What is “The Internet of Things” and What Does it Mean to the Average Household

Having been involved in the information systems industry for over 30 years now (ugh, I cannot believe it has been that long), I have seen the introduction and growth of many areas technologies that once were a novelty and now are common in every household. When I first started in IT, personal computers were in their infancy, cell phones did not exist and satellites were used by NASA not to obtain television reception.

One of the technologies many are hearing about today is the internet of things, aka IoT. Many people have asked me what is that and how will it impact me? I located the following article that I wanted to share as I think it explains this rather well and you don’t need to be a technology guru to understand it.

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Mall acquisition fued has major implications for Arizona

A Simon-Macerich combination would open a new chapter for a resurgent industry that has been consolidating, with fewer big players controlling a higher percentage of shopping malls as rental revenue and occupancy rates continue to climb despite threats from online retailing.

Arizona is a top potential prize in the proposed $22.4 billion purchase of the Macerich Co. by rival mall operator Simon Property Group — a transaction that could set in motion a musical-chairs shuffle of some of the state’s most prominent shopping centers among three companies.

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Commerce park near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport could bring 2,000 jobs

Parker Leavitt, The Republic | azcentral.com

Construction could begin this year on the first phase of a large-scale commerce park near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport that could eventually bring 2,000 jobs in aerospace, e-commerce and manufacturing to the booming Southeast Valley transportation hub.

Scottsdale-based Marwest Enterprises has submitted plans for a $100 million employment complex on an 80-acre site near Ray and Hawes roads in Mesa Continue reading

What Mesa’s new “micro parks” may look like

Maria Polletta, AZ Central; The Republic

Five largely overlooked patches of Fiesta District land will get a $2.2 million makeover this year after Mesa officials gave the go-ahead to convert them into “micro parks.”

The city envisions the pocket-sized parks as “pedestrian refuge areas” along Southern Avenue, with seating, landscaping, shade and bike racks. Continue reading