Episode 130: Nest’s a security company now and Hitachi’s new industrial IoT explained

Wow. This week saw some big news from Nest as it announced a new security system plus other devices. August also updated its line of locks and promised a better doorbell. Meanwhile, rumors of an Amazon Alexa security system or even glasses emerged. And Google leaked some news. We also talked about smart grid M&A and Comcast buying Stringify, a company that links together myriad devices and lets you create scenes. Kevin also shared his thoughts on the Apple Watch with LTE and we answer a reader question about garage doors.

A Nest Detect sensor in action.

On the guest front, we speak with Rob Tiffany, the CTO of Lumada, about Hitachi’s new industrial IoT play Vantara. He discusses the existential threat that faced Hitachi and why it needed to make a move as well as shared how Hitachi is offering trains as a service. There’s a lot to digest in this show, but it’s a solid overview of the big news this week.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel
Guest: Rob Tiffany of Hitachi Vantara
Sponsors: ForgeRock and Xively

  • The Nest Connect and Security is the return of Weave
  • So much hardware getting released and leaked
  • On the Apple Watch with LTE, manage your networks or manage your expectations
  • IoT posed an existential threat to Hitachi’s business
  • How to turn a train into a service

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Stacey Higginbotham

I am a journalist who has covered technology for over a decade at publications such as Fortune, PCMag, Gigaom, The Deal and BusinessWeek.

One thought on “Episode 130: Nest’s a security company now and Hitachi’s new industrial IoT explained”

  1. Stacey and Kevin,

    Thanks for another awesome podcast.

    With the announcement from Hitachi and with what companies like GE is doing with IoT and their devices (although a bit scaled down) it would seem that IoT has gone past being just a buzz word and more of household name. The Hitachi Vantara platform seems to make sense and a good direction for Hitachi to leverage from their great Storage products. Having worked for over 9 years with the HP OEM version of the Hitachi Lightning array, and then later with other storage vendor arrays, I think Hitachi has the most robust device on the market. They also seem to be one step ahead of the other Storage vendors, and this looks like just another step forward.

    Thanks guys,

    Jon

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