While cellular-based Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are still being finalized in the standards process, non-cellular solutions like those promoted by Ingenu, Sigfox and members of the LoRa Alliance are catching a bit of a break.These companies and others are expanding their low power wide area network (LPWAN) technologies, and they’ve had time on their side. France’s Sigfox aims to install networks in 100 U.S. cities by the end of this year. Ingenu is expected to cover at least 30 metro areas with its Random Phase Multiple Access (RPMA) by the end of 2016. They can enjoy their time in the sun while wireless operators and their partners ramp up LTE-based systems that will compete with them. That’s in part because unlike proprietary technologies, standards require a lot of time to build consensus and develop an ecosystem.
Given that tens of billions of “things” will be connected to the Internet by 2020, it’s probably worth setting out some standards on how these devices and their digital architectures will work together. That’s been the task of several people at the National Institute of Standards and Technology over the past few years as the Internet of Things — also referred to as cyber physical systems — has begun exploding in popularity. However, David Wollman, deputy director of NIST’s Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems program office says things are changing so fast that it’s been difficult to develop concrete standards for the greater IoT ecosystem to use.
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:
In some ways, 2015 was a great deal about a technology that A) doesn’t yet exist; B) isn’t even defined by standards bodies and C) won’t come to fruition for four or five years, by most accounts. That technology is 5G, and if you don’t know what all the fuss is about, don’t worry. You will soon enough.We started the year off with dire warnings that the U.S. was lagging other nations when it comes to 5G, and the FCC stepped up to the plate when it came time to act. The FCC reviewed all kinds of comments from vendors, operators and other stakeholders about their visions for 5G, and in October, the commission proposed rules for four different bands of high-band spectrum above 24 GHz designed to lay the foundation for 5G networks in the U.S. market.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) have executed an agreement to monitor global Internet of Things (IoT) activities and collaborate on developing standards.The memorandum of understanding recognizes the importance of standards and the effective management of the associated applications through which value is clearly identified and captured for this fast-growing industry.
The Internet of Things is moving to the forefront of home networking as the variety of devices that can go online rapidly expands.Reflecting this trend, the Open Interconnect Consortium is acquiring the assets of the Universal Plug and Play Forum, an organization formed about 15 years ago to standardize discovery and control of networked devices.
The companies building products for the smart home show a shocking lack of respect for the consumer they hope to buy into the idea.The smart home has a problem. While people are interested in the technology, they also aren’t ready to buy it. And I don’t blame them. A lack of standards, a disregard for usability, and an incoherent story about what a smart home can do for people all mean that anyone interested in buying a connected product quickly encounters a cautionary tale that makes them think twice about spending $200 on a connected door lock.
2014 marked the introduction of Apple HomeKit, a set of smart home-specific protocols programmed directly into Apple’s iOS software for iPhones and iPads. The idea was simple: To establish standards for how Apple-friendly smart-home devices should interact with your phone, with each other, and with Siri, Apple’s voice-activated artificial-intelligence assistant.Now, more than a year later, devices built specifically for use with those HomeKit protocols are starting to arrive. Some of them come from fresh startups eager to jump onto Apple’s bandwagon — others come from established names in the space who simply want to ensure that their products don’t get left out.
In a latest update, Connode is working with Reliance Energy in Mumbai as the strategic partner for communication solutions and applications using Intel IOT Gateways for building a SmartSustainable City Network in Mumbai.
In the first phase, Reliance will connect the smart meters, streetlights and distribution automation equipment in Mumbai, using Intel IOT Gateways and Connode’s IPv6 based wireless mesh solution, Connode 4. This is said to be the first roll-out in India of smart meters fully compliant to the communication standards recently adopted in the machine-to-machine (M2M) roadmap by the government of India.
Developers of set-top boxes, gateways, sensors and appliances for the Smart Home are faced with a variety of challenges when considering how to connect their systems to the Internet. In addition to competing connectivity standards, a variety of platforms, protocols and “standards” from the world’s largest technology companies are making this decision much more complicated.