ICYMI up through 5-6-18

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 05/09/2018

Nice to know that the Internet of Things gets included in all the major conferences and user groups now. Whether they’re specifically about IoT or not, IoT products and projects fill a few booths and have been, by all accounts, attracting good crowds (here’s looking at you, Dell Technologies World). Now let’s catch up with some of the interesting IoT news that hit the wires this week.

Dell Technologies and Microsoft are shaking hands to deliver end-to-end IoT solutions for vertical customers from edge to cloud.

People in the education vertical might have interest in “Five Ways the Internet of Things is Changing for Education and Learning,” a recent article by Technical Account Manager Ritesh Mehtsa of TatvaSoft Australia Pty Ltd. Let me save you some time: IoT projects to help teachers grade tests or make lesson plans won’t be a key to high-dollar educational services for you or anyone else, the story says, but those of you doing access control and physical surveillance should pay a visit to your local school districts with some potential project plans in tow. Same goes for asset tracking, because an amazing amount of equipment “wanders away” from classrooms.

Not coincidentally, EdTech Magazine says schools need to invest more to protect all their new IoT devices. Sounds like more integration opportunities.

The second of “5 Top Takeaways“ from the Big Collision Tech Conference? Venture capital firms are throwing big wads of cash into AgTech, particularly indoor growing light controls. Or at least there’s a lot of meetings going on, anyway.

The Motley Fool, meanwhile, believes that Intel has been, well, foolish and failing in IoT. The company’s New Devices Group focused on wearables, yet lost that market to ARM Holdings, which now powers 95 percent of wearable devices. Buying Wind River Systems for $884 million in 2009 didn’t help Intel lead the embedded systems and mobile IoT software race either. Not sure you can count Intel’s IoT efforts dead just yet, however.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced a partnership with Microsoft to kickstart economic and workforce development in five communities by giving residents the skills they need to develop careers in tech. Hmm, wonder if tax incentives are involved.

The IEEE Standards Association has a webinar coming soon about IoT sensor standardization.

CIOs aren’t the only ones worrying about IoT security. Homeowners are too. Yes, 64 percent of households with broadband are concerned about security and privacy when using connected devices, according to research by Parks Associates.

Finally, don’t say this loudly, but Amazon is working hard to flank the rest of the world in IoT home security and access products and services. Your Amazon Echo or Echo Dot can control your Nest and Ring video doorbell, and even your lights. Amazon “employees” will consult and install (two onsite techs are promised) devices when customers order the largest, excuse me, “smartest” system that adds motion sensors and a siren to become a complete home security system for only $840. But this system calls your smartphone, not the police. At least that means no extra monthly monitoring charges from a security company.