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Thundersoft Introduces E-Cockpit Solutions with Embedded Vision and Speech AI

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Thundersoft introduced an industry leading e-cockpit solution built on Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820A platform with BlackBerry’s QNX® Hypervisor 2.0 technology, which will be demonstrated at Qualcomm’s automotive booth at LVCC North Hall, Booth #5616 at the 2018 International CES in Las Vegas. The company will have an invitation-only showcase of the new e-cockpit, a new on-device […]

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Think horizontally to unlock the huge potential of connected devices, says oneM2M

By Zenobia Hegde

Smart wearables, connected cars and machines, consumer electronics and smart city deployments will only deliver true value to consumers if there is a horizontal linking of data, oneM2M’s Technical Plenary chair Dr. Omar Elloumi warned.

Speaking ahead of CES, where thousands of the latest Internet of Things (IoT) gadgets will be showcased, Elloumi highlighted how many devices are connected to a proprietary cloud that provides services based on the data of the wearable itself.

“As consumer demand for smart devices continues to surpass expectations, it is more vital than ever that device makers understand the importance of a horizontal standards-based approach when defining their strategies for the IoT,” he said.“Working in this manner will allow them to bring multiple devices from various industries on to the same platform, sharing data that will ultimately improve the end-user experience and security.”

The oneM2M standard provides a universal framework for IoT deployments, including those in the rapidly growing global connected car industry, giving a blueprint for a horizontal platform consisting of a common service layer to allow every component to communicate.

Two companies that have adopted oneM2M standards are Toyota and KDDI, which have set out their visions for the IoT by explaining how a horizontal cross-vertical linking of data can increase value for consumers.

“The oneM2M standard harmonises data models for vehicular applications, giving us the power to offer a cross-vertical and multi-vendor interoperability authentication of each application or device,” said Nick Yamasaki, senior expert, Industry Standards Department, Technical Planning Division at KDDI. “KDDI’s IoT vision for consumers on a global scale has oneM2M at its core, increasing benefits for manufacturers and consumers safely and securely.”

That view is shared by Dr. Ryokichi Onishi, Network Group leader at Toyota InfoTechnology Centre, which works on the oneM2M standard for the connected car platform.

Dr. Ryokichi Onishi

“The use of M2M technology for our customers has never been simple – it includes a wide range of functions and we can offer them effectively through oneM2M standards,” said Onishi. “Making different devices and servers universally interoperable through a standards-based approach greatly improves the value data sharing brings to end-users in a secure and controlled manner.”

Elloumi concluded: “Toyota’s and KDDI’s outlooks clearly illustrate how IoT services can bring additional benefits tocustomers in terms of convenience and safety, through carefully coordinated structures unified by the same standards. All of this is only possible once devices from different verticals and different vendors begin to communicate among each other, in a safe and secure way.”

The growing trend towards open standards in the automotive industry has also been illustrated in the recent work of the European Union’s AUTOPILOT Horizon 2020 project, which leverages the oneM2M standard to collect CCTV data and data produced by connected cars to help deliver a 360º awareness of potential hazards, increasing safety for all.

Deutsche Telekom and Orange also revealed their use of oneM2M last year when the companies announced their joint initiative on oneM2M-based cloud APIs for Smart Home and consumer IoT. Other companies using oneM2M include SK Telecom, LG Uplus, InterDigital and ZTE and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) for its Universal IoT platform which will be used in Tata Communications’ IoT network to serve more than 2,000 communities.

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Quantenna and Greenwave partner to deliver full duplex Wi-Fi extender for smart connected home coverage

By Zenobia Hegde

Greenwave Systems, Inc., a global provider in managed services and Quantenna Communications, Inc., an innovator in high-performance Wi-Fi solutions, have announced a new partnership to deliver a full duplex Wi-Fi extender for superior whole-home coverage.

Quantenna’s Wi-Fi technology combined with Greenwave’s award winning AXON Platform enhances the connected home offering for service providers and boosts users’ speeds to multiple devices simultaneously.

“Quantenna is very pleased to partner with Greenwave to bring superior whole-home Wi-Fi coverage at the highest possible speeds,” said Ambroise Popper, vice president of strategic marketing at Quantenna. “Quantenna’s superior 802.11ac Wave 2 repeater solution, combined with our industry leading gateways, solidifies our position as the undisputed leader in home Wi-Fi Networking.”

While low-end repeaters may offer decent coverage, they don’t always supply a fast, reliable connection. Thanks to small, powerful mesh nodes, the full duplex repeater is capable of expanding Wi-Fi coverage to every corner of the smart home for HD video streaming, fast downloads and other applications.

Greenwave’s AXON Platform utilises Quantenna’s intelligent Self Optimising Network (SONiQ) software to seamlessly manage multiple repeaters and gateways to achieve an optimum Wi-Fi connection. In addition, SONiQ provides superior multi-access point management with auto configurations and comprehensive steering features.

“Quantenna’s exceptional Wi-Fi technology, coupled with the interoperability of our AXON Platform, gives service providers a unique opportunity to enhance home network performance,” says Roger Gregory, vice president of product marketing at Greenwave Systems. “The AXON Platform extends networks seamlessly, enabling a consistent, quality experience for the automated home.”

Greenwave’s AXON Platform translates real-time communications from a variety of IoT devices and offers seamless connectivity that lets “things” and services talk to each other, regardless of protocol. The AXON Platform already powers millions of advanced networks through trusted service provider partners in telecom, cable and utilities, powering extended managed services for broadband, audio, video and energy management systems.

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A Week in IoT: How secure are your devices, and your elderly?

By Jeremy Cowan

Well, this week’s themes are BIG. Fundamental flaws in chip security are affecting all kinds of IoT devices, and big players like Intel and Apple are in the frame as they scramble to patch the problem. ‘Does the IoT have the device management tools needed to fix this?’ asks Jeremy Cowan. One analyst doubts it.

Meanwhile, planners are asking if cities will be smart enough to provide help where it’s needed most – for the elderly. (In their timefames, that’s you and me, by the way.) It’s not a coincidence that we’re seeing a growing focus on edge computing for smart cities – in some IoT sectors that may be the only way to manage all this data.

As you will have heard unless you just got in from Mars, Google‘s Project Zero security research team has released details of a serious security vulnerability. Indeed, some are calling it the most serious hardware bug of the modern era.

Samuel Hale: Access to normally off-limits data

Samuel Hale, analyst and IoT development expert at the US-based analyst firm MachNation tells IoT Now: “This vulnerability impacts literally all large cloud-services companies like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, IBM and others that offer multi-tenant services.”

So, he believes it’s no wonder that Intel’s stock tumbled following this announcement. Fixing this security problem is going to decrease enterprise application performance by approximately 10-15% worldwide. “This vulnerability is so serious,” says Hale, “that any application running on a system may be able to access normally off-limits data, such as passwords, security keys, or other sensitive information.”

He insists the implications for Internet of Things devices will be huge. “The majority of all IoT devices worldwide will need a software update very soon. Without great IoT device management, this is going to be extremely difficult to accomplish.”

Gavin Millard: Long-standing blunder in chip design.

Gavin Millard, technical director at Tenable adds: “The latest vulnerabilities blessed with catchy names and logos are deserving of the hype that will surely build. Spectre and Meltdown are both incredibly concerning from a privacy perspective, affecting the average home user and enterprises alike.

The long-standing blunder in chip design could enable an attacker to access confidential pieces of information being processed, for example grabbing a password as it’s typed, installing malware that could slurp up anything a user is working on, or browser data to enable it to hoover up credit card details and logins.” (Other vacuum cleaners are available. Ed.)

“For home users, MacOS has already been updated to address the flaw with Apple’s recent 10.13.2 patch release. For Windows, there were also fixes made available last night. Almost everybody is affected by these bugs, in ways researchers are only just discovering. It is of the utmost importance that updates are applied in a timely manner,” says Millard. “With a possible decrease in processing speed caused by addressing the flaws, organisations that rely on cloud platforms could be facing a significant financial impact from the increase in the number of workloads required to complete tasks.”

Creating a city for all

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Softbank Ventures and others invest $2.78M in Korean IoT device security startup

Korean IoT security startup ‘Security Platform’ raised $2.78M. SoftBank Ventures Korea and Premiere Partners led the investment round.

The startup offers hardware-based device security solutions. One of the core solutions offered by Security Platform is ‘remote attestation’ of connected devices. The backend server remotely checks the connected devices for any breach or threats by hash values of each element calculated by the hardware.

The solution performs device authentication, anti-cloning, message signing, anti-forgery, secure updates with signed code. The startup also provides custom development services for integration of IoT devices. To help OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) implement ‘security by design’, the startup offers its SDK (software development kit) named Axio-Builder. The SDK consists of a development board with Secure SoC and SDK consisting of built-in security elements.

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Autonomous driving car to create new growth opportunities in Japan towards 2025

By Zenobia Hegde

The autonomous driving (AD) market in Japan experienced strong growth in 2016 with the first AD-Level 2 commercialised vehicle in the passenger car market. The Japanese automotive market is now declining in terms of new vehicle sales due to depopulation, demotorisation, as well as an aging society, especially in urban areas. As an alternative business strategy, many Japanese OEMs are trying to find new revenue streams with disruptive technologies and connected services. AD is one of the high potential technologies that could bring business innovation beyond automotive industries.

Frost & Sullivan’s new analysis, “Strategic Analysis of Automated Car Market in Japan, 2016,” finds that the unit shipment of automated vehicles at AD-level 2 in Japan is likely to grow up to 540,000 at a compound annual growth rate of 51.6% by 2025.

This research assesses the Japanese automated car market dynamics and related government policy, regulations, as well as the roadmap toward 2025. It also provides an overview of major OEM roadmaps for automated car development as well as potential emerging market participants and new growth opportunities.

Program updating of JNCAP (Japan New Car Assessment Program) and the revision of related laws will lead to the penetration of automated cars in Japan in the short term.

“The current assessment of automated energy brake for vulnerable road users for JNCAP only covers daytime. However, in 2018, the coverage of the assessment is expected to be expanded from daytime to nighttime to be in line with the change in EuroNCAP. This change in JNCAP will lead many vehicles by Japanese OEMs to shift from ADAS systems to AD systems during the next decade,” said Sarasa Hayashi, Frost & Sullivan Mobility research analyst.

In addition, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will be the trigger to grow the penetration of automated cars in Japan. The Japanese government recognises the Tokyo Olympics as the catalyst to boost AD systems beyond level 2 in Japan. Japanese OEMs have showcased AD technologies frequently, which increases consumers’ awareness for automated driving systems.

“New market participants, including AI or big data analytics companies, will take more important roles in the future development of automated vehicles,” said Sarasa Hayashi. “DeNA and SB Drive are key companies to watch as they disrupt the current ecosystem in the automotive industry in Japan through joint venture business and collaborative research related to automated driving technology.”

However, a lot of challenges, such as the lack of infrastructure for supporting AD, regulations for high AD-level cars, and standardisation for AD capabilities and HMI systems, need to be addressed to grow an automated car market in Japan.

“Automakers should partner with non-automotive industry participants beyond the conventional component suppliers in their group companies to commercialise advanced automated driving technologies,” said Sarasa Hayashi. “More crossed alliance across automotive OEMs, component suppliers, and tech companies will be a key for success in automated driving development.”

Strategic Analysis of Automated Car Market in Japan, 2016 is part of Frost & Sullivan’s Future of Mobility Growth Partnership Service program.

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Smart audio hardware revenues to exceed $10bn by 2022, as audio brands challenge amazon echo

By Zenobia Hegde

A new report by Juniper Research found that revenues from smart audio devices like the Amazon Echo and Sonos One will grow from an estimated $2.5 billion (€2.11 billion) in 2017 to over $10 billion (€8.42 billion) by 2022, as more audio brands integrate voice assistants into their devices.

With competition heating up in the smart speaker space, the new research, Smart Audio Devices: Strategies & Forecasts 2017-2022, explains that Amazon’s main challengers are currently:

Google
Harman/Kardon
Sonos
Sony
Onkyo

Find out how these and other players will shape the 2018 market in Juniper’s complimentary whitepaper: Which Audio Brand Will Challenge Amazon’s Echo in 2018?

Smart speakers – assistants or audio devices?

The report shows that the smart speaker market is largely divided by sector and brand. Tech companies are building from a digital assistant perspective, while audio vendors see them as a way to make their products more relevant and feature rich. Only Apple is breaking this pattern, with the HomePod positioned as an intelligent audio device rather than a platform for Siri.

These different approaches affect several elements of product design, with a large impact on prices. The research shows how devices costing over $200 (€168.46) will take over 40% of sector revenue while being only 16% of shipments in 2022, as voice assistants proliferate in premium audio.

More holistic integration needed

The research found a window of opportunity exists for tech companies to act before audio players integrate smart capabilities fully into more devices. “Amazon is the current leader in smart speakers because they were first to build a complete smart audio ecosystem” remarked research author James Moar. “Few audio brands currently integrate voice assistants throughout their portfolio, so users wanting smart audio will need work around devices for some years to come.”

The Amazon Echo Dot is the leading device of this type. However, Juniper expects growth for the Dot to slow over the next 5 years as audio brands introduce more smart audio speakers of their own.

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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Preparing for the new EU data laws in the IoT space

By Zenobia Hegde

Another day, another story of a cyber breach hits the news. Recent reports suggest that Uber was one of the latest victims, with 2.7 million people in the UK being affected by a cyber attack that took place in 2016, says Steven Farmer of Pillsbury Law.

With the most significant overhaul of EU data protection laws scheduled to come into effect in May 2018, data protection stories look set to remain in the headlines. The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will have direct effect throughout the EU, and the UK Government has committed to retaining the law post-Brexit. The new law not only requires private organisations and public entities to report data breaches to regulators in most circumstances, but also empowers those regulators to issue significant fines where breaches occur.

What does the new law say?

The new law changes the existing legal framework and empowers regulators to issue fines of up to four percent of global corporate turnover or €20 million for each breach, whichever is greater. Organisations in the IoT space are particularly vulnerable given the amount of information collected, and the potential weakness in wireless technologies, which can be exploited by hackers.

Businesses in the IoT space should be aware of the following key points:

Accountability – crucially, those caught will be required to show compliance e.g. (i) maintain certain documents; (ii) carry out Privacy Impact Assessments; (iii) implement Privacy by Design and Default (in all activities), requiring a fair amount of upfront work. For example, when developing an IoT product, a risk assessment will be required to review the sensitivity of the data collected and detect potential risks.
Consent – new rules will also be introduced relating to the collection of data, e.g., consent must be “explicit” for certain categories. Existing consents may no longer therefore be valid and consents obtained should be purged going forward. In addition, IoT products, which incorporate privacy settings, should, by default, be set on the most privacy-friendly setting, although users can be given the option to change these settings as part of an initial set-up process.
Enhanced rights for individuals – new rights will be introduced around (i) subject access; (ii) objecting to processing; (iii) data portability; and (iv) objecting to profiling, among others. The right to data portability empowers individuals to request that their data be transferred to a third party, likely a competitor, in a machine-readable form.
Privacy policies – fair processing notices will now need to be more detailed and providers of IoT products will need to ensure that policies are updated.

International transfers – Binding Corporate Rules for controllers and processors as a means of legitimising transfers will be expressly recognised for the first time and so should be considered as a transfer mechanism. Also, if the UK leaves the European Union without a “data-deal”, transfers of personal data between the UK and Europe may not be permitted unless safeguards are in place. Businesses should examine affected data flows now and develop contingency plans for data transfers post-Brexit.
Breach notification – new rules requiring breach reporting to regulators within 72 […]

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Canonical welcomes Spotify as a Snap for Linux users

By Zenobia Hegde

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, is happy to announce that Spotify, the music streaming service, is now available as a Snap, the universal Linux app packaging format.

By launching as a Snap, it enables users to enjoy Spotify natively on all Linux distributions that support Snaps including Linux Mint, Manjaro, Debian, OpenSUSE, Solus as well as Ubuntu.

“In launching their own Snap, Spotify has ensured that their users in the Linux ecosystem are now able to enjoy the latest version of their leading music streaming application as soon as it’s released regardless of which distribution they are using” said Jamie Bennett, VP of Engineering, Devices & IoT at Canonical. “We’re glad to welcome Spotify to the Snaps ecosystem and look forward to unveiling more leading Snaps in 2018.”

Snaps are containerised software packages designed to work perfectly and securely in any Linux environment. As well as supporting all major Linux systems from a single build, Snaps can be also updated or rolled back automatically to ensure that users are always benefiting from the latest version of the application. Since their launch last year, close to 2,500 Snaps have been released by developers as they adopt the format for its reliability and security.

Spotify is available to download as a snap by clicking here.

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Autoliv to Debut Latest Advanced Research Vehicle LIV 2.0 at CES® 2018

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Autoliv, Inc.; the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, will reveal at CES 2018® in Las Vegas its Learning Intelligent Vehicle (LIV) 2.0, a real human/machine interactionthat will help shape consumer acceptance of autonomous vehicles. LIV 2.0 is a “5th occupant in the vehicle”, capable of sensing driver and passenger instructions and moods through an […]

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