With so much noise about the coming ‘Internet of Things’ [IoT] these days, it’s a challenge to get a clear signal about what it means for enterprise asset management and how organisations can prepare to take advantage.
For the first time in history there are more active mobile connections in the world than there are people on the planet.
Digital analyst GSMA Intelligence’s real-time device tracker estimates that there are now more than 7.28 billion active mobile connections globally compared to 7.20 billion humans as per the US Census Bureau’s world population clock. What is more, these gadgets are multiplying 5 times faster than we are.
These intriguing statistics are not just about smartphones. They represent the interconnection of all sorts of uniquely identifiable devices [including M2M connections] across the worldwide internet infrastructure. It’s about the ‘Internet of Things’ [IoT] and the ‘Internet of Everything’ [IoE]. Continue reading “Is business ready for the ‘Internet of Assets’?” »
40 years ago, on the 26th of June, 1974, a packet of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Chewing Gum was the first item scanned using a Universal Product Code [UPC] and a handmade laser scanner at a store in Ohio, United States. It’s a fascinating story that began as far back as the 1940’s, and its application in our world, and evolution into different forms, shows no sign of slowing down today. Continue reading “The barcode turns 40!” »
Hello everyone, welcome back to our series of posts from RFID Journal LIVE! 2014. Whilst some of our recent posts have addressed the basics of asset tagging and item identification technology [‘Which barcode is best?’, ‘Barcode vs RFID’ & ‘Playing off HF & UHF RFID’], there was some thought-provoking content in a few RFID Journal LIVE! conference presentations that I think is worth relaying.