New partnership looks to bring IoT technologies to rural America

Internet of Things America (IoT America) and Rural Telecommunications of America (RTA) have joined hands to offer IoT-powered wireless, data analytics, and visualisation technologies to customers living and working in rural areas of the country.

The first phase of their collaborative project will see IoT America providing soil monitoring, asset tracking, and tank level monitoring solutions to RTA customers, who live in traditionally...

By IoT News, 21 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

Hyundai debuts self-learning autonomous driving technology

Hyundai has debuted the world’s first autonomous driving technology which self-learns from a driver’s individual style.

A built-in AI observes the driver’s patterns to mimic their style in as safe a manner as possible. The use of a self-learning AI means the autonomous features should more closely replicate that of if the driver was still in full control of the vehicle.

Hyundai is rolling out the feature for cruise control initially and calling it Smart Cruise Control-Machine Learning...

By Ryan Daws, 21 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Smarter manufacturing: How Ubisense aims to bring together the physical and the digital

Adrian Jennings, chief product advocate at Ubisense, has a useful analogy for why implementation of enterprise-focused IoT initiatives invariably struggle. Imaging that you kept losing your slippers, and that every time you found them there would be the innocent yet entirely guilty face of your new puppy staring back at you. What do you do?

By James Bourne, 16 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, Enterprise, IIoT, Manufacturing.

Penn State students say they can improve IoT device security through combined techniques

A team of students at the Penn State World Campus say they have developed a multi-pronged data analysis approach capable of averting cyberattacks in IoT devices, such as smart TVs, home video cameras, and baby monitors.

One of the students in the team said that more than 20 billion IoT devices would be in operation by 2020 and these devices will be an easy prey to hackers and cyberattackers, as there is no strategy in existence...

By IoT News, 14 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

IoT-focused SaaS provider EMnify secures €8 million in series A funding

EMnify, a Berlin-based IoT and M2M connectivity management platform provider, has raised €8 million (£7m) in a series A funding round, as the company looks to expand its sales and marketing activities.

The recently accumulated funds will help EMnify support its international sales and marketing expansion activities as part of the company’s global rollout of its cloud native cellular connectivity integration...

By IoT News, 14 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

Consumer Reports: Tesla’s Smart Summon is a glitchy ‘science experiment’

Influential magazine Consumer Reports has made it abundantly clear it’s not a fan of Tesla’s Smart Summon feature.

Smart Summon is part of Tesla’s automated parking system. When within 200 feet of their vehicle, a user holds their finger on the Tesla app and it will slowly drive to the person. At least, that’s supposed to be the case.

Consumer Reports says the system is “glitchy” and only works intermittently.

The US magazine is not the only entity questioning Tesla’s...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

F-Secure’s chief research officer likens IoT devices to ‘IT asbestos’

The chief research officer of cybersecurity giant F-Secure has warned that IoT devices could be the “asbestos of the future”.

Mikko Hyppönen made the warning during an interview on Verdict. The insecure nature of IoT devices is not surprising to many, especially following their role in devastating botnets like Mirai. However, Hyppönen warns the situation is only set to get worse.

The root of Hyppönen’s concern is the...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Why multi-site facilities cannot miss out on untapped IoT data

When the Internet of Things (IoT) became mainstream in the marketplace, it set off a frenzy within the colocation space as it offered operators a massive potential for savings compared to traditional SCADA and building management systems (BMS). Though BMS style solutions were apt for commercial property and limited multi-site applications; these traditional building technologies lacked the critical holistic view and price point required when deployed across large geographic...

By Michael Skurla, 09 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing.

Honda acquires app developer Drivemode to beef up connected mobility arm

Honda has acquired Drivemode, a provider of applications which encourage safe driving across the connected car landscape.

The two companies have been collaborators since 2015, with Drivemode conducting joint development activities with Honda’s research and development team. The initiatives were part of Honda Xcelerator, a program designed for innovators across all funding stages.

By James Bourne, 08 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics.

Tesla will allow users to customise their vehicle’s horn and motor sounds

Tesla will soon allow users to customise the horn and low-speed movement sounds of their vehicles.

Electric cars are so quiet that in many countries they are required by law to artificially create a movement sound for the safety of pedestrians. Until now, these movement sounds have typically represented something akin to a normal engine.

Tesla founder Elon Musk is now teasing a range of movement sound options. My personal favourite suggestion is the coconut horse clops from Monty Python and the Holy...

By Ryan Daws, 07 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Contractors targeted homeless with ‘dark skin’ to train Google’s facial recognition

Contractors working for Google reportedly targeted homeless people with “dark skin” to help train a facial recognition system.

As reported by our sister publication AI News, facial recognition algorithms have well-documented problems when it comes to identifying people of colour. Part of the reason for the disparity is that most data sets for training algorithms have little diversity.

Any responsible tech company will want to...

By Ryan Daws, 04 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, Smart Cities.

UK and Singapore team up for IoT security on consumer products

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Singapore’s Cyber Security Agency (CSA) have signed a strategic partnership deal focused on the Internet of Things (IoT).

The agreement, which aims to improve security level of smart consumer products, will see the two countries sharing initiatives and approaches, and exchange valuable information and experience.

The...

By IoT News, 04 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

IOTAS secures $8.5 million in series A funding to further enterprise ‘IoT as a service’ mission

IOTAS has successfully completed its series A funding of $8.5 million (£6.9m) to boost its enterprise software as a service (SaaS) offering, expand into international markets and bring about a new platform for smart communities.

The funding round was led by TELUS Ventures and included participation by Liberty Global and Intel Capital, an early investor. To date, IOTAS’s total investment exceeds $17m (£14m).

By IoT News, 04 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

Consumers believe autonomous vehicles will drive better than humans within a decade

A report commissioned by ANSYS has revealed deep insights about consumer attitudes towards autonomous vehicles (AVs) and their future.

Previous research has indicated that people are concerned about the capability of current driverless cars when compared to humans. This report is no different, with just 29 percent of respondents believing autonomous cars drive better than humans today.

However, what's...

By Ryan Daws, 02 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

How German enterprises are moving ahead of the pack in adopting IoT

Germany has long been a hub for enterprise and Industrial IoT (IIoT) initiatives, particularly in Frankfurt and Munich – and a new report from Information Services Group (ISG) has shown how quickly German enterprises are embracing the technology.

The automotive and manufacturing industries are the two sectors leading the adoption race in the country, the report notes. The report states that the auto industry is...

By IoT News, 02 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing.

How big data and IoT initiatives render the ‘garbage in, garbage out’ theory invalid

Garbage in, garbage out: it’s one of the great truisms of technology. Sure, it’s been eclipsed by “software will eat the world,” as something to say in a meeting when you really don’t know what’s going on, but it’s still probably uttered a few thousand times a month to explain away the failure of a recent technology initiative.

But, like its sister expression “you can’t get...

By Michael Kanellos, 01 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

Jeff Bezos wants Congress to let Amazon draft facial recognition laws

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is hoping Congress will allow his company to draft laws around facial recognition technology.

Bezos told reporters following Amazon’s hardware event this week that the company already has a public policy team “working on facial recognition regulations”.

The news will be alarming to many human rights activists who have expressed serious concerns about Amazon’s facial recognition technology in particular.

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By Ryan Daws, 26 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities.

Why securing IoT devices at the network level is key

Gartner estimates there will be 25 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2021. Even today there are almost twice as many internet-enabled devices than there are people. IoT is already enriching our lives, adding convenience and efficiency but from an organisational perspective, it’s become difficult to manage. Not least, the sheer variety of devices is overwhelming.

Many IoT devices are not secure ‘out of the box’ with...

By Simon Eappariello, 25 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Audi: Youngsters see autonomous driving in more ‘positive light’

Audi recently conducted a study about driverless cars featuring 21,000 respondents across nine countries, namely the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK), Germany, France, Italy, Spain, South Korea, Japan, and China.

The study, which was conducted through the Audi Urban Future Initiative, explored three categories: the emotional landscape, the human readiness index (HRI) and numerous user typology templates. Of these three points, HRI is the most important. 

The HRI covers age groups, gender,...

By IoT News, 24 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Hitachi Vantara launches new IIoT suite for manufacturing sector

Hitachi Vantara has announced the launch of Lumada Manufacturing Insights, an IIoT suite designed to enhance the manufacturing industry to achieve transformative outcomes with the help of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and DataOps.

The Lumada Manufacturing Insights optimises machine, production, and quality outcomes to set the foundation of digital innovation that is necessary to Manufacturing 4.0. The...

By IoT News, 23 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Development, IoT, Manufacturing.