Mozilla assesses the security of this season’s IoT gifts

Mozilla has released the 2018 edition of its 'Privacy Not Included' guide which assesses the security of IoT gifts this festive season.

The guide breaks down whether each device is safe and can be trusted, especially when it comes to gifts designed for children.

We’ve already seen things such as connected teddy bears being hacked. Mozilla is warning people to steer clear of the Fredi Baby Monitor citing its lack of encryption, use of the default password ‘123’, no privacy policy, and...

By Ryan Daws, 15 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

New MIT research study explores spintronics for ultra-low-power microchips

A new research study from MIT and Brookhaven National Laboratory claims to have potentially opened the door for ultra-low power microchips – which could be good news with regard to the Internet of Things.

The focus of the study is around spintronics – a portmanteau of spin transport electronics – which explores the intrinsic spin of an electron in terms of performance rather than its electrical charge, meaning they can retrain...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

Siemens and Aruba announce strategic partnership focused on bridging OT and IT worlds

Siemens and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, have announced a strategic partnership that is focused towards bridging the operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) worlds.

Based on complimentary portfolios, Siemens and Aruba are able to support customers with highly reliable, secure and insightful data networks that allow high plant and network availability. Customers benefit from integrated...

By IoT News, 13 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

UK’s largest biz organisation alarmed over employee microchipping

We may need to coin the term Internet of Humans if the concerning possibility of microchipping employees gains much traction.

Around 150 employees in the UK have been implanted with BioTeq chips so far in a bid “to improve security.”

The chips are similar to those used for pets and are implanted between the thumb and forefinger. Once implanted, they allow employees to do things such as access restricted areas with a wave of their hand.

Business organisation CBI, the largest in the UK, has voiced...

By Ryan Daws, 13 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Wearables.

Opinion: How IoT device manufacturers should take security to the edge

We’ve come a long way from the mainframe computing environments of the '50s, and you don’t hear much complaining about it. Renting computing power back in the day required you to physically go to the mainframe — an impractical situation at best.

With the advent of distributed computing going mainstream in the '90s, people all over the world could use networked computers to take advantage of the power of many. Today, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft, and others are now the...

By Brad Thies, 12 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Amazon will continue selling facial recognition to law enforcement

Despite protests and claims it has bias problems, the CEO of AWS reportedly told employees it will continue selling facial recognition to law enforcement.

According to a Verge source, AWS CEO Andrew Jassy told employees in a meeting:

“We feel really great and really strongly about the value that Amazon Rekognition is providing our customers of all sizes and all...

By Ryan Daws, 09 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Smart Cities.

How Losant aims to turn the long enterprise IoT journey into manageable steps

“A lot of times in this space people love to talk about the technology – but they don’t want to work with the business about how they think about the business problems they’re trying to solve,” says Charlie Key, co-founder and CEO of Losant.

It’s an interesting statement when you consider Key’s (left) background. Having spent pretty much all of his career in the...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas.

Validere raises $7 million in seed funding to transform oil and gas trading via artificial intelligence

Venture-backed oil and gas IoT and artificial intelligence platform Validere has raised $7 million in seed funding to transform oil and gas trading and logistics through reliable data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) insights.

Currently, as the company puts it, oil and gas companies use unreliable product quality data to make critical operational decisions and to address this problem, Validere is using IoT technologies to...

By IoT News, 06 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IIoT, IoT, Oil & Gas.

Waymo blames human for its self-driving car accident

Waymo has detailed how its self-driving vehicle in Mountain View came to hit a motorbike, and it’s all to do with a meddling human.

Driverless cars are expected to improve road safety as they’re not prone to human ailments which often cause accidents such as distractions, intoxication, general lack of ability, or medical problems at the wheel such as a heart attack.

Of course, it’s going to take some time before driverless car AIs are robust enough for public use. Until then, on road tests...

By Ryan Daws, 06 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Bentley launches in-car Wi-Fi system for uninterrupted mobile network

Bentley has claimed the launch of the world’s first super-fast, reliable and secure in-car Wi-Fi system with the launch of its Advanced Connectivity.

The British car manufacturer’s customers can now benefit from uninterrupted mobile network coverage while travelling, providing a fully functioning and fully connected executive office on the move.

When using the Bentley...

By IoT News, 05 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Amazon’s hiring of less Xmas staff indicates growing automation

Amazon is hiring fewer Xmas workers this year which could be a sign of growing automation within the retail industry.

In the past couple of years, Amazon has brought in 120,000 additional temporary staff to deal with the Christmas rush. This year, that number has dropped to 100,000.

While it’s hardly the robots-are-taking-our-jobs apocalypse some predict, it appears to be the start of a decline in the need for human workers.

Citi Analyst Mark May

By Ryan Daws, 05 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing.

Ford and Volkswagen explore autonomous vehicle collaboration

Automotive giants Ford and Volkswagen have signed an MOU (Memorandum Of Understanding) to explore a self-driving car partnership.

While he’s been going through a somewhat turbulent period, Elon Musk and his Tesla crew undeniably shook up the automotive industry. The company introduced various semi-autonomous features with their attractive, high-performance electric vehicles.

Traditional carmakers have struggled to match...

By Ryan Daws, 02 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Why autonomous vehicles on farms might impact consumers’ lives more than on the road

Consumers are rightfully excited about the eventual introduction of autonomous vehicles, as they promise to deliver vast improvements in road safety, travel efficiency, and riding enjoyment.  But current use of self-driving technologies in industrial applications, such as farms and mines, suggests that true, fully autonomous vehicles might arrive first in places other than our roads.  While many of us might not realise it, the benefits of such use on farms would be equally – if not more...

By Brad Lukac, 26 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Enterprise, IoT, Manufacturing.

Turning IoT devices into supercomputers? Sisense has a Hunch for more effective BI

Sisense, a business analytics software firm, has launched its patent-pending Sisense Hunch Data Cognition Engine which aims to turn sensors, phones, and wearable devices into supercomputers.

Sisense Hunch represents a new class of big data analytics, data cognition engines that learns vast amount of datasets and is able to produce microsecond analytical responses to queries that are 99% precise, with a small fraction of the cost and...

By IoT News, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Development, IoT, Wearables.

Atmosic Technologies introduces platforms to drive battery-free Internet of Things

California-based semiconductor supplier Atmosic Technologies has introduced the industry’s lowest power wireless Bluetooth 5 platforms, which comprises of the company’s inaugural M2 and M3 series, to enable IoT devices to be “forever connected, anywhere.”

Atmosic is developing solutions to enable forever battery life to tackle the effort, cost and ecological impact associated with battery maintenance...

By IoT News, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Blue Vision Labs becomes Lyft’s UK hub for driverless cars

Lyft has acquired London-based Blue Vision Labs to become the company’s UK hub for its ‘Level-5’ self-driving car division.

Blue Vision Labs was co-founded in 2016 by Peter Ondruska, Lukas Platinsky, Hugo Grimmet, Andrej Pancik, and Bryan Baum – all graduates from the University of Oxford and Imperial College London.

The company is now a 40-person team featuring some of the world’s brightest minds in computer vision and robotics. Blue Vision Labs combines this expertise to create...

By Ryan Daws, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Flourish driverless car project releases latest findings

Driverless car project Flourish has published its latest research findings into making autonomous vehicles user-friendly.

Autonomous vehicles are set to radically change the landscape of transport. University of Bristol's Professor Robert Piechocki even calls it “the biggest revolution on our roads since the advent of the internal combustion engine.”

Flourish attempts to provide an early glimpse into how this revolution will look and ensure autonomous vehicles are designed with the...

By Ryan Daws, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Digital twins create a building’s mirror image – but there is one thing missing

According to the study titled "Unternehmenstrends 2020" (Company Trends 2020) published by the GdW (Federal Association of German Housing and Real Estate), tenants will be in direct digital communication with property management companies in the future. Digitally collected building data allows operators to monitor technical installations in real time and carry out necessary work just as quickly. At the same time, they can offer their tenants services that...

By Armin Anders, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Homes.

For oil and gas, patience is key to begin implementing IoT – but the pace needs to increase after

The oil and gas industry is one of the most complex when it comes to emerging technology implementation. Yet as complicated as it is, it’s people and processes which will ultimately move the needle, according to Jim Claunch, vice president of business efficiency at Equinor.

This is not to say that the tech side can be overlooked. Take a look at the sheer amount of data Equinor gets hold of; from its 1200 plus operating...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, Oil & Gas.

EU puts weight behind Wi-Fi over 5G for connected cars

As the industry decides what connectivity should be used for connected cars, the EU appears to be putting its weight behind Wi-Fi over 5G.

The EU hopes the approval of technical specifications for one technology over the other will help bring the industry together.

Once there’s more certainty about what standard will be used, the industry can move forward with confidence. Manufacturers and consumers will both know their new products will be supported and not quickly defunct.

Draft proposals from the EU...

By Ryan Daws, 23 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.