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Mar 04, 2016

Gartner, a research company, released survey results Thursday that show 14 percent of enterprises will deploy IoT for the first time this year, a big rise from the 29 percent already using it. And while most early adopters were looking inward and trying to save money, the next generation wants to use IoT to better serve its customers, and create unique benefits that will separate companies from their competitors.


Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) is leading a bipartisan group of senators on a bill that aims to help government foster the growth of cutting-edge Internet of Things technology. The Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things Act is designed as an early step for government work on the IoT. The bill is mainly concerned that government stay ahead of potential spectrum needs created by the explosion in connected devices. More than 50 billion devices, including health wearables and home appliances, are expected to be connected to the Internet by 2020.

The connected home is only a small fragment of the Internet of Things (IoT). Perceptive technologists and developers are exploring city- and country-size opportunities built around data exchange portals that enable ‘smart,’ digital citizens and enterprises to mix and match connected technologies to complete limitless tasks.

Pharmacy Safety + Zika Epidemic

The White House is inviting officials involved in mosquito control and public health to an April 1 summit at the CDC's Atlanta headquarters to talk about how best to track and control the spread of the virus, and respond when people are affected. Google is also donating $1 million to fight the spread of the Zika virus and help engineers and data scientists determine where it will hit next.

How do you solve a problem like the Zika Virus? Biotech entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong says that immunotherapies can tackle cancer as well as infections.

Dulas has been awarded over $80,000 of funding from the Welsh government’s SMARTCymru program, to support the development of its battery-free, solar-powered fridges.

Food Safety

Canada was told 20 months ago by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that it needed to fix operational or procedural food safety weaknesses involving government oversight, sanitation and microbiological testing. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency now has only until mid-March to make those improvements.

The National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) is poised to review Listeria monocytogenes control at retail outlets and consider mandatory features on the labels of processed, not-ready-to-eat products that appear as ready-to-eat. A two-day public meeting is set for March 29-30 at the Patriot Plaza III building in Washington, DC.

Labeling food in interstate commerce might come up enough in U.S. law and regulations for the federal government to claim it’s already pre-empted the subject from the states. However, with a July 1 deadline for compliance with a Vermont law requiring the labeling of food with any ingredients that are genetically modified, Congress now appears to want to be sure the states butt out.

This week, roughly 1,000 food safety leaders from over 60 countries have come together as part of the Global Food Safety Initiative’s 15th annual Global Food Safety Conference (GFSC) in Berlin, Germany. These experts have convened with one goal in mind--to make a change in the world and advance food safety globally.

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