The smart home is gaining ground, but it’s still a muddle of confusing standards, competing platforms, and gadgets that don’t do what you might expect. But the promise of products that can make your life a little easier is hard to resist, so I’m here to answer the inevitable questions that arise.Whether it’s figuring out the best connected door lock to assembling the right recipe to wake you up with a faux sunrise at the optimal moment based on yourfitness tracker’s data, I’ve got you covered. As the host of The Internet of Things Podcast, I install a lot of gear and spend hours testing hardware and software to see what works. Smart homes are still pretty dumb, but I want to help you feel smart.
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.
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.
ComEd will collaborate with Illinois American Water to transmit water meter data through ComEd’s smart grid network. This innovative proof-of-concept collaboration will leverage ComEd’s existing digital smart grid network to help Illinois American Water better manage water data, unlocking potential new value for customers from ComEd’s smart grid investments.Currently, ComEd is testing the use of smart water meters on its network in Illinois Tech’s Center for Smart Grid Application, Research and Technology (CSMART), including testing of meter connectivity and meter reads. Now the concept will move from the lab setting into field testing. The collaboration between Illinois American Water and ComEd could include up to 500 smart water meters and will enable key learnings for both utilities.
Many of us got into this industry because we like playing with toys. Sure, we call it work, but at the end of the day, it’s kind of fun to face a challenge head on, figure out how something works and master a new technology or two. As a consultant, I’ve always tried to stay on top of technology, but nothing beats hands-on. That’s why we started testing and reviewing products for Security Sales & Integration (Bench Test returns in May), and that’s what got me headed down the rabbit hole.
Oh goodie, look for another home-automation certification logo on IoT devices, coming soon from the Thread Group.Thread, a Nest-driven network protocol for home automation applications, has launched a product certification program with UL as its testing partner. The group says 30 products have been submitted for testing so far.
The Internet of Things promises new opportunities for just about every corner of the tech sector. However, it also presents challenges for quality assurance teams tasked with keeping the underlying software performing as needed. Given the many different devices and systems software testers will need to analyze in a post-IoT world, covering everything may seem like an impossible goal. Under these circumstances, it’s best to break up QA responsibilities into different types of testing and approach them with I
The AllSeen Alliance, a cross-industry collaboration to advance the Internet of Everything through the AllJoyn® open source software project, today announced the AllJoyn Certified program, which ensures certified devices can discover, communicate, connect and interact with more than 120 million AllJoyn-enabled products in the market.Windows 10 Professional and Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft are among the first products to successfully complete certification testing and have met all requirements necessary to become AllJoyn Certified.
Yep, we bought a house, the “CNET Smart Home” — our new spot for testing out as many connected gadgets and gizmos as we can get our hands on.We’ve already outfitted the house with a top-notch Wi-Fi router and extenders to achieve the best Wi-Fi signal possible. That way, we’re ready to review anything from a security camera in the entryway to a plant sensor in a far corner of the yard — and everything in between.
America’s energy infrastructure is getting bombarded through cyber warfare — attacks that are getting through and which if the big one hits, would signal lights out on huge population centers. It’s not a computer game. It’s real, which is constantly testing corporate resolve.Kudos to USA Today for getting its hands on the Energy Department’s Joint Cybersecurity Coordination Center, which indicates a steady barrage of assaults on the nation’s vital infrastructure and its energy laboratories. The newspaper found that in a 48 month period ending nearly a year ago that 1,131 attacks occurred, with 159 of those successful.