ADN Issue 8, July 2014


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Internet of Things: Technology & Development

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Internet of things startup Octoblu designs a platform that translates protocols
Larry Zhou
VentureBeat, July 22, 2014

While big companies are working hard to impose standards on the burgeoning Internet of things (IoT), little Octoblu is willing to be the translator between whatever protocols to connect every thing with every other thing.

Octoblu came out of stealth mode today with a focus on the industrial side of the IoT. Its core product is the Meshblu platform that, according to a statement, “can be used for the discovery, control and management of any API [application performance interface]-based software application, any hardware or appliance, or social media network.”

Tags: Internet of Things, Cloud-Computing,
Intel and other gadget makers create a standards body for the Internet of things
Dean Takahashi
VentureBeat, July 7, 2014

The Open Interconnect Consortium wants to deliver an open-source specification for wirelessly connecting devices. The members include Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, Samsung, and Intel’s Wind River embedded-software division. The group seeks to accelerate the development of the Internet of things.

The Open Interconnect Consortium’s first open-source code will target smart homes and office solutions.

The consortium will compete the AllSeen alliance, which includes Qualcomm, LG, Panasonic, Sharp, and Microsoft. From what I hear, there’s a rift in the industry over who will own the intellectual property related to the communications.

Tags: Internet of Things,
Internet of Things: Security For A World Of Ubiquitous Computing
Candace Worley
InformationWeek, July 21, 2014

Endpoint security is hardly dead, and claiming that it is oversimplifies the challenges corporations face now and in the not-very-distant future.

In anticipating our future reality, we only have to look at the recent past and the wide uptake of smartphones. People started bringing them into their workplaces — spurring the BYOD trend and broad adoption of smartphones in business.

The cybercrime industry was quick to respond. Where mobile malware was once the frontier for malware innovators, today it’s almost a mainstream delivery mechanism. Mobile malware grew 197% between Q4 2012 and Q4 2013, according to McAfee’s Q4 2013 Threat Report.

Tags: Internet of Things, Cybersecurity, Security,
The internet of things (to be hacked)
The Economist, July 12, 2014

CYBER-SECURITY is now part of all our lives. “Patches” and other security updates arrive for phones, tablets and PCs. Consultants remind us all not to open unknown files or plug unfamiliar memory sticks into our computers. The bosses of some Western firms throw away phones and laptops after they have been to China assuming they have been hacked. And yet, as our special report this week points out, digital walls keep on being breached. Last year more than 800m digital records, such as credit- and debit-card details, were pinched or lost, more than three times as many as in 2012. According to a recent estimate by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a think-tank, the cost to the global economy of cybercrime and online industrial espionage stands at $445 billion a year—about as much as the GDP of Austria.

Tags: Internet of Things, Cybersecurity,
Devices in the Cloud: Driving Intelligence Where You Need It
Ido Sarig
Wind River
RTC Magazine, June, 2014

Let’s look at the exciting part first the opportunity to adopt new business models and revenue streams. One Wind River customer is a manufacturer of forklifts (Figure 1). They traditionally made money selling or leasing equipment a product. Now, with the confluence of embedded technology, wireless connectivity and the Cloud, they are seeing the opportunity to evolve from selling products to selling subscription services to get paid for the usage of the product based on tonnage per month and not just for the product itself. Smart sensors on the forklifts can record and report how many tons they are picking up, how far they are traveling and other variables relevant for the new business model.

Tags: Internet of Things, Cloud-Computing,
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