Microsoft acquires Express Logic to further accelerate IoT development

The Internet of Things (IoT) is naturally all about devices of all shapes and sizes, from connected lightbulbs to large medical units – but what about the operating systems powering them? Microsoft evidently has this in mind with its latest play.

The company has announced the acquisition of Express Logic, a provider of real-time operating systems (RTOS) for microcontroller units (MCUs). The move will see Microsoft...

By James Bourne, 23 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Standards.

Report: Global semiconductor revenue increased 12.5% year on year in 2018

Global semiconductor revenue increased by 12.5% year on year to £362.9 billion in 2018 compared to the previous year, according to a new study from Gartner. 

The report found that 2018 growth was weaker compared with 2017, which was 21.9%. The reason for this downturn was memory growth decreasing to 24.9%, versus 2017 growth of 61.8%.

Andrew Norwood, research VP at Gartner said: “Despite slowing growth, the memory market was still the largest semiconductor market, accounting for 34.3% of...

By IoT News, 11 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT, Standards.

UK launches ‘centre of excellence’ for IoT cybersecurity

A dedicated ‘centre of excellence’ for developing and promoting IoT cybersecurity standards has been launched in the UK.

The so-called PETRAS (privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security) National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity aims to establish the UK as a leader in the field.

Professor Jeremy Watson CBE FREng, PETRAS Director & Professor of Engineering Systems at UCL STEaPP, said:

“The centre’s ultimate aim is, by...

By Ryan Daws, 04 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IIoT, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Standards.

Seleta Reynolds, LADOT: On making Los Angeles smarter through collaboration in transportation

MWC19 “Whatever the problem is that you’re trying to solve in Los Angeles, you can probably solve it in a lot of cities,” explains Seleta Reynolds, general manager at the LA Department of Transportation (LADOT). At least in the United States, anyway.

“[US cities] are all very car-dependent, they have spotty public transit networks, they have relatively low densities compared to a lot of...

By James Bourne, 05 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Ericsson IoT chief on AI, 5G, and connecting 'things' instead of ‘a thing’

We spoke to Ericsson IoT Head Jeff Travers during MWC 2019 about where the industry is heading and how emerging technologies are opening new possibilities.

A running theme of this year’s event was how technologies such as the IoT, 5G, AI, and blockchain are converging in powerful ways. Last year was a lot of talk about their potential, this year we’re seeing more actual deployments.

Transportation is one area where the IoT is having a major impact. The morning of our interview, Ericsson announced...

Nigel Stanley, TÜV Rheinland: Exploring differences in IT and OT to get cybersecurity right in industrial systems

Towards the end of 2017, researchers from cybersecurity firm Dragos detected a foiled malware attack which, even though it wasn’t successful, had serious repercussions for anyone working in industrial environments.

The malware, known predominantly as Triton but also going under the monikers of Trisis or HatMan, targeted petrochemical plants in the Middle East. What marked it out from other attacks was that it focused on...

By James Bourne, 19 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, Security, Standards.

IDC notes how Asia Pacific is set to become global IoT spending leader in 2019

The recently published IDC Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide has predicted that the Asia Pacific region, excluding Japan (APEJ), will spend around 36.9% of the worldwide spend, making it the global leader for IoT spending in 2019. Following APEJ will be the US and Western Europe with 26.1% of the WW IoT spend in 2019, respectively.

In 2018, China spent £123.57bn, making it the top spender in the...

By IoT News, 14 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IoT, Standards.

Extreme Networks launches Defender for IoT with aim to secure edge devices

Extreme Networks, a California-based network equipment supplier, has launched Defender for IoT, which aims to help organisations secure edge and IoT devices.

Defender for IoT, which is part of the company’s Smart OmniEdge solution, can be deployed on any network by anyone, which means no technical expertise is required at all. It is so easy that even a non-technical staff at schools, hospitals, retailers, and hospitality...

By IoT News, 05 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Security, Standards.

Silicon Labs bets on Bluetooth for IoT-based location services

US-based fabless semiconductor firm Silicon Labs has introduced its new Bluetooth-based direction finding solution, which is said to be the industry’s most comprehensive connectivity solution for the Internet of Things.

The company’s retail, industrial and commercial customers can improve their location-based services like asset tracking, indoor navigation, space utilisation, and point-of-interest engagement, with...

By IoT News, 30 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

Why cellular IoT is the only option for wearable devices

The wearable device market has grown tremendously over the last six years, from just $750 million in 2012 to almost $6 billion today. Following their rollout out last year, LTE-M and NB-IoT networks have matured, with increasingly more markets adopting cellular IoT as the only true long-term option for connecting the vast majority of emerging applications. This is perhaps most evident in the wearable space where cellular has a clear advantage...

By Ilan Reingold, 29 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards, Wearables.