Almost everything is becoming sensor-laden and connected, even nature. How can your organization benefit?

I recently connected with the CEO of a fascinating company based in Cork, Ireland, called Treemetrics. Its mission is to eliminate waste in the logging industry by moving beyond antiquated forest survey methods and other problems caused by a lack of good information. By applying data analytics technology to this sector, the company claims to be able to reduce wastage by up to 20%.
To make this work, Treemetrics has to extract data from exotic sensing systems such as 3D laser mapping to obtain stem volume and taper information, which tells a lot about the size, type and health of tree groupings. It's pretty cool and leaps beyond where the forestry industry has been for literally hundreds of years in terms of harvesting efficiency.
With the rise of low-cost sensors, ubiquitous connectivity, and massive data volumes, the “Internet of Things” promises to change the world. Don’t let data challenges get in the way.
Earthquakes come without warning, making them one of the most feared natural disaster. Startups like Zizmos are working on early-warning systems using IoT (Internet of Things) sensors. Earthquake detection is provided by interconnecting multiple seismic sensors to a central server. The system works by detecting motion close to the earthquake epicenter and transmitting a warning alert to users further away from the epicenter. The system requires a large number of sensors to cover earthquake prone areas. Sensor costs have significantly decreased over the last decade through advances in smart phone and wearable technology, making an earthquake early-warning system affordable.
Forrester report details how businesses can actually take advantage of the Internet of Things.
Unless you’ve miraculously avoided all technology over the past few years, you’re likely familiar with the term Internet of Things -- or IoT. What you may not know is exactly what this phrase means, or what it means for you.

The IoT, simply put, is a way of bringing anything that can turn on and off into the fold of the internet superhighway. It means harnessing technology to connect everyday products to the internet so that you can automate their functions via smartphones, computers and tablets.
Is there a market hotter than the IoT? As manufacturers connect the internet to everything from baby monitors to automobiles, economic analysts such as Bain and McKinsey predict ever more explosive revenue growth for the IoT industry.

So what’s the problem? For starters, as vendors scramble for their share of the market, they cut corners or completely ignore cybersecurity, exposing the rest of us to identity theft, internet downtime and privacy breaches. Some military cybersecurity experts believe that IoT botnets could be used as weapons, even triggering a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) arms race.
The proliferation of cloud-based technologies along with the fact that data-tracking sensors are becoming smaller and more affordable have paved the way for industries to take advantage of the benefits of the Internet of Things. There is a growing trend of health organizations incorporating networks of connected devices in order to lower medical costs and increase efficiency of care. The ability to more accurately monitor patients who receive remote medical care also offers disabled individuals greater opportunities for independence outside of care facilities.
Consumers tend to be most excited about IoT applications that improve their home life, from smart TVs and thermostats to ovens that cook food automatically. However, IoT in the healthcare industry could be much bigger—and much more impactful on your health and lifestyle.
You may be thinking that IoT medical devices are a part of a distant future—especially since even regular home-based IoT hasn’t quite taken off yet. But the reality is, medical IoT have been around for longer than the term “IoT” has existed, including wearable and pocket devices by companies like Syncro Medical. While still in its infancy, medical IoT has come a long way, and still has a long way to go; so where does it go from here?
When designing devices for the Internet of Things, keep these five things in mind to help enable the smart manufacturing environment.
The ultimate goal of the Internet of Things (IoT), whether it is Industry 4.0 or Smart Manufacturing, is to improve a manufacturer’s speed, flexibility, individualization of products, efficiency, and scalability of production. As IoT continues to influence the engineering industry, Bosch Rexroth in a recent white paper listed the five key factors of product design that will operate in the IoT world.
There are now more than 152 million cars out on the road with the ability to call home and share data with their manufacturers and service providers. The connected car will soon have the capability and infrastructure to transfer more than a Terabyte per hour while in operation. The fantastic scope of connected cars and the Big Data analytics that support them will change the driving experience for everyone in the next few years.
The market for the internet of things in healthcare is growing steadily, with applications ranging from remote monitoring to medication adherence. This guide explores the challenges and benefits of healthcare IoT.
When people talk about “the next big thing,” they’re never thinking big enough. It’s not a lack of imagination; it’s a lack of observation. I’ve maintained that the future is always within sight, and you don’t need to imagine what’s already there.