The Internet of Things

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 driverless trucks would drive the so-called ‘tulip corridors’ at night. A human driver would lead a ...

The Lance Arm-strong of performance-enhanced CPUs: Armv8.1-M arch jams vector math into super-microcontrollers

Processor designer Arm will, we're told, today pull the wraps off its Armv8.1-M architecture for crafting next-gen 32-bit microcontrollers. This technology is expected to be the foundation of future beefy Arm Cortex-M CPU cores that chipmakers can license and stick in their components. For buyers of stuff, like you and me, that means gadgets and gizmos that eventually use these system-on-chips will hopefully see a bit of a processing-performance boost. Microcontrollers drive stuff like wearables, ...

IDC notes how Asia Pacific is set to become global IoT spending leader in 2019

The recently published IDC Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide has predicted that the Asia Pacific region, excluding Japan (APEJ), will spend around 36.9% of the worldwide spend, making it the global leader for IoT spending in 2019. Following APEJ will be the US and Western Europe with 26.1% of the WW IoT spend in 2019, respectively. In 2018, China spent £123.57bn, making it the top spender in the region. Following China were South ...

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. In theory, AutoAir’s network supports 5 Gbit/s every 300m. A ...

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. Carl Arntzen, CEO at Worcester Bosch, said: “We are delighted to have switched 5G on ...

VMware and InfluxData team up over enterprise and industrial IoT data

San Francisco-based tech firm InfluxData has announced that it will be integrating its technology with VMware’s IoT infrastructure management solution -- the Pulse IoT Centre, which embeds InfluxData’s InfluxDB Enterprise and Kapacitor. The Pulse IoT Centre is an enterprise-grade IoT device management and monitoring solution, allowing customers to manage, monitor and secure IoT systems and connected devices, whereas InfluxDB Enterprise is the modern open source purpose-built time series database and Kapacitor is the real-time stream ...

Study reveals laxness among automakers in terms of cybersecurity

An independent study conducted by Ponemon Institute found that 30% of the automotive companies do not have their own cybersecurity programme or a team. It also found that these companies do not even hire external organisations to secure the software used in their products. Moreover, the survey shows that around 63% of all automotive firms are heedless when it comes to testing vulnerabilities. Less than half of software, hardware, and other technologies they develop remain ...

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, ...

Hands up who reuses the same password everywhere, even with your Nest. Keep your hand up if you like being spied on by hackers

Nest has urged its customers to not reuse passwords between their smart home gizmos and other websites and services. This comes after miscreants were spotted taking usernames and passwords leaked or stolen from other websites, and using them to attempt to log into Nest accounts and hijack the internet-connected home gadgets, a type of attack known as credential stuffing. Rishi Chandra, general manager of the Google-owned smart home outfit, sent an email to all Nest ...

From Firefox to fired cocks: Look who’s out to save you being shafted by insecure Internet of Dingalings – it’s Mozilla!

Hewing to its pubic public service mission, Mozilla has published a privacy and security evaluation of sex toys and other connected goods in preparation for Valentine's Day next week. "Connected devices in the bedroom can amp up romance," explained Jen Caltrider, content strategy lead for Mozilla. "But they also have the possibility to expose the most intimate parts of our lives. Consumers have the right know if their latest device has privacy and security features ...

Extreme Networks launches Defender for IoT with aim to secure edge devices

Extreme Networks, a California-based network equipment supplier, has launched Defender for IoT, which aims to help organisations secure edge and IoT devices. Defender for IoT, which is part of the company’s Smart OmniEdge solution, can be deployed on any network by anyone, which means no technical expertise is required at all. It is so easy that even a non-technical staff at schools, hospitals, retailers, and hospitality venues, can use it by simply plugging the Defender ...

Ericsson reveals vision for next-gen cellular IoT solutions

Ericsson is empowering service providers across multiple industries to address a larger part of the IoT market with the help of its newly introduced next-generation cellular solutions. These solutions will help proliferation of the cellular IoT evolution in what Ericsson sees as four market segments: broadband IoT, industrial automation IoT, massive IoT, and critical IoT. Among those, industrial automation IoT and broadband IoT are two segments that are new; the former will allow advanced industrial ...

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 ...

How Industry 4.0 developments will be gaining pace in 2019

Sponsored It goes without saying that the ongoing fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, will be a vital theme in 2019. Increasingly, as various industries mature in their thinking and outlook towards the Internet of Things, budgets are looking towards a confluence of emerging technologies and – deployed in concert – how they can drive greater efficiencies in the industrial sector. Writing for this publication in July, Adam Byrne, CEO at remote access software provider ...

Good news! Only half of Internet of Crap apps fumble encryption

Updated Evaluating the security of IoT devices can be difficult, particularly if you're not adept at firmware binary analysis. An alternative approach would be just to assume IoT security is generally terrible, and a new study has shown that's probably a safe bet. In a paper distributed last week through preprint service ArXiv, computer scientists Davino Mauro Junior, Luis Melo, Harvey Lu, Marcelo d’Amorim, and Atul Prakash from the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, and ...
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