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ICYMI Through March 4, 2019

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 03/11/2019
ICYMI through November 12, 2018

Did the flood of news about 5G from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week make you hopeful or wary? Smart money suggests vendors tend to be, um, optimistic in rollout timelines.

At least we know 5G is coming to help IoT and more, just like some of the security news from RSA 2019 this week will promise to improve IoT security. But if you’re one of the 200 million Americans shivering in below-freezing temperatures today, keeping warm may be more important. So here’s some IoT news ready for you when your fingers thaw enough to type.

Security of course.

The brainy boffins at MIT may have created a security chip that can’t be beat even by quantum computers. The 2 mm x 2 mm chip prototypes are efficient enough to work in low-power IoT devices. Fingers crossed.

Cyxtera Technologies studied IoT attacks for 15 months and the results are as gruesome as you might imagine. Over 150 million connection attempts were tracked, including hacks leveraging zero-day vulnerabilities for specific devices. Almost one in three connections (64 percent) originated in China.

Big projects

Forbes has a good overview of the moving target that is Smart Cities.

Another real-world IoT success: Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has installed more than 20 million advanced meters and intelligent devices. Over 1 billion data packets per day are needed to deliver readings every 30 minutes from each meter.

High profile IoT projects like one starting in Atlanta as IBM partners with MARTA (public transit) always get our attention. If you’re involved in one, don’t keep it a secret – spill the beans.

Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, World Lighting Controls Market, Forecast to 2025, dives into ways the IoT makes wireless LED lighting run faster, jump higher, and shine brighter.

SAP Leonardo IoT announced a partnership with Microsoft Azure IoT Hub. Azure will provide device management and connectivity to SAP Leonardo IoT.

Despite all the focus on 5G wireless networking, other groups keep developing IoT-friendly low-power mesh networks. One such group, Gopher Protocol (not the pre-Web gopher), announced satisfactory results of the initial test of its MESH Radio system.

Smaller projects

Digital Trends offers this week’s installment of our curated “What is IoT” backgrounders.

Goodbye, Amazon Dash Buttons, a form of IoT hiding under a one-click idea. They’ve, been discontinued. Existing buttons, which allow Amazon customers to reorder one specific item per button, will continue to work for the time being.

Have machine shop customers? Modern Machine Shop details interesting projects from places like Georgia Tech University. One clever IoT trick? Track misuse of a bandsaw and take photos of the abusers.

Need something hands-on to do while snowed in? Our friends at offer this one-hour, “easy level” project for 3D orientation visualization.