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Kickstart Your LoRaWAN® Career With The Things Summer Academy

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Want to elevate your LoRaWAN knowledge to a professional level? Now is your chance to do so with The Things Summer Academy, a week-long deep-dive into LoRaWAN technology, taking place online on August 16-20.

The Things Summer Academy involves 5 days of intense learning, workshops, and building real LoRaWAN use cases with the industry’s leading experts. Through hands-on learning, you will obtain a full theoretical understanding of the LoRa® technology and LoRaWAN protocol, as well as learn how to put the theory into practice.

What’s in it for you:

  • Mentoring with a personal approach and support in your learning experience from the best industry experts
  • Hand-on workshops and lectures with live Q&As and high-quality content from LoRaWAN professionals
  • Peer-group activities to discuss, give feedback, and get inspiration for common projects
  • Access to discounted hardware and software from high-quality suppliers to accelerate your idea’s potential
  • Invitation to The Things Alumni Network to stay in contact and continue to learn from other LoRaWAN community members
  • Official Certificate upon completion (add-on for €99)
  • On-demand content even after The Things Summer Academy is over

What do you need to join? 

A strong interest in learning about LoRaWAN technology and a full-time availability during the week of August 16-20, 2021. No need for prior experience with LoRaWAN, but a basic understanding of (web) development and/or basic electronics is preferable. Additionally, access to a hardware kit is required (more details coming soon). 

Don’t miss The Things Summer Academy to start your professional LoRaWAN career. 

Sign up now to become a LoRaWAN expert

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An end-to-end secured LoRaWAN® network with 99,9%+ availability. An enterprise grade LoRaWAN backend from the makers of The Things Network. LoRaWAN. Internet of Things. Conference. Types: LoRaWAN security, LoRaWAN peering, Platform integrations.

An end-to-end secured LoRaWAN® network with 99,9%+ availability. An enterprise grade LoRaWAN backend from the makers of The Things Network. LoRaWAN. Internet of Things. Conference. Types: LoRaWAN security, LoRaWAN peering, Platform integrations.

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Source: https://www.iotforall.com/press-releases/the-things-summer-academy

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Fukushima and IoT: What IoT Can Do in a Decade

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IoT, Fukushima
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Before it was the largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, it was a tsunami. Waves reached heights over 40 meters, traveled at 700 km/h, and moved 10 kilometers inland before receding. Before it was a tsunami, it was a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, the largest ever recorded in Japan and the fourth-most powerful since modern record-keeping started in 1900.

That tsunami, which occurred exactly ten years ago today, resulted in over 20,000 deaths and displaced hundreds of thousands of families, some for years. It also led to Level 7 meltdowns of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant complex. Within 20 kilometers of the plants, residents were quickly evacuated, and the world watched, waited, and worried if another Chernobyl disaster was in the making.

Safecast & The Decade of Global Collaboration

But unlike Chernobyl, the effects of which were hidden from the global scientific community for years, the news of the disaster spread rapidly. Once informed, a confederation of citizen scientists responded to the crisis and its resulting challenges over email, chat discussion threads, and video calls.

Even if one were to set aside the political realities of the Cold War, the infrastructure for democratized global communication did not exist when the Chernobyl disaster occurred in 1986. Likewise, had Fukushima occurred just a decade earlier, the community response would have been much slower. Global broadband was only beginning its upward climb in 2001, and there would be no video collaboration tools to speak of until 2003.

But Fukushima happened on March 11, 2011. In the ten years between 2001 and 2011, humanity built broadband, cloud-backed, global communications infrastructure that made real-time dissemination of news and remote collaboration possible. In just a decade, we possessed the ability to be informed about and respond to a crisis in moments. We put ourselves on the Internet. It was the existence of this infrastructure that allowed the original Safecast team to form: first to connect, check-in, and help, and then to solve a new set of problems just beginning to emerge from the disaster.

IoT & The Decade of Global Insight

The biggest problem that citizens on the ground and the global scientific community faced in the early days of Fukushima was access to information. The government and local utilities had a view of the situation on the ground but did not share it. The rest of the world could only guess at the extent of the damage or the safety of the surrounding area.

In a decade, we’d connected ourselves over the internet, but the world and environment around us were still a mystery. And it was this world that Safecast was formed to change, first by deploying Geiger counters and radiation detection devices, then by expanding to air quality monitoring. And over the last decade, Safecast has deployed 5,000 radiation and air quality monitoring devices in 102 countries, collecting over 66,000 measurements each day.

Screenshot the live map at Safecast.org
The live device map at Safecast.org

That’s 5,000 spots globally with a better sense of their air quality than 10 years ago. 5,000 locations where citizens know if the air outside is safe and where data about their environment is accessible as a friend over a video call.

Over that same decade, the cost of sensors, silicon, PCBs, and radios continued to drop. A growing landscape of maker- and developer-friendly tools ushered in a Cambrian explosion of connected devices as the hype of IoT gave way to reality.

After 10 years, 5,000 devices, and millions of data points collected, organizations like Safecast do not consider their job complete. If anything, just as the democratization of broadband and the cloud laid the groundwork for IoT, the last decade has been a beta test of the value humanity can extract by adding devices to our environment. As environmental data from open datasets, a wildly successful test is being used to inform scientific research, shape policy, and help everyday citizens understand their world.

Just imagine what we could do by 2031.

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Pod Group Acquired by Giesecke+Devrient

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Combination of Enterprise Focused IoT Connectivity and Secure eSIM Technology Set to Accelerate IoT Adoption

Cambridge/Munich, July 21st 2021 – Pod Group, the world’s first IoT Enterprise Network Operator (ENO), has today announced that it has been acquired by Giesecke+Devrient (G+D), a global security technology group headquartered in Munich. The acquisition will build on Pod Group’s positioning as a provider of the connectivity, infrastructure, and managed services required by enterprises to own and control their IoT networks, whilst complementing G+D’s offering of trusted connectivity enablement for the IoT with tailored connectivity management services.

Pod Group’s innovative approach to IoT connectivity is designed to simplify IoT deployments by providing enterprises with access to an entire ecosystem of integrated IoT connectivity technologies. These include eUICC/eSIM, Private LTE and Advanced SIM App Technology (for example Zero Touch Provisioning) all supported by a centralized management and billing platform, Pod IoT Suite. The acquisition by G+D, a global leader in eSIM will help Pod Group accelerate market adoption of eSIM for the IoT by reducing barriers to entry, cost of adoption and maximising enterprise ownership and control.

Pod Group’s 20+ years of expertise in implementing IoT connectivity solutions for enterprises across a broad variety of sectors, combined with G+D’s nearly 170 years focusing on trust and security of both physical and digital assets, will create a powerful proposition in the market, allowing Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to make their services easily accessible to a wide range of enterprises through Pod and G+D’s combined eSIM/connectivity enablement solution.

Sam Colley, CEO of Pod Group commented, “The acquisition of Pod Group by G+D has been driven by synergies and a mutual understanding of some of the existing barriers to mass IoT becoming a reality. G+D and Pod Group, together, will now be able to accelerate the growth of Pod’s ENO ecosystem allowing us to deliver secure enterprise grade connectivity and security solutions seamlessly, which is becoming increasingly important as spectrum opens up for the deployment of private LTE and 5G networks. As well as benefiting enterprise customers, we feel it also represents a great opportunity for both parties to deepen their relationships with existing ecosystem partners and vendors through broader collaboration.”

Carsten Ahrens, CEO G+D Mobile Security GmbH commented, “We are truly excited about this acquisition. As a dependable IoT provider for solutions connecting to private and public networks, Pod and their products ideally complement G+D’s trusted connectivity portfolio. The enriched offerings will now enable IoT Ecosystems to connect, manage, bill and secure devices globally, in a seamless and cost-effective approach. The joint portfolio comprises proven connectivity management, proven security and performance in supporting hundreds of millions of mobile devices worldwide. Together with Pod we will accelerate our work to unleash the full potential of IoT solutions for enterprises and MNOs, globally.”

About Pod Group

Pod Group is a specialist in IoT SIM cards and advanced connectivity solutions for enterprise IoT applications, bringing over 20 years’ experience and innovation to the telecommunications market. An Enterprise Network Operator (ENO), Pod goes beyond traditional connectivity service providers to offer unique, customised solutions designed to give enterprises of all sizes ownership and control of their IoT connectivity, from the SIM card right up to a complete private network. With offices worldwide and access to 600+ networks in 185 countries, Pod’s global team supports enterprises across a broad range of sectors as they take ownership of their IoT connectivity.  For more information on Pod’s IoT connectivity solutions, please visit: https://www.podgroup.com

Pod Group Press Contact:
Amy Garcia, Chief Marketing Officer
Email: [email protected]

About Giesecke+Devrient
Giesecke+Devrient (G+D) is a global security technology group headquartered in Munich. As a partner to organizations with highest demands, G+D engineers trust and secure essential values with its solutions. The company’s innovative technology protects physical and digital payments, the connectivity of people and machines, the identity of people and objects, as well as digital infrastructures and confidential data.

G+D was founded in 1852. In the fiscal year 2020, the company generated a turnover of 2.31 billion euros with around 11,500 employees. G+D is represented by 74 subsidiaries and joint ventures in 32 countries. Further information: www.gi-de.com

G+D Press Contact:
Sourour Stanke, Head of Corporate Communications and Government Relations
Email:[email protected]

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Creating a Better Educational Experience With IoT

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The impact of the ongoing pandemic on education and schooling has been nothing but catastrophic. According to UNICEF, COVID-19 put 1.6 billion students out of school.

However, in a time of an unprecedented crisis, the field of education has found a savior of sorts in information technology. Online classes, though not perfect, have been critical in continuing academic activities during the pandemic.

There’s a lesson in this for those who are those who shape educational policies and manage academic institutions. Technology has rescued education during a turbulent time and it can drive things forward once things go back to normal.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is among the emerging innovations that promise to transform schooling by introducing better-connectivity and making different procedures more collaborative.

Before diving deep into everything that IoT can bring to the table, it’s important to first understand how this technology works.

According to Oracle, “The Internet of Things (IoT) describes the network of physical objects—“things”—that are embedded with sensors, software, and other technologies for the purpose of connecting and exchanging data with other devices and systems over the internet.”

One of the most popular examples of IoT is smart homes that allow people to manage electronics, receive deliveries and monitor their homes from a remote location. With IoT, the possibilities are indeed endless and education is one field that is ripe for disruption through this technology. Much of this disruption is already taking place.

IoT is among emerging technologies that are reshaping retail, medicine and many other sectors. So what can it deliver to students, teachers and school managements? To answer this question, I have shortlisted four ways how the Internet of Things is already influencing education.

Let’s dive in.


1.  Maximizing Engagement Through Reading Pens

Taking notes is an important part of being a student. IoT-enabled technologies can optimize this process through a portable scanner that can capture and process printed text.

C-Pen is a perfect example of how IoT assists students in taking notes from a lecture. It can help in creating memos, translate the content in more than fifty languages and pronounce the words correctly.

Due to these features, this tool is especially useful for people with learning difficulties such as dyslexia or even those who might not speak English as the first language. Scanmaker is another tool that allows users to scan text from books and documents.

2.  Collecting Student Data through Smart Cards

Having access to authentic and relevant data is the key to creating effective solutions. It’s also important for this data to be in one place. Smart cards can make this happen for schools.

Initiatives like Magicard help schools monitor student’s time in class, their attendance and whether they are accounted for in case of emergencies. These cards can be presented to an authenticating reader and linked to an access control system through IoT.

Some of the other functionalities of Magicard include allowing students to access campus facilities and logical access to monitor the usage of electronic data such as e-learning resources, coursework and printers. It also assists on the payment side of things when students have to pay for printing, canteens and retail items on campus.

3.  Safety through Wifi-Enabled Smart Buses

When it comes to school transport, safety and comfort are the priority of school administrators. Smart bus systems named Kajeet allow drivers to monitor the behavior of passengers to improve onboard safety.

Parents can use this tool to track the location of the bus and be aware that their kids have safely made it to the school. Kajeet provides real-time knowledge of their child’s location to parents.

For students, the Wi-Fi connectivity means they can turn in their assignments or revise for a test by accessing learning material while traveling to the school.

4.  Creating a Collaborative Learning Experience

At the end of the day, IoT is all about connecting different devices to creating holistic solutions. It should be aimed at creating an infrastructure where students, parents and teachers all have access to real-time information.

Tools like Blackboard allows schools to create personalized educational experiences. Among other things, it provides parents, students and others involved to monitor the latest grades, attendance, journey from school to home and the overall academic progress of the child.

Using the Blackboard Mobile Credential, learners can add their student ID to their Apple Wallet and pay for campus services.

IoT offers a lot to the field of education. However, this technology is rarely discussed when the subject of EdTech is brought up. This should change going forward as more and more IoT-powered tools are entering the market with each promising to upgrade the learning experience through a unique solution.

The rapid digitalization in the last year due to the pandemic should put further light on what IoT has to offer. Once schools and colleges become fully functional, they should utilize this technology for improving student engagement, campus security and transportation.

If utilized to its full potential, IoT has the potential to completely change the way education is provided.

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Source: https://www.smartdatacollective.com/creating-better-educational-experience-with-iot/

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Virtual Roundtable: Delivering Better Patient Outcomes with Healthcare IoT

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Twilio, Healthcare IoT
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Healthcare is the current and future edge of consumer-facing IoT technology. It’s also, I think, the best place for consumers to learn about IoT in a trusted and safe environment, thanks to regulation and privacy-first design.

Of course, doctors, medical facilities managers, insurance providers, and other Healthcare IoT stakeholders have been experimenting with various solutions — most recently and particularly telehealth — to derive better patient outcomes for decades.

There have been major advancements over the last few years and lots of adoption, especially over the last few months, but challenges still exist. Medical adherence must be improved so that patients can safely and confidently receive care from home. Meaningful patient data needs to be integrated into treatment plans promptly. Digital health solutions need to be reliable, simple to deploy, and “just work” right out of the box. 

In a virtual roundtable this week, IoT tech experts will share how they leveraged cellular IoT to create end-to-end solutions that deliver better patient outcomes. Product managers, developers, and engineers looking to create new IoT solutions in healthcare will leave this discussion feeling more confident in relying on cellular connectivity for their applications.

The event, “Healthcare Roundtable: Delivering Better Patient Outcomes with IoT,” is sponsored by IoT For All Partner Twilio and will occur Thursday, July 22, from 3 to 4 pm EST.

What you’ll learn:

  • How can Healthcare IoT be used for enhanced medical adherence?
  • What are the economics of an IoT-powered healthcare solution and how is it affordable for patients?
  • How does meaningful data get transformed into action between physicians and patients?
  • What’s the appetite for IoT-powered solutions in the healthcare industry and how can you get started today?
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Ken Briodagh – Editorial Director, IoT For All

Ken is Editorial Director at IoT for All. He loves all forms of technology, because he’s into fantasy more than sci-fi and even Arthur C Clarke admitted that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” So, where’s that …

Ken is Editorial Director at IoT for All. He loves all forms of technology, because he’s into fantasy more than sci-fi and even Arthur C Clarke admitted that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” So, where’s that …

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