Samsung is rolling out a network dedicated to the internet of things in South Korea. The network is a collaboration between Samsung and SK Telecom to create the wireless network which will serve as infrastructure for various public services and businesses.
The network will facilitate the gathering and sharing information between devices, allowing them to make use of information such as weather and traffic.
The first city to receive the network will be The Korean city of Daegu which will serve as a test bed for national availability. It will be rolled initially next month and country-wide next year.
The testing phase will focus on setting up the infrastructure for renewable energy, cloud platforms, electric autonomous vehicles and analytics of healthcare and medical service data.
An article on Smh.com.au recently discussed the potential the internet of things has to unleash economic disruption.
One of the biggest ways our lives will be changed probably in the near future is the advancement of cars. The article highlighted that Tesla was in the midst of the “advancements” taking place. A Tesla SIM connection allows Tesla cars to connect to the internet in Australia.
Another app helps graziers manage stock by alerting them when gates are left open. Driverless cars are another development that we’ve seen emerge and with driverless cars, there will be no need for professional drivers. There also be little need for people to own their own cars.
Given that it’s been 10 years since Apple unveiled the groundbreaking iPhone, it makes sense that the next big thing in the technology industry will have to do with the internet of things. Although the smartphone has been the driver of innovation in the technology industry, for chip makers, the pressure has been to produce smaller, more powerful components for each generation of phones.
But now that the era of smartphone innovation is slowing, the key growth driver in hardware may soon be the Internet of Things.
It has been predicted that over the next decade the industry will produce tens of billions of connected sensor devices to be used around the world for everything from highways to arteries.
As an article posted on Techcrunch.com highlighted, this redirection will reshape the technology hardway industry profoundly. It may also reverse many of the changes brought about by the smartphone era.
Progress is inevitable however with the coming of the age where products themselves are computerised and connected to the web, but something we may not have considered are the new cyber security challenges also present themselves.
Some of the threats that the Internet of Things raises includes the ability to remotely manipulate automobiles from anywhere around the globe.
As more and more products are connecting to the internet, these security threats could manifest in a number of way.
According to an article on Gizmodo.com.au, the internet of things refers to a number of tiny, energy-efficient gadgets with WIFI connectivity, quickly consuming our lives. These include kettles connected to the internet, power boards, appliances, sprinkler systems etc.
But as the writer highlights, the term also refers to technology standards and infrastructure that allow these devices to exist, and to communicate with each other and the web, basically what allows us to have “smart homes”.
There are massive ranges of products which are growing daily to help you achieve a smarter home using the internet of things.
Google is facing a massive Euro 3billion fine from the European Commission after being accused of promoting its shopping service in internet searches, to the detriment of rival services. The case has been dragging on since 2010.
According to British sources cited by The Telegraph, officials are close to announcing a fine but a final amount has not yet been decided upon.
The search giant will also be banned from continuing to manipulate search results to favour its own services and gain an upper hand on rivals.
Powering the internet of things has been a challenge, especially with limited computer battery life.
Powering the Internet of things and updating devices is hard and changing a billion batteries in wearable electronics would be impossible. Weak security and interoperability have limited the IoT with gadgets like cameras, wireless speakers and light bulbs.
Now there’s a battery free computer that’s powered and reprogrammed wirelessly.
The computer took decades of research to build, using modified communication protocol from radio frequency identification (RFID) tags.
Software on the computer is updated remotely, like it is on your phone.
Folding bikes have grown in popularity because they are convenient, have less chance of being stolen (because you take them inside with you) and save space, but one London bike manufacturer is taking bikes to the next level introducing an internet connected prototype of its folding bike.
Brompton bike makers are tapping into the internet of things of their new folding bike prototype.
The makers apparently set out to make a smarter, safer and more accessible folding bike model to provide users with a better riding experience.
There are concerns that China’s internet may soon be sealed off from the rest of the world, as the country considers measures to tighten its control on the internet.
The country has rolled out draft rules to ban web domains that haven’t been approved by local authorities, including .com and .org addresses.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is looking for feedback on regulations proposing that internet domain names offering “domestic access” should only come from services supervised and approved by the government.
Since the introduction of elearning and online training which arguably started in 1999, the platform and methodology to improve training efficiencies has undeniably made huge inroads into the training industry. Yet one of the enduring objections and concerns revolves around determining the identification of the learner and thus being able to validate that it was actually that person who completed A) the course content, and more importantly B) the assessment.
For general interest and self improvement style courses, this is not so much of a problem of course, but when you consider safety training, mandatory professional training, and even things like psychometric assessments for high risk roles, the ability to be more certain of the students’ ID and the validity of their assessment increases significantly.
Of course this field is not exclusive to online training. The practices of invigilation or proctoring have been around for decades, where particularly university students are strictly supervised during Examinations. Various services exist for so-called “online proctoring” which extends this concept into an “online class” environment where an online invigilator undertakes the process of carefully monitoring an online candidate while they complete an assessment or online examination of some kind.
However this style of monitoring is highly time intensive and costly, especially for the vocational education sector, (known as the VET sector in Australia).
Recently, an innovative elearning company in Brisbane Queensland have been working on the development of a web cam based assessment fraud prevention system, which they are planning to build into their signature White Card course. The system uses a computer’s built-in webcam to take initial snap-shots of the students face and ID documents, such as their Driver License. Then, as the student progresses through the course and assessment, random snap-shots are taken of the student completing the assessment. This system is already in place for the company’s “replacement White Card” service.
These images are stored within the Training Management System and are available for the assessor to peruse, and make sure the student is always facing the computer.
Another objection to online learning is the use of often easy-to-guess, simple multiple choice assessment systems. An example is a “Yes/No” answer set that gives the student a second attempt if they get the question wrong the first time. So their first answer is wrong, and they get a second attempt… but how could it be anything other than the opposite to their first answer! So this would not be regarded as a valid or quality assessment.
However the new assessment methodology will produce random questions, or components of questions, which means that different students get presented with different assessment questions, so that no two students can be pre-informed of the answers.
Do these measures make online learning and assessment infallible? Of course not. Indeed, Face-to-Face, classroom based training and assessment is most certainly far from infallible and 100% reliable either. But these innovations certainly introduce some massive barriers to online assessment cheating, fraud and sharing of answers!
The issue was recently highlighted by an article on Smh.com.au which discussed how domestic appliances are colliding with computer and internet technology, improving what they can do but shortening their lifespan.
More and more appliances are being retired to the refuse dump because consumers are being told they cannot be repaired because appliances are changing and advancing so quickly. Parts to repair appliances are being discontinued, forcing consumers to purchase entire new appliances more often, and at much greater expense.
While the internet is great, should our appliances be subject to ‘the internet of things’?
According to a recent post on HuffingtonPost.com every job will eventually change because of the internet of things.
According to the post, traditional jobs will become hybrids. In other words jobs like medical IT, agriculture robotics, etc. will begin emerging.
There will also be sensors on everything, helping your boss watch you and your productivity constantly.
We’re also likely to see cheaper and greener manufacturing and we’ll be saving time and money daily. Your smart phone will be integral in this, acting as a sort of “remote control” for your life, helping you juggling your private and professional life.
A Facebook study has revealed that while 3.2 billion people are now online, 4.2 billion are still unable to get online.
The study also revealed that while urban areas are online, rural areas still don’t access to the internet.
Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg said in light of the findings that he will continue to push on with his free internet crusade.
According to the second annual ‘State of Connectivity’ report, released last week, 200 million people gained access to the internet for the first time in 2015. This can be attributed to more affordable data and the rising global incomes.
The report highlighted the need to help the remaining world population gain access to the internet, given that it opens doors of economic opportunity.