A four step plan to secure the Internet of Things

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The Internet of Things revolution is gearing up to dramatically alter various industrial sectors including manufacturing, healthcare, energy and transportation, which together account for nearly two-thirds of the global GDP. While this promises to bring unprecedented opportunities to business and society, it also opens up various vulnerabilities and security threats. We have already heard news of baby monitors, medical gadgets and smart lights being either hacked or proven...

By Sukamal Banerjee, 03 August 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Development, IoT, Security.

ARM boosts IoT security team in Israel with recruitment drive

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ARM has recruited almost 40 engineers at its Internet of Things (IoT) engineering team at the Kfar Netter design centre in Israel.

These employees will work with the 90 engineers who joined ARM from Sansa Security in 2015. This development ensures the design centre is among ARM's top ten design centres by size. The centre is providing a base for work on ARM security products such as ARM TrustZone technology and SecurCore processor IP.

Mike Muller, chief technology officer at ARM,...

By IoT News, 02 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

CompTIA argues how the channel can benefit from IoT offerings in new research

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New research from technology industry trade association CompTIA has found that companies across the information technology (IT) channel are aware and making use of revenue prospects related to the Internet of Things (IoT).

The report, titled “Internet of Things Trends and Opportunities”, has revealed that the number of channel companies gaining revenue from IoT offerings grew from 8% in 2015 to 23% in 2016. Additionally, one-third of channel firms anticipate revenue from...

By IoT News, 02 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

Why the IoT is a ‘tech breakthrough megatrend’…along with VR, AI, and more

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Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) has named the Internet of Things (IoT) alongside virtual reality, artificial intelligence and 3D printing as one of the eight core technological breakthroughs that the C-suite should “absolutely” consider.

Admitting that none of the technologies picked – including augmented reality, blockchain, drones, and robotics – would be of any surprise to CEOs given the “breathless” coverage often afforded to...

By James Bourne, 01 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT.

iHome announces compatibility of SmartPlug products with Amazon Alexa devices

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In order to further the relevance of its iHome Control product line, iHome has announced the compatibility of its SmartPlug products with Amazon Alexa devices, including Amazon Echo, Amazon Tap, Echo Dot and Amazon Fire TV.

iHome WiFi SmartPlug is capable of converting any connected device into a smart device. The addition of an Amazon Alexa device to their iHome SmartPlug network allows customers to use their voice to control their smart home.

Gary Schultz, director of business and...

By IoT News, 01 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Thread Group and Open Connectivity Foundation to collaborate on connected home adoption

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With a view to further cross-application interoperability and device connectivity in the connected home, the Thread Group and the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) have inked a liaison agreement.

Both organisations – which share many member companies – will collaborate to ensure compatibility of OCF's application layer with Thread's low-power, secure and scalable IPv6-based wireless mesh network layer.

Thread Group president, Grant Erickson, said: “Thread Group...

By IoT News, 29 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes, Standards.

IoT failing to gain traction among federal government agencies, research argues

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The Center for Data Innovation has released analysis that reveals that federal government agencies have fallen behind in terms of adoption of IoT technology - as only a few have shown openness to innovation.

The analysis argues that agencies need to push through a number of reforms in order to dispel restrictions that hold back more adoption of IoT technology.

Daniel Castro, the Center’s director and the report’s lead author, said: “A few early adopters in the...

By IoT News, 28 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT.

Robotics, automation, and how a strong network is needed to connect it all up

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Cutting-edge robots and other advanced smart machines are set to be added into the rapidly expanding Internet of Things, which is projected to reach 25 billion devices by 2020. Robotics has already been used in manufacturing to great effect for over a decade, performing delicate and precise tasks with a higher success rate than humans. With advancements such...

By Manish Sablokk, 27 July 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

Netclearance boosts workforce IoT space with “mBeaconCard” smart badge

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Netclearance has introduced a wearable identity card that facilitates access control, indoor location tracking and contactless payments.

Known as the mBeaconCard, the smart badge contains Bluetooth LE and NFC chips that work with designated readers to facilitate workforce analytics. The mBeaconCard is an application of workforce IoT with its features covering employee safety.

The mBeaconCard aims to make smartphone apps or key fobs redundant as it allows employers in institutions...

By IoT News, 27 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

Why combining software monetisation and IoT is the future of manufacturing

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In an increasingly connected world, where every business is now trying to be a technology company, manufacturers are at a crossroads. Those on the hardware side are waking up to the realisation that their industry is starting to embrace software, and the benefits it brings to themselves and their customers, and they must decide if they want to follow suit.

This transition to software brings with it the opportunity for manufacturers to unlock previously untapped revenues and technologies...

By Jamie Longmuir, 26 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

Sopra Steria offers comprehensive support to IoT projects with IoT Line

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IDC projects that the market for connected objects will be worth $7 trillion by 2020 – and in view of this, Sopra Steria, a European IT consultancy firm, has launched a comprehensive solution that provides general support for connected objects.

The company’s offering facilitates digital transformation in order to boost growth and ensure implementation of agile business models. Guillaume Roy, IoT digital practice director at Sopra Steria, said: “With the launch of...

By IoT News, 26 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

Impinj outlines details of IPO as shares soar

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Impinj has provided details on the pricing of its initial public offering (IPO). The company is a provider of solutions for identifying, locating and authenticating everyday items using RAIN RFID. A month ago, the company had filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the proposed initial public offering of its common stock.

The IPO concerns 4,800,000 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $14.00 per share. Additionally, Impinj has...

By IoT News, 25 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT.

Revenue growth in US consumer tech driven by emerging technology and IoT adoption

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The Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) semi-annual forecast revealed that retail revenues in the US consumer technology industry will total $286.6 billion ($224 billion wholesale) in 2016 on account of increase in adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) and fervour for emerging technology. The report holds that sales of technology products such as wearables, smart home devices and drones will see a 1.3% year-on-year increase.

Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA, said:...

By IoT News, 22 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

Why developing smart agriculture via the IoT is set to become key

Developing smarter agriculture tools through IoT technologies is vital, according to analysis from Libelium and Beecham Research, if a forecast from the food and agriculture arm of the United Nations (FAO) is to be believed.

The FAO argues that worldwide food production should see a 70% increase by 2050 to cater to the needs of 9.6 billion people and that developing smart agriculture with IoT technologies is crucial to meeting this goal. As a result, the two companies have released a whitepaper that details...

By IoT News, 21 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

High prices and scepticism hinder adoption of IoT in home among UK consumers

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A report from Deloitte has found that while potential customers of IoT-in-the-home products know of the advantages of the technology, adoption is being hindered by scepticism and perceived high prices. IoT-in-the-home products range from smart TVs and wireless speakers to connected kettles and smart lighting systems.

“It is clear from our research that we will see a gradual uptake in IoT devices for the home – not overnight adoption,” said Ben Perkins, Deloitte head of...

By IoT News, 21 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Philadelphia looks to take forward vision of smart city by inviting ideas to leverage IoT

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The city of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology is inviting technologists, telecommunications specialists, advertising agencies, social entrepreneurs, engineers, architects, designers, NGOs, and general city enthusiasts working locally or internationally to submit ideas to leverage the IoT and further the city’s future as a smart city.

Philadelphia is looking to undertake projects using a revenue sharing, public private partnership model in order to deliver...

By IoT News, 20 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Double standards: ABI Research argues importance of 3GPP IoT for radio node units

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ABI Research argues that the new 3GPP IoT standards will comprise over 50% of cellular IoT radio node unit shipments by 2021. Of the new standards, NB-IoT (NarrowBand-IoT) will account for over 70% of Release 13 shipments and more than one third of all cellular IoT shipments. This value or figure is much more than legacy M2M or the current Cat-1 standard.

Nick Marshall, Research Director at ABI Research, said: “While some in the industry view the new 3GPP standards as...

By IoT News, 20 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

How airlines are taking advantage of the potential of the Internet of Things

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Air travel may be a normal part of life for most people, but it can often get unpleasant. Complaints regarding flights, airports, and airlines have become a common occurrence, making the drive to the nearest airport one filled with dread. Many travellers wonder what will go wrong this time or simply dislike the idea of being crammed in a tiny space for several hours.

While there is no magic bullet that will transform air travel into a pleasant, enjoyable experience, there’s a...

By Rick Delgado, 18 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

AT&T and IBM collaborate to provide developers with IoT tools on IBM Cloud

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The VisionMobile 2016 Internet of Things Megatrends report reveals that the number of active developers in the IoT will double from an estimated 5 million at present to close to 10 million by 2020. As businesses work towards the efficient development of IoT solutions, they must maintain competitiveness by investing in developers. Against this backdrop, AT&T and IBM are combining their abilities in cognitive computing and global connectivity to formulate open standards-based...

By IoT News, 15 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.