Three in five mobile users are worried about IoT, argues MEF

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A new Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) report has highlighted major concerns among mobile users about a world of connected and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, finding three in five (60%) are worried.

The MEF report surveyed over 5,000 mobile users in South Africa, India, China, Germany, France, Brazil, US and UK, supported by AVG Technologies. Concerns about the perceived threats and risks are high despite consumers clearly seeing tangible benefits in IoT, the report argues, with just one...

By IoT News, 12 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Why the network is the cornerstone of smart cities

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Research by Gartner predicts a 30% rise in connected “things” to 6.4 billion devices in 2016. These machine to machine (M2M) devices, networked into the Internet of Things (IoT), are starting to appear in urban, industrial and city environments - from security cameras and utility-monitoring sensors, to ticket barriers at stations and healthcare equipment in hospitals. All these applications require the support of 24/7 network...

By Johan Ragmo, 11 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

The IoT and the network: Why Wi-Fi is the horse to bet on

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We have all heard the statistics about the Internet of Things (IoT): 200 billion connected devices by 2020 according to Gartner; the global market to hit $1.7 trillion (£1.2tn) by the same year according to IDC. Yet the network capability underpinning it remains to be decided.

The industry has tried to plough some ideas and investment into the issue – in January, the Wi-Fi...

By James Bourne, 08 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Why device management presents a risk to IoT adoption at scale

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IoT firm DevicePilot has said that managing internet-enabled devices is a major challenge for the success of the Internet of Things.

The company presented the results of its survey of 50 companies planning IoT application deployments at various scales across different industry sectors, including smart homes and cities, elderly care/wellness, industrial monitoring, retail and public services, refrigeration and energy management.

According to the survey, 'risk to growth' was...

By IoT News, 07 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Securing IoT: Taking the pulse of the network

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Manufacturers and developers from a diverse range of industries are already developing and integrating IoT devices into their products, and in the process are creating new and compelling services and business models. From connected cars and smart homes, to connected ‘wearables’ such as Fitbit and Jawbone, the IoT has already established itself.

As increasingly...

By John English, 07 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Verizon report asserts 2016 is the year IoT goes mainstream

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The enterprise is beginning to eclipse the consumer space for investment in IoT startups, according to the latest research from Verizon.

In the company’s latest State of the Market report, which collates usage data, interviews with Verizon customers and research from Oxford Economics, the telco argues enterprise IoT investment outstripped the consumer side by 75% in 2015; a major difference when compared to the previous year. The report also asserts that IoT will ease regulatory...

By James Bourne, 06 April 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT.

VDC Research argues IoT adoption is at an all-time high

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VDC Research has released a report highlighting that IoT adoption is higher than ever at present.

Of the IoT engineers surveyed for the report, 51% are currently working on a project that requires cloud support and internet connectivity. Over 75% reported that their organisations are either planning to deploy IoT-capable applications or devices by 2020 or are already deploying them.

However, engineers remain somewhat sceptical of the benefits of the new engineering paradigm within their...

By IoT News, 05 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

More IoT device security woes in latest Bitdefender research

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New research shows that the move to smart homes is actually putting householders at risk of privacy theft after the discovery that a number of commonly used Internet of Things (IoT) consumer devices are vulnerable to cyber attack.

The study, by security provider Bitdefender, showed that four products – the LIFX Bulb, MUZO Cobblestone audio receiver, LinkHub and WeMo switch were all susceptible to breaches.

How each device connected to the Internet and the cloud, as well as the...

By IoT News, 04 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

Outlook for utilities IoT providers looking up, argues Navigant Research

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Navigant Research has released a new report titled “IoT Enabled Managed Services” which argues the landscape for organisations incorporating the Internet of Things for utilities will improve, enabling them to develop trusted advisory relationships with customers.

The report covers the US IoT market while focusing on technology trends, customer adoption, utility rollouts, and the vendor scenario. The report also provides cost curve projections and adoption forecasts through...

By IoT News, 01 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

IoT market valuation slated to reach $1.88tn by 2022

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The valuation of the global Internet of Things (IoT) market is expected to hit $1.88 trillion (£1.25tn) by 2022, according to an analyst note from Hexa Reports.

Growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) market is expected on account of a rise in internet connectivity and the pervasiveness of technology. Additionally, the venture-capitalist investments of technology companies in industry startups have created new opportunities of growth in the market.

Industry growth is also set to be...

By IoT News, 31 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

Review: Netatmo Weather Station helps to master your surroundings

We're obsessed with the weather, especially us Brits whose stereotypical icebreaker is to discuss it. Creators of innovative smart home solutions, Netatmo, are helping us to at least offer more precise measurements during our awkward conversations with their dedicated Weather Station. 

The main Netatmo Weather Station kit consists of a mains-operated base station for indoor use, along with a smaller battery-operated unit for outdoor measurements. We also have with us a couple of the additional...

By Ryan Daws, 29 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

How bridging the OT/IT divide is a sticking point for IoT

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The Internet of Things (IoT) has arguably taken business by surprise. Gartner predicts that nearly 6.4 billion connected ‘things’ will be in use in 2016 – and the reality is that some industries have been exploiting the value of connected devices for some time to transform operational performance, although not always in a strategic fashion.

Yet the difference between this operational technology (OT) environment and traditional IT is stark. How can an...

By John Pepper, 24 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

Review: Philips sets the mood with Hue White Ambiance

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When it comes to smart lighting, Philips' Hue range is a leader due to its vast amount of integrations with third-party apps and devices. Your options when it comes to what Hue lighting you want is now bigger, with the launch of their "White Ambiance" lights earlier this month. 

Philips' White Ambiance starter kit is similar to its standard kit – with a bridge hub and two lightbulbs to get you going. The only...

By Ryan Daws, 23 March 2016, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Security for 80% of connected devices not in place, says AdaptiveMobile

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Mobile network security provider AdaptiveMobile argues that up to 80% of connected devices do not possess sufficient security requirements, with a similar proportion of devices liable to hacks and data breaches.

An excerpt from Gartner’s research report ‘Predict 2016: Security Solution’ says: “[The] security market will continue to evolve alongside new requirements from the Internet of Things, cloud computing and sophisticated targeted...

By IoT News, 23 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

University of Washington research develops ‘passive Wi-Fi’ transmissions

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Scientists at the University of Washington (UW) have announced the successful trial of generating Wi-Fi transmissions using power 10,000 times less than conventional methods.

Despite the many advantages of Wi-Fi – such as connectivity without the use of cell service – there remains a key disadvantage – Wi-Fi consumes a significant amount of energy, eating away the power from batteries on all connected devices. Yet this breakthrough could potentially open the door for...

By IoT News, 22 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

More than a third of UK consumers do not know how to secure their connected devices

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A survey of over 6,000 UK residents by BullGuard has found that 72% of UK consumers would not know how to protect Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The report highlights the fact that the IoT is on the path to become ubiquitous and that consumers have serious security concerns with regard to connected devices, with over a quarter of consumers are planning to purchase IoT devices in the next 12 months.

The survey found that 34% of respondents had already been on the receiving end of a...

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

OneM2M updates its IoT standards for greater connected devices and apps

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Global Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M standards body oneM2M has published updated versions of its Release 1 global specifications allowing for IoT networking and creating a platform for connecting devices and applications.

The specifications incorporate enhancements based on early implementations and feedback from oneM2M’s first Interop event held in 2015. The standards cover...

By IoT News, 18 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Huawei rolls out connected city lighting solution

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Huawei has announced the launch of its connected city lighting solution, aiming to leverage IoT technology to provide up to 80% savings in municipal lighting energy.

Claimed to be the industry’s first IoT lighting solution, the product connects street lamps to the network and makes use of a GIS-based management system, allowing cities to improve control and performance of every street lamp.

The Climate Group estimates that there are about 304 million street lamps across the globe,...

By IoT News, 17 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Machina Research gives its verdict on IoT developments at MWC

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This year’s Mobile World Congress saw low power wide area (LPWA) networks become a key development point for the IoT while mobile network operators (MNOs) are expanding their strategic intent, according to analysts at Machina Research.

The purview of MWC now extends beyond the mobile industry and now covers the likes of a much wider ecosystem of operators, technology players, service professionals, developers and customers, according to Machina.

Low-power, wide-area (LPWA)...

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