Internet of Parcels: Unpacking the potential of smart packaging

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The promise of Internet of Things (IoT) technology lies in the details. Anything can be given a digital identity and connected to anything else. However, finding applications that truly add value is another matter entirely. In retail and logistics, however, a coherent methodology is emerging around the concept of smart packages. Everyday packaging is becoming smarter with the help of technologies such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), QR codes, Near Field Communication (NFC), and cloud services, in a variety of different combinations. The result is that connected boxes, pallets, and…

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MIT researchers devise IoT transmitter to stop hackers

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Researchers at MIT have created a transmitter that could stop hackers from attacking IoT devices. Such devices are vulnerable to hack attacks that locate, intercept, and overwrite data, and jam signals, according to researchers working on the project. One method that can be used to protect data on IoT networks is frequency hopping. This sends each data packet, containing thousands of individual bits, on a random, unique radio frequency (RF) channel. This makes it difficult for hackers to trace individual packets. However, previous iterations of this method have typically slowed…

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AT&T and Nokia team up to offer IoT connectivity to enterprises

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US telecoms giant AT&T and Finnish electronics firm Nokia have teamed up to provide an Internet of Things (IoT) offering to organisations globally. The two companies are using Nokia’s Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) to offer AT&T’s enterprise customers the use of Nokia’s existing IoT services, including core network, IoT operations, billing, security, and data analytics. AT&T’s cloud-based Multi-Network Connect platform will be used as part of the package to simplify connectivity to WING, and to manage IoT devices across multiple cellular and satellite networks, operators, and regions via a…

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NB-IoT will win because China supports it

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When it comes to the kind of low-power, wide area (LPWA) connectivity needed to connect vast networks of sensors in smart factories, on smart farms, and across smart cities, Chinese uptake looks set to be a deciding factor in the question of which cellular standard is likely to have the biggest impact: NB-IoT or LTE-M? According to a report last week from market research company Berg Insight, it seems that NB-IoT (Narrowband IoT) will win out, thanks to demand for the technology in the world’s most populous nation. That’s significant,…

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Toronto pilots new smart city technologies with Intel, Microsoft

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The City of Toronto in Canada has chosen a number of technologies to pilot in its smart city initiative. In partnership with Microsoft, Intel, QuadReal Property Group, the IESO, Fasken Law, and the Build in Canada Innovation Program, the city will trial a range of Internet of Things (IoT) proposals in its Urban Pilot Program, also known as UPPlift: Toronto. The solutions will use a mix of the IoT, advanced sensors, and artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance facility efficiency, and improve citizens’ experience of the built environment. Smart environments Among…

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Wireless Broadband Alliance publishes IoT device roaming guidelines

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The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has published a white paper on IoT device interoperability and roaming. The paper, IoT Interoperability: Dynamic Roaming, investigates how – with between 20 and 30 billion connected devices coming online by 2020, by different estimates – there is an urgent need for interoperability to allow IoT devices to roam across networks. The white paper addresses the ways in which devices could roam at scale without intervention. It focuses on the steps necessary for IoT devices to connect to different networks, successfully authenticate themselves, and enable…

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Singapore routers gave full access to IoT hackers

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A vulnerability affecting hundreds of routers in Singapore could have given hackers complete access to connected devices. According to a blog post by researchers at cybersecurity specialists NewSky Security, Singapore ISP Singtel opened up port-forwarding to fix a technical issue on their routers, but forgot to close the ports afterwards. That vulnerability allowed access to all devices connected to the affected hardware. Research lead Ankit Anubhav – who discovered the flaw, dubbed ‘ForgotDoor’ – said that the affected routers had port 10000 wide open, meaning that they could easily be…

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SWIM launches IoT smart city, energy AI edge solutions


Edge intelligence startup SWIM.AI has announced new smart city and Internet of Things (IoT) offerings, powered by its EDX AI software. Earlier this year, the 2015-founded company came out of stealth mode to launch its EDX platform. The product is designed to supply business insights in real time from IoT devices, by autonomously building digital twins from streaming data in the edge environment, via real-time analytics and predictive machine learning. SWIM EDX runs on existing edge devices, forming a computing mesh for edge processing. In this way, companies can –…

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Uber: Poor object recognition and system design caused death

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The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released the preliminary findings of its investigation into the fatal accident in March involving an autonomous Uber test vehicle and a pedestrian. Uber announced on 23 May that it was formally ending its driverless test programme in Arizona, where the accident took place. While ‘probable cause’ has been left blank by investigators, whose work is ongoing, their initial report makes it clear that the accident was due to poor object recognition and system design, and Volvo’s own emergency braking and driver assistance…

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New European consortium to improve IoT security

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A new European consortium is to begin working on Brain-IoT, a framework to improve the interoperability and security of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The consortium includes 12 industry and academic partners from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK, including Airbus CyberSecurity, Siemens AG, and service robotics company, Robotnik. The consortium is headed by Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) in Italy, and co-funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, with a budget of €5 million. Brain-IoT aims to establish a framework and methodology that supports IoT platforms, offering model-based…

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Size matters for autonomous drones

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A team of computer scientists from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and the University of Bologna, Italy, have created what is thought to be the world’s smallest fully autonomous drone – just 4 x 3in – capable of flying without a remote pilot. The team built an autonomous system on top of the 27-gram Crazyflie 2.0 Nano Quadcopter. The deployment of fully autonomous flying robots is being held back on a number of fronts. For one, until there are computer vision systems that inspire confidence in the minds of regulators, kinetic energy…

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Security: BSI unveils new kitemark certification for IoT devices

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Connected technology firms are now able to apply for a specialist IoT certification from the British Standards Institution (BSI) to show that their products are secure. After a lengthy consultation process, the BSI has unveiled the Kitemark for Internet of Things devices, to help buyers easily identify IoT products that are trustworthy, safe, secure, and functional. Recent research has found that the average household has up to ten internet-connected devices, with that number expected to grow to 15 by 2020. However, other reports have revealed that many popular smart home…

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Intel Mobileye signs European deal for 8 million semi-autonomous cars

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Intel’s Mobileye autonomous driving division has signed a deal to supply an unnamed European automaker with driverless vehicle and driver assistance technologies. The value of the deal has not been announced, but is reported to cover eight million vehicles. Autonews reports that the deal will begin in 2021, when Mobileye’s EyeQ5 chip, which is designed for fully autonomous driving, is launched as an upgrade to the EyeQ4 that is scheduled for rollout this summer. According to figures from Statista, VW has by far the largest share of the European car…

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Apple has more autonomous cars on road than Waymo or Tesla

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Apple has increased its fleet of autonomous test vehicles in California to 55, with 83 registered drivers, according to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The announcement means that Apple now has more autonomous test cars in the state than Waymo (51), Tesla (39), and recent entrant (14). Only GM Cruise has more registered vehicles, at 104. According to the DMV, 53 companies are testing a total of 409 autonomous vehicles in California. However, Apple has yet to apply for a driverless permit, which would allow it to…

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Ultra-fast power options open up for electric vehicles


Home charging of plug-in cars looks set to be displaced by charging stations in car parks and petrol stations, as investment in EV infrastructure soars, says Jessica Twentyman. For electric vehicle (EV) owners today, charging their car at home is a vital part of the daily routine. If they’re lucky and they plan their trips well, they can avoid the worst symptoms of ‘range anxiety’ – the fear that their vehicle’s battery will run out of charge before they arrive home or are able to locate a charging station. The…

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