Agtech: Waitrose to trial autonomous farming robots

Small Robot Company

UK supermarket chain Waitrose is planning to deploy autonomous robots, from Shropshire-based robotics start-up Small Robot Company, to farm its Leckford Estate. The Telegraph reports that the three-year trial, will see three types of robot, known as Tom, Dick and Harry, analyse, plant and weed crops at the 4,000 acre farm near Stockbridge, Hampshire. Tom handles crop and soil monitoring, Dick is responsible for precision spraying and laser weeding, while Harry takes care of precision drilling and planting. The robots use AI to scan thousands of pictures of a specific…

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Schneider Electric Exec Opens Up on Industrial IoT and AI

Industrial IoT

Schneider’s highest-ranking IoT executive said the company’s Industrial IoT and AI strategy is based on pragmatism. Cyril Perducat, Schneider Electric’s executive vice president of IoT and digital offers, is a pragmatist. And as such, he views the Internet of Things as simply “a means to an end” and says artificial intelligence “can suffer from an excess of fanciness.” Some people in the industrial space become so enthralled with the potential of artificial intelligence that they started dreaming up science-fiction-like possibilities, Perducat explained. They might wonder if they “can make an…

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Hiber launches nano-satellites for global IoT coverage

Hiber launches nano-satellites

Dutch satellite company Hiber will launch its first ‘HiberBand’ nano-satellites over the next few days, delivering connectivity to remote locations around the world. The Dutch government-backed project claims to be the first truly global satellite solution and hopes to help bridge the digital divide that means 90 percent of the world is currently unable to use connected tech. The start-up is run by the founders of JustEat, TreatWell and Booking.com. Hiber has already partnered with projects that will educate the next generation of smart farmers in schools in Peru, Tanzania…

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Microsoft, Tencent, Intel race to develop autonomous greenhouses

autonomous greenhouses

The world’s population is expected to increase by another two and a half billion to 10 billion by 2055. At the same time, the amount of arable land is expected to shrink as increased urbanisation takes hold. And that’s before other issues such as climate change are factored into the equation. The end result is a lot of mouths to feed and no obvious way to provide the substantial increase in food production required. However, one potential solution is vertical farming: something being explored by several startups. The list includes…

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AT&T and Prevas team up on IoT for industrial automation

AT&T and Prevas

US telecommunications company AT&T has partnered with Swedish IT and engineering firm Prevas to create IoT solutions for industrial and healthcare environments. The three-year deal will see AT&T’s IoT products combined with the industrial design and engineering experience of Prevas. The joint offerings will be shaped to help customers get their connected products and services to market more quickly. These customers include companies in the automotive, defense, energy, healthcare, engineering and technology sectors. For over 30 years, Prevas has served these industries with asset management, product development and IT services.…

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Sisense launches AI edge analytics, turning IoT devices “into supercomputers”

Cloud Business Intelligence

Business intelligence provider Sisense has launched a new artificial intelligence (AI) technology that it claims turns Internet of Things (IoT) devices “into supercomputers”. According to the company, the new Sisense Hunch product represents a “new class of big data analytics” that can be applied to applications that were previously impossible on the Internet of Things, due to its latency, power, storage, and cost challenges. Using the new system, massive stores of data are transformed into “mere megabytes” allowing for “microsecond response times and the ability to be placed anywhere, even…

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Amazon fixes flaws in smart home operating system

IoT security Amazon

Amazon has had to patch 13 flaws found in an operating system used in smart home devices after it was discovered that the software bugs could enable hackers to take over the devices. The flaws were found in FreeRTOS, an embedded operating system ported into over 40 hardware platforms over the last 14 years. In November 2017, Amazon Web Services (AWS) took over stewardship of the FreeRTOS kernel and its components. There is also a commercial version of FreeRTOS, named OpenRTOS and maintained by WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems (WHIS). According…

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Twilio teams up with T-Mobile US on NB-IoT platform

NB-IoT platform

Cloud platform as a service (PaaS) provider Twilio has partnered with T-Mobile US in a deal that will see the former roll out a developers’ platform for T-Mobile’s Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network. The partnership was announced at Twilio’s Signal 2019 customer and developers’ conference in San Francisco. It aims to create apps for NB-IoT that will draw less power, extend battery life, and save users money. The platform comprises three parts. The first consists of narrowband SIMs to help IoT developers get up to speed with self-service onboarding. The SIMs…

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Wondrwall makes smart homes autonomous with sensor arrays

Wondrwall

Connected-home technology company Wondrwall has launched what it claims is the world’s first truly smart home-automation system, with the aim of converting “standard homes into intelligent homes” – houses that can make decisions for themselves. The concept is based on replacing standard light switches with new switches that contain 13 different sensors. These monitor temperature, humidity, power, motion, luminosity, and sound. In this way, a typical three-bedroom house could contain a network of more than 100 such sensors, according to the company. The Wondrwall system uses the data from these…

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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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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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Soracom simplifies secure provisioning of IoT devices in field

IoT keys

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

Swann cameras

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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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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