How Japan is using cellular IoT to lead the way for mass smart metering deployment

As the Internet of Things continues to advance, the smart metering market is expected to explode. Influenced by rising energy prices, increases of energy theft, demand for more accurate billing and a heightened awareness of energy conservation, the global market is expected to reach nearly $20 billion by 2022.

Nowhere is this more evident than in Japan where, following the

By Ilan Reingold, 30 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Orange sets up Spanish smart home security subscriber service

Orange has partnered with Tyco to launch a smartphone-based ‘smart security’ service, exclusive to Orange customers in Spain.

This service connects a user’s home to Tyco’s Monitoring Centre, ensures 24-hour connection with the police and monitoring by a team having high expertise, and guarantees a response when the alarm is triggered.

The security equipment comprises of a central panel, a motion sensor, a PIR Cam and a keypad, and door/window sensors (which allow users to create...

By IoT News, 12 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Homes.

Smart home revolution gains momentum in Australia, Telsyte says

More than 40% of households in Australia have at least one smart home device, up from 29% in 2016, according to the latest study by Telsyte.

The report, which comes in at 98 pages, also finds the average Australian household has 13.7 Internet connected devices in 2017, with that number expected to increase to 30.7 by 2021. 14 of these are expected to be what Telsyte calls ‘IoT@Home’ devices – smart home devices – in four years’ time. The collective value of the smart home market...

By IoT News, 10 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Amazon sees AI, machine learning, and drones as prime opportunity for UK expansion

In a further commitment to its long-term UK investment, Amazon plans to add 400 staff to its R&D centre in Cambridge to focus on AI, machine learning, and drones.

Engineers hired to work at the centre will include “machine learning scientists, knowledge engineers, data scientists, mathematical modelers, speech scientists, and software engineers.” The new employees will be working on the future of Amazon’s products and services – including the Echo and Kindle lines, and...

By Ryan Daws, 04 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Opinion: What makes a smart home truly smart?

Opinion What makes a smart home smart? An increasing number of companies want to know the answer to that question. According to a recent report from Harbor Research, “the smart home market is gaining substantial momentum, with an estimated 900 million smart devices existing in households across the world today."

At the most basic level, a smart home is one that has sensor-enabled products that are part of the Internet of Things (IoT), plus a way to make...

By Oliver Cockcroft, 03 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Homes.

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.