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ICYMI Through December 23, 2019

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 12/30/2019
ICYMI through November 12, 2018

Thanks for checking out ICYMI during this Christmas week. We’re glad to be an excuse you can use to avoid the relatives for at least a little while. If you read all the linked articles, you can probably hide for an hour or more. So, find a hiding place, and let’s catch up.

Most of the 5G hype skews toward consumers and smartphones, but we know the real impact will be on distributed computing for IoT. The Post and Courier has an interesting article on the battle in Charleston S.C. to get 5G installations done correctly.

IoT monitoring of energy use seems to be a no-brainer as a way to improve efficiency and cut waste. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) agrees, which is why it’s funding a larger study for $2.7AUS million. The pilot will track 5,000 homes and businesses and 250 schools will also be invited.

Can you clearly explain the differences between M2M and IoT? If not, this article may help.

From Barcelona we get an overview of how satellites will help IoT and M2M.

In Seoul, the plan for connecting everything IoT relies more on LoRaWAN and broadband. PS: Seoul has a LOT of broadband already, claiming the highest fibre-optic penetration and highest global average Internet speeds.

The Spokesman-Review touts Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network rollout in Spokane, Washington.

What’s the biggest hook for IoT in industrial settings? Preventative maintenance, now tagged by IBM as “Continuous Intelligence” or CI. Maybe you can charge more for CI than IoT. Worth a shot.

The modern supply chain has become a huge deal, and IoT belongs in every link.

Looking at IoT from another point of view can be interesting. Here’s what a group focused on machine learning thinks about IoT.

Interesting new IoT job function: stopping copper thieves in Wichita, Kansas.

So, you service the higher education market? EdTech has a nice roundup of some of the new projects in its “Smart City and Campus Partnerships Advance the Internet of Things” article.

Forbes is really pushing the idea of “AIoT” or “When AI Meets IoT.”

What about when IoT meets houseplants? That’s the subject matter for this techy gift roundup, including the Vincross Hexa that uses its six legs to make sure the plant in the small pot on top stays in the sunlight. Too late for ordering as gifts, but perhaps your gift cards can be put to good use.

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Last year we highlighted Mark Rober’s Glitter Bomb Trap built to blow adhesive glitter all over porch pirates when they opened their stolen packages. Here’s Version Two.