Patrick Mannion

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Patrick Mannion is an independent writer and content consultant who has been working in, studying, and writing about engineering and technology for over 25 years.
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Batteries are problematic for the IoT, but Ilika and its Stereax thin-film technology may be the breakthrough that IoT solutions providers have been looking for.
As the Wi-Fi Alliance prepares to embrace IEEE 802.11ax, IoT solution providers need to prepare to have much greater control over IoT device density and quality of service (QoS).
Fighting marketing hyperbole, Intel’s Mark Bohr resurrected an old metric to get the industry to a common reference point regarding IC transistor density so solution providers – and buyers – don’t get tricked.
The IoT promises exciting new business models that are as compelling as the benefits of reducing costs and improving efficiencies. By leveraging your ecosystem and re-imagining your business, solutions providers can take advantage of a market that is changing everything. 
Intel’s acquisition of Mobileye for an eye-popping $15.3 billion is still not a surprise given the importance of automobiles as the next technology innovation platform. Specializing in making sense out of visual data with the goal of making driving safer and eventually autonomous, Mobileye has been focused on automotive safety for 17 years. Once again Intel has made it clear that it sees automotive systems as a critical part of the IoT.
  Nothing screamed seamless connectivity like Mobile World Congress 2017, and a tour of Intel’s booth showed why it’s needed – and how we might get there. For solution providers it was a kaleidoscope of ideas for future IoT applications, combined with practical demonstrations of how to get up and running with IoT – today.
Security continues to be the elephant in the room when it comes to IoT, particularly in the context of autonomous vehicles. The Future of Automotive Security Technology Research (FASTR) consortium has a plan, and two new members – Rambus and Karamba Security – to help address it. Two years after being founded, the organization’s goals haven’t changed, but it is clarifying the need for collaborative effort – and how it intends to help the industry.
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.
During last week’s CES 2017, AT&T leveraged the popular event to launch a $59 IoT starter kit. The new offering will help solution providers get up and running quickly on Amazon Web Services (AWS) over the carrier’s highly secure LTE Cat-1 cellular network
The new Intel® Atom E3900 processor brings horsepower and network synching to the IoT and fog computing.