IoT News Roundup: Week of December 7-December 14, 2016

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The top takeaways in IoT for December 7-December 14, 2016 have the first technology trend predictions for the coming year, a retrospective on 2016 and fog computing, plus insights and tips for building commercial IoT solutions with the Intel® IoT Developer Kit. 

Intel IoT Coding Challenge Yields Commercial Solutions
Five global teams are moving their IOT projects that started as dreams into reality. Since competing in the Intel® Ultimate Coder Challenge for IoT, the retail, healthcare, agriculture, automotive and smart building projects are getting code updates and security enhancements to make them more marketable and commercially appealing. The teams discuss what components they used and insights for building IoT solutions with the Intel IoT® Developer Kit.

How Solution Providers Can Adapt to Fit the Unique IoT Space
When looking for IoT innovation, the Hershey Company tapped solution provider and Microsoft partner New Signature to apply IoT technologies to its production process. David Geevaratne, Chief Sales Officer at New Signature discusses how his company got started in the IoT market, built up its skills and defined strategies for successful, real-world IoT use cases.

OpenFog Consortium: It’s Been a Very Good Year
Discussions and work in fog computing continues to spread among technology providers. In this Cisco blog, the OpenFog Consortium chairman takes a look back at the organization’s first year of accomplishments and goals for 2017. The group has grown from six members to 53, and it continues to refine its architecture to bring information processing closer to where the data is produced or used. 

Six Enterprise IT Trends Shaping Global Business in 2017
With the New Year only weeks away, the predictions are already coming out for the next 12 months. CSC has identified the top six technologies that will shape upcoming projects within enterprises. IoT, digital transformation, machine learning and virtual reality join known and less-known technologies that your business should be prepared for in 2017. You can watch the video here.

Farming Company U.S. Sugar Tends to Crop with IoT
Florida is seeding its sugarcane crops with a smart agriculture solution that will monitor soil moisture levels. Agrisource Data is integrating Ingenu’s Random Phase Multiple Access technology into its Intelliroot smart moisture system to enhance crop yields at U.S. Sugar. This isn’t the first time the farming company has invested in technology. It also uses wireless technology to enhance harvesting operations, railroad transportation and mill operations. As the Florida Machine Network continues to expand, Florida is gaining IoT connectivity in Orlando, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville.

IoT News Roundup Week of December 1-December 9, 2016

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This week’s top takeaways in IoT: Safeguarding IIOT, HPE’s channel plan, the 2016 IoT 50 and more.

The 2016 Internet of Things 50

Wondering where to start when putting together solutions that will capture part of the trillion dollar IoT market? This list of 50 IoT vendors have become adept at combining products, services, training and more for solution providers. Divided into four categories, hardware, software and services, security, and industrial IoT, these companies are pushing the needle in the IoT market.  

Industrial IoT Muscles Up to Functional Safety with New Intel Solution

Manufacturers that need better solutions to meet safety standards should take a look at this new integrated solution from Intel that improves operational and safety evaluation insight throughout the supply chain. The safety design package includes hardware, software, tools and documentation, all created to accelerate the development of solutions that protect the environment, people and products.

HPE outlines hybrid and IoT channel Opportunities

Hewlett Packard Enterprise customers and solution partners gathered at the bi-annual Discover conference in London to hear what’s in store for the coming year. The conference gave lots of air time to executives and their expectations of the future, and a large chunk was saved for partners to talk about solutions in healthcare, retail, agriculture and more.

Port of Hamburg and IoT

The Hamburg Port Authority is using IoT to record the emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and fine dust with sensors. In the recent pilot, sensors collected emissions data and sent it to the Kii IoT platform for analysis via a gateway over a wireless connection. Ultimately the IoT solution will help reduce emissions by measuring them and identifying sources of air pollution. The port is also using IoT to help direct and manage traffic.

Many Americans Don’t Feel at Risk of a Cyber Attack

What do business owners fear? Turns out only 31 percent rank smart devices as being among their most vulnerable devices. They worry more about laptops, desktops and smart phones. ReportLinker looks at cyber trends from passwords to IoT and uncovers the groups and organizations that seem most vulnerable.




IoT News Roundup: Week of November 23-November 30, 2016

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Intel Brings in Former ARM Exec as “Accelerant” for IoT Group

Tom Lantzsch will transition from ARM to Intel where he will serve as senior vice president and general manager of the IoT Group.  Tasked with leading the strategy behind the Intel architecture computing solution across IoT market segments, Lantzsch will be integral in helping Intel shift its strategy to IoT, cloud and connected devices.  

Gerdau and General Electric Bring IoT to Manufacturing
Successful IoT deployments depend on selecting the right equipment, monitoring the right data, building a predictive model and translating the findings to action.  In this use case, Brazilian steel manufacturer Gerdau teams up with GE to prevent mechanical breakdowns and reduce maintenance downtimes. To meet the project goals, GE’s SmartSignal and Historian software connect 600 assets across 11 plants, monitoring equipment remotely and analyzing equipment performance.

IoT Security and Privacy Recommendations from BITAG
The non-profit Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG) has published a report with recommendations for improving the security and privacy of IoT devices and to minimize costs associated with collateral damage. The free, in-depth report includes a comprehensive list of observations and recommendations for securing IoT devices and protecting privacy that will keep solution providers on top of security needs.

Ignore the IoT Hype and Stay Focused on Key Principles
There’s a lot of IoT noise that needs to be filtered out to keep IoT grounded on results and business value. These 10 fundamental principles put IoT projects on the path to success.

10 Things to Enable IoT Makers
If you’re ready to get started building IoT apps, testing security, or need a better understanding of blockchain, start here. The list also explains how to speed up IoT development work and IoT use cases with IBM Watson. Solution providers can find tips on building and understanding IoT solutions.

Two Hackers Appear to have Created a New Massive IoT Botnet
As much as 75 percent (roughly 400,000) of all Mirai devices may be under the control of two hackers who are willing to sell them and launch a denial of service (DDoS) cyberattack.  The hacked IoT devices are being used as a botnet army and priced out for one-hour or two-hour attacks. 

Bringing Enterprise Security to the IoT

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That’s just the beginning. It’s probably not long before a connected car goes from carefree autopilot to dangerous in minutes.

Organizations from healthcare, agriculture, retail, transportation and more industry verticals are serious about implementing IoT.  But, if healthcare networks, industrial systems or the power grid is going to have IoT devices, they must be secure. As an IoT solution provider, you’re on the front lines of the action.

Safety, resilience and privacy are at stake. A compromised connected device can put a building’s physical security systems at risk. It can disrupt a retailer’s supply chain or halt a pipeline’s production.

Enterprise and industrial IoT systems need to operate at a higher level of security.  At a minimum, they need to follow proven IT best practices. Many organizations that are considering IoT may not have an information security professional on the team, or the infosec team may not have an expert on IoT. As a solution provider, expanding your services to include IoT security can be a boon to your business in a high-profile market where customers are seeing the value of IoT and must ensure that it’s safe. 

Here are eight suggestions for helping your customers stay safe in the new IoT era.

Help customers create a risk management plan that starts with strong governance. In environments that have CISOs, work closely with the CISO, IT and the line of business managers to understand the IoT applications, and how to mitigate any risks. Creating a risk management plan is vital in organizations where there isn’t a CISO, and your organization can step up and provide the IoT consulting and security services they lack internally.

Determine who will have direct access to what parts of the IoT system and how liability will be shared. Be ready to help them work with multiple third parties, such as technology companies, service providers and even other business partners.

Establish a security framework that protects the IoT ecosystem of connected devices, communications, applications and data. You will get to know their network and business needs intimately and may discover other areas where you can be of help.

Be prepared to secure a diverse set of devices. IoT devices are purpose-built for a function. They can be environmental sensors for building automation, beacons for location services or cameras for physical security. There may be hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands connected devices scattered across your customer’s locations. Be vigilant in looking for known vulnerabilities that weren’t patched, zero-day vulnerabilities and weak administrator IDs and passwords.

Secure the connections to ensure data integrity and service availability. Many IoT devices will be connected to the wired network. Don’t assume that these devices are trustworthy and make sure they meet strong identity and access controls.

Understand the difference between legitimate and malicious traffic. Data analytics is a major selling point for IoT systems, and IoT sensors will be producing huge volumes of data that will be collected and analyzed. For the data to deliver business value, it must be safe.  

Apply best practices for data center and cloud security. You will need to help customers ensure that the IoT application or service is well protected against disruptions like DDoS attacks or that an attacker is prevented from exploiting an IoT device and using it to infiltrate and spread across the network.

Make sure that security for IPv4 and IPv6 are consistent. If you are helping a customer roll out IPv6 to support connected devices, pay close attention to the security requirements that were there for IPv4 and make them consistent. You will need to prevent attackers from snooping around the network, spoofing devices, and pay special attention to DNS servers and other network infrastructure.

Customers are looking to IoT as a path to enter the digital age, you can help them—and grow your business—by building a foundation of strong security. 

Can IoT Help Prevent Lost Airline Luggage?

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We’ve all been there. You arrive at your travel destination, deplane and head to baggage claim. Keeping your eyes peeled for your bag, the time passes as others grab their luggage and continue on their way. But not you—your bag is nowhere to be found.

Disturbingly, approximately 1 out of every 154 airline bags are delayed, damaged or lost. While these numbers are better than they used to be, that’s still a lot of mishandled luggage. The result is not only an inconvenience to the traveler; the airline pays for it too—literally. Mishandled bags cost the airline industry $2.3 billion in 2015.

Mercifully, things are set to get better, and fast. Come June 2018, the airlines are required to meet new, more stringent baggage management standards. Meeting the terms of the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Resolution 753 is mandatory for all IATA airline members.

IATA members have committed themselves to:

  • Demonstrate delivery, of baggage when custody changes
  • Demonstrate acquisition, of baggage when custody changes
  • Provide an inventory of bags, upon departure of a flight
  • Be capable of exchanging these events with other airlines as needed

The pressure coming from IATA Resolution 753 gives airlines an excellent opportunity to increase customer satisfaction while saving money and improving baggage security. And that’s where IoT solutions come into the picture.

Handle with Care

Tests of new applications of IoT technologies are underway to build effective solutions that can improve customer experience and better meet these increasingly stringent requirements in the most efficient and effective ways possible. The Smart Airline Baggage Management testbed, sponsored by the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), is focused on leveraging IoT to minimize instances of mishandling.

In addition to meeting the new baggage handling requirements, the Smart Airline Baggage Management testbed’s aim is driven by the broader aviation ecosystem vision of improving the ability to track and report on baggage. The overall goals are to reduce the instances of lost, damaged or delayed bags, lower the luggage handling costs for airlines while increasing the ability to prevent theft, and improving customer satisfaction through better communication (including new value-added services to frequent flyers).

The testbed’s IoT-enabled solution, from members GE, Oracle and Infosys, brings together the fragmented applications and systems currently used across the airline industry to create a more standardized platform that would enable airlines and airports to more efficiently check-in and track baggage across the aviation ecosystem. The solution relies heavily on IoT, with cloud-based airline applications and databases, cloud-based analytics and an M2M and IoT platform to connect, manage and secure real-time data and events from smart luggage (luggage tagged or embedded with IoT-enabled tracking components).

Pack Your Bags with IoT

According to the IIC, the testbed starts with the passenger checking in the baggage remotely and ends with the passenger retrieving their baggage at the travel destination. The solution includes comprehensive tracking and event reporting between the start and end points. The testbed is using a range of Bluetooth, cellular and Wi-Fi baggage tracking devices. These tracking devices will be deployed in smart luggage, permanent and reusable bag tags, airport luggage carts and across the baggage ecosystem.

Phase 1 of the testbed project will:

  • Provide a cloud-based ecosystem to connect assets like bags and passenger and airport/airline equipment.
  • Provide end-to-end visibility of bags to the airline, as it is checked-in, dropped and travels via the baggage carousel, bag trolley, aircraft, connecting airport to the destination bag-pickup.
  • Enable airlines to provide a near-real-time view of bag status to customers.

The IIC approved testbed shared the first fruits of its research this September at Oracle’s OpenWorld in San Francisco, and at IoT World Congress in Barcelona, Spain in October. To learn more about the testbed in action, check out the IIC’s Smart Airline Baggage Management testbed page


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