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Thai start-up ‘DRVR’ partners with Tata Communications to revolutionise Asia’s smart fleet network

By Zenobia Hegde

International fleet management application provider, DRVR has selected Tata Communications as its global IoT connectivity partner to help achieve its objective of making Asia’s vehicle fleets the smartest and most cost-efficient in the world.

Leveraging Tata Communications’ mobility solution- MOVE™, DRVR can convert information collected from vehicles across Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines and Indonesia into actionable insights to help drive efficiencies and improve cost savings through smarter fleet management.

The advent of connected vehicles has led to an exponential increase in consumption and creation of human to machine interface applications and solutions. A Forrester report on the Internet of Things states that fleet management and its applications in transportation and logistics across retail and wholesale will be the hottest areas for IoT growth. The Asia Pacific automotive telematics market is expected to reach a value of US$ 15,248 million by 2020 at an estimated CAGR of 11.6% during the forecast period.

Vehicles in fleets using DRVR technology have been fitted with Tata Communications’ MOVE-IOT Connect™ SIM technology. The sensors transmit data collected in real-time using Tata Communications’ MOVE, which seamlessly connects services using the best available local cellular network. The DRVR application then processes and analyses this data, turning it into actionable intelligence further illustrating fleet performance metrics on any device, mobile or laptop.

This means that faster and better informed decisions can be made as fleet managers have a more holistic view of everything that is happening across the fleet, communicating updates in real time; on a highly secure infrastructure ultimately leading to more effective and robust operations on the ground.

David Henderson, co-founder and CEO, DRVR said: “Our partnership with Tata Communications enables us to overcome two major challenges in our quest to create smarter fleets across our entire geographical footprint. First, rather than negotiate multiple contracts with individual service providers, our entire international IoT network is managed through Tata Communications.

As a result, we get valuable visibility of data collected across borders so that we can realise the benefits of smarter fleet management. Second, it allows us a holistic view on a singular dashboard allowing us to respond with improved accuracy and eliminating downtime almost entirely.”

Tata Communications’ MOVE service will be rolled out to DRVR customers through its smart fleet management applications. Tata Communications MOVE is part of the company’s long-term strategy for its mobility services portfolio and its vision of creating an access and usage agnostic, cross-border mobile experience for people and things.

The platform is underpinned by Tata Communications’ global network and partnerships with several hundred mobile communications service providers globally. The service enables DRVR to roam across different service providers in any of its covered regions without having to negotiate agreements with multiple providers or pay extra fees.

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Wi-Fi standards and speeds explained, compared

By Keith Shaw

In the world of wireless, the term Wi-Fi is synonymous with wireless access, even though the term Wi-Fi itself (and the Wi-Fi Alliance) is a group dedicated to interoperability between different wireless LAN products and technologies.

The standards themselves are part of the 802.11 family of standards, courtesy of the IEEE. With terms such as “802.11b” (pronounced “Eight-O-Two-Eleven-Bee”, ignore the “dot”) and “802.11ac”, the alphabet soup of standards that began in the late 1990s continues to see improvements in throughput and range as we race to the future to get faster network access.

Along the way, improvements are being made by adopting new frequencies for wireless data delivery, as well as range improvements and reduced power consumption, to help support initiatives like “The Internet of Things” and virtual reality.

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Launch of £5 million UK hardware security Institute at Queen’s University Belfast

By Zenobia Hegde

What:

A £5 million (€5.62 million) multi-university Research Institute to improve hardware security and reduce vulnerability to cyber threats will be launched at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies, Queen’s University.
Where:

Centre for Secure Information Technologies,
ECIT,

Queen’s University Belfast,
Northern Ireland Science Park,
Queen’s Road,
Queen’s Island,
Belfast,
BT3 9DT

When:

Wednesday 22 November
Key media opportunity 11am – 11.30am
Event runs from 9am – 3pm (full itinerary attached)

Media opportunities:

Media are welcome to attend the full event but there will be a key media opportunity between 11am – 11.30am.

From 11am – 11.10am there will be a photo opportunity and from 11.10am there will be media interviews with professor Máire O’Neill and Dr Mathias Wagner, chief security technologist, NXP.

Bids should be forwarded to Emma Gallagher in the Communications Office by Tuesday 21 November.

Attachments:

Event itinerary

Media inquiries to Emma Gallagher at Queen’s Communications Office on Tel: (028) 9097 5384 or email emma.gallagher@qub.ac.uk

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Detechtion Extends the First IIoT Edge Device in Oil and Gas to…

Detechtion Technologies, the global leading Industrial IoT and Mobility solution provider in the oil and gas industry, today announced that it has successfully integrated its Enalysis™ software with…

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Internet of Things: it’s time to safeguard our future

By Zenobia Hegde

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are set to revolutionise the way we live, work and play. Everyday items in the home will be connected in unprecedented ways and tasks traditionally carried out by humans will be replaced by automation and robotics. This promises to make the planet more sustainable, and the increasing population more manageable. The reality is that this ideal is being threatened every day.

Over the past five years, there’s been an exponential rise in data breaches and cyberattacks that costs upwards of £11 billion annually. The UK government released a report that confirmed nearly half of British firms have been impacted by a cyberattack in the past year and any organisation that holds consumer personal data is at an even greater risk. Despite increased investment in cybersecurity measures, the advent of IoT and AI introduces a new set of vulnerabilities, says Asaf Ashkenazi, VP, IoT Security Products at Rambus.

In recent months, malware such as Mirai, Brickerbot, and Hajime have emerged, targeting personal information on unsecured IoT devices and exploiting them for fraudulent transactions or identify theft. Smart home devices, new healthcare technology, and driverless cars are just some of the latest innovations being impacted by such vulnerabilities.

Recently a weakness was found in LG’s SmartThinQ, a home network solution that enables users to control home appliances with smartphones or voice-activated devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home. If exposed, an attacker could take over the account of a legitimate user, gaining access and control of their home appliances. SmartThinQ has been built into multiple LG appliances and products. This significantly raises the security stakes in the home as devices with remote-monitor cameras, for example, could be used for surveillance in the home or workplace.

Similarly, Abbott’s pacemakers were recalled recently by the American FDA, as a vulnerability was detected in the software. If exposed, attackers could drain a pacemaker’s battery life, change settings and even alter the rhythm of the device. Over 400,000 users were urged to go to the hospital to receive the software update as a result.

These examples illustrate the tangible risks associated with releasing unsecured IoT services and devices. As digital innovation rapidly evolves, devices are becoming potential targets for cyber criminals with malicious intent. Service providers and OEMs must take this security seriously, however this goes hand-in-hand with the evolution of existing security solutions. Solutions must place an emphasis on minimal cost and time-to market impact, to ensure wide industry adoption.

With IoT spending set to hit $840million (€712.92 million) by 2020, it’s easy for organisations to be overwhelmed by where to start. The most effective IoT security strategy is one that does not negatively impact profitability or a device’s release time. Before deciding on an IoT security solution for any business, it’s important to understand the core elements that make up a quality service.

The following three features are an ideal place to start:

Prevention

Protect services, endpoints and information using cryptography, and standardise security protocols and best practices. Strong device authentication to ensure […]

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Regional presence and partnership with world’s leading cloud services provider signal growing business and consumer demand for smart, connected technologies

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Gemalto survey confirms that consumers lack confidence in IoT device security

By Zenobia Hedge

Gemalto, a provider of digital security, has revealed that 90% of consumers lack confidence in the security of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This comes as more than two-thirds of consumers and almost 80% of organisations support governments getting involved in setting IoT security.

“It’s clear that both consumers and businesses have serious concerns around IoT security and little confidence that IoT service providers and device manufacturers will be able to protect IoT devices and more importantly the integrity of the data created, stored and transmitted by these devices,” said Jason Hart, CTO, Data Protection at Gemalto.

“With legislation like GDPR showing that governments are beginning to recognise the threats and long-lasting damage cyber-attacks can have on everyday lives, they now need to step up when it comes to IoT security. Until there is confidence in IoT amongst businesses and consumers, it won’t see mainstream adoption.”

The current state of play in IoT security

Consumers’ main fear (cited by two thirds of respondents) is hackers taking control of their device. In fact, this was more of a concern than their data being leaked (60%) and hackers accessing their personal information (54%). Despite more than half (54%) of consumers owning an IoT device (on average two), just 14% believe that they are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the security of these devices, showing education is needed among both consumers and businesses.

Jason Hart

In terms of the level of investment in security, the survey found that IoT device manufacturers and service providers spend just 11% of their total IoT budget on securing their IoT devices. The study found that these companies do recognise the importance of protecting devices and the data they generate or transfer with 50% of companies adopting a security by design approach.

Two-thirds (67%) of organisations report encryption as their main method of securing IoT assets with 62% encrypting the data as soon as it reaches their IoT device, while 59% as it leaves the device. 92% of companies also see an increase in sales or product usage after implementing IoT security measures.

Support for IoT security regulations gains traction

According to the survey, businesses are in favour of regulations to make it clear who is responsible for securing IoT devices and data at each stage of its journey (61%) and the implications of non- compliance (55%). In fact, almost every organisation (96%) and consumer (90%) is looking for government enforced IoT security regulation.

Lack of end-to-end capabilities leading to partnerships

Encouragingly, businesses are realising that they need support in understanding IoT technology and are turning to partners to help, with cloud service providers (52%) and IoT service providers (50%) the favoured options. When asked why, the top reason was a lack of expertise and skills (47%), followed by help in facilitating and speeding up their IoT deployment (46%).

While these partnerships may be benefiting businesses in adopting IoT, organisations admitted they don’t have complete control over the data that IoT products or services collect as it moves from partner to partner, potentially leaving it unprotected.

“The lack of knowledge […]

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GSMA mobile IoT initiative helping operators target european connected energy market worth US$26 bn

By Zenobia Hedge

The GSMA announced that mobile operators deploying new Mobile IoT networks will be able to benefit from the European connected energy market estimated to be worth US$26 billion(€21.99 billion) by 2026. Data shared by analyst house Machina Research highlights the huge growth opportunity in the emerging connected energy market that could connect approximately 158 million new smart meters on LPWA networks across Europe. The total number of connections in Europe could be further increased if the 60 million cellular connections are also included with LPWA.

“The Internet of Things is fundamentally disrupting the smart utility market by providing ubiquitous connectivity and real-time, actionable data. Mobile IoT networks will take this further by offering energy providers a cost-effective solution to connect millions of smart meters,” said Alex Sinclair, chief technology officer, GSMA.

“There is a real sense of momentum behind the roll-out of Mobile IoT networks with multiple global launches, however, there is still a huge runway for growth. We encourage operators to act now to capitalise on this clear market opportunity and further accelerate the development of the IoT.”

The current connected energy market, which includes applications related to the generation and transportation of energy, microgeneration, smart grid and distribution monitoring and smart metering, is worth an estimated US$11.7 billion(€9.90 billion). The European connected energy market represents approximately 21% of all global revenues, with APAC claiming 54% and the Americas 21%.

The European Commission recently published a proposal indicating that approximately 200 million electricity smart meters and 45 million gas meters will be rolled out by 2020. The Commission also estimates that by 2020, approximately 72% of Europeans customers will have a smart meter for electricity and about 40% for gas.

“In the coming years we will see an important change in the way natural gas networks operate. The need for more efficient operations, improved safety and better quality of service will be paramount and we can do this through the roll-out of smart gas metering systems. We are moving towards the digitalisation of gas networks, a transformation from “pipe-centric” systems to “data-centric” systems.

To make this happen, reliable communication means are a must and the arrival of NB-IoT and LTE-M represents an acceleration of this evolution. These new technologies offer everything necessary, such as long battery life, penetration and data security, as well as licensed spectrum,” commented Gianfranco De Feo, executive director, Shanghai Fiorentini Ltd.

Mobile IoT networks supporting growth of connected energy

Mobile IoT networks are designed to support mass-market IoT applications across a wide variety of use cases including connected energy solutions such as water and gas metering, smart grids, electricity and energy monitoring. They support IoT applications that are low-cost, use low data rates, require long battery lives and often operate in remote and hard to reach locations making them ideal for the connected energy sector.

Mobile networks are already supporting the smart electric metering market, but now other sectors such as water and gas metering are turning their attention to the benefits of adopting NB-IoT and LTE-M networks due to low power and better […]

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How to Monetize IoT

By IoT Now Magazine

Significant cost savings, unparalleled customer insight, minimal infrastructure requirements, and numerous other factors have made the Internet of Things (IoT) the next great paradigm shift. But technology advances do not necessarily translate into profits, as the dot com era clearly demonstrated.

There already are hundreds of IoT companies that have filed for bankruptcy or gone out of business altogether. In fact, a survey by consultancy Capgemini found 70% of organizations don’t generate any service revenues from their IoT solutions — despite the fact that global management consultant McKinsey & Company estimates IoT, as an industry, will generate between $4 and $11 trillion by 2025.

The question thus becomes how can companies actually make a profit with IoT innovations?

This white paper will examine what monetization for IoT means, how companies must rethink their business models to compete in the interconnected era, and how Aeris can deliver a customized platform that turns every device and sensor into a profit center.

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