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ICYMI through September 16, 2019

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 09/23/2019
ICYMI through November 12, 2018

Buckle up for the intensified onslaught of conferences filled with new IoT products. The fall is packed with new products released at shows up until the middle of November when the holidays take over. But all that pent-up product marketing demand explodes in January at the CES. So, let’s play newsbits catchup, shall we?

Security up close

The F-Secure Threats & Research blog reported IoT device insecurity was the top driver of Internet attack traffic in the first half of 2019. Not news. But the Attack Landscape H12019 report gave some useful details, besides the fact there were 12 times more attacks than in H12018. Top TCP ports targeted:

  • 23 – Telnet – 760 million events
  • 445 – SMB – 556 million events
  • 22 – SSH – 456 million events
  • 1433 – MSSQL – 260 million events

When choosing which ports are locked down, keep this list in mind.

Speaking of IIoT, Avnet and Trusted Objects shook hands to improve security in low-power IoT devices.

Networking everywhere

IoT networking choices tend to be between Wi-Fi and LoRaWAN and a few others. Forgotten? Bluetooth, but ignore that option no more. ABI Research, U.K. division, just released Wireless Connectivity Technology Segmentation & Addressable Markets predicting that Bluetooth-powered IoT devices will outsell smartphones in 2024. Bluetooth 31% and Wi-Fi 27%, up from 13 and 10% respectively in 2018.

Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in the 3.5 GHz frequency range, organized by the CBRS Alliance, now has the marketing tag of OnGo. Multi-Tech Systems announced availability of, they claim, the first CBRS Industrial IoT devices for OnGo networks.

In other networking news, Wi-Fi 6, the hot new standard, now has a certification program available from the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Too late for Father’s Day, but says nice things about the Brilliant BHA120US-WH2 Smart Home Control 2 universal wall hub. Maybe the one device to rule them all?

And speaking of home devices, we missed this one because of Labor Day: Crestron released Home OS 3.0, its advanced operating system for the smart home.

Senet and SimplyCity shook hands to add LoRaWAN network connectivity in Australia.

We know airplanes have bunches of IoT sensors. Airbus added bunches of new sensors in the new A350-900 plane, like in overhead bins and tray tables. But in the “one step too far,” category, sensors will track passengers even in the bathrooms. Sure, it starts with tracking toilet paper …

From our friends at

EcoHub V1.0 (MATRIC Creator Controlled Greenhouse). There’s no longer an excuse for dead plants around your home.