Posts Categorized: The Internet of Things

IoT Security: Who’s Really Responsible

With literally billions of applications and devices communicating, security on the Internet of Things is a huge issue, and identity theft is only the beginning.  Imagine someone hacking into your baby monitor and spying on your toddler  (it has happened) or someone taking control of your home automation system (yup that’s happened too). In both of these stories, the issue was with a defect in application, the home automation company didn’t password protect access and… Read more »

IoT Applications

A woman uses the Internet of Things at work,

Many Businesses are Either Making or Saving Money with IoT Applications and Devices Last time, we provided an overview of what the Internet of Things is and its amazing growth.  Now, a look at how these solutions can benefit everyone – not just investors in the industry itself. Retail: Smart shelf technology is also here!  Pick up an item from a supermarket shelf, next thing you know, you get a coupon encouraging you to buy… Read more »

So Just What is the Internet of Things

Many of us have heard the term the Internet of Things (IoT), it is sometimes referred to as the next Industrial Revolution because it is expected to change the way all businesses, governments, and consumers interact with the physical world. It’s happening already as most of us employ IoT devices or applications every day — without even a second thought.  Home security, GPS devices, and voice, smart home and fax over the Internet are the… Read more »

Helping the Sandwich Generation Care for Aging Parents

Senior Woman Enjoying a relaxing moment with her Daughter at Home drinking Coffee

Just what is the Sandwich Generation? Are you between the ages of 40 and 60 with both aging parents who need your care and attention and dependent children still at home?  If you answered yes, you are in good company with 9.3 million other Americans according to the National Alliance for Caregiving. Welcome to the ‘Sandwich Generation’! As America ages, more and more people are becoming multi-generational caregivers. The staggering number of people who make up… Read more »

Broadband in Aging and Age Friendly Communities

Senior man talking on phone and using tablet, sitting at desk at home. Modern technology, communication concept

Facts are facts: Maine is the ‘oldest’ state in the country with a median age of 44.21.  This trend will likely continue over the next few years, and that has important implications for Maine’s infrastructure and economy.  On Friday, March 25th, local government leaders will gather to discuss the approach communities are taking to transform what it means to grow old in Maine at the Maine Municipal Association’s Statewide Manager Interchange.  OTELCO is proud to… Read more »