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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Intel partners with Arm on IoT chips, Rolls-Royce on autonomous ships

IOT NETWORK NEWS Arm

Rival semiconductor producers Intel and Arm have agreed to collaborate to manage networks of connected devices based on their chips. Reuters reports that Britain’s IP giant Arm – acquired by Japanese tech investment conglomerate SoftBank in July 2016 for $24.3 billion – said last night that it had signed a strategic partnership with its rival to use standards developed by Intel for managing Internet of Things (IoT) devices, networks, and data. Arm’s agreement to use Intel standards for securely managing networked devices that deploy both companies’ chips is a major…

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Volkswagen will build its connected car tech on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform

Volkswagen Automotive Cloud

Volkswagen has enlisted the help of Microsoft to allow its customers to utilise digital services in its connected cars. The joint solution – called the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud – operates on Microsoft’s Azure cloud, allowing customers to access key services and seamlessly switch between in-car and home services. The German car manufacturer enlisted the help of Microsoft’s Azure platform to offer extra-value services, such as the ability to continue streaming music from their home when getting into their car, or accessing a conference call while on their way to work.…

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Renault unveils autonomous concierge concept for last mile delivery

EZ-PRO concept-car

Renault has unveiled the EZ-PRO, an autonomous delivery concept that could provide a modular, last-mile option for logistics operators. Renault launched the futuristic concept at the Hannover Motor Show this week, highlighting the company’s confidence in this potentially lucrative market. The ‘last mile problem’ is a critical challenge for cities, as the boom in online and mobile commerce has caused an influx of petrol- and diesel-powered vans into crowded centres and suburbs, ramping up pollution. Companies are exploring a range of solutions, from autonomous electric vehicles to electric bikes and…

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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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Arm launches dedicated processor for autonomous vehicles

processor for driverless vehicles

SoftBank’s British chip-making giant Arm has launched what it describes as the “world’s first autonomous-class” processor for driverless vehicles. The Arm Cortex-A76AE has been designed exclusively for automotive applications. The processor is the first in Arm’s new Automotive Enhanced (AE) line and includes specific features for in-vehicle processing. The move opens the door to the design of safety-hardened chips that combine both the processing performance required for autonomous applications and high-integrity safety features. Arm counts Nvidia, NXP, Renesas, Samsung’s Harman business, and the Siemens Mentor unit among its driverless-car industry…

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IDT acquired by Renesas for $6.7 billion, with focus on autonomous vehicles

IDT acquired by Renesas for $6.7 billion

Japanese semiconductor solutions provider Renesas has agreed to buy California-based Integrated Device Technology (IDT) for $6.7 billion. The move will leave the company well placed to provide a wide range of products that will be essential to self-driving vehicles. Renesas is a leading provider of embedded processors, while IDT specialises in sensors, connectivity, and wireless power. Together, the companies’ products are poised to improve performance and efficiency in high-computing electronic systems. The initiative will see Renesas expand its analog solutions line-up and strengthen its kit solution offerings, which combine its…

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Industrial Internet of Things CE & SEE

Industrial Internet of Things CE & SEE AVERIA.NEWS

Industrial Internet of Things CE & SEE 15 October 2018, Prague, Czech Republic www.eelevents.co.uk/iiot18 This two-day conference showcases some early case studies, the success stories which have delivered ROI back to their businesses’ bottom line. A series of debates will then unravel for delegates, providing real insight into how the IIOT is re-shaping business models. Companies that don’t employ IIoT solutions will undoubtedly get left behind. Be warned, the disruptors are utilising IIoT not only to improve their efficiency but to re-engineer their business offerings. At this cutting-edge summit, you…

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World-leading smart factories identified by World Economic Forum

WEF Smart Factory

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released a list of what it says are nine of the world’s smartest factories when it comes to adopting industrial IoT (IIoT) technologies. These ‘lighthouse’ facilities, as they are called by the WEF, have been selected from an initial list of some 1,000 manufacturing companies, based on their successful implementation of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) thinking, in ways that have had proven financial and operational benefits. The aim of the WEF initiative is to build a network of such ‘lighthouses’ worldwide, in order to…

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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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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

IIOT industry

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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