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ICYMI through Monday, April 22, 2019

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 04/29/2019
ICYMI through November 12, 2018

Seems to be a roundball world lately. March Madness ended just in time for the NBA playoffs to start. It’s enough to make one suspect there’s a conspiracy afoot to keep sports fans from leaving the recliner to experience real world diversions like family and friends. Expect someday soon a smart TV app to track sports viewing and send alerts when the viewer appears close to “sports overload.” Because too much sports viewing means you miss exciting IoT news tidbits like these.

Security to start

Today’s article on IoT security comes from the Vancouver Sun. Nice approach of describing the difference between personal and commercial IoT data.

The National Security Agency stepped up to say it firmly supports the IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act reintroduced to Congress last month.

Other IoT including sea cucumbers

Our friends at Avnet announced a series of hand-on IoT workshops around the country, starting in May in the Dallas area.

MarketWatch wrote a nice profile of how Meena Sankaran’s childhood drove her to start a company using IoT and other technologies to provide clean water. received another funding round of $9 million this February.

Kevin Ashton, coiner of the IoT tag, talks RFID and security and 5G and smart cities and more.

The group behind Firefox is getting into the IoT cloud market with Mozilla WebThings. The open platform for monitoring and controlling devices over the web includes the WebThings Gateway, WebThings Framework, logs, alarms, and more.

Lots of big companies talk about IoT, but Microsoft continues their investment in the technology by acquiring Express Logic. The real-time operating system (RTOS) vendor is big in industrial applications.

The Houston Chronicle writes about using your smart speaker as an interface for energy companies. But why stop there? IoT-enabled voice interfaces could finally give us the computer interface we really want: Take it away, Scotty.

Speaking of (or to) voice interfaces brings us to Facebook’s plan to take on Alexa and Siri. Is now a good time to bring up what appears to be a total lack of security awareness at The Facebook? Go ahead, tell Zuck everything.

Work in FinTech? CIOReview talks about IoT in banking. ATMs and POS systems are technically IoT, right?

This week’s weird IoT use comes from Japan, where Fujitsu is testing IoT to help with sea cucumber and sea urchin aquafarming. Don’t know whether the photo is the cucumber or the urchin, but nobody here wants either one.

This week’s project

Spring has sprung, so why not speed planting with Autonomous Assistant Agricultural Bots?