Your Weekly IoT Update: May 6, 2016

We’ve scoured the Internet to help you stay informed on the latest Internet of Things news.

Brian Buntz

May 6, 2016

1 Min Read
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1. Microsoft Scoops Up IoT Firm Focused on Manufacturing, Retail


Microsoft acquired an Italian IoT cloud services provider that had been using the company’s Azure cloud services.

2. Billions Spent on Driverless Cars That 75% of Americans Don’t Want


While Google predicts that 10 million self-driving cars will be on the road by 2020, many people in the U.S. are now scared of the technology.

3. State Department Exploring IoT Surveillance Network


The U.S. State Department is mulling a so-called “Wireless Intrusion Detection System” to map wireless devices located near its consulates and embassies.  

4. Intel Ditches Some Atom Mobile Chips to Focus on IoT 


After announcing its plans to lay off 12,000 workers citing the weak market for PCs, the world’s largest chip company is downplaying the smartphone market as it doubles down on the IoT and cloud projects.

5. Big Data Is Transforming How Cities Manage Traffic

American City & County 

L.A., Boston, and Houston have invested in big data platforms to help regulate traffic.

6. Honeywell Sets Up IoT Business Unit

Security Sales & Integration 

Honeywell has launched a new IIoT unit that will leverage its experience in automation and control room technology.

7. 5G Could Be Big Boost to IoT 

The fifth-generation mobile network could unleash a wave of IoT breakthroughs. 

About the Author(s)

Brian Buntz

Brian is a veteran journalist with more than ten years’ experience covering an array of technologies including the Internet of Things, 3-D printing, and cybersecurity. Before coming to Penton and later Informa, he served as the editor-in-chief of UBM’s Qmed where he overhauled the brand’s news coverage and helped to grow the site’s traffic volume dramatically. He had previously held managing editor roles on the company’s medical device technology publications including European Medical Device Technology (EMDT) and Medical Device & Diagnostics Industry (MD+DI), and had served as editor-in-chief of Medical Product Manufacturing News (MPMN).

At UBM, Brian also worked closely with the company’s events group on speaker selection and direction and played an important role in cementing famed futurist Ray Kurzweil as a keynote speaker at the 2016 Medical Design & Manufacturing West event in Anaheim. An article of his was also prominently on, a website dedicated to Kurzweil’s ideas.

Multilingual, Brian has an M.A. degree in German from the University of Oklahoma.

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