IoT News Roundup

Machina Research lowers IoT growth forecast; Verizon steers toward connected transportation with logistics industry buys; Murata announces new LoRa module; NIST issues security-focused IoT report; new product and features from Loopd.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor

Murata Partners With Semtech, ARM on LoRa Module
Electronics component manufacturer Murata is set to release a low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) wireless module, compliant with the LoRa specification, this fall. This module measures 12.5 millimeters millimeters by 11.6 millimeters by 1.76 millimeters (0.5 inch by 0.46 inch by 0.07 inch), is constructed in a metal-shielded package and includes a Semtech SX1276 ultra-long-range spread-spectrum wireless transceiver (for use at 868 MHz in Europe and at 915 MHz for North America) and an STMicroelectronics STM32L0 series ARM Cortex M0+ 32-bit microcontroller. The module has general-purpose input-output ports that can support up to 18 sensors, switches and status LEDs, the company reports, and the module is powered from a 2.2 to 3.6 VDC supply. Murata says that the module will be available in production quantities starting in October 2016, though it has not released pricing.

The IoT, According to NIST
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a publication, titled "Networks of Things," that seeks to define the Internet of Things and highlight its implications for network and computer security. NIST computer scientist Jeff Voas, who works in the agency's computer security division, penned the report, in which he describes the IoT as a component of a larger entity called the Network of Things (NoT). The IoT requires internet connectivity, the report explains, while the NoT does not.

The report is written for computer scientists, IT managers, networking specialists, and networking and cloud-computing software engineers. It describes four main fundamental elements of the IoT—sensing, computing, communication and actuation. The report goes on to address the reliability and security of IoT and NoT systems. Voas writes, "The vocabulary and science of the Network of Things will help researchers understand how the components of IoT interoperate, and compare the security risks and reliability tradeoffs." The report is available here.

Event Technology Provider Loopd Releases Trio of Features
Loopd, a three-year-old San Francisco firm that issues Bluetooth-based dongles to event attendees—who can then use them to collect contact information from other attendees, and which event organizers can use to track the movements and interests of attendees—has announced three new features. Those features are: key influencer rankings, lead intelligence sourcing and targeted survey results.

Key influencer rankings enables event organizers to identify which attendees have made the greatest number of contacts and attended the most sessions or educational events, and thus could be recruited to endorse the event. Lead intelligence sourcing offers event exhibitors insight into attendee activity at an event by providing lists of attendees who stop by their booths and linger there for a set amount of time (based on how long guests' Bluetooth badges are within range of a reader at the exhibit). With targeted survey results, event organizers send short online surveys, via email or text, to specific attendees—based both on their profile and evidence (badge reads) that they attended a certain session. Tests have shown response rates to these surveys are 200 percent higher than response rates to conventionally issued surveys, the company reports.

Last week, Loopd also announced its second-generation sensor, which supports data encryption, an upgraded user interface and a six-hour battery life. It is expected to be made available next month.

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