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ICYMI Through June 7, 2021

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 06/14/2021
ICYMI through November 12, 2018

Summer hasn’t officially started, but it’s getting hotter, especially in the Northeast. Need shade? On June 10th, the moon will block the sun in a rare “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse. For shade the rest of the week, wear a hat.

Microsoft just acquired ReFirm Labs, a company that developed the Binwalk open-source software used to analyze unpatched vulnerabilities in embedded IoT firmware and more. Terms were not disclosed.

Microsoft is boosting digital twin technology in the smart building market with its IoT platform Azure Digital Twins and partnering with Swedish consortium RealEstateCore.

Over at MSDN on Channel 9, the Internet of Things Show offers ways to prepare for TLS Root CA migration on Azure IoT. If you prefer, watch the episode on “Improving IoT sensor data quality with Verified Telemetry.”

Dutch electricity transmission system operator Tennet just began a 12-month project to test whether smart household appliances and home-mounted solar panels can be managed to even out demand and avoid peaks.

Like books? Like IoT? How about this nice list of books about IoT?

Need another new tech word? How about “phygital,” linking physical and digital as described in Retail Info Systems. In other words, IoT keeps helping retailers.

The folks at Peachtree Corners Innovation Lab started a project with Qualcomm to test smart city cellular vehicle technology using 5G.

The names they are a-changin’ as the Zigbee Alliance rebrands to the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA). The second verse is to establish the new Matter brand, for what was formerly called Project Connected Home over IP (CHIP).

Less technical waste is a great goal. Empa scientists have designed a biodegradable mini-capacitor that can be 3D printed.

Huawei launched a new operating system for phones and IoT devices tagged HarmonyOS. Can they fight Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS, and politics?

The U.S. Army rescinded its much-criticized policy restricting IoT devices like smart TVs and smart watches, from telework spaces. The Army hasn’t provided clear guidance about reinstating restrictions if telework continues.

Using enhanced IoT metering capabilities, Budderfly relies on AWS to provide an Energy-Efficiency-as-a-Service (EEaaS) system to monitor customer energy use down to the individual appliance level.

If you’ve been hankering for a trip to Sheboygan, Wisc., here’s your excuse: the Wisconsin IoT Council will host its first in-person symposium since the pandemic started. Put the Blue Harbor Resort on your calendar for June 9.

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Here’s how to classify endangered bird species with Microsoft’s Azure Cognitive Services Custom Vision. Track and classify all species of birds with a webcam.