With the U.S. facing a shortfall of 3 million skilled workers in STEM-related fields by 2018, there’s no time like the present to get today’s youth excited and inspired about becoming the next generation of scientists. The Quest Institute recently partnered with Microsoft to do just that through a new project that takes the Internet of Things (IoT) to the final frontier—space.
Qualcomm (QCOM) made two significant announcements at the recent CES event: Enhance its Qualcomm Network IOT Connectivity Platform to allow network devices to simultaneously use Wi-FI, Bluetooth, CSRmesh connectivity and low-rate wireless personal area networks (LR-WPANs) or 802.15.4 and enhancements to its Wi-Fi Self Organizing Network (SON) solution for management of distributed wired and wireless networks. These announcements can have a significant impact on the Internet of Things (IoT) market. By consolidating and simplifying the managements of diverse and complex technologies and devices, these platforms open opportunities for developers and partners to build new solutions that deliver seamless connectivity for IoT devices and a consistent experience to the users.