The IoT is Staring at You in the Face
While it seems buzzwords like the Internet of Things (IoT), the Industrial Internet, and Big Data are dropped everywhere these days, many manufacturers are still nervous to actually put the IoT into practice.
Mike Hitmar, a senior industry adviser in manufacturing, said in a recent article for Industry Week to these hesitant manufacturers and decision-makers: “Don’t make it more complicated than it needs to be.”
Hitmar argues that making the case for the IoT is actually right in front of you– on the production floor.
According to research from Gartner, 40% of companies believe that the IoT will have a significant impact over the next three years. Yet, only a small amount of them have actually put systems into production that draw from the IoT.
As Hitmar brings up, one of the simplest systems to implement is also one that delivers some of the most ROI: predictive maintenance analytics.
Imagine being able to schedule a critical asset failure– or being able to pinpoint the exact day, even hour it happens on a calendar. Think about how this can save you an enormous amount of lost revenue.
Finally, Hitmar said that the IoT honestly shouldn’t even be news– after all, “manufacturers have decades of experience using machine sensors to ensure equipment operates as expected.”
Using Big Data to Classify Mood Disorders
Researchers at the University of Buffalo recently received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to use big data in the development of a new approach for the classification of mood disorders, according to a recent article in News Medical: Life Sciences & Medicine.
The research is said to provide more effective outcomes for psychiatric patients with mood disorders. Their goal is to incorporate big data in the methodology and visualization tools to cluster patients with the disorder.
“Existing approaches often break or are inappropriate in big data settings for several reasons,” Rachel Hageman Blair, assistant professor and one of the researchers explains. “There is not a one-size-fits-all approach even for well-behaved data sets. Bringing together different methods under a single umbrella with strong visual interpretations holds value for a clinician.”
The researchers said that previous labels are no longer accurate because they simply don’t integrate all available data, something they want to change with their project.
Do We Need Our Own Cyber Security Protection Plan?
Data breaches at large entities like retail stores, banks, or government agencies have led many into cybersecurity solutions and programs. But does this mean we need our own, individual cyber security plan as an everyday citizen?
Priya Anand of The Wall Street Journal discussed the possibility in a recent article.
Anand said that many homeowners’ insurance policies do additionally have identity-theft coverage– which might include anything from credit monitoring to a case manager on stand-by to help with the aftermath. Of course, some companies are now starting to push consumer cyberprotection.
And Avivah Litan, a security analyst at Gartner Research asserted that those who have millions in “investible assets” should ultimately consider what is being offered at their banks or brokerages in terms of cyberprotection. She also said it’s important to simply weigh the odds– how much of a “drop” can you afford?
$1 Million Offered to Hack iOS9
Speaking of cyber security, Apple offered this week a $1 million bounty for jailbreaks of their newest version of iOS. Jailbreaking refers to getting around security restrictions enforced by Apple to install applications that aren’t authorized or distributed in the official app store.
Zerodium, an exploit acquistion company, promises to shell out a million big ones to researchers who “can provide it with an “exclusive, browser-based, and untethered jailbreak for the latest Apple iOS 9 operating system and devices,” said Lucian Constantin, PC World.
The company is only interested in reliable and silent exploits– they must not require any user interaction except for accessing a Web page or reading a simple text.
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