IBM X-Force: Mirai is increasingly targeting enterprise IoT devices

Researchers from IBM X-Force have found variants of the infamous IoT botnet Mirai are increasingly targeting enterprise devices.

Mirai caused havoc in 2016 when it was used to flood DNS provider Dyn with unprecedented amounts of traffic. Dyn’s downtime impacted some of the world’s most popular services including Twitter, Spotify, PlayStation Network, GitHub, Netflix, and Soundcloud.

There are more than 60 known variants of Mirai. Typically, these variants have sought to infect easily hackable...

By Ryan Daws, 19 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Security.

5G Americas explores how the IoT and 5G will ‘create our connected future’

A whitepaper released by industry trade organisation 5G Americas delves into how the IoT and 5G will ‘create our connected future’.

The whitepaper explains how standards body 3GPP has been helping to future-proof the cellular technology which is expected to underpin massive IoT deployments (defined as at least one million devices per kilometre).

No organisation wants to be responsible for having to replace the batteries of such large deployments on a frequent basis, so the 5G networks are expected...

By Ryan Daws, 17 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Qualcomm is working on a much-needed new WearOS chipset

Qualcomm is reportedly working on a WearOS chipset that should finally deliver some tangible performance and battery life improvements.

Qualcomm’s most recent WearOS chipset, the Snapdragon 3100, was widely regarded as a disappointment; offering minimal improvements over its predecessor.

The 3100’s main processor was left relatively unchanged with the key change being the addition of the QC1110 co-processor.

Based on a 7nm process, the QC1110 promised to handle things such as the always-on display...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Wearables.

Whoop whoop: Juggalo makeup blocks facial recognition

Juggalo makeup, worn by fans of hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse (ICP), has been found to be a particularly effective way of blocking facial recognition.

Ticketmaster and Live Nation invested in a military-grade facial recognition company last year. Concertgoers who are concerned about such technology may want to consider becoming a Juggalo/Juggalette.

Twitter user (@tahkion) describes himself as a ‘Prominent Security Juggalo’ and found the black-on-white facepaint tricks...

By Ryan Daws, 09 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Smart Cities.

Europe votes against EU’s plan to use WiFi over 5G for connected cars

European nations voted against the EU’s executive proposal for a WiFi-based connected car standard in favour of 5G technology.

The EU wants to use the WiFi-based Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) standard, which is also backed by Volkswagen. Most of the rest of the industry disagreed with this perspective.

Naturally, the mobile industry lobbied the most in favour of a 5G-based alternative known as Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X). A consortium of mobile industry bodies –...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Trend Micro blocked five million IoT camera hack attempts

Cybersecurity experts from Trend Micro blocked five million attempted hacks of IoT cameras.

IP cameras have become a prime target for hackers. Viewing inside someone’s home or business has clear advantages for someone with malicious intent. This could involve blackmail, or even seeing what items a property holds and whether anyone is around.

Other key reasons provided by Trend Micro for hackers targeting IP cameras include:

  • Constant connectivity. Like many other devices, IP cameras need to be internet-connected to function properly. However, exposure to the internet also makes it easy for hackers to...

By Ryan Daws, 01 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Study: Business leaders want the EU to prioritise automation technologies

A study has found top business leaders want the EU to prioritise and support technologies relating to automation such as 5G and AI.

The survey (PDF) was carried out for the European Round Table (ERT) of Industrialists and features the views of CEOs from member companies such as Nestlé, Shell, Volvo, Siemens, and Heineken.

“We need the right policies to ensure our economies can take advantage of innovative technologies, our companies...

By Ryan Daws, 17 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities.

Lilium will develop air taxi software in the UK creating hundreds of jobs

German air taxi startup Lilium has announced it will base its software development in the UK and create hundreds of jobs.

Lilium hopes to access the local talent pool in one of Europe’s leading tech hubs and the highest ranked country in the region in related technologies such as AI.

“While we recognise that talent is global, London offers us access to a rich talent pool and an environment that’s...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Smart Cities.

Nissan to demonstrate ‘brain-to-car’ tech at CES Asia 2019

Automotive giant Nissan is set to demonstrate futuristic 'brain-to-car' technology at CES Asia 2019 in Shanghai this week.

Said to be the first of its kind, the brain-to-car technology analyses brain signals to improve the driving experience.

By having some idea of a driver's intention, the vehicle could assist with manoeuvres. Similarly, any discomfort experienced by the driver – such as the climate being too cold or hot – could result in the vehicle automatically adjusting...

By Ryan Daws, 11 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Amazon plans drone-based deliveries ‘within months’

During this year’s Re:MARS conference in Las Vegas, Amazon said it will deliver packages to customers using drones “within months”.

The world’s largest retailer has been experimenting with drones for several years.

In December 2016, Amazon ran a successful trial in Cambridge using a drone to deliver a package within 13 minutes. In 2017, IoT News reported Amazon was adding 400 staff...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities.

Sony's debut IoT chip features a 60-mile range using Eltres

Sony is debuting an IoT chip that can work in fast-moving vehicles with an impressive 60-mile range, perfect for the industry of which Jeff Bezos is so excited.

The chip will use Sony’s Eltres LPWA (Low-Power Wide Area) network announced last week. Launching in Japan this year, Eltres uses microchips in tandem with antennas to relay a signal to a base station which can be over 60 miles (100 km) away.

In an example provided by...

By Ryan Daws, 03 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

School’s IoT network teaches students about climate change

A secondary school in Sheffield has created an IoT network to educate students about both the emerging technology and climate change.

Smart cities have the potential to help monitor things such as pollution and improve residents’ quality of life. It’s hoped the experience will help students in using IoT technologies in later life while instilling the need to reduce our environmental impact as a species.

The school’s IoT network was set up by the David and Jane Richards Family Foundation, a...

By Ryan Daws, 29 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

India’s new government plans IoT and AI workforce reskilling

India’s new government plans workforce reskilling in areas like the IoT and AI to become a world leader in emerging technologies.

The government plans to expand its ‘Skill India’ initiative with dedicated policies which ensure the nation’s youth can grasp important new technologies.

“Reskilling and upskilling is big on the incoming government's agenda,” a senior government official

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, Enterprise, Healthcare, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities.

IoT attacks could put a £1bn hole in the UK economy

Research from Irdeto suggests IoT attacks may cost the UK economy over £1 billion per year due to lax security measures.

UK organisations in critical industries such as healthcare, transport, and manufacturing were polled by the Dutch security vendor. Irdeto found attacks on IoT equipment caused £244,000 in losses on average.

Steeve Huin, VP at Irdeto, said:

“Insecure IoT devices and companion apps are essentially low-hanging fruit for cybercriminals, who are increasingly...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Consumer Reports: Tesla’s Autopilot isn’t safe at changing lanes

Consumer Reports has slammed Tesla’s Autopilot as being unsafe when changing lanes and behind the average capability of a human.

A recent Tesla update enabled certain models to automatically switch lanes, in what the manufacturer said is to make driving “more seamless”.

In testing, Consumer Reports found a range of dangerous problems. The feature had a tendency for cutting in without leaving enough space, and even breaking state laws in terms of passing other vehicles.

Jake Fisher, Senior...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Jeff Bezos is ‘very excited’ about the automotive industry

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told employees he is ‘very excited’ about the automotive industry, a possible hint at the tech giant’s next big play.

It’s hard to imagine that Amazon started off as a small Seattle bookstore. Now it’s considered not just an e-commerce giant, but also a leader in areas such as cloud computing, AI, and the IoT.

One area where Bezos’ firm is yet to make any inroads is the automotive industry.

IHS Markit

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Report: Driverless cars improve traffic flow by at least 35 percent

A study by University of Cambridge researchers indicates the advent of driverless cars will improve traffic flows by at least 35 percent.

Using a fleet of miniature robotic cars, the researchers set up realistic traffic conditions including the stoppage of a vehicle on a two-lane road.

When the cars weren't programmed to work together, vehicles approaching the stopped car from behind had to slow down or stop and wait until the other lane was clear.

The result was a tailback just...

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

Amazon debuts first premium Alexa skills in the UK

Amazon has announced the first batch of premium Alexa skills launching in the UK aiming to offer users a higher quality experience.

Earlier this month, Amazon announced ‘in-skill’ purchases were coming to the UK. Much like in-app purchases, developers can offer feature unlocks for one-time payments or subscriptions to access premium content for a limited time.

The ability enables developers to monetise their Alexa skills while subsequently incentivising them to create great experiences....

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT, Smart Homes.

‘Hank’ aspires to be the world’s most dexterous robot

A robot developed by Cambridge Consultants called Hank aims to be the world’s most dexterous robot with humanlike mobility.

Hank features pneumatic fingers that are flexible and contain a ‘pioneering’ sensor to provide a sense of touch and grip. Using the sensor, Hank is able to hold and grip even the most delicate objects.

The inability to emulate the human touch has been a key reason behind the lack of robot adoption in areas like manufacturing line picking and agriculture.

Bruce Ackman,...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing.

Chinese retailer JD is pumping $55m into connected vehicles

Chinese retail giant JD is pumping $55 million into connected vehicle fleets to further boost its leadership in logistics automation.

JD is the world's leading company in high-tech and AI delivery through drones, autonomous technology, and robots. The firm possesses the largest drone delivery system, infrastructure, and capability in the world.

According to a filing posted by Jiangsu Xinning Modern Logistics, JD has agreed to invest 376 million yuan...

By Ryan Daws, 14 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT.