The Internet of Things

End-to-end, lifecycle cyber protection for industrial systems: A guide

SCADA networks in any factory or critical infrastructure application require protection against increasingly sophisticated and well-funded cyber threats. As emerging security standards such as IEC 62443 help marshal the industry’s response, effective protection calls for an end-to-end, lifecycle approach to device security, extending from the underlying hardware to top-level applications and back into the supply chain. Introduction: Industrial networks at risk Cyber attacks against industrial assets and infrastructures such as power grids aim to steal ...

BlackBerry’s new security management system aims to give greater trust to smart cities

BlackBerry is committing to help the private and public sectors come together to boost the development of smart cities and intelligent transportation systems with a Security Credential Management System (SCMS) service. To address this need, BlackBerry will be making available a SCMS service that provides the mechanism for vehicles and infrastructure, such as traffic lights, to exchange information in a trustworthy and private manner using digital certificates. The company will not charge fees to automakers ...

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 ...

MachineMetrics raises $11.3m to help assist manufacturers with analytics initiatives

Industrial IoT analytics and machine monitoring platform MachineMetrics has raised $11.3 million in a recently held series A financing round that was led by Tola Capital. MachineMetrics’ system is designed in such a manner that its customers can install it by themselves without requiring costly and time-consuming customisation. Once the installation is done, manufacturers can collect, visualise and analyse data from any industrial machine. The system automatically detects technical issues, also predicts problems hours or ...

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 ...

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 ...

Semtech utilises IoT-equipped LoRa devices in agriculture and smart ranching

Semtech has announced that Australian carrier National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo) is deploying a publicly available network based on the LoRaWAN protocol that will leverage Semtech’s LoRa devices and technology to build Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The network will rolled out with Australian agriculture company Goanna Ag, with an aim to bring smarter irrigation management solutions to Australian cotton growers. The network, which is an extension of NNNCo’s existing LoRaWAN-based network coverage, covers an ...

Global wearable device sales to rise 26% in 2019, says Gartner

Global shipments of wearable devices are forecast to increase by 25.8% year over year to $225 million (GBP 176.3 million) in 2019, according to the latest figures from Gartner. The research firm also predicted that that the end-user spending on wearable devices will reach to $42 billion (GBP 32.9 million) in 2019. It has been estimated that 74 million smartwatches will be shipped in 2019 which will make them the top segment of all wearable ...

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 ...

Volvo and Ericsson announce five-year connected vehicle cloud deal

Volvo Cars and Ericsson have announced the signing of a five-year connected vehicle deal. According to the deal, Ericsson will provide its Connected Vehicle Cloud platform to Volvo Cars that would further boost the automaker’s digital vehicle services in more than 120 countries across the globe for the next five years. The automaker aims to focus more on securing high-quality connected-vehicle services since digitalisation expands the need of software services. Through this deal Volvo Car ...

To no surprise, China is surveilling connected car owners

In perhaps the least shocking revelation of the year, the Chinese government are using connected cars to keep tabs on citizens. A report from the Associated Press found more than 200 automakers – including Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, and Mitsubishi – are providing live data to Chinese authorities. The automakers claim it’s to comply with national laws. Chinese officials do not deny the data collection, but say it’s for analytical purposes ...

Nutanix announces availability of its Xi IoT and Xi Cloud Services

Cloud computing software provider Nutanix has made available its new edge computing service ‘Xi IoT’, which expedites deployment, removes complexity, and encourages developers to focus on business logic powering IoT applications and services. The Xi IoT platform is different from the conventional IoT models. The Xi IoT platform provides machine inference, local compute, and data services to perform real-time processing at the edge. The Xi IoT Data Pipelines securely moves intelligently analysed data to a ...

Why cellular IoT is the only option for wearable devices

The wearable device market has grown tremendously over the last six years, from just $750 million in 2012 to almost $6 billion today. Following their rollout out last year, LTE-M and NB-IoT networks have matured, with increasingly more markets adopting cellular IoT as the only true long-term option for connecting the vast majority of emerging applications. This is perhaps most evident in the wearable space where cellular has a clear advantage over alternative solutions. Let’s ...

How AI can help provide marketers with the ‘right moment’ for consumer purchase

For today’s marketing professionals, it’s all about data and differentiation. Get the best insights out of the data you’ve got, and put something together that differs from the crowd. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can help in this quest – but it is not as simple as flicking a switch and ‘being AI.’ This gap between data collection and data utilisation is where Zeta Global, a data-driven marketing solutions provider, comes in. Ron ...

Chinese facial recognition flags bus ad woman for jaywalking

A woman has been flagged for jaywalking by facial recognition tech in a Chinese city, only she wasn’t even there. The woman in question was Dong Mingzhu, Chairwoman of China’s biggest maker of air conditioners, Gree Electric Appliances. Mingzhu’s face was presented on a huge display in the city of Ningbo which shames people for jaywalking. However, Mingzhu’s only presence in the city was in an advert on the side of a moving bus. Ningbo’s ...
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