Episode 97: Enterprises will spend big bucks ($269 billion) on IoT

There’s a lot of money in the internet of things. No, not just in your smart home gadgets. The Boston Consulting Group estimates that by 2020 enterprises will be spending €250 billion on the internet of things. We discuss the survey, news of the week, an update on my OpenHab project and answer the question of how one gets started with a smart home. Two cases caught our eye on the privacy and security front, with one dealing with self-incrimination and a pacemaker and the other being the hotel in Austria that dealt with a ransomware attack on its smart lock system.

A chart from the recent BCG report on the internet of things.

And for everyone who wants to know about how to get into the smart home as a renter, I brought on Felicite Moorman, the CEO of Stratis to discuss things renters can buy to connect their (temporary) homes. She also laid out the future of smart apartments and explained what tech renters are likely to see from their landlords. There’s something for everyone this week.

Hosts: Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel
Guest: Felicite Moorman, the CEO of Stratis
Sponsor: Ayla Networks

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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.

5 thoughts on “Episode 97: Enterprises will spend big bucks ($269 billion) on IoT”

  1. Awesome Podcast as always. Good choice Stacey on choosing the Pine64 board over the Raspberry Pi. I have OpenHAB 1.x up and running controlling Phillips Hue and some PiFace boards as well as iLumi bluetooth hack where I can control the light via an EnOcean Energy harvesting switch (no app needed). The issue I run into with the Raspberry Pi 3 is that the Wi-Fi module shuts off periodically so either the lights do not shut off or stay on and typically requires a complete reboot of the Pi and a relaunch of the OpenHAB software. Also, there was an update to the Pi 3 that swapped UART connections on the board which shut off the Bluetooth connection. I too have a Pine64 and will move to OpenHAB 2.0 on that board so I am very interested to see how you progress. It would be interesting to bring in Kai Kreuzer on the show to perhaps walk you through some of the set-up.
    The security issues you and Kevin spoke about on the show is pretty much the issue I have with all of this push to the cloud for controlling home of business devices. Scary stuff.


    1. Oh, one more item, Kevin mentioned the Intel Edison and the Intel Atom with regards to power differences, however the Intel Edison does have an Intel Atom Tangier Dual core Processor as well as Quark core. Along with the Intel Galileo, the boards from Intel have been a bit more expensive than say the Raspberry Pi so I believe that might be a reason why they have not taken hold like the other boards. The Edison with the Arduino break out board is quite nice though.

  2. I like the business focus, keep that up! And Felicite Moorman was “tremendous” and I don’t even live in an apartment!

    The Echo/Home tips are fun, too, and here is a new one I just did, in case your other listeners want to try: use Google Home to wake up to a radio station (kinda). There is not function for this directly so one way is to have your phone alarm talk to your G Home.

    Record an audio file for an alarm tone saying “Hey Google, Play KUSC . . .” with 10 seconds of silence at the end (so the command does not repeat before you can turn the alarm off). Then, set the phone alarm using that file as the tone (on Android, put the file in the Alarms folder to be able to select it). Use very low volume so the voice does not wake you up. The only jarring part is G Home responds with “OK, playing KUSC on Tune-In” and *then* the music plays. I hope someone makes a direct action for this someday, but for now since my 20-year old alarm clock CD-radio died, this will have to do! 🙂

  3. Where did you buy the Pine 64 as a combo for under $100? Couldn’t immediately find the combo that Kevin was referring to.

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