Janaury 2017



Feature Article



Why Interoperability Matters to IoT

Timothy Winters, Senior Executive, Software and IP Networking 

Marion Dillon, Technical Manager of Home Networking and IoT Technologies
University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory


Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the fastest growing areas in data communications. Gartner estimates the number of devices deployed to grow to 20.8 Billion by 2020 with an economic impact of 3 billion dollars in sales. This is an increase of roughly 14 billion devices over the next four years, doubling the amount of devices on the Internet today. Use cases for connecting appliances and systems to each other and the Internet are growing, driving this increase in devices. Users for IoT can be broken up into categories of Consumer, Enterprise, or Industrial, which each have different value propositions. At the core of this IoT revolution is the idea of connecting devices to make a task easier.


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  Sponsored Announcement

The 2017 Internet of Things North America conference program has been announced. Join the brightest minds clearing a path towards the future of the Internet of Things on March 29-30, 2017 in the city of Chicago.


It will consist of two full days of educational sessions along with an exhibition showcasing solutions in:

  • Machine and Device Connectivity
  • IoT Standards and Standardization
  • Big Data: Data Acquisition, Integration & Analytics
  • Apps/DevOps
  • IoT Security
  • The IoT Ecosystem
  • IoT Architecture
  • Connected Cities
  • Building a Business Model for IoT
  • Open Source IoT
  • Wearables and IoT Devices
  • Enterprise-Wide Connectivity
  • Industrial IoT / Industry 4.0
  • Embedded Systems
  • Networking: Wireless, Wired, Fiber & Telemetry Networks
  • Cloud-based monitoring and control of equipment, assets, facilities & operations
  • Smart Service Management / IoT as a Service

New for 2017- Connected Cities USA: This event will cover strategies and technologies to bring smart cities to fruition. Co-located with IoT North America, this conference will feature a technical session track, exhibit hall, and multiple networking opportunities to learn, collaborate and educate yourself about connected cities in the US.

  Industry News

Semtech LoRa Technology Tracks Location of Endangered Black Rhinos in Africa

Semtech Corp. has announced that its LoRa devices and Wireless RF Technology are protecting endangered black rhinocerosesat the Mkomazi National Park, one of the 14 official National Parks in Tanzania, Africa. - Read More


Embedded Computer Board Technologies Continue to Grow but ATCA Revenues Significantly Decline

IHS Markit has published its latest findings on the world merchant market for embedded computing valuing it at an estimated $2.54 billion in 2015 and a forecast growth for the next five years of 3.7 percent (CAGR). - Read More


MIPI Alliance Releases MIPI I3C Sensor Interface Specification

The MIPI Alliance has released MIPI I3C, Improved Inter-Integrated Circuit, a sensor interface specification that streamlines sensor integration in smartphones, wearables, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and automotive systems. - Read More


The Zigbee Alliance Unveils Universal Language for the IoT from CES 2017

The zigbee alliance has announced that from CES 2017 this week it will be showcasing the path to a unified Internet of Things (IoT). Highlights will focus on the growing momentum behind zigbee (3.0) products and development solutions, and the alliances newly announced dotdot the universal language for the IoT, making it possible for smart objects to work together on any network. - Read More

  New Products

Ayla Networks Adds Amazon Alexa Integration to its IoT Platform

Ayla Networks has added Amazon Alexa integration and support for Amazon Alexa’s Smart Home Skills to its Ayla IoT platform. This means that manufacturers with connected products running on the Ayla IoT cloud can very quickly and easily enable users to control IoT products using spoken commands through the Alexa voice service. - Read More


Nordic-Based BLE Module Developed by Murata

Murata Americas has released its Nordic-based BLE module.The latest WSM device consists of Nordic Semiconductors nRF52832 IC, a 32 MHz crystal for timing, and anon-board antenna.Additionally, it contains two pins for an off-board omni-directional antenna and a NFC antenna. - Read More


Qorvo Introduces Multi-protocol System on Chip for Smarter Homes

Qorvo hasintroduced a complete system on chip (SoC) for smart home devices that delivers multi-protocol support with best-in-class power consumption.The GP695 SoC integrates multiple communication protocols, including IEEE 802.15.4, ZigBee3.0, Thread and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for sensors and actuators throughout the home. - Read More



Event Listings


Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer examines new cross-industry opportunities in the expanding market for energy solutions, including connected devices, energy management, utility services, and home control platforms and services, as they evolve within the smart home and consumer-based Internet of Things.

About Smart Energy Summit

Smart Energy Summit focuses particularly on the challenge of engaging consumers with energy-related solutions. Research analysts, thought leaders, and industry executives present and discuss business strategies, case studies, partnership opportunities, and consumer research that utilities, service providers, retailers, and manufacturers can use to expand and monetize their energy offerings.


The eighth-annual Smart Energy Summit will take place February 20-22, 2017, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas. The summit agenda features leaders from utilities, state and national regulators, telecom and security companies, retailers, and OEMs. Follow the event on Twitter at @SmartEnergySmt and #SmartEnergy17 and on the Smart Energy Insights Blog. For information on speaking, sponsoring, or attending Smart Energy Summit, visit



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