12. June 2016 · Comments Off on A “Certified” Stamp for the Smart Grid · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

When I go home after work, my wife and I are typically focused on the present moment, especially on our young son. As new parents, we benefit from many innovative products and services from improved car seats and creative toys to safer cribs and video baby monitors. One of the first products that we bought for our son’s nursery was a Wi-Fi-based baby monitor. When we brought it home and plugged it in, it connected effortlessly with our Wi-Fi router and smart phones. It helps provide safety and security, and, perhaps most importantly, sleep for the three of us.As consumers, we just assumed that these “Wi-Fi Certified” products would be “interoperable”—that the many different devices and components in the Wi-Fi universe would work together seamlessly. But as a NIST employee, I realize that this interoperability doesn’t happen by magic. Underlying the millions of products that today carry the “Wi-Fi Certified” label is a complex and robust ecosystem of manufacturers, standards organizations, testing laboratories, and certification authorities.

Source: A “Certified” Stamp for the Smart Grid

07. June 2016 · Comments Off on ICSA Labs wants IoT industry to seek security certification · Categories: News · Tags: , ,

The venerable ICSA Laboratories – these days a subsidiary of Verizon – has added Internet of Things certification to its cyber security certification.Whether it’s got any chance of success is anybody’s guess. While the world is trying to catch up with the idea that a security camera might need to be configured with something other than admin/admin as its password, new products arriving in the Internet of Things space include connected toothbrushes and Bluetooth tampons.

Source: ICSA Labs wants IoT industry to seek security certification • The Register

17. February 2016 · Comments Off on Green Button Alliance grants first utility DMD certification · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Ontario’s London Hydro Inc. has become the first utility to complete the Green Button Alliance’s Download My Data (DMD) Testing and Certification process for electricity, natural gas and water usage data.The Green Button Download My Data (DMD) standard enables home owners and property managers to download their electricity usage data from an energy service provider’s website in an industry-standard XML data format. Customers can use this to view their historical and present energy usage, analyze trends and make informed energy-management choices, enabling them to easily access and efficiently manage their own resource consumption. Certification also increases the market potential for vendor products.

Source: Green Button Alliance grants first utility DMD certification – SmartGridNews

15. January 2016 · Comments Off on ZigBee, Thread take bigger step toward reducing IoT fragmentation · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

The ZigBee Alliance and the Thread Group are doing their part to diminish fragmentation in the Internet of Things (IoT), announcing they will offer an end-to-end solution for IP-based IoT networks later this year.The solution will become part of the ZigBee Alliance’s set of product development specifications, technologies’ branding and certification programs. It follows an agreement announced in April of last year where the two entities said they would collaborate. Over the ensuing months, they hammered out just how that would happen.

Source: ZigBee, Thread take bigger step toward reducing IoT fragmentation – FierceWirelessTech

25. November 2015 · Comments Off on All Cisco certs add cloud, IoT, ‘business transformation’ · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Cisco has announced a major refresh of its certification programs, all of which will henceforth include material on cloud, the internet of things, cloud, “network programmability” and “business transformation”.Cloud and IoT are self-explanatory while “network programmability” is software-defined networking by another name. While Cisco is making much of the three topics’ inclusion representing a major modernisation of its certifications, “core” topics beyond the three new elements will account for 90 per cent of the available score in exams.

Source: All Cisco certs add cloud, IoT, ‘business transformation’ • The Register