IOT News Roundup

Swift Sensors' cloud-based wireless sensor system; NFC Forum Innovation Awards open for submissions; PTC achieves AWS IoT Competency status; Avnet expands Internet of Things portfolio with Relayr solutions; OE-A to demonstrate printed electronics at CES 2017; Libelium releases Internet of Things video.
By Rich Handley

OE-A to Demonstrate Printed Electronics at CES 2017
Among the fastest-growing application areas for printed electronics are the Internet of Things, wearables and the automotive sector. Smart labels, smart watches, intelligent clothing and dashboards are just a few examples of end-use products into which printed electronics can be integrated. The many application and implementation possibilities show organic and printed electronics to be an important growth industry.

To expand the industry's market position in consumer electronics, the OE-A (a working group within VDMA) will present the topic of printed electronics at CES 2017, a consumer electronics trade fair. In association with the conference, the OE-A is offering a series of talks with the theme "Printed Electronics: Enabling the Future."

The presentations, to be offered on Jan. 6, 2017, in Las Vegas, will provide an overview of the application possibilities and advantages of this technology. The focus will be on printed electronics as a key enabler of the Internet of Things; the car of the future, with flexible displays and sensors; and the next generation of wearables for health care and sports.

"Nowadays, printed electronics is already being implemented on a large production scale, with many products already on the market. However, this is just the beginning of the impact we will see from printed electronics applications," said Stan Farnsworth, NovaCentrix's chief marketing officer and the OE-A's vice-chair for North America, in a prepared statement. "CES is the ideal platform to inform the manufacturers of consumer electronics about the latest possibilities of organic and printed electronics. Here, we unite end users and suppliers to encourage cooperation."

Libelium Releases Internet of Things Video
Libelium has released a new video explaining how the Internet of Things is helping businesses to meet important challenges. The company presents projects developed in a variety of applications, such as smart cities, water management, environmental care, parking, logistics, retail, industry, e-health and precision agriculture.

The video summarizes some of the most important IoT projects worldwide, including measuring radiation levels in Fukushima, Japan; preventing plagues in vineyards in Slovenia; monitoring traffic and environment in smart cities, such as in Hoboken, N.J.; reducing manufacturing costs in smart factories in Spain; ensuring water quality at fish farms in Vietnam; preventing volcanic activity in Nicaragua; and combating climate change in the rain forests of Peru.

The video is available for viewing at YouTube.

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