Google is building a smart city from the (under)ground up

Connecting local infrastructure to make it ‘smart’ is not ambitious enough for Google, so it’s building an entire city itself.

We first heard of Google's plans in 2017 but details were scarce. Now we're getting a bit more information along with some renders of what it should look like.

A group within Alphabet, Google's parent company, is technically behind the project. Sidewalk Labs “imagines, designs, tests, and builds urban innovations to help cities meet their biggest...

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Audi GLOSA helps drivers breeze past green traffic lights

Audi’s latest feature wants to help drivers ensure they’re not stuck at red traffic lights by connecting to city infrastructure.

The feature is called Green Light Optimised Speed Advisory (GLOSA) and will advise the driver of what speed to go at in order to catch the “green wave” and breeze past traffic lights safely.

Hopefully, it will lead to more of the wonderful moments depicted by James Corden in this Confused.com advert:

Audi’s system works by monitoring the car’s...

By Ryan Daws, 20 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Vodafone IoT Barometer 2019: ‘Significant acceleration’ in adoption

The 2019 edition of Vodafone’s annual IoT Barometer has been released showing a surge in adoption of the burgeoning technology.

For its research, Vodafone surveyed 1,758 businesses worldwide. More than a third (34%) have now adopted the IoT to some extent.

Stefano Gastaut, CEO of IoT at Vodafone Business, said:

“IoT is central to business success in an increasingly digitised world, with 72 percent of adopters saying digital transformation is impossible without it.

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities.

IoT startup GoFar raises $1.3m to improve drivers’ skills

When driving I’ve often wished fellow road users would improve their skills, but IoT startup GoFar has raised over $1m to help achieve just that.

GoFar builds connected car tech. The Sydney-based startup raised more than $200,000 on Kickstarter back in June 2015 and has since expanded to 14 personnel serving thousands of customers across 53 countries.

In a funding round led by Right Click Capital, GoFar has now secured $1.3 million to continue its journey.

The startup makes technology...

By Ryan Daws, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT.

Driverless vehicles do not understand Dutch cyclists

The Dutch government is running into problems with its autonomous vehicle plans; namely, the automobiles can’t understand cyclists.

According to ‘I Amsterdam’, there are 881,000 bikes in Amsterdam alone. 58 percent of Amsterdammers older than 12 cycles daily. That’s a big problem if driverless cars are unable to understand and react to cyclists.

Under the Dutch government’s plans, 100...

By Ryan Daws, 15 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

UK’s first independent 5G driverless car testbed goes live

The UK’s first independent 5G driverless car testbed has gone live in Millbrook as part of the AutoAir consortium.

Based at the Millbrook Proving Grounds test track, the Airspan-led consortium has deployed a small cell network of 89 base stations operating in the in the 2.3 and 3.4-3.8 GHz mid-band spectrum. The network also includes a 22 sector high-speed mobility 57-71 GHz mmWave highway system.

In theory, AutoAir’s network supports 5 Gbit/s every 300m. A public demonstration showed the system...

By Ryan Daws, 14 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

UK launches first 5G smart factory as part of industrial trial

The UK has launched its first 5G smart factory as part of an industrial trial examining how British factories can be modernised.

Bosch’s factory in Worcester has been fitted with sensors and 5G-based technology for monitoring its operations.

The factory will be combining IoT sensors and 5G for preventative maintenance. Data analytics will help to predict failures before they occur.

Carl Arntzen, CEO at Worcester Bosch, said:

“We are delighted to have switched 5G on in our...

By Ryan Daws, 13 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities.

Inrix: Traffic jams are costing £8bn per year in the UK

Connected car services firm Inrix has released its latest analysis of UK traffic which highlights it costs the economy around £8 billion per year.

Drivers in the UK’s most congested city, London, lost 227 hours each last year. Birmingham took second place with each driver wasting 134 hours, while Glasgow was third losing 99 hours.

Overall, it’s costing each driver an average of £1,137. For weary London travellers, it’s costing around £1,680 each.

Connected cars, and...

By Ryan Daws, 12 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Report: Half of IoT device apps leave users vulnerable

A paper distributed on ArXiv last week analysed the concerning lack of security when it comes to IoT device apps.

The security issues plaguing IoT devices themselves are well-documented. Security often seems to be an afterthought in the rush to market.

While there’s been a recent explosion in connected devices, app development has been around much longer. The mature development industry has created best practices to help ensure security, but it seems the note hasn’t reached IoT device app...

By Ryan Daws, 04 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Japan's law now allows it to hack people’s IoT devices

Japan has approved a law amendment which allows government officials to hack into people’s Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The amendment is part of a survey investigating the number of vulnerable IoT devices carried out by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) under the supervision of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC).

Japan is carrying out the survey to prevent the devices from being harnessed for a cyber attack targeting infrastructure...

By Ryan Daws, 29 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Report: Driverless cars risk 77,400 jobs in Canada alone

A report by The Conference Board of Canada has estimated that autonomous vehicles could lead to 77,400 job losses in the country alone.

Potential job losses from AI automating low-skilled roles are well-documented, but we’ve heard little about the impact from driverless cars.

Roger Francis, Director of Energy, Environment, and Transportation, said:

“The implications of connected, autonomous, shared, and electric values on the automotive aftermarket have generally been...

By Ryan Daws, 25 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Ubuntu Core 18 boosts IoT device security, reduces cost

Canonical has announced Ubuntu Core 18 which aims to reduce the software development risk, security maintenance costs, and time to market of IoT devices.

The latest version has an image size of just 260MB which makes it the most lightweight Ubuntu Linux release ever. Perfect for the IoT.

Canonical kept the size minimal not just for efficiency, but also to reduce the attack surface. Few packages are installed as part of the OS to reduce the size and frequency of security updates and ensure maximum storage for...

By Ryan Daws, 23 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities.

Bosch granted permit to accelerate driverless car tests

Bosch has become the first recipient of a permit allowing driverless cars to be tested under a new scheme in Victoria, Australia.

The permit was issued as part of Victoria’s new Automated Driving System (ADS) scheme. ADS enables permit holders to conduct tests of driverless systems on roads around the state.

Bosch specifically wanted the permit to begin trials with the aim of improving safety on rural streets.

Gavin Smith, President of Bosch Australia, said:

“Bosch is a proud...

By Ryan Daws, 21 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

IoT security market set to grow over 25 percent annually

A report predicts a growth rate of over 25 percent annually in the North American IoT security market.

The market was valued at $1.7 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach $5.2 billion by 2023 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.1 percent, according to the report ‘Internet of Things (IoT) Security: North American Markets to 2023’.

BCC Research notes this growth is being driven by demand for cloud-based enterprise applications, growth in digitalisation and IoT security spending, and the...

By Ryan Daws, 16 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Karamba Security: Vehicles face 300,000 attacks per month

The scale of cyberattacks on connected cars has been revealed by Karamba Security, and it makes for a rather concerning read.

Karamba set-up automotive electronic control units (ECUs) through which it’s been attracting internet attacks. In the last three months, the ECUs have been subjected to as many as 300,000 attacks per month.

Over 11 different attack types were attempted on the ECUs, including against:

  • Telnet (similar to a white hat attack on a VW Golf in April last year)

  • SSH

  • HTTP

The company’s ThreatHive solution aims to find these vulnerabilities through using such ‘honeypots’...

By Ryan Daws, 14 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.

Sprint pairs Curiosity IoT with 5G for a smart city and driverless car lab

Sprint has announced it will pair its Curiosity IoT platform with 5G connectivity to deliver both a smart city and driverless car lab.

Announced during CES, Sprint’s first large-scale city deployment of its platform will be in Greenville, South Carolina.

Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (Massive MIMO) technology will be deployed in addition to a dedicated, distributed, and virtualised IoT core network capable of supporting AI, robotics, edge computing, autonomous vehicles, and other IoT systems...

By Ryan Daws, 09 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

NVIDIA debuts world's first commercial ‘Level 2+’ self-driving platform

NVIDIA has announced DRIVE AutoPilot, the world’s first commercially-available ‘Level 2+’ self-driving platform.

Debuted at this year’s CES, NVIDIA claims its groundbreaking platform integrates multiple AI technologies. The company believes the first self-driving vehicles to use it will go into production next year.

‘Level 2+’ means the car has automated driving features but requires constant supervision. The...

By Ryan Daws, 08 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

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.

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.