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ICYMI through March 30, 2020

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 04/06/2020
ICYMI through November 12, 2018

Police drama Hill Street Blues gave us our theme for today all the way back in 1981: “Let’s be careful out there.” Good advice for any time. Other good advice? Catch up on all the missed IoT newsbits from last week. Let’s get started.

MachineSense of Baltimore and Kolkata, India, is releasing a beta version of its FeverSense. The low-cost infrared temperature scanning system can be installed as a gate or retrofitted to be used at any entrance location. It automatically scans the body temperature of anyone passing through without the need for another person to hold a temperature gun close to the visitor. How long before we start walking through one of these to get into the airport?

One of the little details about IoT that gives some resellers pause is the amount of programming needed. One way to ease into that potential swamp? Check out the 10 Top APIs for the Internet of Things. And make friends with local code jockeys.

For some reason, we don’t hear as much about the IoT work being done in Japan as one would expect. Who’s paying attention? China. That country is looking toward Japan to add some expertise and fill in some missing pieces to their IoT manufacturing puzzle.

The Federal News Network interviews science advisor David Alexander about how the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate is using IoT to prevent wildfires. It’s a project from the directorate’s Smart City Internet of Things Innovation Labs.

RFID Journal provides a nice overview of how IoT Manages Conditions, Assets for Istanbul Airport. Planned to be 70 million square feet when finished, the Istanbul Airport will need all the automation, IoT and otherwise, it can get.

IEEE Spectrum describes how a New Approach Could Protect Control Systems From Hackers. Real-time communications can’t accept delays of even less than one millisecond, and traditional encryption often takes more than 100 milliseconds to process a small chunk of data.

The Latch full-building access solution (smart door locks) now works with the Apple Watch as well as door codes, keycards, and the Latch phone app. Hold your watch close and let Bluetooth do the work.

We’ve talked about the RIoT folks in North Carolina before, and likely will again. Last week they held a webinar to discuss the coronavirus situation. Thanks to WRAL TechWire for a wrap-up.

In case you were wondering, IoT-Based DDoS Attacks are Growing and Making Use of Common Vulnerabilities. Many vendors have not yet upgraded device security to an acceptable level.

If you service the legal profession or provide expert witness testimony, you might find this article useful: Emerging Data Types and IoT of E-Discovery in Civil Litigation.

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A timely project: A 20 second hand wash sensor. No soldering needed. Anybody have a kid’s version they want to share?