IoT News Roundup
Google seeks to push Alexa off smart-home throne with Home; Indiegogo, Arrow Electronics partner; the VA starts to eye IoT solutions for medical devices; new car router from Sierra Wireless; Lux Research says VC funding for IoT security on the rise; Autodesk brings it IoT data management to cloud-based service.
May 20, 2016—
Google Trying to Usurp Amazon's Alexa
Google Home evolved from Google Now, its smartphone-based personal assistant. Like Now, the Home device employs machine learning to attempt to anticipate a user's needs and, over time, deliver increasingly personalized responses.
Indiegogo, Arrow Electronics Partner to Stoke IoT Product Crowdfunding
Through the strategic alliance, qualifying Indiegogo entrepreneurs will have direct online access to Arrow's design tools, engineering experts, prototype services, manufacturing support and supply chain management, in order to aid their product development and come-to-market approach. The companies estimate that the package of benefits and services are worth up to $500,000. Arrow will select awardees by evaluating Indiegogo campaigns for their technical feasibility, manufacturability and overall impact; Arrow-supported campaigns will be denoted on the Indiegogo site with a special Arrow badge.
In September 2015, Arrow launched a new offering known as Intelligent Services that provides a framework and software tools to help OEMs and systems integrators create and deploy IoT platforms.
VA Issues Request for Information Regarding IoT Services, Products
The agency said it is not soliciting bids, but rather seeks to "obtain market information on capable sources of supply [and] industry practices." The deadline for the request for information is May 26, 2016, at 12:00 PM EST. More information is available here.
Federal News Radio reported this week that during a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., IT procurement officers in federal agencies, such as the departments of defense and homeland security, said that they are trying to determine the best policies for acquiring technology that leverages the Internet of Things, given the rapid evolution of the underlying technologies. Government officials indicated that there is no shortage of applications for IoT devices, but that concerns regarding cybersecurity and privacy are slowing the adoption rate.
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