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IBM Launches Quad9, a DNS-based Privacy and Security Service to Protect Users from Malicious Sites

By CircleID Reporter

In a joint project, IBM Security along with Packet Clearing House (PCH) and The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) today launched a free service designed to give consumers and businesses added online privacy and security protection. The new DNS service is called Quad9 in reference to the IP address 9.9.9.9 offered for the service. The group says the service is aimed at protecting users from accessing malicious websites known to steal personal information, infect users with ransomware and malware, or conduct fraudulent activity.

Quad9 is said to provide these protections without compromising the speed of users’ online experience. From the announcement: “Leveraging PCH’s expertise and global assets around the world, Quad9 has points of presence in over 70 locations across 40 countries at launch. Over the next 18 months, Quad9 points of presence are expected to double, further improving the speed, performance, privacy and security for users globally. Telemetry data on blocked domains from Quad9 will be shared with threat intelligence partners for the improvement of their threat intelligence responses for their customers and Quad9.”

The Genesis of Quad9: “Quad9 began as the brainchild of GCA. The intent was to provide security to end users on a global scale by leveraging the DNS service to deliver a comprehensive threat intelligence feed. This idea lead to the collaboration of the three entities: GCA: Provides system development capabilities and brought the threat intelligence community together; PCH: Provides Quad9’s network infrastructure; and IBM: Provides IBM X-Force threat intelligence and the easily memorable IP address (9.9.9.9).”

Philip Reitinger, President and CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance: “Protecting against attacks by blocking them through DNS has been available for a long time, but has not been used widely. Sophisticated corporations can subscribe to dozens of threat feeds and block them through DNS, or pay a commercial provider for the service. However, small to medium-sized businesses and consumers have been left behind — they lack the resources, are not aware of what can be done with DNS, or are concerned about exposing their privacy and confidential information. Quad9 solves these problems. It is memorable, easy to use, relies on excellent and broad threat information, protects privacy, and security and is free.”

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IBM Launches Quad9, a DNS-based Privacy and Security Service to Protect Users from Malicious Sites

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By CircleID Reporter

In a joint project, IBM Security along with Packet Clearing House (PCH) and The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) today launched a free service designed to give consumers and businesses added online privacy and security protection. The new DNS service is called Quad9 in reference to the IP address 9.9.9.9 offered for the service. The group says the service is aimed at protecting users from accessing malicious websites known to steal personal information, infect users with ransomware and malware, or conduct fraudulent activity.

Quad9 is said to provide these protections without compromising the speed of users’ online experience. From the announcement: “Leveraging PCH’s expertise and global assets around the world, Quad9 has points of presence in over 70 locations across 40 countries at launch. Over the next 18 months, Quad9 points of presence are expected to double, further improving the speed, performance, privacy and security for users globally. Telemetry data on blocked domains from Quad9 will be shared with threat intelligence partners for the improvement of their threat intelligence responses for their customers and Quad9.”

The Genesis of Quad9: “Quad9 began as the brainchild of GCA. The intent was to provide security to end users on a global scale by leveraging the DNS service to deliver a comprehensive threat intelligence feed. This idea lead to the collaboration of the three entities: GCA: Provides system development capabilities and brought the threat intelligence community together; PCH: Provides Quad9’s network infrastructure; and IBM: Provides IBM X-Force threat intelligence and the easily memorable IP address (9.9.9.9).”

Philip Reitinger, President and CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance: “Protecting against attacks by blocking them through DNS has been available for a long time, but has not been used widely. Sophisticated corporations can subscribe to dozens of threat feeds and block them through DNS, or pay a commercial provider for the service. However, small to medium-sized businesses and consumers have been left behind — they lack the resources, are not aware of what can be done with DNS, or are concerned about exposing their privacy and confidential information. Quad9 solves these problems. It is memorable, easy to use, relies on excellent and broad threat information, protects privacy, and security and is free.”

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Smartphones, IoT and connected cars fueling rise in LTE network traffic

By Zenobia Hedge

Oracle announced the “Oracle Communications LTE Diameter Signaling Index, Sixth Edition,” highlighting the continued explosive growth in LTE Diameter Signaling traffic. Fueled heavily by the proliferation of smartphones and rise of Internet of Things (IoT) enabled devices, the report demonstrates that Diameter signaling shows no sign of slowing and is expected to generate 595 million messages per second (MPS) by 2021. Other key developments impacting LTE network traffic include LTE broadcast, VoLTE, and signaling associated with the policy management required to support more sophisticated data plans and applications. Connected cars also continue to show strong network traffic momentum, with 9.4 MPS and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30%.

The report was designed as a tool for communications service providers (CSPs) network engineers and executives to plan for expected increases in signaling capacity over the next five years.

It is anticipated that growth will continue in Diameter even as 5G implementations begin. While Diameter will not be the main signaling protocol of 5G, it will remain as an important part of 5G networks.

Greg Collins

For example, according to Statista.com, smartphones will represent 76% of wireless connections by 2021. As consumers maintain their appetite for “always on” connections to increasingly sophisticated and data intensive applications such as gaming and video, LTE network traffic will continue to skyrocket. Likewise, devices that reach beyond the traditional mobile handset, such as IoT sensors used in everything from tracking available parking spots and moisture in crops to lost pets or workers on a job site will have a significant impact on Diameter signaling growth.

“Diameter signaling traffic continues to grow significantly with little end in sight. While smartphones continue to be the traffic leader, applications such as connected cars and IoT promise a significant impact to network traffic in years to come,” said Greg Collins, founder and principal analyst, Exact Ventures.

Doug Suriano

“Diameter signaling controllers continue to be vital network elements, which help enable operators to secure their network borders and to efficiently and effectively route signaling traffic. As such, it is critical for CSPs to understand what’s driving traffic and where, enabling them to avoid signaling traffic issues than can cause network outages, thereby reducing customer satisfaction and increasing customer churn.”

“With consumer expectations at an all-time high, it’s more critical than ever that CSPs innovate and plan for continued Diameter signaling growth in order to stay relevant,” said Doug Suriano, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications. “The cloud continues to offer one of the clearest avenues for CSPs to accelerate and achieve these goals.”

Oracle helps CSPs create a more scalable and reliable Diameter signaling infrastructure with Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router and Oracle Communications Policy Management.

LTE Diameter signaling traffic by region:

Latin America and the Caribbean continues to show accelerated growth in Diameter networks. The region will generate 52 million MPS by 2021, a CAGR of 34%. Brazil is the largest contributor of Diameter signaling, followed by Mexico.
The Middle East will reach 27.9 million MPS of Diameter signaling by 2021, a CAGR of 23%. Turkey and Iran are the largest generators […]

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Smartphones, IoT and connected cars fueling rise in LTE network traffic

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By Zenobia Hedge

Oracle announced the “Oracle Communications LTE Diameter Signaling Index, Sixth Edition,” highlighting the continued explosive growth in LTE Diameter Signaling traffic. Fueled heavily by the proliferation of smartphones and rise of Internet of Things (IoT) enabled devices, the report demonstrates that Diameter signaling shows no sign of slowing and is expected to generate 595 million messages per second (MPS) by 2021. Other key developments impacting LTE network traffic include LTE broadcast, VoLTE, and signaling associated with the policy management required to support more sophisticated data plans and applications. Connected cars also continue to show strong network traffic momentum, with 9.4 MPS and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30%.

The report was designed as a tool for communications service providers (CSPs) network engineers and executives to plan for expected increases in signaling capacity over the next five years.

It is anticipated that growth will continue in Diameter even as 5G implementations begin. While Diameter will not be the main signaling protocol of 5G, it will remain as an important part of 5G networks.

Greg Collins

For example, according to Statista.com, smartphones will represent 76% of wireless connections by 2021. As consumers maintain their appetite for “always on” connections to increasingly sophisticated and data intensive applications such as gaming and video, LTE network traffic will continue to skyrocket. Likewise, devices that reach beyond the traditional mobile handset, such as IoT sensors used in everything from tracking available parking spots and moisture in crops to lost pets or workers on a job site will have a significant impact on Diameter signaling growth.

“Diameter signaling traffic continues to grow significantly with little end in sight. While smartphones continue to be the traffic leader, applications such as connected cars and IoT promise a significant impact to network traffic in years to come,” said Greg Collins, founder and principal analyst, Exact Ventures.

Doug Suriano

“Diameter signaling controllers continue to be vital network elements, which help enable operators to secure their network borders and to efficiently and effectively route signaling traffic. As such, it is critical for CSPs to understand what’s driving traffic and where, enabling them to avoid signaling traffic issues than can cause network outages, thereby reducing customer satisfaction and increasing customer churn.”

“With consumer expectations at an all-time high, it’s more critical than ever that CSPs innovate and plan for continued Diameter signaling growth in order to stay relevant,” said Doug Suriano, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications. “The cloud continues to offer one of the clearest avenues for CSPs to accelerate and achieve these goals.”

Oracle helps CSPs create a more scalable and reliable Diameter signaling infrastructure with Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router and Oracle Communications Policy Management.

LTE Diameter signaling traffic by region:

Latin America and the Caribbean continues to show accelerated growth in Diameter networks. The region will generate 52 million MPS by 2021, a CAGR of 34%. Brazil is the largest contributor of Diameter signaling, followed by Mexico.
The Middle East will reach 27.9 million MPS of Diameter signaling by 2021, a CAGR of 23%. Turkey and Iran are the largest generators […]

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IoT infrastructure company Buddy Platform obtains A$23M in new funding

Buddy Platform, a cloud-based engine providing IoT data management, processing and control platform raised an A$23M funding round. New and existing Australian domestic and Asian institutional investors participated in the round.

Buddy Ohm is a full monitoring solution.

The company, listed on ASX (Australian Securities Exchange) announced that it will use the funding proceeds for international expansion, including a potential global distribution deal with a major telecom partner for 100+ new markets for Buddy Ohm. Other details of the funding include the issuance of BUD shares. “115,000,000 shares to be issued at A$0.20 per share, representing a 10.9% discount to the 10-day VWAP of A$0.2244 per share”, reads the company’s press release.

Buddy’s three core offerings are the Buddy Cloud, Parse on Buddy, and Buddy Ohm. It is for the latter’s channel sales strategy that Buddy will be using these funds. Along with channel sales development, it will also invest in R&D efforts to stay competitive.

“We are incredibly happy with the overwhelming support that Buddy has received from what is an extraordinary roster of some of the region’s top institutional investors with this placement.”Buddy Platform CEO, David McLauchlan

The company launched its Buddy Ohm product in March this year. Ohm uses IoT devices to optimize and reduce energy and other utility bills in commercial buildings. Lady Gaga’s investment firm AF Square and Microsoft invested in Ohm.

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IoT infrastructure company Buddy Platform obtains A$23M in new funding

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Buddy Platform, a cloud-based engine providing IoT data management, processing and control platform raised an A$23M funding round. New and existing Australian domestic and Asian institutional investors participated in the round.

Buddy Ohm is a full monitoring solution.

The company, listed on ASX (Australian Securities Exchange) announced that it will use the funding proceeds for international expansion, including a potential global distribution deal with a major telecom partner for 100+ new markets for Buddy Ohm. Other details of the funding include the issuance of BUD shares. “115,000,000 shares to be issued at A$0.20 per share, representing a 10.9% discount to the 10-day VWAP of A$0.2244 per share”, reads the company’s press release.

Buddy’s three core offerings are the Buddy Cloud, Parse on Buddy, and Buddy Ohm. It is for the latter’s channel sales strategy that Buddy will be using these funds. Along with channel sales development, it will also invest in R&D efforts to stay competitive.

“We are incredibly happy with the overwhelming support that Buddy has received from what is an extraordinary roster of some of the region’s top institutional investors with this placement.”Buddy Platform CEO, David McLauchlan

The company launched its Buddy Ohm product in March this year. Ohm uses IoT devices to optimize and reduce energy and other utility bills in commercial buildings. Lady Gaga’s investment firm AF Square and Microsoft invested in Ohm.

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IoT Contract Hot List – September/October 2017

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By IoT Now Magazine

It’s free to be included in The Contract Hot List, which shows the companies announcing major contract wins, acquisitions or deployments. Email your contract details to us now, marked “Hot List” at j.cowan@wkm-global.com

Vendor/Partners
Client, Country
Product / Service (Duration & Value)
Awarded

Actility
Enforta, Russia
Actility selected to begin collaboration to deploy LoRaWAN network to deliver IoT services across all of Russia
10.17

Avaya
Bosch, global
Extension of partnership to support company’s digital transformation across global operations including Avaya Private Cloud Services
10.17

Blackberry
Yangfeng Visteon, China
Blackberry NX platform selected for automotive digital instrument cluster project
10.17

Electric Imp
KiWi Power, UK
Electric Imp secure enterprise IoT platform selected by UK demand response aggregator to deliver next generation of low cost devices for electrical metering
10.17

Gemalto
Onköl, USA
Gemalto IoT connectivity to be utilised by OnKöl’s mHealth solution for monitoring patients
9.17

Globalstar
FindMy, Norway
Globalstar satellite connectivity chosen by animal tracking provider FindMy to help prevent trains colliding with reindeer as part of SaveMyReindeer service
10.17

Iridium
Hitachi Construction Machines, global
Expansion of existing agreement to use Iridium for delivering e-services across the planet for Hitachi’s construction machine management business
9.17

Loriot
Ceske Radiokomunikace, Czech Republic
Loriot chosen to provide network operating systems to enable national broadcaster and cloud operations provider
9.17

Orange Business Services
Topaz Energy and Marine, global
Agreement signed for Maritime Connect service that connects the fleet at sea and supports the corporate network
9.17

PTC
Bell and Howell, USA
PTC’s Thingworx selected to optimise service capabilities for all Bell and Howell OEM service providers
10.17

Renesas Electronics
Toyota, Japan
Renesas automotive semiconductors selected for Toyota autonomous vehicles that are currently under development
9.17

SAS
GE Transportation, USA
SAS chosen to provide real-time analysis of sensor data to keep GE locomotives safe and efficient
9.17

Semtech
Ofo, China
LoRa technology integrated to track bicycle locations and reduce operational costs for bike sharing company
10.17

Sequans
Spartan Camera, USA
Sequans’ Colibri LTE Cat 4 platform chosen to power Spartan GoCam LTE surveillance camera
9.17

Sierra Wireless
Nube, Mexico
Sierra device-to-cloud IoT offering and Microsoft Azure Cloud services selected by Nube to support IoT-enabled consumer gas delivery solution in Mexico
10.17

Sigfox
Alps Electric Europe, Ireland
Alps decides on Sigfox IoT strategy with mass production of Alps-Sigfox devices for asset tracking and preventative maintenance to start with project in Ireland
9.17

Silver Spring Networks
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)
Initial deployment of Silver Spring multi-application IPv6 network canopy across the Emirate of Dubai, based on Silver Spring’s Gen5 technology
10.17

Telit
Husqvarna, Sweden
Telit end-to-end IoT solutions deployed to enable real-time sensor data from robotic lawnmowers to provide insights into greenspace environmental conditions and park maintenance for cities
10.17

Telit
Vaio, global
Telit chosen to provide its LTE Cat 9 LN940 mobile datacard to enable secure, reliable, LTE-Advanced connectivity in Vaio’s S series of notebooks
9.17

TomTom
Michelin, global
TomTom selected to power new mobile application for truckers from tyre maker
10.17

Velodyne LiDAR
Mercedes-Benz Research & Development, Germany
3D, real-time perception systems provider selected as critical sensor supplier for further development of automated and driverless vehicles
9.17

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Arrow joins IMC to support broad IoT offerings

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By Zenobia Hedge

The IoT M2M Council has announced that Arrow Electronics, one of the suppliers of electronic hardware, software, and connectivity services for the “Internet of Things” sector, has joined its board of governors as a sustaining member-company. With 25,000 enterprise users, OEMs, and applications developers as members, the IMC claims to be the largest and fastest-growing trade group serving the nascent technology sector.

“The IMC is gathering IoT buyers at a tremendous scale,” says Aiden Mitchell, VP of IoT Global Solutions at Arrow, who will represent the company on the IMC board, “The community the IMC has built covers 24 different vertical markets with a truly global footprint. At Arrow, our offerings cover everything related to device connectivity – from individual sensors to comprehensive turnkey systems – so the breadth and diversity of the IMC membership is a great fit.”

Aiden Mitchell

To ease the purchase of IoT technology, the IMC has just published its first template RFP for IoT buyers, specifically covering IoT software platforms. The document was forged in an open-source, wiki-based development process with input from numerous software vendors and over 100 self-identified IoT buyers. The group has retained a third-party consultancy to begin assessing platforms from participating software vendors against the RFP, and is making the document available to its rank-and-file members. Future topics for the IMC’s RFP program will include hardware connectivity services.

“To ease the deployment of connected devices, Arrow provides solutions for specific market applications – from retail to agriculture to industry. We see our IMC membership as the next logical step in accelerating the adoption of pre-integrated IoT application solutions, while driving broader collaboration with the IMC ecosystem,” says Mitchell.

The IMC will hold its Annual General Meeting on 9 November 2017 at the Marriott Copley Hotel in Boston, where it will elect new officers, decide on new projects for the coming year, and offer an afternoon conference programme.

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Arrow joins IMC to support broad IoT offerings

By Zenobia Hedge

The IoT M2M Council has announced that Arrow Electronics, one of the suppliers of electronic hardware, software, and connectivity services for the “Internet of Things” sector, has joined its board of governors as a sustaining member-company. With 25,000 enterprise users, OEMs, and applications developers as members, the IMC claims to be the largest and fastest-growing trade group serving the nascent technology sector.

“The IMC is gathering IoT buyers at a tremendous scale,” says Aiden Mitchell, VP of IoT Global Solutions at Arrow, who will represent the company on the IMC board, “The community the IMC has built covers 24 different vertical markets with a truly global footprint. At Arrow, our offerings cover everything related to device connectivity – from individual sensors to comprehensive turnkey systems – so the breadth and diversity of the IMC membership is a great fit.”

Aiden Mitchell

To ease the purchase of IoT technology, the IMC has just published its first template RFP for IoT buyers, specifically covering IoT software platforms. The document was forged in an open-source, wiki-based development process with input from numerous software vendors and over 100 self-identified IoT buyers. The group has retained a third-party consultancy to begin assessing platforms from participating software vendors against the RFP, and is making the document available to its rank-and-file members. Future topics for the IMC’s RFP program will include hardware connectivity services.

“To ease the deployment of connected devices, Arrow provides solutions for specific market applications – from retail to agriculture to industry. We see our IMC membership as the next logical step in accelerating the adoption of pre-integrated IoT application solutions, while driving broader collaboration with the IMC ecosystem,” says Mitchell.

The IMC will hold its Annual General Meeting on 9 November 2017 at the Marriott Copley Hotel in Boston, where it will elect new officers, decide on new projects for the coming year, and offer an afternoon conference programme.

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AT&T, Ford, Nokia and Qualcomm launch cellular-V2X connected car technology trials in the US

By Zenobia Hedge

AT&T, Ford, Nokia, and Qualcomm Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, are helping to accelerate the development of connected cars with the first announced Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) trials in the U.S.Testing is expected to take place in the San Diego Regional Proving Ground with the support of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), Caltrans, the City of Chula Vista, and intelligent transportation solutions (ITS) provider McCain, Inc.

The goal of the trials is to demonstrate the potential of C-V2X technologies, including support for improved automotive safety, automated driving, and traffic efficiency. The trials will also be aimed at demonstrating to automakers and road operators the anticipated cost-efficient benefits associated with embedded cellular technology in vehicles and synergies between the deployment of cellular base stations and roadside infrastructure. The initial testing phase is expected to begin later this year.

Defined by 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) in 2017 as an extension of global cellular standards, C-V2X is an important factor in next-generation wireless technology for safety conscious and automated driving solutions. As wireless technology becomes prevalent, vehicles are using the cellular network for various tasks, ranging from emergency calls and over-the-air (OTA) updates, to diagnostics and real-time traffic updates.

Don Butler

Using direct communication mode, C-V2X is designed to help expand the role of wireless technology for road safety applications by facilitating the ability of vehicles to directly communicate with other vehicles, pedestrian devices, and roadside infrastructure, such as traffic signs and construction zones, using the 5.9 GHz band without the involvement of a cellular network, or cellular network subscription.

Complementary to other Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensors, such as cameras, radar, and LIDAR, C-V2X technology is designed to support 360-degree non-line-of-sight (NLOS) awareness, and is designed to extend a vehicle’s ability to see, hear, and understand the environment down the road, at blind intersections, or in bad weather conditions.

For this trial, C-V2X platforms are expected to be installed in Ford vehicles using the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X solution to facilitate direct communications, and are complemented by AT&T’s 4G LTE network communications and ITS platform that takes advantage of wireless base stations and multi-access edge computing technology from Nokia. For the new communication technologies being deployed, McCain will help facilitate the effective integration with existing and emerging traffic signal control infrastructure.

Testing will support direct C-V2X communications operating in the 5.9 GHz ITS spectrum to explore the safety enhancements of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) use cases, including do not pass warning, intersection movement assist, and left turn assist, to name a few. The trials will also support advanced vehicle communication capabilities for improved traffic efficiencies, such as real-time mapping updates and event notifications relayed using AT&T’s cellular network and Nokia Cloud Infrastructure.

With decades-long experience in automated vehicle testing, advanced features in regional transportation networks, and a global reputation as a high-tech hub for research and wireless innovation, the San Diego region was designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as one of ten automated vehicle proving grounds in the U.S. earlier this year.

“Leveraging the evolution […]

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