes or ideas – and here at EVRYTHNG we are proud to have been asked to contribute 12 Internet of Things Collections as part of the initial launch campaign.

We trust our IoT Collections will be well received in the existing hacker / coder / maker communities ;-) but we are also keen to encourage more people to get involved in this exciting space! We will therefore be releasing a series of recipe blogs to accompany our Collections, giving step-by-step guidance on how to build useful, interesting and fun connected products.

First up, Smart Lamps - change lamp colors and patterns based on real-world events!

Obviously our final goal wasn’t simply to use the lamps to reflect the mood in the office but to do something slightly smarter with them: to create a very visual and simple dashboard of how well our infrastructure and software was doing at any one point of time.

Although we chose to use the system to monitor the status of our infrastructure we want it to be usable for any other use-case you can think of also, such as monitoring the stock market or maybe the weather – not necessarily useful in London! ;-)

So, if you want to get connecting head over to our tech research community website Web of Things where you’ll find the full tech detail recipe blog and don’t forget to check back in a couple of weeks for the next installment in our recipe blog series: EMF Smog Box…

Happy hacking!

iBeacons: Location, Location, Location

In a recent interview for an upcoming Retail Paper we were asked to give our opinion on the future of location-based services, especially looking at the influence of new technologies such as Bluetooth Low Energy.

What could be the most valuable feature of location for retailers in 2014?

iBeacons will probably be one of the most disruptive technologies bringing opening new doors to location-based services. iBeacons are a sub-set of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices first designed by Apple. In essence, all these devices do is broadcasting an identifier over a BLE channel. You can imagine them as NFC tags that would actively send their identity to all phones within a range of up to 50 meters.

iBeacons are interesting for various reasons but what’s really fascinating about them is that although they are technologically really simple they have the power to drastically reduce the IoT bootstrap challenge (i.e. what does it take to connect to an object) and fundamentally change the game of location-based services.

They can fuel the ability to move from coarse-grained location systems (e.g. in a mall) to hyper-location systems (e.g. in front of this shelf/product) based on Bluetooth Low Energy technologies.

This shift yields two important new features:

1) The obvious one is an improvement in granularity. In 2014 retailers will be able to know where the user is in the order which a meter-scale accuracy. This opens doors to a large number of new use-cases and possibilities.

2) The second one is an improvement in terms of required infrastructures. Technologies likes iBeacons and more generally BLE can be deployed much more easily than Wifi systems or cell-based localization primarily because they are wireless and battery powered with batteries lasting for a couple of years. This shifts the power from telcos and networks providers into the hands of Internet of Things and digital marketing SMEs and startups like EVRYTHNG, hence reducing costs and time to market.

What could be the most welcomed use of location for consumers in 2014?

Accurate indoors positioning seems to be an obvious and useful use of such technologies: they will be able to guide customers more efficiently directly to the goods and offers that matter most to them. It will also allow truly customized marketing messages both in terms of user-profile (extracted from social networks) and hyper-proximity (e.g. because you are in front of THIS shelf).

It is, however, hard to predict how users will react to these ultra-targeted and hyper-local marketing campaigns. Obviously the likelihood for customers to embrace them will be intimately linked to how compelling they are and how do they respect the customers’ privacy and data.

What is the biggest barrier to scaling location based marketing in 2014?

There are a number of important technical barriers: first, only the newest smart phones (iOS and Android) will support hyper-location technologies such as BLE. Then, although both Android and iOS support BLE since the recent version, the iBeacons of the Apple ecosystem use proprietary foot-prints and hence are not supported out-of-the box or officially on Android which will lead to a market fragmentation that could be harmful to these deployments from a retailer point of view.

Finally, a the time of writing, smart phones operating systems (i.e. Android and iOS) do not directly react upon discovering iBeacons or BLE devices. This concretely means that a native application has to be installed on the phone in order for it to pro-actively react upon seeing iBeacons. While this model allows for more than one player to provide iBeacon based services it also means that the market penetration of this technology is further limited by whether or not people have an iBeacon capable app installed on their phone.

How do you think the privacy discussion will evolve in 2014?

Customer acceptance will be key, especially looking at where technologies like EPC RFID failed to convince the masses and hence were banned from several stores. However, because unlike EPC, technologies like iBeacons have a direct benefit for consumers and consumers always put the cost of their privacy in balance with the benefits they get from the technology.

Consumer acceptance will also be greatly depending on how the retailers and mobile phone OS providers (i.e. Google and Apple) will manage the consumer data across the location-based services. A centrally managed profile of customers accessible to all the location-based campaigns at the OS level is likely to raise a lot of concerns compared to a decentralized or an app-centric profile management where a consumer profile is only accessible to the app he is currently using and opted-in for and not shared across apps.

Can the Latest Alliance-Led IoT Protocol Be the Key to a Connected Future?

The announcement last week from Technicolor that they are to bring their ‘Qeo Technology’ to complement Qualcomm’s ‘AllJoyn’ is further evidence of the Linux Foundation’s AllSeen Alliance bid to try to establish a standard protocol to enable billions of connected devices across the globe to talk to each other. It is interesting to see that major consumer electronics companies such as LG, Panasonic and HTC are supporting it – along with Qualcomm of course as the chip provider. Nevertheless, history has taught us to take such announcements with a healthy dose of scepticism.

We’ve seen various consortium-owned protocols for connected devices come and go over the last two decades, with hundreds of other alliance-led protocols aimed at standardising the Internet of Things (IoT), but so far they have all failed to live up to expectations and hype. The issue is that these consortium controlled/owned protocols are not a sustainable or effective solution to the two main roadblocks in the IoT world: how to allow any device to talk to other devices or services with minimal effort and programming, and how to easily build apps on top of such an ecosystem of heterogeneous devices. Unless the Qualcomm/Linux tie up is going to have a considerably larger budget than its predecessors, we worry it may well follow a similar fate.

So, can it be better?

It’s been used and in development for a while now, so it obviously does its job however it stands more of a chance of spreading out and being used, if, and only if, the consumer-electronics manufacturers actually build it into their devices. If that does happen and low-cost manufacturers ship products with this protocol built in (a step other alliances have yet to manage) then we should be adopting and engaging with it.

However, one thing the IoT world seems reluctant to acknowledge is the Web of Things approach: the proposal to leverage HTTP – the most successful protocol for building distributed applications ever. The Web has only become what it is today because HTTP was designed to be open, scalable and loosely coupled. Certainly, other alliances/protocols weren’t bad, they might have been even better than HTTP in certain marginal cases, but not for the majority of applications and use cases.

It is therefore realistic that a Web standard could hold the key to unlocking the power of the IoT and providing the crucial foundation that the industry needs, championing ease of use and openness.

This isn’t an anti-commercial post, far from it, the alliance is a good thing and could actually work but the following factors will be essential to its success:

-       tools making it easy to deploy, configure, integrate, analyze, control, etc. one or more devices

-       extensive developer support (lots of source code for many platforms, etc.)

-       complete scenarios (open course examples that work and can be deployed/extended easily)

-       support for multiple platforms (hardware & software)

-       high-level UI, easy to use editors that make it super easy to build apps

-       etc.

I guess as far as the AllSeen Alliance is concerned only time will tell, until then… ;)

2014 IoT Predictions

Another year, another crop of tech predictions. Not wanting to feel left out, here are some collective thoughts from the team on how the Internet of Things will shape up in 2014. (Be interesting to see how CES fits with these predictions, or not as the case may be).

TOOLS

We expect to see more simpler to use devices and toolkits (e.g. spark.io, wifi-based devices that you can plug, play, and code, etc), that are easier to embed in existing consumer electronics with less integration complexity. Also more home automation fueled by wifi modules that can be added to any existing device like the aforementioned Spark, the flyport and the Electric Imp.

Reassuringly, these are what we think of as ‘Web of Things’ rather than ‘Internet of Things’ examples, meaning they use open Web standards not closed protocols, such as REST APIs with HTTP over Wifi.

Javascript/node.js will show up on devices e.g. program your Raspberry PI directly with javascript, instead of lower-level, more complex/technical languages. Also, more DIY home automation based on the PI e.g. heimcontrol.js, or PI JS.

We’ll see a wider adoption of lightweight Web-based push-eventing-messaging tools and libraries like websockets, especially towards “messaging-as-a-service” (cloud providers can serve as “Gmail” equivalents for non-continuously connected devices).

Plus iBeacons and Bluetooth 4, and other low power messaging devices (in parallel with NFC) will become part of the IoT landscape.

CARS

Cars are supposed to be the new connected physical-digital space that will help mass-market adoption of IoT services, but we haven’t seen anything special to suggest this is picking up speed. Did we miss some major Connected Cars announcement where all the manufacturers got together and proposed some vehicle technology “to bind them” all?

Although we’re interested in stuff like the strategic partnership between Mercedes-Benz and Pebble smart watches to let drivers find their cars, get alerts on traffic hazards and route congestion, monitor fuel levels and such. Or Audi, supposedly developing in-car entertainment and information services using Android.

But given that connected cars and V2V communications and so on have been hot topics for a while now, unless there’s something really disruptive we haven’t spotted, then we’re not sure why this year cars will be the things that drives IoT adoption (see what we did there), at least from a driver/consumer pov.

WEARABLES

Mass consumer adoption of IoT tech in 2014 is most likely to come from Wearables. In fact, we reckon Wearables are going to get pretty huge this year. You can see it with the number of sports products and personal instrumentation products to do with our health: glucose, blood, sweat, sleep monitoring, weight, et al –  not to mention the health of our plants and pets.

There are a tremendous amount of these kinds of things coming on to the market now, and in addition to being stand alone propositions we’re beginning to see some wider integration into the health and wellness industry like connecting fitness data with health insurance premiums, gym programs and so on.

There’s a huge amount of buzz about Wearables at CES 2014 (admittedly a similar hype for 3D TVs last year didn’t exactly live up to expectations) and an 11,500 square foot area dedicated to sports and fitness self-tracking tech. According to Bloomberg, almost 10% of the firms exhibiting this year are in the digital health market.

PAN VS. LAN

Closely linked to Wearables computing is the smartphone as a PAN (Personal Area Network) hub. There’s an argument that this is more important than the ‘home network hub’ based on your residential WiFi LAN (Local Area Network) which everyone seems to be concentrating on.

These PANS are in the form of low energy Bluetooth and personal wifi networks emanating from your smartphones to let you connect with stuff you’re wearing or products you’re interacting with. The scale of the infrastructure of these PANs is now pretty robust. This space is definitely fueled by the compatibility of iOS and Android devices for Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE). Incidentally, that’s what all these new car plugs-ins are making use of – gaining Web connectivity via the owner/driver’s smartphone.

We reckon in 2014 there will be a lot more connecting of physical things and networking together apps, devices, people and things through people’s smartphone PANs rather than contactless technology like NFC.

ROBOTS

We can also expect to see consumer adoption of IoT in semi-autonomous robotic devices. The drones phenomena, for instance, and in-home robotics. Robot devices like the Roomba vacuum cleaner have around for quite some time, but now we have the growing in-home, semi autonomous connected devices for remote controlling our temperature, lighting, security, safety, cleaning, air sensors, and so on.

Units like these are becoming more broadly deployed. – the Nest thermostat and smoke alarm being obvious examples – their thermostats were selling over 40,000 per month a year ago; not sure what the latest stats are but they must be closing in on a million units sold?

As an anecdotal indicator, Niall’s local gardening centre on the outskirts of Geneva – the kind of place you go to buy hosepipes and shrubs – had a robotic lawnmower for sale. Think Roomba for lawns – i.e. it maps the garden then mows it. Interesting that household robots are showing up in places like this as well as Best Buy on the High Street.

MASHUPS

As technology moves out of the screen-based world and into the real world via the clothes and accessories we wear and the physical things and environments we interact within, I hope we can expect a new wave of creativity mashing-up atoms and bits – combining Web experiences, content and applications with the physical world in remarkable and inspiring ways.

For instance, UP band has opened up its APIs for people to combine with all manner of things, like their smart scales or lights or alarm clocks (e.g. turn off the lights automatically when you turn your UP band off at night). Or apps like Disney storylight interactive iPad book for kids that sync with your Philips Hue bulbs so the mood lighting around you changes to match the story narrative. Expect more of this kind of thing, with the fabulous IFTTT leading the line.

That’s it. If you think we’ve missed anything, got anything horribly wrong, agree or disagree violently, or just want to add your 2c then any and all feedback welcome.

Here’s to an amazing 2014 and HNY one and all.

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Wearable Technology icon by Yellow Chip from The Noun Project

Bluetooth Icon by Thomas Le Bas from The Noun Project

Robot Icon by Drew Ellis from The Noun Project

Code Icon by Brennan Novak from The Noun Project

End of Year Roundup

It’s been a rather busy and exciting year for EVRYTHNG, so we thought it was worth reminding ourselves what’s happened over the last 11 months, 11 days, 10 hours and 37 minutes (depending on when you read this), and why not update the wider world at the same time.

We’ve been working on partnerships with packaging firms like iZipline, marketing services networks like Omnicom Media Group, Draftfcb, Y&R, M&C Saatchi and Rapp, and technology leaders like IBM, WC3 and the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, matching our IoT platform and smart product software with their ambitions to help people digitally interact with physical things.

The engineering team have been working all year on upgrading EVRYTHNG’s heavyweight, cloud software environment handling many millions of product interactions – either natively connected objects via embedded chips, sensors, etc; or connectable things using smart tags in combination with smartphones and tablets.

After the most recent rounds of sophisticated scalability tests and new data formats and wrappers for connected things, we’ve  just released the latest EVRYTHNG Engine and portal update. The dev team have promised us that ‘Kirsten’ is pretty awesome, although the sprint for January’s ‘Bethany’ release starts next week, so watch this space…

We also filed another two patents this year to do with an exciting mobile product engagement technology we’ve developed, which helps make more products smart by connecting them to the Web more easily.

In terms of customer highlights, it’s been a great year and we’ve been working with some of the world’s best known brands and businesses using EVRYTHNG’s software Engine for making products smart. Here are a few representative highlights:

Consumer goods: Using the +More platform we run for DIAGEO on the EVRYTHNG Engine, we’ve rolled out brand new campaigns and a variety of applications in four new markets, with lots more planned for 2014. While our work with CPG giant Mondelez is scheduled for a Q1 release in North America.

We’ve also been working on retail NFC trials in the US with a food and drinks brand famous for breaking the mould. And one of the largest CPG firms in the world is working with our software to make their household name products interactive and engage consumers in more positive lifestyles.

Fashion: We’ve been asked by a challenger brand in the jewelry sector to re-image their watches by connecting them to the Web.

Lighting: We’re helping to make products smart for one of the fastest growing and most innovative new lighting companies.

Travel and Hospitality: We’ve partnered with one of the world’s leading luxury businesses to deliver a smart customer service experience in hotels next year. And we’ve been working with not one but two world-class airlines to connect physical and digital touch points to super-charge service delivery and the customer experience.

Automotive: A global car manufacturer just tasked us with using our IoT technology to show how a track and trace solution can work by engaging end-users with useful content and services like online tutorials and parts authentication.

We’re never ones to use buzzwords like ‘thought leadership’ ;-), but if we did we might point out that we did a fair amount of it in 2013. Members of the team could regularly be found presenting at all manner of industry events, and we even hosted a couple of very successful Internet of Things Roundtable events ourselves, along with partners like GigaOm, ARM, Cass Business School and GDR. And we also released this somewhat epic whitepaper on Product Relationship Management (even if I, ahem, do say so myself ;-).

We also more than doubled the size of the team throughout the course of this year going from 8 to 18, and the majority of our Swiss Engineers relocated from Zurich to London. (They’re a friendly bunch but please don’t offer them inferior English chocolate or things can get ugly fast). We also moved to a new office in Leather Lane – partly because we needed more space, but mainly because of the coffee.

To top everything off we’ve also found ourselves shortlisted for a number of awards throughout the year – and even managed to win a few!

Right, back to work. Plenty to do before the holidays and the smell of stilton, the taste of paracetamol, and some well-earned rest. Team EVRYTHNG will be sure to come back refreshed and ready for an even busier 2014!

 

With Big Data, Big Responsibility

The connectivity and connectability of physical objects is exploding the number of digital interfaces people are interacting through. The next 5 to 10 years will see a tremendous transformation as almost every physical object we use in our every day lives becomes internet enabled in one form or another – every thing we touch applying real-time information to adapt, optimise and enhance its utility.

Today millions of people are using their smartphones daily to scan every day products and benefit from access to personalised services, information and linked applications – physical things extended with digital capabilities. Each one of those interactions is an exchange of information – product provider learning about customers, customers benefiting from additional services, utility and rewards as a result. As the cost of connectivity and the technology to make things connectable declines, that exchange of information will only accelerate. Connected products keep a constant stream of information flowing about where they are, who’s using them, what they’re doing and so forth.

So with this explosion of connectability comes an explosion of the volume of information that the brands who make and sell products are entrusted with by their customers. The flow of information is fast shifting from a fringe benefit of digital-consumer engagement to being a necessity for product and business operation. Just as supply chain systems have revolutionised and indeed transformed how products get from manufacturing plant to retail shelf, so shall the real-time information swirling around the individual products those supply chains ship transform the products themselves and the business models of the brands supplying them.

Big Data is spoken about in the context of the scale of information that this connected world is and will be generating – and indeed it is enormous. But less often discussed is the responsibility that falls on the shoulders of brands, product manufacturers and retailers accumulating and applying it. Aside from the basic issues of access control and how good organisations are at keeping the information they accumulate secure, there is the more fundamental issue how they actually use it. The trust consumers have in a brand’s trustworthiness to apply the information they share is going to become a critical business success factor. If a brand loses that trust, consumers will literally unplug their products. And in a connected product world an unplugged product will likely not be a product at all.

So with Big Data comes big responsibility. The choices organisations make in the technologies and service providers they choose to manage their consumers information is a business critical issue. But more than that, the values they choose to apply to how they use that information is a business survival issue.

Welcome to my House, the Default Password is “Password”!

In a recent interview for Swiss newspaper Le Temps I was asked what I thought of Shodan, the question was along these lines:

“[...] We’ve heard a lot about Shodan lately, what do you think about it? Is it really working? Can we really find addresses of physical objects connected to the IP network with it? Including potentially critical machines such as Nuclear power-plants and the like?”

An interesting one actually. But first things first: what is Shodan? Shodan is, in essence, a search engine. However, unlike Google searching for documents and content, Shodan hunts the Web for physical devices. It scans addresses trying to find networked objects and to assess their security level. A side effect of Shodan is that if a device is not secure it will expose the device’s back-doors to anyone on the Web, hence making it easier to sneak into the device.

However, the vast majority of the devices Shodan registers are routers, gateways and other network components so you may ask “Why should the Internet and the Web of Things care?”.

Well, let’s start over again. Recent years have witnessed a silent revolution in terms of networked objects. We moved from Intranets of Things, i.e. networks of isolated objects using obscure, proprietary protocols, to the Internet of Things (IoT) where things are connected using Internet protocols such as TCP/IP. Then around 2007 ourselves and a number of our fellow researchers kicked-out an iteration of these concepts call the Web of Things (WoT). In the Web of Things, objects are not only connected at the network level with Internet protocols (TCP/IP, 6lowpan, etc.) but they also feature the application languages and protocols of the Internet, also known as “the Web”. They speak HTTP, offer RESTful APIs, serve HTML, understand Javascript, push data using HTML5 Websockets, etc. While we believed this was a far-fetched vision, a number of consumer electronics manufacturers have readily followed these steps, e.g., Samsung’s TVs connect to TCP/IP (IoT), feature Webservers and allow HTML5 apps to be deployed on them (WoT). Big consortia like the IPSO alliance are showing the way: this little revolution is happening today!

These evolutions have made physical objects more accessible from the digital world than ever before. They also drastically simplify the interconnection of physical objects. However, this new way of digitally connecting or augmenting objects isn’t totally risk-free. Indeed, in the Web of Things, you can potentially access any device or object like you would browse a Web page. A (simplified) example using HTTP would look like:

PUT http://my-home-address.com/devices/tv/next – which could zap to the next channel, or…

DELETE http://my-home.address.com/devices/tv – which could turn your TV off.

Clearly, in the example above, with no added security layer your TV is at risk! ;-)

Indeed, by enabling this to happen over a simple Web browser we simplify our lives but also the life of hackers. However, here we can also directly leverage from the Web’s best practices. The Web isn’t 100% bomb-proof but it offers pretty decent security systems if used correctly. Moreover Web security is definitely one of the most active research fields in computer science because Web security really matters: for business; for personal data; for on-line transactions, etc. Just like Open Source software,  the Web is constantly evolving to become more secure. Therefore physical objects that are part of the WoT can directly benefit from these advances, which isn’t necessarily the case of objects in an Intranet of Things.

So what Shodan is really about is education. I see it as a platform basically saying “Hey, if you do connect your devices to the WoT make sure you ask (Web) security experts to audit it!”

This is where platforms like the EVRYTHNG API can really help. While you could directly open your devices and their data to everyone on the Web, it probably makes more sense to connect them to a trusted WoT platform like EVRYTHNG where access to your data and physical devices directly benefit from state of the art and constantly improving security and access control systems.

Back to the interview question:

“[...] Including potentially critical machines such as Nuclear power-plants and the like?” – which translates to“should we panic?”

My answer would be, no. Not yet! Most of the big hairy scary machines out there like Nuclear reactors are working within an Intranet of Things, quite often in total isolation from global networks, using proprietary M2M (Machine to Machine) protocols. However, the revolution is underway and we’d better make sure we are ready and take IoT and WoT security seriously; putting these things in the hands of experts and using trusted platforms and systems.

But to give you a sense of BIG machines using Web protocols, a couple of years ago, while visiting CERN, it was hinted that parts of the Large Hadron Collider‘s control systems were using the Web and HTTP. This may have just been a rumor but what would be more than natural considering that this is where the Web story began, 23 years ago…

The Big Five?

OK, a little self-promoting we’ll admit but we simply couldn’t resist patting ourselves on the back to start the week off.

In a new report by top tech analysts Gartner on ‘Cognizant Computing: where computers become aware of a users demands’, EVRYTHNG was mentioned as “ones to watch” alongside some other lesser known tech firms you may have come across: Google, Facebook & Amazon.

The report is subscriber-only but here’s the link anyway, just in case you have some spare change lying around.

As you might imagine, we’re really pleased that Gartner recognizes our vision for Every Thing Connected – every physical object with a digital identity on the web.

And hey, who knows, perhaps one day the G-A-F-A big four (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon) will end up turning into the big five – roll on G-A-F-A-E! ;-)

To be ever so slightly more grounded, if we end up making a fraction as much of an impact as the other guys then we’ll be very happy Nabaztag bunnies!