ICYMI up through June 4, 2018
Please excuse your co-workers who may be groggy if they're big tennis fans: The French Open is underway in Paris, and matches start at 5 a.m. ET (11 a.m. Paris). Your co-workers will recover, but likely will relapse again starting July 2 when Wimbledon starts up from London.
The IoT link? Tennis and several other sports use Hawk-Eye, a group of cameras around the court that track the flight of the ball. Most important, they track where the ball lands, as in whether said ball is in or out. Another IoT link? The price has dropped to the point you can buy this technology for your home court, thanks to PlaySight.
IoT gets personal
Do you tell your doctor the truth, or paint a rosy picture so you don't have to take more tests and pills? Patients often lie, but fitness trackers don't. Britain's National Health Service, for example, found cancer patients will often hide the fact they hurt so much they stay in bed all day, but now their fitness wearables are giving doctors a truer picture. So if you're in healthcare, it’s likely that your clients will eventually need your help with the technology to read and save information from wearables.
Young people don't lie to their doctors as much as they just don't expect heart problems. Luckily for Sarah-Jayne, her Fitbit Christmas gift revealed her heart rate had tripled to 210 beats per minute. While college students may increase their BPMs now and then, heart rates aren't supposed to jump like that when studying. Her wearable's information helped doctors detect a heart condition.
IoT gets real
Real time, at least, as systems get better and move from human time to machine time (we're darn slow in comparison). Sensors Online says it's time to redefine real time for IoT.
Time to go back to school? EdTech says so, with advice for school districts to get their network houses in order to better support IoT.
Help may come from Dr. Kevin Kornegay, the 2016 Endowed Chair in Internet of Things Security at Morgan State University. Dr. K and nine other researchers won the inaugural 2018 HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Innovation Award. Part of the innovation at Morgan is an embedded systems security certificate program. Better add that to your resume-parsing software.
The Indiana IoT Lab opened last March with a crowd of more than 1,000. Is your state doing anything like this? Should they?
The NIST Guide to Industrial Wireless Systems Deployments offers 54 pages of persuasive reasons to prepare for more wireless IoT in factories.
Security, always security
Fortinet acquired Bradford Networks to better extend security to the edges of enterprise networks using IoT.
Depending on how you feel about consultants with suitcases (and management firms like Bain), you may or may not approve of Bain & Company's report, "Cybersecurity Is the Key to Unlocking Demand in the Internet of Things." The report suggests that customers would be willing to buy more IoT devices if their concerns about cybersecurity risks were addressed, to the tune of an extra $9 to $11 billion in IoT security sales.