Consumer Watchdog: Mass cyberattack could result in control of connected cars

A report from Consumer Watchdog features 20 anonymous whistleblowers from the connected car industry voicing their concerns about cyberattacks.

Automotive giants are racing to pack their vehicles with connected technology which improves the driving experience and helps their cars stand out. As in any such race, safety considerations often aren’t given the priority required.

Connected technologies such as remote engine starts, adjusting the climate via smartphone, and increasingly automated driving and...

By Ryan Daws, 01 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.

Ford will test connected cars on its own LTE/5G network

American automotive giant Ford is building its own LTE/5G network to test connected cars in a private environment.

Ford’s network will be set up at its campus in Dearborn, Michigan. The network will operate in the 3.5GHz CBRS band and use equipment from Ericsson, Juniper, and Dell.

The company has filed a request with the FCC for permission to build a test network in the spectrum band. 

Little information about Ford’s plans can be extracted from

By Ryan Daws, 30 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

The top 10 IoT startups of 2019 – according to IoT Analytics

  • IoT startups have received $3.6B in funding this year alone, according to IoT Analytics’ estimates
  • Manufacturing is attracting the highest percentage of vertically-focused IoT startups at 30%
  • 43% of all IoT startups are founded in North America, the leading region globally of startup activity
  • 7 of the top 10 IoT startups primarily focus on AI, analytics, and data science
  • 46% of all IoT startups tracked by IoT Analytics primarily focus on AI, analytics, and data science

These and many other fascinating insights are from IoT...

By Louis Columbus, 29 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

IoT Community and CertNexus team up in attempt to close global industry skills gap

CertNexus, a global provider of certifications for IT, business, and security professionals, has partnered with the Internet of Things Community (IoT Community) in order to boost the rapidly expanding IoT skills gap.

Both companies have reached an agreement that provides the industry workshops and other training solutions to the Certified Internet of Things Practitioner (CIoTP), the only ANSI/ISO 17204-accredited IoT certification in...

By IoT News, 26 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Balena raises $14.4m in series B funding to help bring the edge to developers

Washington-based software firm Balena has raised $14.4m (£11.52m) in its latest series B investment round led by OpenView, along with existing investors, such as Threshold Ventures, Aspect Ventures, and GE Ventures.

Balena, which was earlier known as resin.io, focuses on unlocking the potential of physical computing by removing friction for IoT fleet owners. The company’s full-stack platform provides a comprehensive, end-to-end solution that makes it easier for developers to build...

By IoT News, 25 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

Amazon in-car delivery expands to Honda and Acura vehicles

Amazon has expanded its unique in-car delivery service to newer vehicle models from Honda and Acura.

No-one likes missing parcel deliveries: they could be important to have that day, and often it means having to go on a jaunt to your local delivery office.

You could have a parcel left on your porch at risk of it being stolen, but Amazon has been looking at other possibilities. One of the potential solutions was a digital key allowing Amazon delivery drivers to let themselves in your home to put the parcel...

By Ryan Daws, 24 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Global semiconductor revenue to decline by 9.6% year on year in 2019, says Gartner

Gartner’s latest report has predicted a global decline in semiconductor revenue this year.

According to the market researcher, the revenue will decrease $429b (£344b), which is a decline of 9.6% from $475b (£380b) in 2018. This is also a decline from previous quarter’s forecast of -3.4%.

Gartner says that a demand-driven oversupply in the DRAM market will be...

By IoT News, 24 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

BMW and Tencent to develop self-driving cars together

BMW and Tencent Holdings have joined hands to develop self-driving cars in their newly planned computing centre that is said to start operations by the end of 2019. 

This new computing centre will provide cars with data-crunching capabilities that will help them drive semi-autonomously and ultimately in autonomous mode. The centre, built in the eastern city of Tianjin, will support BMW’s autonomous driving development and innovation in China, said Jochen Goller, head of BMW’s China...

By IoT News, 23 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

IoT for agriculture use cases: Oizom monitors soil irrigation for healthier crops

Ahmedabad-based Oizom – a provider of environmental IoT solutions – is leveraging Semtech Corporation’s LoRa devices and Tata Communications’ LoRaWAN-based networking infrastructure for its new Agribot smart agriculture solution, which is designed to offer farmers real-time insight into the health of their crops by monitoring soil conditions, including humidity and pH levels.

The LoRa-based sensors in...

By IoT News, 22 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

IBM X-Force: Mirai is increasingly targeting enterprise IoT devices

Researchers from IBM X-Force have found variants of the infamous IoT botnet Mirai are increasingly targeting enterprise devices.

Mirai caused havoc in 2016 when it was used to flood DNS provider Dyn with unprecedented amounts of traffic. Dyn’s downtime impacted some of the world’s most popular services including Twitter, Spotify, PlayStation Network, GitHub, Netflix, and Soundcloud.

There are more than 60 known variants of Mirai. Typically, these variants have sought to infect easily hackable...

By Ryan Daws, 19 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Security.