The North Bend Eagle


Emanuel appointed to advise on Things

Published 11/2/22

WASHINGTON — Nick Emanuel of North Bend has been appointed to a federal advisory board to make sure your internet devices keep talking to each other.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has appointed 16 experts for the new Internet of Things Advisory Board to advise the Internet of Things Federal Working Group.

The 16 advisers represent a broad range of disciplines from across academia, industry and civil society, with Emanuel chosen to represent agriculture.

Besides working on the family farm around North Bend, he is the head of product development in the United States for CropX, a precision ag company.

The Internet of Things relates to anything that wirelessly transfers data through the internet. These days that can include everyday “smart” items like refrigerators, thermostats, doorbells, vehicles and more. CropX uses sensors in fields and tractors to instantly relay information on soil conditions and track inputs being applied to crops.

The appointments are the first for the recently established advisory board, which was created in accordance with the requirements of the William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, and in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended.

The board will advise the federal working group on matters including the identification of any federal regulations, programs or policies that may inhibit or promote the development of IoT

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