FBI posts a warning to parents about IoT gadgets

The FBI has posted a ‘consumer notice’ to consumers with children about the dangers of IoT gadgets.

Anyone who follows the computing industry will be aware of the dangers of insecure IoT devices. Some of the potential threats are external of the home, such as devices being hijacked to carry out attacks. Others can be internal and pose a danger to your family’s privacy, such as a hacked webcam.

The FBI makes the following recommendations:

  • Research for any known reported security issues online to include, but not limited to:

  • Only connect and use toys in environments with trusted and secured Wi-Fi Internet...

By Ryan Daws, 19 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

Bluetooth ups its IoT cred with mesh networking

In the ongoing fight to become a dominant wireless standard for the IoT, an update to Bluetooth has provided mesh networking capabilities.

"By adding support for mesh networking, the Bluetooth member community is continuing a long history of focused innovation to help new, up-and-coming markets flourish," said Mark Powell, executive director for Bluetooth SIG, Inc. "In the same way the connected device market experienced rapid growth after the introduction of 

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2017, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Standards.

WaterGroup to leverage its smart water metering solutions using Thinxtra’s LPWAN

WaterGroup, a leading smart water meter provider in Australia, has signed a five-year agreement with Thinxtra. WaterGroup will make use of Thinxtra’s Sigfox Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) to boost the capabilities of its IoT smart water meter connections.

WaterGroup, after having spent 24 months researching and developing multiple LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) wireless technologies, found the Sigfox technology most suitable to fit its needs. Thinxtra is expecting the Sigfox network to cover...

By IoT News, 17 July 2017, 2 comments. Categories: Smart Homes.

Bevi raises $16.5 million in series B to ramp up smart vending machines

Smart beverage machine maker Bevi has raised $16.5 million in a series B funding round conducted by Trinity Ventures, with an ongoing support from Horizons Ventures and Tamarisc.

The funding will be used to expand its presence throughout the US, the company said. A part of the funding will be used towards launching their new counter-top beverage dispenser model, and also towards speeding up the development of IoT-enabled technology to enable consumers to customise their beverages at the point of use.

The new...

By IoT News, 14 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Nvidia and Baidu announce collaboration on AI in the car, home, and cloud

Nvidia and Chinese giant Baidu have announced plans to collaborate on AI technology for self-driving vehicles, cloud computing, and home assistants.

The announcement was made during Baidu's AI developer conference in Beijing. Baidu president and COO Qi Lu described his company's plans to work with NVIDIA to:

  • Bring next-generation NVIDIA® Volta™ GPUs to Baidu Cloud, providing cloud customers with the world's leading deep learning platform.

  • Adopt NVIDIA's DRIVE™ PX platform for Baidu's self-driving car initiative, and develop self-driving cars with...

By Ryan Daws, 06 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Homes.

Alexa’s CV now features over 15,000 skills

Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa has surpassed 15,000 skills – up from 10,000 in February.

For users of Alexa-enabled devices like Amazon’s own popular Echo line – which currently includes the Echo speaker and Echo Dot, and will soon include the Echo Show – the vast number of new voice-powered apps has greatly expanded the assistant’s capabilities.

The 15,000 skills figure was reported by Voicebot following an analysis of skills available in...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Mueller Systems and Senet partner for smart water management in North America

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Mueller Systems and Senet have partnered to introduce new advancements to water utilities through usage of smart-water metering throughout North America.

Mueller Systems, provider of smart metering solutions to optimise the delivery and use of water, will employ the services of Senet, the first and fastest growing provider of low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) with its class-leading LoRa modulation for IoT/M2M applications in North America to boost its AMI solution and Mi.Net...

By IoT News, 26 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Amazon releases API for viewing IoT cameras on Echo Show

Amazon has introduced live video feeds via Alexa on the Echo Show and launched an API for any manufacturer to support it.

Earlier this year Amazon announced the Echo Show, which is due to begin shipping next week. The main difference between the new Echo and its predecessors is that it features a screen for users to interact with.

To boost the Echo Show’s capabilities at launch, Amazon has partnered with companies like Ring, Arlo, Nest, August, EZViz, Vivint, Amcrest, and IC Realtime to...

By Ryan Daws, 22 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Notion raises $10 million in series A to further smart home solutions

IoT smart home sensor startup Notion has announced it has raised $10 million in series A funding, bringing the total to $15m since its launch in 2013.

The company aims to accrue support for its home monitoring sensors, with the funding led by Draper Nexus and TransLink Capital, with additional participation from existing investors including XL Innovate, and Mesh VC.

Notion will leverage its partnerships with three of the top five home-insurance providers and also forge new ones to offer cost-effective loss...

By IoT News, 20 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Qualcomm aims to improve IoT networks with Mesh Networking Platform

Chipset giant Qualcomm has unveiled its Mesh Networking Platform which aims to serve as a reference design for OEMs and broadband carriers to improve the connected home experience for end consumers.

“Qualcomm Technologies helped create a new category of mesh networks that are transforming in-home connectivity,” said Gopi Sirineni, vice president, product management, Qualcomm. “With our new Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform, we are building upon that foundation to...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.