When appropriate, it’s smart to support two competing, IoT low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) standards like NB-IoT and LTE-M, but maybe now we need four-in-one. Hedge your bets when developing IoT solutions so that they can survive long term.

Thinking robots are already working among us, but more robots doesn't translate to fewer jobs for humans.

Combing high-end processing hardware with low-power operation is difficult enough, but for IoT solution providers, it’s also important to ensure the wireless interface is optimized. Online RF calculation tools can help.

Four start-ups have embraced IoT and looking to increase their market share in the disruptive technology.
The government and industry weigh in on IoT best practices for security.

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-based inertial sensors are everywhere, but stiction and manufacturing processes limit their capabilities. To overcome the limitations, Nanusens has moved to nanoscale, and made them CMOS-process compatible to lower cost and reduce size.

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is often overlooked as applications depend to a large degree on user name and passwords, but it is a fundamental enabler for secure IoT deployments that needs to be more widely applied.

We live in a wasteful world. Based on the findings of the World Bank and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the human race collectively produces 1.3 billion tons of municipal solid waste annually. This alarmingly high amount of trash can be mitigated through programs run by local governments and nonprofits that are tapping into smart IoT technology, using robotics, artificial intelligence and cameras to sort through garbage, increasing the flow into recycling centers. 

With advantages and disadvantages to LoRaWAN and Sigfox, it’s important to not get mired in analysis paralysis. A big advantage of both is that they are here now, and devices need to get connected. With the fast pace of IoT, don’t spend too long deciding between them. Connect those dots.

At a recent IoT Evolution conference in Las Vegas, experts outlined how solution providers will fit in as companies begin to build IoT into their business models. As new technologies come to market, leaders in every industry will use IoT tools and technologies to reduce cost, offer new services and expand market share. Consulting firm 151 Advisors predicts that during the next five years, companies will spend a collective $6 trillion on IoT solutions. 


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