Strategy Analytics looks to better segment smart home customers with new analysis

Research firm Strategy Analytics has announced the availability of a new customer segmentation for Western Europe to help service providers better understand their potential customers and help their marketing and communications strategies.

The company came up with seven potential categories, taken from a total of 6351 smartphone owners who either own or rent their residences across France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK.

In what might perhaps be seen as an indicator for the industry at large, the biggest...

By IoT News, 21 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

MediaTek partners with HERE to enable advanced positioning services for IoT devices

MediaTek has announced a partnership with HERE to use the company’s advancing positioning solutions for IoT devices.

The company powers an increasing number of IoT devices with their processors and today’s announcement will improve the capabilities of future devices using select MediaTek chipsets such as the MT2503 product family.

"We are pleased to work with HERE to connect the next billion to the devices and technologies they want," said YuChuan Yang, Deputy General Manager...

By Ryan Daws, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

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.

Amnesia is yet another IoT botnet – targets global DVRs

As expected, yet another IoT botnet has reared its ugly head. Discovered by Palo Alto Networks’ specialist Unit 42 security researchers, the new variant of the ‘Tsunami’ IoT/Linux botnet exploits an unpatched remote code execution vulnerability in DVR devices that was publicly disclosed over a year ago.

The affected DVRs are made by TVT Digital but branded and distributed by over 70 vendors around the world. Palo Alto Networks estimates the vulnerability affects approximately...

By Ryan Daws, 07 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, 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.

Google Home will take on Amazon for control of UK smart homes

Google Home will launch in the UK on April 6th and go head-to-head against the popular Amazon Echo for control of IoT technology in smart homes.

The launch of Home in the UK provides a big opportunity for Google and represents just the second major market the device has launched in outside the US. Google Home will face strong competition from Amazon Echo – a competitor which has been available since September last year and garnered a loyal following.

Google has announced some new partners...

By Ryan Daws, 28 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

IDC and CCS Insight outlook indicates optimism for wearables market

After a slowdown in 2016, the overall wearables market is expected to return to strong growth, according to new data from IDC’s worldwide quarterly wearable device tracker.

New vendors, emerging form factors, and an expanded number of retail outlets will drive worldwide wearable device shipments from 102.4 million in 2016 to 237.5 million in 2021, a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.3%.

Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst for IDC mobile device trackers, said: “With the shift...

By IoT News, 22 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Smart Homes, Wearables.

Review: Alexa makes the Logi ZeroTouch worth a second look

A recent update for the Logi ZeroTouch added support for Alexa, and we think it's made the car hands-free kit worth a second look.

When the ZeroTouch was first released it was a fairly standard product without a standout feature to warrant its high price tag. Two models of the mount are on the market – the air vent version has an RRP of $59.99 (£49.99) while the dash model is $79.99 (£59.99).

An update earlier this month added Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa to...

By Ryan Daws, 24 February 2017, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Amazon refuses to hand over data from IoT speaker Echo in murder case

Amazon is refusing to hand over voice recordings from its Echo speaker to prosecutors hoping to use the IoT data as evidence against the suspect in a murder case.

Many IoT devices collect sensor data about the environment around them and even the smallest details could be used to build a picture of present or past events. As more IoT devices enter consumer homes, that data can be used to understand what led to events such as the tragic murder of Victor Collins.

Mr. Collins was...

By Ryan Daws, 23 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

IoT botnet Mirai becomes more contagious

Mirai, the IoT botnet which caused record-breaking DDoS attacks last year, has become even more contagious due to a Windows variant.

Spotted by Kaspersky Labs, their security experts are in the process of analysing the first Windows-based spreader of the malware which is believed to have attacked 500 systems in the past couple of months. From the initial analysis, Kaspersky believes the new bot was developed by someone with a higher degree of skill than Mirai’s initial creators.

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.