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Jake Smeester

Amazon Echo: From the Home to the Enterprise

Remember in the first Iron Man movie, when Tony Stark would have conversations with his in house digital assistant, J.A.R.V.I.S? Together, they built the Iron Man suite and saved the world, with little banter along the way.  The artificial intelligent…

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Hiring an IoT consultant? Think small

You may have read the Cognizant blog post from earlier this year that touts the benefits of big consulting in developing and implementing an IoT strategy—but is bigger really better? Big IT consulting firms like CGI, Cognizant, and Infosys specialize…

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Combatting Increased Payroll Costs with IoT Technology

The Democratic Party just endorsed a huge jump to the minimum wage of $15/hour—doubling current rates. If enacted, such legislation could significantly impact companies across many industries, from manufacturing to hospitality to food service, among others. To keep operational expenses…

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IoT and Lighting Collide at Lightfair International

One of the biggest lighting shows in the world is only two weeks away: Lightfair International 2016.  The show is intended for attendees of all types: Architects, landscape designers, contractors, engineers, energy consultants, facility managers, public utility specialists, urban planners…

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Internet of Things Security: Moving Forward

It’s no secret that there’s a lot of worry about Internet of Things security (IoT). Just recently, a drone flew over Austin, TX that detected 1,600 hackable, mostly consumable, devices. And who wants hackers (other than hackers) taking control of baby monitors, cars…

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