Category IoT

Integrating Internet of Things (IoT) Sensors into Communications Workflows

Imagine a world where everyday devices can make telephone calls.  Imagine those calls triggering workflows that enable enterprises to save money, better manage their business concerns, develop stronger relationships with their customers, increase employee satisfaction, and address minor concerns before they become major catastrophes.  Now, imagine those same devices sending emails and text messages, engaging […]

Giving voice to IoT

There have been moments in our communications industry when everything suddenly changes.  You can argue that it all began with Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone in 1876.  Although the road to that first voice call (“Mr. Watson, come here. I want you.”) took many years and involved several prior attempts, within a year […]

Integrating IoT into Avaya Breeze

After many years of uninterrupted blogging, I have been on a bit of a sabbatical these past several weeks.  It’s not as if I didn’t have anything to say.  It’s more that I didn’t have any time to say it.   On top of a grueling travel schedule, I have been spending long days and nights […]

Top Five Picks in a Year of Communications Richness

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. –Bill Vaughan The older I get, the quicker the years seem to go by.  I blinked during my freshman English final and all of a sudden I’m a 58-year-old man with three […]

Giving a Voice to IoT

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. Anton Chekhov The world of technology has changed immeasurably since I began writing software way back in the late 1970’s.  Devices are smaller, storage is nearly infinite, processors are orders of magnitude faster, programming languages are far more graceful, […]

Everyone is a Winner with IoT

I am fairly certain that nearly everyone knows the story about the six blind men coming upon an elephant.   Depending on each man’s vantage point, the elephant was a rope, a wall, a pillar, a fan, the branch of a tree, or a solid pipe. Eventually, they learned to cooperate and combine their impressions to […]

IoT: Driving the Need for IPv6

It’s impossible to open up the Sunday flier for a major electronics store without seeing ads for smart thermostats, coffee makers, refrigerators, and even light bulbs and Crock-pots.   The notion that nothing is off-limits when it comes to IP addresses has taken the world by storm.   People want their gadgets to be Internet aware and […]

Enterprise Connect 2016 Speaking Gigs

Living here in Minnesota, I look for every reason to head south for a break from winter’s ice, snow, and cold. Thankfully, this year one of those breaks is coming in the form of the 2016 Enterprise Connect conference. From March 7th through the 10th, thousands of the smartest men and women in the world […]

The Internet of Things From a Hardware Point of View

If you haven’t been paying attention to IoT (Internet of Things), you’ve been missing out on one of the most important technology trends in the last several years. Simply put, IoT assigns IP addresses to everything from thermostats to refrigerators. This allows these devices to participate in a control and information web that allows even […]

IoT: A Cause for Celebration and Precaution

Are you familiar with the Carna Botnet? If not, you really should be. Back in 2012, an anonymous hacker set out to “measure” the Internet in a survey entitled The Internet Census of 2012.   Enlisting the Nmap Scripting Engine, every publicly addressable IP address was scanned with the goal of finding just what was out […]