Securing the "Internet of Things"
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I am so tired of seeing our flags at half-mast.
It seems as if there's always a new crisis we're blatantly ignoring, or another horrific situation topping media headlines, or we are on the cusp of another geopolitical catastrophe.
Maybe it would just be easier to leave those flags at half-mast for the rest of the year?
Perhaps an even starker reminder of these things is the endless stream of news that comes across my Twitter feed every day.
It's just too easy for passersby to record everything that happens, then post it online.
We live in a world of unprecedented connectivity, and that can either help or hurt us in the long run.
The Internet of Security
Across the country, body cameras are being used to monitor everyday police activity.
It's a safety net, for both the officers and the civilians. One more layer of security in a world that clearly needs more of it.
And it's becoming a whole new avenue for the "Internet of Things" to travel down.
Every time there's a shooting in the U.S., there are two kinds of companies that rake in the dough: gun makers and body camera makers.
Major gun companies like Smith & Wesson, as well as Taser, famous for its popular Axon body cam, have been outperforming some of the biggest tech companies out there, including both Apple and Google, over the last five years because of this.
Is it a mess? Sure.
But is it also profitable? You have no idea...
Gun sales are always a given in today's fear over further regulation or confiscation, but body camera sales are growing fast. And it's the most recent face of the connected IoT — one of security and justice rather than just entertainment.
But like I said, that's not really a new trend.
People have been using their smartphones to take pictures and videos of events all over the world for a long time. Getting the information out on social media in minutes is one of the many advantages of having such power.
The next big concern as this "Internet of Things" security takes off is whether or not it can survive its massive growth spurt...
There are more mobile devices in the world than there are people.
That's become a reality to all of us.
I know I own more than one, purely as a matter of convenience. Some devices do things better than others.
But this also means that I'm generating that much more data, downloading and transferring that much more information — every minute of the day!
In its most recent iteration of “Data Never Sleeps,” cloud service Domo estimated that Americans use more than 18.15 million megabytes of wireless data every minute.
That amounts to nearly 400 hours of YouTube videos, more than 9,600 tweets on Twitter, or almost 7 million SnapChat videos...
Every. Single. Minute.
And we're not even in the top 10 for connection speeds. China and India beat us out in Internet users, and our connections are often more than double the price of equally developed countries. In some, it's totally free to all.
People all over the world rely on the smooth movement, analysis, and transfer of data to keep their world running.
And that's where the big money is appearing.
Big Data is key to using the IoT to the fullest, and the key to getting the most of your tech investments.
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Data processing and analytics are a must for any and all companies that want to succeed in today's world. There's no better way to get to know your market.
You can bet big companies will pay big money to get the best data.
And companies like IBM make a killing in this business.
In 2015, the company's business analytics revenue reached $17.9 billion, and its mobile data revenue more than tripled from 2014.
Google, Apple, Tesla, Facebook, Samsung, Netflix... all the companies that deal in streaming, virtual reality, autonomous cars, and social media rely on data processing and analytics to make their products — your devices — work.
Make no mistake; it all comes down to data from here on out.
Until next time,
A true insider in the energy markets, Keith is one of few financial reporters to have visited the Alberta oil sands. His research has helped thousands of investors capitalize from the rapidly changing face of energy. Keith connects with hundreds of thousands of readers as the Managing Editor of Energy & Capital as well as Investment Director of Angel Publishing's Energy Investor. For years, Keith has been providing in-depth coverage of the Bakken, the Haynesville Shale, and the Marcellus natural gas formations — all ahead of the mainstream media. For more on Keith, go to his editor's page.
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