It has be said that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) could be as the eyes, ears and sensor network for the smart city.
According to a panel at the Smart Cities Summit in Boston, the future of the USPS may revolve around big data, Internet of things and smart cities.
Here is the How:
- Trucks and assets drive through cities everyday.
- These assets could monitor conditions and the environment for things like potholes, potential for blight and infrastructure conditions.
- Data could be delivered back to cities to enhance services.
- This data enablement could be a new revenue stream assuming that the Postal Service would be allowed to expand into new services. Regulations prevent the Postal Service from entering non-postal businesses.
- Jessica Raines, public policy analyst at the USPS’ inspector general office, who recently published research on the partnering possibilities for the USPS and smart cities says “There is a lot of potential in smart cities for the USPS,” said Raines. “Think of how many assets, infrastructure and people we have.”
To look up security cameras (or Wi-Fi baby monitors or smart TVs or routers), all hackers have to do is go to Shodan. IoT devices are connected to the internet, and as a result each has an IP address, a string of numbers that identifies the device and serves as its specific address on the net. IP addresses are public information, which anyone can index on a search engine, not just Shodan, Google or Bing. The creators of Shodan and similar search tools say their goal is to help good-guy researchers. Security experts say the good guys need to be able to see as much as the bad guys can in order to be effective.
When Turned on, it’s just like a normal TV. Turn it off, it’s as transparent as glass, meaning you can see the wall or shelving behind.
Furniture companies, n particular are using AR apps. AR apps that act like a personalized catalog. Instead of having to visualize how a piece of furniture will look in their home, users can scan their room with their camera and virtually place the furniture in 3D.
Google just announced it would launch a voice-activated home device integrated with Google search capabilities. This would be similar to Amazon Echo, a device that sits in your home and acts as, really, a personal assistant. The Amazon device is powered by Alexa — when you speak to her, she’ll do things like turn on lights, play music and set up your Wi-Fi network.
More and more AR, VR, 3D printing and IoT will enter our homes — and stay. The devices will alter and improve the way we interact with and customize our homes, until we won’t be able to remember a time before we weren’t able to 3D print a new bathroom tub.
Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper made it clear that the internet of things – devices like thermostats, cameras and other appliances that are increasingly connected to the internet – are providing ample opportunity for intelligence agencies to spy on targets, and possibly the masses. Samsung sparked controversy last year after announcing a television that would listen to everything said in the room it’s in and in the fine print literally warned people not to talk about sensitive information in front of it.
Other Gadgets are spying as well.
Other television models, Xbox Kinect, Amazon Echo and GM’s OnStar program that tracks car owners’ driving patterns. Even a new Barbie has the ability to spy on you – it listens to Barbie owners to respond but also sends what it hears back to the mothership at Mattel. Researchers at Princeton University have found that, Google’s parent company, Alphabet popular Nest thermostat was leaking the zip codes of its users over the internet. This data was transmitted unencrypted, or in the clear, meaning that anyone sniffing traffic could have intercepted it, according to the researchers. Sharx security camera transmits video feeds in the clear, allowing pretty much anyone with access to the owner’s network to intercept and watch them over the internet.
Internet of Things offers a vast of promises in the field of healthcare by increasing efficiency, improving patient care and lowering costs. According to an interesting report from MarketResearch.com, the Healthcare Internet of Things market segment is expected to hit the $117 billion mark by 2020. Some of the methods in which Internet of Things is transforming the healthcare industry are:
the ability for an IoT device to be tested and diagnosed remotely. A specialist can connect from his own office and run diagnostics on an MRI that has failed. He can identify the root cause and remotely connect to the hospital’s technicians to provide hands-on-support. These interventions in hospitals will help to lessen medical equipment’s idle time and increase the systems efficiency.
The Internet of Things enables hospitals to track, monitor and update patient information in a systematic manner. Data could include reported outcomes, medical-device data, and wearables data. Computational methods of analytical support, known as augmented intelligence, are collectively used to analyze information. This type of database can help healthcare professionals in better decision making and providing superior patient care.
Internet of Things ensures better inventory management in hospitals and healthcare organisations.
Cloud based scheduling applications can ensure that machines, hospital staff and infrastructure is being utilized to its fullest capacity.
IoT Risks & Challenges:
One of the major risks associated with the erosion of IoT is the privacy of patient-sensitive data. There is a huge amount of exchanging information through this technology and this often leads to concerns about the disclosure of vital personal data. Patient history confidentiality is mandatory in the healthcare sector and critical data may be misused if accessed by culprits. Intentional disruption and manipulation of networks is another threat faced by IoT in the healthcare industry. Similar to any networked technology, IoT is vulnerable to hackers, thieves, and spies etc. who may create havoc through medical crime.
Healthcare organizations must also be able to identify legitimate and malicious traffic patterns on IoT devices. Encryption is needed for better security.There should be in-built security controls such as administrator ID’s and password authentication to prevent the misappropriation of critical data. Some suggests that devices be configured to inhibit data storage media from being retrieved, and the device itself should not be easily disassembled.