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Wiliot raises $19M venture funding to launch battery-free IoT connectivity

Wiliot, an Israel-based startup developing battery-free Bluetooth semiconductor technology closed a $19 million Series A financing round. Qualcomm Ventures and M Ventures led the round with the former contributing $5M in the latest round.

Scaling IoT with Battery-Free Bluetooth

The company previously raised $14M in venture funding from Grove Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, and 83North Venture Capital. Wiliot semiconductors can harvest energy from radio waves significantly reducing the size as well as energy requirement of sensors used in IoT-based solutions.

“This new technology will allow a sensor/radio/processor combination to be embedded in products, packaging, walls, and furniture so that these things can be smarter and communicate with other Bluetooth devices, including smartphones. We will enable everything to be intelligent and every place we go and anything we wear, touch or use will include sensing, connected, passive devices with an unlimited lifetime.”Wiliot CEO and co-founder Tal Tamir

The startup that splits its offices between Caesarea and San Diego, former being the R&D center in Israel and the latter as business development office in the US, will start delivering proof-of-concept devices by Q2’18. Delivery to market is slated for early 2019.

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Amazon Echo & Google Home to reside in over 50% of US households by 2022, as multi-assistant devices take off

By Zenobia Hedge

A new study from Juniper Research has found that smart speakers such as Amazon Echo, Google Home, and the Sonos One will be installed in over 70 million US households by 2022, reaching 55% of all homes. Total installed devices will exceed 175 million.

Juniper forecasts that Voice Assistant devices across all platforms – smartphones, tablets, PCs, speakers, connected TVs, cars and wearables, will reach 870 million devices in the US by 2022, an increase of 95% over the 450 million estimated for 2017.

For more insights, download Juniper’s complimentary whitepaper: Voice Assistants – The Next Advertising Battleground.

Omni-platform assistants & multi-assistant platforms to proliferate

The new research, Digital Voice Assistants: Platforms, Revenues & Opportunities 2017-2022, found that the ability to pass information between device platforms will become critical for digital assistants in future, due to many users engaging multiple assistants.

However, despite rising numbers of smart home assistants, Juniper forecasts that most voice assistant usage will be on smartphones, with over 5 billion in use globally by 2022.

The research found a growing trend for devices with multiple assistants (eg, Google Assistant and Cortana being available on the same speaker). The current experience with multi-assistant devices is unwieldy, and Juniper argues that hardware and software vendors need to make cross-assistant usage smoother and more intuitive.

Voice assistant ad-spend to reach $19 billon by 2022

The research notes that end-user monetisation is uncertain for digital voice assistants, with most either provided for free or only charging developers for language processing.

Juniper believes that advertising is the biggest revenue opportunity for voice assistants, forecasting ad-spend to reach nearly $19 billion (€16.38 billion) globally by 2022; although it is not without pitfalls:

“Voice-based interaction presents less options than other forms of advertising, meaning less adverts are possible”, notes research author James Moar. “Not all voice interactions are product searches, meaning advertisers will need to adjust their strategies to build a brand’s voice strategy around information provision as well as sales.”

Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.

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Amazon Echo & Google Home to reside in over 50% of US households by 2022, as multi-assistant devices take off

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By Zenobia Hedge

A new study from Juniper Research has found that smart speakers such as Amazon Echo, Google Home, and the Sonos One will be installed in over 70 million US households by 2022, reaching 55% of all homes. Total installed devices will exceed 175 million.

Juniper forecasts that Voice Assistant devices across all platforms – smartphones, tablets, PCs, speakers, connected TVs, cars and wearables, will reach 870 million devices in the US by 2022, an increase of 95% over the 450 million estimated for 2017.

For more insights, download Juniper’s complimentary whitepaper: Voice Assistants – The Next Advertising Battleground.

Omni-platform assistants & multi-assistant platforms to proliferate

The new research, Digital Voice Assistants: Platforms, Revenues & Opportunities 2017-2022, found that the ability to pass information between device platforms will become critical for digital assistants in future, due to many users engaging multiple assistants.

However, despite rising numbers of smart home assistants, Juniper forecasts that most voice assistant usage will be on smartphones, with over 5 billion in use globally by 2022.

The research found a growing trend for devices with multiple assistants (eg, Google Assistant and Cortana being available on the same speaker). The current experience with multi-assistant devices is unwieldy, and Juniper argues that hardware and software vendors need to make cross-assistant usage smoother and more intuitive.

Voice assistant ad-spend to reach $19 billon by 2022

The research notes that end-user monetisation is uncertain for digital voice assistants, with most either provided for free or only charging developers for language processing.

Juniper believes that advertising is the biggest revenue opportunity for voice assistants, forecasting ad-spend to reach nearly $19 billion (€16.38 billion) globally by 2022; although it is not without pitfalls:

“Voice-based interaction presents less options than other forms of advertising, meaning less adverts are possible”, notes research author James Moar. “Not all voice interactions are product searches, meaning advertisers will need to adjust their strategies to build a brand’s voice strategy around information provision as well as sales.”

Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.

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Fog computing global market will exceed US$18 billion by 2022

By Zenobia Hedge

The fog computing market opportunity will exceed $18 billion (€15.48 billion) worldwide by the year 2022, according to a new report by 451 Research. Commissioned by the OpenFog Consortium, the Size and Impact of Fog Computing Market projects that the largest markets for fog computing will be, in order, energy/utilities, transportation, healthcare and the industrial sectors.

New use cases created by the OpenFog Consortium were also released that showcase how fog works in industry. These use cases provide fog technologists with detailed views of how fog is deployed in autonomous driving, energy, healthcare and smart buildings.

“Through our extensive research, it’s clear that fog computing is on a growth trajectory to play a crucial role in IoT, 5G and other advanced distributed and connected systems,” said Christian Renaud, research director, Internet of Things, 451 Research, and lead author of the report. “It’s not only a technology path to ensure the optimal performance of the cloud-to-things continuum, but it’s also the fuel that will drive new business value.”

Key findings from the report were presented during an opening keynote at the inaugural Fog World Congressconference.

In addition to projecting an $18 billion (€15.48 billion) fog market and identifying the top industry-specific market opportunities, the report also identified:

Key market transitions fueling the growth include investments in energy infrastructure modernisation, demographic shifts and regulatory mandates in transportation and healthcare.
Hardware will have the largest percentage of overall fog revenue (51.6%), followed by fog applications (19.9%) and then services (15.7%). By 2022, spend will shift to apps and services, as fog functionality is incorporated into existing hardware.
Cloud spend is expected to increase 147% to $6.4 billion (€5.50 billion) by 2022.

Christian Renaud

“This is a seminal moment that not only validates the magnitude of fog, but also provides us with a first-row seat to the opportunities ahead,” said Helder Antunes, chairman of the OpenFog Consortium and senior director, Cisco. “Within the OpenFog community, we’ve understood the significance of fog—but with its growth rate of nearly 500 percent over the next five years—consider it a secret no more.”

The fog market report includes the sizing and impact of fog in the following verticals: agriculture, datacentres, energy and utilities, health, industrial, military, retail, smart buildings, smart cities, smart homes, transportation, and wearables.

Fog computing is the system-level architecture that brings computing, storage, control, and networking functions closer to the data-producing sources along the cloud-to-thing continuum. Applicable across industry sectors, fog computing effectively addresses issues related to security, cognition, agility, latency and efficiency.

Download the full report here.

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Fog computing global market will exceed US$18 billion by 2022

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By Zenobia Hedge

The fog computing market opportunity will exceed $18 billion (€15.48 billion) worldwide by the year 2022, according to a new report by 451 Research. Commissioned by the OpenFog Consortium, the Size and Impact of Fog Computing Market projects that the largest markets for fog computing will be, in order, energy/utilities, transportation, healthcare and the industrial sectors.

New use cases created by the OpenFog Consortium were also released that showcase how fog works in industry. These use cases provide fog technologists with detailed views of how fog is deployed in autonomous driving, energy, healthcare and smart buildings.

“Through our extensive research, it’s clear that fog computing is on a growth trajectory to play a crucial role in IoT, 5G and other advanced distributed and connected systems,” said Christian Renaud, research director, Internet of Things, 451 Research, and lead author of the report. “It’s not only a technology path to ensure the optimal performance of the cloud-to-things continuum, but it’s also the fuel that will drive new business value.”

Key findings from the report were presented during an opening keynote at the inaugural Fog World Congressconference.

In addition to projecting an $18 billion (€15.48 billion) fog market and identifying the top industry-specific market opportunities, the report also identified:

Key market transitions fueling the growth include investments in energy infrastructure modernisation, demographic shifts and regulatory mandates in transportation and healthcare.
Hardware will have the largest percentage of overall fog revenue (51.6%), followed by fog applications (19.9%) and then services (15.7%). By 2022, spend will shift to apps and services, as fog functionality is incorporated into existing hardware.
Cloud spend is expected to increase 147% to $6.4 billion (€5.50 billion) by 2022.

Christian Renaud

“This is a seminal moment that not only validates the magnitude of fog, but also provides us with a first-row seat to the opportunities ahead,” said Helder Antunes, chairman of the OpenFog Consortium and senior director, Cisco. “Within the OpenFog community, we’ve understood the significance of fog—but with its growth rate of nearly 500 percent over the next five years—consider it a secret no more.”

The fog market report includes the sizing and impact of fog in the following verticals: agriculture, datacentres, energy and utilities, health, industrial, military, retail, smart buildings, smart cities, smart homes, transportation, and wearables.

Fog computing is the system-level architecture that brings computing, storage, control, and networking functions closer to the data-producing sources along the cloud-to-thing continuum. Applicable across industry sectors, fog computing effectively addresses issues related to security, cognition, agility, latency and efficiency.

Download the full report here.

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Assessing the threat the Reaper botnet poses to the Internet—what we know now

By Dan Goodin

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Eight days have passed since researchers first warned of a new, potentially Internet-paralyzing botnet made up of cameras, routers, and other so-called Internet-of-things devices. There are good reasons for concern that Reaper, as the botnet has been dubbed, could pose as big a threat as Mirai, the mass IoT infection that last year caused chaos with record-setting distributed denial-of-service attacks.

The more nuanced reality is that Reaper exhibits some unusual behavior that makes it impossible to assess the real danger the botnet presents. Some facts that have come to light over the past few days strongly suggest its developers are amateurs and don’t pose the existential Internet threat initially thought, particularly when comparing Reaper to another established IoT botnet that has gone largely ignored for more than a year. Then again, Reaper exhibits other attributes that give it an advantage over other botnets. Chief among them is an infection mechanism unlike any seen before in an IoT botnet. Another advantage is that Reaper’s development platform is flexible enough to wage a suite of attacks that go well beyond mere DDoSes. With a few improvements and a few lucky breaks, Reaper could prove to be a real menace.

Sizing it up

The most important fact to emerge is Reaper’s true size. Researchers from security firm Check Point, who were the first to publicly report the botnet stunned their peers when they said it had infected an estimated 1 million organizations. That would dwarf just about every botnet—IoT or otherwise—seen to date, including Mirai, which was estimated to have infected anywhere from 145,000 to 230,000 devices.

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Assessing the threat the Reaper botnet poses to the Internet—what we know now

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By Dan Goodin

(credit: Johnny Ashburn)

Eight days have passed since researchers first warned of a new, potentially Internet-paralyzing botnet made up of cameras, routers, and other so-called Internet-of-things devices. There are good reasons for concern that Reaper, as the botnet has been dubbed, could pose as big a threat as Mirai, the mass IoT infection that last year caused chaos with record-setting distributed denial-of-service attacks.

The more nuanced reality is that Reaper exhibits some unusual behavior that makes it impossible to assess the real danger the botnet presents. Some facts that have come to light over the past few days strongly suggest its developers are amateurs and don’t pose the existential Internet threat initially thought, particularly when comparing Reaper to another established IoT botnet that has gone largely ignored for more than a year. Then again, Reaper exhibits other attributes that give it an advantage over other botnets. Chief among them is an infection mechanism unlike any seen before in an IoT botnet. Another advantage is that Reaper’s development platform is flexible enough to wage a suite of attacks that go well beyond mere DDoSes. With a few improvements and a few lucky breaks, Reaper could prove to be a real menace.

Sizing it up

The most important fact to emerge is Reaper’s true size. Researchers from security firm Check Point, who were the first to publicly report the botnet stunned their peers when they said it had infected an estimated 1 million organizations. That would dwarf just about every botnet—IoT or otherwise—seen to date, including Mirai, which was estimated to have infected anywhere from 145,000 to 230,000 devices.

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G+D Mobile Security and Senet are partnering to strengthen LoRaWAN security

By Zenobia Hedge

G+D Mobile Security and Senet Inc. plan to cooperate to strengthen security of LoRaWAN connectivity across the whole IoT ecosystem. The collaboration between the two companies provides a full integration of G+D Mobile Security’s Key Management System (KMS) with Senet’s global LoRa®-based networks.

This results in a flexible and secure cloud-based provisioning solution which enables the necessary levels of security required for various use cases, ensuring a reliable and robust infrastructure for global IoT deployments. G+D Mobile Security’s KMS solution provides security with efficient scaling from initial implementations through mass rollouts based on hardware protection.

The HSM (Hardware Security Module) appliance ensures long term LoRa key protection in the infrastructure and increases reliability and robustness. With the joint solution, device vendors and solution vendors can now provision one set of security credentials in their end device at the time of manufacture and deploy it confidently anywhere in the world.

LoRaWAN is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) specification intended for wireless battery-operated devices in regional, national or global networks. LoRaWAN enables new opportunities and connectivity options for applications that require low power consumption and low bandwidth.

At the same time, the massive growth in connected devices increases the risk of cyber-attacks. G+D Mobile Security protects both LoRaWAN end-devices with end-to-end IoT security solutions – from onboarding, secure key provisioning, identification, and data transmission to device lifecycle management.

The entire network infrastructure is protected by integrating keys securely into the endpoints. Endpoints then connect securely to a LoRaWAN network, and the application data can be only read by the application provider. This mechanism significantly increases the protection against different cyber-attacks intending to tamper with the data or the network.

Dave Kjendal

The joint solution enables IoT system providers to protect LoRaWAN endpoints, while meeting cost requirements for the different use cases. LoRaWAN service providers, application enablers and equipment manufacturers can reduce their liability and security risk exposure by applying key management and security technologies.

“This cooperation between G+D Mobile Security and Senet helps IoT solution providers and enterprises to easily integrate security and avoid flaws during the whole lifecycle of LoRaWAN equipment, starting from when they are produced,” stated Bernd Müller , head of Product Management at G+D Mobile Security.

“Security is a critical element of any communication technology and with the hyperconnected world of the Internet of Things, everything about data security and data privacy becomes that much more important,” said Dave Kjendal, CTO for Senet. “Our Partnership with G+D Mobile Security helps ensure device makers, solution providers and end users are following best practices that simply and cost-effectively address the complex security challenges of deploying IoT at massive scale.”

G+D Mobile Security will be demonstrating this integration with Senet at the LoRa Alliance All Members Meeting Open House and Marketplace in Suzhou, China, October 18-19 and at their booth #414 at the Competitive Carriers Association Annual Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, October 25-27.

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G+D Mobile Security and Senet are partnering to strengthen LoRaWAN security

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By Zenobia Hedge

G+D Mobile Security and Senet Inc. plan to cooperate to strengthen security of LoRaWAN connectivity across the whole IoT ecosystem. The collaboration between the two companies provides a full integration of G+D Mobile Security’s Key Management System (KMS) with Senet’s global LoRa®-based networks.

This results in a flexible and secure cloud-based provisioning solution which enables the necessary levels of security required for various use cases, ensuring a reliable and robust infrastructure for global IoT deployments. G+D Mobile Security’s KMS solution provides security with efficient scaling from initial implementations through mass rollouts based on hardware protection.

The HSM (Hardware Security Module) appliance ensures long term LoRa key protection in the infrastructure and increases reliability and robustness. With the joint solution, device vendors and solution vendors can now provision one set of security credentials in their end device at the time of manufacture and deploy it confidently anywhere in the world.

LoRaWAN is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) specification intended for wireless battery-operated devices in regional, national or global networks. LoRaWAN enables new opportunities and connectivity options for applications that require low power consumption and low bandwidth.

At the same time, the massive growth in connected devices increases the risk of cyber-attacks. G+D Mobile Security protects both LoRaWAN end-devices with end-to-end IoT security solutions – from onboarding, secure key provisioning, identification, and data transmission to device lifecycle management.

The entire network infrastructure is protected by integrating keys securely into the endpoints. Endpoints then connect securely to a LoRaWAN network, and the application data can be only read by the application provider. This mechanism significantly increases the protection against different cyber-attacks intending to tamper with the data or the network.

Dave Kjendal

The joint solution enables IoT system providers to protect LoRaWAN endpoints, while meeting cost requirements for the different use cases. LoRaWAN service providers, application enablers and equipment manufacturers can reduce their liability and security risk exposure by applying key management and security technologies.

“This cooperation between G+D Mobile Security and Senet helps IoT solution providers and enterprises to easily integrate security and avoid flaws during the whole lifecycle of LoRaWAN equipment, starting from when they are produced,” stated Bernd Müller , head of Product Management at G+D Mobile Security.

“Security is a critical element of any communication technology and with the hyperconnected world of the Internet of Things, everything about data security and data privacy becomes that much more important,” said Dave Kjendal, CTO for Senet. “Our Partnership with G+D Mobile Security helps ensure device makers, solution providers and end users are following best practices that simply and cost-effectively address the complex security challenges of deploying IoT at massive scale.”

G+D Mobile Security will be demonstrating this integration with Senet at the LoRa Alliance All Members Meeting Open House and Marketplace in Suzhou, China, October 18-19 and at their booth #414 at the Competitive Carriers Association Annual Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, October 25-27.

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Digital advertising spend to reach $420 billion by 2022, says Juniper Research

By Sheetal Kumbhar

A new report from Juniper Research has found that digital advertising spend will grow by 18% CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) over the next five years, rising from $184 billion in 2017 to $420 billion in 2022. These figures include advertising spend across mobile, desktop, wearables and DOOH (Digital-out-of-Home) signage.

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19% of online Ad revenue lost to Ad blockers by 2022

Contrary to this trend the new research, Future Digital Advertising – AI, Ad Fraud & Ad Blocking 2017-2022, predicted that the annual growth of online advertising spend will slow to only 4% globally by 2022, owing to the impact of ad blocking adoption across desktop devices and the increasing usage of mobile devices as the primary means for browsing.

According to the research, ad platforms will seek a greater degree of control over the types of ads being blocked through increased involvement in ‘Acceptable Ad’ initiatives.

Through these initiatives, platforms are beginning to shift focus to encouraging the use of adverts that are not blocked. While revenue loss owing to ad blockers will account for 17% of online advertising spend in 2017, this loss will be mitigated and increase by only 2% over the next five years, reaching 19% by 2022.

75% of all delivered ads to use AI by 2022

The research predicted that nearly 75% of all delivered digital ads will use AI as a means of user targeting in 2022. Data sharing partnerships will enable publishers to increase targeting efficiency, utilising acquired data, such as geolocation, browsing cookies, and cross-device identification, to provide end-users with highly tailored digital ads. Despite objections to perceived invasions of privacy, platforms will continue to seek innovative means of data collection to provide personalised online ads.

Research author Sam Barker noted, “The critical factor for maintaining revenues lies in increasing the quality of experience for browsers. Whereas ad blocking will eliminate intrusive ads, platforms leveraging AI for targeting will deliver more personal and accepted ads.”

Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.

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