- Lou Lutostanski, Vice President of IoT at Avnet, has been named “IIoT Leader of the Year” at the Industrial IoT World 2019. The Award recognizes individual executives who showed outstanding leadership that resulted in the implementation and success of IIoT in their business. Lou Lutostanski was voted as the award winner among 13 shortlisted candidates including those from organizations like Lockheed Martin, Schneider Electric and Darktrace.
- Siemens and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. have implemented the first private 5G stand-alone network in a real industrial environment in Germany. The 5G network that uses the 3.7-3.8 GHz band was installed in Siemens’ Automotive Showroom and Test Center in Nuremberg. In this joint project, Siemens is providing the actual industrial test conditions and end devices while Qualcomm Technologies supplies the 5G test network and the relevant test equipment.
- Western Power Distribution and 42 Technology have announced completion of the first UK field trials for a low-cost IIoT monitoring system, FuseOhm, for use within low voltage electricity substations. FuseOhm is designed to provide Distribution Network Operators with a unique low-cost approach for real-time monitoring, control and remote diagnostics on every substation within their network.
- The Australian government drafted a Voluntary Code of Practice for IoT cybersecurity in a bid to improve the IoT’s lack of security. “Along with our Five Eyes partners, we share the expectation that manufacturers should develop connected devices with security built-in by design, ” said the Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton. In July, Australia co-signed a Statement of Intent regarding IoT security with the other Five Eyes nations in London. The draft code “aligns with and builds upon” guidance provided by the UK earlier in the year. (Five Eyes is the intelligence-sharing relationship between Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Canada, and the US.)
- CRN magazine named the top 10 Hottest IIoT Startups of 2019. The 10 companies include Xage Security, provider of what it calls the world’s first blockchain-protected security platform for IIoT deployments and Litmus Automation, provider of edge and cloud platforms for IIoT deployments.