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IoT Evolution World Week in Review: IBM, Honeywell, Samsung

By Ken Briodagh February 25, 2017

Hey there, my friends! It’s IoT Evolution Week in Review time once again. We’ve had some big stories and some cool stuff happening here, and it’s time we package it all up for you.

In our lead story this week, we’re less than a week from Mobile World Congress, and in the run-up to the global marquee event for mobile connectivity, the preview news wires are humming with activity. Qualcomm is driving a gigantic amount of this news, not unexpectedly. Here are some of the most interesting points to watch.

We had a great guest post from Jeff Finn, CEO, zvelo. He writes about how malicious hackers seeking out unsecured devices to add to their botnet armies is not new, but the Internet of Things revolution is making their jobs all too easy. He asks: why aren't IoT manufacturers doing more to prevent botnet attacks?

And now, the news: Actility, a provider of low power wide area networking (LPWAN), has announced that Tom Wheeler, former chair of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the Obama Administration, has joined its Board of Directors.

Honeywell recently announced a major energy management project with Coop Denmark, the country's largest retailer of consumer goods, to help reduce energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020 and achieve mandated carbon reduction goals.

Thales, a deployment house of critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security, has announced the results of its 2017 Thales Data Threat Report, Healthcare Edition, which was issued in conjunction with analyst firm 451 Research. According to the report, 81 percent of U.S. healthcare organizations and 76 percent of global healthcare organizations will increase information security spending in 2017.

In a recent announcement, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, top tech leaders, higher education partners and Scott Fadness, Mayor of Fishers, said they will form the so-called Indiana IoT Lab-Fishers. The new facility will be designed to bring each component of the emerging tech sector of Internet of Things (IoT) together as a lab for innovation and collaboration for the rapidly expanding industry, predicted by Machina Research to become a $3 trillion industry by 2025.

The Australian Facilities Management (FM) sector is a mature market with a relatively high level of penetration of integrated FM services, but a new Frost & Sullivan study, Australian Facilities Management Market - Forecasts to 2023, seems to indicate that the impact of improved connectivity in the built environment and the need for improving FM efficiencies will cause disruption of the competitive landscape.

IoT Evolution has published IoT Time: Evolving Trends in the Internet of Things,” a new book by yours truly, Ken Briodagh, about the ongoing influences shaping the IoT.

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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