McAfee and Verizon partner to secure home IoT devices

Verizon has partnered with cybersecurity experts McAfee to secure IoT devices around the home against increasing threats.

McAfee’s solution will be provided through Verizon’s Home Network Protection (HNP) to protect devices connected to the home network. New devices will be identified while unauthorised access will be blocked.

Any device acting suspiciously will have its internet access temporarily stopped. Halting network access prevents further infection while stopping the device being hijacked...

By Ryan Daws, 07 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

The best of IoT News in 2018 – and what the experts think will happen for IoT in 2019

2018 has been another important year in the development of the Internet of Things – and if there’s one thing you can be sure of, 2019 will be even bigger. According to IDC’s most recent spending tracker, global IoT spending will hit almost $750 billion in the coming year, led by the manufacturing industry.

Here, IoT...

By James Bourne, 04 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.

Industrial trends for 2019: How manufacturing will shape up

Industry 4.0, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Regardless of the phrase used to described digitalisation in manufacturing, there’s no denying that a shift has already taken place. But is the age of industrial buzzwords coming to a grinding halt?

‘Industry 4.0’ in practice

Manufacturers have long felt the pressure to invest in new technologies. In the so-called age of Industry 4.0, this pressure has been heightened by an influx of products and...

By Stefan Reuther, 04 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing.

Six steps to get IoT data crunching right: The importance of organisational structure

A new whitepaper from enterprise data pipeline provider Alooma has put together six steps to more easily integrate cloud tools and IoT data sets.

Organisations have more than realised by now that a data-driven world holds the key to not only the future, but the present. Yet it takes a journey of considerable steps to realise that potential. Last year Maciej Kranz, vice president at Cisco, published an additional workbook alongside his...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

McAfee: IoT malware increasing alongside 480 threats per minute

Shocking research from McAfee Labs highlights the increasing prevalence of IoT malware as the cybersecurity firm detects 480 new threats per minute.

Years of putting functionality before security and rushing to market have led to many compromisable devices.

The Mirai IoT botnet attack in 2016 was a wake-up call with around 70 popular services taken offline after DNS provider Dyn was flooded with malicious traffic....

By Ryan Daws, 20 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

‘White Hat’ hacker speaks to man through his IoT camera

A so-called ‘white hat’ hacker spoke to a man through his Nest camera to warn him of the dangers IoT devices can possess.

The man, Andy Gregg – an estate agent in Arizona – was in his garden when he first heard the voice who claimed to be from Canada.

In order to alleviate what could be a terrifying situation, the hacker quickly made clear there was no malicious intent.

Gregg recorded the conversation in which the hacker can be heard saying:

“We don’t...

By Ryan Daws, 18 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

JD.com introduces AI-equipped rolling robot for delivery of goods

JD, China’s second-largest e-commerce company, introduced an artificial intelligence-equipped rolling robot in November 2018 that can deliver goods up to 5km from its base.

The autonomous home-delivery vehicle, which can be unlocked using face authentication, is helping JD cope with rising labour shortages and the rapid increase of wages in China's logistics industry.  

JD’s logistics base in Changsha, Hunan Province, released an initial fleet of 20 robots at the end of November. In...

By IoT News, 17 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Smart Cities.

End-to-end, lifecycle cyber protection for industrial systems: A guide

SCADA networks in any factory or critical infrastructure application require protection against increasingly sophisticated and well-funded cyber threats. As emerging security standards such as IEC 62443 help marshal the industry’s response, effective protection calls for an end-to-end, lifecycle approach to device security, extending from the underlying hardware to top-level applications and back into the supply chain.

Introduction:...

By Wesley Skeffington, 14 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Security.

BlackBerry’s new security management system aims to give greater trust to smart cities

BlackBerry is committing to help the private and public sectors come together to boost the development of smart cities and intelligent transportation systems with a Security Credential Management System (SCMS) service.

To address this need, BlackBerry will be making available a SCMS service that provides the mechanism for vehicles and infrastructure, such as traffic lights, to exchange information in a trustworthy and private...

By IoT News, 13 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Scientists fit bees with sensors to create ‘living IoT platform’

A research team from the University of Washington are turning bees into tiny drones to create a living IoT platform.

An experiment with three various species of bees found they’re able to fly and hover while carrying up to around 105 milligrams. With this information, the researchers ensured their chip weighed just 102 milligrams.

While traditional drones are used for gathering data, battery limitations mean they can only last around 30 minutes per charge. The researchers said they wanted to leverage...

By Ryan Daws, 13 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

MachineMetrics raises $11.3m to help assist manufacturers with analytics initiatives

Industrial IoT analytics and machine monitoring platform MachineMetrics has raised $11.3 million in a recently held series A financing round that was led by Tola Capital.

MachineMetrics’ system is designed in such a manner that its customers can install it by themselves without requiring costly and time-consuming customisation. Once the installation is done, manufacturers can collect, visualise and analyse data from any...

By IoT News, 12 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing.

The NHS is seriously deficient in cybersecurity expertise

A report from Redscan has found the NHS desperately needs more in-house cybersecurity expertise to protect against increasing attacks.

Potential ways to compromise the NHS systems are increasing as systems become connected for things such as remote health monitoring, accessing records, and even surgery.

The vulnerability of the NHS was highlighted last year when a ransomware spread to critical systems and held them hostage. At least 6,900 NHS appointments were cancelled as a result of the attack.

On average,...

By Ryan Daws, 11 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, IoT, Security.

Hyundai, SK Telecom, and Trimble collaborate on IoT construction solution

A trio of companies from the US and South Korea are partnering on an IoT construction solution which incorporates 5G and AI.

The companies – Hyundai, SK Telecom, and Trimble – will build a solution enabling construction equipment to be monitored remotely. Safety can be managed in real-time and operations improved with AI.

Hyundai Construction Equipment provides the physical hardware for the solution with equipment such as forklifts and excavators.

Trimble, a US-based company, will provide the...

By Ryan Daws, 10 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing.

Semtech utilises IoT-equipped LoRa devices in agriculture and smart ranching

Semtech has announced that Australian carrier National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo) is deploying a publicly available network based on the LoRaWAN protocol that will leverage Semtech’s LoRa devices and technology to build Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The network will rolled out with Australian agriculture company Goanna Ag, with an aim to bring smarter irrigation management solutions to Australian cotton...

By IoT News, 06 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Manufacturing.

Global wearable device sales to rise 26% in 2019, says Gartner

Global shipments of wearable devices are forecast to increase by 25.8% year over year to $225 million (GBP 176.3 million) in 2019, according to the latest figures from Gartner. The research firm also predicted that that the end-user spending on wearable devices will reach to $42 billion (GBP 32.9 million) in 2019.

It has been estimated that 74 million smartwatches will be shipped in 2019 which will make them the top...

By IoT News, 05 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Wearables.

Nordex uses SoftwareAG’s Cumulocity IoT to manage turbines

Nordex has selected SoftwareAG’s Cumulocity IoT platform to manage its vast international fleet of wind turbines.

The company has 6,800 turbines around the world generating huge amounts of clean energy from the wind. Nordex’s systems deliver more than 23 GW of sustainable energy per year in over 80 percent of the world’s energy market (excluding China).

Managing an increasing number of turbines is a challenge. Nordex is turning to SoftwareAG and its Cumulocity IoT platform for...

By Ryan Daws, 04 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

Volvo and Ericsson announce five-year connected vehicle cloud deal

Volvo Cars and Ericsson have announced the signing of a five-year connected vehicle deal. According to the deal, Ericsson will provide its Connected Vehicle Cloud platform to Volvo Cars that would further boost the automaker’s digital vehicle services in more than 120 countries across the globe for the next five years.

The automaker aims to focus more on securing high-quality connected-vehicle services since...

By IoT News, 03 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

To no surprise, China is surveilling connected car owners

In perhaps the least shocking revelation of the year, the Chinese government are using connected cars to keep tabs on citizens.

A report from the Associated Press found more than 200 automakers – including Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, and Mitsubishi – are providing live data to Chinese authorities.

The automakers claim it’s to comply with national laws. Chinese officials do not deny the data collection, but say...

By Ryan Daws, 30 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Why cellular IoT is the only option for wearable devices

The wearable device market has grown tremendously over the last six years, from just $750 million in 2012 to almost $6 billion today. Following their rollout out last year, LTE-M and NB-IoT networks have matured, with increasingly more markets adopting cellular IoT as the only true long-term option for connecting the vast majority of emerging applications. This is perhaps most evident in the wearable space where cellular has a clear advantage...

By Ilan Reingold, 29 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards, Wearables.