IoT News Roundup

Sierra Monitor expands suite of industrial IoT products; new Wi-Fi deadbolt from Brink's; Zebra and Atmel demonstrate sensor system for refrigeration monitoring; research predicts 35 percent CAGR on IIoT spending; Brother announces NFC-enabled printer, scanner; CDC occupational health center issues RFI on sensor systems.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor

Zebra and Atmel Collaborate on IoT-based Refrigeration Demo

Zebra Technologies, which sells real-time location systems and hardware to a wide range of industries, and chipmaker Atmel this week demonstrated a smart refrigeration reference design, using IoT technology, at the National Retail Federation expo in New York City. The design integrates ARM's IEEE 802.15.4-compliant chips and mbed operating system for IoT devices with Zebra's Zatar device-management application. The companies are looking to interest retailers, manufacturers and logistics firms in a technology solution built on the design, which would enable them to better monitor and react to temperature changes that could impact the quality or freshness of perishable foods, while also easing compliance with food-safety requirements, such as those mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Study Foresees Big Spending on Industrial IoT

By 2019, spending on IoT technology in the industrial and manufacturing sectors could more than quadruple, according to a new study conducted by Innovative Research and Products (iRAP), a research firm based in Stamford, Conn. The report evaluates IoT cloud-platform spending by the manufacturing sectors in North America, China, Europe, Japan and other markets, and looks specifically at what firms spent in 2014 on five core components of IoT cloud architecture: hardware, software, telecommunication, services and analytic solutions.

The report shows market data for 2013 and estimates for 2019, and analyzes growth patterns in targeted core areas. It finds that spending on IoT cloud platforms specific to these targeted areas of industry could reach $358 billion by 2019, from up $80 billion in 2014, with a CAGR of 35 percent. The 108-page report is available for purchase from iRAP here.

Brother Introduces Two NFC-Enabled Printing Products

Brother, a manufacturer of printing and images systems for small and midsize businesses, has announced two new products:, the Brother HL-L6300DW printer and the MFC-L6800DW printer-scanner-copier, that include Near Field Communication (NFC) radios. These NFC modules allow users equipped with NFC-enabled mobile devices, running the Android OS 4.0 or later, to connect wirelessly and send print or scan commands using the Brother iPrint&Scan application. Both products can print up to 48 pages per minute, while the MFC-L6800DW can scan, in monochrome, up to 50 images per minute in one-sided scanning, or 100 images per minute using two-sided scanning. With the addition of extra paper trays, they can have a 1,601-page capacity and support a toner cartridge with a 12,000-page capacity.

CDC Research Arm Issues RFI on Sensor Systems

The NIOSH Center for Direct Reading and Sensor Technologies, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention established in May 2014 to support the research and development of sensors and wireless technology for use in occupational safety and health applications, has issued a request for information and comment. The center is making the request in order to inform its current research into and evaluation of current and future sensor technologies used during emergency response. More specifically, the RFI is being made to collect data regarding the "availability, capability, suitability, barriers, limitations, and opportunities for current or future direct reading devices and sensor technologies that can be utilized for emergency response."

Electronic or written comments must be submitted on or before Mar. 21, 2016. For more information and submission requirements, see the full request at the Office of the Federal Register's website.

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