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.

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.

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).

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.

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Roger Francis, Director of Energy, Environment, and...

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.

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.

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.

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.