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November in IoT: MQTT and Smart Cities

This monthly recap of IoT focuses on articles that feature MQTT as the protocol of choice, the state of smart cities, and tons of DIY projects.

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Well, the winter bite is settling in over the northern hemisphere (happy summer to you southern readers out there), so it's as good a time as any to lock yourself in your workshop and get to work on the latest, greatest prototype! The themes in this month's selection of articles were definitely what you can do with MQTT and a look at smart cities around the world, but there's certainly no shortage of news about IIoT and predicting trends for the future.

Connecting You With What's Cool

  1. 5 IoT Trends to Watch for in 2018, by Dmitry Budko. Ahhh, the sweet smell of the first "prediction" post of the season. With 2017 coming to a close, let's see what the analysis predicts for IoT development next year and the trends you should be ready for.
  2. Remotely Control an ESP8266 With Kaa IoT Platform, by Mahdieh Asiaban. Kaa is an open source IoT middleware platform. See it in use to remotely control an ESP8266 blinky app through an Android device.
  3. NGINX and IoT: Adding Protocol Awareness for MQTT, by Liam Crilly. Buckle up for a 30-minute talk about the current state of IoT data and a demo that tackles MQTT, TLS, load balancing, session persistence, and plenty more.
  4. Choosing Your IoT Platform: Should You Go Open Source? By Igor Ilunin. This detailed analysis of managed cloud IoT services vs. open source IoT platforms considers essential criteria for IoT development and the costs to be aware of.
  5. Playing With IoT, MQTT, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi, by Gonzalo Ayuso. Follow along with the code or watch the video to see how to set up a real-time dashboard using an Arduino, a Raspberry Pi, and MQTT.

IoT Around the Web

Going Global

As much as press releases tend to bore me to tears, this announcement by Silver Spring Networks caught my attention. The California, USA-based company announced that it was expanding its developer program to include most European countries and a handful in the Middle East. The expansion includes a developer portal, a dev kit for Arduino boards, and Silver Spring's IoT Edge Router.

The State of Smart Cities

This nifty write-up by Alex Chatha of Industrial-IoT.com is a pretty solid look at what's going on for smart city development around the globe. According to the summary, there are a lot of interesting projects going on in Europe, and it's great to see the interest in smart cities still growing.

A DIY Parking Spot Finder

And it wouldn't be an IoT recap without a cool project you can work on. Check out this awesome proposal for a smart parking system that uses a Raspberry Pi, an Arduino, a Genuino, a sensor, and Artik Cloud.

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