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ICYMI Through May 20, 2019

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 05/28/2019
ICYMI through November 12, 2018

We heard great wailing and gnashing of teeth from the geek community this week, as both The Big Bang Theory and Game of Thrones ended their original content television runs. The label of “series finale” always sounds so, well, final, doesn’t it? But both will live on in syndication and DVD box sets. Consensus is that while many more people died on GoT, TBBT provided a much more emotionally satisfying ending. And for an emotionally satisfying start to this week, let’s catch up on IoT news we missed while arguing about the endings to the now-departed programs.

Yep, security.

Some security articles are scarier than others. TechDirt says, “Forget Huawei, the Internet of Things is the Real Security Threat.” Incompetent or intentional that Chinese manufacturers of IoT devices have such lax security? Some experts are leaning toward intentional.

Do any work with the military? Army CIO Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford discusses IoT, 5G, and the need for data scientists.

Nothing here really new for techies, but USA Today has a nice interview with Vint Cerf about online safety and more.

Startups and big companies

An IoT-healthcare update from, of all places, Geospatial World.

A Boston startup named Climacell is trying to turn the IoT into the Weather of Things. Secret sauce? Using existing IoT devices, like thermometers in cars and traffic cam views of extremely local weather to improve forecasts.

You can now pre-order at least nine new Arduino single board computers. Products will ship in June and July.

How personal can IoT-powered wearables get? ForbesWomen discusses new companies using IoT to address fertility, sexuality, and pregnancy health.

An insider’s look at how IoT weaves through theme parks. Yes, from a roller coaster aficionado website.

Seeking Alpha likes Cisco, in large part because of IoT and 5G.

Say it ain’t so: IoT is forcing Japan to move to 14-digit phone numbers. Not explained? Why IoT devices have full phone numbers. Are they honeypots for telemarketers?

Honeywell International makes lots of IoT devices. Now they want to push software sales from eight percent of their revenue, about $3 billion, to about 20 percent per year. Embedded Industrial IoT appears to be their ticket.

Vodacom is using the time-honored method of big companies looking to expand into new areas: buy smaller companies. Hence the purchase of IoT.nxt to become it’s dedicated IoT business unit.

Verizon wants to let you know that its Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network is available to over 92 percent of the U.S. population.