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IoT News of the Week for January 14th, 2022 – Stacy on IoT | Internet of Things news and analysis

DigiCert has partnered with IoT security firm Mocana . has acquiredCertificate management provider Digicert has acquired Mokana, a startup that uses its own proprietary networking protocol to track devices connected to the network. Mokana’s software runs on connected devices and helps companies gain visibility into their OT networks while simultaneously creating a secure route for communication. This ties in well with Digicert’s IT security offerings, which include encryption, certificate management, and more. It also continues the trend of IT security closer to OT security. I look forward to the day when there will be only one holistic view of security. (Digicert) — Stacy Higginbotham

Wirepass technology tapped for real-time nursing call systems: Intrex, a Virginia-based medical equipment company, will use wirepass radio technology to connect its Rhythmos nurse calling and patient monitoring systems. Wirepass creates a highly scalable, low-power mesh network that operates at a variety of frequencies. Wirepass gateways can manage thousands of nodes and can do so on battery power if needed, which means that devices and gateways can function in case of a power outage. Wirepass can also provide real-time location using less power than the cellular option. This means patients wearing a nurse calling device can press a button to get help and can be tracked through their device without the need for frequent battery changes. I’ve seen Wirepass win some really interesting deals outside of the traditional IoT connectivity space, and this is another. (wirepass) — Stacy Higginbotham

Honeywell adds OT software from Alcavio to its security suite: Honeywell has added a new feature to its security offerings thanks to a partnership with portfolio company Alcavio. Honeywell and Alcavio are launching the Honeywell Threat Defense Platform, which is designed to detect threats in the operational technology network of smart buildings. These threats include both ransomware and 0-day attacks. Alcavio’s software works by spoofing valuable network targets and leaving them open to attackers. When attackers hit a target, security teams get a notification. (Honeywell) — Stacy Higginbotham

Remember how I said there were going to be smart buildings? PassiveLogic, a startup in Utah, has raised $34 million in venture capital to help build its automated building management platform. The company sells software that lets people build buildings and then builds a digital twin based on those drawings. From there, you can simulate and eventually map the building hardware to the digital twin. The good news is that getting a building into the system sounds easy. The bad news is that the digital twin is built using proprietary software called Quantum. We need more ways to exchange information between digital twins and better common data models and languages ​​for everyone involved. But perhaps if PassiveLogic grows up, it will see value in opening up Quantum or at least bringing it closer to industry standards like BRIC or Project Haystack. (passive logic) — Stacy Higginbotham

More startups come behind smaller data: I don’t know if this is exactly news for companies trying to build custom algorithms to detect defects in their products, or to predict failures in highly customized devices, but it seems that big tech Players are latching onto the idea that small data sets and a good data scientist can develop algorithms that will work for many of the problems facing companies. I don’t think it’s most surprising that a service like Amazon’s SiteWise can’t magically predict failures on all devices, but I’m glad we’re starting to discuss the specifics here. Also, it’s good to see Andrew Ng back on startup. ,Etiquette, — Stacy Higginbotham

Project Soli turns to open source to help: I was excited for Google’s Project Soli in 2015. Google said its ultra-wideband radar effort can detect submillimeter gestures, which can alter device interfaces. But in the six years since then, only two products have used it. Now Google is involved with a project called Ripple, which is seeking an open source API for Soli. I’ll explain that it’s actually a pivot because Soli has been a solution looking for a problem so far. ,StasionIOT, — Kevin C. Toffel

Google’s solution to the Sonos patent is already causing pain: This week saw news of Sonos winning a lawsuit against Google for five of its patents. So if you hadn’t noticed, you can’t control speaker groups in your Google Home app. Google was quick to offer a workaround app called “Device Utility,” but the software is being touted with negative reviews. The main reason is that you need the app to set up new smart speakers and Chromecast devices, which the app apparently isn’t very good at doing. As we said in our podcast this week, Sonos may have won, but it’s really us consumers who have lost. ,9to5google, — Kevin C. Toffel

Alexa can be your weight room workout assistant to help: I’ve given Amazon’s Alexa a hard time in the past for not being as “smart” as other digital assistants, so I have to give credit where credit is due. You can use Alexa to change the weight you want on NordicTrack’s iSelect Adjustable Dumbbell. Just say the word, and you can lift between 5 and 50 pounds for your workout. Of course, this assumes you haven’t over-taxed yourself and can really take a breather, so to speak. ,Engadget, — Kevin C. Toffel

In the US the Terms of Service may be easier to read: Hands up, who among us has thoroughly read the Terms of Service (ToS) for our latest IoT device or online account? I’d say “put your hands down” but I doubt any hands were actually raised. And I don’t blame you. Most TOS are as long as one of “Lord of the Rings”. ok maybe it’s the one Part An exaggeration, but you cannot deny that these documents are much longer than they should be for us to understand the main points. That’s why US law has been introduced to require “nutrition label-style summaries” for commercial websites and apps. I vote yes! ,Washington Post, — Kevin C. Toffel

Edge computing is another satellite company aiming for the stars: Over the years, I’ve lost track of how many companies are launching satellites for IoT and edge computing. So whatever that number is, you can add one more to it. Mangata is the newest company in this space (no pun intended), having raised $33 million in a Series A round this week. The network service is planned to be launched in 2024 to enable micro data center connections over satellites for edge computing and IoT. (mangata) — Kevin C. Toffel

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