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ICYMI through August 20, 2018

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 08/27/2018
ICYMI through November 12, 2018

Let’s hope all the education-focused IoT projects worked on during the summer are up and running, because schools are now chock full of children. If you did, or know of, an interesting IoT project in education, let us know ( Most school districts could use some help, especially on budget-protecting proposals.

IoT here and there

Work is underway in the EU to see if a new IoT for education device could greatly improve active learning. Tests in Thailand have been positive.

Forbes Magazine thinks IoT “Could Help Feed the World.” Anybody out there making IoT ice cream churns, so we can have home-made dessert? seems to agree with Forbes: the smart agriculture market will grow from $7.53 billion in 2018 to $13.5 billion by 2023, it says.

Billions and billions of IoT devices rolled out in the next few years will need power of some kind. Maybe the paper batteries charged by bacteria under development at the State University of New York at Binghampton can help.

Part of the Industrial Internet of Things is the supply chain. A report titled “IIoT on Land and at Sea” by market research firm Vanson Bourne expects IoT to transform supply chains in major ways by 2023.

One Australian company, CCP Technologies, just won an award for using wireless IoT to protect food in transit.

We better all start getting smarter about the APIs driving the IoT.

It will help the IoT better use APIs if NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) finds the multi-protocol analyzer that can monitor the wireless communications protocols used by IoT devices it’s searching for.

Smart cities and countries

Urban developers can get a bit histrionic over a future full of “smart cities.” The ideas discussed in Australia rely on the “nbn” network being built by a government-backed wholesaler to cover the country in a fast, reliable broadband network. Good on ya, mates.

Closer to home, Los Angeles launched the New Mobility Challenge 2018. The first challenge last year attracted 234 early-stage companies from 16 countries. This year, focus areas are shared mobility solutions, personal mobility, electrification, autonomous vehicles solutions, smart infrastructure, and urban air mobility. Seems like IoT is the thread looping all these together.

Liquid Telecom Kenya and France-based network provider Sigfox will roll out 300 base towers over the next 14 months to connect 85 percent of Kenyan inhabitants with an IoT LPWAN (Low Power, Wide Area Network) system. Connections will cost $1 USD per year per device.