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The Smart Workplace: How 3 Wisconsin Companies Are Using the IoT

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The Internet of Things (IoT) has made your home smart; you can program your heat, lighting and security system to automatically adjust themselves. You can program your Roomba to vacuum when you’re asleep. You can ask Google or Alexa to play whatever music you like when you come home. So why shouldn’t your workplace be smart as well?

What is a 'Thing': A Basic Architecture for IoT Newbies

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Smart medical devices that transmit data directly to healthcare providers. Smart pallets that help warehouses keep track of inventory movements. Smart basketballs that help players track their shots as they practice.

Internet of Things - What Should I Be Learning?

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Good question.

What Is An IoT Testbed?

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IoT. Internet of Things.

Hey HR! Are You Ready for IoT?

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So. You've picked up on the buzzwords. Internet of Things (IoT). Big Data. Automation. Smart machines. Smart assembly lines. Will any of this impact you in Human Resources? You betcha. Let's take a look at five aspects of your world and talk about how the IoT will have an impact. 1. Acquiring IoT Talent Prepare now. The technology is moving fast and the demand for skilled workers is high. CIO magazine and Upwork.com recently posted a study showing the expected growth of the 10 most in-demand Internet of Things skills. The study shows fundamentals like Circuit Design, Microcontroller Programming, and AutoCad will have growth of over 200% in the next year. A 2014 report from VisionMobile projects the demand for IoT developers to increase from 1.5M in 2016 to 4.5M in 2020. How will you compete for talent? You'll need to do more than post positions on job boards and sort through piles of resumes. Look to organizations like the IoT Talent Consortium for direction on how to best find qualified IoT candidates. 2. Growing IoT Talent Maybe the talent you need is already showing up every day. You probably have engineers and developers already experimenting with IoT projects internally or on the side. Enroll them in online courses from providers like Coursera or Frugal Labs. Fan that interest into a flame with formal, in-depth training that dovetails with your corporate IoT direction. Also consider working with local colleges, high school robotics teams, or Makerspaces to create internships, fund specific projects, and create relationships that could lead to bringing on new employees. 3. Company Culture IoT workers connect to the Internet everywhere at all times on multiple devices. As workers they are in high demand. Many of them are willing and able to work remotely. Take an honest look at your company culture. Do you have remote workers? Do your employees have flexibility in schedule and location? Is your office and location going to appeal to new IoT candidates? What nearby housing options will they find? Will they be able to bike to work? Do Uber or Lyft service your area? Is Google Fiber in town? Maybe it's time to consider opening a remote office designed to appeal to this workforce. Even if you look within your current timezone, is there a more attractive building and location where it would be easier to find talent? 4. Training Do you coordinate, deliver and track training for other departments in your company? If so, it's time to evaluate and update those programs to be IoT friendly. Look for ways to move to more of a "just in time" training model using smart connected devices. Ask your engineering department if devices like Google Glass or Virtual Reality devices could make the training more successful. 5. Company Policies Do you have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in place? Does it cover health and fitness trackers? Smartwatches? Google Glass? If not, get cranking. These devices are already coming into your building every day. You could already have a security risk brewing. Consider the corporate-owned technology you have - your HRIS, payroll system, or benefits administration system. How will they integrate with IoT devices in the future? This introduces additional security requirements to ensure banking details, home addresses and potentially valuable data will be kept private and secure. More? Are these the only areas where IoT will affect HR? No. If IoT is anything it's a mystery wrapped in an acronym. Consider popular jobs of today that didn't exist 10 years ago. The Internet of Things only promises to supercharge that rate of change. What can you do today to get ready?

The Biggest IoT Myth

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If you've read about the Internet of things (IoT) you've probably come across narratives that include:

Wearable IoT Devices on the Manufacturing Floor

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Google glass. Remember those? All the rage for what seemed like a week, and then dead.

Early IoT Missteps - 10 Examples of Failure

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A home thermostat that learns your habits. Connected cameras that let you monitor your home from your smartphone. Automated pet feeders that keep Rover and Kitty happy while you work those extra hours.

A Basic IoT Architecture

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Any time there is a flurry of growth in a new technology it's sure to be an exciting time. Those of us who were around in the late 90's remember using similar words to describe this crazy new thing called the World Wide Web.