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ICYMI Through May 11, 2020

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 05/19/2020
ICYMI through November 12, 2018

This past Sunday was Mother’s Day and we hope you connected with family in some way or another. In a related note, we feel for those trying to teach computerphobe family members how to use Zoom or Google Meet for the first time. While you were saying, “the unmute button is the little microphone icon,” you missed some IoT news, so let’s catch up.

Cybercriminals have worked from home for years. “Countering the Internet of Things (IoT) Induced Cybercrime,” in Analytics Insight is a good explainer for customers reluctant to believe their local expert (you) about countering said crime. Then drive the point home with, “10 Essential Security Tips for Internet of Things.”

In a related area, IEEE Spectrum discusses how tracking COVID-19 with IoT devices will raise serious privacy issues.

Speaking of privacy, while Shangai plans to speed electric vehicle adoption by adding 100,000 new charging stations, each will collect data on the vehicle and user habits.

Our friends Down Under are reading an involved story on how IoT is expanding in Australia’s industrial markets.

Waterfront Toronto was a high-profile smart city project run by Google company Sidewalk Labs. But poor early choices and secrecy have cratered those big dreams.

A Japanese IoT healthcare startup is using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to track equipment in hospitals and provide a web console and dashboard. And it monitors hand hygiene activities of doctors and staff in the eight hospitals rolling it out.

The just-launched Truphone for Things adapts eSIM technology for use in IoT devices. They promise no complicated activation procedures, just quick and easy global connectivity.

Users of Wink smart home hub devices got a rude surprise when the company gave them only a week’s notice to pony up a subscription or basically face a bricked device.

Like video interviews? Let Internet of Things Inc. CEO Michael Lende explain his company’s new ThermalPass fever detector. It weighs only 30 pounds and includes j19 medical grade temperature sensors. Don’t like video interviews? Here’s the press release.

And another option: PerfectPrime just announced a handheld thermal camera for fever detection accurate to within about half a degree.

Speaking of cameras, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has a new Open Source camera stack. Rev up your Raspberry Pi Camera Module.

From our friends at

The lockdown means it’s much harder to check on elderly relatives. This “Guardian Camera AI” detects when people fall and sends alerts.