ICYMI Through April 10, 2018
Welcome as we catch up with some of the news in the world of IoT just a day after IoT Day, 2018. Yes, April 9 was IoT Day. At least 61 events took place around the world. Sadly, Hallmark Cards is behind. They seem to be wasting all their creative energy on new ways to call your friends old on their birthday. Maybe next year the local CVS will have a display of nice IoT Day cards.
Frost & Sullivan experts believe global smart cities (full of IoT and AI etc.) will raise a market of over $2 trillion by 2025. Half the smart cities will be in China. In the short term, the North American smart building market (again full of IoT devices) will reach $5.74 billion in 2020.
Smart buildings should get a boost from the new push by Legrand North and Central America, specialists in power, light, and data technologies for the home and workplace. The company already controls over 22 million connection points.
High school seniors will graduate in May and June, and some of them may apply to the first-ever bachelor’s degree in IoT management. Florida International University authorized the degree program starting this semester, meaning spring of 2018.
Wi-Fi leads the network options for the majority of IoT devices. Aerohive Networks released its Aerohive Atom AP30, a pluggable, enterprise-class Wi-Fi access point. The AP30 includes built-in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) that can be used as an IoT bridge.
Not all IoT devices are dumb sensors with little compute power. If you need IoT appliances that do complicated jobs or perform some processing at the site, check out the new Supermicro X11SCV, X11SCQ, and X11SCZ series motherboards with support for 8th Gen intel Core processors.
Samples of the XPort Edge embedded Ethernet IoT Gateway from Lantronix are now available.
Information Services Group (ISG), the technology research and advisory firm, released its latest ISG Provider Lens Quadrant Report, this time focused on the IoT. TL;DR: service providers find industry-specific IoT more profitable than horizontal solutions targeting broad business transformation. Greatest value now is in the manufacturing, energy, and utilities verticals.
Security news (of course)
ForceShield (IoT-specific security) will demo its Dynamic Transformation Technology-based system at the RSA Conference April 16-20 in San Francisco.
Security concerns for IoT projects will likely get worse before they get better, if we can add a little analysis on top of what Deloitte & Touche LLP discovered doing a recent poll. Forty percent of respondents labeled the greatest cybersecurity threat to their companies as managing connected IoT devices and the increasing amounts of data they generate.