Welcome to the weekly podcast! We are moving to Black Friday in October due to a lack of chips and shipping delays. Meanwhile, Amazon is working on a smart refrigerator, Google is trying to use a $ 10 monthly subscription and Nest thermostats to help people get green, and it’s also launching new cameras and ways to navigate its displays. Starling Home Hub gets a new feature that allows you to track your Nest cameras on HomeKit devices, and consumers interested in extracting Helium Network chips or participating in building a LoRaWAN network for IoT have another option thanks to RAK Wireless. Kevin and I are also discussing a very nice Kickstarter version of the Boston Robotics Spot. When it’s a small, open-source robot for kids, it doesn’t look so scary. We also discuss some cyber security research on industrial controls at Nozomi. We end by answering a listener’s question about where to sell your old smart home appliances and how to prepare them for sale.
This week’s guest is Sanjeet Pandit, global head of smart cities and digital transformation at Qualcomm. It’s on the show a week after Qualcomm hosted a smart city event, where it added new SaaS-based smart city services. We are talking about how the pandemic has changed what municipalities want from technology companies and how they redefine what is needed to make a smart city. Pandit did not answer many of my questions about how cities pay for these services or which of them implemented some of the more futuristic services, such as predictive traffic management, telling me that cities must decide when they talk about their implementations. But he assures me that many cities are making investments that far exceed smart lighting, and for now, I will have to believe it and hope to see which municipalities start making ads.