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ICYMI through June 17, 2019

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 06/24/2019
ICYMI through November 12, 2018

We are barreling toward summer, and World Cup fans received notice the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team was there to take names and kick … everybody. Fans are thrilled. Fans of Marvel TV are thrilled yet sad as Jessica Jones started its third and final season on Netflix. We predict a fair amount of kicking and collateral damage once someone makes Jessica angry. Full disclosure: EVERYTHING makes Jessica Jones angry.

Are you listening?

This week’s IoT blather about consumer security comes from the Albany Herald. Yes, it’s the old, “Is your smart fridge spying on you” screed. Long as it doesn’t rat us out to Weight Watchers, we’re OK.

If you’re worried about your devices snitching on you, perhaps it’s good that Bill Stasior, former leader of Siri development at Apple, feels we have another three to five years before voice assistants really deliver on their promise.

Laws, LongFi, loot, and more

Will the government help? The National Law Review reports the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvements Act of 2019 has moved out of committee onto the House floor for a vote.

Surprisingly good advice from a newspaper. The Hernando Sun reminds us to put old and unsupported devices on guest networks, isolated from the important traffic.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences believes weather forecasting and atmospheric research will be helped by sensors in smartphones. As reliable as instruments designed for research? No, but there are billions of them. Just another example of how sensors will soon cover the world.

Fortune Magazine talks about Helium, a startup trying to disrupt Wi-Fi with LongFi. Much cheaper and much longer reach (the name is a clue). Claims are that only 50-150 hotspots are needed to cover an entire city. Could dedicated IoT networks become a thing?

Perhaps stereotypically, CEOworld Magazine describes how carriers must look beyond connectivity to monetize IoT. Would you trust your carrier to protect, analyze, and provide APIs for your data? Could happen.

Catch up with some of Intel’s IoT plans by watching an interview with exec Rose Schooler in an article from siliconANGLE.

IDC predicts IoT worldwide spending will pass $1.0 trillion in 2022. That makes more sense when you read that IoT spending should hit $726 billion this year in this note from Help Net Security. Zion Market Research says the consumer side of IoT, aka CIoT, will reach $143.5 billion by 2025.

RFID Journal sees some big biz in the mashup of RFID, real-time location systems (RTLS), and IoT with blockchain. Look for supply chain, manufacturing, retail, and other vertical markets to see the results soon.

From our friends at

Use IoT to monitor the soil in a greenhouse or field.