Our friends at Verizon Wireless have been working with us on a four-part series on our Wireless Connections radio show on Business RadioX. Thus far, we’ve uncovered much about the overall landscape for the burgeoning Internet of Things, and it looks as though North Carolina is really beginning to take a strong leadership position in this space. We thought it might be time for us to replicate some of that content in our blog. So, for those of you who have not yet downloaded the podcasts, here’s the first in a series of pieces that provide you with a quick look into what was covered.

The DNA is made up of the Device, the Network, and the Applications.

Devices have gone far beyond the mobile phone or even tablets (or phablets). We’re thinking not just about FitBits, but we’re thinking about how we can improve on seemingly “strange” devices to increase productivity. Case in point: connected, green, trashcans. Raleigh, along with many other cities in the nation, has adopted eco-friendly garbage cans that use solar energy to determine when the garbage can is full. This information is then connected to the city, alerting city workers to empty them.

Mark Boggs, Mark Scheuerlein, and Todd Young of Verizon Wireless agreed that the ultimate goal is to increase productivity and help small companies see their innovative ideas come to fruition. To listen to their entire radio show and keep up with this series on Business RadioX, visit Carolina Connections.