5 Months After the Hurricanes, the World Must Do More to Reconnect the Caribbean

2017 was one of the most active hurricane seasons in the Caribbean on record. Five months after the major storms Irma and Marie devastated parts of the Caribbean, there are still far too many people without access to the Internet and everything it offers. In our view, this is unacceptable. Today we published a snapshot of the current situation from the region in a new document, Report from the Field: Post-Hurricane Connectivity in the Caribbean.

The international response to this natural disaster has been mixed at best, and while several entities reached out to the region, a number of challenges impeded smooth and rapid assistance, such as lack of coordination. In some instances, the response from authorities has been either slow or insufficient, or both. The current reality that parts of the Caribbean are still without Internet connectivity this long after the hurricanes wrought their damage is a clear indication that the world’s response to this disaster has fallen short. The robustness of the telecommunications’ infrastructures in certain countries, which form the basis for Internet services, can also be questioned.

The world has the resources to do more.

We ask governments, businesses, educational institutions, NGOs and others, both in the region and around the world, to join together with renewed determination and commitment to reconnect the Caribbean – and to build a more resilient infrastructure that will help the region recover more quickly from the next round of hurricanes.

We believe that the reaction from governments should not be limited by political differences or formal barriers. People’s lives, pains and opportunities demand immediate action and all actors must work together to ensure that the response in future cases is timely and appropriate. It is simply unacceptable that so many people are still without both Internet access and electricity. It’s time to refocus and reaffirm our collective commitment to the Caribbean region.

The Internet Society will lead by example by doing the following:

  1. Partnering with entities that are looking how to enhance telecommunications and internet infrastructure resiliency. As part of this the Internet Society has been accepted as a member of the Commission for Caribbean Network Resilience charted by the CTU. Based on my telecom and Internet policy expertise, I will be joining as our representative.
  2. Partnering with Caribbean organizations focused on telecom infrastructure. In particular we look forward to working with CANTO’s Natural Disaster Committee.
  3. Developing a Disaster Relief Fund as part of our Beyond The Net funding program. This new program will enable Internet Society Chapters in affected regions after a natural disaster to apply for funds for projects that restore Internet connectivity. We will be announcing more information during the weeks ahead.
  4. Engaging our community in this effort. We will ask our Chapters, Organizational Members and individual members to join with us to make this a reality.

I will be attending the CANTO Annual General Meeting next week (4-6 February 2018) in Trinidad & Tobago where I look forward to discussing these ideas with many attendees.

At the Internet Society, we believe that the economic, social, education and communication opportunities made possible by the Internet are critical to our society today. We believe that Internet outages, either by natural disasters or government shutdowns, harm the people in the region and connectivity must be restored as soon as possible. Beyond that, Internet infrastructure must be made as resilient as possible to stand up as much as possible to these kinds of events.

We look forward to working with our members and partners to bring about a reconnected and more resilient Caribbean region. We are planning several activities over the next few months and will be posting updates and more information to this page:


Please do share our new report and do all you can to help #ReconnectTheCaribbean.

Image credit:  © Commonwealth Secretariat on Flickr – CC BY-NC 2.0

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Five predictions for IoT in the next 12-18 months

Five predictions for IoT in the next 12-18 months

Advancements in IoT Forges Disruption of Traditional Business Models across Industry Segments. Market consolidation imminent due to high levels of fragmentation, finds Frost & Sullivan’s Digital Transformation team.

The Internet of Things (IoT) market is poised for rapid growth with the development of microelectronics, ubiquitous connectivity, and cognition. Due to the abundant opportunities for vendors and service providers across all levels of the IoT ecosystem, enterprise systems integrators and platform vendors have a promising future. In the consumer space, Amazon, Google, Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft have intensified efforts to dominate the personal assistance race to control homes and the profitable consumer IoT and artificial intelligence sector. To succeed in a highly fragmented market, consolidation will be essential with vendors and service providers coalescing around large enterprise platforms that provide the necessary building blocks and encourage the development of applications from smaller vendors.

Frost & Sullivan’s analysis titled, Growth Opportunities for Service Providers in the Internet of Things (IoT), predicts the total number of IoT devices will grow from approximately 12.44 billion devices in 2016 to over 45.31 billion devices by 2023, at a global compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.3 percent.

In addition, the study shares an overview of the IoT landscape in the next 12-18 months in terms of adoption, applications and key market players, as well as forecasts growth opportunities for vendors and service providers in different levels of it IoT ecosystem.

Frost & Sullivan Internet of Things (IoT) Research Director Dilip Sarangan, said:

“Application development platforms are the engines that drive IoT growth. By tightening integration and consolidating IoT platforms, seamless solution development, costs, and value for customers will be improved.”

Five predictions for IoT in the next 12-18 months include:

  • Transition from connected devices to the use of cognitive or predictive computing and sentient tools;
  • Use of artificial intelligence to transform smart devices so that they react to changes in the environment without human intervention;
  • Increased commoditization of platforms;
  • Boom in drone delivery and use of drones to monitor remote wildfires, cell towers, and electric lines;
  • Unsecure devices and malware escalate cyber-attacks, making IoT a national security hazard.

“While it is impossible to create standards across all the industries that are part of IoT, there is need for standardization around how data is collected, stored, and communicated across different industries and applications,” noted Sarangan. “This will provide leadership opportunities for large platform vendors.”

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Deployment of IoT solutions within Manufacturing Organizations expected to nearly double in the next 12 months

Deployment of IoT solutions within Manufacturing Organizations expected to nearly double in the next 12 months

ABI Research Survey Finds 67% of Manufacturing Organizations do not currently have IoT solutions in place.

In a recent B2B technology survey of 455 U.S.-based companies across nine vertical markets, ABI Research finds that 67% of manufacturing respondents do not currently have IoT solutions in operation.

Of those, 74% are either investigating, assessing, or planning to deploy such solutions in the next 12 months. Survey results show that while a lot of the activity in non-connectivity categories are relatively simplistic deployments, industrial IoT (IIoT) applications share a common propensity for automation enablement.

“Companies with industrial and manufacturing operations are looking to connect their HMI, SCADA, and control networks to higher level enterprise systems as well as the cloud,” says Ryan Martin, Principal Analyst at ABI Research. “Exposing data to enterprise-level systems provides better support for analytics and the management of people, processes, and systems.”

At the onset, the IIoT ecosystem was predominantly anchored by proprietary M2M applications with limited interoperability between internal operational data and external systems/processes. Today, it is starting to become more open as the focus shifts from simplistic to more complex applications (monitoring versus control, automation). In fact, 35% of respondents in manufacturing are now assessing artificial intelligence (AI) and 47% have either deployed or plan deploy robotics solutions in the next 12 months.

Martin concludes:

“The value of leaner systems, processes, and procedures is greater than the sum of its parts for players in industrial end markets. These are generally large organizations with a set of well-understood needs and slim margins, though the ability for IIoT technologies to serve as an infrastructure amplification engine is unbounded.”

These findings are from ABI Research’s Industry Survey: Transformative Technology Adoption and Attitudes report. This report is part of the company’s Industrial Internet research service, which includes research, data, and analyst insights.

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Consumers less confident in self-driving cars than 12 months ago


Consumers have grown ‘more skeptical’ of self-driving cars over the past year, according to a J.D. Power’s 2017 U.S. Tech Choice study.

The report shows all generation groups, apart from Gen Y (born 1977 – 1994) have less confidence in automated technology for cars. 11 percent more Gen Z (born 1995 – 2004) and nine percent more Baby Boomers (born before 1946) said they “definitely would not” trust automated technology.

See Also: BMW self-drives to Level 5 autonomy by 2021?

Even with the growing hostility to automation, six of the ten features consumers (of all ages) are most interested in have some form of collision detection or automation that improves safety and takes away responsibility from the driver.

These features included emergency braking, lane-change, and parking assistance.

“In most cases, as technology concepts get closer to becoming reality, consumer curiosity and acceptance increase,” said Kristin Kolodge, director of driver interaction at J.D. Power. “With autonomous vehicles, we see a pattern where trust drives interest in the technology and right now, the level of trust is declining.”

Gen Z settling in

Gen Z was far more comfortable with technologies that automate the car experience than others, similar to previous survey results. The gap between Gen Z and Gen Y consumers if far less than the gap between Gen Z and Baby Boomers when it comes to purchasing intent—the amount a person would be willing to spend to have a car feature.

Gen Z consumers were also more favorable of self-driving and ride-sharing services, with 52 percent in favor of the latter.

The inability for consumers to test self-driving vehicles and the lack of public information may be one of the reasons for the dip in trust from consumers. It has been shown in previous surveys that the more a consumer uses or sees automated technology, the more confident they become.

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Liberty Pumps delivers on promise of  Intelligent Buildings in under 12 months

Intelligent Buildings are ripe for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). IDC estimates that investments in intelligent building technologies will exceed $ 17 billion by 2019. Due to their known payback and business value, energy management and lighting efficiency technologies are most touted for making homes and businesses “smarter”.

However, Electric Imp customer Liberty Pumps is adding a new dimension to Intelligent Buildings: monitoring of liquids and effluents to avoid significant damage and loss.

Liberty Pumps’ NightEye uses the Electric Imp Platform to create and automate alarms concerning rising fluid levels in sump, sewage and water pump applications.

Recognized as both a product manufacturing and innovation leader within its industry, Liberty Pumps saw an opportunity to leverage IIoT to create products tha meet customer demands for new, data-driven innovations. In this case, mobile applications that provide real-time alerts and data insights into fluids levels and equipment operation are rare. The instant popularity of NightEye underscores the value of Liberty Pumps’ first foray into IoT.

Congratulations to Liberty Pumps for delivering a great IoT-connected product in under 12 months. We’re very pleased that Electric Imp’s IoT device connectivity and application enablement platform helped make that possible.

Carol Schmitt
Head of Product Marketing

You can read more about Liberty Pumps’ imp-enabled solution here

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