Unleashing the IoT gadget makers

Written by Chris O'Connor | September 21, 2016 | Blog, Toys and games

With an army of developers, engineers, architects and clever tinkerers working within the Watson IoT organization and across IBM, we thought it would be interesting to see some applications our broader team could come up with if we ran an IoT Gadget Contest. We kicked off the competition earlier this with the intent of unleashing ...read more


Tapping the IoT to get the greatest value from your assets

Written by Chris O'Connor | August 31, 2016 | Blog, Buildings, Factories...

For enterprises, each asset is part of a complex, dependent ecosystem. Hidden dependencies across assets pose serious threats to reliability. Given budget limitations, resources need to be prioritized based upon the most business-critical assets and a complete understanding of risk. One of the great advantages of tapping into Internet of Things is it can enable ...read more


How smart thermometers can track and prevent Zika

Written by Chris O'Connor | August 16, 2016 | Blog, Health and medicine

One of the nobler applications of technology is that of fighting disease. IBM and many other technology companies have a long history of dedicating resources to fight the spread of diseases and improve global health. Currently, a key focus for us is tracking and limiting the spread of the Zika virus. IBM recently announced that ...read more


Wiring the Internet of Things

Written by Chris O'Connor | July 28, 2016 | Platform

One of the unique challenges of the Internet of Things is stepping into an object oriented world, and understanding how to link together so many disparate objects that speak different languages. The average IoT engineer is not interested in diving into the coding necessary to drive these interactions, they want to quickly be able to ...read more


Putting the human touch into buildings

Written by Chris O'Connor | June 30, 2016 | Buildings, Case Study

The Internet of Things is going to transform how we work and live in more ways than many of us can imagine. Rapid advances in technology such as cognitive analytics, pervasive connectivity and embedded sensors are transforming every part of business. This transformation is leading to improved operations and lower costs, and engaging and personalized ...read more


Improving worker safety with wearables

Written by Chris O'Connor | June 23, 2016 | Energy and Utilities, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas...

According to the International Labor Organization every 15 seconds, 151 workers have a work-related accident. The global number of non-fatal occupational accidents reaches a staggering 317 million, annually. Even more concerning, 321,000 people die each year from occupational accidents. Work accidents remain a huge, cross-industry problem, despite safety regulations and procedures. Even a non-fatal injury can have a ...read more


Using smart engineering to overcome IoT complexity

Written by Chris O'Connor | June 16, 2016 | Blog

The Internet of Things is changing the rules for how companies can leverage design and engineering practices to get a leg up on competitors. Smart engineering practices can help you engineer reliable, smart, connected products and systems that enable innovation in the face of complexity. These devices are bringing new and exciting possibilities into our ...read more


Cisco and IBM: What’s possible in IoT

Written by Chris O'Connor | June 3, 2016 | Article, Blog

Today, in a typical industrial deployment, only 1% of IoT data is actually analyzed. This is because of legacy processes and drawbacks in current IoT platforms that make it too expensive and slow to analyze the other 99% of data Let’s take a look at a typical oil platform to understand why most data goes ...read more


Why now is the right time to make the IoT investment

Written by Chris O'Connor | May 16, 2016 | Blog, Commentary / Opinion

Watch the video Like any other business decision, if you are looking at or working with IoT technologies, you’re focused on how to leverage the technology to most quickly improve business results. Almost every enterprise focusing on IoT implementations looks at a starting point of operational value. If you can get the data and bring ...read more


IoT made easy

Written by Chris O'Connor | May 9, 2016 | Blog

A basic IoT platform must connect devices, must be able to collect data, must handle thousands of vendors, hundreds of standards and must be able to scale to millions of devices sending billions of messages. To deliver true value beyond the basic platform, we can add cognitive, security, privacy, insight generation and close loop automation. ...read more


10 ways to derive value from the Internet of Things

Written by Chris O'Connor | April 21, 2016 | Blog

The Internet of Things is complex, and figuring out how to derive value from it can be even more difficult. Use these tips for determining where to start or how to best continue your IoT journey. 1. Reimagine product development Products engineered for the IoT need to be different. What’s more exciting, the IoT enables ...read more


Creating innovative new business models with the Internet of Things

Written by Chris O'Connor | April 21, 2016 | Blog

As connected devices and data from them becomes the norm, enterprises are moving beyond selling connected, intelligent products and beyond selling new services – focusing on delivering compelling experiences over the life of a product. The Internet of Things is at the threshold of a tremendous opportunity. Connecting things with unique IP addresses has been ...read more