Archive for the ‘Internet of Things’ Category

“Every breath you take” – record health data, keep tabs on your mood. Without you even noticing. Without being attached to a device.


Eric De Grasse, Chief Technology Officer

5 May 2015 – The past few weeks we have seen a tsunami of health-tracking developments, much of it discussed at the RSA Conference in San Francisco which we recently attended.  Coolest bit at RSA this year: it opened with everyone sitting in the dark. Literally. Amit Yoran, the new president of RSA Security, began his opening keynote while standing on a dark stage. “My stumbling around in the dark is a pretty good metaphor for anyone who’s trying to protect networks today,” Yoran said, describing how the industry has failed to deliver on its promises. “2014 was yet another reminder that we’re losing the contest. We can neither secure nor trust the pervasive complex, and worse, end-point participants in any large or distributed committing environment”.

The RSA conference emphasized the obvious: in the digital world in which we now live, information is the most highly valued commodity. Safeguarding that information, therefore, has become a top priority. And the “experts” are failing miserably.

The big event this month was the Apple Watch with its … Read more

Ever so gently, London City Airport will use the “Internet of Things” to improve transportation



15 April 2014 – As reported in the Guardian’s Technology Blog and the Financial Times TechHub blog, passengers flying from London City Airport will soon be able to test how the “internet of things” (IoT) can rewire their experience of catching a flight, as the airport becomes the first to use the technology. For airports, it holds out the possibility of sending messages to passengers telling them when to set off from a railway, alerting border staff before big queues form, and even having ticket holders coffee orders ready to collect when they approach the counter. London City sees it as an way of running operations more efficiently and improve the passenger experience. In addition … SURPRISE! … targeted advertising could translate into higher takings for the airport’s shops and restaurants – a key source of revenues. But as the airport increases its dependency on the internet of things, it also increases the risk of data security problems such as phishing and hacking, say analysts.

Quoted in the Financial Times piece, David Emm (a senior security researcher at Kaspersky … Read more

L’internet des objets: gadget, serpent de mer ou révolution ?

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7 Avril 2014 – Les mauvaises langues prétendront, non sans quelques arguments, que l’IoT n’est qu’un autre serpent de mer de l’industrie informatique, au même titre par exemple que les systèmes de traduction automatique dont on nous promet l’avènement imminent depuis des lustres. Les premières évocations de l’IoT remontent en effet au début du siècle alors que la prophétie tarde visiblement à se réaliser. Pourtant depuis quelques mois les signes avant-coureurs d’une concrétisation se font plus insistants. Qu’on en juge par exemple à l’acquisition récente par Google de Nest Labs, un spécialiste de la domotique, ceci pour la modique somme de trois milliards de dollars. Ou encore par son activité R&D consacrée aux lentilles intelligentes capables de mesurer le taux de glucose dans les larmes, une étape peut-être pour remporter la bataille du diabète. Non content d’avoir organisé l’information au niveau global, le géant de Moutain View ambitionne désormais d’assoir son hégémonie en concevant les technologies de capteurs qui, demain, récupèreront l’information directement dans le monde physique plutôt que de passer par les humains, peu fiables et … Read more