Review: Welcome home Netatmo

Netatmo’s security camera, Welcome, is getting better with age. Last month, the Welcome received an update with improved facial recognition, smoke alarm detection, and personal FTP storage. The update has prompted us to give the device a proper test, and see how it's getting on in the increasingly crowded market. 

"Welcome is a game changer, making smart homes even smarter," claims Fred Potter, Founder and CEO at Netatmo. "It is the most...

By Ryan Daws, 12 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

IoT security: How device manufacturers and security providers need to gain user trust

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The conversations around security and the Internet of Things (IoT) will not go away any time soon - but if the fears are put off for much longer, it could be too late. A report issued last month by Telefonica argued this very case; the cyber security industry lags behind the proliferation of IoT devices, and the effects are potentially catastrophic.

So what needs to be done in the meantime? Axel Hansmann, VP portfolio and strategy for Gemalto’s M2M business, argues device...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

IoT devices may be used to spy on you, claims US intelligence chief

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Little is a surprise when it comes to government surveillance, but it seems there are simply no boundaries as to how or when citizens' privacy can be invaded. It was only a matter of time, but the US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, has said that security agencies may snoop on citizens using Internet of Things devices. 

Connected devices often have a range...

By Ryan Daws, 10 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

HCL Technologies opens IoT incubation centre in Redmond for greater enterprise adoption

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HCL Technologies has unveiled an Internet of Things incubation centre in Redmond, aimed to leverage the Microsoft Azure IoT suite and speed up enterprise IoT adoption.

The facility will develop vertical solutions aimed at the industrial and manufacturing verticals, as well as life sciences and healthcare. The work will be centred on applications in industrial automation, remote patient monitoring and fleet management, among others.

The centre will make use of real-time analytics,...

By IoT News, 09 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

Security guidelines for the IoT published by GSMA

The GSMA, an official body which represents telecom companies, has published guidelines today which aim to ensure the secure deployment of IoT services and devices. Developed in consultation with the mobile industry, ‘The GSMA IoT Security Guidelines’ will help to boost growth of this exciting sector. 

“As billions of devices become connected in the Internet of Things, offering innovative and interconnected new services, the possibility of potential vulnerabilities...

By Ryan Daws, 09 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Security, Standards.

How IoT is set to work for demand response use cases

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Energy management technology developer Rainforest Automation has launched a new range of products and services that make use of the Internet of Things (IoT) and industry standard protocols such as OpenADR, ZigBee, WiFi, and Internet Protocol (IP) to provide a solution that brings together resources from widely distributed homes and small businesses.

Rainforest’s portfolio is targeted at utilities that are looking to deploy Demand Response programs for their residential and small...

By IoT News, 08 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Managing the Internet of Everything: Why failure is not an option

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From smart buildings to intelligent production lines, organisations are rapidly adopting Internet connected devices to improve performance, reduce costs and transform customer experience. However, many of these Internet of Everything (IoE) implementations remain outside the corporate network – creating serious security concerns and constraining decision making.

Today there is a massive gap in expectation and language between IT and operational teams deploying IoE, not least that...

By John Pepper, 05 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Covata’s key as a service aims to sort out IoT security

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Security firm Covata has announced its ‘key as a service’ (KaaS) offering is to be initially deployed with Cisco as its partner.

The product aims to remove the inconvenience of encryption key and access policy management via patent pending techniques such as key fragmentation and GeoLoc. The solution will also provide protection against impending legal and regulatory challenges.

Cisco is set to deploy Covata’s new ‘Key-as-a-Service’ (KaaS) offering in a number...

By IoT News, 04 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Sony acquires Altair Semiconductor for £148.5m

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Sony has announced an agreement to acquire Israel-based chip technology and LTE software provider Altair Semiconductor for a deal worth $212 million (£148.5m).

Sony expects to complete the acquisition in early February 2016. The use of LTE is currently ubiquitous in data communication for mobile phones and the technology is expected to play a key role in the Internet of Things. As time goes by, more and more “things” will get connected while accessing network services...

By IoT News, 03 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

Nokia beefs-up IoT security with network-wide tool

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Nokia has launched a network-wide tool called NetGuard this morning, providing operators with an easy-to-use platform to monitor and control all the multi-vendor security systems deployed across its telecommunications network.

Since moving away from their handset business – after selling the division to Microsoft in 2013 – Nokia has focused on its network...

By Ryan Daws, 02 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Why this year’s CES showed the IoT is here to stay

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CES 2016, the year’s hottest trade show for consumer electronics, featured a broad swath of tech products across a large number of industries. However, one cohesive theme resounded: the IoT is firmly here, and those that wish to remain relevant had best get on board. The increased viability of...

By Eran Eshed, 01 February 2016, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes, Wearables.

myDevices launches drag and drop IoT project builder Cayenne

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IoT solutions provider myDevices has launched Cayenne, a tool for developers which is claimed to be the first drag and drop IoT project builder.

The platform enables the connection of devices, visualisation of data, application of complicated rules and interaction with their connected customers. The launch of Cayenne makes available the versatile device and connectivity agnostic platform, rolled out in October 2015, to the developer and maker community.

The Cayenne solution comes...

By IoT News, 29 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

i-Motors project will lead to improved cars, smarter cities

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If you're an avid reader of IoT Tech, or just follow the industry, you'll know the Internet of Things is still a mess of standards vying for attention. A new "i-Motors" project is jumping in the fray and hopes to finally standardise how connected vehicles communicate with one another, and to other machines in a bid to make our cities smarter. 

A potential key...

By Ryan Daws, 28 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Industrial Internet of Things market to reach $150bn by 2020

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The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market is expected to be worth $151.01 billion (£106.6bn) by 2020, according to a report from Research and Markets.

The IIoT is expected to create avenues for various sectors such as manufacturing, metals and mining, and healthcare. Production processes are slated to be transformed and this will facilitate optimum utilisation of resources, better decision-making, enhanced asset monitoring and improved collaboration while creating avenues to...

By IoT News, 27 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

Low power wide area network connectivity augmented for IoT

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A report from Frost & Sullivan has examined the key growth areas in the low power wide area network (LPWAN) space, and argues it will account for a “significant” share of Internet of Things (IoT) connections by 2020.

Low power wide area networks (LPWAN), which possess low data rate, can back millions of devices that generate small volumes of data and require extended range and energy efficient networks. Intense competition exists in this space between proprietary...

By IoT News, 26 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

ForeScout secures $76m funding to accelerate development in IoT security

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ForeScout Technologies, a company which aims to provide ‘agentless’ cybersecurity, has announced it has raised $76 million (£53.2m) in funding to accelerate leadership in the “underserved” Internet of Things (IoT) security space.

The round of funding for the California-based company, which currently possesses a valuation of $1 billion, was led by Wellington Management. ForeScout has seen its valuation triple in the past year and a half even as its...

By IoT News, 25 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Sigfox provides IoT network in Antarctica - part of humanitarian work

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Not long ago I was on a WiFi-enabled flight thinking about just how incredible that is, but also how it was more reliable than my connection at home was during that period. This led me to think even higher above my head, to astronauts in the ISS, who also have an internet connection (however slow.) 

Sigfox is using its expertise to build an IoT network in...

By Ryan Daws, 20 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

Vectra Networks reveals worrying vulnerability in IoT devices

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Threat management provider Vectra Networks has revealed a potentially alarming security hack in a Wi-Fi-enabled camera – which could have repercussions for other IoT devices.

The experiment, carried out by Vectra Threat Labs, found the researchers were able to reprogram a D-Link Wi-Fi camera, priced at $30, to function as a network backdoor without halting the camera’s option. In theory, hackers could have full access to an organisation’s network bypassing traditional...

By IoT News, 18 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Gartner: Majority of new business will incorporate IoT by 2020

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Analyst house Gartner has argued that over 50% major new business processes and systems will make use of some element of the IoT by 2020.

Adoption of the IoT among consumers and enterprises is set to see a sharp rise as the cost of hardware and the process of connecting it continues to decline. W. Roy Schulte, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, said: “Uses of the IoT that were previously impractical will increasingly become practical. The IoT is relevant in...

By IoT News, 15 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.