This Week in IoT: Connectivity, connectivity, connectivity

March 4, 2016

The stories in this week’s IoT update have one major theme: connectivity. After all, IoT connectivity is a pillar in the foundation of IoT and a major factor in the success of the IoT market. The often-cited stat of 6.4 billion connected things in 2016 (Source: Gartner) will be useless without the proper connectivity. So, here are five IoT connectivity stories that caught our attention this week:

Raspberry Pi 3 launched with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity

Makers, rejoice! Technology has come a long way since the original 256MB Raspberry Pi Model B was launched in 2012. This week, the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B hit the street with a 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU and integrated 802.11n wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.1. The $35 wonder is now on sale at element14 and other resellers.

DIY: Protect your Girl Scout cookies with a Raspberry Pi

In case you were wondering what to do with your new Raspberry Pi once you get it, here’s an idea: use it to protect your stash of Girl Scout cookies. This tutorial is based on the Raspberry Pi 2 (not the new Raspberry Pi 3 mentioned above), but it was too fun and funny not to include in this week’s news roundup. The step-by-step instructions help you set up a

multi-layer security system to protect your precious stack of Thin Mints, including a proximity detector using an ultrasonic range finder sensor.

How to Easily Link Your Car’s Brain to Your Smart Home

San Francisco-based Automatic Labs has developed a $99 adapter that plugs into your car’s diagnostic port. Used in conjunction with its smartphone app, the Automatic adapter also taps into a stream of data coming out of your car, such as gas level, location, and your fuel efficiency. The good folks at WIRED take it to another level by connecting the Automatic adapter to IFTTT, a service that uses if/then “recipes” to automate your life.

Connected Car Ecosystem Market Is Poised to Reach $40 Billion by 2030

Speaking of cars, the Market Research Store has released a new report called “Connected Car Ecosystem Market 2015: Industry Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies and Forecasts to 2030.” In it, Market Research estimates that connected car services will rise to nearly $40 billion by the year 2030, driven by a host of factors like remote diagnostics, navigation, traffic management, and autonomous vehicles.

Bridging the operational technology and Internet of Things divide

This piece from Information Age is an interesting read about the impact of IoT on traditional IT organizational structure. It also calls out a startling stat from research conducted by Opinionography on behalf of Managed 24/7: “However, it is revealing that fewer than half of companies have an IoT connectivity policy – and, indeed, many [operational technology] deployments have occurred outside the IT remit.”