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ICYMI through September 24, 2018

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 10/02/2018
ICYMI through November 12, 2018

Fall is officially here, TV networks are full of new shows, and the NFL just finished its third week (sorry, San Francisco). School or falling fall leaves or the fact that your fantasy team is already in the cellar notwithstanding, there’s some interesting IoT news to review.

IoT Everywhere

What a great slogan from Business Insider Australia: “Data is ‘crude oil’ mined from the Internet of Things.”

In China, mobile phone makers like Huawei, Xiaomi, OPPO, vivo, and OnePlus are getting into the smart TV business. For more eyeballs? No, to get their foot in the door as Chinese consumers start to adopt smart home technologies based on IoT.

Readers in India should be happy to hear that 5G will roll out on a timely basis, unlike 4G which took four years longer to spread than in other countries. State-run telecom firm BSNL signed a deal with Japan’s Softbank and NTT Communications to get the 5G process started. 5G field trials are already starting, which means IoT projects will ramp up with them.

In the other hemisphere, Spark in New Zealand lit up its second IoT network that runs over the company’s 4G mobile network. First big advantage? The Landis+Gyr smart metering and smart grid solutions.

Closer to home

Those interested in commercial and industrial IoT markets should see the light – literally. GE says, “lighting is the perfect place to start.” Why? Energy savings. Lighting goes through every part of every building, and fixtures offer a great foundation for other devices like cameras and sensors.

Forbes Magazine continues to beat the IoT drum with “The IoT-Powered Rethink For Manufacturing: From Sales To Servitization.” One great point: Predictive maintenance makes traditional preventive maintenance look downright prehistoric. Consumer IoT may get the headlines, but Industrial IoT projects get the checks.

One of those consumer IoT headlines this week is “Amazon debuts its new Alexa smart home & car devices.” Homes, yes, but Amazon wants its smart speakers to invade the office as well.

And yet the non-technical press continues to push the alarm bells by equating IoT to a tool for domestic abuse. Technology is often used by harassers, unfortunately, but the most common attack vectors are abusive texts and social media. If you are in the consumer IoT space, have your protective steps (changeable passwords, updateable IoT devices, secure and trusted Wi-Fi etc.) ready. Even if fears are overblown to attract eyeballs, they must still be addressed to ease the minds of your prospects.

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