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Senet and TrackNet demonstrate LoRaWAN location tracking and roaming at CES

By Zenobia Hegde

Senet, a provider of cloud-based software, global connectivity service platforms and network build-out for the Internet of Things (IoT) and TrackNet, Inc., a cutting-edge LoRaWAN Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider and developer of Tabs,

the all-in-one monitoring solution, today announce an interoperability and roaming demonstration highlighting the TrackNet Tabs consumer solution running over Senet’s public Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) in Las Vegas.

Roaming between the Senet network and the TrackNet TrackCentral network for Tabs is the first production demonstration of the recently released LoRaWAN specifications in the world, and the first large-scale roaming demonstration using LoRaWAN.

The key to success in the rapidly expanding IoT and Low Power Wide Area Network market is standardisation, ecosystem strength, and scalable, cost effective network coverage. The LoRaWAN specification release 1.1 is instrumental in defining roaming and interoperability between different LoRaWAN network deployments.

The 1.1 specification was released in October 2017 and Senet and TrackNet are the first to demonstrate roaming per 1.1 in a large-scale deployment.

The demonstration of the Tabs solution with the Senet network at CES highlights the ease of interoperability with LoRaWAN which is the key to success for scaling production ecosystem solutions in network deployments around the world.

The inside out deployment model with low cost indoor gateways enabled by Tabs is a critical differentiator for LoRaWAN to enable cost effective and scalable network deployment. A hybrid strategy of low cost indoor gateways mixed with cost effective outdoor elevated point access is critical to the success of LPWAN.

“Senet and TrackNet have been instrumental in the development and definition of LoRaWAN in the US market” says Thorsten Kramp, CTO of TrackNet and co-author of LoRaWAN. “TrackNet and Senet are leaders in the development of advanced features for LoRaWAN such as firmware updates over the air, class-B device support, and roaming”.

We are proud to demonstrate the latest technology advancements from Senet and TrackNet to showcase the power of LoRaWAN and its interoperability functionality” says Dave Kjendal, CTO of Senet and technical committee lead for LoRaWAN in North America. “LoRaWAN achieved significant growth during 2017 and the rapid advancements delivered by market leaders like Senet and TrackNet will be instrumental in the adoption of IoT solutions at mass scale.”

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Effective IoT security must begin at the drawing board

By Zenobia Hegde

Thomas Fischer, global security advocate at Digital Guardian, assesses the role security will play in the IoT and argues that manufacturers must return to the drawing board to find a sustainable, long-term solution.

For a while now, the issue of IoT security has been a growing problem that few want to face up to. The technology industry is renowned for its fast pace and the advantages of being first to market can often be significant, so it’s no surprise to see new IoT products being released at a furious rate. Unfortunately, this rush to market can often result in products and devices that are vulnerable to cyberattacks.

For manufacturers, the IoT is a particularly difficult nut to crack. In addition to time pressures, the demand for user friendliness – combined with highly stringent cost controls – means that, even if the will is there, finding a fast, cost-efficient security solution can be a challenge.

One major problem is that many IoT devices still use extremely cheap processing units akin to something that would have been used several decades ago, only on a much smaller scale. These kinds of processors lack both the memory capacity and input mechanisms required to conduct the regular security updates and patches that would normally take place on PCs and mobile phones.

With the lifespan of some IoT devices now expected to exceed ten years, the security issue this presents is a growing cause for alarm. The threat landscape is a highly dynamic environment and devices that can’t be patched are vulnerable not only to the threats that are out there today but also to all threats that emerge after the device has gone to market.

A new approach to IoT security is needed

Fortunately, organisations are starting to take note. The IoT Security Foundation is driving the creation of new standards and enlisting companies to work together to improve the overall security of IoT devices from the ground up. Elsewhere, the GSM Association (GSMA) has recently produced a set of major guidelines around IoT security best practice.

But in order for businesses to make meaningful security improvements, changes must take place at the design phase, not as an afterthought prior to launch. Security must also be considered from a variety of different angles including software, hardware and the network if it is to be effective.

1) Secure software: Building new devices on a foundation of robust and secure software is critical. Best practice encompasses a variety design considerations including:

Proper and secure authentication for each individual device, so organisations can quickly confirm that any individual device is the one it claims to be
The use of secure coding practices, focusing on QA and vulnerability identification as part of the development lifecycle in order to streamline security and mitigate risks
Industry standard encryption of all data flowing between the IoT device and backend servers, meaning that even if the data is intercepted, it is meaningless without the correct encryption key
Making provision for the deployment of new firmware on the device over time. Moving to more advanced and versatile processing units will allow device software to be […]

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Greenwave Systems and CUJO AI fend off cyberattacks for ISPs

By Zenobia Hegde

Greenwave Systems, Inc. announced its partnership with CUJO AI to fight cyberattacks by providing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) an end-to-end home security solution for home network users. Greenwave Systems is the global software leader for managed services.

CUJO AI is the leading Artificial Intelligence (AI) company that provides telecommunications companies a multi-solution AI-driven software platform.

Based on CUJO AI customer data, a typical household with a CUJO AI device has an average of 14.5 devices. These devices come with default configurations, undocumented backdoor accounts and exposed legacy services. CUJO AI blocks an average of 50 threats per user, each month, protecting home users from these external, unseen threats. CUJO AI offers the essential building blocks required to succeed in home automation, including AI network security, AI device intelligence and semantic parental controls.

CUJO AI is designed to protect home network users who lack secure devices, where over 1 million threats per day from viruses go undetected. CUJO AI analyses device behavior through threat intelligence, machine learning and cloud computing. It is the first multi-solution home automation platform offering for ISPs, with AI network security, device intelligence and semantic parental controls. This complete home security package reduces costs and delivers additional value to customers.

Greenwave Systems’ AXON Platform offers real-time edge analytics that interface with CUJO AI’s data security and parental control capabilities to enable ISPs to manage critical data and services at the edge of a network. Greenwave Systems revolutionises the way companies create connected ecosystems to monetise their networks. The AXON Platform translates communications from a wide variety of devices to create a managed service, offering real intelligence to industrial, commercial and consumer market segments within broadband systems.

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“Internet security is a top concern for ISPs and their home network customers. Greenwave’s platform resonates with big carriers and we are deeply concerned about security,” said Martin Manniche, Greenwave Systems CEO and chairman.

“By integrating CUJO AI with the AXON Platform, we offer a solution designed to help ISPs protect their subscribers, who face huge threats from cyberattacks. These software solutions are dynamic, and ARM ISPs with the tools to provide full end-to-end internet security for users, even those with legacy systems.”

“The AXON platform extends CUJO AI, with its real-time edge analytics, managing critical data and services at the edge of the network so time-sensitive data can be acted upon locally, which is important for cyberattacks,” said Einaras von Gravrock, CUJO AI CEO. “By working together, Greenwave and CUJO AI form a strategic partnership to enrich the cybersecurity ecosystem.”

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AlgoSec the security management solutions provider announces strategic partnership with MEGAZONE

By Zenobia Hegde

AlgoSec, the provider of business-driven security management solutions with its headquarter located in Boston, U.S., and MEGAZONE Corporation, a Korean cloud-specialised IT company announced a strategic partnership.

This partnership between the two companies was designed to face growing cloud security threats and provide high levels of security and control monitoring services in cloud environments.

AlgoSec is a network security infrastructure provider established in 2004 with over 1,700 customers worldwide. AlgoSec security management suite, including AlgoSec BusinessFlow, AlgoSec FireFlow, AlgoSec Firewall Analyser and etc. are built for enterprise security management by delivering unique business-driven security policy optimisation and automation. Their mission is to simplify and automate security policies to accelerate application delivery.

The partnership between AWS Premier Consulting Partner and Asia’s largest AWS partner, MEGAZONE, and global network security software provider, AlgoSec, will enable local AWS users to carry out their own customisable security management system in their own business pace.

“AlgoSec’s solutions, which are considered innovative for automation, security and productivity in the operations and management of work process, will be optimised for a variety of cloud-related solutions and services MEGAZONE offers to its customers. With the strategic partnership with AlgoSec, our team expects that MEGAZONE will be able to provide more effective security policies to meet customer needs and open up opportunities to differentiate itself based on the MSP capabilities.” said Max Lee, CSO at MEGAZONE.

“We are very pleased to sign this partnership with MEGAZONE since it will allow us to introduce AlgoSec’s security management solutions, optimised for cloud environments, and market-proven best practices in the rapidly growing Korea’s public cloud market. Especially, for many enterprise customers planning for cloud migration in the near future, we will help them successfully migrate to the cloud based on AlgoSec’s state-of-the-art technology.” said Jeongsoo Tak, AlgoSec’s Regional GM in Korea.

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Sequans and NTT DOCOMO partner to accelerate adoption of LTE-M technology in Japan

By Zenobia Hegde

LTE for IoT chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A. has formalised an agreement with NTT DOCOMO, the Japan-based mobile operator, to accelerate the development of LTE-M devices and applications on DOCOMO’s network, using Sequans’ Monarch LTE Platform, the world’s most highly optimised LTE-M chip solution.

The two companies have been working together on LTE for IoT for several years, beginning first with LTE Cat 1 technology, and the goal of this current collaboration is to develop and mature an end-to-end LTE-M ecosystem in Japan.

“We are pleased to extend our longtime and successful partnership with Sequans to address the LTE-M market,” said Toshiyuki Futakata, vice president and general manager of the Communication Device Development Department, NTT DOCOMO.

“The use of Sequans’ Monarch technology will be instrumental for us in reaching our goal of widespread adoption of LTE-M technology across Japan. Sequans is a key player in IoT in Japan and their leading Monarch solution has the key characteristics needed to spur rapid adoption, including low power consumption, low cost, and ease of integration.”

“Working in close collaboration with DOCOMO over the years has yielded excellent results and we look forward to continuing our work together in anticipation of DOCOMO’s LTE-M network launch,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “DOCOMO has everything in place to serve its IoT customers well and we are proud that our Monarch technology will be a key part of DOCOMO’s LTE for IoT solutions.”

Monarch is claimed to be the industry’s best integrated LTE Cat M1/NB1 chip, whereby baseband, RF transceiver, power management, and RAM memory are integrated into a single, tiny 6.5 x 8.5 mm package. Monarch is fully compliant with the 3GPP’s Release 13 definitions for narrowband LTE (LTE-M and NB-IoT).

In addition, Monarch supports advanced features such as programmable RF filtering for global band support in a single SKU, and proprietary dynamic power management technology for ultra low power consumption and operating life of 10+ years.

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