IoT news of the week for July 24, 2020

InfluxData gets adopted by PTC : InfluxData is a popular time series database that PTC has now embedded into its ThingWorx platform, bringing the database to many more potential IoT customers. Time series databases are great for the IoT because they are a means of storing relatively simple information that can come in at high velocity. They typically store a measurement and a time, such as the temperature of an item and when that temp was taken. InfluxData also added a cloud-based integration with Microsoft Azure, which means that companies can now turn to InfluxData when they want to send data to the cloud. ( ZDNet )  — Stacey Higginbotham
Bosch Sensortec  will now certify some of its gear for a decade to make industrial customers happy : In the IT world, 10 years is an eternity (imagine using your 2010 computer or your iPhone 4 today), but in the industrial world factories are amortized in 30- or even 50-year increments. This disconnect means that IT vendors are trying to push the limits on how long they will support their gear while industrial buyers grudgingly accept that software and IT hardware aren’t available for their time frames. In general, we see vendors willing to support silicon and devices for roughly 7-10 years. To help address this disconnect, Bosch Sensortec has just created a longevity program for industrial, agricultural, and even medical clients. The program will include a broad-based vibration sensor, an accelerometer, and a barometric pressure sensor. ( EEJournal )  — Stacey Higginbotham
Arduino announces an app for its IoT cloud service : Arduino makes several computing boards that combine a microcontroller, radios, and lots of pins so developers can attach all kinds of lights, servos, and other functions to the board. And now they can control the board and see the data coming from it using a mobile app as opposed to the web-based app. It’s iOS-only for the time being, but an Android app is in the works. ( Arduino )  — Stacey Higginbotham
Siemens is embracing flexible work policies (and will use what it learns to sell remote tools to other enterprises) : The coronavirus is pushing more companies to evaluate their current office environments. But while there’s a ton of talk about remote work becoming the new norm, changing more than a century of office work is a daunting task. Siemens, however, is going to try, announcing that it will embrace a hybrid of remote and in-office work based on the legal requirements of the countries where employees live, the demands of the jobs being performed, and employee-specific preferences. Siemens has been using its own smart building tech and other software to ensure that workers can collaborate during the lockdown, which will undoubtedly help it package up compelling software to sell to other large companies that are coming to similar conclusions about the future of work. The story and quotes are worth a read. I think Siemens is serious. (...