ICYMI Through June 18, 2018
Everyone (at least in America) was so focused on what to get dad for Father’s Day that lots of IoT news slipped by. Well, that may not be true if you bought your dad an IoT device, like a surveillance camera so he can see when to run out the front door and yell at those kids to get off his lawn. The rest of the world, who bought shirts and ties and movie tickets to take Mom out on a date, ignored IoT (their loss) so we’re here to make up for that oversight.
If IoT was a stock the hot tip would be to buy, buy, buy. At least that’s the message from the latest Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide (version 2H17) from IDC. Worldwide CAGR at 19 percent in the consumer sector, followed closely by insurance and the healthcare industry. Target $$ amount is $1.2 trillion (with a T) in 2022.
Aussie site Stockhead (you know, people who think about stocks all the time) tagged two things that make an IoT product company successful, at least to their investors. First, their product must support multiple communications protocols, so it can communicate with everything. Second, they must market their IoT products through the channel. Sounds right. FYI, the Australian IoT-at-home market grew 55 percent last year to a total of $583 million.
Investment advice folks at TheStreet outlined six chipmakers they believe will jump in value thanks to “massive growth” in IoT products. Heads up to watch for products and components from Skyworks, Qorvo, Qualcomm, NXP Semiconductors, Cypress Semiconductor, and Semtech.
Seen in the wild
Think data tracking is invasive now? Say hello to Abilify MyCite, made by Otsuka Pharmaceutical, based in Japan. The FDA just approved the IoT-enabled edition of Abilify, an antipsychotic medication. This version includes a sensor the size of a grain of rice, embedded in the pill and activated by stomach acid, that transmits a signal to a patch worn by the patient. That patch then transmits the time and date the drug was taken to a smartphone app, enabling doctors to confirm the patient is keeping up with prescribed dosages.
Maker pioneer Adafruit released the new Onion Omega2 IoT computer Maker Kit ($174.95) and Starter Kit ($124.95). Essentially a Linux-based IoT system on a chip, you get only a serial connection/ssh, the command line, or a simplified webpage interface. Supports Python, C++, Node.js, php, Bash, Ruby, Perl, Lua, G, and more programming languages.
Are you in the hospitality biz? Then maybe you’ve seen the new Symphony commercial IoT platform by Telkonet, makers of the EcoSmart platform of automation solutions. The Symphony dashboard tracks all room devices, including door locks, lighting, mini bars, shades, and more. Tie it into the HVAC system and set temps and fan speeds and more.
New Jersey-ites got an earful about IoT for SMBs at the New Jersey Business and Industry Association meeting last week. Bottom line: small businesses can’t escape the IoT so they better learn how to do it securely.
Forbes, once again working to educate the C-suiters about IoT, outlined “6 Ways the Internet of Things is Improving the Quality of Urban Life.” Analyst group IoT Analytics says, for the first time, that Smart City projects are the most numerous (367 projects) of the 1,600 actual enterprise IoT projects they track.
It had to happen
LG Uplus, along with bathroom remodeling firm Unus Bath, launched a Smart Bathroom service offering bidet toilets and ventilators controllable via smartphones.