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ICYMI through June 10, 2019

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 06/17/2019
ICYMI through November 12, 2018

As spring slides toward summer, things are sweating along fairly normally. Storms hit the middle of the country (Dallas, this time), wildfires are starting in California, and Rafael Nadal surprised no one in the world of tennis by winning the French Open championship for the 12th time (no one has hoisted the trophy at a single Slam more often).

Oh, the places you’ll go

“A drone is nothing more than a flying IoT device,” said ANRA Technologies CEO Amit Ganjoo during a test at the Griffiss International Airport in Rome, N.Y. The Northeast UAS Aircraft Integration Research (NUAIR) organization ran the test to help identify errant drones.

Microsoft and Louisville, Ky., signed a three-year alliance to help make the city a technological hub. The Kentucky Derby’s official drink is the mint julep. Will someone come up with an Internet of Things cocktail soon? We have an IoT bartender ready to go.

Three European space companies raised $11.3 million to start a constellation for IoT connectivity by flinging 20 to 70 satellites 500 kilometers high. Realtime coverage planned for 2023.

Russia says it will modify a batch of its Gonets-2 satellites for IoT and fling them up as well. Official goal is to monitor infrastructure like dams, bridges, and railways. Here’s looking at you, kid.

Business and security

KPMG states clearly what many already know in its 2019 Technology Industry Innovation Survey: IoT is “the top driver of business transformation and long-term value over the next three years.”

Every technology wants to get into healthcare because that industry is helpful and high dollar. IoT is no exception. Location-aware IoT will be able to track patients better than the low-tech ways (bracelet) we use now. That means better patient flow leading to efficient resource use, like expensive testing machines that bill only when operated. Also keeps attendants from misplacing patients as they ride gurneys around the hospital.

In a related note, global wearable sensors, powered by IoT, should be a $656.7 million market in 2020.

Read, “How to hack an IoT device,” so you can stop outsiders from hacking you. Hacks were run in the U.K., but holes respect no borders.

AI-powered IoT, sometimes tagged AIoT, will really kickstart the profitable use of Industrial IoT (IIoT). The Register’s article, “Security and networking were industrial IoT’s top challenges. Now there’s a third: Practical AI,” gives a good overview.

Cautious or contrarian? Slate Magazine asks, “Should This Thing Be Smart? Door Lock Edition.” Your customers may ask these questions, so be ready.

Cisco explains why it decided to acquire Sentryo. TL;DR: IoT. The French company carved out a nice slice of the Industrial IoT/OT market.

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Your IoT devices too big? “Getting Started with TinyPICO (on Mac)” will help you test a new super-small development board.