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IoT Evolution World Week in Review: AT&T, LG, NSA

By Ken Briodagh January 07, 2017

Happy New Year, my faithful IoT Evolution readers! Hope yours was full of Auld Lang Sine and not too full of Champagne. Let’s start the year off right with another Week in Review.

In our first lead story this week, AT&T is taking over the CES-related news beat with a huge slate of Connected Transportation and other IoT news.


And in another big bit of news, Tony Shakib, (formerly) VP in charge of Cisco’s IoT Business, has made a seemingly sudden jump from the Silicon Valley gateway and Fog giant to join Microsoft in Redmond, Washington, as the GM for the company’s IoT Business.

In a great guest post this week, Tim Green, founder and CIO, TikiLIVE, gave us an insightful set of projections for the IoT in the next year.

And now, the news: This week at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, LG Electronics has been showing off its new lineup of intelligent robots as part of the company's innovations in artificial intelligence and developments in the IoT ecosystem. The lineup includes a home robot that doubles as a smart home gateway and intelligent home notification center, as well as advanced robots designed for use in airports and other public spaces.


The Kudelski Group has launched a new Internet of Things (IoT) Security Center of Excellence that will build on the expertise of Kudelski Security and its decades of experience in protecting digital TV contents and devices, according to a recent announcement. This entity has the goal of providing guidance and technology to help companies across all industries secure their IoT innovations over entire product lifecycles.

Gemalto has outlined its plans to work with both AT&T and Verizon on projects that will leverage its technology in myriad future IoT projects.

In another big partnership announcement out of Las Vegas this week, Verizon and Qualcomm have said they are joining forces to accelerate innovation in the Internet of Things (IoT) with the introduction of Verizon ThingSpace-ready modules from Quectel and Telit using Qualcomm Technologies’ MDM9206 Category M1 (Cat-M1) LTE modem.

And most recently on the IoT Time Podcast, I concluded our special “IoT Security Series” which began last time with three more episodes. These episodes focus on strategies for better IoT security moving forward. First, I spoke with Cedric Leighton, Founder & President of Cedric Leighton Associates, a strategic risk and leadership management consultancy. He is a 26-year veteran intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, Deputy Director for Warfighter Support and Integration in the Intelligence Directorate, and former Deputy Director for Training at the National Security Agency. Up next was Vince Ricco of the Axis Technology Partner Program at Axis Communications. Finally, the series concludes with my talk with Allen Proithis, president, North America, Sigfox. These episodes are sponsored by the IoT Evolution Expo. To become a sponsor of IoT Time, please email or tweet me.

There’s plenty more to read, listen to and watch, so visit us on IoT Evolution World for all the IoT news, my friends. Now is the time to put into your calendar the next IoT Evolution Expo, to be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Also, please get in touch with us when you have stories. As always, if you have questions, comments, complaints or compliments, please send them to me, editorial director Ken Briodagh at kbriodagh@tmcnet.com or on Twitter @KenBriodagh.



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