It wasn’t that long ago when the first smartphone came out, and we saw the
pace of connected devices and associated mobile applications accelerate
beyond what anyone could have imagined. Shortly after that, something
incredible happened, we reached the point where there were more connected
devices than people on the planet. Since then, we’ve used this to measure
the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT). Research predicts there will be
as many as 50 to 100, and possibly even 200 billion connected devices by
Some businesses are already set up for IoT, like operators of large networks
of devices such as self-service kiosks and vending machines. These devices
are communicating information back to the enterprise and for those that
aren’t, installing the proper hardware and software to do so is more cost
efficient today than ever before.
Any business that is go... (more)
Grayson and I were at the Decatur High School football field, but we didn’t
see a touchdown or a first down. We watched drone races at the back of the
field where competitors would line up in twos and threes to race around the
course, getting points for each successful lap. That was awesome but not my
son’s favorite part of the Atlanta Maker Faire. Grayson built a circuit
with an LED light and battery and did quite a bit of soldering. I have to
give it to the person manning the booth, that was pretty brave to let a
7-year-old have his fingers that close to a hot soldering iron.
The numbers are staggering, and it’s all melding together.
By 2020 there will be 44 Trillion gigabytes of data, that’s equal to the
number of stars in the universe. Picture 1 trillion sensors contributing to
the rise of data in 2020 and three trillion being invested in the IoT over
the next 10 years.
And the trillion-dollar question is…what critical actions can you take to
embrace the Internet of Things?
It’s been said, people who live in the worlds between business and
technology are critical to IoT success.
First – Get involved
If you want to join that world, and grab your share... (more)
There are some very basic steps you can take towards making your payment
processing solution compliant with PCI and EMV. Payment Card Industry (PCI)
and Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) compliance are concerns of any payment
processing solution today.
$20,752 IS THE AVERAGE COST TO A SMALL BUSINESS DUE TO HACKING, UP FROM
$8,600 IN 2013 (National Small Business Association)
It’s essential small businesses have an end-to-end payment solution in
place that allows for PCI and EMV to be addressed. Cyberattacks are no
longer just a problem for large, global enterprises they are a p... (more)
While many of us were enjoying our last weekend of freedom, having fun with
our kids or shopping for school supplies, others like Mark were heads down
and knee deep in code. It takes a special person and a lot of passion for
coding to participate in the annual ICFP Programming contest. Mark’s just
that kind of guy and why we are so fortunate to have him at Banyan.
Get on the ‘right side’ of the problem
This year’s ICFP challenge was based on origami. The art of origami
transforms paper using an intricate series of folds into beautiful,
two-dimensional objects. Right-brained peopl... (more)