Weekly Reading: Internet of Things and Feelings of Insecurity

Business man hold cloud with computer icons in handFor all I read, I don’t read palms. I also don’t read tarot cards, minds, nor the writing on the wall. I will, however, join a panel of wicked smart AV pros at Integrated Systems Europe 2015 to predict the future of pro AV. One thing I know will come up during our session at the Amsterdam RAI: the Internet of Things. If you’ll be in the neighborhood, join us.

And on that note, this week’s reading:

What does the Internet of Everything mean for security? (via the World Economic Forum’s Agenda)

And? The whole Internet of Things is very much in vogue. The possibilities of everything attached to the network are pretty cool. But leave it to the head of Cisco Systems to remind us all of the huge bucket of cold water hanging over our heads, when he writes: “There are two types of companies: those who have been hacked, and those who don’t yet know they have been hacked.” Oof. But he’s 150% correct, of course. Don’t be the back door to a much-publicized security breach.

Microsoft’s New Idea: A Hologram Headset to Rewrite Reality (via MIT Technology Review)

And? Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Technologists in pro AV or live events start to dabble in new solutions, like holographic effects, but it takes a big, new consumer electronics play to get people to pay attention (and start asking for new capabilities). Does Microsoft’s announcement officially mark the point at which we must all bone up on holograms? Or do we wait for Apple?

Meet Surface Hub: Microsoft’s fresh take on videoconferencing (via CNET)

And? Okay, I’m officially calling Microsoft late to the party on this one, but still. As rAVe’s Gary Kayye interpreted news of Microsoft’s new 84-inch Surface Hub, “Microsoft is officially in the AV market.” Love ’em or hate ’em, you probably owe it to yourself and your customers to examine this solution.

Predictions for Unified Communications in 2015 (via rAVe pubs)

And? Amy Fulton of Video Corporation of America definitely hits the right notes on what’s new in UCC. My top two from her list: WebRTC and mobile UC. However, I fear the further UCC drifts away from a room or other office space, the less AV professionals will perceive a role in these deployments. Resist doubt and redefine your role in UCC! (Programming plug: Check out an upcoming webinar on UCC and pro AV with Dimension Data’s/IMCCA’s David Danto, Citicorp’s Josh Klempner and Unified AV’s Scott Wood, CTS-D, CTS-I.)

Google Hopes to Take the Web Directly to Billions Lacking Access (via The New York Times)

And? There are several things interesting about Google’s look toward satellites as a way to spread Internet access. I’m starting to come around to the position that Internet access, increasingly, is a must-have for everyone, but at the prices most of us pay? Ubiquity probably can’t happen at that price tag. I also love this from the story: “The company is always looking for ways to get around Internet service providers.” Totally get it.

Hey, it was supposed to be snowing around InfoComm HQ this morning. Kids were bummed. I should have know the meteorologists might be a tad off when the TV weather forecaster last night said, “Inclusion in Weekly Reading does not imply an endorsement of the specific views or solutions described on those pages. It’s just food for thought.”

True, but doesn’t have much to do with the weather. Here’s what we were reading last week. Check out the cute kid, “drinking from a hose.”

And catch up on all Weekly Reading here.

About Brad Grimes

Brad Grimes is the Director of Communications for InfoComm International and the former editor of Pro AV magazine. He has been writing about technology for more than 25 years.

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