The Internet of Things

Enterprises need to assess their IoT footprint, argues Zscaler

San Jose-based IT security firm Zscaler’s latest study has found that more than a thousand organisations around the world have more than one IoT device transferring data from the network to the internet through the company’s proprietary cloud platform. The study, titled “IoT in the Enterprise: An Analysis of Traffic and Threats” and which analysed 56 million IoT device transactions to explore the traffic stemming from 270 different types of devices across the cloud platform ...

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 finding new, creative ...

Opinion: The road to truly intelligent connected cars

Building the smart car of the future requires putting technology in the driver’s seat. The most fundamental feature of a connected car is network connectivity, and this usually involves a wireless local area network (LAN). This allows the car to share internet access and data with other devices, both inside and outside the vehicle. According to McKinsey and Cisco, researchers estimate that nearly 250 million cars will be connected to the internet by 2020. Vehicles ...

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 ...

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 ...

Now Chinese-made drones rubbing US govt up the Huawei: ‘Strong concerns’ DJI kit threat to national security

A US government agency has claimed drones pose a threat to national security in an echo of its wider campaign against all things Chinese. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), drones from China (therefore meaning DJI, the world's biggest manufacturer of the kit) "contain components that can compromise your data and share your information on a server accessed beyond the company itself". DJI makes small and medium-sized drones aimed at consumers and home ...

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 ...

5G to debut in IoT market in late 2020, argues Berg Insight report

Plenty has been said on when 5G will truly arrive – but according to a new report from Berg Insight, we should expect to wait another 18 months before the technology arrives in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT). According to the IoT analyst firm, the first 5G cellular IoT modules will be available for developers in 2019 and will allow early adopters to build first IoT-based devices that will centre on the ...

Bosch gets bullish on blockchain as ‘key technology for the economy of things’

Manufacturing giant Bosch has found its voice getting increasingly louder when it comes to digitisation and the Internet of Things (IoT) – and now the company is advocating distributed ledger technologies as key to restoring trust online. Bosch spent two days last week hosting its ConnectedWorld event in Berlin, and in the aftermath the company touted it was at the ‘next milestone’ on the road to becoming a global IoT supplier. Indeed, achieving the next ...

Report: Edge computing likely to show strong growth for future IoT use cases

A new report from Strategy Analytics claims that edge computing is on the rise in IoT deployments and is anticipated to show strong growth in the coming years. The market research firm believes that data will be processed by edge computing in three fifths (59%) of the IoT deployments by 2025, which will mainly be driven by the efficient use of the network, security, and the response time. At present, the research suggests that 44% ...

How to secure our connected world: An open call to the industry

It’s 2019. The long-anticipated Internet of Things (IoT), despite gaining decent ground over the past few years, still doesn’t quite feel as mature as we were once promised. The technology is there, the appetite is there. What is holding it back? Three things consistently arise when truly looking at scaling the IoT: Fear over poor security (exacerbated by destructive attacks and scare-mongering of recent years) Closed ecosystems looking to become the next big thing at ...

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. We’ve been ...

OK, Google, please do a half-hearted U-turn: Stay of execution for smart home APIs after Big G goes cuckoo in the Nest

Google has backtracked somewhat on a plan to kill off the popular Works with Nest smart home program after customer fury. "We hear you," began the headline to a blog post by product director Michele Turner on Thursday morning, before noting that the ad giant "received a lot of questions" about its plan to retire the program and in response wanted to "share our updated plan and clarify our approach." Which is PR speak for: ...

‘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 ...

Verizon’s NB-IoT network covers more than nine tenths of US population

US telecom giant Verizon has announced that its Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) Network is now available across US, covering more than 92% of the country’s population. The NB-IoT Network, which is Verizon’s additional IoT connectivity option, along with the company’s ThingSpace management platform, APIs, tools and rich ecosystem of partners, aims to empower enterprise clients to develop innovative NB-IoT solutions. The network, which is especially developed for IoT applications, could benefit from access to lower cost ...
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