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ICYMI through September 9, 2019

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 09/16/2019
ICYMI through November 12, 2018

Welcome to the official start of the Fantasy Football League season. And, oh yes, the National Football League played games on Sunday that really count for a change. For division standings? How limited a view. NFL games are now only data generators for Fantasy Football, at least according to that group of coworkers huddled in a conference room drafting all their fantasy players. And while they were drafting, newsbits slipped past, so let’s catch up.

Big projects

There are more than 2,000 IoT-related companies showing off their wares at the 2019 World Internet of Things Exposition in Wuxi, China, right now. Like other tech products, many IoT devices are designed and built in China. The Wuxi show aims big, with a driverless car zone and multiple smart city programs.

Are you an IoT developer with big dreams? Perhaps the new McRock Capital venture capital fund in Toronto can spread some of the $80 million in its second IoT fund in your direction.

Glasgow gets it, and software company iOpt and IoT hardware firm CENSIS are working together to smarten up three residential tower blocks. The 20-story Glenavon Road high rises, containing 360 homes, will be monitored for temperature, humidity, and CO2 levels, along with security, fire safety, and health issues like mold.

We’ve all seen the “Year of XX,” in technology, whether it’s token ring or desktop Linux or agile dev or something. Android Authority goes bigger and proclaims, “Internet of Things companies will dominate the 2020s: Prepare your resume!” IT techs should rejoice, as should everyone involved in data collection and analysis.

Perhaps you’ll get a job in government or a services contract, because Nextgov says federal agencies are working to embrace and secure the IoT.

Real Homes (the British version) highlights an IoT-enabled preventative maintenance tool from British Gas that alerts homeowners before the heater breaks down.

Australian startup Fleet Space Technologies flung four tiny, cube-shaped satellites, or cubesats, into orbit to support IoT communications. Now they raised another $7.35 million to send up more. The next batch will be larger to handle more traffic.

Are you in any part of the transport business? Intelligent Transport hosted a panel of transportation experts to get their thoughts on where IoT can help transport. Spoiler alert: everywhere.

Big headaches

For your security warning this week we turn to the IEEE Spectrum and “IoT Security Risks.” The list of experiments highlighting vulnerable devices includes drones, kids’ toys, and some extremely personal adult toys.

The Daily Beast is not anyone’s first choice for IoT security advice, but they have a good look inside the creator of a security nightmare with, “How a High-School Dropout Hacked a Million Devices.”

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