01. April 2016 · Comments Off on Report: Google builds an Amazon Echo alternative while Nest turns to security · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Google and Nest reportedly have a bunch of new smart home products in the works, but there may not be much collaboration happening between the two Alphabet subsidiaries.On the Google side, the search giant may be working on a competitor to Amazon’s Echo connected speaker, according to The Information (via The Verge). The story reveals no details about the product, but it seems like an obvious fit for Google, which has already made voice controls a centerpiece of its Android Wear smartwatch platform. A device that answers Internet queries and controls other smart home products could very well tie into Google’s broader efforts to create a new platform for the Internet of Things.

Source: Report: Google builds an Amazon Echo alternative while Nest turns to security | TechHive

30. March 2016 · Comments Off on How Microsoft Azure engineers for IoT security · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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:

Source: How Microsoft Azure engineers for IoT security | Internet of Things

28. March 2016 · Comments Off on Is there a place for car tech in the CNET Smart Home?  · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

From LEDs to thermostats and security gadgets, we’ve decked out the CNET Smart Home with all sorts of connected tech. The Amazon Echo — a Wi-Fi-enabled speaker with voice control capabilities via Alexa, the Echo’s ever-present robot assistant — is at the center of these updates. That’s because Alexa is accessible, an easy entry point into the wild world of smart devices. Just say, “Alexa, turn on the lights,” and she will. No app, no hub, no fuss.

Source: Is there a place for car tech in the CNET Smart Home? – CNET

26. March 2016 · Comments Off on Improving security in the Internet of Things · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The security of the Internet of Things is fundamentally broken. Developers and manufacturers understandably are eager to get their new hi-tech products to market and unfortunately often overlook security, instead operating under the misapprehension that security-by-obscurity in their proprietary systems will do. The problem is that security researchers, and those with more malicious intent, can almost always extract binary code from the device memory via JTAG or similar in-circuit debugging facilities, or find it online in the form of updates, and reverse engineer via one of the many tools readily available.

Source: Improving security in the Internet of Things | ITProPortal.com

19. February 2016 · Comments Off on Hacking The Doors Off: I Took Control Of A Security Alarm System From 5,000 Miles Away · Categories: News · Tags: , ,

It was coming up to 9am Saturday morning in London. In California, nearly 1am.I was sitting in front of some family-friendly sitcom with my Macbook open. On one tab was a login page for a security alarm carrying the logo for family-owned Martinez, CA CA +1.48%., provider Bay Alarm. Beyond that login page was the control panel for the security system for East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), which works with kids from ages six to young adults aged up to 24. Based just over 5,000 miles away from my present location, it’s the kind of altruistic organization no one wants to see attacked.

Source: Hacking The Doors Off: I Took Control Of A Security Alarm System From 5,000 Miles Away – Forbes

18. February 2016 · Comments Off on An Airstream Trailer Brimming with Smart Home Technology  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

When Pendl wanted a second home for road trips, Airstream was the clear choice: it matched his own love for modern and industrial aesthetics. He picked the International Sterling model for its especially contemporary interior, what he calls “a sleek…interpretation of that classic Americana style.” But there was a hitch: this retro-futuristic dwelling couldn’t support present-day security systems.Due to due to liability concerns, security companies won’t typically install their products homes on wheels. Luckily Pendl already had some experience with smart technology systems

Source: An Airstream Trailer Brimming with Smart Home Technology | Dwell

29. January 2016 · Comments Off on Ding-Dong — Your Easily Hacked ‘Smart’ Doorbell Just Gave Up Your WiFi Credentials · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

Have we mentioned lately that when it comes to the so-called “internet of things,” security is an afterthought? Whether it’s your automobile, your refrigerator or your tea kettle, so-called “smart” internet of things devices are consistently and alarmingly showing that they’re anything but. If these devices aren’t busy giving intruders access to your networks and passwords, they’re often making life more difficult than so-called dumb devices. Last week, for example, the popular Nest smart thermostat simply

Source: Ding-Dong — Your Easily Hacked ‘Smart’ Doorbell Just Gave Up Your WiFi Credentials | Techdirt

27. January 2016 · Comments Off on Just how smart can you make your home? · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

Carlos Espinosa, a design professional based in Boulder, Colorado, has a completely decked-out “smart” home – light switches he can control from his mobile phone, a security system, moisture detectors that alert him to leaks and integrated stereo speakers.The most life-changing aspect of this set-up? Espinosa says it is how the porch lights turn on when he rounds the corner to his home late at night, responding to a command from his phone. The front door also unlocks as he approaches.

Source: Just how smart can you make your home? | Reuters

26. January 2016 · Comments Off on Shodan: The IoT search engine for watching sleeping kids and bedroom antics · Categories: News · Tags: , ,

Shodan has made it even easier for our inner voyeur to spy upon the open webcams of homes across the world — but are the ramifications more pronounced than idle surveillance?Launched in 2013, Shodan is a search engine used to find Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices around the world. Webcams, security systems and routers are only some of the devices which, once connected to the Web, can offer a glimpse into our lives behind locked doors should poor security turn the key.

Source: Shodan: The IoT search engine for watching sleeping kids and bedroom antics | ZDNet

26. January 2016 · Comments Off on Denver Launching ‘Smart City’ Partnership With Panasonic  · Categories: News · Tags: ,

Energy infrastructure, street lighting, security services, health outcomes, and more will receive a technological overhaul for Denver’s Peña Station NEXT project.”[The] smart-city experiment known as the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town is coming to Denver from Japan,” reports Tamara Chuang.

Source: Denver Launching ‘Smart City’ Partnership With Panasonic | Planetizen: The Urban Planning, Design, and Development Network