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‘Unclonable’ security ICs with ChipDNA technology launched to protect IoT customers

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Designers can now proactively and inexpensively protect their intellectual property (IP) and products with a solution that is claimed to be immune to invasive physical attacks.

So says Munich-based Maxim Integrated Products, Inc which has launched the DS28E38 DeepCover® secure authenticator. “Security can be complicated,” says Don Loomis, vice president of Maxim’s Micros, Security & Software Business Unit, “but avoiding it is costly.”

It’s a fair start point when assessing security in the Internet of Things, says Jeremy Cowan. “If you’re doing something valuable you should secure it. And with medical equipment it can be pretty heavy stakes,” Loomis adds.

Cyberattacks continue making headlines and iInternet of Things (IoT) devices have been a point of vulnerability — cybercrime damages are projected to cost the world US$6 trillion annually by 2021, according to Cybersecurity Ventures.

Yet, design security remains an afterthought, with many engineers believing that implementing security is expensive, difficult, and time-consuming, while others are leaving it up to software to protect their systems. Additionally, when secure ICs are used, some are compromised by sophisticated, direct, silicon-level attacks that are commonly launched in an attempt to obtain cryptographic keys and secured data from these integrated circuits (ICs).

The DS28E38 features Maxim’s ChipDNA physical unclonable function (PUF) technology, which the company claims makes it “immune to invasive attacks” because the ChipDNA-based root cryptographic key does not exist in memory or any other static state. Instead, Maxim’s PUF circuit relies on the naturally occurring random analogue characteristics of fundamental MOSFET (Metal-Oxide Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistor) semiconductor devices to produce cryptographic keys.

When needed, the circuit generates the key that is unique to the device, and which instantly disappears when it is no longer in use. If the DS28E38 were to come under an invasive physical attack, the attack would cause the sensitive electrical characteristics of the circuit to change, further impeding the breach.

“With Maxim’s ChipDNA PUF technology, the DS28E38 secure authenticator is highly effective and resistant against physical or black-box reverse engineering attacks,” says Michael Strizich, president of MicroNet Solutions Inc. “Even in a worst-case insider attack, the PUF-generated data is likely to remain protected due to the security features implemented by Maxim.”

In addition to the protection benefits, ChipDNA technology simplifies or eliminates the need for complicated secure IC key management as the key can be used directly for cryptographic operations. The ChipDNA circuit has also demonstrated high reliability over process, voltage, temperature, and ageing.

Additionally, to address cryptographic quality, PUF output evaluation to the NIST-based randomness test suite has been successful with pass results. Using the DS28E38, engineers can, from the start, build into their designs a hacking defence. The IC is said to be low-cost and simple to integrate into a customer’s design via Maxim’s single-contact 1-Wire® interface, combined with a low-complexity fixed-function command set including cryptographic operations.

“Designing in hardware-based security early on doesn’t require a lot of effort, resources, or time,” says Scott Jones, managing director of Embedded Security at Maxim Integrated. “With the ChipDNA technology-based DS28E38, designers can easily fortify their products with the highest level of protection. […]

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Renesas Electronics Europe successfully held its first European R-Car consortium forum

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Renesas Electronics Europe, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced that it successfully held its first European R-Car Consortium (RCC) Forum. The Forum, held on November 9, 2017 in Düsseldorf, attracted a large audience of participants from over 35 automotive OEM and Tier 1 and connected car specialised IT providers.

The R-Car Family is Renesas’ family of innovative and high-performance systems-on-chip (SoC) for automotive applications. The R-Car Consortium (RCC) comprises over 220 partners around the world who work with Renesas’ R-Car in the development of their own products. The RCC is sparking innovation by making available to car OEMs & Tiers1s a large database of system solutions from a broad range of technology partners.

RCC Forum is a regular event organised by Renesas and enabling fruitful exchanges and networking between technology partners and Renesas R-Car customers. More than 30 of these technology partners participated at the first European RCC Forum, which focused on the future of connected car, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving.

“We’re delighted with the success of the first European R-Car Consortium Forum,” said Guenther Elsner, vice president Automotive Solution Business Unit, Renesas Electronics Europe. “It looks like it will become a must-attend event in the automotive world like the equivalent forums in Japan. We’re proud to be working with such innovative partners to shape the future of mobility together.”

During the event, Shinichi Yoshioka, senior vice president, Automotive Solution Business Unit, Renesas Electronics Corporation, has presented the Renesas autonomy™ Platform for ADAS and automated driving, and stressed the valuable roles of technology partners to build open, innovative and trusted solutions that shorten and secure development cycles and their contribution to the Renesas autonomy fleet.

As highlight of the event, Renesas exposed for the first time in Europe its connected car demonstrator based on solutions by Renesas and partners that are part of the Renesas autonomy Platform. The Renesas autonomy Platform covers end-to-end solutions for autonomous driving.

The connected car includes an emotion engine, which is an artificial sensibility and intelligence technology pioneered by cocoro SB Corp., a SoftBank Group company. The engine enables cars with the sensibility to read the driver’s emotions and optimally respond to the driver’s needs based on their emotional state.

In a dedicated exhibition space, Renesas highlighted R-car technologies for integrated cockpit and ADAS, and more than 30 partners displayed R-car-based demo solutions.

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Huawei rotating CEO Ken Hu: Building intelligent networks and reshaping the world with mobile

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The 8th Global Mobile Broadband Forum kicked off in London yesterday, gathering over 1,400 leaders from mobile telecom operators, vertical industries, standards organisations, and industrial alliances around the world. Ken Hu, the deputy chairman and rotating CEO at Huawei, outlined a world where all things are connected, presenting telecom operators with nearly limitless growth potential.

Today, there are 20 million shipping containers in the world, and 300 million LED streetlamps. There will be 1.8 billion water metres by 2025, and every year, 100 million new bicycles roll off the factory floor. “Each of these is a potential new subscriber,” said Hu. “But to support a future where all things are connected, telecom operators need to strengthen network performance and management. Future networks need to be application-centric, data-driven – and eventually, intelligent.”

“We have to believe that everything can be connected and will be connected,” he continued. “These opportunities are real. But to seize them, we need a new model.”

Hu calls this new model the “scale-out and scale-up approach.” First, he recommends that telcos scale out to provide more connections. This will generate revenue, and pave the way for scaling up. Next, they can work with partners to develop value-added services based on the specific needs of industrial applications.

To support these valued-added services, Hu stressed the importance of strengthening networks and making them smarter. “Telcos can start by accelerating deployment of 4.5G and NB-IoT to boost network performance and pave the way for 5G. Then they need to take a look at O&M.”

On average, network equipment O&M costs roughly three to four times the cost of the equipment itself. Furthermore, 70% of major network faults are the result of simple human error. “This is not sustainable,” said Hu. “But big data analytics and artificial intelligence have given us the tools we need to build smarter networks.”

“When facing structural problems, we need architectural innovation,” Hu explained. “With operational data, we can feed ‘digital brains’ of sorts that control and manage networks more intelligently. From O&M to service provisioning, we want to build networks that are automated, self-optimising, and self-healing. Full autonomy is what we’re aiming for. This will drive an exponential increase in efficiency and resource allocation across the board.”

Huawei has made exciting progress in this area, Hu noted. “We are developing predictive maintenance systems for network sites. With operational data and A.I., we can predict up to 50% of network faults, helping our customers reduce network failure rates by 20%.”

Huawei predicts that there will be 100 billion connections around the world by 2025. Beyond intelligence, Hu touched on the need to boost network performance. “To support a massive number of connections between things, our networks need much greater capacity and lower, more reliable latency. Most importantly, behind the scenes they need intelligent systems driving performance. Networks are more complicated than ever before, with greater demand for agility. Traditional approaches to network management won’t be able to keep up.”

Hu continued, “All industries are now adopting digital technology and artificial intelligence. Not just manufacturing and […]

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How IoT will disrupt healthcare

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There are hundreds of proposals for the IoT in the health services. Half of them could be terrible. If only we knew which half! I’m not sure about other countries but whenever I hear about ‘disruptive technology’ and the British National Health Service (NHS), I always feel nervous.

We’ve already wasted £11 billion (€12.31 billion) and rising on a ‘fit for purpose’ programme for IT that wasn’t fit for anything. It would be a brave NHS purchaser that would sign off on any more ‘disruption’. Surely, if they are going to sell the idea, they need a new catchphrase, says Nick Booth, freelance IT and communications writer.

For now, in this sector at least, IoT needs to be a bit less brash and ambitious. We don’t want to see any more flash IT salesmen flaunting their wealth. Acqueon claims its IoT could save the NHS £500 million (€559.72 million) a year. Well, OK, prove it, by taking your payment as a commission on the savings you create.

The savings they are so confident about will come from solving the problem of medication noncompliance – that situation where patients don’t keep taking the pills. This will get worse as our population ages. IoT connected pill boxes don’t miss their doses.

Failing to take medication correctly leads to 200,000 premature deaths in Europe a year. Partly it’s because the old are bamboozled with complicated drug taking regimes. This polypharmacy involves a smorgasboard of pills which have to be taken in varying intervals.

A smart pill box knows when they’ve not been opened and sends automated reminders to the patient. If these messages go answered and the pill box still not opened, the device snitches on you to the clinician who then phones you directly.

Robots are getting old now too. The first robot assistant, the Arthrobot, made its debut in an operating theatre in 1984. Since then, robots have performed surgery on everything in degrees of complexity ranging from eyes and knees to neurosurgery.

Imperial College London created the PROBOT, which first performed prostate surgery at Guy’s & St Thomas’s Hospital in 1992. The robots are starting to take on human characteristics.

They’re starting to leave pieces of equipment in the patients, just like their human counterparts. This is all documented in Adverse Events in Robotic Surgery: A Retrospective Study of 14 Years of FDA Data. The authors from University of Illinois, Michigan Institute of Technology and Rush Medical Center compiled the report from MAUDE data (as in Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience).

In a study of 1.74 million robotic surgical procedures – mostly urological or gynaecological – the data recorded 8,061 device malfunctions, 1,391 patient injuries and 144 patient deaths. Adverse incidents included electrical arcing, sparking or charring of instruments and the falling of broken or burnt pieces into the patient’s body. Such incidents were said to have contributed to 119 injuries and one patient death.

“Clearly, operations utilising robotics are not without their risk, says Greg McEwen, partner at insurance law specialist BLM. As he points out, incidents relating to broken or left behind instruments […]

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MarkLogic recognised as a challenger in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems

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MarkLogic Corporation, the operational and transactional Enterprise NoSQL database provider, today announced that the Gartner 2017 “Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems” positions MarkLogic as a Challenger, positioning it furthest to the right for completeness of vision and highest for ability to execute in the Challengers quadrant.

As the world’s best multi-model database for integrating data from silos, MarkLogic was recognised for the second year-in-a-row as a Challenger. MarkLogic believes that its recognition by Gartner validates that it is the preferred choice for large enterprises and government agencies around the world to build and secure mission critical applications and multi-model database management systems.

“We believe that our position in the latest Gartner report reflects the successful execution of our vision to deliver the world’s best database for integrating data from silos,” said Gary Bloom, CEO of MarkLogic. “And, to us, this ongoing trend is validated by this latest Gartner report. We believe it demonstrates that our enterprise customers are having tremendous success building mission-critical business applications on the MarkLogic® next-generation database platform and that our cloud-neutral approach is working.”

As a reviewer noted on Gartner Peer Insights, “It is responsive and easy to manage and it handles free form data quickly and easily. Our application has a feedback and rating system that does not fit easily into a traditional relational database. MarkLogic makes it simple and easy to gather, store, search and use. There is also a strong user community to support the product.” Large global companies across all industries and government agencies rely on MarkLogic as the next-generation alternative to the decades-old relational database model.

In May 2017, MarkLogic launched MarkLogic 9, the company’s signature NoSQL database platform. MarkLogic 9 provides safe and easy sharing of information with advanced security options that enable element level security, redaction and advanced encryption.

MarkLogic 9 also makes data integration faster and easier with entity services and the updated release of MarkLogic’s open source Data Hub Framework, allowing customers to move mission-critical data integration projects into production faster, and with less cost and risk.

MarkLogic has more than 1,000 global enterprises and government customers relying on the MarkLogic database to gain competitive advantages based on a 360-degree view of their data as well as fuel, and build mission-critical operational and transactional business applications.

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Cisco announces $1 billion program for smart cities

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So-called “smart cities” have less pollution, safer streets, and better quality of life for citizens. But many finance officers struggle to fund the upgrades that will make their cities smart. To help, Cisco introduced the City Infrastructure Financing Acceleration Program.

It is a $1 billion (€0.85 billion) program aimed to make it easier, faster, and more affordable for cities around the world to fund and adopt technologies that will transform their communities.

The funding will be provided through Cisco Capital® in partnership with private equity firm Digital Alpha Advisors and pension fund investors APG Asset Management (APG) and Whitehelm Capital.

“Funding is a major stumbling block for municipalities beginning their smart city transformation,” said Anil Menon, Global president of Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities. “With our partners, Cisco will bring the capital and expertise it takes to make smart city projects a reality. Digital Alpha, APG, and Whitehelm Capital bring a fresh perspective on investment in an area that has previously been perceived as too new and, therefore, too difficult to finance.”

Anil Menon

The program helps cities assemble the right type or suite of finance instruments to fund and deploy innovative technology with minimal initial investment. Whether a city is looking to reduce energy usage, ease traffic and parking, or boost public transportation ridership and revenues, the program will help cities with solutions.

Revenue-share financing, for instance, even allows a city to tie financing to desired outcomes and extend future operating budgets through revenue streams from the new services that a digitised infrastructure makes possible.

Additionally, today at the Smart City Expo World Congress, Cisco is announcing added functionality to its newly renamed connected digital platform, Cisco® Kinetic for Cities, which integrated with the Cisco Kinetic IoT data platform. The new features provide enhanced support for public safety.

From the new full-policy automation options to an improved dashboard with integrated video, updates to the platform put citizen safety first. Real-time notification of emergency information now draws on additional IoT data sources and Cisco Spark™ Collaboration, enabling faster emergency response. For more information about the latest additions to Cisco Kinetic for Cities, click here.

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Cisco has also announced new purchasing options for Cisco Kinetic for Cities, including prepackaged starter solutions, which combine the Cisco IoT data platform, solution, and services with those from our ecosystem partners into ready-to-roll-out, end-to-end solution suites.

Cisco has added a number of new Cisco Kinetic for Cities customers. The Town of Cary, North Carolina, for instance, has created a “Living Lab” providing smart city technologies to improve the lives of citizens. Using the Cisco Kinetic for Cities platform, town officials can actively monitor the number of available parking spots—particularly spots for the handicapped—to gauge use and help with planning.

“The Cisco Kinetic for Cities platform provides us the tools we need to positively affect our citizens’ lives,” said Terry Yates, Infrastructure and network manager, Town of Cary, North Carolina. For additional information about Cary’s Cisco Kinetic Smart City efforts, reference this blog: Town of Cary, NC: Using Insights for Parking Improvements.

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Technology, solution, and services partners experience growth and opportunity as part of PTC’s partner program

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PTC, announced that its partner program continues to show momentum, with more than half of partners experiencing double-digit growth in the last year. Over the past three years, the number of PTC partners has grown by 45%, today totalling approximately 1,150 companies worldwide.

PTC partners, consisting of technology providers, solution providers, and system integrators, possess deep understanding of their respective markets, sales proficiencies, technology expertise, and customer relationships. PTC’s Partner Network provides a broad and capable ecosystem of complementary technologies, solutions, and services that help with design, development, implementation, and the ability to improve time to production, enabling acceleration of customers’ time to value.

“As EAC transforms its business, PTC’s Partner Network Program makes it easy for us as a solution provider to expand the way we engage with PTC; and at the same time, do it with the one partner manager we have come to know and trust,” said Abe Taylor, vice president of sales, EAC Product Development Solutions (EAC).

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“PTC’s Partner Network strategy is the foundation to building a partner ecosystem. They make it easier for partners to innovate and collaborate,” said Ian Fountain, director of marketing, Industrial IoT, National Instruments.

To further support growth, PTC recently launched its redesigned partner program, PTC Partner Network, to enable partners to innovate, collaborate, and capitalise on the significant market opportunity created by the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented reality (AR).

Companies in the PTC Partner Network are able to:

Choose one or many flexible engagement models that are right for their business
Utilise program tools and resources to get going quickly
Engage with PTC’s extensive team of experts
Develop and promote applications, products, and solutions to the market on the leading ThingWorx Marketplace

Kerry Grimes

“We are committing to increase our focus and investment in our partners, who are already seeing the benefits to partnering with one of the leading IoT and AR companies in the industry,” said Kerry Grimes, divisional vice president, PTC Partner Network. “We are making it even easier for partners to add new technologies and expertise to their businesses, and look forward to working with them to support customers and grow their businesses.”

Partners of all types are an important component of PTC’s revenue and customer success strategy. Due to increased investment in the PTC Partner Network program, partners contributed over 30% of total PTC bookings in fiscal year 2017.

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The Internet of Things in Your Driveway | @ThingsExpo #AI #IoT #M2M

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By 2020, 90 percent of all new cars will have some sort of built-in connectivity platform, and by 2022, there will be 1.8 billion automotive M2M connections. As cars join the Internet of Things, cars will stop being independent entities and will become part of a larger, connected ecosystem. Cars as part of the IoT isn’t just a look into the future – it’s already happening.
“Everything that moves will become autonomic, it’s just a matter of time,” says Vishnu Andhare, Consulting Manager at ISG. Andhare notes that all of the big automotive players are already moving towards a future of shared mobility, and mobility-as-a-service – although it will take time. “In the future, it will not be limited by technology, but by the psychological barrier, and by public policy,” he says. “there is a limit to which the human mind can go without semblance of control. At airports, you already see terminal-to-terminal autonomic shuttles. We are used to them. But with cars on the road, there is still a psychological barrier.”

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Birmingham City University shows Indian tech giants virtual reality training for medical applications

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Representatives from two of India’s creative companies have visited Birmingham City University to learn more about how the UK university is training the next generation of virtual reality (VR) professionals, and with the hope of exploring potential partnerships in the future.

The head and creative director of JIO Studios (Aditya Bhat and Ankit Sharma respectively), along with the founder and managing director of philmCGI (Anand Bhanushali) spent time on Wednesday 8 November with senior academics as part of a visit organised by the UK’s Department of International Trade.

Based in Navi Mumbai, mobile network operator JIO is the world’s biggest data start-up company, attracting 138 million paid subscribers within less than a year of operations, and currently welcoming seven new customers each second. Part of Reliance, JIO’s parent company is the biggest private sector firm in India with a revenue of US$51 billion (€43.94 billion) in 2017.

JIO’s in house studio is planning to launch its own VR app in 2018 and is hoping to collaborate with experts at Birmingham City University by expanding their technical know-how, co-creating content and ensuring they are making best use of the latest technology. JIO also hopes it can work with students who are creating VR and augmented reality (AR) content by showcasing their projects on its new platform.

Meanwhile, philmCGI is an animation studio based out of both Mumbai and Pune, where some 90 artists provide computer-generated images and visual effects services in films and television for some of the biggest studios in Europe and Asia, and is also expanding its offer in VR and AR – two areas which are taught through Birmingham City’s University’s Digital Media Technology (DMT) Lab.

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Based in the institution’s Faculty of Computing Engineering and the Built Environment, the DMT Lab is a research space focussed on finding new uses of digital technology. Among the projects taking place in the Lab, researchers are looking into the application of augmented and mixed reality systems, and digital audio processing.

The visitors from India were able to see some of the University’s leading research in this area, including a new mixed reality system which allows medical practitioners to view and interact with virtual replicas of patients’ organs, bones or body parts.

The business leaders also spent time in the University’s £62 million Parkside Building, home to the institution’s wealth of media and recording facilities, including four TV studios.

Anand Bhanushali, founder and managing director of philmCGI, said: “Birmingham City University has state-of-the-art media facilities; it is no wonder so many Indian students want to come to the UK to study.”

“Today we have discussed a number of opportunities for collaboration, such as STEAM-based problem solving. Lots of innovative solutions can be developed when applying fresh minds to companies such as ourselves.”

Birmingham City University was one of the first UK universities to offer media degrees and today boasts such cutting edge provisions as Europe’s largest static green screen.

Professor Julian Beer, deputy vice-chancellor, said: “Birmingham City University and indeed the wider West Midlands is at the forefront […]

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ESA awards Blue Desert project to Blue-Value

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Following a call for feasibility studies for space-based services integrating the Internet of Things (IoT), the European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded the Blue Desert project to the consortium Blue-Value. Utilising space-based assets and IoT technology, Blue Desert will conduct a feasibility study for the development of an integrated monitoring & control service to assist customers in desert areas to manage groundwater resources.

Groundwater is depleting rapidly. Global population growth and high water consumption in combination with severe climate change is resulting in catastrophic water shortages in many areas of the world. For example, Abu Dhabi’s groundwater reserves are set to run out in 50 years if no action is taken.

Using IoT sensor data and satellite imagery and infrastructure information, the Blue-Value solution delivers real-time insight into water usage, quality and environmental effects. This will all made be available via an easy-to-use, intuitive web application and a mobile phone app.

The integrated software solution enables services such as automated well monitoring, water abstraction metering and remote waterpump control. It will increase revenues for water authorities and decrease Non-Revenue Water for utilities. At the same time, the solution will enable farmers, miners, constructors and other users of water to manage the quantity and quality of this precious resource.

Simon van den Dries

Associates of the project are: International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC), Thuraya Satellites (UAE), SamTech Middle East (UAE) and the Netherlands Space Office (NSO). The consortium has received expressions of interest from leading hydro engineering firms including Royal HaskoningDHV and Witteveen+Bos from the Netherlands, as well as water sensor manufacturers.

Simon van den Dries, co-founder of Blue-Value added: “The award of this project shows great recognition of the work done and the opportunity that we foresee here. It is vitally important that steps are taken to value and use water much more wisely and effectively.”

The Blue Desert Project was presented for the first time during the Amsterdam International Water Week on November 1, 2017.

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