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Garmin and NXT-ID Subsidiary FitPay Announce Garmin Pay Now Live on Garmin vívoactive 3 Smartwatch

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Garmin International, Inc. and Fit Pay, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of NXT-ID, Inc. recently announce that the Garmin PayTM contactless payment feature is now live on Garmin’s vívoactive 3 smartwatch and available to cardholders of issuing banks supporting the new service. The new feature on Garmin’s latest smartwatch enables consumers to make highly secure […]

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TRENDnet Cameras Still Have Gaping Security Holes, 3 Years After FTC Settlement

By Robert Hackett

A bird’s-eye view of a playground. The inside of a convenience store. The entrance to a home.

All of these scenes, recorded live by Internet-connected surveillance cameras, have been open to snooping by even the most novice hackers, say researchers at Refirm Labs, a new startup founded by ex-National Security Agency workers. Anyone could remotely view these and scores of other remote locales through a vulnerability affecting certain surveillance cameras manufactured by TRENDnet, a California-based gadget-maker, they said.

Refirm is set to disclose this and other critical vulnerabilities affecting other devices, such as TRENDnet and Belkin routers as well as Dahua security cameras, on Wednesday. The company previewed its findings exclusively with Fortune in the lead-up to their publication.

“I wouldn’t even call this a hack because it doesn’t take any sophistication,” said Terry Dunlap, cofounder and CEO of Refirm, about the vulnerability, which affects TRENDnet’s TV-IP344PI camera model. Tuning into these cameras’ video feeds requires neither authorization nor authentication, but merely the knowledge of a device’s IP address, an easily obtained bit of identifying information, Dunlap said.

The findings call into question whether Trendnet has been taking the security of its products seriously enough in the wake of a 2014 settlement with the Federal Trade Commission that found its security to be lax. Trendnet was forced to abide by tightened regulatory standards–bolstering its information security program and submitting to regular security audits–after a severe vulnerability allowed attackers to monitor and expose hundreds of video feeds from faulty cameras.

The latest version of the TRENDnet camera still has flaws that allow attackers to gain total control of a given camera, to use it to launch other attacks, to “brick” or destroy it, to meddle with its video outputs, or to install new programming instructions on it, the researchers said.

You can watch a demonstration of how hackers can take advantage of some of the bugs here.

TRENDnet was notified of the vulnerabilities this week, Dunlap said.

We have just received this report, and TRENDnet is currently reviewing it to validate the authenticity of each claim,” said Emily Chae, a spokesperson for TRENDnet, in an email to Fortune on Tuesday. “All TRENDnet products are tested by an internal audit team, and TRENDnet cameras go under further testing by a leading 3rd party security group. We will release a patch soon for any confirmed vulnerabilities.”

Other findings by Refirm included security holes in Belkin routers (model F9K1124v1), TRENDnet routers (TEW-816DRM), and a Dahua security camera (IPC-HDW4300S). The bugs could allow hackers to hijack devices, to meddle with their inner workings, to siphon data from networks, or to burrow deeper inside of them, the researchers said.

Dunlap’s team notified Belkin about the vulnerabilities affecting its products in two reports released in June and Oct. by his previous company, Tactical Network Solutions. Belkin released patches soon after.

“All three vulnerabilities have been addressed and we recommend that Belkin customers update their routers to this latest firmware,” said Karen Sohl, a spokesperson for Belkin.

Like TRENDnet, Dahua is only just learning about the issues affecting their products. Refirm is urging people to avoid Dahua’s products entirely, since it says many of them include hardcoded credentials that allow anyone to tamper with a device’s firmware or install backdoors.

The Refirm team provocatively suggested that this may have been done intentionally.

“This vulnerability is not the result of an accidental logic error or poor programming practice, but rather an intentional backdoor placed into the product by the vendor,” the researchers wrote. “Given that many other Dahua products contain this exact same backdoor, we strongly recommend against connecting any Dahua products to critical or sensitive networks.”

Refirm didn’t explain why Dahua would want to such a thing, and Dahua did not immediately respond to Fortune’s request for comment.

In most cases, Dunlap says, “if developers implemented secure coding practices from the very start, a significant number of IoT [Internet of Things] attacks would not exist today.”

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Where patches are not available, as is the case for TRENDnet and Dahua, Refirm advises people to sequester their cameras and routers away from internal networks, to limit their access to sensitive resources, or to remove them entirely until further notice.

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Juniper Networks disrupts optical market with industry’s first open, disaggregated optical line System

By Zenobia Hedge

Juniper Networks, a provider in automated, scalable and secure networks, became the first networking vendor to announce it is disaggregating optical line system hardware from network control software, rolling out a new optical solution that brings unprecedented levels of flexibility, cost control and multi-layer visibility to packet-optical transport.

Juniper’s end-to-end metro packet transport portfolio gives service providers the necessary building blocks to deploy new services built on cloud, 5G, IoT, multi-gigabit broadband and other advanced technologies.

Closed, proprietary optical-transport networks that bind the transponder, optical line system and control software together significantly hinder service providers’ ability to deploy an agile service delivery model. Juniper’s new cloud-grade solution, including an open, programmable optical line system, as well as a microservices-based management and control platform, allows operators to deploy any transponder solution to keep costs down, optimise the photonic layer control plane, and maintain unmatched service continuity.

Aligning with Juniper’s Cloud-Grade Networking initiative announced in June, the company’s Programmable Photonic Layer open line system features the new TCX1000 Series Programmable ROADM.

Combining open, standards-based application programming interfaces (APIs), the new proNX optical director management and control platform makes it easier for customers to deploy coherent DWDM transponders – whether from Juniper, a service provider or third parties. Taking this platform-first approach, Juniper customers can rest assured they are operating a future-proof system, free from vendor lock-in.

News highlights:

Juniper programmable photonic layer featuring the new TCX1000 series programmable ROADM: Part of a complete open line system solution, the TCX1000 Programmable ROADM, enabled by Lumentum, is a colorless, directionless, flex-grid ready programmable ROADM that allows operators to seamlessly upgrade to emerging high-capacity bit rates – 100G, 200G, 400G and beyond – without having to upgrade line system hardware. Operators can now confidently disaggregate the line system hardware from the transponder layer and from the photonic layer control plane to better optimise the network for use cases such as data centre interconnect.
proNX optical director microservices-based optical network management and control software platform: Building on the strengths of proNX service manager’s automated service activation and network management capabilities, proNX Optical Director uses a microservices-based architecture to enable operators to scale more effectively and simply integrate customer and third-party applications in an agile operational environment. Additionally, proNX Optical director uses a standards-based YANG API to integrate seamlessly with Juniper Networks® NorthStar Controller, providing full network visibility and coordination from Layer 0 to Layer 3.

Donyel Jones-Williams

Donyel Jones-Williams, director of Service Provider Portfolio Marketing, Juniper Networks says,“The continuously evolving dynamics presented by the cloud requires that all elements of the network be agile, open and easily disaggregated – and Juniper is ensuring that the optical layer follows suit. Closed systems that prevent true agility abound, but Juniper understands the importance of disaggregation and we’re excited to give customers the power to move faster within the cloud era with a true turnkey solution for end-to-end packet optical network operation.”

“Network operators require flexible, disaggregated optical line solutions supporting best-of-breed coherent modules. With the Programmable Photonic Layer and proNX Optical director, Juniper becomes the first vendor to offer centralised, disaggregated open optical line system control software from the network […]

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Yokogawa to conduct PoC test of remote pump monitoring service using its IIoT architecture

By Sheetal Kumbhar

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announced that it has begun working with Iwaki Co., Ltd. on a proof-of-concept (PoC) test for a remote pump monitoring service. This service will use an Industrial IoT (IIoT) architecture that is currently under development by Yokogawa. The PoC test will examine the market potential for such a service and investigate means by which it may be offered.

Yokogawa has exhibited and demonstrated a prototype version of this service at the IoT Solutions World Congress 2017, which was held in Barcelona, Spain on October 3. Yokogawa will also appear at the IoT Korea Exhibition 2017, which will be held in Seoul, South Korea starting October 11.

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Yokogawa and Iwaki will jointly conduct a PoC test of a service for remotely monitoring the operating status of Iwaki magnetic drive pumps which are widely used in chemical, pharmaceutical, and food plants for the transport of various types of fluids. The centrifugal pump in which the rotational force of a motor is transmitted to an impeller using magnetic force, eliminating the need for a seal to prevent the leakage of fluid. The wetted part is coated with either Teflon or silicon carbide and is chemical resistant.

With this service, operating data such as the current being drawn by a pump, pump discharge pressure and flow rate, temperature of the conveyed liquid, and tank empty/not empty status will be collected via an Iwaki pump protector DRN and transferred to the cloud using the IIoT infrastructure that Yokogawa currently has under development, and will be available for remote access from any location by a facility manager.

With the ability to remotely monitor the operating status of the pumps at a facility, the facility manager will be able to detect problems early on and consult with staff at the head office to decide on comprehensive and appropriate countermeasures.

Pump manufacturers will be able to use this service to ensure the timely maintenance of their customers’ products in the field. With this service, it will be possible to remotely monitor the operating status of multiple pumps, and a warning message can be emailed to the facility or maintenance manager to ensure a timely response whenever a set threshold is exceeded.

Iwaki is Japan’s manufacturer of chemical and pharmaceutical pumps. By partnering with this company, Yokogawa will gain access to its abundant know-how and expertise and thus be able to rapidly evaluate the market potential for such a service.

With the IIoT architecture that Yokogawa is developing, an IoT gateway device will receive sensor data via a low power wide area network (LPWAN) or some other wireless link, or via an analog/digital communications interface. Once in the cloud, this data can then be accessed using a cellular or fixed line network.

Yokogawa aims to create a system that simplifies the process of connecting to sensors and other instruments and transferring that data to the cloud. With plug-and-play functionality, device detection and configuration will be done automatically, and other functions will ease the tasks of data transfer, remote control, and alarm notification. […]

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Litmus Automation selected for 3-month plug-and-play IoT Accelerator Programme

By Sheetal Kumbhar

Litmus Automation, an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform provider, has been accepted into the Plug and Play IoT Accelerator Programme. The 12-week programme is a combination of Internet of Things (IoT) accelerator, entrepreneurial ecosystem, and a way for forward-thinking corporations and VCs to connect with world-class start-ups.

“We anticipate a great deal of value from our participation in the Fall Plug and Play IoT Accelerator Programme,” said Vatsal Shah, co-founder and CEO of Litmus. “Loop and LoopEdge thrive on a rich IIoT provider ecosystem and we hope to make key connections that will bring our offerings to more potential clients worldwide.”

With more than 22 locations worldwide and success stories that include PayPal, Dropbox, SoundHound, and Lending Club, the Silicon Valley-based Plug and Play is a global innovation platform connecting startups to corporations and investing in more than 100 companies every year. The program helps startups and growth-stage companies raise funding and pursue business development opportunities in collaboration with corporations.

Vatsal Shah

Litmus Automation will enjoy continuous engagement during the 12-week program including deal flow sessions, one-on-one meetings with corporate partners and investors, public events and workshops. IoT Accelerator programme partners include SC Johnson, Sears Holdings, KONE, Hitachi, Honeywell, Samsung, Daikin, Mitsubishi and many more.

Participants also receive perks such as access to Plug and Play offices for co-working space, access to service partners for low cost operating solutions and credits with Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure and AWS.

“We source hundreds of companies per batch based on the technology interests of our corporate partners,” says Ivan Zgomba, partner at Plug and Play Ventures. “Our scouting list included 100 companies, then following our selection day in Sunnyvale, we narrowed it down to 24 companies that were formally invited to join our IoT Accelerator programme.

Needless to say, Litmus has a compelling business model and product offering that large corporations are interested in, and we look forward to bringing them into our ecosystem.”

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Ericsson showcases 5G readiness in China with Intel

By Sheetal Kumbhar

Ericsson and Intel have successfully completed the first 5G 3.5GHz multi-vendor end-to-end Interoperability Developmental Test (IoDT) at a 5G field test in the Chinese capital of Beijing. Ericsson’s 5G radio testbed and Intel’s 5G client test platform demonstrated excellent performance and stability. The field test is a significant milestone since China’s three major operators have […]

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NBA, Nike team up for smart fan jerseys that know you—and where you go

By David Kravets

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First came the smart phone and then eventually the Internet of Things took off, giving us smart thermostats and smart refrigerators. Now, welcome to the world of the smart jersey. That’s right, for $110 or $200, you can buy an NBA replica jersey of your favorite player from Nike that connects to your mobile phone.

The tag on the jersey, when viewed with your Android or Apple mobile phone using the NikeConnect app, will bombard you with a wealth of NBA marketing as well as all kinds of highlights, stats, and team and player information. It also provides marketers with the Holly Grail of advertising opportunities. Once the jersey is activated, Nike knows who bought the jersey, where that buyer lives, and where and when the jersey was scanned.

Video gamers are also enticed to buy these new jerseys. Fans get a so-called “boost” code to use on the NBA2K18 video game by Take-Two Interactive. The code gives an in-game boost to the player whose jersey was purchased, putting him into beast mode.

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World Summit AI

By IoT Now Magazine

Event date: October 11 – 12, 2017 Gashouder, Amsterdam, Netherlands Bringing together the 3 pillars of AI System; Enterprise, Startups & Investors and Deep Tech for two days of knowledge-sharing and valuable networking opportunities, the summit will help guarantee fast-paced innovation and safe progress in machine and deep learning, while sparking new partnerships, investment projects […]

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Visa Brings Simple, Secure Payments to Garmin vívoactive 3 Smartwatch

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Visa recently announced it is enabling payments on the new Garmin vívoactive 3 smartwatch, allowing consumers with active lifestyles to pay with the flick of their wrist instead of stashing their cards or cash in their socks while exercising. A recent review of consumers’ workout woes, the “Visa Sweaty Money Survey,” found that for those […]

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Anatomy of an IoT Solution: How to Cut Costs and Accelerate Time-to-Market

By k.myrshavka@wkm-global.com

Event date: 5th September, 2017 3:00 PM UK time This presentation will provide expert insight around best practices for designing, sourcing, and deploying successful IoT solutions. Before a connected product or service can be launched, it’s critical that businesses have a thorough understanding of what key components must be incorporated, how these components interact with […]

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