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ICYMI through September 17, 2018

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 09/25/2018
ICYMI through November 12, 2018

We’re halfway through September, and someone over-ordered the fall rains on the East Coast. Sounds like a supply chain problem, a giant mess, and a good donation opportunity. But IoT news carries on, and we have some items to help you keep up with the hottest emerging technology according to some experts.

Security, of course

IoT devices communicate in a variety of ways across all mediums, from cables to radio waves to maybe mental telepathy in a few decades. But those using wireless cellular networks now have an opportunity to be certified for cybersecurity readiness (a good thing) by CTIA – The Wireless Association. First announcement was in August, but now even law firms like Kelley Drye & Warren LLP are telling their clients.

Security Boulevard suggests that “To Make the Internet of Things Safe, Start with Manufacturing.” You know, digital “birth certificates,” digital code signing, and securing IoT devices from the “ground up.” Just because we did it hurriedly and insecurely at the beginning doesn’t mean we can’t get better.

E-Commerce Times tells us “Why You Should Manage Your IoT Devices Like Employees.” What, overwork, underpay, no training, and plenty of responsibility but no authority? Sorry, that’s Dilbert. It appears you should give IoT devices an identity, password, access rights of the least privilege possible, and monitor them for misbehavior. OK, that makes more sense.

Business, of course

Forbes lists ten trends that reflect the current state of enterprise IoT platform as a service (PaaS).

Vodaphone says demand from its enterprise customers is behind the push to double the size of its European NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) network by the end of 2019.

If you’re in Wales, drop by the breakfast meeting on October 10 to learn about the IoT and LoRaWAN technology. Hosted by the Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone Business Interaction Group in conjunction with Business Wales.

Financial advice site The Motley Fool says two companies set to win from the IoT are (drumroll) United Technologies and General Electric. Why? IoT helps them cut manufacturing costs (the Industrial IoT market is the hottest one) and they can gather, analyze, and sell data from their equipment back to the purchasers.

C Spire of Ridgeland, Miss. uses the IoT to reduce water waste and improve crop yields in the Mississippi delta farming region. Why? Declining groundwater levels mean water keeps getting scarcer.

CompTIA’s newest member community on emerging technology just put out a nice infographic of Top 10 Emerging Technologies. Number one? IoT.