Internet of Things to drive the digital transformation of government and businesses in Vietnam

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Asia IoT Business Platform will be returning to Vietnam for the 19th edition of its industry Internet of Things (IoT) conference in Ho Chi Minh City. Supported by Saigon Hi-Tech Park, the conference will showcase the value and economic impact of IoT, including improving private and public sector enterprise productivity, harnessing ICT to alleviate problems […]

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Making IPv6 a Reality in Our Region

By John Sweeting

As many of you know, we will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary this December. Since we were formed in 1997, one of the most critical objectives our organization has worked towards is spreading awareness of IPv4 depletion and encouraging the widespread implementation of IPv6. We want to take some time at our anniversary to reflect on how far our community has come in making IPv6 a reality in our region, as well as what we’re doing to go even farther.

In the early 1990’s, it became clear that the world would eventually run out of IPv4 addresses. IPv6 was formalized as a protocol in 1998 to provide enough addresses for continued growth of the Internet. With IPv4 depletion on the horizon, ARIN began really emphasizing the importance of adopting IPv6 in May 2007 when our Board passed a Resolution to encourage networks to implement IPv6. With the help of volunteers from the ARIN Advisory Council, ARIN staff mapped out a plan to attend a large number of outreach events that included some of the largest Internet conferences in the region. During the calendar year of 2010, ARIN was present at 23 different outreach events starting with CES in January and including InterOp, IT Roadmap, Rocky Mountain IPv6, CANTO, FOSE, Open Source Convention, and HostingCon, among others. The message was clear – IPv4 addresses will no longer be available and IPv6 adoption is necessary for the Internet’s continued growth. We’ve continued to spread that message to this day.

The ARIN region ran out of IPv4 on 24 September 2015. Today, 3,098 ARIN members (~56%) have registered an IPv6 block. While we’re happy with that progress, we know we can do more. We’re continuing our IPv6 outreach campaign. We’re continuing to make sure the community’s aware that IPv6 fees are minimal and that registering an IPv6 block makes them eligible to request addresses via the reserved IPv4 block to facilitate IPv6 deployment policy (NRPM 4.10). And today, we’re proud to announce a new campaign. Approximately 2,500 of our members without IPv6 are eligible to receive a block with no additional cost. We plan on implementing a new campaign to reach out to these members with a personal invitation to help them receive that free IPv6 block.

We’re incredibly pleased with the ARIN community’s progress with IPv6 deployment, but we still have work to do to make IPv6 ubiquitous. Together with you, the members of the ARIN community, on our 20th anniversary we’re proud to commit ourselves to work harder than ever to spread the message of IPv6 adoption in the years to come.

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Intel Admits Security Flaws Contained in Most PC Chips It Sold for Years

By Aaron Pressman

Intel admitted this week that there were multiple, serious security flaws in software it had hidden in virtually every PC chip it sold in recent years.

The security holes reside mainly in a feature called the “management engine” on Intel CPUs, like its brand new 8th generation Core Processor series. Intel said it had developed software patches to eliminate the problems, but listed only one manufacturer–Lenovo–that had created a way for customers to actually update their computers. While some other PC makers listed fixes on their own web sites, some of the vulnerable chips reside in smart, connected devices (part of the so-called Internet of Things) and may never be updated.

“In response to issues identified by external researchers, Intel has performed an in-depth comprehensive security review of our Intel Management Engine (ME), Intel Server Platform Services (SPS), and Intel Trusted Execution Engine (TXE) with the objective of enhancing firmware resilience,” the company said in a bulletin posted on its web site dated Nov. 20. “As a result, Intel has identified security vulnerabilities that could potentially place impacted platforms at risk.”

The problems include allowing hackers to load and run unauthorized programs, crash a system or impersonate system security checks, Intel said. In many, but not all cases, the hacker would need physical access to a PC to exploit the vulnerabilities. The flaws exist in almost every mainstream chip Intel has sold in recent years, including its older 6th generation Core chips, introduced in 2015, and its 7th generation, which came on the market last year.

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Intel said customers should look to their PC manufacturers for fixes. “We worked with equipment manufacturers on firmware and software updates addressing these vulnerabilities, and these updates are available now,” the company said in a statement to Fortune. “Businesses, systems administrators, and system owners using computers or devices that incorporate these Intel products should check with their equipment manufacturers or vendors for updates for their systems, and apply any applicable updates as soon as possible.”

Although Intel’s chips are designed to let users decide which programs to run, the microprocessors also have several kinds of software built in to provide certain features. The management engine, which is designed to provide among other functions security while a computer boots up, runs a version of an older operating system called Minix. And it’s by exploiting that software that researchers have recently found ways to trick the Intel chips into running malicious code.

Some big tech companies that use Intel


chips, like Google


, have talked about how they plan to disable the management engine as a way of eliminating its security vulnerabilities.

In its announcement, Intel also thanked two researchers, Mark Ermolov and Maxim Goryachy from Positive Technologies Research, for helping uncover the vulnerabilities.

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Computer Vision Will Help 650 Million Mobile Devices See and Do More Than Ever

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We are entering an era where devices can see rather than simply respond to touch. Recent smartphone launches from Apple (iPhone X), Huawei (Mate 10), and Google (Pixel 2 and Google Clips) are starting to shift the focus from what we see and do with our devices, to what the devices see and do for […]

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Why network slicing is a killer app for 5G

By IoT Now Magazine

Network slicing, the idea of dividing available network capacity into slices that are designed and dimensioned to best serve specific users and applications, is seen as one of the greatest benefits of 5G because it allows the creation of dedicated networks for specific customers or customer groups. Mobile operators see this as one of their largest opportunities for growing their enterprise sales, among others, writes Helmut Schober who leads the 5G Services programme at Nokia.

From a conceptual point of view, slicing is clear and simple to understand. The operator has a pool of resources from which it takes what is required for the slice it wants to create. However, as the resource pool is not unlimited the operator has to ensure the network can deliver the resources and guarantee the key performance indicators (KPIs) that are needed for the network slice to perform as expected.

Operators want to get to the point where a customer can order a network slice on-demand and simply press a few buttons to automatically and across the network layers, set up the virtual network – or slice. This is a realistic long-term goal but operators will need help initially to set up the mechanism of automation and to create suitable templates. The absence of standardisation hampers efforts, although eventually 3GPP standards for slicing, which are being developed, will be published.

To learn more, read the full article here.

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Italtel introduces Open Innovation Program

By Zenobia Hegde

Italtel, a telecommunications company in IT system integration, managed services, Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) and all-IP solutions, has launched an Open Innovation program, which will see it collaborate with start-ups and new businesses to leverage emerging technologies for applications such as Industry 4.0, Smart Cities and Digital Healthcare.

The program will see Italtel collaborate with start-ups and smaller enterprises to develop and test their solutions, with the goal of jointly commercialising them. It will initially focus on the Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain and cybersecurity technologies.

“Italy has a rich entrepreneurial fabric which stimulates creativity and innovative ideas, but start-ups and small businesses are often limited in what assets they have to develop these ideas further,” said Luca Ferraris, head of Strategy, Innovation & Collaboration, at Italtel. “This is why this program is so important; it provides an innovation network and an opportunity to collaborate which is not limited to the laboratory.”

The use of physical spaces, test plants and IT resources are among the resources Italtel can offer to program participants in Settimo Milanese and Carini (Palermo). In exchange for this support, Italtel will be able to utilize the technologies and applications created under the program and quickly bring them to market.

Since the launch of the program six-months ago, 60 participating companies have already received appraisal for their ground-breaking work, leading to new opportunities in Industry 4.0.

“The scheme is a great opportunity for our partners to receive support in overcoming key industry hurdles frequently faced when launching new products and to have a platform which enables them toreach global markets,” added Ferraris.

For more details about Italtel’s Open Innovation program, including how to join click here.

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Digi International extends customer IoT deployments as new advanced tier Technology Partner in the AWS Partner Network

By Zenobia Hegde

Digi International®, a global provider of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, announced it has been named an Advanced tier Technology Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN) and has achieved AWS IoT Competency status.

Digi will offer proven products integrated with AWS IoT edge services such as AWS IoT and AWS Greengrass. This integration enables customers to easily and securely connect edge devices with cloud applications through AWS IoT.

Digi ConnectCore® 6 Now AWS Greengrass and AWS IoT verified

Digi delivers AWS Greengrass and AWS IoT implementations as part of its Linux software platform support. With AWS Greengrass technology, connected devices can run AWS Lambda functions locally, keep device data in sync, and communicate with other devices securely – even when not connected to the Internet.

This integration enables local edge intelligence with quick responses to local events, allows for operation despite intermittent network connections, and cost-optimises IoT cloud communication.

Compatible products include:

Digi ConnectCore 6UL: The industry’s smallest Linux based SOM built on NXP i.MX6UL processors with pre-certified dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, including SBCs with cellular connectivity options, and TrustFence security.
Digi ConnectCore 6: Industrial Linux SOM/SBC platforms with scalable NXP i.MX6 multicore performance, pre-certified Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band Wi-Fi integration, cellular connectivity options, Gigabit Ethernet, and multi-display/camera capabilities.

AWS IoT enabled next-generation Digi XBee® Cellular smart modems

Integrated AWS IoT support for the next-generation Digi XBee Cellular LTE Cat 1 modem will be available in Q1 2018, followed by support for the Digi XBee Cellular LTE-M and Digi XBee Cellular NB-IoT smart modems.

“Smart IoT endpoints provide edge computing capabilities allowing for the creation and delivery of secure, local device-level intelligence,” said senior director Product Management, Embedded Systems at Digi International, Mike Rohrmoser. “The combination of Digi’s connected product expertise and the AWS secure edge and cloud services instantly enable customers to confidently build and deploy new solutions across various segments including but not limited to: industrial, transportation, medical and smart energy.”

Digi will be exhibiting at the Quad at the ARIA in booth 209 at AWS re:Invent 2017 in Las Vegas from November 27 to December 1, providing attendees with a hands-on experience in learning about Digi’s AWS IoT technology-enabled connected embedded products.

Digi will also co-host the AWS re:Invent session “Leaves to Lawns: AWS Greengrass at the Edge and Beyond” on November 28, 2017 from 3:15 to 4:15 PM at the MGM, Level 1, Grand Ballroom 119.

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Huawei wireless X Labs and MGI Sign MoU on the exploration of real-time wireless telemedicine

By Zenobia Hegde

At the 8th Global Mobile Broadband Forum, Huawei Wireless X Labs and MGI signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on wireless telemedicine.In 2018, the two parties will work together to provide wireless remote ultrasonic diagnosis applications based on Huawei’s wireless connection technologies and MGI’s remote ultrasonic diagnosis system. It will be the industry’s first use of mobile network technologies in real-time operation applications for telemedicine.

Healthcare resources are becoming an increasingly serious issue worldwide. There are even less healthcare resources in remote or hard to access areas, such as plateaus, distant frontiers, disaster-stricken areas, or on the open sea. Telemedicine can eliminate geographical limitations. Doctors and patients no longer need to be in the same room. Patients can spend less time and money traveling to access medical care, and the medical experts can work more efficiently.

The telemedicine applications related to remote real-time operations, such as remote ultrasonic detection or remote surgery, are difficult to implement due to their requirements for high bandwidth and low latency. For example, the movements of the doctor’s hands, the image transmission, and the force feedback must be tightly synchronised, which is hard to realise under the current network conditions.

To resolve this issue, Huawei Wireless X Labs and MGI will use 4.5G and 5G network technologies to provide data connections for remote ultrasonic robots. This will enable doctors to control ultrasonic probes on the patient side for diagnosis. 4.5G and 5G network provide plenty of bandwidth.

They can provide dozens of megabits per second for onsite audio, video, and B-mode ultrasonic examination images. The low latency boasted by 4.5G and 5G networks ensures that the force feedback from patient sensors transmitted to their doctor’s touch sensitive devices in just milliseconds. With 4.5G and 5G networks, ultrasonic images can be transmitted to the cloud for real-time analysis to assist with diagnosis at multiple levels.

Speaking of the cooperation, Zhou Yuefeng, CMO of Huawei Wireless Network Product Line, remarked, “Innovations in wireless communications technologies create new possibilities for the healthcare industry. Wireless X Labs will join hands with industry partners to innovate together and to accelerate the digital transformation of the entire healthcare industry”.

Liu Jian, vice president of MGI, said, “MGI’s newly released remote ultrasonic diagnosis system breaks through the boundaries presented by traditional ultrasonic diagnosis, and saves both time and space. We will work with Huawei and other partners to help balance healthcare resources and integrate genetic data with image data, bringing high-quality, precision healthcare services to everyone”.

The 2017 Global Mobile Broadband Forum was held in London on November 15th and 16th, 2017. For more details, please click here

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‘Unclonable’ security ICs with ChipDNA technology launched to protect IoT customers

By Zenobia Hegde

Designers can now proactively and inexpensively protect their intellectual property (IP) and products with a solution that is claimed to be immune to invasive physical attacks.

So says Munich-based Maxim Integrated Products, Inc which has launched the DS28E38 DeepCover® secure authenticator. “Security can be complicated,” says Don Loomis, vice president of Maxim’s Micros, Security & Software Business Unit, “but avoiding it is costly.”

It’s a fair start point when assessing security in the Internet of Things, says Jeremy Cowan. “If you’re doing something valuable you should secure it. And with medical equipment it can be pretty heavy stakes,” Loomis adds.

Cyberattacks continue making headlines and iInternet of Things (IoT) devices have been a point of vulnerability — cybercrime damages are projected to cost the world US$6 trillion annually by 2021, according to Cybersecurity Ventures.

Yet, design security remains an afterthought, with many engineers believing that implementing security is expensive, difficult, and time-consuming, while others are leaving it up to software to protect their systems. Additionally, when secure ICs are used, some are compromised by sophisticated, direct, silicon-level attacks that are commonly launched in an attempt to obtain cryptographic keys and secured data from these integrated circuits (ICs).

The DS28E38 features Maxim’s ChipDNA physical unclonable function (PUF) technology, which the company claims makes it “immune to invasive attacks” because the ChipDNA-based root cryptographic key does not exist in memory or any other static state. Instead, Maxim’s PUF circuit relies on the naturally occurring random analogue characteristics of fundamental MOSFET (Metal-Oxide Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistor) semiconductor devices to produce cryptographic keys.

When needed, the circuit generates the key that is unique to the device, and which instantly disappears when it is no longer in use. If the DS28E38 were to come under an invasive physical attack, the attack would cause the sensitive electrical characteristics of the circuit to change, further impeding the breach.

“With Maxim’s ChipDNA PUF technology, the DS28E38 secure authenticator is highly effective and resistant against physical or black-box reverse engineering attacks,” says Michael Strizich, president of MicroNet Solutions Inc. “Even in a worst-case insider attack, the PUF-generated data is likely to remain protected due to the security features implemented by Maxim.”

In addition to the protection benefits, ChipDNA technology simplifies or eliminates the need for complicated secure IC key management as the key can be used directly for cryptographic operations. The ChipDNA circuit has also demonstrated high reliability over process, voltage, temperature, and ageing.

Additionally, to address cryptographic quality, PUF output evaluation to the NIST-based randomness test suite has been successful with pass results. Using the DS28E38, engineers can, from the start, build into their designs a hacking defence. The IC is said to be low-cost and simple to integrate into a customer’s design via Maxim’s single-contact 1-Wire® interface, combined with a low-complexity fixed-function command set including cryptographic operations.

“Designing in hardware-based security early on doesn’t require a lot of effort, resources, or time,” says Scott Jones, managing director of Embedded Security at Maxim Integrated. “With the ChipDNA technology-based DS28E38, designers can easily fortify their products with the highest level of protection. […]

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Flo Technologies Brings Smart Home Technology To Household Plumbing

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Flo Technologies has today unveiled its Flo water security and management system, the world’s most advanced and intelligent home water monitoring and conservation solution, with the launch of a limited early adopter program. The sophisticated water monitoring and shut-off system is the first device on the market to sense water pressure, flow rate and temperature […]

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