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Collaboration with large health insurer claimed to affordably improve independent living for the elderly

By Zenobia Hegde

Qorvo®, a provider of innovative RF solutions that connect the world, is helping seniors live more independently in their homes with the help of a new eHealth system powered by the company’s chipsets for the Internet of Things (IoT). Health insurer CZ will provide the system to 3,000 elderly customers in the Netherlands, marking the first deployment of a senior smart home solution by a large health insurance company.

eHealth technologies with whole-home sensor systems present an opportunity for health insurers and consumers to reduce healthcare costs and enhance quality of life. According to Grand View Research, the global eHealth market is expected to reach US$308 billion (€256.33 billion) by 2022, and the transition of the healthcare industry into a digital healthcare system for management and analysis of patient health is expected to be the most vital driver of the market.

The system that CZ will deploy consists of a non-intrusive set of motion and open/close sensors, and a gateway. It combines proven cloud algorithm expertise from Sensara with industry-leading Zigbee® Green Power RF solutions from Qorvo. Zigbee Green Power is optimised for ultra-long coin-cell battery life sensors (10-year replacement) and provides secure, long-range and highly reliable wireless data transmission. These features are essential to the evolution of the smart home.

Menno Janssen

Menno Janssen, strategic program manager of CZ, said, “We believe that seniors using reliable eHealth systems will gain a wide range of benefits, enhancing their quality of life and enabling their families or caregivers to have peace of mind that they are safe and healthy.”

Cees Links, general manager of Qorvo’s Wireless Connectivity business unit, said, “The innovation that Qorvo delivers in its Zigbee Green Power RF solutions, combined with behavior analysis algorithms, helps elderly people live longer and more independently at home.

We’re excited about our partnership with CZ, a large health insurance company, and commend them for being a frontrunner in deploying eHealth solutions to improve lives. The IoT lifestyle market is quickly growing, and Qorvo is proud to play a more significant part.”

Qorvo products that solve the IoT’s toughest RF challenges will be showcased during CES 2018 (#CES2018) in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 9-12, in booth #42531, Halls A-D of Sands Expo.

More information about the IoT is available by downloading the Qorvo free e-book series, “Internet of Things For Dummies®.” The two-volume series is designed to help technical and nontechnical professionals understand the intricacies of the IoT. The e-books are available here. In addition, a video about Qorvo’s senior lifestyle system – can be accessed here.

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IoT device security startup Cog Systems closes $3.5M Series A

Cog Systems, an IoT device security startup from Sydney raised a $3.5M Series A round from the Grok Ventures led by Co-founder of software firm Atlassian.

D4 Secure Mobile – Architecture

Cog Systems primarily provides device protection and secure communication via its D4 platform offering non-bypassable full disk encryption, nested VPNs, separation kernel protection, and isolated key store.

It also provides embedded software SDKs (software development kits). The startup is targeting enterprise and government customers as it recently named Immix Group as the distributor to US Local, State, and Federal government. Customers can use the technology to secure their voice, video, and call data using Cog System’s D4 encryption technology. Mobile, gateways and IoT devices are the main devices secured by Cog Systems.

“Security of connected devices is increasingly an important challenge to solve. The team at Cog is world-class with deep expertise in solving complex problems.”Cannon-Brookes, co-founder Atlassian

The startup plans to use the funding proceeds to open a new office in San Francisco. It already operates offices in Sydney and Chicago. “By steering the security architecture from monolithic to modular, we have brought proactive security to governments and the enterprise without compromising the user experience,” said Cog Systems CEO Daniel Potts.

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Vodafone UK and Ericsson successful in the UK with live pre-standard 5G test

By Zenobia Hegde

Vodafone UK and Ericsson, in partnership with academics at King’s College London, have successfully tested standalone pre-standard 5G using a prototype device in a central London 3.5 GHz spectrum field trial.

This is claimed to be a first in the UK and the initial step in further collaborative work between the three parties. Until now, no one in the UK has shown pre-standard 5G working independently of existing 4G network technologies.

Vodafone will continue to test 5G technology and evaluate opportunities to provide better services to consumers and businesses prior to its commercial deployment from 2020. The live trials will help to establish the innovative uses of 5G services that will benefit both industry and society in the future – in areas such as factory automation, smart energy grids and remote surgery.

Engineers were able to showcase a number of technologies at King’s College London, including Massive MIMO. The technology, which is already being deployed by Vodafone in its network, is the key building block for 5G. Massive MIMO uses multiple antennae to send and receive data more efficiently to boost capacity where lots of people connect to the network at the same time.

The project is also combining or “aggregating” different bands of mobile spectrums across the UK to increase capacity and boost data speeds. By combining four bands of spectrum, for example, Vodafone enables the latest smartphones to achieve data speeds in excess of 500 megabits per second (Mbps). These fast and ultra-reliable technologies are becoming essential for data-hungry video applications and as the Internet of Things (IoT) expands into people’s homes, vehicles and the workplace.

Vodafone UK head of Networks, Kye Prigg says: “We’re delighted to be the first provider to test standalone 5G in the field, however, building a 5G network will take time. Right now, we’re also modernising our network by making smarter use of our existing mobile technology to keep ahead of consumption demands and provide the mobile coverage our customers deserve.

“5G also needs fibre optic cables. Together with CityFibre, we will soon start work installing the advanced fibre networks providing high-capacity backhaul connections required for 5G mobile services.”

Marielle Lindgren, head of Ericsson in the UK and Ireland, adds: “Supporting our customers in making 5G a reality is key for us. This is a live trial in a densely populated central London urban area and the first time in the UK that we’ve been able to show pre-standard 5G working independently. We remain committed to advancing 5G development in the UK, working closely with leading operators and ecosystem players to enable global scale and drive the industry in one common direction.”

Commenting on the news, Mischa Dohler, professor of Wireless Communications and director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research at King’s College London, says: “We are immensely proud to support two of the industry’s biggest names in one of the most exciting technology trials of our era. It is the product of years’ long engagement with both Ericsson and Vodafone, and testimony to King’s incredible research and innovation capabilities.

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Hydrogen drone with claimed 3-hour flight time and up to 2kg payload enters UK market

By Zenobia Hegde

UK drone technology and service provider uVue has taken delivery of what is believed to be the world’s first ever production hydrogen drone – the MMC Hydrone 1550 – enabling a new era for drone technology services in the UK to begin.

According to uVue, the MMC Hydrone 1500 is a huge breakthrough for the drone services industry because it is now a viable alternative for many services providers using manned helicopters and light aircraft. As a comparison, current battery powered drones average a 30 minute flight time with the voltage constantly dropping during flight. This compares to the MMC Hydrone 1500’s equivalent of three hours with a consistent voltage throughout.

The ultimate cost savings for many industries choosing an MMC Hydrone 1500 solution are therefore transformational. Examples of application industries that will benefit from this ground-breaking drone include precision agriculture, security & surveillance, traffic monitoring, emergency services and construction, to name a few.

Russ Delaney, director of Tech Ops at uVue, an ex-British Army helicopter instructor and drone pilot with more than 20 years’ experience of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) comments, “After extensive research into drone technology and potential solutions, we are delighted to be the first company to have been appointed to distribute and licence this incredible machine in the UK.

Aside from its robust performance, I am particularly impressed by the endurance of the MMC Hydrone 1500 – up to three hours flight time with a 2kg payload – making this a genuine game changer in our industry. The endurance of this particular Hydrone is so strong that it offers a real alternative to full-sized rotary aircraft.“

The key focus for uVue during the introduction of the Hydrone 1550 was that all of the onboard systems met the very high safety standards required to operate the drone safely within the UK commercial drone airspace, whilst also remaining within the regulations set by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

uVue is the exclusive licensed distributor for all MMC Drones and the MMC Hydrone 1550 is available to be bought or hired as a service proposition from uVue here.

Click here to see a video of the drone in flight.

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ARIN by the Numbers

By Erin Scherer

22 December 2017 marks 20 years since ARIN was founded. We’ve been busy celebrating our anniversary these last few weeks, alongside our community. There is so much that we’ve accomplished together with you over these last two decades through outreach events, IPv6 campaigns, and our community-driven policy development process.

Since 22 December 1997, we’ve held 40 Public Policy and Members meetings, 47 ARIN on the Road events, and awarded 98 fellowships. We’ve received 187 community-proposed policies and implemented 105 of them! We happily congratulated 3,098 organizations for receiving an IPv6 allocation or assignment and have served a total of 5,560 members.

As a way to commemorate this special anniversary and collect all the memories, milestones and achievements we’ve made together, we set up a dedicated anniversary page on TeamARIN. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to check it out and even tweet us your favorite ARIN memory!

We want to thank each and every one of you for the support you’ve shown us these last two decades. We have accomplished so much together, and look forward to an even brighter and more successful future. Thank you!

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Wi-Fi hacking will move to Zigbee, Bluetooth and Sigfox says WatchGuard

By Zenobia Hegde

The commoditisation of wireless attack tools is driving Wi-Fi hackers to focus their attention on intercepting and decoding traffic from wireless devices based on protocols such as Zigbee, Sigfox and Bluetooth along with RFID, LoRa, and 802.11 variations, according to researchers at WatchGuard Technologies.

WatchGuard believes that the same trends that spurred the expansion of Wi-Fi hacking are now beginning to impact criminal activities involving other wireless standards and products, ranging from cars to gas and water meters, personal health devices and alarm systems.

“Wi-Fi attack tools with simple user interfaces such as the Wi-Fi Pineapple by Hack5 made it possible for amateurs to perform advanced Wi-Fi attacks and there are now some 3 million ‘how to’ videos online for performing man-in-the-middle attacks on 802.11 networks,” said Corey Nachreiner, CTO at WatchGuard. “These new attack trends focused on the likes of Zigbee, Bluetooth and Sigfox are possible due to the affordability and availability of software defined radios (SDRs), which allow a device to talk and listen to a very broad range of wireless frequencies.”

SDR-based attack tools such as the HackRF One by Great Scott Gadgets have already been introduced to the market and there is a growing community of YouTube videos, with ‘how to’ topics ranging from unlocking luxury car doors to spoofing GPS signals.

“With demand for wirelessly connected devices continuing to grow sharply and equipment vendors incorporating wireless connectivity into a variety of products we can expect to see new attacks leveraging SDR technology in 2018,” says Nachreiner.

See the WatchGuard prediction videos here.

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Internet of Things Platforms and Projects: 3 Programming Languages Worth Knowing

By Ashish Trikha

Click to learn more about author Ashish Trikha. Love it or hate it, but the Internet of Things (IoT) is not going away anytime soon. In recent times, the Internet of Things has permeated our day to day lives to improve the way we live, the way we work, and the way we entertain. In […]

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Renesas Electronics accelerates industrial ethernet application development with new RZ/N1 solution kit

By Zenobia Hegde

Renesas Electronics, a supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced the availability of the new RZ/N1 microprocessor (MPU) Solution Kit designed to support various industrial network applications including programmable logic controllers (PLCs), intelligent network switches, gateways, operator terminals and remote I/O solutions.

The new RZ/N1 Solution Kit is a complete development package that includes the hardware and software to enable faster prototyping of industrial Ethernet protocols such as EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP™, ETHERNET Powerlink, PROFINET, Sercos, and CANopen, thereby accelerating development and saving up to six months of industrial network protocol integration into customers’ applications.

The new kit includes a CPU development board based on the RZ/N1S MPU. In addition, a comprehensive software package is included with all the drivers and middleware, sample protocol stacks, U-Boot and Linux-based BSP, a unique inter-processor communication software, and even a user-friendly PinMuxing tool that can generate C-code header files that removes the complexity of pin configuration. The various software and sample code provides customers with a complete set of tools and frameworks to build their own application without any additional up-front costs or complexity.

Key features of the new RZ/N1 solution kit:

Enhanced operating system flexibility

Developers can now evaluate using the operating system (OS) ThreadX® for the applications subsystem, in addition to Linux that is already supported by the RZ/N1. This enables system developers to choose an OS depending on their specific application requirements. Both OS options support the leading industrial Ethernet protocols that have been implemented on RZ/N1.

Linux: A widely used OS with a very large knowledge base community. For Yocto based Linux development, Renesas provides the respective Yocto recipes to build the Linux, U-Boot and root file system. Using Qt abstracted set of APIs, GUI applications can also be developed and ported to different targets.

ThreadX: Renesas provides a sample reference port of Express Logic’s X-Ware IoT platform powered by ThreadX on the application subsystem. ThreadX is designed specifically for deeply embedded, real-time, and IoT applications. It provides advanced scheduling, communication, synchronisation, timer, memory management, and interrupt management facilities.

Enables PLC programming compatible with IEC 61131-3 by CODESYS

The new solution kit allows evaluation of CODESYS, a hardware independent IEC 61131-3 development system for programming and creating programmable logic controller (PLC) applications. Among others it supports Industrial Ethernet master stacks for EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, Sercos, CANOpen and PROFINET.

Furthermore, the embedded LCD controller featured in the RZ/N1D makes great use of the CODESYS target visualisation tool, enabling product development with graphical visualisation screens. Having CODESYS support enables the device to be either a protocol slave device but also as a master, which highlights the flexibility of the RZ/N1 Group MPUs.


The enhanced RZ/N1 Solution Kit for the RZ/N1D and RZ/N1S Groups of MPUs are available now through Renesas Electronics and representative distributor partners. The solution kit for the RZ/N1L is scheduled to be available in 1H 2018. The kit includes a variety of sample applications, development tools, drivers as well as evaluation versions of the protocol stacks for faster prototyping and integration.

Renesas will demonstrate the new kit at SPS IPC Drives 2017 (stand 130 in Hall […]

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Hyperconvergence and computation at the edge: Part 3

By Zenobia Hegde

The adoption of edge and fog computing models is enabling enhanced efficiency, says Bob Emmerson. Data is generated at the edge and bringing processing power close to the source generates real-time information on which informed decisions and actions can be taken. This is an established trend that companies like VMware and Eurotech are advancing.

VMware provides a software-defined approach to hyperconvergence. It employs a hypervisor, aka a virtual machine monitor, in order to create and run virtual machines that deliver compute, storage and management in a tightly integrated software stack. Eurotech is an established supplier of enterprise-class Industrial IoT solutions that combine the company’s strengths on the Operational Technology (OT) side with the Information Technology (IT) expertise of ecosystem partners.

In the context of the trend towards edge computing, the two organisations have developed technology that employs VMware virtualisation technology, taking it from its regular role in the data centre / cloud and extending the benefits out to the edge of the OT network.

This development raises the hyperconvergence bar. The consolidation of functional elements in data centres at the hypervisor level, together with federated management, reduces inefficiencies and minimises the total cost of ownership of the underlying IT infrastructure. In order to provide similar benefits at the edge, Eurotech has signalled plans to market edge server and IoT gateway products that are pre-installed with VMware virtualisation technology.

The implementation of VMware hypervisor technology on transportation-grade hardware, e.g. Eurotech’s rail certified fan-less edge server platform, was demonstrated at the VMworld 2017 Events in Las Vegas and Barcelona.

The planned products also address application scenarios where multiple computer systems are deployed, each of which enables a specific OT solution. These systems will typically involve different hardware and software implementations, which will inevitably result in logistic and support problems, thereby reducing operational performance and increasing maintenance costs.

Employing virtualisation technology at the edge addresses these issues by reducing the effort and cost for managing and maintaining the various systems. Typical multiple computer systems range from demanding transportation solutions such as rolling stock, construction & mining machines, marine vessels, smart energy / smart grid and retail.

That was a short take on a development that looks set to play a significant role on the OT side of hyperconverged infrastructures. That said, it is work in progress and we will surely see similar but alternative concepts. For example, in the next blog which focuses on secondary storage, dedicated OT hardware products at the edge are replaced by hyperconverged nodes running vSphere, which is VMware’s cloud computing virtualisation platform.

The author of this blog is Bob Emmerson, freelance IoT writer and commentator.

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Makeblock Kickstarts Smart Robot Codey Rocky for Beginner Coding and AI Learning

By IoT – Internet of Things

Makeblock, the world leading STEAM education solution provider, today launched its latest smart robot – Codey Rocky on Kickstarter. Integrated with cutting-edge technologies like AI and IoT, Codey Rocky is the perfect affordable programmable robot for beginner coders aged 6+, offering a great way to introduce children to the basics of programming like Scratch 3.0, Python and […]

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