ICYMI through February 4, 2019
Anything big happen in the last few days? Oh, yeah, a bunch of new commercials appeared during a punting exhibition by the Los Angeles Rams. Yes, Super Bowl LIII came and ended the same way six of the last 17 have, with the New England Patriots hoisting the trophy. Biggest surprise? Bud Light letting Game of Thrones kill off their current ad campaign. Maybe the Dilly Dilly king will wake up in the next commercial and tell the queen his weird dream about dragons. But many of us missed some IoT news while stockpiling snacks for the game, so let’s dive in.
Forbes loves IoT
The magazine of moneyed folks doubles down on IoT this week. First, they list the Top 25 IoT Startups to Watch in 2019. Fast fact: 26,792 startups rely on IoT as one of their main technologies. Many of these startups, not surprisingly, work in security areas.
Second comes 5 Internet of Things Trends Everyone Should Know About. You’ve probably heard about them all, but this is a good reference for management.
One of the studies mentioned in the first Forbes article, Winning in IoT: It’s All About the Business Processes, also provides help for executives. It dangles some big numbers, like 250 billion euros in IoT spending in 2020. It also hammers home the point that IoT can improve just about any business process, but those in discrete manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and utilities are leading the way.
News from far, farther, and near
The Port of Rotterdam just rolled out a mission critical application built from a generic IoT platform.
Would you appreciate a government agency hacking your IoT solution and then telling you how insecure it is? If you live in Japan, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications will start probing your IP addresses on February 20.
We’re always interested in what investment groups consider news about IoT. While its impact on remote work doesn’t normally qualify as news for us, NuWire Investor pitches that IoT story to small businesses.
If you work with IoT and Microsoft, you might like to hear What’s new with Windows IoT in 2019.
Have retail customers? More than half will jump into IoT in the next three years, according to a report from Boston Retail Partners. The study includes augmented reality as part of IoT. Seems like everything is part of IoT in some way today.
The Hawaiian Electric Company and Landis+Gyr are rolling out the first phase of a grid modernization project relying on IoT.
If you do business in South America, you might visit Columbia and get it on the expected IoT revenues of $524 million by 2022.
Interesting IoT use: wireless gas sensors that can be embedded in smartphones to help detect potentially fatal leaks at mining, oil, and gas facilities.