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IoT Evolution World Week in Review: Honeywell, Comcast, Digi International

By Ken Briodagh March 11, 2017

Hello, my friends! It’s time for a thrilling IoT Evolution Week in Review again. We’ve had some big stories and some cool stuff happening here, and this is where we package it all up for you.

In our lead story this week, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that it has selected US Ignite and Northeastern University to lead the project office for NSF’s Platform for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program. The PAWR Project Office, or PPO, will manage nearly $100 million in public and private investments to stand-up and oversee city-scale testing platforms to accelerate fundamental research on wireless communication and networking technologies, according to the statement.

We had a great guest post from Chrissie Cluney, who wrote about some new improvements made at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas designed to improve your overall experience in regard to customer service and customer satisfaction. The hotel has announced that it will now help with that feeling of excitement by offering their customers the convenience of Rose, a chatbot developed by The Cosmopolitan and its digital marketing agency, R/GA Chicago.

And now, the news: Honeywell has announced that it’s been contracted by the United States Air Force for an $11 million modernization project at the U.S. Air Force base in Los Angeles, California. The project includes efficiency upgrades and renewable energy measures that will help cut energy use by about 17 percent and generate an estimated average of $800,000 in annual energy savings over the 23-year contact.

According to a recent announcement, New York City’s Chief Digital Officer Sree Sreenivasan, CTO Miguel Gamiño, and stakeholders from the city’s urbantech ecosystem got together recently in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to welcome the URBAN-X technology accelerator to its new home. Founded by MINI with joint venture partner SOSV, URBAN-X is a venture accelerator that educates, invests in and advocates for startups shaping the future of cities through technology and design.

Comcast announced that it has completed its acquisition of Icontrol Networks Inc., specifically the Icontrol Converge business that creates Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and next-generation platforms for connected home security. The Converge platform already powers Xfinity Home, and a recent Comcast blog post said that the company is thrilled to have the new team as part of the Comcast organization.

Digi International, a global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, has announced that its Digi XBee 802.15.4 modules will be used by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as part of a test program for wireless communications within satellites and payloads from the International Space Station (ISS).

In a recent announcement, Steve Brumer, partner at 151 Advisors, has announced that he’s been selected to join the Special Council at DPOUSA, a financial platform that provides companies with access to an investor base of over 30,000 accredited investors and financial institutions.

Over the last few years, I have seen some major trends forming across nearly every vertical in the consumer and industrial spaces, and these trends looked like they were pointing toward a future where the IoT would indeed be improving the lives and living conditions of people all over the world, and so I decided to begin writing a book in order to look for patterns in those trends. That book, published this month, is called “IoT Time: Evolving Trends in the Internet of Things.” In a new weekly series, we’ll be previewing chapters for you to read in the hopes that you’ll like enough to read the whole thing.

On the IoT Time Podcast, I sat down with Terry Dunlap, founder & CEO, Tactical Network Solutions, old school hacker and security cracker, to talk about IoT security, identity management and the importance of firmware to protecting the future IoT industry.

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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