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ICYMI Through August 24, 2020

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 08/31/2020
ICYMI through November 12, 2018

Back when we all had manners, people used to send gifts to those they offended. Today that’s dwindled down to the sitcom stereotype of husbands bringing flowers to wives they’ve insulted yet again. Let’s start a petition for the Hurricane Association to buy a really nice gift for Louisiana to make up for sending two hurricanes to hit the state this Tuesday and Wednesday. Do your part by catching up on these IoT newsbits before they wash away.

SemTech, AWS, and TensorIoT have some prepackaged reference kits. Choose Asset Tracking, Smart Building, or both. Ties LowRaWAN IoT devices to Amazon Web Services.

Yahoo! Finance explains why Google dropped $450 million on the home security company ADT. You guessed it, home automation revolving around the Google-owned Nest device family.

Outside the house, smart poles are helping cities get smarter.

How about a nice local story from Morgantown, West Virginia, about how a local IoT integrator automated all water supply monitoring, protects a bat habitat, and tracks pollutants from old mines.

For IoT device manufacturers, here’s an update on Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

Down under, New Zealand Green Investment Finance made an equity investment in Thinxtra, the IoT Telco, to support firms improving efficiency and asset utilization to cut carbon emissions.

With a $26 million grant, Purdue University and Headwall Photonics will use drones to capture and analyze plant physiology, soil properties, and environmental variations. Go, agtech, go.

House builder and developer Taylor Morrison rolled out its TM LiveWell package of new home improvements inspired by COVID-19 and relying on IoT. Includes Honeywell T6 Smart Thermostats with Wi-Fi, GE Smart Whole-Home Water Filtration Systems, and Moen MotionSense Touchless Faucets among other goodies.

Here’s an update on Everactive’s battery-free IoT sensors. We first covered them back when they were still going by their earlier name, PsiKick.

IoT over 5G goes to space as MediaTek tests a data beam from Italy to a geostationary satellite.

Got too much money clogging your wallet? Slap down $200 for the finally-released Oral-B AI toothbrush. Just in time for Christmas.

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Easy LoRa Mesh Sensors help connect a wide range of IoT devices. Ideal for mesh networks.