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Having your bag mishandled by an airline is an all too common experience. Thankfully this is set to get better—soon. The Industrial Internet Consortium-sponsored Smart Airline Baggage Management testbed is leveraging IoT technologies to minimize instances of mishandling.

IoT hits the road outside Houston as solutions provider Presidio outfits the bus fleet at the Huntsville, TX, school district with Wi-Fi for students, navigation for drivers and telematics for mechanics.

Autonomous vehicles and 5G wireless, two of the most influential technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT), got some welcome and some not-so-welcome attention recently. In the case of autonomous vehicles, you still have until November 19 to submit your concerns.

While focusing this summer on the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft ramped up its attention to IoT. Specifically, it honed in on enhancements to Windows 10 IoT Core, the edition of Windows that targets small, embedded devices that may or may not have screens. While Windows 10 IoT Core is smaller than its desktop and mobile counterparts—it's a free, lightweight version of the operating system—it could potentially outstrip its parent OS in terms of popularity, if it gathers its share of powering the billions of connected IoT devices in our future.

In 1939, the World’s Fair Futurama exhibit introduced the public to the idea of autonomous cars and the roadways that could make them possible. The General Motors’ sponsored installation provided a glimpse into the future—specifically, 1960. While designer Bel Geddes’ exact vision didn’t come to fruition, progress toward creating a fully autonomous vehicle kept moving forward.

Drivers stuck in a very congested section of Interstate 80 in Emeryvillle, CA, and Berkeley, CA, finally got to see the state’s new freeway metering lights and digital signs come to life in mid-July after a two-year wait. Dubbed the Interstate 80 SMART (Safety, Mobility and Automated Real-time Traffic Management) Corridor project, the goal is to bring innovative congestion relief and safety improvements to the I-80 corridor from the Carquinez Bridge to the Bay Bridge, according to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

New technologies will give organizations of all types and sizes the means to harness the power and potential of the Internet of Things (IoT). These organizations will need a wide and expanding array of tools and technologies to reap the full benefits of IoT.  Solution providers that understand the hottest IoT technology trends can get a jump on these opportunities, identified by Gartner as the 10 top IoT technologies projected for 2017 and 2018.

The U.S. Department of Transportation chose Columbus, OH, over 77 other cities—including tech hotbeds San Francisco and Austin, TX—as the big $40 million winner in this year’s Smart City Challenge. A grant competition with a focus on transportation, The Smart City Challenge is designed to help the winner become the first city to fully integrate new technologies and become a model for other municipalities.

The urban population explosion is going at full force, as experts project that another 2.5 billion people will live in major urban areas by 2050. With that in mind, city and metropolitan planners are on the hunt for automated IoT technology solutions that will make city dwellers happy, healthy and safe.

Gartner predicts that there will be 250 million connected vehicles on the road by 2020, as solution providers in the automotive industry continue to speed along with IoT development. One initiative gaining traction is IBM’s Watson IoT, an area that IBM is investing $3 billion into over the course of the next four years.

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