Ericsson and Sprint partner on IoT operating system

IoT Operating System

Sprint and Ericsson will build an IoT operating system and a distributed and virtualized core network dedicated to IoT, with plans to debut the technology at Mobile World Congress Americas next week, according to a press release. The IoT operating system will ease connectivity and device management and include managed services. “We are combining our IoT strategy with Ericsson’s expertise to build a platform primed for the most demanding applications like artificial intelligence, edge computing, robotics, autonomous vehicles and more with ultra-low latency, the highest availability and an unmatched level…

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IoT security issues: Your NAS may be vulnerable

NAS IoT security

When it comes to internet of things security issues, the FBI is getting serious. The FBI recently issued a warning that Internet-connected devices are particularly vulnerable to cybercrime. The alert explained that bad cyber actors are actively searching out and exploiting internet of things (IoT) devices (also called smart devices), especially those with weak authentication, unpatched firmware or other software vulnerabilities, or default usernames and passwords. They are then using the devices as proxies to send spam e-mails, muddle network traffic, mask internet browsing, generate click-fraud activities, and sell or…

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Dell launches smart vision IoT solutions in edge computing push

Dell Technologies IoT Solution for Surveillance

Dell Technologies has announced new solutions to support computer vision and machine intelligence applications from edge to cloud. The first target? Surveillance. Dell has collaborated with its partner ecosystem – particularly Intel – to develop surveillance solutions based on advanced computer vision and analytics technologies. These are ready to be applied to use cases in public safety, customer experience, and product inventory management, the company confirmed in a statement. Intel has a number of computer vision acquisitions and investments, including Movidius, the startup whose technology is used in leading autonomous…

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Retail IoT: The new cashier-free stores transforming shopping

Zippin IoT

Cashier-free stores are shaping up to be the future of retail – but that future is likely to be led by China, as Jessica Twentyman reports. Could a combination of in-store cameras, artificial intelligence, smart-shelf sensors, and a handy mobile app, put an end to the irritation of waiting in line for the checkout? Zippin thinks it can. This week, the San Francisco start-up launched what it calls its “next-generation checkout-free technology, which enables retailers to quickly deploy frictionless shopping in stores and brings an end to waiting in line…

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Global IIoT market to surpass $176bn by 2022

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The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market is forecast to surpass $176 billon by 2022, according to a new report by analysts at Market Research Engine. Their latest study looks into the market share and company profiles of key participants in the global IIoT sector, such as General Electric, Cisco, Intel, Rockwell Automation, ARM, ABB, Siemens AG, Honeywell, Dassault Systemes, Huawei, Zebra Technologies, IBM, Bosch, and others. Market Research Engine suggests that the IIoT market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than eight percent over…

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How smart cities can help build a sustainable world

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By Haider Iqbal, director of IoT, Public Services & Transport, at Gemalto. An occasional series of vendor perspectives on the world of connected business – because it’s all about making new connections and starting new conversations. Sustainability is a powerful force for positive change in our world; one that is driving transformation, innovation, and improvement across all aspects of society. No longer limited to conserving natural resources, sustainability now encompasses a broad range of challenges, including urban growth, transportation, our carbon footprints, and even people’s work-life balance. As the world’s…

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Report: Lack of targeted solutions tempering IoT adoption

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Enterprise customers have tempered their expectations about the pace of IoT adoption. That’s the conclusion drawn from the latest report from global management consultancy Bain & Company, ‘Unlocking Opportunities in the Internet of Things‘. Despite industry-wide reservation that stems from a lack of targeted solutions, integration complexities and other barriers to adoption, Bain & Company expects the combined markets for the Internet of Things (IoT) – which includes hardware, software, systems integration, and data and telecom services – to grow to $520 billion by 2021. That figure represents a more…

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Vulnerabilities found in Samsung SmartThings Hub

SmartThings Hub

Cisco’s cybersecurity arm Cisco Talos has discovered a number of vulnerabilities in the firmware of Samsung’s SmartThings Hub. The device is designed to be controlled using a smartphone app, giving the owner oversight of all connected devices in the home, meaning that any security flaw could have serious consequences. Cisco Talos’ Claudio Bozzato found that the SmartThings Hub was severely compromised. Major vulnerabilities Bozzato discovered firmware vulnerabilities that made it possible for an attacker to take control of the Hub and, by extension, access sensitive information, monitor and control devices…

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Uber closing self-driving truck division

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Uber is pulling down the shutters on its self-driving trucks unit, a programme rooted in the $680 million acquisition of San Francisco-based Otto in 2016. The company has announced that it is now refocusing its efforts on self-driving cars as it gears up for IPO in 2019. Last week, Uber’s head of advanced technologies, Eric Meyhofer, confirmed that the company’s fleet of self-driving cars is being redeployed to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to resume public testing. Uber’s autonomous vehicles were pulled from public roads in March, following a fatal collision with a…

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Scandit raises series B funding to bring IoT to everday objects through computer vision

Scandit

Scandit, an enterprise technology platform for mobile computer vision, bar-code scanning and augmented reality, has announced that it has raised $30 million in Series B funding led by GV, with participation from NGP Capital and existing investor Atomico, among others. Scandit has previously raised $13 million. The new funding will enable Scandit to accelerate global expansion and further develop its mobile computer vision platform to support advanced capabilities across any camera-equipped device. The funding is intended to propel Scandit’s long-term vision of bringing the Internet of Things to everyday objects.…

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Soracom simplifies secure provisioning of IoT devices in field

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SIM Authentication Eliminates Need to Load Device Keys and Tokens at Manufacturing. Soracom, Inc., provider of the leading cloud-native connectivity-as-a-service platform for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced released of its Krypton service, which simplifies and lowers the cost to securely provision connected devices in the field. Krypton uses SIM authentication to identify each unique device the first time it is connected to a cloud service. This allows shipment of devices with a common firmware image to end customers, who can then add unique device information and keys at deployment…

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Samsung and Swann IoT apps breached

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Security flaws were revealed within the firmware of Samsung‘s SmartThings Hub. Cisco Talos issued a blog on multiple vulnerabilities. As Jeremy Cowan reports, this is not the only IoT security flaw exposed recently. No surprise then, that enterprises are getting twitchy about the security of their future IIoT services. Talos finds Samsung Smart Things vulnerability Cisco Talos has been working with Samsung to ensure that these issues have been resolved and that a firmware update has been made available for affected customers. The hub is a central controller that allows…

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Semtech’s LoRa technology creates smarter streets in India

Ahoy Systems smart street light solutions offer ultra-low power capabilities to save cities on utility costs. Semtech Corporation, announced that Ahoy Systems, an electronic design house and OEM for several smart city devices, incorporated Semtech’s LoRa® devices and technology into its smart street-lighting products. Neel Maharaj, CEO at Ahoy Systems, said: “Our smart street lights are built to ensure city efficiency and sustainability, without compromising the safety of streets for pedestrians and drivers. Smart cities leverage our smart lights to reduce their energy footprint and cut down on maintenance costs.”…

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Kerlink connects with leading Turkish IoT network provider

Istanbul

Kerlink, announced plans to expand its presence in Turkey, in partnership with the nationwide IoT network-solutions distributor, NetOP Technology. The Turkish company designs and manufactures more than 60 types of low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) sensors, and provides end-to-end IoT solutions for vertical markets with its hardware and software. NetOP Technology’s sensors support an extensive range of applications in industrial control, logistics, smart buildings, smart cities, smart agriculture, smart health care and other widely used IoT applications. “Previously, we have had to decline some IoT business opportunities because available solutions did…

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IBM showcases Watson momentum in Europe as well as cloud success

IBM Watson

IBM is certainly making progress in Europe if recent releases are anything to go by – both in cloud and with its AI-enabled assistant Watson. Many of the company’s new European clients are using Watson, according to a momentum release, including Spanish electricity grid operator Red Eléctrica de España, Italian elderly care provider Cooperativa Sole, Dutch telecommunications operator Tele2 and Israeli manufacturer of smart air conditioning Electra Group. Bret Greenstein, global vice president of IBM Watson Internet of Things Offerings, said: “IBM announced a $3 billion investment globally to bring…

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