A look at the role of SDN in the development of smart cities

South Korea’s “Global Digital Seoul 2020” initiative is a four-year plan to deploy enough free Wi-Fi to cover the entire city, including buses and trains. The free Wi-Fi portion of this initiative is scheduled to be completed by 2017, but the overall plan extends well beyond Wi-Fi. Seoul is planning to be a leader in smart city technology, which includes projects like real-time parking availability.

By Jay Turner, 18 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

Editorial: IoT malware could save us from our devices

Following events in the past year, the narrative around IoT has shifted from excitement to concern about the digital and physical threat it poses. The creator of malware which bricks insecure devices is suspected to be a vigilante hacker who aims to save us from our machines.

BrickerBot, as the malware is known, searches for BusyBox-based Linux devices with exposed Telnet ports and proceeds to brute-force its way into the device. From there, BrickerBot corrupts the compromised device’s storage...

By Ryan Daws, 11 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Microsoft aims to secure low-cost IoT devices with Project Sopris

Microsoft hopes its Project Sopris initiative will help to secure low-cost IoT devices which have proven to have inherent weaknesses.

Sopris is the name Microsoft has given to an initiative which targets microcontrollers as they represent “a class of device particularly ill-prepared for the security challenges of internet connectivity.”

Tens of billions of devices use microcontrollers and each poses a potential threat to security and privacy. We’ve already seen...

By Ryan Daws, 06 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Telensa moves IoT manufacturing to UK after review of world facilities – a vote of confidence as Brexit is triggered

Telensa is moving its manufacturing of IoT products to the UK from Asia after a ‘strategic review’ of world facilities – offering a vote of confidence on the day the country notifies the EU of its decision to leave the bloc.

Operations will move to the Sony UK Technology Centre in Pencoed, Wales. Telensa currently has a global footprint of over one million devices across the world, including wireless controls for one in ten of the UK’s street lights. Last year, the company...

By Ryan Daws, 29 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Toyota and NTT team up for platform and R&D around connected cars

Toyota will work with Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) to develop, verify and standardised technology in the connected car field, the company has announced.

Both companies will conduct joint R&D of technologies necessary for solving various issues ranging from traffic accidents, congestion, to provide customers with new mobility services that are aimed at realising a sustainable Smart Mobility Society in the future at global level.

The collaboration will further lead to create technologies...

By IoT News, 28 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Uber halts its self-driving car trials in Arizona following a crash

Uber will be halting trials of its self-driving cars in Arizona following a collision between one of its vehicles and another road user.

While the accident could have stoked fears about how reliable self-driving technology is, the incident may work in favour of Uber. Local police concluded the company’s vehicle was not at fault and the other car failed to yield which caused Uber’s Volvo SUV to flip – as seen in this spectacular photo.

By Ryan Daws, 27 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Cincinnati and Philadelphia moving ahead with smart city projects

Plenty of cities are pushing through small-scale projects in order to eventually create a utopian ‘smart city’ – more than 175 cities around the world, according to Navigant Research – and now Cincinnati and Philadelphia are getting behind their own projects for smarter applications and greater Wi-Fi accessibility respectively.

The City of Cincinnati yesterday issued a request for...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

Why smart cities need to become much smarter to deliver the full benefit

Deployments of smart cities need to become smarter if they are to deliver on the promise of a connected society and provide true value to authorities, businesses and citizens.

That’s the verdict from oneM2M, a global standards initiative for M2M connections and the Internet of Things (IoT), following a new whitepaper titled ‘Smart Cities Done Smarter’.

The report mentions Persistence Market Research’s forecast of the worldwide smart cities market that it will grow from its current $622...

By IoT News, 20 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

More than 250 smart city projects exist today – with focus on government and energy

More than 250 smart city projects exist in 178 cities around the world, with the majority focusing on government and energy initiatives followed by transportation, buildings and water, according to Navigant Research.

The analyst firm has released a new report titled “Smart City Tracker 1Q17” that examines the current state of global smart city development, covering the related aspects of the smart energy, smart water, smart transportation, smart buildings, and smart governments sectors, segmented...

By IoT News, 17 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities.

San Diego gets smart(er) with intelligent lighting network

San Diego is on a path of transformation: the Californian metropolis has recently joined forces with Current, powered by GE, to power the city with smartness of IoT sensor platform.

Current specialises in creating intelligent environments for commercial buildings and industrial facilities. The company will install its CityIQ sensor nodes on 3,200 of the city’s street light poles as an upgrade to the present 14,000 light fixtures to new Current’s Evolve LED luminaires.

The $30 million open data...

By IoT News, 09 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities.