30. June 2016 · Comments Off on Makani’s energy kite is a smarter wind turbine · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Kites aren’t just for kids anymore. Just ask Makani Power, which is developing a smart energy kite that can generate up to 50 percent more electricity than a conventional wind turbine.The company has been part of Google X since 2013, working to come up with a new, more efficient way to transform wind into energy.To do that, Makani has built a craft that actually looks more like a drone but is tethered to the ground like a kite. It has four main components: the kite, the tether, a ground station, and a computer.

Source: Makani’s energy kite is a smarter wind turbine | CIO

24. June 2016 · Comments Off on Verizon’s ICSA Labs unveils IoT security testing program · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

To help companies mitigate risks associated with an increasingly connected world, ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, is rolling out a new security testing program to provide assurance testing for Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors. The program is believed to be among the first-of-its-kind.ICSA Labs will test six components as part of the new IoT Security Testing and Certification Program including:  alert/logging, cryptography, authentication, communications, physical security, and platform security.  The ICSA Labs Product Assurance Report found the majority of security devices fail to perform as intended.

Source: Verizon’s ICSA Labs unveils IoT security testing program

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.

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18. April 2016 · Comments Off on Spirent Acquires Testing Technologies for Automotive and IoT · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Spirent Communications Plc (LSE:SPT), an industry leader in test and measurement, today announced that it has acquired Testing Technologies. Founded in 2000, Testing Technologies is a leader in Automation Software Quality Tools. With its flagship platform TTworkbench, Testing Technologies is focused on test automation for the automotive and IoT industries. As the automotive industry moves to IP networks and automakers begin to realize their vision of the connected car, the acquisition of Testing Technologies will enable Spirent to offer the most effective solution available to ensure the functionality and performance of next-generation automobile components and technologies.

Source: Spirent Acquires Testing Technologies for Automotive and IoT – Spirent

15. April 2016 · Comments Off on IoT’s Year Zero · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The dust has just about settled on Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 and, from the millions of lines of reporting and press releases as well as hundreds of hours of video footage of the event, what were the key takeaways? What will shape the telecom industry — and indeed the world — over the next five years? One thing’s for sure: The Internet of Things (IoT) will be front and center. In the last 12 months, it has already disrupted the 4G roadmap and become a prime driver of the 5G specification process. At MWC, IoT was present in every hall and touched everything from components, devices and applications to RAN, core and BSS/OSS. It is a driver of innovation in wearables, smart cities and drone applications.

Source: IoT’s Year Zero | Light Reading