Friday, August 5, 2016

IoTA 14 - 8.5.16

Show notes:
Last week we brought you the story about the Thread Group and the Open Connectivity Foundation joining forces to ensure interoperability among devices. This is good news for Microsoft reports Agam Shah at PCWorld. Microsoft wants to put Windows 10 at the center of Smart Homes. Imagine having Cortana as your personal voice assistant that can control your whole house. This only works if all of the devices can talk to each other. Microsoft plans to integrate the OCF protocols into Windows 10 by 2017.
Bob O'Donnell of recode reports that many companies are finding IoT success by carving out a vertical niche. Bob argues that companies initially casted a wide net when it came to IoT, using it as a way to expand their current offerings, but those deployments fell short. Now companies such as Qualcomm are finding that by specializing in specific areas in IoT that they are getting more traction in the market. Dell is another company that has discovered that a focused IoT offering is a better approach than casting that wide net.
For those of you excited about the Summer Olympics this next story may be for you. John Kennedy of siliconrepublic reports that Vodafone has developed "smart swimwear" that has built in UV sensors that can notify the user when they have had too much sun. It does this in a couple of ways, one with a mobile app and the second with a small vibrating alert built into the swimwear itself. It also has a low powered SIM tracking that will help find the user should they get lost.
Optus Wholesale to provide M2M, IoT tools and services. Corinne Reichert at ZDNet explains that Optus Wholesale and 2SG Wholesale have banded together to sell white-labelled IoT devices aimed for mining, security, transport, and health.
WE've heard this before, but Nathan Eddy at Information Week tells us that IoT devices will exceed mobile phones by as early as 2018. Currently about 70% of these devices are GSM only. It is warned that the complexity of IoT projects well exceeds what companies can internally handle.

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