Internet of Things (IoT) success is dependent on tiny communication devices and instead of powering those machines by fossil fuels, they can be run on wind or solar energy , say scientists.Researchers now have a new solution in the form of a single device that harvests wind and solar energy to power the extensive network of tiny communications devices.
Smart homes, an aspect of the Internet of Things, offer the promise of improved energy efficiency and control over home security. Integrating various devices together can offer users easy programming of many devices around the home, including appliances, cameras and alarm sensors. Several systems can handle this type of task, such as Samsung SmartThings, Google Brillo/Weave, Apple HomeKit, Allseen Alljoyn and Amazon Alexa.But there are also security risks. Smart home systems can leave owners vulnerable to serious threats, such as arson, blackmail, theft and extortion. Current security research has focused on individual devices, and how they communicate with each other. For example, the MyQ garage system can be turned into a surveillance tool, alerting would-be thieves when a garage door opened and then closed, and allowing them to remotely open it again after the residents had left. The popular ZigBee communication protocol can allow attackers to join the secure home network.
We’re currently witnessing rapidly expanding product launches and sky-high elevated expectations from the emerging deployment of the Internet of Things in both personal and commercial domains. Stakeholders — ranging from hardware manufacturers and service providers to cloud platforms — are vigorously weighing in to position their offerings in anticipation of windfall rewards from accelerated IoT adoption.While vendors are in a mad rush, jockeying for a land-grab position, one thing is becoming increasingly clear — connected devices, apps and services, which collectively comprise the building blocks of IoT solutions, are in need of a dependable communication fabric for robust deployment.
Recent years have seen a significant evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT). It has become increasingly easy to connect devices to the Internet and send sensorial data to the public cloud. However, it’s quite evident that the adoption of IoT platforms and stream analytics within the enterprise is lagging and less prevalent. This could be associated with lack of skills required to deploy a platform and the difficulty to demonstrate value of such platforms through real-life use cases.
At this week’s Chicago IoT Meetup, Roman Budek of NXP gave a talk on understanding and implementing embedded system security. What follows are the high points of the talk:
1. What makes IoT security unique? The IoT will consists of billions of connected, embedded devices. The more embedded devices connected to a gateway, the greater the security risk..
2. Why is it important to secure all end nodes? If a connected thermostat for a commercial freezer in a restaurant was hacked, the result could be food s
Every once in a blue moon you come across a device and you instantly know that the company just got it right. The hardware design is great, the software design is great, and the user experience is simple yet powerful and versatile. It’s rare to begin with, but it’s even more rare when you’re talking about smart home controllers and hubs, because the market is all over the place right now. It can all be quite confusing, but there’s nothing confusing about this statement: The NuBryte Touchpoint All-in-One Sma
The next major, revolutionary tech device might not be far off from mass adoption, given how many big tech players are moving into the space. Now, I’m not talking about smartwatches (please), I’m talking about smart speakers that live in your home and allow you to interact with their personal digital assistant software. amazon was first in this space with the Echo coming out way back in 2014. But now Google has announced Google Home, it’s own smart speaker system. And there’s even rumors that Apple has been working on a Siri smart home speak for years (well before Amazon unveiled the echo).It’s quite possible in a few years time smart speaks in our homes could be as ubiquitous as the smartphones in our pockets. Apple’s yet-to-be-announced Siri speaker aside, how does Google’s smart speaker stack up against Amazon’s? We took a look to find out.
In Part One of this Cybersecurity for IoT Blog Series, I noted that we should assume that everything will someday be connected—even those “things” designed without any networking capability. However, we should also be deliberate when deciding what to attach and what to isolate. When a link is established, we should know not only that a connection has been created, but also why, what risks will result, and how those risks will be managed. If connections must be made with care—or in some cases not at all—then why should we assume “things that can be connected will be connected?” It might initially appear that my proposed first and second laws of IoT contradict one another. I would argue against this conclusion.
The Niskanen Center has submitted its comments on questions pertaining to the Internet of Things (IoT) to the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA). We indicate that the Defending Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act would be a welcome legislative vehicle for addressing many of the issues and concerns associated with the IoT. In addition, we offered two recommendations for NTIA, as well as federal agencies in general, as to how they ought to approach dealing with the emerging IoT:
- The tenets of the “Framework for Global Electronic Commerce” should guide the federal government’s approach to regulating the IoT.
- NTIA and other federal agencies should refrain from IoT-specific mandates, multistakeholder processes, or other efforts that would act as bureaucratic impediments to innovation.
Cloud communications platform Twilio has announced a new cellular network partnership with U.S. cellular giant T-Mobile, called Twilio Programmable Wireless, which will provide data, SMS, and voice communications to connected devices.
Announced at SIGNAL, a developer conference on communications, the partnership expands Twilio’s platform to devices outside of Wi-Fi range, which require constant Internet service. Devices like autonomous cars, drones, or even outdoor sensors that send information in real-time back to the server should be able to use T-Mobile’s cellular service.