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ICYMI Through December 3, 2018

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 12/10/2018
ICYMI through November 12, 2018

Welcome to December! In the U.S., this week and next are about it for “real work” this year, at least for the non-holiday businesses (and worker attitudes). Work for the holidays and varying gift giving obligations are just ramping up, of course. In fact, we’re looking for the funniest IoT holiday gifts, so send your recommendations to james@iotplaybook.com. Perhaps we can make a roundup like this fun one for High Tech Holiday Decorations. Until then, here’s a look at the latest IoT news.

Let’s be safe out there

A look at how IoT helps firefighters.

Looking ahead to what the security industry has in store for us in 2019? IoT shows up quite a bit.

Tired of predictions for 2019? Try these IoT security market thoughts for 2026.

The Saturday Evening Post is still around? Apparently, and they start by highlighting IoT in the “Con Watch” segment. They rehash the old “who is your refrigerator talking to” nonsense, but later actually offer basic but decent security advice.

Speaking of security, ForeScout Technologies will work with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on issues like multifactor authentication, point-to-point encryption, and more.

Christmas stores, cow tracking, and Tooshlights

A CRM software vendor relies on IoT to serve pop-up Christmas market vendors.

Entrepreneur Magazine lists “7 Novice Mistakes to Avoid When Adopting Smart Devices for Your Company.“ We like #1: Don’t be cheap.

You don’t need to wait until the cows come home to know where they are and if they’re healthy if you use a new system from Semtech Corporation and lar.tech to track them over LoRa wireless radio networking.

Many integrators like to hire vets for their experience and work ethic. So kudos to the Nevada Department of Veterans Services for offering IoT and other tech training through Reno Technology Academy.

People in tech are never satisfied. We don’t even have 5G yet, and already people are talking about the need for 6G. Let’s hope it’s just a desire to go farther and faster and not just being distracted by the new shiny thing. Meanwhile, Forbes Magazine details 5G’s struggle to get intellectual property sharing organized.

Think IT integrators are the only ones making IoT money? Nope. Parks Associates discovered that 16 percent of smart thermostats were sold by HVAC dealers.

Indoor mapping has grown way past those “You Are Here” charts. One early player, Point Inside, just got another $3.5 million in investment funds from Vestech Partners.

Finally, Buc-ee’s, the Texas-based and Texas-sized convenience stores / gas stations with more gas pumps and more bizarre items on their huge shelves than you can imagine, signed a deal for an IoT-based restroom traffic management system from Tooshlights. Yes, both those names are for real companies.