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ICYMI up through April 30, 2018

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 05/02/2018
ICYMI through November 12, 2018

New IoT info? Always, and this week is no exception. Head’s up: other countries are starting to become IoT-addicted.

Hands on

Spring weather whipsaws back and from outstanding to OMG in a heartbeat. So combine your weather geekery with a hands-on IoT project to help get your feet wet (see? Rain) with the IoT Weather Station from

Near an oil producing area? IoT is the hot ticket as traditional oil and gas production goes digital (at least for machine monitoring and maintenance etc.)

Near agriculture? Here are three short case studies about palm tree pests, irrigation automation, and squeezing more milk from cows.

Not near agriculture? Non-smart cities are starting to leverage IoT tools in areas like water and sewer monitoring.

Malwarebytes Labs has a nice overview of IoT security. Start training your customers (and bosses) now.

Speaking of bosses, here’s what Forbes Magazine (your clients love it) says about the five dark sides to IoT and how to address them. Nothing new, but Forbes has more cred with financial bosses than IT experts.

Market chatter

When you’re ready to dive into IoT analytics and want to partner with one of the leaders in the field, here’s the top seven: Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft, Greenwave Systems, Hitachi, Google, Cisco, Oracle, Amazon Web Services, Dell, SAP SE, and IBM. So says’s Global Internet of Things (IoT) Analytics Market Outlook 2017-2026.

Into Smart Homes? New player Minim just grabbed $2.5 million in seed funding.

Into Smart Indian Homes? Emotix, a bit south of Mumbai, has a new consumer robot named Miko to entertain and educate kids in that smart home.

Don’t look now, but there’s a surprising amount of IoT news coming from India.

And Brazil, where a national IoT Action Plan was announced by the National Bank for Economic and Social Development  (BNDES).

Speaking of things your bosses pay attention to: market size. Zion Market Research, in a report title as long as some short stories, predicts the industrial IoT market will grow to over $232 billion by 2023.

In Hannover Germany, the ARM semiconductor folks announced a shot in the, ah, arm for its ARM Mbed platform. Better security and tighter cloud integration to the Mbed and IBM Watson backends. One cool detail? The Mbed real time operating system is now running on 32-bit chips.