Things in IoT You Need to Know This Week: July 11 – July 15

This week, Scientific American proclaim that the era of IoNT could be dawning and Tesla faces more government pressure for its semi-autonomous driving technololgy.

Brian Buntz

July 16, 2016

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Nanosensors could be networked.
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The Internet of Incredibly Tiny Things

Advances in nanosensors opens up the possibility of an Internet of nano-scale objects, reports Scientific American. Still, there are challenges in the transition from individual nanosensors to what the publication calls the IoNT—an Internet of Nano-Things.

U.S. Government Has Questions about Tesla’s Autopilot

A Senate committee is investigating Tesla’s autopilot mode following its possible role in a fatal car crash in Florida in May. “I am interested in the company’s efforts to ensure the Autopilot technology was deployed safely in this instance,” said Senator John Thune (R-SD), the chair of the Senate Commerce Committee in a letter quoted by the Washington Post.

AT&T Hired to Help with Chicago’s Smart City Plan

The mobile operator will provide its wireless network to assist with Chicago’s Array of Things project, transmitting data to the Argonne National Laboratory. The city is the early stages of installing hundreds of sensors across the city to gauge air quality, noise, weather, traffic, and other metrics.

Columbus Looking Beyond Light Rail

Fresh after winning the inaugural Smart Cities Challenge, Columbus, OH–officials say they want to “leap-frog fixed rail” and launch other forms of transportation. The city had been the biggest in the nation that didn’t offer light rail.

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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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