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ICYMI Through April 8, 2019

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 04/15/2019
ICYMI through November 12, 2018

Spring is in full swing, and we know because of three things: Major League Baseball started, the Final Four game is tonight (go Texas Tech), and people are going nuts trying to buy advance tickets for the next big Marvel movie, Avengers: Endgame. Never fear, eBay is here, as tickets are up for resale starting at $200 and going up quickly. No wonder so much IoT news slipped by this week, so let’s get to work.

IoT news from various official organizations

Tuesday, April 9, is “iotday” worldwide. Check out these 53 events scheduled and keep an eye out for meetings close enough you can attend. If you’re near Limerick, Ireland and are going to the IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things 2019 next week, let us know what you see there.

Charlottesville should be smarter soon as Smart Cville and the Link Lab at UVA launch a free, grassroots IoT network on June 1. That’s the designated 2019 Civic Innovation Day, but people can start linking to the network now.

San Diego saw the IoT light, literally, three years ago when the city replaced street lights with managed LEDs and saved $2.4 million in yearly power costs. Now San Diego County (fifth largest in the U.S.) wants to be smart as well, and CBS News paid a visit to learn more.

Enterprise asset management has been around for a while. But no enterprise has as much “stuff” to track as the U.S. Government, and gov-boffins are focused on three key benefits: adoption of automation and IoT technologies, integration with geospatial information systems (GIS), and improved mobile-based capabilities.

Money and IoT

Up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s an IoT satellite. Eutelsat plans to put an unnamed number in low earth orbit (LEO). Amazon plans to fling 3,236 tiny satellites for IoT networking up in Project Kuiper.

We don’t see many of Xiaomi’s phones or other gadgets in the U. S., but the Chinese hardware company makes a bunch of them. Xiaomi announced a $1.5 billion AIoT (AI-based IoT) Initiative in January. Now part of its Pinecone chipset division will be split off in a company named Dayu (big fish in Mandarin) to focus on putting new IoT chips on the market.

VentureBeat interviewed Intel’s Jonathan Ballon (he runs the IoT biz) on why the chipmaker expects dumb IoT devices to get smarter and smarter.

Zingbox, provider of IoT security and analytics, is now part of the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP).

Digi International signed an agreement to distribute IoT products through Tessco starting ASAP.

NetBurner just released a new ARM-powered embedded IoT development kit based on its MODM7AE70 ARM platform hardware. The Ethernet System-on-Module includes 10/100 Ethernet and all the development tools (including 100 examples) needed to add industrial-quality network control, monitoring, and processing to a wide range of devices.

Hackster.io project of the week

What’s more fun than IoT? LEGOS! Here’s a project that has both: a voice-activated weather station with LEGOs that shouldn’t take too long.