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May 06, 2016


Hacking a company smartphone or a stolen laptop is well understood as an IP espionage tactic, but what is the implication for the network that device is connected to? This week we're discussing the importance of creating a secure network for your connected devices.


IoT


When it comes to IoT, the key to widespread adoption is how much attention is paid to user experience. And as the application of IoT expands to a broader range of users, design in addition to the technology will be key as well.


Kimberly-Clark has announced the launch of a new Intelligent Restroom app that helps facilities managers better monitor and manage restrooms remotely. Not convinced that’s a good idea? There were some pretty “crappy” IoT applications launched last month.



Pharmacy Safety


Doctors Without Borders protested outside Pfizer offices this week over price of pneumonia vaccines. Pneumonia accounts for 15% of all deaths of children under 5 years old, killing an estimated 922,000 children in 2015.


Two new players have joined the race to develop a Zika vaccine. Hawaii Biotech, developer of molecular vaccines for West Nile virus and dengue fever, has begun creating a vaccine, and Pharos Biologicals, a new Baltimore-based vaccine development firm, says it expects to begin initial human trials this fall.



Food Safety


There are deep divisions over the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Washington sources say the deal is foundering over strict EU food safety laws. Greenpeace is specifically claiming that the deal would lower food safety standards.


The FDA is reporting that Dole officials knew a  salad plant was contaminated with Listeria for a year and a half before they shut it down. Here’s how mobile, cloud, and IoT technology could help prevent future cases of foodborne illness.


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