IoT transforming solar efficiency in South Africa

Coming off a record year for residential solar panel installations in 2023, the integration of the IoT and with solar energy systems is revolutionising how South Africans view home efficiency and energy independence.

“There’s an incredible opportunity to combine technology with daily home use to create homes that are smarter, more efficient, and more cost-effective," said Ross Mains-Sheard, Co-Founder and CEO of Versofy SOLAR.

“As smart home gadgets and apps become...

Samsung to elevate smart homes with GenAI-powered Bixby

Samsung aims to elevate smart homes by revamping its AI-powered voice assistant Bixby with generative AI.

During its recent IFA 2023 press conference, Samsung unveiled its plans to breathe new life into Bixby by upgrading it with advanced generative AI capabilities that will feature in all future smart home appliances.

Generative AI – as seen in popular tools like ChatGPT, Dall-E, and Google Bard – enables systems to understand complex sentences and provide...

Britain’s smart meter network grew by a record-breaking 87% in 2021

Record growth was observed for Britain’s smart meter network in 2021, helping to support the country’s net-zero carbon ambitions.

The Smart Data Communications Company (SmartDCC) operates and maintains the national smart meter network.

In 2021, SmartDCC says it added eight million smart meters—representing an 87 percent increase. August 2021 was a record month with over one million smart meters connected.

Angus Flett, CEO of SmartDCC,...

Vodafone’s IoT recall system can auto-disable faulty products

Vodafone has unveiled a smart new recall system which leverages the IoT to ensure customers are kept informed and safe.

The current prototype system allows manufacturers to instantly notify customers of recalls using Vodafone’s network.

A small electronic device module – around the size of a SIM card – is installed in an appliance to link it to Vodafone’s network.

Consumers are given the peace-of-mind that, if any fault is discovered affecting their...

IBM X-Force discovers Mozi botnet accounts for 90% of IoT traffic

Security experts from IBM X-Force have discovered that the Mozi botnet now accounts for 90 percent of traffic from IoT devices.

Mozi evolved from the source codes of infamous malware families such as Mirai, IoT Reaper, and Gafgyt. The botnet is capable of DDoS attacks, data exfiltration, and command or payload execution.

IoT devices with weak security, predominately unpatched routers and DVRs, are sought by Mozi to add to its ranks. Mozi has compromised popular routers...