Big Oil Drilling Deep on Connected Tech

Crude bigoil-wiredoil prices are plunging worldwide, a trend that shows no signs of reversing any time soon. While that’s good news for consumers, it’s leading to industry layoffs and scaled-back exploration. But one area of industry growth that won’t be held back is technology — in particular M2M technology and Big Data, both of which could help oil producers locate new fields and slash costs in the years to come.

“The oil world is moving much more rapidly towards the Internet of Things,” says Alex Brisbourne, CEO of KORE Wireless, a provider of M2M network connectivity, and chairman of the International M2M Council. “Its impact … over the next three to five years is going to be quite profound, and that’s going to drive much more important infrastructure changes.”


How the NFL is Suiting Up for the IOE

When IOE-NFLGreen Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers takes the field this weekend, he probably won’t be thinking about the Internet of Everything — but the IOE will certainly be focused on him.

The NFL and Zebra Technologies have teamed up to equip 17 stadiums with “real-time location systems,” a new technology that provides location-based data to fans and coaches, including specific information on players’ acceleration and the distances they cover.

It’s a statistician’s dream, powered by advanced hardware.


Saving the Rainforests with Old Smartphones and the IOE

The IOE-rainforestkey to preventing climate change might just be found in those old cell phones in your junk drawer.

Rainforest Connection, a San Francisco startup, has developed a communications device to protect rainforests (and other areas) using old smartphones and the Internet of Everything. It’s a tool that definitively answers the old adage of “If a tree falls and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?”


Disney’s MagicBand: How the IOE Is Personalizing the Customer Experience

It’s IOE-Disneymidnight — and exactly 60 days before I load our family into the car and drive to Walt Disney World. And I’m already worrying about wait times.

My seven-year old, you see, is not the most patient child on the planet, but her stubbornness (and love for all things Frozen) is hard to top. That could cause problems on the trip as the reported wait times to meet Anna and Elsa at the park hit four hours at peak times. Thankfully, the Internet of Everything is about to save me a lot of grief.


New Wearables for Seniors: Potential Life Changers, Not Just Gadgets

As IOE-seniorsthe health and memory of their aging parents decline, many adults today feel the need to place their loved ones in homes or hire live-in caretakers — both of which are expensive and can be a very tough sell for elders who cherish their independence.

But as Internet of Everything technologies morph into myriad new applications, a handful of IOE-related products are giving seniors some tools that restore a measure of their autonomy — and may force their caregiver children to reconsider (or at least delay) the retirement-home option.


The Environmental Impact of IOE

By IOE-environment2020, the growth of the Internet of Everything will have led to more than 50 billion active wirelessly connected devices, according to some predictions. While some argue that the electrical demands sure to accompany this surge may have a negative environmental impact at first, the long-term positive effects of the IOE movement are likely to reduce people’s carbon footprint for years to come.

Those reductions are already being seen. The Nest thermostat, for example, which raises or lowers the temperature of your house depending on whether you’re there, makes the device carbon neutral in just eight weeks, the company says. In some cases, it happens in as little as two weeks.


The New Lazy Sunday

There’s IOE-LazySundaynothing that can put a dent in your weekend plans quite like yard work. Cutting the grass and ensuring that your hydrangeas don’t wilt in the dog days of summer can be both laborious and draining. And it’s even harder to work up the motivation when the nearby hammock is whispering your name.

But the Internet of Everything could bring good news to suburban commandos. Yard work may not be completely automated, but there are a several lawn maintenance tasks demanding our attention today that the IOE might make less demanding — and could save money in the process. For instance:


The (Uncertain) Future of Advertising in an IOE World

For IOE-advertisingthe advertising and marketing industries, the Internet of Everything can’t come soon enough.

As details about our personal lives become more public, businesses will be better able to narrowly target ads and offers, boosting their bottom lines in the process. That sort of openness might raise concerns for some people, though. After all, the marketing world already knows an awful lot about our online habits. Do we want to share our offline ones with it as well?