As technology usage has permeated our everyday lives, educators have become aware of the many potential benefits a connected environment has on their schools. A survey from Extreme Networks says that close to half (46 percent) of K-12 and higher education IT leaders believe an IoT smart school that uses IoT devices will have a major impact on education in the next few years. Smart schools use an array of IoT devices, each offering its own specific value to a school.
The eyes of Texas are all upon Houston this week, as Super Bowl 51 crowds gather for 10 days of pre-game events and festivities and the big game on Sunday. Tech companies and service providers are teaming up to help law enforcement agencies more easily monitor the crowd of 1 million super fans, installing a full lineup of smart, connected digital security cameras, IoT sensors and network command centers.
As the average life expectancy continues to climb, elder care is bubbling up as an important global challenge. In 2050, the world will have more than 2 billion people over the age of 60, which is double the number today, according to a recent Bank of America Merrill Lynch Research study reported in CNN.
Nothing puts a room of school children to sleep faster than a hot, stuffy classroom. And busy teachers don’t have time to constantly monitor room temperatures and air quality. IoT technology is starting to step in and become the newest teacher’s aide. Bosch IoT has developed a prototype for a room climate monitoring system that uses sensors and classic works of art, letting teachers and students know when it’s time to get some fresh airflow.
It’s easy to be excited by the new Tinker Board from ASUS, but as powerful as it is, the serious IoT application developer needs to think long and hard about which way to turn in a sea of open- and closed-source, single-board computers (SBC). Asus’s entry into the SBC arena by way of the 90MB0QY1-MOEAYO Tinker Board is in itself a good thing. More competition and variety is always good, though we already have multiple open-source hardware and software SBCs. Besides the Raspberry Pi, we have the popular Arduino and, of course, the BeagleBoard.
From bridges to oil rigs to airplanes, inspecting high-in-the-sky or deep-in-the-water machinery and structures is a costly and dangerous task for energy and transportation corporations. IoT makes that inspection quite a bit easier onshore and offshore via the new generation of commercial, industrial drones. The latest models of commercial, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are equipped with multirotor flight gear, crash-resistant frames for tight spaces and sophisticated imaging, mapping and surveying technology for data gathering.
Even though banking and IoT might not be making the headlines, the banking industry is quietly leveraging IoT more and more. Driven by both growing customer expectations and rising levels of online fraud, financial services companies have started prioritizing product and customer monitoring. A key tool in this effort is IoT, which is enabling banks to not only monitor and collect data on its customers’ banking and purchasing transactions, but to also leverage IoT-powered sensors to track assets and better assess the value of collateral.
At CES 2017, Carnival CEO Arnold Donald made a splash by announcing the Ocean Medallion, the company’s new machine learning device to be used on its cruise ships. Set to debut on the Carnival Regal Princess ship in November 2017, the 1.8 oz. smart wearable is a quarter-sized metal disc provided free to all passengers.
This week’s top takeaways have IoT boarding Carnival Cruise ships, while some IT leaders continue to stay on the IoT sideline. A top 10 list of IoT companies to watch names familiar tech leaders and newbies. Plus, retail tracks inventory and logistics with a new platform from Intel and Honeywell.   
With a touch screen and AI technology, the network-ready Pepsi Spire® digital soda dispenser jolts the self-serve drinking fountain business back to life.

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