Palo Alto Networks to buy Zingbox for $75 million to beef up IoT security

Palo Alto Networks is set to acquire IoT security provider Zingbox for a total purchase amount of $75 million (£61m), the company has announced.

With this acquisition, Palo Alto Networks will be able to accelerate the delivery of IoT security through its Next-Generation Firewall and Cortex platforms by leveraging Zingbox's cloud-based service and advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning technology for...

By IoT News, 06 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Ring discusses the smart home, choosing IoT standards, and its mission to reduce crime

IoT News caught up with Ring at IFA Berlin to discuss the smart home, how it chooses what standards to use, and its mission to reduce crime.

A vast number of Ring customers likely picked up a video doorbell primarily for uses such as avoiding missed packages. The ability to be almost anywhere in the world and be able to speak to a delivery driver at your door still feels futuristic even several years later.

While a large number of people consider video doorbells a convenience, Ring wants to make clear...

By Ryan Daws, 06 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Homes, Standards.

IoT devices show resilience against consumer market slowdown, but global uncertainties threaten growth and innovation

IoT devices are showing resilience against a consumer market slowdown, but global uncertainties such as the US-China trade war pose a threat to growth and innovation.

During this year’s IFA keynote, we received an update on the consumer market from several industry figures. As you’d expect, IoT devices were mentioned specifically throughout the keynote.

First on-stage was Hans-Joachim Kamp, chairman of the supervisory board at gfu consumer & home electronics.

gfu updates the media and public...

By Ryan Daws, 05 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

Healthcare IoT requires stronger security strategies against cyberattacks, says Irdeto Research

Healthcare providers are more vulnerable to cyberattacks – and according to a new report, they need to ensure IoT security strategies are robust enough to ensure the future of care.

The study, from Netherlands-based software firm Irdeto, polled 232 healthcare security decision makers and suggested these care providers should make sure to strengthen their IoT security strategies to safeguard patients’ safety. 82% of...

By IoT News, 03 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, IoT, Security.

Police team up with Avast to make an 850,000 device botnet self-destruct

The French National Gendarmerie teamed up with security researchers Avast to make a botnet with close to one million devices self-destruct.

Avast has been tracking the malware called Retadup for some time. The malware affects Windows machines and has spread at a rapid pace across the world, including the US, Russia, and Central and South America.

Retadup was designed to make money through mining cryptocurrency, an increasingly popular type of attack. However, it’s noted the malware could have been used...

By Ryan Daws, 02 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Gartner forecasts explosion in enterprise and automotive IoT endpoint usage

Gartner has predicted that the enterprise and automotive IoT market will grow to 4.8 billion endpoints by the end of 2019 – and 5.8bn endpoints in 2020. The current year forecast is 21.5% rise on a year-on-year basis, whereas the next year projection is a 21% year-on-year increase, compared to the present year.

The utility sector will be the highest user of IoT endpoints, as it will total to 1.17bn endpoints in 2019 and...

By IoT News, 02 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, Enterprise, IoT.

Aurora: Individual state rules are problematic for autonomous vehicles

Charity Allen, head of regulatory at self-driving car startup Aurora, has posted a blog highlighting the current problem facing autonomous vehicles of individual state rules.

While some American states are yet to even formulate laws regarding self-driving cars, others have developed their own individual regulations. 29 states so far have passed autonomous vehicle laws to...

By Ryan Daws, 29 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.

Smart doorbell firm Ring gives 400 police forces access to footage

Smart doorbell company Ring has forged a relationship with over 400 police forces to provide them with video clips from users' devices.

Ring is calling its provision of footage to police America's "new neighbourhood watch". When a crime has been committed in an area, police can access footage from Ring doorbells in the area which could assist with catching the culprit/s.

Users will first receive a notification that the police wish to access recordings from the device on the date and time of...

By Ryan Daws, 28 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

VMware works with Forescout on IoT and expands telco and edge cloud portfolio

Device visibility and control provider, Forescout Technologies is aiming to simplify and operationalise enterprise-wide IoT lifecycle and security management by extending its partnership with VMware.

Damiano Bolzini, vice president of operational technology and industrial business at Forescout, said: “The rapid deployment of IoT devices across enterprise networks is resulting in high management overhead and increased...

By IoT News, 28 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

The BBC plans to launch its own virtual assistant next year

The BBC has announced plans to launch its own virtual assistant next year in a surprising move that will see it go head-to-head against established giants.

You’d be forgiven for double-checking it’s not April 1st today, but the British broadcaster’s plans are very much real. Although it’s a working title, the wake-word “Beeb” is currently being considered to activate the assistant.

The BBC believes having full control over its own assistant will allow it to experiment...

By Ryan Daws, 27 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT.

Senators call for connected car kill switches following Consumer Watchdog report

US Senators Richard Blumenthal and Ed Markey have penned a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) asking whether vehicle manufacturers have disclosed vulnerabilities with their cars.

The letter is being sent in the wake of a damning Consumer Watchdog report earlier this month that warned a mass cyberattack could result in the remote control of connected cars.

Los Angeles-based Consumer Watchdog released a

By Ryan Daws, 23 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, Security.

Ayro accelerates into the future with Ford’s Autonomic connected car platform

Autonomic, a subsidiary of Ford, has partnered with electric vehicle manufacturer Ayro to develop a range of services for mobility applications.

Ayro develops emissions-free, electric light-duty vehicles for commercial and consumer markets. Autonomic is a cloud platform designed specifically for the advancement of connected cars.

Gavin Sherry, Co-Founder and CEO of Autonomic, said:

“At Autonomic, we designed our platform to accelerate the progress of connected vehicles and it’s...

By Ryan Daws, 22 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles.

IoT and LPWA are 'changing the game' for water and gas utility networks, says Navigant

The latest report from Navigant Research has argued the market for communications nodes and associated infrastructure for water and gas utility networks is estimated to go above £1.97 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach £2.22bn in 2024.

The report also found that post 2024, the rising market share among LPWA solutions is expected to cause communications infrastructure revenue to decrease, even as equipment and node shipments continue to increase globally.

Richelle Elberg, principal...

By IoT News, 22 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Oil & Gas.

Australia will deploy AI drones to spot crocodiles near swimmers

A fleet of AI-powered drones will be deployed in Australia to help spot crocodiles getting dangerously close to swimmers.

Australian rivers have the highest density of saltwater crocodiles in the world. The number of deadly attacks has risen in recent years, which is believed to be due to an increase in the crocodile population.

The croc-spotting drones were developed as part of a collaboration between Little Ripper Group and the...

By Ryan Daws, 21 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

Future cities under risk of cyberattacks due to insufficient security investment, ABI Research warns

Analyst firm ABI Research has sounded out a pessimistic tone in its latest research report, arguing certain industries will be ‘woefully underfunded and incredibly vulnerable to cyberattacks’ as the IoT ecosystem grows.

The company’s latest smart city cybersecurity application analysis report argues that the financial, information and communication technologies, and defence industries will account for 56% of...

By IoT News, 21 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.

Optus Business collaborates with Myriota over remote connectivity for IoT devices

Optus Business and nanosatellite startup Myriota have teamed up in a deal which aims to provide regional and remote connectivity for IoT devices and applications in Australia.

According to the agreement, Optus’s national networks and digital enablement capabilities will be integrated with Myriota’s direct-to-orbit satellite connectivity technology to deliver large-scale, low-cost communications for IoT devices in remote...

By IoT News, 20 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IoT.

IKEA doubles down on its smart home ambitions

IKEA is planning to make an even bigger bet on the smart home with a new dedicated business unit and increased investment.

“At IKEA we want to continue to offer products for a better life at home for the many people going forward. In order to do so we need to explore products and solutions beyond conventional home furnishing,” says Björn Block, Head of the new IKEA Home smart Business Unit at IKEA of Sweden. 

After launching smart home lighting in 2017, IKEA has been quickly expanding...

By Ryan Daws, 19 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Nordic enterprises see 5G services playing key role in IoT proliferation

A new report from Information Services Group (ISG) suggests that enterprises in the Nordic region consider the deployment of 5G mobile services as a catalyst for the proliferation of IoT solutions.

The report, titled ‘2019 ISG Provider Lens IoT Transformational Services, Technology, Solutions, Platforms, and Industries Report for the Nordics’, sees the IoT trend advancing in the Nordic nations as it is being set...

By IoT News, 19 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, Manufacturing.