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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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Avnet joins IMC to speed IoT deployment

By Zenobia Hedge

To help expedite Internet of Things (IoT) technology deployment, Avnet, a global technology distributor, has joined the IoT M2M Council (IMC). The IMC’s 25,000 rank-and-file members are comprised of enterprise users, OEMs, and applications developers from numerous vertical markets around the globe, making it the largest organisation serving the IoT sector, and uniquely positioned to reach those that deploy IoT solutions.

“We look forward to helping set the direction for the IMC, to make it easier and faster to guide IoT applications from idea, through to design prototyping, and production,” says Lou Lutostanski, Avnet’s vice president of IoT, who will represent the company on the IMC board of governors. “The group’s emphasis on providing hands-on help for buyers, as well as template RFPs and software widgets, is integral to moving IoT technology forward.”

Lou Lutostanski

In further efforts to reach IoT buyers, the IMC has just signed an exclusive agreement to organise the first-ever IoT Infrastructure Pavilion & Conference at the massive Consumer Electronics Show, to be held at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas, 9-12 January 2018. Avnet will take part as a cornerstone exhibitor. The dedicated technology area at the show will be directly adjacent to CES’s new demonstration areas for Smart Cities and Smart Energy, and close to its driver-less car demonstrations.

The addition of Avnet to the IoT M2M Council underscores the company’s broader commitment to help scale the delivery of IoT solutions to market, through each stage of the product lifecycle. Avnet’s connected ecosystem includes Premier Farnell‘s element14 community, Makersource.io and Hackster.io. Avnet provides demos, prototype kits, and technical support to customers, ranging from makers and startups to large enterprise companies, to further their IoT initiatives.

The IMC will also 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 program.

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Digi International acquires TempAlert

By Zenobia Hedge

Digi International, a global provider of Internet of Things (IoT) products and services, announced that it has acquired TempAlert, a provider of automated, real-time temperature monitoring and task management solutions for the healthcare, industrial and food-service industries. TempAlert will join the Digi Smart Solutions team. Digi purchased Boston-based TempAlert for $45 million(€38.03 million) in cash plus future earn out incentives.

With its origins at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, TempAlert is now in use at more than 20,000 customer sites including Walmart, CVS Health, SpaceX, Apple, Coca-Cola, McDonald‘s, and the U.S. Department of State.

With its fourth strategic acquisition in 24 months, Digi is a leader in the space with nearly 35,000 customer sites and a deep presence in the healthcare, transportation, industrial and foodservice markets. In aggregate, the Digi Smart Solutions team offers more than 25 years of condition-based monitoring experience gained through managing more than 6 billion sensor readings.

Digi Smart Solutions improves the integrity of product quality and safety while simultaneously lowering costs, achieving higher levels of customer satisfaction and improving brand reputation. Digi’s automated, real-time monitoring solutions combined with task management software also address the needs of customers with unique challenges that span operational and safety regulatory requirements.

Harry Schechter

The TempAlert solution will not only be supported and enhanced, but also leveraged within Digi’s existing products and services to expand its advanced portfolio of solutions. Digi is excited to welcome TempAlert CEO Harry Schechter and the TempAlert team as employees of Digi Smart Solutions. Schechter will play a leading role in the IoT strategy going forward. Schechter will report to COO Kevin Riley.

“The acquisition of TempAlert doubles our Smart Solutions team to over 100 professionals, allowing us to offer our customers unprecedented domain expertise and support,” said Ron Konezny, president and chief executive officer, Digi International. “This acquisition firmly establishes Digi as a leader in condition-based monitoring, such as temperature and vibration, task management solutions and analytics.”

“This is a perfect match of expertise and a shared vision of the market opportunity in front of us,” said Schechter. “The combination of Digi’s market presence and complementary technology in conjunction with the TempAlert customer base presents a fantastic opportunity for Digi Smart Solutions.”

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G+D Mobile Security and Senet are partnering to strengthen LoRaWAN security

By Zenobia Hedge

G+D Mobile Security and Senet Inc. plan to cooperate to strengthen security of LoRaWAN connectivity across the whole IoT ecosystem. The collaboration between the two companies provides a full integration of G+D Mobile Security’s Key Management System (KMS) with Senet’s global LoRa®-based networks.

This results in a flexible and secure cloud-based provisioning solution which enables the necessary levels of security required for various use cases, ensuring a reliable and robust infrastructure for global IoT deployments. G+D Mobile Security’s KMS solution provides security with efficient scaling from initial implementations through mass rollouts based on hardware protection.

The HSM (Hardware Security Module) appliance ensures long term LoRa key protection in the infrastructure and increases reliability and robustness. With the joint solution, device vendors and solution vendors can now provision one set of security credentials in their end device at the time of manufacture and deploy it confidently anywhere in the world.

LoRaWAN is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) specification intended for wireless battery-operated devices in regional, national or global networks. LoRaWAN enables new opportunities and connectivity options for applications that require low power consumption and low bandwidth.

At the same time, the massive growth in connected devices increases the risk of cyber-attacks. G+D Mobile Security protects both LoRaWAN end-devices with end-to-end IoT security solutions – from onboarding, secure key provisioning, identification, and data transmission to device lifecycle management.

The entire network infrastructure is protected by integrating keys securely into the endpoints. Endpoints then connect securely to a LoRaWAN network, and the application data can be only read by the application provider. This mechanism significantly increases the protection against different cyber-attacks intending to tamper with the data or the network.

Dave Kjendal

The joint solution enables IoT system providers to protect LoRaWAN endpoints, while meeting cost requirements for the different use cases. LoRaWAN service providers, application enablers and equipment manufacturers can reduce their liability and security risk exposure by applying key management and security technologies.

“This cooperation between G+D Mobile Security and Senet helps IoT solution providers and enterprises to easily integrate security and avoid flaws during the whole lifecycle of LoRaWAN equipment, starting from when they are produced,” stated Bernd Müller , head of Product Management at G+D Mobile Security.

“Security is a critical element of any communication technology and with the hyperconnected world of the Internet of Things, everything about data security and data privacy becomes that much more important,” said Dave Kjendal, CTO for Senet. “Our Partnership with G+D Mobile Security helps ensure device makers, solution providers and end users are following best practices that simply and cost-effectively address the complex security challenges of deploying IoT at massive scale.”

G+D Mobile Security will be demonstrating this integration with Senet at the LoRa Alliance All Members Meeting Open House and Marketplace in Suzhou, China, October 18-19 and at their booth #414 at the Competitive Carriers Association Annual Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, October 25-27.

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Caltrans District 7 to Deploy Sensys Networks IoT Platform to Pioneer…

The Pacific Coast Highway AMS Project is a critical element of the Caltrans Dynamic Corridor Congestion Management program

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Intelligent Telematics makes senior management appointment

By Sheetal Kumbhar

Intelligent Telematics, the provider of connected camera solutions, has strengthened its senior management team to support the rapid growth of the business within the fleet, road transport and insurance sectors. Vince Cane has joined the company as operations director and will be responsible for managing all support and implementation processes to ensure the efficient delivery of 3G vehicle camera products and services to customers.

In his new position, Cane will be tasked with managing Intelligent Telematics’ day-to-day operations and ensuring the needs of a rapidly expanding portfolio of corporate clients are met. He will use a breadth of experience, spanning more than 25 years, to establish and maintain systems that make efficient use of account management, project management and technical support resources within the business.

Prior to joining Intelligent Telematics, Cane has had a variety of senior management positions for leading organisations within the telematics, fleet and vehicle hire sectors. Most recently, he was head of Enterprise Accounts at vehicle tracking specialist Ctrack where he was responsible for all project delivery, account management and retention of blue-chip customers. Before this he held roles at Reflex Vehicle Solutions, Pentagon Mercedes and UK Vehicle Rental (a Northgate group company).

Commenting on the appointment, Justin White, managing director of Intelligent Telematics said: “Vince brings considerable knowledge and expertise to this new role, which will help us achieve our strategic goals moving forward and support our growing global reach. We are committed to bringing together the right people that can drive the business forward and build on our position as the industry leader within the 3G vehicle camera marketplace.”

Intelligent Telematics’ IT1000 and IT2000 connected devices are the leading single and dual camera solutions for vehicle operations, providing increased protection against fraudulent insurance claims, false driving allegations and disputed liability. They use the most sophisticated 3G and 4G technology so that HD footage of any collision, near miss or harsh driving incident is captured and automatically transmitted within moments of it happening.

Unlike other systems in the marketplace, the videos and supporting data are uploaded to a secure server network with no user intervention required, making them the only truly effective connected vehicle cameras for First Notification of Loss (FNOL).

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Attention All Legacy Space Holders:  How to Keep Your Whois Data Accurate and Why It’s Important

By Leslie Nobile

Based on input received from some legacy space holders, we understand there may be some concern that if you update your Whois records, ARIN might want to take away your unused IPv4 resources or force you into signing a Registration Services Agreement or Legacy Registration Services Agreement (RSA/LRSA). You may be surprised to learn that’s not the case. We’d like the to take this opportunity to dispel those rumors once and for all, provide you with the correct information, and help guide you through the process of updating your data.

Why is it important for legacy space holders to have accurate Whois records?

There are a number of reasons why you might want to keep your Whois information accurate and up-to-date. Some of those reasons have been outlined in previous blogs, namely Suzanne Rogers’ blog, “Is Your Whois Data Stuck in the Past?” and my blog, “How Whois Accuracy Impacts Public Safety.” I would like to highlight a few reasons that might be of particular interest to legacy space holders.

Hijacking

ARIN has previously noted that outdated Whois records have become a prime target of IP address hijackers and are often used for illegal activities such as spamming and spoofing. Of the roughly 25,000 legacy networks registered in ARIN’s Whois, about 53% of them have either no associated Point of Contact (POC), or have a POC that has never been verified by ARIN (referred to as an “Invalid POC”). These stale records become the networks of choice for hijackers looking for IPv4 address space to spam with or try to sell.

Transfers

With the increasing value of IPv4 addresses in the market today, many legacy space holders may wish to transfer their unused resources to other organizations in need of those addresses. The only way to do this through ARIN is to have accurate and up-to-date registration information in Whois that ARIN staff can verify. The process is always much easier and faster when Whois information is accurate and current.

Which ARIN services are provided without an RSA/LRSA and which ones will require one?

Legacy resource holders have the following services available to them without having a signed RSA/LRSA:

  • Manage their IPv4 resource registration information in ARIN’s Whois
  • Manage associated reverse DNS nameserver delegations
  • Set an Origin AS number for the IPv4 legacy resource
  • Set up an ARIN Online account (our web interface for managing Internet number resources)

The following transactions will require a legacy space holder to have a signed RSA/LRSA:

  • Approved resource transfers may require a signed RSA/LRSA depending on the type of transfer
  • Customers seeking to be added as a source to ARIN’s Specified Transfer Listing Service (STLS) must have the resources under RSA/LRSA
  • Customers seeking to utilize RPKI (a free, opt-in service that allows users to certify their ARIN Internet number resources) must have the resources under RSA/LRSA
  • Customers seeking to secure their reverse DNS zone management via DNS Security (DNSSEC) functionality can add DS Records for Internet number resources that are covered by a RSA/LRSA
  • ARIN Membership via application – entities with a signed RSA/LRSA and Internet number resources from ARIN (end users, for example) may become members by filling out the application and paying an annual membership fee (or by enrolling in ARIN’s Registration Services Plans which include ARIN Membership)
  • View our updated Legacy Resource Services page

How can I use ARIN Online to update my Whois record?

The first step is to create an ARIN Online profile:

  • Click “new user?” below the login boxes on the left side of any page on the ARIN website
  • Follow the instructions on the form
  • You will receive a confirmation email and must verify your account using the link provided within 24 hours
  • Once you’ve verified your account, log in to ARIN Online
  • Accept the ARIN Online Account Terms of Service Agreement
  • Create a profile

If you are already listed as a POC in Whois, you can link your ARIN Online account to that POC by clicking Your Account > Point of Contact records in the left-hand menu, and clicking the link in the first box. Once you link your account to your POC, you may view information for all organizations associated with your handle by selecting Your Account > Organization Identifiers in the left-hand menu.

For more information, check out the About ARIN Online page.

You can use ARIN Online at any time to perform the following resource management tasks:

  • Add, delete, or modify nameservers for Reverse DNS
  • Add, delete, or modify POCs associated with the resource
  • Change the NetName of an IP address block or the ASName of an ASN
  • Add reassignment information via SWIP-EZ (only available if the legacy block is a direct allocation)
  • Modify organization information to include mailing address; adding, deleting, or modifying POCs; and adding public comments
  • Request new number resources – requirement to sign standard RSA and pay fees are applied only upon approval
  • Request the transfer of number resources – requirement to sign RSA/LRSA and pay fees are applied only upon approval
  • Request an organization name change – this must be a simple name change and not the result of any merger or acquisition activity – in that case, documentation will be required
  • Request an organization recovery – needed when the registered Admin or Tech POC are no longer associated with the organization and a new POC needs to be added to the organization record, or no Admin or Tech exist on the record. An RSA/LRSA is only required if the organization recovery results in a transfer.
  • Validate your POC record during ARIN’s annual POC validation by clicking the “Requires Validation” link next to the applicable record. You can also validate your POC by:
    • Clicking the secure link in the validation email that ARIN sends once per year
    • Replying to the validation email and putting “Correct” in the subject line
    • Updating your POC record in ARIN Online if the POC information is no longer accurate
  • Submit questions via Ask ARIN

One last point of clarification…

There is one last point that we would like to emphasize to all legacy space holders. We have heard on numerous occasions that legacy space holders don’t want to come to ARIN to update their Whois records because they believe that ARIN will try to reclaim their legacy IPv4 resources for lack or utilization and/or require you to sign a RSA/LRSA. Please note that ARIN will not reclaim your legacy IPv4 resources when you come to ARIN to update your records, request IPv6 resources, or request to transfer your legacy resources. Nor will we require you to sign a RSA/LRSA unless you seek additional ARIN Registry services noted above.

If you need assistance in updating your ARIN Whois information or have questions, please contact a member of our Registration Services team at 703.227.0660 Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM EST or submit an Ask ARIN ticket from within your ARIN Online account.

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Itron to buy IoT networking company Silver Springs Network for $830M approx

Itron, a Washington-based technology company that installs smart meters for electricity, gas, and water announced yesterday that it will acquire Silver Spring Networks, an IoT networking company.

Itron will pay approx. $830M to purchase all outstanding shares of Silver Spring at $16.25 per share, a premium of 25% to Friday’s $13 closing share price of Silver Spring Networks. The deal is expected to complete by early 2018.

Silver Spring Networks Interpreter

The deal fits well with Itron’s overall market strategy of strengthening its smart city products and services. It also provides Itron with inroads to some of the well-funded clients of IoT services. Silver Springs has clients such as the city governments of Bristol, Glasgow, Copenhagen, and Chicagoland.

Interestingly, Itron has gradually strengthened its IoT portfolio in both products and software. The company has used ‘acquisitions’ as a growth strategy since 1987 when it first acquired companies in Europe. In May this year, it paid $100M in cash to acquire Comverge, a company selling demand management solutions for electric utilities.

In context of Silver Spring Networks, it gets to keep $118M cash from its existing earnings, reports Reuters.

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Itron to acquire Silver Spring Networks to accelerate smart grid and smart city innovation and growth

By Sheetal Kumbhar

Itron, Inc and Silver Spring Networks, Inc. announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for Itron to acquire all outstanding shares of Silver Spring for $16.25 (€13.55) per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $830 million (€692.16 million), net of $118 million (€98.40 million)of Silver Spring’s cash. This represents a premium […]

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Iron Mountain Adds Cloud Data Management

By George Leopold

Iron Mountain Inc., the data backup vendor, this week rolled out a cloud storage platform offering enterprises data protection and recovery capabilities. The hybrid data management scheme combines cloud storage with the ability to manage policies governing data access while accelerating the migration of ever-larger data sets to the cloud.

Among the goals, the Boston-based vendor (NYSE: IRM) said Tuesday (Sept. 12), is getting a handle on exploding data growth while managing legacy IT infrastructure used to store and protect sensitive data. Hence, the storage specialist is adding a cloud services option to its data management framework that includes orchestration and automation tools for managing “data sprawl.”

The hybrid data management approach focuses on securing data in motion along with the growing volumes and new data types ranging from medical imaging to surveillance videos. The cloud option addresses enterprise issues such as what to keep and where to store data to facilitate easy yet secure access.

Along with data security and protection features as well as accessibility based on business requirements, the hybrid approach also includes “data shuttle” feature that expands the vendor’s existing data migration services to accelerate the onboarding of customer data to Iron Mountain’s cloud platform.

The storage vendor is betting that growing data management requirements fueled by machine learning and other technologies such as the Internet of Things will create greater demand for traditional data archiving augmented by cloud storage.

Data integration specialists note that migrating data to the cloud can be onerous. Completing the task with in-house resources requires skilled programmers who can connect datacenter and cloud technologies. That approach is seen as time consuming, error-prone and expensive.

Data migration and management efforts also can be complicated by the reality that many programmers focus on either legacy IT or the cloud, but generally not both. Hence, few possess the expertise to connect the two storage options.

Companies like Iron Mountain are attempting to fill the void with new data management tools.

The shift to cloud storage and data management follows several recent moves designed to boost the company’s datacenter infrastructure. Iron Mountain, which operates datacenters in three states, announced a 15-year wind power purchasing agreement in April that will supply 25 megawatts from a wind farm in Ringer Hill, Pa. The agreement shifts all the company’s datacenter power requirements to renewable energy sources.

Along with the Pennsylvania wind farm, the company also has signed a purchase agreement at the Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) Wind Farm in Texas and has invested in solar projects in the U.S. and Canada.

In July, Iron Mountain announced the acquisition of a Denver area datacenter for $128 million, adding more than 9 megawatts of datacenter capacity in preparation for its cloud shift.

Recent items:

The Top Three Challenges to Moving Data to the Cloud

MongoDB Takes Another Big Step Into Clouds

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