IoT Information of the Week for September 9, 2022 – Stacey on IoT

A trifecta of notable IoT funding: We covered it on this week’s podcast, but I’m trying to be a little more thorough with the weekly news recaps. So if you follow something like this, you know that satellite IoT company OQ received $12.9 million in funding, Wi-Fi HaLow chipmaker Morse Micro received $140 million, and a company called Flair , which makes smart air vents for home HVAC systems, has raised $7.6 million. (Stacey via IoT)

Some thoughts on the ADT and State Farm deal: State Farm announced this week that it would take a 15 percent stake in surveillance security firm ADT, valued at $1.2 billion. It also said it would allocate $300 million for research and development and marketing. The insurance company is joining Google, which acquired a 6.6% stake in ADT in August 2020 and this week announced $150 million and up to $300 million to develop products and market those products with ADT wanting to spend. The deal with Google focused on adding Nest hardware to ADT’s tired line of security sensors and cameras, as with the launch of the smart home, ADT is also rethinking what it means to offer monitored security in a more connected world. Meanwhile, State Farm has signed agreements to provide in-app safety buttons for Uber drivers and riders as part of a pattern of agreements that provide “safety” outside the home.

ADT’s involvement could result in new insurance products for State Farm, but it also opens up a new market for ADT to market its services to. Today, customers who install a security system might get a 5% discount on their home insurance premiums, but an insurance product that’s closely aligned with the smart home could result in much larger discounts and draw more consumers to buy ADT’s services . For example, just knowing that a customer is actually using their security camera is an advantage that can lead to lower premiums and reduced claims. If you add additional sensors, e.g. such as those tracking leaks or detecting smoke, the risk reduction for insurance providers may be worth a larger discount. This motivates more consumers to invest in smarter products and services from ADT. I’m curious to see how this develops. (ADT)

Do you see a smart TV as the future center of your smart home? I really enjoyed the essay in the last issue of the Protocol Entertainment newsletter. It was written by a friend and former colleague who suggests that smart TV manufacturers want to make their device the focal point of a smart home. He notes that smart TV manufacturers have historically relied on advertising, but want to expand to other options, such as B. Deeper integrations with providers of home fitness or games. Those options might work, but he thinks the real killer app will come from smart home security integrations. As he points out, both Sonos and Roku have filed patents for using RF sensors in their devices to detect movement around the home based on interference in the Wi-Fi fields generated by their devices. My guess is that Sonos and Roku would need multiple devices in the home, and with it ties to other companies pushing Wi-Fi-based motion detection, for this to work, but it could be a good lever to start a conversation. (Protocol)

The Helium community will vote on switching to another blockchain: Next week, the Helium community will vote on whether or not to replace the existing Helium blockchain behind the Helium Network Tokens (HNTs) with the Solana blockchain. This is primarily a crypto story because it is being driven by people who own miners and are upset about the lack of tokens they are earning, as opposed to a tech story that will change the way how the network works or finds customers. Proponents of switching blockchains argue that it will make transactions faster, make the underlying blockchain more stable, and open up the Helium network to more developers currently using the Solana blockchain. But what strikes me is that the switch would result in more than 2 million additional HNTs for miners in the first year, or what the article says is more than $11.1 million at the price of HNTs last week. So I’m wondering if the interest is really in building a network for the IoT or just using the value of the tokens to generate quick cash. I should note that I’m mining HNTs from a miner I founded in April 2020 and have made a lot of money, but I don’t really have a dog in the hunt either, other than a desire to create viable low-cost IoT networks. (decrypt)

Do you want or need this device? Bosch showed off what it’s calling its Kitchen Smart Dock at IFA last week, and I have questions. The device is a smart speaker that doubles as a docking station for a tablet. It works with Alexa; Presumably you can talk to Alexa while viewing a recipe or other directions on your tablet. Part of me feels like an Echo Show placed in the kitchen would offer the same functionality, although your content on the Echo Show would be more limited. A tablet gives you the entire web, while the show gives you a screen of Amazon partner content. But the Bosch dock offers users something different. Using some sort of proximity and gesture sensor in the dock and an app running on the tablet in the dock, users can gesture control a dedicated Bosch cooking app that lets you wave to browse recipes or look up cooking information without touching it the tablet with your dirty hands. That’s pretty cool, although it’s still based on a closed ecosystem built by a specialized app. (Android Police)

OK, maybe Wi-SUN will happen after all: For years, the folks at Silicon Labs have been telling me that Wi-SUN is the next big wireless technology for smart cities and wide-ranging, dense IoT deployments. I’ve spent a decade waiting for Wi-SUN to gain traction, so I didn’t buy the claim. But it might be time to change my mind. Next week I’ll be meeting with people who are pitching and using the technology. The governing board for the standard saw membership grow 20% from 2020 to 2021, and more places are adopting the technology. For a quick overview of the technology and comparisons between it and other options, check out this article. (CNX software)

Here is a new software language for embedded IoT: First, let me say that I’m not a programmer, so this isn’t a topic I’m well versed in. But I like to keep an eye on trends in programming languages, particularly the types of languages ​​associated with things I care about. So I found this thread about Ferret, a Clojure-inspired programming language for embedded real-time control systems, fun to read. Are any of you using it or interested in it? (Hacker News)

Vodafone works with a company for centimetre-accurate satellite services: Current location tracking services like GPS, GNSS and Glonass are pretty great, but they have their limitations. They can only pinpoint location to within a few meters and struggle with dense buildings or topographical features such as canyons. Vodafone is working with a company called Topcon Positioning Group to develop a precision positioning system that will locate IoT devices, machines and cars more accurately than Europe’s GNSS satellites. (electronics weekly)

Also in asset tracking messages: Deutsche Telekom has signed a deal with a Belgian sensor company called Sensolus to add its sensors to Deutsche Telekom’s NB-IoT network to offer asset tracking services. The services use GPS signals, so won’t locate a package in a stack of mail, but should be useful for tracking shipments on long journeys or vehicles. By using the NB-IoT network, the batteries in Sensolus sensors should last at least five years. (IoT Tech News)

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