IoT second most important IT priority for 2018, says Wi-SUN Alliance

IoT is second most important IT priority for 2018, says Wi-SUN Alliance

Implementing IoT comes second only to tackling security  on the 2018 To Do list, according to a new survey from Wi-SUN Alliance.

Companies that have implemented IoT are overwhelmingly positive about the benefits they’ve achieved, and they’re keen to build on these foundations in 2018, according to a survey of 350 organizations in the UK, US, Denmark and Sweden, conducted on behalf of the Wi-SUN Alliance, a global industry association that focuses on connectivity.

No wonder, then, that enabling IoT comes high on the list of IT priorities for 2018; in second place, in fact, just after tackling security. When it comes to IoT benefits, over half of respondents (54 percent) say they have experienced improved business efficiency; 49 percent point to improved customer experience and 48 percent highlight better collaboration.

Read more: Vodafone IoT Barometer: Large global IoT projects doubled last year

IoT rises on priorities list

The Wi-SUN Alliance’s report, The Rise of the Internet of Things, finds that half of organisations investing in IoT initiatives already have a fully implemented strategy in place, while more than a third (36 percent) have a partially implemented strategy. Companies are most advanced in the oil & gas industry, with 75 percent having a fully implemented strategy, followed by technology (59 percent) and energy and utilities (57 percent).

The research identifies a number of key drivers for IoT implementation. Around half (47 percent) said it would improve “network intelligence and connectivity for citizen safety and quality of life”, while 42 percent said a key driver is “creating business efficiencies” and 41 percent cited “improving reliability of systems and services”.

Read more: IoT projects driving IT budget decisions, 451 Research finds

Not entirely rosy

Still, not everything in the IoT garden is rosy. While respondents report that enabling IoT is the second most important IT priority for the next 12 months, just behind improving security, almost all – a massive 90 percent – of those with an IoT plan at various stages of implementation have struggled to implement this, and over a third (36 percent) said they have found it “very or extremely difficult”.

Respondents highlight security as a barrier to IoT adoption. Fifty-nine percent of them cite security concerns, with the US (65 percent) and UK (64 percent) more concerned than those in Denmark or Sweden. Almost one in three (32 percent) see both funding and a lack of commitment from leadership, as barriers, while 30 percent view leadership’s lack of understanding of the benefits of IoT as a challenge.

The report also looks at the technical challenges in delivering IoT. Here, respondents identified a wide range of issues. Sixty-three percent mentioned security and safety; 46 percent data management; 41 percent network configuration, 39 percent recruiting IoT talent and 39 percent Wi-Fi connectivity.

Read more: Six out of ten IoT projects fail at trial stage, says survey

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Apple has ‘moral obligation’ to promote free expression in China, U.S. Senator says

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Commenting on Apple CEO Tim Cook’s recent appearance at the World Internet Conference in China, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said the tech giant has a "moral obligation" to push back against the Asian nation’s surveillance and censorship policies.
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NASA Scientist Says We Need to Stop Worrying About the Apocalypse

Phantom Planet

For over twenty years, rumors have circulated about a celestial body known as Nibiru or Planet X that could supposedly spell doom for Earth. Unfortunately (conspiracy theorists at least) there’s simply no truth to the idea.

Several different theories exist concerning how Nibiru might threaten our planet. It’s been argued that it could smash into us, or throw off our orbit, or bring forth a cavalcade of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tidal waves. However, all of this seems rather unlikely, given that the scientific consensus — which is that Nibiru doesn’t exist. A point NASA scientist David Morrison recently attempted to drive home in a podcast interview with Science Alert.

“Nibiru, I don’t know any scientists, any astronomers, who take that very seriously,” Seth Shostak, senior astronomer for the SETI Institute, told Futurism. “If that planet existed, the evidence would be very obvious that it exists. There is no such evidence. It’s like saying, ‘Hey, what happened in my dream, it’s probably real.’ Unless you have better evidence than having a dream about it, it’s probably not real.”

Brian Koberlein, an astrophysicist and physics professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, added that not only is there no evidence in support of the planet’s existence – there’s actually evidence against it. As he told Futurism, “We’ve done sky surveys that absolutely prove that there isn’t something like that.”

“It’s pretty easy to demonstrate that the idea that there’s a very large planet – as large as the Earth, or larger – that visits the inner solar system every several thousand years, that’s pretty easy to disprove,” said Shostak. “That would have disrupted the orbits of planets of the inner solar system a long, long time ago. Billions of years ago. They would still be disrupted, you would still see the effects of that. Not only that, but you’d have a good chance of just seeing it, and nobody has.”

Koberlein puts Nibiru in the same category as flat Earth theories. “There is a movement of pushing back against scientific ideas,” he explained. Koberlein believes part of the problem is the way scientific findings are presented; at times sensationalized or misrepresented.

“I think it’s more of an attitude of anti-scientific elitism,” said Koberlein. “I think it does have some implications in terms of, the more those ideas are fed, the less likely people are to pay their taxes toward scientific research or something like that, and that does impact us.”

Apocalypse: Cancelled

While it might be human to get caught up worrying about doomsday scenarios we can’t control — not least of all those involving some mysterious celestial body capable of causing death and destruction —everything we know about the cosmos suggests that Nibiru is little more than a scary story.

“In terms of the present moment, there is no ‘doomsday scenario from the skies’ that is coming. If you’re talking about Nibiru, or a large rock coming to Earth, anything large enough to have a global impact is so large that we know it’s not there. We can rule out any of it.”

Koberlein acknowledges that it is possible a rock large enough to destroy a town or even a small city could be overlooked: for instance, if the Chelyabinsk meteorite had hit at a steeper angle, the damage could have been quite serious. However, the chances of an event like that are still very slim, as these celestial objects gone astray typically hit non-populated areas, and rarely hit the ground.

“We haven’t found everything, but we know that big impacts occur, and we know that it’s possible,” Koberlein told Futurism, adding that “In terms of anything of size that’s large-scale, there’s nothing out there that’s going to hit us, or anything similar to that – there’s no supernova that’s close enough to fry the Earth, we don’t have some star collision, there’s not any gravity waves that’s gonna kill us or anything like that. To the best of our knowledge, we’re safe.”

Given that there are serious threats to the Earth’s well-being that we can prove, and for which there is abundant scientific evidence, we have plenty to worry about.

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SpaceX will use the first Falcon Heavy to send a Tesla Roadster to Mars, Elon Musk says

Always willing to up the stakes of an already difficult situation, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said the first flight of his company’s Falcon Heavy rocket will be used to send a Tesla Roadster into space. Musk first tweeted out the idea on Friday evening, but has since separately confirmed his plans with The Verge.

The first Falcon Heavy’s “payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity,” Musk wrote on Twitter, referencing the famous David Bowie song. “Destination is Mars orbit. Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent.”

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