IoT - Internet of Things

The second week of November is now in the books, as is the US election. Since the new president elect ran a campaign heavily emphasizing an increase in jobs, will there be a slowdown in automation? How will the Industrial Internet (IIoT) be affected? Only time will tell, all we can do is wait and see.

On November 11th the entire country celebrated Veterans Day to honor those who have served in the Armed Forces. According to the Census Bureau, there are 18.8 million veterans living in the United States as of 2015. As a former Marine (USMC Active Duty 1994-1998), a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart goes out to all my brothers and sisters who talked the talk and walked the walk.

If you’re looking to escape the harsh winter weather in February and catch up on everything in the IoT world, how about attending the IoT Evolution Expo in sunny South Florida?  Save 20% on your conference pass when you use code: IOTDO. Through informative conference tracks, an IoT Exhibition floor, case studies, special events, networking and more, the IoT Evolution Expo is the ultimate venue for attendees to gain an understanding on how the Internet of Things (IoT) will be the driving force behind improving efficiencies, driving revenue opportunities and solving business problems across multiple industries and all business functional areas.

This week’s featured IoT device is the Kohler Moxie Showerhead & Wireless Speaker:

  • It streams your music playlists, news and other audio in the shower
  • Syncs with Bluetooth-enabled devices located up to 32 feet away
  • Water-resistant, the wireless speaker pops in and out of showerhead for easy recharging
  • The wireless speaker can be used outside the shower space, independently, to stream music
  • Comes in multiple lively colors that you can share, pair and take with you on the go: Navy Blue, Chartreuse, Retro Blue, Cherry Red and Original White.
  • The sprayface features 60 angled nozzles that deliver the full, enveloping spray you’ve come to expect from a KOHLER showerhead.

A couple of IoT headlines from this past week:

  • SAP SE announced the availability of the SAP® Connected Parking solution, new Internet of Things (IoT) software to help parking management firms take advantage of the cloud, smart devices and Big Data technologies. SAP Connected Parking offers parking providers a digital backbone to consolidate parking space availability across locations, reserve parking spaces, publish real-time status of parking space and improve use, visibility and efficiency.

  • Silicon Labs introduced the industry’s smallest Bluetooth low energy system-in-package (SiP) module with a built-in chip antenna, offering a complete, cost-effective connectivity solution with no compromises in performance. Available in a tiny 6.5 mm x 6.5 mm package, the BGM12x Blue Gecko SiP module enables developers to miniaturize IoT designs by minimizing the PCB footprint including the antenna clearance area to 51 mm.
  • NXP Semiconductors unveiled a Modular Gateway IoT Solution for large node networks (LNNs) with pre-integrated, tested and RF certified support for a wide array of wireless communications protocols including Thread, ZigBee and Wi-Fi. This range of capability allows developers to easily build out gateways based on this IoT solution, using their choice of wireless protocols for end-to-end wireless communications in LNN configurations with supporting cloud options such as Amazon Web Services (AWS).
  • In its effort to drive adoption of the Thread networking protocol in the connected home and beyond, the Thread Group announced the release of its initial hardware reference test bed and test harness, as well as the opening of its test lab to members. Test bed participants – ARM, NXP and Silicon Labs – released the first conforming stacks that have successfully passed testing based on the Thread 1.1 technical specification.

Have a great week!