Empower People With Health Wearables: Mixing Tech And Health

From Fitbits to smart watches, health-focused wearables are perhaps one of the best IoT innovations to show immediate benefits. These devices provide individuals with instant feedback on everything from the number of steps they walked to the effectiveness of a cardio workout. The industry is growing. No longer is it focused just on consumer applications; it’s reached well beyond into health monitoring.

Adoption of IoT-connected wearables captivates consumers and manufacturers

Engagement platforms like wearables are touching a wide range of consumer lifestyle sectors. They collect data from devices worn by consumers and then provide insight, information, and even rewards to users. More importantly, they provide important data that can do everything from encouraging better fitness to diagnosing health conditions.

The advantages are multi-faceted. The consumer benefits first and foremost with more information about his or her health and a better ability to choose a healthcare plan, make fitness decisions, and even navigate complex medical issues. Medical science benefits, too. It is now possible for doctors to use information from such platforms to make research-based decisions and even diagnose and treat health conditions.

Wearables encourage better fitness

Wearables, which are usually simply designed and worn on the wrist to avoid interfering with daily tasks, are the simplest of this type of engagement platform. These devices transmit information over a receiver or Bluetooth technology to end users, who can use the data to make decisions about health. According to IDC, of the 23 million wearables shipped in the third quarter of 2016, 85% were fitness-focused products.

Consumers love this type of technology for many reasons. For one, it provides motivation; knowing you have 1,000 steps to go to reach your daily goal encourages you to keep walking. For another, knowing you’ve surpassed your target heart rate encourages you to slow down during a workout. However, the information can also provide long-term benefits. Companion apps can track a person’s health and fitness over a period of time, and these devices make it easy to communicate with relevant third parties, such as doctors or insurance providers.

Health insurers benefit from better monitoring, better health

Health insurers understand the value that such engagement platforms offer, and many are willing to provide discounts to members who become more active and engaged using IoT and other connectivity resources.

A provision in the U.S. Affordable Care Act allows employers and health insurers to offer wellness incentives. For example, employees who agree to wear a fitness or activity tracker can receive rewards or discounts on medical costs. Even after spending money on an activity-tracking device, participants can see overall savings when their incentives are factored in.

This makes sense when you consider the benefits. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, and 86 million have pre-diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, the annual U.S. cost of diagnosed diabetes is $ 245 billion a year, much of which is paid for by health insurers. However, many people with this condition can benefit from becoming more active, eating better quality food, and tracking their blood sugar levels more consistently – potentially reducing the onset of the condition and its costs, all of which can be enabled by wearables and other connected tools.

For example, a University of Mississippi study that used a mobile Internet device to help people with diabetes track their blood sugar resulted in fewer hospital visits and better disease control, producing a $ 339,184 savings in ER visits alone among the 85 people enrolled in the study.

Keeping patients healthier

mHealth, the term used to describe the use of mobile devices to transmit health-related information, is already a $ 23 billion industry, and it is expected to grow more than 35% over the next three years, according to SNS Research.

This connectivity enables doctors to remotely track their patients’ well-being and intervene when the data shows emerging problems. For example, wearable devices that transmit data on blood sugar, heart rate, heart rhythm, blood clots, and so forth can enable doctors to better track, diagnose, manage, and treat patients.

Ting Shih, CEO and founder of mHealth company ClickMedix, says smartphones and wearables are perhaps the most important life-saving technologies in the health industry today, in part because they “are affordable enough that almost anybody in the world can have access to one.” He says wearables enable the healthcare industry to “collect data as never before. We can actually get to the next level of healthcare delivery.” This is changing the world.

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Top 10 Technology Trends for 2018: IEEE Computer Society Predicts the Future of Tech

Top 10 Technology Trends for 2018: IEEE Computer Society Predicts the Future of Tech

Top 10 Technology Trends for 2018: IEEE Computer Society Predicts the Future of Tech

Tech experts at the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) annually predict the “Future of Tech” and have revealed what they believe will be the biggest trends in technology for 2018.

The forecast by the world’s premier organization of computing professionals is among its most anticipated announcements.

Jean-Luc Gaudiot, IEEE Computer Society President, said:

“The Computer Society’s predictions, based on a deep-dive analysis by a team of leading technology experts, identify top-trending technologies that hold extensive disruptive potential for 2018.”

“The vast computing community depends on the Computer Society as the provider for relevant technology news and information, and our predictions directly align with our commitment to keeping our community well-informed and prepared for the changing technological landscape of the future.”

Dejan Milojicic, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Distinguished Technologist and IEEE Computer Society past president, said:
“The following year we will witness some of the most intriguing dilemmas in the future of technology. Will deep learning and AI indeed expand deployment domains or remain within the realms of neural networks? Will cryptocurrency technologies keep their extraordinary evolution or experience a bubble burst? Will new computing and memory technologies finally disrupt the extended life of Moore’s law? We’ve made our bets on our 2018 predictions.”

The top 10 technology trends predicted to reach adoption in 2018 are:


Deep learning (DL)

Machine learning (ML) and more specifically DL are already on the cusp of revolution. They are widely adopted in datacenters (Amazon making graphical processing units [GPUs] available for DL, Google running DL on tensor processing units [TPUs], Microsoft using field programmable gate arrays [FPGAs], etc.), and DL is being explored at the edge of the network to reduce the amount of data propagated back to datacenters. Applications such as image, video, and audio recognition are already being deployed for a variety of verticals. DL heavily depends on accelerators (see #9 below) and is used for a variety of assistive functions (#s 6, 7, and 10).


Digital currencies

Bitcoin, Ethereum, and newcomers Litecoin, Dash, and Ripple have become commonly traded currencies. They will continue to become a more widely adopted means of trading. This will trigger improved cybersecurity (see #10) because the stakes will be ever higher as their values rise. In addition, digital currencies will continue to enable and be enabled by other technologies, such as storage (see #3), cloud computing (see B in the list of already adopted technologies), the Internet of Things (IoT), edge computing, and more.



The use of Bitcoin and the revitalization of peer-to-peer computing have been essential for the adoption of blockchain technology in a broader sense. We predict increased expansion of companies delivering blockchain products and even IT heavyweights entering the market and consolidating the products.


Industrial IoT

Empowered by DL at the edge, industrial IoT continues to be the most widely adopted use case for edge computing. It is driven by real needs and requirements. We anticipate that it will continue to be adopted with a broader set of technical offerings enabled by DL, as well as other uses of IoT (see C and E).



Even though robotics research has been performed for many decades, robotics adoption has not flourished. However, the past few years have seen increased market availability of consumer robots, as well as more sophisticated military and industrial robots. We predict that this will trigger wider adoption of robotics in the medical space for caregiving and other healthcare uses. Combined with DL (#1) and AI (#10), robotics will further advance in 2018. Robotics will also motivate further evolution of ethics (see #8).


Assisted transportation

While the promise of fully autonomous vehicles has slowed down due to numerous obstacles, a limited use of automated assistance has continued to grow, such as parking assistance, video recognition, and alerts for leaving the lane or identifying sudden obstacles. We anticipate that vehicle assistance will develop further as automation and ML/DL are deployed in the automotive industry.


Assisted reality and virtual reality (AR/VR)

Gaming and AR/VR gadgets have grown in adoption in the past year. We anticipate that this trend will grow with modern user interfaces such as 3D projections and movement detection. This will allow for associating individuals with metadata that can be viewed subject to privacy configurations, which will continue to drive international policies for cybersecurity and privacy (see #10).


Ethics, laws, and policies for privacy, security, and liability

With the increasing advancement of DL (#1), robotics (#5), technological assistance (#s 6 and 7), and applications of AI (#10), technology has moved beyond society’s ability to control it easily. Mandatory guidance has already been deeply analyzed and rolled out in various aspects of design (see the IEEE standards association document), and it is further being applied to autonomous and intelligent systems and in cybersecurity. But adoption of ethical considerations will speed up in many vertical industries and horizontal technologies.


Accelerators and 3D

With the end of power scaling and Moore’s law and the shift to 3D, accelerators are emerging as a way to continue improving hardware performance and energy efficiency and to reduce costs. There are a number of existing technologies (FPGAs and ASICs) and new ones (such as memristor-based DPE) that hold a lot of promise for accelerating application domains (such as matrix multiplication for the use of DL algorithms). We predict wider diversity and broader applicability of accelerators, leading to more widespread use in 2018.


Cybersecurity and AI

Cybersecurity is becoming essential to everyday life and business, yet it is increasingly hard to manage. Exploits have become extremely sophisticated and it is hard for IT to keep up. Pure automation no longer suffices and AI is required to enhance data analytics and automated scripts. It is expected that humans will still be in the loop of taking actions; hence, the relationship to ethics (#8). But AI itself is not immune to cyberattacks. We will need to make AI/DL techniques more robust in the presence of adversarial traffic in any application area.

Existing Technologies: We did not include the following technologies in our top 10 list as we assume that they have already experienced broad adoption:

A. Data science
B. “Cloudification”
C. Smart cities
D. Sustainability
E. IoT/edge computing

IEEE-CS technical contributors include Erik DeBenedictis, Sandia National Laboratories; Fred Douglis, systems researcher and member of IEEE-CS Board of Governors; David Ebert, professor, Purdue University; Paolo Faraboschi, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Fellow; Eitan Frachtenberg, data scientist; Phil Laplante, professor, Penn State University; and Dejan Milojicic, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Distinguished Technologist and IEEE Computer Society past president. The technical contributors for this document are available for interview.

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Chordant report tots up cost-saving opportunity from smart city tech

Chordant report tots up cost-saving opportunity from smart city tech

Governments, businesses and citizens could save over $ 5 trillion every year with help of smart city tech, claims Chordant report.

Smart city technologies could save enterprises, governments and citizens globally over US$ 5 trillion annually by 2022, according to new research published by Chordant, a newly launched business unit focusing on smart city developments and part of mobile technologies specialist Interdigital.

With higher concentrations of people and businesses located in urban areas, smart city and IoT technology will help cities get better use from existing assets, operate more efficiently and create more sustainable environments, says the report, Smart Cities and Cost Savings.

But IoT and smart technologies can only work, it warns, where a “holistic approach” is taken to collecting data from sensors, sharing it and analysing it effectively.

Read more: Analysis: Connected streetlights illuminate path to smart cities

Economic analysis

The report, which was conducted on Chordant/InterDigital’s behalf by market analyst firm ABI Research, goes on to consider the aggregated absolute cost-savings potential in a smart city of 10 million inhabitants over the next five years. These sums, apparently, are based on the yearly savings already achievable for 75 of the world’s cities with a total urban population of more than 5 million. The report claims that:

  • Governments could save as much as $ 4.95 billion annually, with street lighting and smart buildings representing two areas with the biggest potential to yield savings. Smart street lights alone might be expected to cut repair and maintenance costs by 30 percent, the report says.
  • Businesses operating in smart cities could save $ 14 billion in areas such as freight transportation, by using more energy-efficient transport options including drones, robots or driverless vans and trucks, and through operating smart manufacturing plants.
  • Citizens could achieve savings of up to $ 26.7 billion per year in areas such as utility bills, through the deployment of smart meters and microgrids, and in education with the development of a hybrid education system that mixes online learning with physical classrooms.

Read more: Juniper Research names UK’s top ten smart cities

Much to think about

Internet of Business spoke to Jim Nolan, executive vice president at Chordant about the findings. The potential for cities to save money looks great, we said, but what steps should municipal authorities be taking today to be more sure of reaping those rewards by 2020?

“Key steps would include thinking through their smart city strategy before committing to proof of concept projects [PoCs] with a focus on aggregation of data,” he said. “Most cities, towns, and regions already have significant data sources that are not leveraged or are siloed. Currently, many single function PoCs, [such as] smart garbage bins, smart lighting, environmental sensors and so on, don’t create lasting value as they don’t offer a large, aggregated suite of data sets that can be used to create solutions that save capex, opex and improve the quality of life of citizens – for example, by reducing congestion or environmental impact.”

If cities create multiple, single-focus PoCs with no ability to federate data, he added, these gains will be lost. But, he added, the smart city opportunity isn’t confined to sprawling urban conurbations. Small cities, towns, even villages, he said, can benefit, too, because “the ability to leverage aggregated data doesn’t end at local regional boundaries and integration across towns to broader regional areas creates additional value.”

Read more: Cisco announces $ 1 billion smart cities fund

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Action Environmental Group kits out fleet with connected camera tech

Action Environmental Group kits out fleet with connected camera tech

Garbage trucks belonging to Action Environmental Group are to be equipped with camera technology that improves the safety of drivers.  

It’s a great example of a pilot project proving so successful that the technology is subsequently rolled out on a much wider scale.

In 2016, Action Environmental Group, a commercial waste collection company based in New York City, began trialling connected camera technology from 3rd Eye, a provider of safety equipment for commercial vehicles, in just one of its business divisions.

The goal was to see the impact on driver safety and risky behaviour – and thanks to the results the company has seen, Action Environmental has unveiled plans to equip its entire fleet of 300 trucks with the technology by the end of the year.

Improving driver safety

3rd Eye’s technology records both the driver and road, making drivers aware of what’s happening inside as well as outside their vehicle. The combined camera/radar offering is part of the company’s wider Enhance Vehicle Behavioral Analytics product, which provides access to information captured by 3rd Eye cameras, collision avoidance radar, body sensors and chassis data.

The camera/radar hardware itself is an important aspect of the system, but there’s also a reliance on big data. A specialist at team at 3rd Eye analyses video footage to generate insight into potential problems or issues.

That information, according 3rd Eye, can help companies develop effective training schemes and regulations on safe driving. It can assist with service verification and route optimisation and enable customers to conduct post-crash fault analysis within the system. That’s important, because it can help them to tackle false or fraudulent claims of damage – a commonplace occurrence in the transportation industry.

Read more: LeasePlan and TomTom partner on connected fleet management

Big results

Ken Levine, director of safety at Action Environmental Group, said that, despite using the system for only a year, the company is pleased with the results. The cameras serve two main purposes, he explained: “to provide day-to-day training and analysis; and to learn from individual instances.” 

“In the first three months of deployment,” he continued, “I have personally seen a 30 to 50 percent reduction in risky behavior. And in some cases, we have even seen the system play a serious role in workers’ compensation claim investigations.”

But the biggest benefits are the most important: driver safety is up and employee injuries are down.

Read more: Golden State Foods (GSF) delivers transformation with IBM Watson IoT

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IoT Tech Expo North America 2017: Highlights from the event in Silicon Valley

The North America 2017 event welcomes 10,500+ attendees to Silicon Valley!

Firstly, we’d like to thank all those who attended the IoT Tech Expo North America 2017 which returned to the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA for the final leg of the 2017 world series with an extended agenda, larger expo, brand new topics and two co-located events covering Blockchain and AI. The event attracted an audience of 10,500+ attendees with delegates from across North America and beyond to discuss the potential of IoT, Blockchain and AI across a number of industries, with top-level speakers sharing their expertise and experiences on the subject. We hope you found the event beneficial and made some new connections.

We would also like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors, speakers and exhibitors for their involvement in the event and for making it a fascinating and diverse two days.

The two-day event hosted 15 conference tracks, an exhibition, AI start-up incubator, IoT meetup and an evening of networking. On the first day speakers including NASA, Halliburton, Boeing, Bluetooth, Cisco, State of Nevada, Ford, Schneider Electric and many more took to the stage to explore IIoT, manufacturing,  connectivity, smart factories, data privacy, interoperability, security, and more.

Day 2 welcomed the new conference tracks ‘Smart Transportation & Cities’ and ‘IoT in Enterprise’ with speakers from Thyssenkrupp, Shell, Federal Trade Commission, Visa, State of Utah, Toyota, Aviva, Compare, Seattle Reign FC and more sharing their knowledge and experiences across a range of industries and verticals.

Here are a few pictures of the show and you can share yours with us using @IoTTechExpo

If you missed the event, you can catch up on all the sessions by purchasing a Sessions Material Pass which allows you to download all the presentations and recordings from over the two days. These will be available before December 7th and paid pass holders will be emailed their log-in details.

You can also let us know what you think via this short survey, and be entered into a draw to enter 2 x Ultimate Passes to a future event of your choice.

The IoT Tech Expo World Series will be returning in 2018 with shows taking place in London, Amsterdam and Silicon Valley. You can find out more and register for each below:

IoT Tech Expo Global – 18- 19 April 2018, Olympia London

IoT Tech Expo Europe – 1- 2 October 2018, RAI Amsterdam

IoT Tech Expo North America – 28- 29 November 2018, Santa Clara, Silicon Valley

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