What's up with the Internet of Things, you almost surely didn’t ask yourself this morning. But maybe you asked Alexa about the weather or Siri for driving directions. So I’ll write about it anyway. Let’s start with a report from VoiceLabs, which provides analytics to voice app developers. The report is quite detailed and well worth a look. Headline finding is hardware shipments will grow from 1.7 million devices in 2015 to 6.5 million in 2016 to a projected 24.5 million in 2017. This means that (a) voice devices are hot and (b) this is the year they go mainstream. Also intriguing: just 11% of consumers who own one device will buy a competing device. This means that grabbing share is important. It also suggests a society that's split into tribes having different experiences and isolated from each other. It’s already hard to live in a mixed household of Apple and Android users; it may soon be almost impossible.
On the bright side: your voice-activated thermostat will understand you even if your spouse does not. Home technology researcher Parks Associates reports that 51% of broadband households are willing to share their thermostat data to get energy discounts, and slightly fewer would share data from clothes dryers and lighting. So if you’re keeping the house warm and dark while you wash your clothes in the nude, the power company will know about it. What could go wrong?
Actually, lots could go wrong. And chances are it will: a study from Ponemon Institute found that most organizations are ill-prepared for threats to security from mobile and IoT devices, even though they recognize the dangers. Sixty percent of respondents thought their company had already had a security incident because of an insecure mobile app. Just 30% said they have budgeted enough to protect against them. They also said that IoT devices are even less secure than mobile apps. Have a great day!
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