Research: Amazon is leading the smart home

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New research from Argus Insights points towards a smart home leader beginning to emerge, which should lead to a settling of the market and increase the focus on interoperability between devices. 

Most current solutions have their disadvantages – HomeKit requires a secure Apple chip to control apps with Siri, whilst Nest's Weave is limited to a small amount of devices. Amazon is leading the pack with their 'Echo' smart home ecosystem...

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

#MWC16: F-Secure's router brings Sense to IoT security

With all your IoT devices transmitting sensitive data – you want to ensure it's secure. You would hope security is a priority to manufacturers of the devices you purchase, but even those with the best intentions can leave a hole open to exploit from ever-capable hackers. 

F-Secure has long been a trusted guardian of your technology, and many people will have used their desktop and mobile solutions to help ensure malicious activity is blocked. The company is bringing their security expertise...

By Ryan Daws, 23 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

Review: NETGEAR Arlo Q offers impersonal security

When a networking giant like NETGEAR announces they've entered the smart home space; you expect a high-level of reliability just like the rest of their equipment. Last year saw the release of the wireless Arlo security camera, and this year a new camera joins the range in the form of the Arlo Q

Earlier this week, IoT Tech took a trip over to an event in London where we heard many bold claims about the new camera and received a sample for us to put through its paces. In...

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2016, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

QoS platform for IoT devices launched by Gemalto

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Gemalto, an international digital security company, has announced the launch of a Quality of Service (QoS) platform for the IoT to provide monitoring of smart devices running on cellular networks. The 'LinqUs' platform aims to highlight problems in real-time, to ensure a high-level of service.

A QoS platform like the...

By Ryan Daws, 15 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sensly keeps a check on deadly pollution levels

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Pollution in cities is a serious concern. In 2008, there were 4,300 premature deaths in London that was attributed to long-term exposure to dangerous airborne particles. In areas such as Hackney, pollution levels have been reported as 50% above the EU limit. 

John Whiting, from the Bristol Robotics Lab, is part of the team working on

By Ryan Daws, 02 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Opinion: Freevolt could be the wireless charging breakthrough the IoT needs

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Lord Drayson, CEO and Chairman of Drayson Technologies, introduced a new wireless charging technology earlier today called 'Freevolt' which could solve the battery issues faced by a lot of wireless devices which make up the Internet of Things. 

Freevolt turns ambient radio frequency (RF) waves into usable power for low-consumption devices which means some devices will never...

By Ryan Daws, 30 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Standards.