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Looking Back on our Youth and Academia Outreach Efforts in Africa This Year

As 2017 is almost over, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on our engagement journey with the youth and academic communities in Africa.

One of our fundamental objectives has been to create awareness that will lead to meaningful participation of the African community in ICANN and in the wider Internet governance ecosystem. According to the Africa Union, 65 percent of Africans are below the age of 35. The World Economic Forum states that the 10 youngest populations of the world are all in Africa. This reality makes it imperative that we put youth at the center of our regional engagement agenda.

Africa, home to hundreds of higher education institutions in 54 countries, is also diverse, which makes effective engagement a challenge. So far, we have focused on regional platforms such as national and regional educational networks (NRENs) and the Association of African Universities (AAU), to bring together administrators, students, and faculty. Additionally, we have organized multiple workshops and public lectures directly with universities whenever our resources were sufficient. This blog describes some of our outreach efforts during the year.

Two years ago, we piloted the youth community workshops, an initiative targeted at introducing young people under thirty to ICANN and the Internet ecosystem. This program complemented our global ICANN NextGen and Fellowship programs. The first workshop of this series took place in April 2016 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, followed by two others – in Kenya in May and in Benin in December. In 2017, we have continued our academic outreach efforts with a number of events.

14th AAU General Conference

  • In June, ICANN hosted a workshop and participated in thematic panels geared toward academics and students at the AAU General Conference in Accra, Ghana. We also collaborated with Ghana ICANN Fellowship alumni, who organized an ICANN exhibition booth at the conference.

African Regional Conferences

  • In March, our team gathered the academic community at West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) Annual Conference in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Participants learned from the leadership role that Addis-Ababa University has taken in defining Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) label generation rules for the Ethiopic script.
  • In November, we participated at UbuntuNet-Connect, the annual meeting of the Ubuntu Alliance, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We presented Domain Name Security Extensions (DNSSEC) and the key signing key (KSK) rollover to attending academics.

Direct University Outreach

  • In late May, on the periphery of the Africa Internet Summit Summit’17 (AIS2017) held in Nairobi, Kenya, we participated in a public lecture and panel session at the Multimedia University of Kenya. Over 50 engineering and computer science students attended the session that they later called “eye opening.” Interest in ICANN was evident, and students were encouraged to reach out – to collaborate on research ideas and efforts.
  • In September, on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization Annual General Meeting held in Maputo, Mozambique, we visited Edwardo Mondlane University. There, we gave a lecture on ICANN and Internet governance to 25 students, members of the faculty, and .mz registrars.
  • Matogoro Jabera, an ICANN Fellowship alumnus, was inspired by his experience attending an ICANN Public Meeting as a Fellow. He shared his experience by organizing a workshop on Internet governance for his students. Held in September, this third successful school of Internet governance was supported by the leadership of the University of Dodoma in Tanzania and other Fellowship alumni like Bonface Witaba. ICANN, ICANNwiki, and the .za Central Registry (ZACR) also supported and participated in this workshop.

These efforts have yielded encouraging outcomes. A good number of ICANN alumni, whether from Namibia, Malawi, Benin or the Congo DRC are now active in their communities. They are working regularly with our team to deliver in-class public lectures, put together workshops and set up inaugural National IGFs to further national inclusive dialogues on Internet issues. In addition, multiple institutions of higher learning and universities have expressed their willingness for structured Memoranda with ICANN to streamline and institutionalize our partnerships.

Through these developments, it is possible to envision a future in which the youth of Africa can fully participate in the Internet ecosystem. And this progress will only happen if we all work together. It is our sincere hope that our alumni, from both the NextGen and Fellowship programs would actively seek to localize the multistakeholder Internet dialogue at the national level!

We want to thank all our partners and participants in these events. As ICANN, we remain committed to organizing programs that tap into the overwhelming potential of the youth and academic communities in Africa.

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Cradlepoint announces the release of NetCloud Perimeter service to secure and isolate connected devices

By Zenobia Hegde

Cradlepoint, the provider in cloud-managed networking solutions over wired and wireless broadband, announced the general release of its NetCloud Perimeter service, a Software-Defined Perimeter solution that provides a private cloud network over any Internet connection to secure and isolate connected devices, including M2M, IoT and mobile devices. NetCloud Perimeter provides a modern, cloud-based alternative to traditional VPN technology that is easier to configure, deploy and scale.

A recent Cradlepoint-sponsored State-of-IoT report conducted by Spiceworks found 69% of the 400 businesses surveyed with 500 or more employees have deployed or plan to deploy IoT solutions within the next year. IoT is being adopted across a range of industries such as retail, manufacturing, healthcare and government. Of the deployment concerns cited in the survey, security and solution cost ranked highest at 41% and 35%.

Despite security concerns, 49% of businesses surveyed have deployed IoT devices on their existing enterprise network – creating a sizeable attack surface and new threat vectors that traditional network security tools can’t cover. For example, Internet-accessible security cameras can become infected by bot-net attacks, like Mirai, Reaper and IoTroop, and enable pivot attacks into enterprise IT systems.

“The growth of the IoT means the deployment of many more network-connected devices. For many organisations that don’t have the correct solutions in place, this is opening up more entry points for hackers to exploit, and leading to major security issues,” said Christian Renaud, research director, Internet of Things, 451 Research. “Organisations need to consider which network they run their IoT service on, and then ensure they manage the security of these networks, the IoT devices they plan to use and proactively protect themselves before any potential threats even appear.”

Connect, protect and isolate M2M, IoT and mobile devices

NetCloud Perimeter, part of Cradlepoint’s NetCloud platform, is a cloud service that shields enterprises from device-oriented threats by providing a private cloud network that overlays the Internet or enterprise network with a virtual perimeter to isolates and protects M2M, IoT and mobile devices. It further provides a closed, invitation-only network with its own private IP address space to cloak devices from the outside world.

Other unique benefits of NetCloud Perimeter include:

Simple to configure and deploy in minutes
Global footprint that is accessible from any wired or wireless connection
End-to-end visibility and control through NetCloud Manager
Micro-segment M2M, IoT and mobile devices by user, device and application
Configurable secure Internet egress protected by integral firewall and carrier-grade NAT
Active Directory and private DNS server integration shields against DNS-related threats.

When deployed over 4G LTE, NetCloud Perimeter’s encrypted and fully switched overlays can reduce the need for costly and complex private Access Point Networks (APNs) and static IPv4 addresses that are scarce on many cellular networks.

“The way you connect and protect an IoT device network with potentially hundreds of thousands of Internet-attached endpoints is very different from the traditional enterprise security model for branch sites and WinTel PCs,” said Ken Hosac, vice president of Cradlepoint IoT Solutions and Ecosystem. “NetCloud Perimeter represents a clean-slate approach to device networking that combines a Software-Defined Perimeter architecture with private […]

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Interconnecting legacy technologies and LTE will revolutionise operations in MCC, says ETELM

By Zenobia Hegde

Technologies in Mission Critical Communications (MCC) are incorporating functionality with LTE, but during this transition period, the performance must not be affected, says Pierre Minot, president of ETELM, a manufacturer of advanced Mission Critical communications infrastructures.

Speaking during a session titled ‘PMR broadband communication – technical implementation’ at PMRExpo in Germany, Minot commented: “LTE offers new broadband and data-hungry possibilities; however, it brings its own challenges. At present, there is a major drive to introduce more MC standards by working with users and manufacturers to ensure services are adopted internationally.”

“The process of standardisation is a long one – it takes time for standards to be tested and vendors to implement enhancements. While LTE is currently being utilised with consumers in mind, it is expected to take around five to seven years to reach full maturity for MC users, although certain features will be implemented sooner.”

ETELM has long championed LTE and TETRA working together, as opposed to replacing each other. This will enable legacy equipment and infrastructure to be revitalised, without the expense of upgrades each time a new technology becomes available. Minot explained the different use cases of migration from TETRA to LTE and the challenges that each of these use cases bring in terms of services, performances and devices.

Minot continued: “As smart cities develop around the world, it is important that MCC infrastructures are built during the initial planning, development, and design phase, rather than being an afterthought. This is the only way to ensure smart cities become safe cities. As blue light services continue to face increasingly challenging and complex situations, there is a need to bridge the channels between individual services, so they may come together and act as one, while utilising advanced applications.”

In response to the need for hybrid networks, ETELM’s 4GLinked solution is the first fully integrated platform connecting multiple MC technologies over a single LTE EPC core, allowing seamless communications and services across technologies – to the benefit of any use case.

“Performance is a key factor that only a fully standardised solution that doesn’t bring any third-party technology can ensure,”continued Minot. “With ETELM’s 4GLinked solution, it is one unified, standardised platform that is much easier to maintain and operate than having several infrastructures connected by gateways.”

4GLinked was successfully tested with many vendors at the ETSI MCPTT Plugtests in June 2017 and all interfaces are compliant with ETSI/3GPP LTE rel13. 4GLinked has also been successfully deployed and tested by customers.

ETELM is well known for its more than 35 years’ experience developing advanced radio communications infrastructure. With continuous innovations, ETELM has overcome legacy issues by integrating its TETRA solution to the LTE Core, which enables its TETRA base stations to connect directly to the same LTE Core network as any 4G LTE base station.

To find out more about ETELM, visit booth F01 at PMRExpo in Frankfurt, Germany (28-30 November 2017), or for further information, visit the website.

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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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Canvass Analytics partners with OSIsoft to deliver predictive insights for industrial companies

By Sheetal Kumbhar

Canvass Analytics, a provider of AI-enabled predictive analytics for Industrial IoT, and OSIsoft, a provider in operational intelligence, announced a new partnership that will enable Industrial companies to accelerate the return on investment of their IoT initiatives. According to a report by Boston Consulting Group, 35% of companies adopting Industry 4.0 project revenue gains of […]

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Uber for trucks causes major disruption for traditional ground logistics and freight brokerage market

By Sheetal Kumbhar

Connected trucks will be integral to future logistics and freight operations as smart trucks will be a necessity in smart cities. By 2020, 35 million trucks are expected to be connected with digital freight solutions and autonomous technologies, transforming the trucking industry into a smarter, efficient and more productive sector. The unaddressed challenge of under-utilised […]

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Traditional Ground Logistics and Freight Brokerage Market Disrupted By Uber for Trucks

By IoT – Internet of Things

Connected trucks will be integral to future logistics and freight operations as smart trucks will be a necessity in smart cities. By 2020, 35 million trucks are expected to be connected with digital freight solutions and autonomous technologies, transforming the trucking industry into a smarter, efficient and more productive sector. The unaddressed challenge of under-utilized […]

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Where are OTA and in-car data management heading in your car?

By Sheetal Kumbhar

Industry projections for over-the-air (OTA) vehicle data management suggest the technology could save automakers US$35 billion over the next five years. That’s a big claim. How can this be achieved, and what are the risks or rewards? Here, Jeremy Cowan of IoT Now talks to industry insider, Scott Frank, vice president of Marketing at Airbiquity. […]

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Connected & Autonomous Vehicles

By IoT Now Magazine

Event date: May 15 – 18, 2017 Santa Clara Convention Center, CA Co-located with Internet of Things World, Connected & Autonomous Vehicles will bring over 500 attendees, 35+ Sponsors, and 100+ thought leaders from inside and outside the automotive industry. Attend the show and be prepared to dive deep into the challenges of implementing transportation […]

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An IoT Solution to Address Weight Machines in 35,000 Health Clubs

By IoT – Internet of Things

Despite the high-tech appearance of today’s weight machines, the essential yet humble weight pin remains a passive piece of metal. Fresh off the announcement of its disruptive health club platform, Smart Health Club Systems™ unveils smart WEIGHT-PIN™ at IHRSA, the global fitness tradeshow. Club members no longer need to record exercises manually because smart WEIGHT-PIN™ […]

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