If your business is considering IoT, cloud and device security are likely top of mind. At Microsoft, our support for industry standards is straightforward and transparent: We’ve shared our best practices here on this blog. Our dedicated support for our customers is also an open book, which is why we’re sharing some of the common questions we receive on how security and compliance work specifically for Azure IoT technology. Here are some of the common questions we hear on how we engineer for IoT security:
For some time now, we’ve been hearing a lot of noise about the internet of things (IoT) in the consumer space – smart thermostats and such.But another area it’s making a difference is in the heavy industries, allowing businesses to optimise the work of the big machinery and infrastructure they count upon.This is the industrial internet of things, or the IIoT, where big machinery is connected and talking to one another, and back to centralised systems.And analyst house Gartner believes IoT will move toward mainstream adoption in 2016 for many more industries.
If you’re like me, remembering how different using a mobile phone was back in 2006 is getting increasingly difficult. That’s because today we live in a world so completely transformed by the iPhone, it seems as if it’s always been that way.But looking back, things were indeed very different. If you used a smartphone at all back then (something the vast majority of consumers did not), chances are it was a Blackberry. If you tried to use the Internet on your phone, you might remember the “mobile Internet” experience, such as it was, was pretty horrible. Most consumers at the time still used basic feature phones, and industry analysts predicted that smartphone adoption would grow, but not at nearly the eye-popping rate we would soon see in the age of the iPhone.
Advantech, ARM, Bosch Sensortec, Sensirion, and Texas Instruments are to co-operate on a physically interchangeable standard for wireless IoT sensor nodes and have started an industry body. Based on the 22x30mm M.2 (also known as NGFF – next-generation form-factor) physical shape, developed for computer expansion boards, it is to be know as M2.COM and will combine wireless technology, a microcontroller and networking capability. The industry body will share the M2.COM name.
The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) announced the release of two industry white papers that will help guide the acceleration of grid modernization.Local Grid Definitions reviews key terms and definitions related to power distribution infrastructures in buildings (or campuses) that enable some local grid functionality. Developed by SGIP’s Home Building and Industrial Working Group, the paper makes recommendations about which definitions are preferable.
So, I’ve mostly recovered from DistribuTECH, with just a lingering cold — the gift many of you probably also brought home with you. Zpryme’s Research Director H. Christine Richards was also there. It was she who pointed out who wasn’t at DistribuTECH. Groups like Google, Nissan, Tesla, SolarCity — those that “are [altering] or could significantly alter the industry weren’t a part of the discussion,” she noted, but “DistribuTECH is still very focused on the utility when there is a broader energy conversation that needs to happen.”
The U.S. Insurance industry is the world’s largest insurance market where 6,118 companies, employing 2.5 million people, have net annual premiums of $1.1 trillion. Yet, despite its size and overall financial health, the insurance industry is likely to experience profound change driven by a fast growing and ubiquitous force – The Internet of Things (IoT).
Here comes the Internet of Things ( IoT). Again. A year ago, I wrote a column here arguing that the IoT movement isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be, primarily because being able to connect “things” doesn’t make them an “Internet of Things.” I thought it would be a good time to revisit my position in light of all the press that IoT has been getting lately. Gartner has estimated that some 6.4 Billion connected things will be in use by the end of 2016, with some 5.5 million new things getting connected every day. This is a significant increase on their earlier estimate of 4.9 Billion connected things for 2015. Clearly a lot of connected things have come online and continue to come online. A further analysis reveals that over 60 percent of the connected things relate to the consumer goods industry, with the rest being split evenly between cross-industry devices such as light bulbs and industry specific devices such as hospital equipment. We have also seen an unexpected increase in buzz around driverless cars which are the biggest poster boys for the IoT movement today.
The IoT industry is exploding, and with that explosion in everything from chipsets to devices to protocols and more, comes the push from service providers and suppliers alike to standardize, collaborate, certify and comply.It’s a natural evolution that many other communications industry segments have already gone through. While some larger industry groups have included the Internet of Things (IoT) under their umbrella of projects and committees, at Mobile World Congress 2015, the LoRa Alliance launched to tackle the standardization of a low power wide area networking (LPWAN) specification intended for battery-operated things.
As more electricity providers enter the energy market, the way consumers obtain electricity is becoming more decentralized — and more disjointed. In an effort to get all stakeholders on the same page, the Powering Tomorrow Initiative has released Phase Two of its Powering Tomorrow report, which defines industry structures and regulatory packages that accommodate a growing number of market participants, while securing the vitality of existing utilities and a fair playing field for new market entrants.