Having a smart home is all well and good until you become a victim of data leakage.
This is not a discouragement against IoT implementation into your home, however. The Internet of Things market has been on the rise, and thanks to that, even our homes have become smarter. We don’t have to worry about doing our laundry, or making coffee manually anymore. With just a command we can do these things without having to move away from that comfy couch.
But over the last couple of years, some incidents have shown that the matter of smart homes might not be all it’s hyped up to be. Just like everything, IoT implementation in smart homes has a bright and a dark side, but it seems the dark side is more sinister than the bright one.
The combined research conducted by Northeastern University and Imperial College of London has shown how consumer devices are not to be trusted when dealing with client data. The researchers conducted 34,586 controlled experiments on 81 different IoT devices, 46 of which are from the US and 35 are from the UK, and this is what they found out-
- 72 out of these 81 devices are connecting to services that are not the first party. Which means they are connecting domains and addresses that have no business connecting to the device.
- The research showed that 56% of the US devices and 83.8% of the UK devices were connecting to domains that were not in their region.
- The safety of the data on an online connection depends on the level of encryption, but here’s the kicker- according to the research, all the tested devices have at least one plain-text flow, which means at least one data flow from all the devices is non-encrypted. Not to mention, any cyber-evesdroppers can analyze device traffic, encrypted or not, and figure out the user and device behavior.
But in any case, this is just research. What happens when a smart home management platform leaves a server with important user data exposed on the internet without any password or protection?
Around mid-June, the security team at vpnMentor, lead by security researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, spotted a completely exposed server containing the customer details of 2 million users, including their usernames, passwords, and password reset codes.
The server in question belongs to a Chinese smart home management platform Orvibo. Their smart home management Smartmate helps users control every aspect of their smart home, from security to closing the curtains.
Not only a smart-home management system, but Orvibo also deals in self-manufactured smart home products such as smart light bulbs, HVAC systems, home entertainment systems, security cameras, smart power plugs, and many more.
The open server containing user information poses a huge threat to everyone who’s data has been exposed. Since the data breach being exposed, Orvibo has taken steps to secure the server. Even then, the data breach can have serious repercussions for the users. What are these repercussions though? Let’s find out what can happen to your data if it is leaked by your smart home device.
What will happen if your data is breached?
When hearing about IoT and data breach, the user can have two kinds of reactions.
One group would panic, and probably stop using all kinds of smart devices.
Another group would ask so what if their data is being breached? And this point is to answer the question for the latter group.
There is a reason why smart home security is something to be concerned about. The personal and sensitive data, the users enter in order to run the devices, can be manipulated in various ways, and each one would only harm the users.
So what are the ways hackers can manipulate the IoT devices and data that make your home smart?
1. Manipulating The Devices
The first thing you might do after getting a smart device for your home is to configure its username and password.
However, this is not a widespread practice. Most people often end up using the same default username and password the device came with, which means that it’s going to be super easy for the hackers to get your data and gain access to your device. And from there on, it’s an open sandbox for them to play with. They can do whatever they want with your device, but there’s one guarantee- whatever they do is not going to do you any good.
2. Holding Your Data And Device For Ransom
The ransomware attack is the most familiar in the IoT industry. Through this, what the hacker usually does is that they would gain access to an IoT device, and cut off the legitimate user’s access. Then they would ask for a ransom for restoring the user’s access to that device.
While this may not seem to be as dangerous, it is a serious threat. Once the hackers have gained access to your data, they can use it for many malicious ends, things you don’t even have any idea about. And not to mention, there is no guarantee that they would give you back the access to your data once you pay them. And that’s why implementing some serious security protocols in place is needed to prevent your device and data from ransomware attacks.
3. Doing Serious Damage To Your Home
This one might seem a little petty, but here we go anyways.
Imagine having a smart thermostat, which you can control using online access. Now imagine going out on a vacation with your family, making sure that everything around the house is shut down, even the thermostat. However, when you get back, you see that the thermostat turned up to its highest setting on its own, melting every plastic thing in your house.
But did it happen on its own? How are you going to find out whether it just happened or someone purposefully hacked into your smart home system and used the thermostat to seriously damage your home? Stealing the authorization details, hackers can do this for multiple reasons, ranging from personal vendetta to trivial entertainment because they were bored. Either way, it is your home that will be damaged.
4. Actively Robbing Your Home
When details such as passwords and user IDs, along with device IDs are being sent to an unknown third-party domain without any encryption, the data can be used in many ways, and one of them can be to rob your home.
Think about how a hacker-robber group can hack into the security system of your home, disable it and then walk into your home to steal everything from you. This is a bold use of smart home data breaches, and it can be quite fatal in case someone is home when they decided to hit the house. In this case, the loss of data security can result in serious loss of physical property as well.
5. Launching A Botnet Attack
Last but not least, gaining access to your IoT smart home devices, the hackers can turn these devices into zombie devices and launch a botnet attack. A botnet is a number of internet-connected devices. Each of these devices is running one or more bots, which can be used to perform distributed denial-of-service attacks.
Through this, the hackers can also steal important data, send spam emails, getting the attacker access to the device, this is not only going to create a problem for you but others as well.
With a DDoS attack, the botnets can connect to a website, generating so much traffic that the website crashes, leaving them vulnerable for many data exploitations. Using your IoT device, the hackers can launch a similar botnet attack to that of the Mirai Botnet attack of 2016. The Mirai botnet attack brought down a french host OVH. and that’s how your smart home devices can be turned into a weapon to bring down popular websites around the world.
What Is Going To Be The Solutions?
Every problem has a solution, and so does this one.
There have been plenty of solutions suggested for the data security of IoT devices. But so far only two of these solutions stand out. One is the use of machine learning, another being Blockchain.
The Machine Learning Solution For Smart Homes
Rather than looking for a security solution for each device, AI and machine learning can create a shield of security for all the IoT devices for your home network. Deep learning and machine learning can not only monitor each and every device connected to the network, but they can also detect and prevent any unwanted and unknown device trying to connect with the home network.
The use of AI comes in handy when analyzing the network traffic. This way the AI can keep up with the general traffic flow of each of the devices and detect any anomalies in the normal flow of traffic. Which means fewer chances of any hackers getting inside your home network. You can check out these top 10 highly performing smart home apps making it big.
Along with these benefits, the use of Machine learning and deep learning can also detect botnet activity, manage device authentication and access management. This way they can manage to give your smart home network 360-degree security without worrying you.
The Blockchain Solution To All Things Smart-homes
The main problem with the smart home network is the centralization of data, which could be easily hacked into. And that’s why Blockchain can provide a decentralized solution to this problem.
Once the smart home IoT systems start utilizing the blockchain system for data communication, the security will increase tenfold, because it is close to impossible to hack into a blockchain network and change the data. To do so, the hacker would have to have control of 51% of the devices connected, and when the number of connected devices spans millions, it can be a little tough.
Not to mention, blockchain in IoT will end the trend of data monopolization. Your data won’t be a subject of daily business deals with large conglomerates. Blockchain can bring affordability and security for smart homes that people have been asking for a long time.
So does it mean you should not be using smart home technology?
The answer is no, absolutely not. It is undeniable that smart home technology has its own benefits and you should be able to take advantage of that. But only after you have made sure of your data security. Once you have made sure that all the devices you are using are secure. You can make use of IoT devices for your home as much as you want. Always remember that the security measures for your home IoT devices are not a matter of joke.
How PKI & Embedded Security Can Help Stop Aircraft Cyberattacks
by August 27, 2019 by Alan Grau, VP of IoT, Embedded Systems, Sectigo
On July 30th, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) issued a security alert warning small aircraft owners about vulnerabilities that can be exploited to alter airplane telemetry. At risk to cyberattack, the aircraft’s Controller Area Network (CAN bus) connects the various avionics systems–control, navigation, sensing, monitoring, communication, and entertainment systems–that enable modern-day aircraft to safely operate. This includes the aircraft’s engine telemetry readings, compass and attitude data, airspeeds, and angle of attack; all of which could be hacked to provide false readings to pilots and automated computer systems that help fly the plane.
The CISA warning isn’t hypothetical, and the consequences of inaction could prove deadly. Airplane systems have already been compromised. In September 2016, a U.S. government official revealed that he and his team of IT experts had successfully remotely hacked into a Boeing 757 passenger plane as it sat on a New Jersey runway, and were able to take control of its flight functions. The year before, a hacker reportedly used vulnerabilities with the IFE (In Flight Entertainment) system to reportedly take control of flight functions, causing the airplane engines to climb.
The Boeing 757 attack was performed using the In-Flight Entertainment Wi-Fi network.
A researcher with security analytics and automation provider Rapid7 wrote about the security of CAN Bus avionics systems in a recent blog and discussed the challenge at this year’s DEFCON security conference. He explained, "I think part of the reason [the avionics sector is lagging in network security when it comes to CAN bus] is its heavy reliance on the physical security of airplanes . . . Just as football helmets may actually raise the risk of brain injuries, the increased perceived physical security of aircraft may be paradoxically making them more vulnerable to cyberattack, not less."
A False Sense of [Physical Access] Security
The DHS CISA warning stated, "An attacker with physical access to the aircraft could attach a device to an avionics CAN bus that could be used to inject false data, resulting in incorrect readings in avionic equipment.” CISA fears that, if exploited, these vulnerabilities could provide false readings to pilots, and lead to crashes or other air incidents involving small aircraft. Attackers with CAN bus access could alter engine telemetry readings, compass and attitude data, altitude, and airspeeds. Serious stuff.
Not all of these attacks required physical access.
These risks should serve as a wake-up call to everyone in manufacturing. Any device, system, or organization that controls operation of a system is at risk, and the threats can originate from internal or external sources. It’s critical for OEMs, their supply chains, and enterprises to include security and identity management at the device level and continually fortify their security capabilities to close vulnerabilities.
Security Solutions for Avionics Devices
Today’s airplanes have dozens of connected subsystems transmitting critical telemetry and control data to each other. Currently, tier-one suppliers and OEMs in aviation have failed to broadly implement security technologies such as secure boot, secure communication and embedded firewalls on their devices, leaving them vulnerable to hacking. While OEMs have begun to address these issues, there is much more to be done.
Sectigo offers solutions so that OEMs, their supply chains, and enterprises can take full advantage of PKI and embedded security technology for connected devices. Our industry-first end-to-end IoT Platform, made possible through the acquisition of Icon Labs, a provider of security solutions for embedded OEMs and IoT device manufacturers, can be used to issue and renew certificates using a single trust model that’s interoperable with any issuance model and across all supported devices, operating systems (OS), protocols, and chipsets.
Much like the automotive industry, the aviation sector has a very complex supply chain, and implementing private PKI and embedded security introduces interoperability challenges. With leading avionics manufacturers introducing hundreds of SKUs per year, maintaining hundreds of different secure boots within a single aircraft is complex, cumbersome, and ultimately untenable. Using a single homogenous secure boot implementation greatly simplifies the model.
Purpose-built PKI for IoT, such as the Sectigo IoT Manager, enables strong authentication and secure communication between devices within the airframe. Using PKI-based authentication prevents communication from unauthorized components or devices and will eliminate a broad set of attacks.
Embedded firewall technology provides an additional, critical security layer for these systems. This is particularly relevant for attacks such as the Boeing 757 attack via the airline Infotainment Wi-Fi Network. An embedded firewall provides support for filtering rules to prevent access from the Wi-Fi network to the control network.
Icon Labs embedded firewall has been has deployed in airline and automotive systems to address attacks such as these. In both instances, our embedded firewall sits on a gateway device in the vehicle or airplane to prevent unauthorized access from external networks or devices into the control network, or from the Infotainment network to the control network. We continue to see interest in this area, indicating manufacturers are beginning to act.
From Cockpits to Control Towers
Securing connected devices in aviation is not limited to airplanes. The industry requires secure communication between everything on the tarmac, from cockpits and control towers to provisioning vehicles and safety personnel. For that reason, Sectigo provides an award-winning co-root of the AeroMACS consortium, which addresses all broadband communication at airports across the world and calls for security using PKI certificates to be deployed into airplanes, catering trucks, and everything else on the tarmac.
Future Proofing with Crypto Agility
It’s worth noting that aviation is also uniquely challenged by the tenure of its components. Unlike devices that are designed to last for months or years, airplanes are designed to last for decades. Advances in quantum computing, which many experts believe is just around the corner, threaten to make today’s cryptographic standards obsolete. Aeronautical suppliers need to be prepared for this coming “crypto-apocalypse” and to update the security on their devices in the field while the devices are in operation. Sectigo’s over-the-air update abilities provide the cryptographic agility to guard against this upcoming crypto-apocalypse (listen to the related Root Causes podcast).
The ecosystem has fast work to do. Manufacturers must secure the CAN buses in their existing, and future fleets – whether those planes idle on fenced tarmacs, or in airplane hangars. In the meantime, CISA counsels that aircraft owners restrict access to planes avionics' components "to the best of their abilities,” leaving passengers to hope security soon extends beyond their TSA experiences.
Read this blog online at https://sectigo.com/blog/how-pki-and-embedded-security-can-help-stop-aircraft-cyberattacks
More often than not, the budget and cost of ownership with a build-versus-buy aspect has been a key consideration in the decision-making process. Once after that, one goes out to seek the flexibility of the platform, vendor lock-ins, and scalability, which are definitely equally important, if not more.
The field, Internet of Things IoT, is one such domain which is driven by volume, velocity and variety. This makes you picky about the choices you make. Technologies continue to emerge and enable a myriad of IoT use cases.
If you are thinking about selecting a platform partner for your IoT based project, there are a few criteria you need to consider before solid decision-making.
Regulation of IoT devices
Today, in the present time, there are more devices connected to the internet than humans. This clearly shows the upward trend. Data says that, more than 75 billion internet based devices will be connected by the end of 2025. IoT has been adopted within multiple applications and is being used across industries or IIoT, enterprises--smart cities and waste management, healthcare, etc.
The overall adoption of IoT is providing companies the much-required agility, efficiency, and scalability. All combined together are providing a competitive advantage to businesses. Things are going North for IoT and vendors who provide a versatile IoT platform to help these companies get on the IoT bandwagon.
Taking the build vs buy decision
There are chances that things might get a little overwhelming if you fail to define your expected outcomes before choosing the right platform partner. Some of the pointers you should jot down are: What kind of data are you processing, which systems need to be integrated, and what kind of insights do you wish to generate?
Asking the right questions can help you arrive at the right place, which is: whether to build or to buy? Think on critically evaluating various components separately, including device type, communication, cloud services, applications, and cross-layer security.
There can be some components which you may have to build from scratch and for others, it can be managed with the IoT solutions provider company. It depends entirely on the cost of ownership. Cost of ownership is the upfront fee to procure the platform, service fee, customization charges, and the cost of upgrades to adapt to dynamic business ecosystem.
Is the platform scalable enough
The IoT vendor that you choose should be flexible when it comes to aligning its technologies with your legacy architecture. Make sure there are no limitations and that their technology should be easier to deploy without causing any delays.
Many vendors will speak about flexibility but not all of them are equipped enough to offer it. The number of devices is increasing, due to that, you will definitely require a lot of customization and personalization.
The vendor that you choose should be transparent about how extensible the platform is and whether there is adequate scope to add new features without hampering the existing system.
Is the platform capable enough to handle huge queries?
There is no doubt that the number of connected devices continues to grow, and will keep on going. This will pose the need for scalability more than ever. In fact, this might even become a prinary concern for most enterprises..
This will also mean that the costs that come associated with data management and hardware, will continue to rise with every added device. You need to keep the amount of scalability clear with the vendor. Ask them what is the highest they can offer.
Are they competent enough to handle complexities which more number of devices bring along. The agility and ability of the vendor are of critical importance.
Do they offer real-time monitoring and data analytics
The ecosystem of data analytics is heavily crowded, and the right vendor at the right time can be all you need to break from the pack. There are four main things when it comes to IoT: things, data, people, and processes.
With the help of networked connections, vendors are able to understand their relationships better and present insights that can take businesses to the next level. With real-time data and actionable insights, vendors can alert you about the issues that were not even there on your radar and help make more informed, intelligent decisions.
The entire arena of IoT is thriving, and is soon going to become the Internet of Everything. Working seamlessly with these connected smart devices can accelerate the businesses effectively. There are always pointers and directions one can follow, the final decision rests in your hand.
IoT and CRM, the buzz words of the 21st century, are now a reality and would soon bring the great industrial revolution across the world. With the advancements in technology and the internet, it’s not only humans who are connected via the internet, but also the devices which are getting connected through this marvel technology.
IoT(internet of things) as a game-changer is becoming a crucial technology in different industries and integrating innovative ways to bring success to an organization.
As per a report by Gartner, there will be around 20 billion IoT devices by 2020.
IoT and CRM
IoT is the connection of the devices via internet while CRM is the collection of customer’s data through data mining, giving useful insight into the customer behavior for segmenting the market and targeting the campaign effectively. With the empowerment by IoT, CRM helps to manage relationships with the customer and facilitates in achieving the goal of an organization.
As per another report by Gartner, CRM will be the heart of the digital initiatives for many years to come.
Who mainly benefits from CRM?
- Small businesses looking for rapid growth: CRM can take off the burden from the IT management team by automating the business process. It further helps the employees to keep the focus on the critical areas which needs human intervention.
- Top industry leaders looking for large scale solutions: It simplifies and improves the complex engagements with a customer. Some of the top-level executives like CEOs, CIOs, CMOs require advanced tools to streamline the business and technical process of an organization and with a wide range of CRM tools it can be scaled to meet the requirements of any organization.
It should be acknowledged that with IoT, CRM can evolve to a much developed and advanced version of the technology. The combination can help in making sense of the past enterprise data, and connecting it with the real-time data through the “devices.” The combined technology can help all the departments across the organization, be it sales, marketing, or customer service.
Find out some of the best results which businesses can achieve through this integration:
1. Optimized customer service:
Have you ever thought of, fixing the errors before the customer notices it!!!!
No product in the market is entirely error-free. For a marketer, it is a nightmare when a customer complains about their product and that too on a widely-used social media platform. It can hurt a company’s reputation as negative publicity spreads fast like the wildfire of Amazon. This scenario can be easily evaded with predictive analysis, and with the right integration of CRM and IoT. It helps to push away the major lapses, which can demotivate a customer in purchasing further services or products of the same brand.
Majority of the manufacturers are already reaping the benefits of connecting their CRM with the IoT devices. As they are partly responsible if a product does not provide the service as per the expectations of a customer, they can make the product 100% efficient with the right collection of the customer data and the product specifications needed by the customer.
Customer service as one of the essential support to generate high revenue for the organization needs an advanced version of the technology, which helps to understand the customer with the right information. IoT with CRM is a perfect guide in this circumstance as it is the right combination of technology and customer relationship management process of the organization.
As businesses vie up for the same customer, the one providing the best and optimized customer service will be surely a winner in this race.
2. Increased sales:
The consumer market has evolved over the years, and customers are highly valuing service over others, before making the final decision. An efficient service, which involves providing precise solutions to the business challenges of the customers at the right time, significantly improvises the business process and increase sales.
An increasing number of organizations are leveraging IoT technology to increase sales opportunities.
3. Next-generation CX: Customer experience (CX) is the sum of the customer journey throughout the business cycle with your organization. IoT and CRM pave the path for the next-generation CX as the IoT related data which provide predictive analysis enables proactive support leading to some of the best customer experiences. By using customer information on the location, preference, status, and others, the problem can be predicted and resolved at the right time.
4. Omnichannel in-store experience: CRM and IoT can provide an immersive and omnichannel in-store experience. Store owners can know what the customer is looking for, what are his preferences, etc. It would also help in suggesting the products which the customer might purchase.
5. Customer retention: As CRM provides the complete customer data, it can help in better understanding of your customers. The IoT data and customer data build up a unique combination in streamlining the marketing approach and targeting the existing customer. The whole process helps to retain the existing customer, a challenge in the current market scenario.
What are the benefits of IoT and CRM integration?
It influences customer engagement to a great extent and provides:
- A higher degree of personalization
- Molding of the marketing process
- Helping to change the prices as per the demand
- Higher revenue and sales for the organization
- Increased customer satisfaction
As an organization, one can discover advanced ways of connecting with the customers, when IoT and CRM are enabled to work together as a connected enterprise.
IoT is the new channel which holds great promise for CRM. The small and mid-sized businesses, along with the large enterprises equally, could reap the benefits of this amalgamation. The interaction of the devices with intelligent systems opens up a complete new world for delivering personalized services and exceptional support.
I believe, that Apple is the most important IoT company. I believe this, not because, with the iPhone, Apple has brought up a different category of smartphones, but it keeps on setting the gold standards for what this device can do. The seamless, effortless integration of the whole product line of the apple, has given the company an advantage which no other mobile company can surmount. It is not the only reason for apple products being in the limelight. Nowadays, every consumer-focused IoT application works well with smartphones but the iPhone was the first device to display the power of connected sensors. With the help of the iPhone, many companies were able to amass the incredible amount of data.
Today, I will be discussing one of the hot technologies, that is in buzz since its birth that is IoT.
IoT stands for the Internet of things and is a hot technology nowadays. The 'things' in IoT can be any device embedded with software, electronics, and sensors. It provides an ability to transfer data over the network without any manual intervention. The network in IoT devices is decided on factors like range, security, power, and data. These factors are responsible for the choice of the network, which will be established such as Wifi, Bluetooth, internet, and any other.
Now, let us look at the reasons made IoT, a hot technology:
It helps in improving the technologies and giving a better experience to the user. For eg, IoT can provide car manufacturers, the data from various car sensors to make the car more efficient and to improve the car design.
It provides real-time updates to the users helping in making a better decision. It also leads to better management of the resources. For eg, If the manufacturer finds a fault in multiple items of the product, then by tracking the manufacturer's plan, he will be able to resolve the issue through the manufacturer belt.
IoT improves the customer experience by detecting the problems in the system and improving the issue. For eg, any issue in the car will be notified by the sensors alerting both the driver and the manufacturer. By the time the driver reaches the service station, the manufacturer will be ready with the solution.
Traditionally, data collection was limited and had a passive use. But with IoT, it has become easy to collect data as it facilitates immediate action on data.
There are many reasons other than these, which accelerate the market of IoT but these are some of the major reasons for the increased popularity of IoT devices and made every consumer-focused business owner to hire an iPhone app development company to get the iPhone app build having an IoT feature.
With this, I end up the article on why you should build an iPhone app having IoT features. I hope, by now, you have understood the concept. While looking at today's world of technologies, it clearly indicates how IoT will be implemented in the future. The world of connection of devices, people, and data generates more business opportunities for many sectors. With the decrease in IoT components, the cost of IoT linked devices have become more affordable. Eventually, making more people to use IoT Linked devices. The usage of the internet is increasing day-by-day and IoT is the concept that allows multiple devices to stay connected and communicate with each other with the help of the internet. It is the only reason behind the concept of smart grids, smart cities, smart homes, and intelligent transportation. With all this, I can say that the future is the Internet of Things.
When Refrigerators Attack - How Cyber Criminals Infect Appliances, and How Manufacturers Can Stop Them
Alan Grau, VP of IoT, Embedded Systems, Sectigo
Homes and businesses worldwide are vulnerable to attacks from cyber thieves and other bad actors – and not just through their computer networks. The embedded electronics inside appliances present an easy path of entry. It’s already been happening. According to Business Insider and Proofpoint, one of the first refrigerator incidents occurred in late 2013 when a refrigerator-based botnet was used to attack businesses.
Some of these attacks, such as infecting appliances with botnet malware, don’t really have much effect upon a family’s security and safety. In fact, if a “smart” refrigerator gets infected by a bot, the homeowner might not even notice anything wrong.
However, connected-appliance based cyberattacks are not limited to just refrigerators – and they are rarely one-off incidents. Almost any type of appliance can be hacked and used to host a botnet that could attack the web. According to Wired Magazine, a botnet of compromised water heaters, space heaters, air conditioners and other big power consuming home appliances, could suddenly turn on simultaneously, creating an immense power draw that could cripple the country’s power grid.
A bot, quite simply, is an infected computer. Many cyberattacks, like the Mirai Malware and the Dyn attacks, infect a network of computers, including “smart” connected devices such as home appliances, security cameras, baby monitors, air conditioning/heating controls, televisions, etc., and turn them all into compromised servers. These compromised servers then act as nodes in an attack and together create a botnet. They can participate in a variety of coordinated attacks, infecting other devices and expanding the network of bots, or participating in Denial of Service attacks.
Caption: A bad actor or cyber criminal can send infected messages to a home or business network that targets various appliances or machines. Once infected, that machine is under the control of the bad actor and can be used to send out thousands of infected messages to new targets worldwide. The botnets can also send out millions of dummy messages to a single target – overwhelming it and putting it out of service.
Without any apparent symptoms or notice, a criminally enhanced refrigerator could be generating and sending out thousands of attacks every minute. In addition to the homeowner or business manager never realizing what is going on, these attacks may be unstoppable until unless the machine itself is disconnected from its web connection.
Additionally, the infected refrigerator could spread malware from the kitchen to the home’s “smart” TVs, to the home’s computer networks, to other smart devices in the home, and even to connected smart phones. Every target could be transformed into malicious bots that distribute millions of infected spam messages and cyber-attacks.
So how do we combat this threat?
Unfortunately, end users really have no power to fix this problem. There is probably no way for a homeowner, office manager – or even an experienced refrigerator repair person – to talk to a refrigerator’s electronics. No way to get into the appliance’s software and middleware to identify and kill an infection. However, if the homeowner suspects an infection, they could disconnect the refrigerator from the its internet connection to make it “dumb” again.
Fridge caught sending spam emails in botnet attack - In the first documented attack of its kind, the Internet of Things has been used as part of an attack that sent out over 750,000 spam emails
It is up to device manufacturers to protect against these attacks.
So how do manufacturers combat this type of attack? How can they ensure that appliances in homes and offices do not get infected to cause mayhem?
Security starts in the design process for the refrigerator itself, as well as for the appliances’ various electronic components and control surfaces. Most appliance manufacturers get their control sub-assemblies from a wide network of smaller manufacturers, sometimes with a worldwide supply chain. These suppliers need to make sure that the chips and sub-assemblies they use are secure from hacks.
Two important security practices can be utilized by appliance makers:
- Embedded Firewall with blacklist and whitelist support – Protect appliances and edge devices from attacks by building firewall technology directly into the appliance. An embedded firewall can review incoming messages from the web or over the home network and, via a built in, and regularly updated blacklist, reject any that are not previously approved.
- Secure Remote Updates and Alerts – Validate that the firmware inside the device is authenticated and unmodified before permitting installation of any new firmware updates. Updates ensure the incoming software components have not been modified and are authenticated software downloads modules from the appliance manufacturer.
Most consumer and device manufacturers have heard about the potential for attacks on smart devices like door locks, baby monitors, and home thermostats, but this risk awareness needs to expand to types of connected systems – including appliances. An infected refrigerator sending out malware is not just a funny story. These systems have been attacked and used to spread malware. Ensuring the security of these devices is necessary to protect home network, slow the spread of malware and even protect credit card numbers or other personal data stored in smart home devices.
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Author Bio - Alan Grau, VP of IoT, Embedded Solutions, Sectigo
Alan has 25 years of experience in telecommunications and the embedded software marketplace. He is VP of IoT, Embedded Solutions IoT at Sectigo, the world’s largest commercial Certificate Authority and provider of purpose-built, automated PKI solutions. Alan joined Sectigo in May 2019 as part of the company’s acquisition of Icon Labs, a leading provider of security software for IoT and embedded devices, where he was CTO and co-founder, as well as the architect of Icon Labs' award-winning Floodgate Firewall. He is a frequent industry speaker and blogger and holds multiple patents related to telecommunication and security.
Prior to founding Icon Labs, Alan worked for AT&T Bell Labs and Motorola. He has an MS in computer science from Northwestern University.
Sectigo provides award-winning, purpose-built and automated PKI management solutions to secure websites, connected devices, applications, and digital identities. As the largest commercial Certificate Authority, trusted by enterprises globally for more than 20 years, and more than 100 million SSL certificates issued in over 200 countries, Sectigo has the proven performance and experience to meet the growing needs of securing today’s digital landscape. For more information, visit www.sectigo.com.
Did you think that the digital revolution was too focused on consumers? Think again. In came the Industrial Internet of Things or IIoT. Undoubtedly it is the largest propeller of productivity and growth in the coming years. This wave of digital innovation aims at accelerating the restructure and enhancements of sectors comprising of more than two-thirds of world output.
The current market scenario is experiencing a shift from capacity to capability. This shoots towards an increased manufacturing flexibility towards responding to variable market
demand and achieving high-levels of customer fulfilment.
Speaking about the factories of the future, they are transpiring from conventional make-to-stock (MTS) to emerging make-to-order (MTO), configure-to-order (CTO) and engineer-to-order (ETO) production models. Manufacturers are becoming more demand-driven.
What exactly is IIoT?
We can state that the Industrial Internet of Things is a large cluster of physical objects, systems, platforms and applications containing embedded technology for the communication and share applied intelligence internally inside the network, with the external environment, and with people who operate or communicate with them. The rapid adoption and incorporation of the IIoT are being driven by the easy, effective availability of sensors, affordability of processors and other technologies.
Based on the current scenarios, we can assume that the process of evolution of IIoT will most probably follow these four different phases:
1. Operational Outcome
- Utilization of assets
- Cost reductions in operations
- Worker productivity
2. Outcome-based Economy
- Pay-per-outcome based approach
- A dynamic and connected ecosystem
- Platinum-enabled market place
3. Modern Product & Services
- New business models
- Software-based enhanced services
- Data Monetization
4. Autonomous Pull Economy
- Continuous demand sensing
- Complete automation
- Optimization of resources and reduction of waste
Various sectors where IoT is enhancing the Industrial and Manufacturing sector
Human-machine collaboration:- The next-generation robots and droids are designed in a way where they can be easily trained, learn by processing data and observation, and to work collaboratively with humans. They can be used for elder care, hospitality, and concierge services.
Augmented workforce:- Companies are empowering the workforce with mobile and wearable technologies such as smart helmets or smartwatches. They carry the potential to boost employee efficiency on the factory floor. With real-time access to data like status, alarms and instructions, they can have their hands free.
Monitoring:- The current types of equipment are fitted with sensors that help increase visibility into the condition and identify threshold violations from those machines. This can help in scheduling maintenance pro-actively. The smart sensors are capable enough to grasp vibration measurement and analysis, infrared thermography, oil analysis and tribology.
Optimization:- The integration of predictive maintenance data along with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems helps optimize the workflow schedule. If we take this into consideration, it helps manufacturers make sure that the impact of equipment unavailability gets minimized by adjusting production run.
Analysis and prediction:- With advancing IT solutions for manufacturing industry, manufacturers are able to correlate current and historical data for predicting potential equipment failure and order a mitigation process. Companies can put to use sensors and analytics that can anticipate pipeline leakage in realtime.
Constant QA:- By taking the benefit of IoT application development services, companies can enable cross-correlation of various data streams in order to make quality assurance a rather less time consuming and expensive. Companies can look forward to integrating visual image inspection with statistical process control (SPC) of plant processes along with datasets to deliver a realtime solution. Any level of quality issues can be addressed immediately through this.
Demand-driven production:- If a company wants to adjust to new changes in product demand, it needs a handsome amount of investment in agile processes. This is the case because the company needs to scale up or down, as needed. With real-time automation and process integration across the supply chain, the industry can enable necessary responsiveness coupled with processes that support mass customization.
A transformation is underway. It is seeping every ounce of available technological aspect in order to fuel the manufacturing industry; once considered late adopters of any technological change, they are today rapidly becoming the frontiers of change. Even though IIoT poses considerable challenges for the industry, the promise of smart manufacturing and intelligent production is too good to let go.
For years, I have been written about the promise and perils of the Internet of Things (IoT). In many of my articles I described how the IoT could help transform society and kickstart the next industrial revolution. However, I think after talking these summer days with people outside this "industry" that most of them are lost with the IoT. We still cannot define in a unique and clear way what IoT is and much less explain how thanks to IoT it will change our lives, without using the example of the connected refrigerator.
At the beginning of 2015, I wondered if we would be able to build the Internet of Things. Taking a look at the most recent IoT Landscape I continue seeing how the fragmentation of the market, the lack of standards and the challenge of security continue damaging the growth of IoT. The evolution that not the revolution of IoT, has been slower than I expected and desired. Today not only Telcos admit IoT is failing to meet expectations.
Why are we lost in IoT? Let´s see some arguments.
Lost in IoT connectivity
With so many IoT connectivity options on the market, choosing the right one for your project can be complicated. It scares me to think that billions of devices will be connected in a few years to decentralized IoT networks and with no interconnectivity between them, unless we use millions of edge nodes that transfer messages among devices connected in multiple networks. If it is already difficult to justify the ROI of a use case considering a single type of connectivity, it is almost impossible to justify that these devices can communicate with other devices on different IoT subnets.
In case we consider the doubt small, we add the issue of end-to-end security and the need in some use cases networking in meshes with no single point of failure. Here comes new IoT technologies such as Blockchain to help or to confuse.
It seems that it is easy to get lost among so much connectivity technology. Isn’t true?
Lost among hundreds of IoT Platforms
At least we already intuit some of the platforms that will survive among the +700 that some analysts have identified. I have only been able to analyze with more or less depth about 100. Surely my methodology of Superheroes and Supervillanos will advance the end of most of them.
It is no longer just one IoT Platform, stupid! Although they want to make it easy for us, companies like AWS, Microsoft or Google add concepts such as Serverless, Data Lakes, AI, Edge Computing, DLT and all the artillery of Cloud services to the core features of the IoT platform. I get lost in its architecture and I feel that if I get too close to one of these black holes, they will end up absorbing me.
Glad to know that “Verizon retools ThingSpace IoT platform to focus on connectivity” and system integrators are they are abandoning their in house development to embrace leaders vendors’ products.
The IoT analysts are also not helping much with its reports. IoT Platform vendors are disputing relevant positions in their graphs but we are lost when do not see any vendor in the leader quadrant of Gartner and most of them are Niche Players.
Lost between the Edge and the Clouds
In “Do not let the fog hide the clouds in the Internet of Things” , I warned about the degree of complexity that Fog / Edge Computing added to the already complex solutions in the IoT Clouds. Now nothing seems to be of great value if we do not include Edge Computing in our IoT solutions. And there our confusion arises again.
The Babel tower of Alliance & Consortiums is consolidating but we keep losing in acronyms. Industrial Internet companies felt relief with the news “ – The Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC™) and the OpenFog Consortium® (OpenFog) unite to combine the two largest and most influential international consortia in Industrial IoT, fog and edge computing. While The Open Group Open Process Automation™ Forum (OPAF) is defining the next generation edge computing standards for industrial operators.
Lost in the Proof of Concept (PoC)
Businesses are spending $745 billion worldwide on IoT hardware and software in 2019 alone. Yet, three out of every four IoT implementations are failing.
Microsoft launched a new research report — IoT Signals — intended to quantify enterprise internet of things (IoT) adoption around the world. The survey of over 3,000 IT team leaders and executives provides a detailed look at the burgeoning multi-billion-dollar segment’s greatest challenges and benefits, as well as related trends. Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that 30% of respondents say their IoT projects failed in the proof-of-concept stage, often because the implementation became too expensive or the bottom-line benefits were unclear.
There are technical reasons for example the use of Rasberry Pi or Arduino boards in the PoC and realise that you need other more expensive hardware for the project.
There are economic reasons when you try to escalate your PoC to real implementations and then the ROI doesn’t look as well as in the pilot.
There are organization reasons when leaders are failing to go all in. If you can’t get the CEO on board, then the probability to finish in the PoC is almost 100%.
If you are lost in the PoC, these tips can help you implementing IIOT.
- Solve a problem worth solving
- Keep it quick and simple
- Manage the Human Factor
Lost in select the right IoT Ecosystems
In Harbor Research article “ Has Anyone Seen A Real Internet of Things Ecosystem?” ,dated November 2013, the analyst firm wrote that no really significant ecosystem or network of collaborators had emerged in the IoT arena in spite there was early and very interesting efforts being made by several players. This article does not need changes.
Since I wrote “The value of partnership in Industrial Internet of Things”, I have heard, read and repeated hundreds of times how important it is to belong to an IoT ecosystem and how difficult it is to choose the one that suits you best.
All or at least most of those who read my articles know that there is no company in the world, no matter how great it is, it can do everything in IoT. Creating an IoT ecosystem either horizontal (technology) or vertical (industry) requires a lot of talent managers able to maintain win-win transactions over the time. And according to the results, it seems to me that it is becoming very complicated.
I am working in an article in which I will analyse 4 examples of IoT ecosystems that represent a big portion of the value chain in the multiple IoT markets: IoT Hardware Ecosystem, IoT telco Operator, IoT Cloud Platform Vendor and IoT System Integrators. Hope this article could help you, if you are lost with IoT ecosystems.
Remember, you are not the only one lost in IoT
When it comes to achieving a return on their investment from IoT, businesses really need rethink how they are deploying it so that they can manage remotely and secure their assets, use the sensors and devices data to make better real time decisions and be able to monetise it. However, for both to happen, and for IoT project to not end up in the purgatory, businesses need independent and expert advice at several levels to find the right people to lead the project and the right technology and partners to make implementation successful.
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The smart technology of IoT or Internet of Things is really changing the technological landscape from all aspects. It is a network of connected devices that work through exchanging data between each other through a cloud network.
IoT technology has had a deep impact on the world of technology and web development is one of them. You might ask how these two things are connected, well, as it turns out, IoT devices need to work with web development because it needs both a front-end and back-end development, and that is where web development comes in. in the past few years, IoT has changed the web development in a lot of ways. Here are a few examples of that.
- Continuous Website Optimization
Internet of Things is a constantly evolving sector and there is no possibility of this stopping soon. And that is why the web developers have to constantly keep on optimizing their websites to match the evolving nature of the website. This is the only true way to stay relevant in the industry of IoT.
- Raising The Bar On The Expertise
IoT has definitely increased the bar on the expertise when it comes to the knowledge of coding and framework. IoT developers need better knowledge of web development languages and database management.
- Speed Of Data Transaction
The traditional data process is through request analysis by web servers. But this process is not useful when it comes to IoT. for IoT devices, the data transaction speed is much higher and that is why the traditional process is replaced by the cloud data transmission process. This way the devices work faster by transmitting data faster.
- Need For An Increase In Security
IoT devices are more prone to get hacked and manipulated by hackers. And that is why web developers have to up their security game. A normal security protocol for web development is not enough for IoT devices. They need stricter security design pattern for the connected device's network to keep it safe for the users. You can follow the best practices for mobile app security here as well.
- Power Management Needs
On an IoT network, the programs that run in the background drain a lot of power. This results in decreased communications and work. And that is why web developers have to design the layout in such a way that it will minimize the amount of power being used. Before you go forward with the web development plan for IoT device network, you have to design a power management plan.
- Dynamic UI
The normal UI design process by web developers has changed a lot due to the IoT industry. And that is why the developers have to rethink their UI development approach. Following the best practices to develop IoT based designs is the right way to go for web developers today.
The impact of IoT is all-encompassing and even web development is not out of its impact. The developers have to change the normal practices they used to follow to match pace with the constantly evolving process of Internet of Things. Above mentioned are only a few ways IoT is effecting web development. The impact is even deeper than you think and it is going to get even deeper with time.
Internet of Things as a concept attracts all the frenzy right now! Don't believe us? Perhaps this will help: experts say that the global spending on IoT will grow past the $1 trillion milestones by 2020. That's next year, by the way. So, yes, it is essential! Hence, it is not surprising to see IoT making its way into different industries and sectors, such as education, healthcare, and energy. It has made inroads into the mobile app industry as well. How? The answer lies in the fundamentals of IoT: it is a network of devices that enables previously-unimaginable functionalities and features.
Also, where there are devices helping people, can mobile apps be far behind? No, because they typically serve as the interface that facilitates the interaction between IoT-enabled devices. Moreover, with today's crop of smartphones boasting a plethora of novelties besides apps, such as NFC and sensors, is it astounding to see that the two virtually go hand-in-hand? So, without further ado, let's get on with what we came to discuss: how IoT is changing the face of app development.
1. Security: Security concerns among customers and businesses have existed pretty since we first became familiar with the phenomenon of mobile devices. Then came the cloud, bringing along with it, its own set of security issues. So, it isn't hard to see why people would be nervous about security when presented with a network of interconnected devices. IoT involves a sea of data that is both sensitive and confidential. Hence, the risk. Moreover, with IoT mobile apps on the rise, developers have had much thinking to do. App developers are now tuned in to the security aspect, delivering high-quality solutions that help assuage security concerns for not only users but also companies.
2. Convenience: Quite unlike what you may have been led to believe, IoT has made life simpler for not just users, but app developers as well. Allow us to explain -- see, it enables devices to interact with mobile apps to help users execute tasks. As a result, app developers are freed from the laborious task of developing apps instead of allowing them to focus on user-friendliness and global innovation.
3. Necessitates expertise: IoT may be highly prevalent in our lives now, but it continues to be a novelty. It means, to properly leverage it, one needs high-quality expertise. So, for app developers who want to retain their edge among their contemporaries, they must skill up. It is vital to take a break out of their comfort zone and work on acquiring skills requisite for building consummate IoT apps.
Both the Internet of Things and mobile app development have the world's attention right now. Several other studies have amply demonstrated their potential and that their relevance will only grow for the foreseeable future. It is why, no matter if you are working on custom iOS app development or any other OS, it would be wise to factor in IoT into your plans.
Ever since the year 2014, the pharmaceutical industry has witnessed an annual average growth rate of 6.9 percent. Experts think that this industry's growth rate will only get bigger and better over the coming years. So, it is easy to see that there's immense scope in this market; and yet it continues to strive against myriad challenges. World Health Organization research estimates that fake products account for anywhere between 8 percent to 15 percent of total pharmaceutical sales across the globe. Unfortunately, the agency predicts that this disturbing number will grow further.
Also, there exists a large number of counterfeit products to have in an industry as sensitive as pharmaceuticals. Just imagine the impact knock off pharma products have, especially on the patients they are meant for. Here's some perspective: studies have found that roughly 1 million people die every year owing to the consumption of lethal fake pharmaceuticals products. However, we'll be honest; counterfeiting is not the only issue plaguing the pharmaceutical industry at the moment. Among other things, this market also has to deal with stringent cost control measures utilized by both providers as well as payers; more aware patients who now come bearing increasing requirements and expectations; and growing competition from generics.
So, is this industry at the mercy of these challenges? Alternatively, is there a way to effectively deal with them and continue the growth it is poised to witness. Thanks to the evolution of technology, there indeed exists a tool that can help this industry surmount these challenges, and that tool is near-field communication or only NFC. For starters, it helps with brand protection since it is a potent means to crusade against counterfeit products. NFC achieves this by offering a way for manufacturing regulation and product validation along with a dependable ability to trail and monitor outcomes.
Another way NFC stands to benefit pharma is by presenting unique opportunities. For example, it can offer functionalities such as product information, patient treatment alerts, and more to help address one of the most significant issues faced by this industry.
To help you further understand the advantages of NFC in pharma, let's quickly take a look at some use cases in this context.
- Patient engagement: One of the radical benefits of NFC-enabled pharmaceutical products is that they can be used to set up bi-directional means of communication, which, in turn, can be used to inform and advise patients remotely.
- Safety: Provided there are smartphones and Internet connectivity, NFC-tagged pharmaceutical products can offer item-level product authentication practically in real time.
- Surveillance: Yet another compelling way to use NFC is to leverage it to relay information to patients about recalled products, expiry dates, and more. Not just that, it can also be used to empower patients to communicate any side effects they may be experienced immediately.
As you can see, with a near-field communication app in their midst, businesses in the pharmaceutical industry can swiftly deal with the challenges obstructing their growth.
In spite of the fact that it has been with us in some structure and under various names for a long time, the Web of Things (IoT) is abruptly the thing. The capacity to interface, speak with, also, remotely deal with a limitless number of arranged, mechanized gadgets by means of the Web is getting to be inescapable, from the production line floor to the emergency clinic working space to the private cellar. The change from shut systems to big business IT systems to the open Internet is quickening at a disturbing pace—and legitimately raising cautions about security.
As we become progressively dependent on insightful, interconnected gadgets in each part of our lives, how do we shield conceivably billions of them from interruptions and obstruction that could bargain individual security or undermine open wellbeing?
As a worldwide innovator in inserted innovation arrangements, Wind River® has been profoundly included since its beginning in verifying gadgets that perform life-basic capacities and conform to stringent administrative necessities. This paper inspects the limitations and security difficulties presented by IoT associated gadgets, and the Wind Riverway to deal with tending to them.
The IoT development is driven by business needs as a feature of big business advanced change
As indicated by Machina Research, the absolute number of IoT associations will develop from six billion of every 2015 to 27 billion by 2025. It implies a compound yearly development rate (CAGR) of 16%. As far as market development, the Berg Insight report predicts an expansion of the worldwide third-party IoT platform from €610m in 2015 to €3.05bn in 2021.
IoT Security Risks and Challenges
Three classes of IoT dangers include:
- Dangers that are common in any Internet framework
- Dangers that are explicit to IoT gadgets
- Wellbeing to guarantee no mischief is brought about by abusing actuators, for example.
Conventional security practices, for example, securing open ports on gadgets have a place with the first class (for instance, an industrial refrigerator associated with the Internet so as to send alarms about the item stock and temperature may utilize an unbound SMTP server and can be undermined by a botnet).
The second class incorporates issues explicitly identified with IoT equipment, for example, the gadget may have its safe data traded off. For instance, some IoT gadgets are excessively little to bolster appropriate unbalanced encryption. Moreover, any gadget that can interface with the Internet has an inserted working framework sent in its firmware and a significant number of these installed working frameworks are not structured with security as their essential thought.
Adaptability: Managing an enormous number of IoT hubs requires versatile security arrangements.
Availability: In IoT interchanges, associating different gadgets of various capacities in a safe way is another test.
End-to-end Security: End-to-end safety efforts between IoT gadgets and Internet has are similarly significant.
Validation and Trust: Proper ID and confirmation abilities and their arrangement inside a complex IoT condition are not yet adult.
This counteracts foundation of trust connections between IoT parts, which is essential for IoT applications requiring impromptu availability between IoT segments, for example, Smart City situations. Trust the board for IoT is expected to guarantee that information investigation motors are sustained with legitimate information Without validation it is beyond the realm of imagination to expect to guarantee that the information stream created by an element contains what it should contain.
Personality Management: Identity the board is an issue as poor security practices are frequently executed. For instance, the utilization of clear content/Base64 encoded IDs/passwords with gadgets also, machine-to-machine (M2M) is a typical mix-up.
This ought to be supplanted with oversaw tokens, for example, JSON Web Tokens (JWT) utilized by OAuth/OAuth2 confirmation and approval structure (the Open Authorization).
Assault Resistant Security Solutions: Diversity in IoT gadgets results in a requirement for attack-resistant and lightweight security arrangements. As IoT gadgets have restricted process assets, they are helpless against asset enervation assaults.
IoT has already taken the market by storm. If you want to consider getting into the niche, IoT based mobile applications and devices are the best entry point for entrepreneurs. A reputed mobile application development company can help you develop a robust IoT based application.
The topic of the evolution of technology over the years is a vast one, and any discussion in this matter is bound to be extensive. For this article, we will narrow down our focus to three products of this rapid evolution: the Internet of Things, cloud computing, and mobile app development. To be more precise, we will discuss the impact of cloud computing and IoT on mobile apps and how they have transformed the latter ever since they first burst onto the scene.
Everyone knows that mobile apps are a crucial part of the digital world that we live in, and their development is bound to be affected by factors in the ecosystem. In this context, there are currently two 'factors' that have been in the limelight -- IoT and cloud computing. Among other things, these two phenomena have had a significant impact on the development process and completely transforming how programmers and companies behind mobile apps go about it.
So, let's jump into it and take a closer look at how the Internet of Things and cloud computing have changed the face of mobile app development.
1. Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms: A mobile enterprise application platform, or simply MEAP, is an IoT tool that is meant to ease support for mobile apps and enable developers to make use of cloud computing. Put, it is essentially an extensive collection of multiple resources and services aimed at helping developers quickly build hybrid cross-device mobile apps. MEAPs also ensure that data stored in the cloud is delivered to different devices without a hitch.
2. Enhanced security: Cloud platforms today come fortified with high levels of encryption along with other modern security measures to make sure that data stored in it as secure as it can be. So, what is the cardinal rule when it comes to mobile apps? Ensure thorough and absolute security! So, with the cloud, companies can administer centralized security. Also, let's not forget that the integration of advanced security measures means that any data transfer is utterly safe and secure, thus further fortifying the cloud's position as a leading and trusted resource for mobile apps. Oh, and did we mention the bonus of security? Thanks to more secure mobile apps, business users are more open to adopting enterprise apps.
3. Cross-platform apps: Considering the growth in popularity of cross-platform apps, it isn't surprising to see that the cloud has had a role to play in this context as well. Such apps are necessarily web apps wrapped in a native container, which, interestingly relies on the cloud for data transmission so they can operate on most platforms available in the market.
There is no doubt that mobile app development is nothing like what it used to, say, a decade ago. However, to ensure the success of the mobile apps you build, it is imperative that you continually stayed clued into the latest trends in the market. It will allow you to deliver A1 apps to the demanding customers of today.
Considering that the IoT is in its infancy and due to the last years wasted in predictions that have not been fulfilled, in disappointing statistics of successful projects and with most companies without clear strategies, it is normal to think that R & D is today so necessary for boost and accelerate this increasingly sceptical market.
R&D should be an essential part of bringing innovation to any company via IoT projects. And though we can all agree how important R&D is, it requires a great deal of experience, senior experts, and specific toolsets—resources that not every company can say they have handy.
However, there is a risk when deriving the strategic decisions that the executive directors consider to be technological towards the R & D departments. Many times, oblivious to the reality of the markets, those responsible for R & D with the invaluable aid of the subsidies of the different Administrations, they launch to develop products and technologies for problems that do not exist, just for the fact of obtaining recognition or to continue living without pressures of the Top Management. I am enemy of granted subsidies granted most of the time by unqualified Administration organisms that does not understand that need to prevail the utility, the business model, the business case and the commercialization over the innovation that R & D said to be developed.
Now, if we ask the sellers of IoT technology, products and services, they may not be so happy with the idea of having to talk with the R & D areas instead of with other areas of the company more likely to buy. Most time, R &D departments decide to do it themselves. Vendors know, that with great probability, they will not to close deals due to lack of budget of the R &D or the low visibility of this area by the rest of the departments of the company.
The Importance of R&D for the Internet of Things
Innovation in IoT is a major competitive differentiator. See below some advices to have a decisive advantage over competitors:
- IoT-focused companies need to invest in R&D to keep up with the rapidly changing and expanding market. It is important that an organization’s R&D iteration turn times are quick, otherwise the company is not going to be able to keep pace with the expected IoT market growth. However, it’s not enough to simply speed up R&D—innovative IoT firms, both start-ups and established companies, must also make sure their R&D processes are extremely reliable.
- You can’t solve R&D speed issues just by increasing budget.
- Executives must maintain strong, steady communication with R&D regarding the department’s priorities over a particular time frame and how progress will be measured.
- Guidelines are invaluable: The more structured and streamlined R&D procedures are, the better IoT companies will be able to move from conception to delivery.
- Design innovative IoT products but accelerate time to market.
- Internal collaboration: R&D team should share real-time data across internal departments to spur intelligent product design
- External collaboration: Connect with customers and partners to ensure success
- Differentiation: Drive overall business value with IoT.
Outsource or not Outsource R & D for your IoT project
Just like any other technology, IoT products and solutions require thorough research and development, and it better be done by professionals. Despite the noise generated by analysts and companies around the IoT, the reality is that there have not been many IoT projects and therefore it is not easy to find good professionals with proven experience in IoT to hire.
When I think of Outsourcing IoT projects, Eastern European and Indian companies immediately come to my mind. No doubt because the R & D talent seems to be cheaper there. Spain could also be a country to outsource IoT, but at the moment I do not see it.
The benefits of Outsourcing R&D for IoT Projects:
- Expertise and an Eye for Innovation
- Bring an IoT Project to Market Faster
- Optimize Your Costs
- Control and Manage Risks
I am not sure about the quality of most of these companies or the experience of their teams in the development of IoT products or in the implementation of IoT projects, but there is no doubt that there are benefits to Outsource R & D for some IoT Projects. You should select any of these companies after a careful evaluation.
Recommendation: Do not stop your IoT projects if you do not have the skills and professionals in house. Luckily, there are companies who offer outsourcing R&D for IoT projects.
Note: Remember I can help you to identify and qualify the most suitable Outsource R&D for your IoT project.
Spain is not different in R & D for IoT
I have not believed in R & D in Spain for years. There are exceptions without a doubt, but it seems evident that the prosperity and welfare of Spain is not due to our R & D. Fortunately we have sun and beach and a lot of brick to put in houses that are not sold because of high prices and low wages.
With the entry into the EU, I thought that we had great markets open to us. I was also optimistic that we would have great opportunities in the Latin American market, thanks to the fact that our research and development capacity would have been consolidated effectively in our companies and universities because it would be profitable and worldwide recognized.
But it has not been that way. The technology developed in Spain and more specifically that relating to the IoT has little chance of being commercialized in France, Germany and not to mention in the UK. If we add the development gap of the countries of South America and that our local market is averse to technological risk, it is difficult to flourish R & D in IoT or Industry 4.0 here in our lovely Spain.
That does not mean that we do not have public R & D budgets for these areas. What happens is that the same thing that happened during the last 30 years has happened. The incentives and aids are few and for the most part used to finance large companies with little return to society. There is no rigorous control of the aid granted and, above all, there is no plan to encourage the local and global marketing of the products developed with the talent of our scientists and researchers.
I have stopped believing and trusting in our successive Governments for the change in R & D but there are exceptions that are worthwhile to follow and work with them. For this reason, I continue help them demonstrate that “SPAIN CAN BE DIFFERENT”.
After years of unfulfilled expectations, companies are sceptical of the potential growth of the IoT market or the benefits in their business. R&D department can be a cure to boost IoT initiatives but also a poison to kill IoT initiatives.
IoT may have started in R&D, but their benefits don’t have to end there. To drive overall business value, it’s important to share IoT data – both internally and externally. Facilitating open collaboration, discovering new ways to innovate products, and accelerating time to market, you can differentiate R&D and your business.
As fast turn times and reliability becomes a focal part of companies’ R&D processes, these companies will be well-positioned to thrive within the IoT market.
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There is no doubt about the capability of IoT the way it is spearheading in the smart technology market by providing innovative solutions to various industries.
Advanced industries, smart vehicles, smarter cities, smart home and more have already under the influence of the IoT touch. However, IoT in farming is the new trend that has geared up for a while. And why not?
Do you know the global population is growing at a rapid speed. It is about to touch 9.6 billion by 2050. And to feed this much of the population there has to be an innovative way to compensate this need. IoT comes as a silver bullet solution for it.
The way IoT is helping out farmers and farm owners is commanding. The upcoming years are expecting more inventions in farming by different IoT applications.
This article explains the different ways of smart farming and effective applications of IoT in smart farming.
To make the Farming practice more productive and accurate precision agriculture (also known as precision farming) is used.
Basically, this is done through installing or using some sensors, smart devices, robots, drones, autonomous vehicles, and so on. By doing so farming can be made so systematic and well maintained thereby raising livestock and growing crops in a smart way.
The adoption of access to high-speed internet, low-cost satellites, mobile devices by the manufactures are few mostly used agriculture IoT technologies.
Numerous organizations are leveraging this technology on ultramodern agronomic solutions due to the popularity of precision agriculture.
The soil moisture probe technology is an amazing example of IoT in smart farming. It provides complete in-season local agronomy support, and recommendation to optimize water use efficiency.
Drones for Agriculture
Technology in farming is changing for a good and what better example would it be than Agriculture Drones. Today, agriculture is the leading industry to integrate drones for better results.
Agricultural drones are best to monitor crop, crop health assessment, irrigation, crop spraying, planting , and soil and field analysis.
The prime benefits of using drones in agriculture are health imaging, GIS mapping, saves time, increase crop yields.
Precision Hawk is a company that uses drones for collecting valuable information via a series of sensors. Mostly these sensors are used for imaging, mapping, and surveying of agricultural land.
Drones are used to do in-flight monitoring and observations. The farmers can easily access by entering details of the field they want to survey and select the altitude or ground resolutions.
From the information of the drone, we can draw insights regarding the plant’s health indices, plan counting and yield prediction, and plant measurement. We pressure mapping, drainage mapping, nitrogen content, scouting report and so on.
Wireless IoT applications are used by the large farm owners to gather the data regarding the location, well-being, and health of their cattle.
This data helps them in identifying sick animals to separate them from the herd thereby preventing the spread of disease. It also lowers the cost off labors as it locates their cattle with the IoT based sensors.
There is a company called JMB North America which offers cow monitoring solution to cattle producers. One solutions let owners of the production company to monitor if the cow is pregnant or not.
Greenhouse farming is a method which helps in enhancing the yield of fruits, veggies, and crops. Greenhouses control regulate the environmental parameters through manual intervention results in production loss, energy loss, and labor cost. These methods are less effective.
With IoT, you can build a smart greenhouse which will monitor as well as controls the climate reducing the need for manual intervention.
Different sensors that measure environmental parameters according to plant are used for controlling the environment in the smart greenhouse. Additionally, we can create a cloud server for remote access when it is connected using IoT.
The sensors used in IoT provide data on the light levels, pressure, humidity, and temperature. It can control the actuators to open a window, turn on/off lights, controlling a heater, all connected through a Wifi signal.
Farmers and rancher are relieved to have an IoT agricultural application making it possible to-gather meaning full information. Large landowners should understand the potential of the IoT market for agricultural.
If you are willing to integrate IoT in smart farming, you should approach for Leading IoT App Development Company and leverage the benefits of IoT.
In 2016 in my article “ The future of “The Internet of Olympic Games”, I considered Rio as the first Internet of Things (IoT) Olympic games. In Rio we could see how athletes, coaches, judges, fans, stadiums and cities benefited from IoT technology and IoT solutions and somehow changed the way we see and experience sports. Next year we will have opportunity to verify if my predictions for Tokyo 2020 will become a reality and we will name Tokyo as the first Artificial Intelligent (AI) Olympic Games.
During my presentation in Dubai, I explained the audience the incredible way IoT and AI technologies are impacting sports. I dedicated some time explaining how IoT and AI are playing an increasingly significant role in boosting talent, managing health and improving coaching and training. Today these technologies are already enabling athletes to improve performance, coaches to better prepare games, judges to fail less, fans enjoyed with new excited experiences. I also remarked the importance that teams clubs and cities collaborate to make the stadiums more secure and more exciting for fans.
I emphasized how we are creating smart things, the importance of use AI and IoT to make every thousandth of a second count for athletes and coaches and how AI and IoT are used to predict the future of a race, a match or a bet.
I introduced different examples how all sports are using IoT and AI, and of course I share my vision in 10-15 years from now. Can you imagine integrated virtual and real world for sports? Can you imagine mixed teams of robots and humans or super-humans playing new games?
I did not forget to talk about the challenges involved in building machine learning models in sports and the challenges that IoT and AI still have.
I used my speech to raise awareness to the attendants that there is also a dark side in these technologies. We cannot forget that Sport is also a business and therefore enterprises, Governments and individuals can make a wrong use of these technologies.
In summary, it was a great session in which I shared my point of view about:
- How we want IoT and AI transform coaches, athletes, judges and fans.
- How we want IoT and AI continue attracting people to the stadiums
- How we want IoT and AI transform Sport Business.
- How AI is changing the future of sport betting?
How we want IoT and AI transform athletes, coaches, judges and fans?
While the true essence of sport still lies in the talent and perseverance of athletes, it is often no longer enough. Therefore athletes will continue demanding increasingly sophisticated technologies and more advanced training techniques to improve performance. For instance, biomechanical machine learning models of players will predict and prevent potential career-threatening physical and mental injuries or can even detect early signs of fatigue or stress-induced injuries. It can also be used to estimate players’ market values to make the right offers while acquiring new talent.
Coaches are using AI to identify patterns in opponents’ tactics, strengths and weaknesses while preparing for games. This helps coaches to devise detailed gamelans based on their assessment of the opposition and maximize the likelihood of victory. In many leading teams, AI systems are used to constantly analyze the stream of data collected by wearables to identify the signs that are indicative of players developing musculoskeletal or cardiovascular problems. This will enable sports teams to maintain their most valuable assets in prime condition through long competitive seasons.
We tend to think that technology helps make the sport more just when we are victims or witnessed of unjust decision. That´s why we approve inventions like Paul Hawkins - creator of Hawk-Eye, a technology that is now an integral part of the spectator experience when watching sport live or more recently VAR in soccer.
The use of technology allows watch in real time multiple cameras, with aggregated info from sensors (stadiums, things and athletes) to make their decisions more accurate and objective.
We as spectators or fans need more transparency about the exercise’s difficulty, degree of compliance and final score. And we have the technology to do it.
The IoT and AI technology doesn't claim to be infallible - just very, very reliable and Judges also need to be adapted to new technologies.
Without fans, sports would find it difficult to exist. It is understandable companies are also targeting fans with IoT and artificial intelligence to keep them engaged whether in the stadium or at home.
How we want IoT and AI continue attracting people to the stadiums?
Within the stadiums, sports clubs and many leagues across the globe are incorporating inside and outside the stadium technologies to boost fans unique experiences for fans and not only the 90 minutes.
The challenge is how to combine what the oldest and newest supporters are looking to attend to the stadiums?
How will the stadiums of the future be? I read numerous initiatives of big clubs and leagues, but I am exciting about the future stadium of Real Madrid. I wish the club would allow me to advise them how to create a smart intelligent Global environment to provide each fan with an individual experience, know who is in the crowd, learn fan behaviors to anticipate their needs
How we want IoT and AI transform Sport Business.
“As long as sports remain a fascination for the masses, businesses will always have the opportunity to profit from it. As long as there is profiting to be gained from the world of sports, the investment in and incorporation of technology for sports will continue.”
I read an article warning about the new entirely new world order that is being formed right now. The author explained how 9 companies are responsible for the future of AI. Three of the companies are Chinese (Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, often collectively referred to as BAT), while the other six are American (Google, Amazon, IBM, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, often referred as the G.Mafia). The reason is obvious, as far as AI is about optimization using the data that’s available, these 9 companies will manage more of the sport data generated in the world.
Collaboration is needed now to stop this danger and to address the democratization of AI in sports. It is urgent companies and governments around the globe to work together to create guiding principles for the development and use of AI and not only in Sports. This mean we need regulating it but in a different way. We do not want AI becomes in the hands of a group of lawmakers, who are very well read and very smart people but overwhelmingly lack degrees in AI and IoT.
Will AI change the future of sport betting?
The impact of technology on sports cannot be specifically measured, but some technological innovations do raise questions about fairness. Are we still comparing apples with apples? Is it right to compare the speed of an athlete wearing high-tech running shoes to one without?
Whether we like it or not, technology will continue to enhance athlete performance. And at some point we will have to put specific rules and regulations in place about which tech enhancements are allowed.
There is a downside to advanced technology being introduced to sports. Machine Learning models are now used routinely to predict the results of games. Sport betting is a competitive sport itself among fans, but AI can substantially tilt that playing field.
I analyzed many IoT and AI companies for Sports in order to prepare my session. I am scare about the game result predictions capabilities but more scare about the manipulation of competition using AI algorithms with the Terabytes of data collected daily from IoT devices and other sources like social media networks, without the permission of the users.
The sport business market is generating billions of US$ every year but without control and education we could find future generation of ludopaths and a small number of Sports Service Providers controlling the Sports.
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