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Goodyear Reports Fourth Quarter, Full-Year Results

- North American Tire earnings top 2013 target, set records for fourth quarter, year

AKRON, Ohio, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) today reported results for the fourth quarter and full-year of 2012.

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"Our 2012 performance marks the second consecutive year we have exceeded $1.2 billion in segment operating income in a low-volume environment," said Richard J. Kramer, chairman and chief executive officer.  "These results have been driven by North American Tire's performance, which has momentum and, more importantly, sustainability," he added.

"In addition, we are beginning to see the benefits of the strategic investments we are making in China," Kramer said.

"We feel very positive about the progress made in our North American, Latin American and Asia Pacific businesses in 2012 and are confident in our ability to continue delivering improved profitability," he said.  "As a result of our view of continued weakness in the European economy and its effects on the auto and tire industries, we are reducing our 2013 segment operating income expectation and are taking actions to ensure long-term competitiveness in the region."

Goodyear's fourth quarter 2012 sales were $5 billion, down 11 percent from 2011, reflecting $338 million in lower tire unit volumes, $221 million in lower sales in other tire related businesses, most notably third party chemical sales in North America, and $85 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation.  Tire unit volumes totaled 40 million, down 7 percent from 2011, primarily reflecting lower volumes in Europe. 

Sales benefitted from price/mix improvements, which drove revenue per tire up 1 percent over the 2011 quarter, excluding the impact of foreign currency translation. 

The company reported segment operating income of $272 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.  This was up 39 percent from the year-ago quarter, reflecting $191 million in lower raw material costs (before the benefit of cost savings actions), improved price/mix of $20 million and the results of cost-reduction activities, partially offset by $57 million in lower tire volume and associated unabsorbed overhead costs of $119 million.  See the note at the end of this release for further explanation and a segment operating income reconciliation table.

Goodyear's breakeven fourth quarter 2012 net income available to common shareholders was down from $18 million (7 cents per share) in the 2011 quarter. All per share amounts are diluted.

The 2012 fourth quarter included total charges of $85 million (34 cents per share) due to rationalizations, asset write-offs and accelerated depreciation, primarily related to the announced closure of the Amiens North factory in France; $9 million (4 cents per share) due to discrete tax charges; $6 million (2 cents per share) resulting from a strike in South Africa; and $5 million
(2 cents per share) due to charges relating to labor claims with respect to a previously closed facility in Europe; and gains of $6 million (2 cents per share) in insurance recoveries related to flooding in Thailand, and $2 million (1 cent per share) from asset sales.  All amounts are after taxes and minority interest.

See the table at the end of this release for a list of significant items impacting the 2012 and 2011 quarters.

Full-Year Results

Goodyear's 2012 annual sales were $21 billion, down 8 percent from $22.8 billion a year ago.  Sales reflect strong price/mix performance, which drove revenue per tire up 8 percent year-over-year, excluding the impact of foreign currency translation.  Unfavorable unit volume and foreign currency translation reduced sales by $1.6 billion and $766 million, respectively.  Lower sales in other tire related businesses, most notably third party chemical sales in North America reduced 2012 sales by $489 million.

The company's segment operating income of $1.2 billion was down $120 million from last year.  Compared to the prior year, the decline in 2012 segment operating income primarily reflects weakness in Europe, partially offset by improvement in North American Tire. 

Compared to the prior year, 2012 also benefitted from $1 billion in improved price/mix, which more than offset $576 million in higher raw material costs.  Raw material costs reflect $249 million in actions taken to reduce their impact.

Goodyear's 2012 net income available to common shareholders of $183 million (74 cents per share) compares to $321 million ($1.26 per share) in 2011.  All per share amounts are diluted.

The company's free cash flow from operations totaled $701 million for 2012.  See the note at the end of this release for further explanation and a free cash flow from operations reconciliation table.

Business Segment Results

North American Tire







Fourth Quarter


Twelve Months


(in millions)

2012


2011


2012

2011


Tire Units

15.8


16.6


62.6

66.0


Sales

$ 2,314


$ 2,584


$   9,666

$ 9,859


Segment Operating Income  

116


21


514

276


Segment Operating Margin

5.0%


0.8%


5.3%

2.8%


North American Tire's fourth quarter sales decreased 10 percent from last year to $2.3 billion.  Sales reflect a 5 percent decrease in tire unit volume.  Replacement tire shipments were down 10 percent.  Original equipment unit volume increased 9 percent.  Lower third party chemical sales reduced sales by $161 million.

Fourth quarter segment operating income of $116 million was up $95 million from the prior year, and a fourth quarter record.  Segment operating income was positively impacted by $150 million of lower raw material costs and approximately $20 million in savings related to the closure of a tire plant in Union City, Tennessee.  These were partially offset by $77 million resulting from lower volume and unabsorbed overhead from related production cuts.   

Europe, Middle East and Africa Tire







Fourth Quarter


Twelve Months


(in millions)

2012


2011


2012

2011


Tire Units

14.2


16.9


62.7

74.3


Sales

$ 1,602


$ 1,912


$   6,884

$ 8,040


Segment Operating Income  

38


88


252

627


Segment Operating Margin

2.4%


4.6%


3.7%

7.8%


Europe, Middle East and Africa Tire's fourth quarter sales decreased 16 percent from last year to $1.6 billion.  Sales reflect a 15 percent decrease in tire unit volume and unfavorable foreign currency translation of $48 million.  Improved price/mix was a partial offset.  Replacement tire shipments were down 17 percent.  Original equipment unit volume was down 9 percent. 

Fourth quarter segment operating income of $38 million was down $50 million from a year ago.  Segment operating income was negatively impacted by $126 million due to lower unit volume including the impact of unabsorbed overhead from related production cuts.  Results were also affected by $6 million due to a strike in South Africa.  Lower raw material costs of $64 million and improved price/mix were partial offsets. 

Latin American Tire







Fourth Quarter


Twelve Months


(in millions)

2012


2011


2012

2011


Tire Units

4.8


4.8


18.1

19.8


Sales

$   541


$     596


$ 2,085

$ 2,472


Segment Operating Income

61


48


223

231


Segment Operating Margin

11.3%


8.1%


10.7%

9.3%


Latin American Tire's fourth quarter sales decreased 9 percent from last year to $541 million.  Lower sales reflect primarily unfavorable foreign currency translation of $37 million.  Replacement tire shipments were up 2 percent.  Original equipment unit volume was down 6 percent.  

Fourth quarter segment operating income of $61 million was up $13 million from a year ago.  Segment operating income was positively impacted by price/mix improvements of $35 million and lower raw material costs, which were partially offset by higher production costs driven by the impact of inflation on wages and other costs.

Asia Pacific Tire







Fourth Quarter


Twelve Months


(in millions)

2012


2011


2012

2011


Tire Units

5.2


4.9


20.6

20.5


Sales

$   588


$   591


$   2,357

$ 2,396


Segment Operating Income

57


39


259

234


Segment Operating Margin

9.7%


6.6%


11.0%

9.8%


Asia Pacific Tire's fourth quarter sales decreased $3 million from last year to $588 million.  Sales reflect a 6 percent increase in tire unit volume and were negatively impacted by unfavorable foreign currency translation as well as lower price/mix.  Replacement tire shipments were down 1 percent.  Original equipment unit volume was up 14 percent.

Fourth quarter segment operating income of $57 million was $18 million higher than last year.  Segment operating income reflects $29 million of lower raw material costs and higher volume.  Segment operating income was negatively impacted by $7 million in lower price/mix, an incremental $6 million in costs related to the start up of a new factory in China as well as the impact of inflation on wages and other costs and unfavorable foreign currency translation. 

Compared with the year-ago quarter, Asia Pacific Tire's fourth quarter segment operating income improved by $18 million as a result of the benefit from insurance recoveries in 2012 versus the cost of flood disruption in 2011 in Thailand. 

2013 Outlook

Goodyear now expects to achieve segment operating income of $1.4 billion to $1.5 billion in 2013, an increase of more than 12 percent over 2012 and a record.  The company's current expectation is below its previously announced target for total segment operating income of $1.6 billion.  Reduced expectations for 2013 reflect continued volume weakness and related production cuts in Europe, time required to execute the announced restructuring in Amiens, France, and the recently announced devaluation of the bolivar fuerte in Venezuela. 

"Given the deterioration in Europe, we have announced profit improvement plans to return the Europe, Middle East and Africa business to historical margins," Kramer said.  "Our North America business is delivering well beyond our prior expectations, and we continue to target positive cash flow in 2013."

Goodyear continues to expect long-term growth in the global tire industry but at a slower pace near term than previously forecast.  The company expects that its full-year tire unit volume for 2013 will reflect a low single digit percentage growth rate compared to 2012.

For the full year of 2013 in North America, Goodyear expects the consumer replacement market to be flat to up 2 percent and consumer original equipment to be up approximately 5 percent.  Commercial replacement and original equipment volumes are expected to remain at about 2012 levels.

For the full year in Europe, the consumer replacement industry is expected to be flat to up 2 percent and consumer original equipment to be down approximately 5 percent.  Commercial replacement demand is expected to increase approximately 5 percent and original equipment volumes are expected to be flat to up 5 percent.

Europe, Middle East and Africa Profit Improvement Plan

The company announced on January 31 that it intends to exit the farm tire business in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region and has initiated a plan to close the Amiens North plant in France, which produces consumer and farm tires.  The company has initiated required consultation with the European Central Works Council, employee representatives and other relevant bodies in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.  The action, when complete, would eliminate approximately 6 million units of high-cost capacity and result in about $75 million of annual profit improvement.

Additionally, due to continued weakness in the European economy and to ensure the long-term competitiveness of the company's operations in the region, Goodyear will take further steps to return its business to historical margin levels.  In addition to the announced actions in France, over the next three years Goodyear is focusing on increasing its share in targeted market segments, growth in emerging markets and an additional $75 million to $100 million in productivity improvements across the region.

Pension Funding Strategy Announced

Goodyear today announced its strategy to accelerate funding of its U.S. pension plans once frozen and to reduce its exposure to future interest rate and equity market movements.  The company intends to finance the additional contributions by accessing the debt capital markets.  As funded levels increase, Goodyear plans to shift its U. S. pension plan asset allocation to a portfolio of fixed income securities designed to offset the future impact of discount rate movements on the plans' funded status.

Conference Call

Goodyear will hold an investor conference call at 9 a.m. today.  Approximately 45 minutes prior to the call, the company will post the financial and other related information that will be presented on its investor relations Web site: http://investor.goodyear.com.

Participating in the conference call will be Richard J. Kramer, chairman and chief executive officer, and Darren R. Wells, executive vice president and chief financial officer. 

Investors, members of the media and other interested persons can access the conference call on the Web site or via telephone by calling either (800) 895-1085 or (785) 424-1055 before 8:55 a.m. and providing the Conference ID "Goodyear."  A taped replay will be available by calling (800) 695-1624 or (402) 530-9026.  The replay will also remain available on the Web site.

Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies.  It employs about 69,000 people and manufactures its products in 52 facilities in 22 countries around the world.  Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry.  For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate.

Certain information contained in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. There are a variety of factors, many of which are beyond our control, that affect our operations, performance, business strategy and results and could cause our actual results and experience to differ materially from the assumptions, expectations and objectives expressed in any forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to:  our ability to implement successfully strategic initiatives; pension plan funding obligations; actions and initiatives taken by both current and potential competitors; increases in the prices paid for raw materials and energy; a labor strike, work stoppage or other similar event; deteriorating economic conditions or an inability to access capital markets; work stoppages, financial difficulties or supply disruptions at our suppliers or customers; the adequacy of our capital expenditures; our failure to comply with a material covenant in our debt obligations; potential adverse consequences of litigation involving the company; as well as the effects of more general factors such as changes in general market, economic or political conditions or in legislation, regulation or public policy. Additional factors are discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K. In addition, any forward-looking statements represent our estimates only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing our estimates as of any subsequent date. While we may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, even if our estimates change.

(financial statements follow)


                                                                                               

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations





 (Unaudited)



Three Months
Ended

Year

Ended


December 31,

December 31,

(In millions, except per share amounts)

2012

2011

2012

2011






NET SALES

$    5,045

$    5,683

$20,992

$22,767






Cost of Goods Sold

4,100

4,815

17,163

18,821

Selling, Administrative and General Expense

707

724

2,718

2,822

Rationalizations

108

23

175

103

Interest Expense

87

89

357

330

Other Expense

11

25

139

73






Income before Income Taxes

32

7

440

618

United States and Foreign Taxes

39

(19)

203

201






Net Income (Loss)

(7)

26

237

417

Less: Minority Shareholders' Net Income (Loss)

(14)

1

25

74






Goodyear Net Income

7

25

212

343

Less: Preferred  Stock Dividends

7

7

29

22

Goodyear Net Income Available to
   Common Shareholders

 

$      --

 

$     18

 

$   183

 

$   321






Goodyear Net Income Available to
   Common Shareholders - Per Share of
   Common Stock










   Basic

$         --

$      0.07

$       0.75

$     1.32






   Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

245

244

245

244






   Diluted

$          --

$      0.07

$       0.74

$      1.26






   Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

247

244

247

271







 

 


The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets



(In millions, except share data)

December 31,

December 31,


2012

2011

Assets:



Current Assets:



  Cash and Cash Equivalents

$     2,281

$     2,772

  Accounts Receivable, less Allowance - $99 ($97 in 2011)

2,563

2,849

  Inventories:



     Raw Materials

743

937

     Work in Process

169

186

     Finished Products

2,338

2,733


3,250

3,856

  Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets

404

335

     Total Current Assets

8,498

9,812

Goodwill

664

654

Intangible Assets

140

157

Deferred Income Taxes

186

145

Other Assets

529

486

Property, Plant and Equipment

  less Accumulated Depreciation - $8,991 ($8,629 in 2011)

6,956

6,375

    Total Assets

$   16,973

$   17,629




Liabilities:



Current Liabilities:



  Accounts Payable-Trade

$     3,223

$     3,668

  Compensation and Benefits

719

799

  Other Current Liabilities

1,182

1,050

  Notes Payable and Overdrafts

102

256

  Long Term Debt and Capital Leases due Within One Year

96

156

    Total Current Liabilities

5,322

5,929

Long Term Debt and Capital Leases

4,888

4,789

Compensation and Benefits

4,340

4,002

Deferred and Other Noncurrent Income Taxes

264

244

Other Long Term Liabilities

1,000

1,041

    Total Liabilities

15,814

16,005




Commitments and Contingent Liabilities



Minority Shareholders' Equity

534

607




Shareholders' Equity:



Goodyear Shareholders' Equity:



Preferred Stock, no par value:



Authorized, 50 million shares, Outstanding shares – 10 million (10 million in 2011),

liquidation preference $50 per share

500

500

Common Stock, no par value:



Authorized, 450 million shares, Outstanding shares – 245 million (245 million in 2011)
after deducting 6 million treasury shares (6 million in 2011)

245

245

Capital Surplus

2,815

2,808

Retained Earnings

1,370

1,187

Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss

(4,560)

(3,991)

   Goodyear Shareholders' Equity

370

749

Minority Shareholders' Equity – Nonredeemable

255

268

   Total Shareholders' Equity

625

1,017

   Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

$   16,973

$   17,629




 

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In millions)

Year Ended


December 31,


2012

2011

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:



Net Income

$      237

$ 417

  Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash flows from operating activities:



     Depreciation and amortization

687

715

     Amortization and write-off of debt issuance costs

67

34

     Net rationalization charges

175

103

     Net gains on asset sales

(25)

(16)

     Pension contributions and direct payments

(684)

(294)

     Rationalization payments

(106)

(142)

     Customer prepayments and government grants

131

212

     Insurance Proceeds

50

--

  Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of asset acquisitions and dispositions:



     Accounts receivable

291

(337)

     Inventories

619

(1,009)

     Accounts payable - trade

(453)

696

     Compensation and benefits

260

384

     Other current liabilities

(24)

89

     Other assets and liabilities

(187)

(79)

     Total Cash Flows from Operating Activities

1,038

773

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:



  Capital expenditures

(1,127)

(1,043)

  Asset dispositions

16

76

  Government grants received

2

95

  Decrease (increase) in restricted cash

11

(25)

  Increase in short term securities

(29)

(4)

  Other transactions

4

(1)

     Total Cash Flows from Investing Activities

(1,123)

(902)

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:



  Short term debt and overdrafts incurred

77

179

  Short term debt and overdrafts paid

(156)

(138)

  Long term debt incurred

3,531

3,171

  Long term debt paid

(3,717)

(2,650)

  Proceeds from issuance of preferred stock

--

484

  Preferred stock dividends

(29)

(15)

  Common stock issued

3

8

  Transactions with minority interests in subsidiaries

(71)

(24)

  Debt related costs and other transactions

(64)

(21)

     Total Cash Flows from Financing Activities

(426)

994

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

20

(98)

Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents

(491)

767

Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of the Period

2,772

2,005

Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of the Period

$  2,281

$     2,772

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This earnings release presents total segment operating income and free cash flow from operations, on a historical basis, which are important financial measures for the company but are not financial measures defined by U.S. GAAP.

Total segment operating income is the sum of the individual strategic business units' segment operating income as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  Management believes that total segment operating income is useful because it represents the aggregate value of income created by the company's SBUs and excludes items not directly related to the SBUs for performance evaluation purposes. 

Free cash flow from operations is the company's cash flow from operations as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP before pension contributions and direct payments and rationalization payments, less capital expenditures.  Management believes that free cash flow from operations is useful because it represents the cash generating capability of the company's ongoing operations, after taking into consideration capital expenditures necessary to maintain its business and pursue growth opportunities.

See the tables below for reconciliations of historical total segment operating income and free cash flow from operations to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.  This earnings release also presents total segment operating income on a forward-looking basis.  The company is unable to reconcile forward-looking total segment operating income without unreasonable efforts because management cannot predict, with sufficient certainty, the various elements necessary to provide such a reconciliation.

Total Segment Operating Income Reconciliation Table





Three Months
Ended

Twelve Months
Ended

December 31,

December 31,




(In millions)

2012

2011

2012

2011

Segment Operating Income  

$272

$196

$1,248

$1,368

  Rationalizations

(108)

(23)

(175)

(103)

  Interest expense

(87)

(89)

(357)

(330)

  Other income (expense)

(11)

(25)

(139)

(73)

  Asset write-offs and accelerated depreciation

(1)

(4)

(20)

(50)

  Corporate incentive compensation plans

(22)

(27)

(69)

(70)

  Corporate pension curtailments/settlements

(1)

--

(1)

(15)

  Intercompany profit elimination

(10)

13

1

(5)

  Retained expenses of divested operations

(2)

(5)

(14)

(29)

  Other

2

(29)

(34)

(75)

Income before Income Taxes

$32

$7

$440

$618

 



Free Cash Flow from Operations Reconciliation Table




(in millions)

Dec. 31, 2012

Dec. 31, 2011

Net Income

$237

$417

   Depreciation and Amortization

687

715

   Working Capital (1)

457

(650)

   Pension Expense

307

266

   Other (2)

140

461

   Capital Expenditures

(1,127)

(1,043)

Free Cash Flow from Operations (non-GAAP)

701

166

   Capital Expenditures

1,127

1,043

   Pension Contributions and Direct Payments

(684)

(294)

   Rationalization Payments

(106)

(142)

Cash Flow from Operating Activities (GAAP)

$1,038

$773





Amounts are calculated from the consolidated Statements of Cash Flows except for pension expense, which is the net periodic pension cost as reported in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements. 

(1) Working Capital represents total changes in accounts receivable, inventories and accounts payable – trade.

(2) Other includes amortization and write-off of debt issuance costs, net rationalization charges, net loss (gains) on asset sales, customer prepayments and government grants, insurance proceeds, compensation and benefits less the net periodic cost reported in the pension-related note in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, other current liabilities, and other assets and liabilities.

Fourth Quarter Significant Items (after tax and minority interest)

2012

  • Rationalizations, asset write-offs and accelerated depreciation, $85 million (34 cents per share)
  • Discrete tax charges, $9 million (4 cents per share)
  • Loss resulting from a strike in South Africa, $6 million (2 cents per share)
  • Charges relating to labor claims with respect to a previously closed facility in Europe, $5 million (2 cents per share)
  • Insurance recoveries related to flooding in Thailand, $6 million (2 cents per share)
  • Gains from asset sales, $2 million (1 cent per share)

2011

  • Rationalizations, asset write-offs and accelerated depreciation, $24 million (10 cents per share)
  • Loss related to business disruptions and costs resulting from flooding in Thailand, $16 million (7 cents per share)
  • Net loss on asset sales, $8 million (3 cents per share)
  • Net discrete tax benefits primarily due to the release of valuation allowances on foreign operations, $60 million (24 cents per share)

 

SOURCE The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

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An entirely new security model is needed for the Internet of Things, or is it? Can we save some old and tested controls for this new and different environment? In his session at @ThingsExpo, New York's at the Javits Center, Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, reviewed hands-on lessons with IoT devices and reveal a new risk balance you might not expect. Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, has more than nineteen years' experience managing global security operations and assessments, including a decade of leading incident response and digital forensics. He is co-author of t...
DevOps Summit 2015 New York, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that it is now accepting Keynote Proposals. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential.
Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially exploding range of smart devices. Nearly every company today working on the IoT comes up with the same basic solution: use my server and you'll be fine. But if we really believe there will be trillions of these devices, that just can't scale. We need a system that is open a scalable and by using the URL as a basic building block, we open this up and get the same resilience that the web enjoys.
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jeff Kaplan, Managing Director of THINKstrategies, will examine why IT must finally fulfill its role in support of its SBUs or face a new round of...
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
The security devil is always in the details of the attack: the ones you've endured, the ones you prepare yourself to fend off, and the ones that, you fear, will catch you completely unaware and defenseless. The Internet of Things (IoT) is nothing if not an endless proliferation of details. It's the vision of a world in which continuous Internet connectivity and addressability is embedded into a growing range of human artifacts, into the natural world, and even into our smartphones, appliances, and physical persons. In the IoT vision, every new "thing" - sensor, actuator, data source, data con...
Connected devices and the Internet of Things are getting significant momentum in 2014. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, examined three key elements that together will drive mass adoption of the IoT before the end of 2015. The first element is the recent advent of robust open source protocols (like AllJoyn and WebRTC) that facilitate M2M communication. The second is broad availability of flexible, cost-effective storage designed to handle the massive surge in back-end data in a world where timely analytics is e...
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Chief Architect for the Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems at Red Hat, described how to revolutioniz...
P2P RTC will impact the landscape of communications, shifting from traditional telephony style communications models to OTT (Over-The-Top) cloud assisted & PaaS (Platform as a Service) communication services. The P2P shift will impact many areas of our lives, from mobile communication, human interactive web services, RTC and telephony infrastructure, user federation, security and privacy implications, business costs, and scalability. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robin Raymond, Chief Architect at Hookflash, will walk through the shifting landscape of traditional telephone and voice services ...
We are reaching the end of the beginning with WebRTC, and real systems using this technology have begun to appear. One challenge that faces every WebRTC deployment (in some form or another) is identity management. For example, if you have an existing service – possibly built on a variety of different PaaS/SaaS offerings – and you want to add real-time communications you are faced with a challenge relating to user management, authentication, authorization, and validation. Service providers will want to use their existing identities, but these will have credentials already that are (hopefully) i...