ICYMI through August 13, 2018
Nobody let us know about kid-tracking IoT backpacks this week. Guess we’ll just have to track their phones like we normally do. But since school either has started for you or will shortly, we have our fingers crossed they’ll be in class. Maybe learning about the world IoT that the young’uns will take completely for granted in a few years.
The Motley Fool goes all click-baity with These Jaw-Dropping Facts Will Change Your Mind About the Internet of Things. Eye-catching? China has 500 smart city pilot projects going already. Not surprising? Amazon is making money on both ends of IoT. Alexa makes the retail cash registers ring and will continue on up to $11 billion by 2020. Amazon Web Services gets more bucks on the back end.
IoT products and services made up 5.05 percent of Intel’s revenue in the second quarter of 2018.
Dell, getting ready to go public again, sold their 5G business to VMware (also 82 percent owned by Dell).
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Data from IoT devices is the reason the IoT was tagged by Microsoft as the #2 trend shaping retail right now.
At the same time, “lack of targeted solutions [is] tempering IoT adoption”, according to a report from global management consultancy Bain & Company. Maybe if Bain did a better job addressing IoT as a retail trend when they managed Toys R Us the stores might still be open. As Fortune Magazine notes, Bain predicted IoT spending at big companies would be around $520 billion in four years.
Bloomberg talked about how some of the biggest U.S. apartment and condo developers are installing Latch smart locks with video capabilities in developments around the country.
Interested in the smart home market, but not sure where to start? Parks Associates, leaders in consumer tech research, found that 42 percent of consumers 50 or older are “very interested” in tools that sense health alerts and calls for help.
IoT and analyzing data from said devices is causing data centers to install taller, deeper, and wider racks.
Digi XBee3 cellular IoT smart modems and development kits are now available.
Looking for other new IoT products? Entrepreneur Magazine offers up 25 Innovative IoT Companies and Products You Need to Know. We’ll tag that the last click-bait of the day.