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ICYMI Through January 13, 2020

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 01/20/2020
ICYMI through November 12, 2018

The CES 2020 show flooded our attention spans last week with interesting new products and updates to a slew of existing smart home systems. And some silly stuff, as usual, like the Charmin RollBot toilet paper delivery drone. Yes, when stranded and paper-less, the Charmin RollBot can bring a fresh roll. But like many smart home products, you lose a little privacy. In this case, since the RollBot’s not autonomous, you lose physical privacy since the operator with the remote control will be with you in the bathroom. Not surprisingly, there are no plans for a product roll out (insert rimshot).

Schneider Electric jumped into residential IoT with its new Square D Connected Home line of IoT devices. Includes switches, dimmers, receptacles, plugs, and sensors. Look for them later this year all across North America.

Arduino announced a new IoT application development platform with reduced coding requirements based on the new Arduino Portenta H7 low-power board. The 32-bit dual-core processor consisting of ARM Cortex-M7 and Cortex M4 cores runs at 480 MHz and 240 MHz.

We hear security warnings for IoT devices constantly. One reason, according to “The Dangers of IoT and AI” could be the fact that “by 2020 every person will generate 1.7 megabytes of information per second.” Seems high for the average person, but a tech-immersed user with a smartphone and smart watch in a smart car will leave a fat trail of bits behind.

Speaking of security (aren’t we always?) RFID Journal expects that roughly 50% of industrial assets will be IoT-enabled by the end of the year. Means more attack vectors.

Guess it’s official: The Wall Street Journal discovered that “The Internet of Things Is Changing the World.”

MobileMarketing highlights a real problem with IoT projects: success. “Going from 100 to 100,000 devices: The challenges of IoT scaling.”

Not all the news in Australia is fire related. CSO Australia talks about the increasing use of IoT in agriculture. Big part of the story? LoRaWAN networks, where this new Outdoor LoRaWAN Gateway from ICP Deutschland could be useful.

The new ThunderSoft TurboX Edge Station with Intel chips inside was announced at CES 2020.

Need smarter security cameras? Check out the new AnyConnect Smarter Camera Platform and ASUS Tinker Edge T that brings AI closer to the edge, at least according to the CES announcement.

How’s this for ROI? EcoGrid Technologies makes advanced wireless controls for industrial lighting among other things. They partnered with RPM Commercial Energy Solutions to update the lighting in a 350,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility. The Smart LED conversion project paid for itself in one day.

Ossia demonstrated its Cota HOME, a 30x30 centimeter transmitter that can power remote devices, including those running 5G, wirelessly.

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As a follow-up to creating a dashcam, Part 2 adds a GPS module to the Raspberry Pi that powers the project.