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ICYMI through August 26, 2019

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 09/02/2019
ICYMI through November 12, 2018

When you start counting the days until a work-free Monday for Labor Day, it feels like fall. But we’re getting mixed signals from the weather. In Texas, today may be the hottest day of the summer, busting the 100-degree mark by a handful in many places. In the Atlantic, the first potential hurricane is growing and heading toward Puerto Rico then Florida later this week. 100-plus degrees of summer versus fall hurricanes: how do you choose the season? We choose to catch up on some of the cool IoT news we missed.

Security and privacy drills down into privacy issues with the IoT and more. Do we still have any personal privacy? Yes, but the guidelines have changed, and anonymity is taking a big hit.

Utilities are embracing IoT, and warns us that infrastructure security is even more important as hackers may try and disrupt water and power systems.

Government Computer News, citing ABI Research, believes cities are making insufficient security investments as they ramp up exciting Smart City projects. According to ABI, the $135 billion projected to be spent on infrastructure security in 2024 won’t be nearly enough, since only a small portion will be allocated to public sector operations.

Just getting out now is Frost & Sullivan’s IT/OT Security Convergence for Building Technologies estimate that $897 million will be spent on cybersecurity for smart buildings in 2022.

More pleasant topics

Hear that cash register? The global Industrial IoT market should top $232 billion by 2023, says Zion Market Research.

Speaking of IIoT, Ericsson has long been one of the big players. This article on the future of manufacturing and Industry 4.0 highlights experience gained in the trenches.

Forbes Magazine discusses a major player putting a pile of chips on the table in the consumer and home IoT market. IKEA started in IoT in 2012, but will go big on its Home Smart range of products.

Who’s big on 5G? Feds, especially the Department of Defense. A nice look in Breaking Defense about how the DoD plans to use 5G advances beyond raw speed.

There are over a billion consumers waiting for better IoT in … India. The fourth IoT India Congress just finished with more vendors involved than in previous years. If you’re in the south Asian market, you have some opportunity close to home.

Farther east, the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources in Thailand tested an AI-enabled IoT robot to trap plastic trash before it reaches the sea. The pilot robot can collect about five kilograms of plastic, but the production unit should be able to grab about 100 kilograms (220 pounds) at a time.

The 2019 Gartner “Hype Cycle for ICT in Africa“ pins the hope of transformational impact on businesses on three areas: smart city frameworks, IoT, and low earth orbit satellites. In other words, IoT.

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Chile has some air quality issues, so an IoT fan built an air-quality sensor using a Raspberry Pi 4.