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IoT News for the Week of April 8, 2022: Stacey on IoT

IoT News for the Week of April 8, 2022: Stacey on IoT
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IoT News for the Week of April 8, 2022: Stacey on IoT

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The latest on the Sigfox sale: The French court met with bidders for the Sigfox business and assets on April 5 and only four credible bidders appeared to appear. They were Singapore-based UnaBiz, Actility, a French LoRaWAN provider; OTEIS France, and Greybull Capital, an English venture capital company. For more information on the proceedings, see the article, which favors OTEIS as the eventual winner of the court-approved bid. (Enterprise IoT Insights)

I am excited about the PATCH Act: Lawmakers from both houses of Congress have introduced a bill that would make it much easier for medical device makers to patch security holes in their connected devices without worrying that the FDA will invalidate their device approval after an update of software. The legislation also mandates some cybersecurity best practices, such as requiring a software BOM and a coordinated vulnerability disclosure plan. I would like to see this approval because right now, many medical device vendors are not as active in patching security flaws as I or the industry would like. (HR 7048)

I should book a trip to Edinburgh.: This Scottish city has been investing in sensors and connectivity to connect air quality monitors, cameras and now trash cans to the internet. The city has built a LoRaWAN network for air quality sensors to track how well it can maintain a low-emissions zone and just hired a company called North to connect 11,000 trash cans to the internet. The connectivity will allow the bins to tell the city when they are full and then the city can pick up the waste on demand instead of using a schedule. Presumably, this will lead to better service from the city, as well as fewer wasted trips. (the scottish)

LoraWAN vendor LORIOT secures funding: LORIOT, a company that has built LoRaWAN networks in Northern Europe, has secured an undisclosed amount of funding led by Wika Group. Wika Group manufactures pressure and temperature measurement equipment and has a strong focus on the oil and gas industry. This strategic investment can lead to the co-creation of sensors and connectivity solutions that work together. (LORIOT)

iRobot launches a new educational robot: It’s been about eight years since the company behind the Roomba released a DIY/educational robot, but iRobot has now released the Create 3 robot. The new design is based on the current Roomba platform, but runs the ROS 2 operating system, which is has become very popular in the robotics industry. This excites me, as the Internet of Things seems to be splitting into three separate camps: one of sensors and infrastructure for the built environment, a second comprised of smart devices and tags to make things smarter, and a third comprised of connected devices. . robots designed to perform tasks while obtaining information from the other fields. (They will also provide information.) So I like the idea of ​​a robot designed for kids and adults to play with and use to build something new. (IEEE Spectrum)

Ford now lets drivers speak to Alexa in their own words: Ford says it has updated the Alexa platform in its Ford and Lincoln vehicles to handle personalized commands from drivers, such as “Alexa, turn the air conditioning on high.” (Hearing this, Alexa will know to turn the air conditioner down to 68 degrees.) The updated Ford platform uses Alexa’s teachable AI to allow drivers to customize their requests. This is a pretty good step towards more natural interactions, though users will still need to configure their commands and let Alexa know what they want it to do when it hears them. (Ford Authority)

ADT adds location sharing to its personal safety app: Perhaps seeing that Life360 users may be upset by the platform’s decision to share user data without making it clear who it was sharing it with, ADT has introduced location sharing in its SOSecure personal security app. The service allows SoSecure users to create groups with which they can share their location, adding alerts for when a person arrives at a certain place. This makes sense for families who want to track where their kids are, even when they get home, as well as adults who want a roommate or friend to know their location when they’re out, say on a date. ADT is doing some really cool stuff around security and connectivity, so keep an eye on the company. (TDA)

What does it mean when the machines judge you?: This is a very academic essay on the economics of attention, only instead of our attention, the article is about what it means when machines pay attention to us. From CAPTCHA images designed to help machines understand the world to the helpless feelings people can experience when they are algorithmically sorted, the essay ponders what it means when machines judge us and pay attention to us. This is not something that generates action items, but it is a thoughtful look at the world we are building without realizing it. (The coexistence society)

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