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Hardware news

Mozilla updates its Project Things open source IoT gateway

The main part of Project Things is the Linux-based ‘Things Gateway’ software which enables a Raspberry Pi to be set up as a home automation gateway. In the latest version (0.3) of the software — a new rules engine, improved voice support, and a tutorial has been added to help newbies get started.

Microphone support for issuing voice commandsRules engine for setting ‘If this, then that’ logic for device interaction.

Floor-plan view to lay out devices on a map of the homeAdditional device type support, such as smart plugs, dimmable and colored lights, multi-level switches and sensors, and “virtual” devices.

New add-on system for supporting protocols and devicesNew system for safely authorizing third-party applications (using OAuth).

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Port of Rotterdam prepares for digital transformation with IBM IoT

Previously, Europe’s largest port by cargo tonnage banked on conventional communication techniques such as radar and radio to establish communication between captains, pilots and terminal operators to make vital decisions on port operations. With the IBM alliance, IoT sensors in addition to augmented intelligence (AI) and smart weather data will be used to collect numerous data streams including weather, water levels, currents, temperature and check berth availability.

These data will be analysed by IBM’s cloud-based IoT technologies and turned into information. The port authorities can use this information to make decisions that can reduce wait times, manage traffic more efficiently, decide best time for ship docking, load and unload among other advantages.

Port of Rotterdam

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Staying Green Using IIoT

IIoT is truly ubiquitous. It impacts everything from factories to construction equipment to the plants in the office. Seriously, the plants.

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First Smart Safety Shoe to Protect Workers

Intellinium’s smart shoes allow workers to send and receive messages handsfree, without the need for a separate smartphone.

Alerts can be sent using Intellinium’s patented force sensor membrane built into the toe of the boot and connected to Sierra Wireless’ AirPrime® HL series cellular module.

During an emergency, a worker can acknowledge receiving a message to evacuate by touching a toe to the sensor.

First Smart Safety Shoe

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Next Generation Location Positioning Solution for IoT

Proof of concept demonstrates the power of LTE-only positioning capabilities.

This solution is based on off-loading small amounts of modem data to PoLTE’s cloud servers where location engines accurately calculate positioning of devices. If a location engine was embedded on the device itself, processing power and memory would be constrained while adversely impacting battery life and device size. For mass adoption, PoLTE believes that the wireless device itself should be minimally impacted while adding highly valued location capabilities.

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Telit Announces World’s Fastest Mobile Data Product, First 1Gbps-class LTE Mini PCIe Card

  • Telit announced the LM960, world’s first global full-size PCI Express Mini Card (mPCIe) for enterprise routers and appliances.
  • Up to 1200 Mbps DL w/5x Carrier Aggregation, 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM
  • LTE FDD Bands : B1, B25(B2), B3, B66(B4), B26(B5), B7, B8, B12(17), B13, B14, B20, B28, B29(DL), B30, B32(DL), B71
  • LTE TDD Bands: B38, B39, B40, B41, B42, B46(DL), B48
  • 3G Bands: B1, B2, B4, B5, B8

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Wagz Dog Collar Now Connected to the IoT

The Wagz Smart Collar helps dog owners understand and monitor their dogs like never before.

It’s the first of its kind collar and app that tracks activity, barking, exercise, food, and location – while enabling live HD video streaming, two-way audio and invisible leashing and fencing.

The collar is part of a larger connected system with a smart feeder and door that connect through one app experience.

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MWC 2018: World’s first street light powered smart cell lights up

Lighting up the IoT: Connected technology firm Ubicquia has shown off what it claims is the world’s first streetlight-powered smart cell, ahead of MWC 2018 in Barcelona.

The device, called Ubimetro, allows streetlights to become integrated components within a variety of IoT networks, using them both as power sources and transmission towers. It forms part of the company’s strategy to bring smart-city technology to the masses.

World’s first street light powered smart cell

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MIT’s NanoMap helps drones to navigate safely at high speed

NanoMap allows drones to navigate through dense or uncertain environments at 20 miles per hour.

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Smart-home Innovator Nuki

Allegion plc has made a minority investment in European smart-home innovator Nuki GmbH.

Founded in Austria in 2014, Nuki’s cornerstone product is a retrofit residential smart lock.

The Nuki Smart Lock, which is easily installed on top of an existing key and lock, offers Bluetooth-enabled smartphone and Nuki Fob credentialing and fits the majority of existing European locks.

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Software news

Vodafone and Samsung strategic partnership to launch Smart Home services

Samsung SmartThings Wifi hub – can manage and interconnect a large number of compatible IoT products to the SmartThings open platform.

SmartThings Security Camera – provides high-quality images and has motion detection and built in infra-red for night time. SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor – can be placed on a window or door to generate an immediate alert if it is opened or closed unexpectedly, or if left open. It can also monitor changes in room temperature and vibration, sending an alert if the room is too warm or too cold, or if there is a knock on the door.

SmartThings Siren – this small (9.5cm x 6.3cm x 3.95cm) but loud (85dB) warning siren is fitted with a strobe light.

V-Home Alarm Assistant – this is a comprehensive alerting service to send a series of app notifications, SMS messages and automated outgoing phone calls, as necessary, to named contacts.

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Qualcomm Announces a New LTE IoT SDK in Support of the Commercialization of IoT Solutions Using Cellular Connectivity

Qualcomm Technologies announced a new LTE IoT Software Development Kit (SDK) for the Qualcomm® MDM9206 LTE IoT global multimode modem.

The MDM9206 LTE IoT modem has pre-integrated support for many cloud platforms, including Alibaba Cloud Link One, China Mobile OneNET, DTSTON DTCloud, Ericsson IoT Accelerator, Gizwits and Verizon ThingSpace.

The LTE IoT SDK is designed to allow developers to extend this further and develop support for other major IoT cloud providers. Using hardware modules featuring the MDM9206 LTE IoT modem, along with this new LTE IoT SDK, is expected to help OEMs and developers address a vast array of the existing and emerging cellular-connected use cases for commercial and industrial IoT such as smart metering, smart gateways, asset tracking and more.

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Renesas Synergy Strengthens Chip-to-Cloud IoT Connectivity With New Enterprise Cloud Toolbox

The new Renesas Synergy™ Enterprise Cloud Toolbox v1.1 is a software Application Project that, together with the Synergy AE-CLOUD1 kit, provides a reference design and starting point for users to connect in 10 minutes or less to enterprise clouds such as Microsoft Azure™, Amazon Web Services™, and Google Cloud Platform™. The Enterprise Cloud Toolbox saves embedded developers weeks or even months to create a secure end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) application for monitoring and controlling the surrounding environment in home, building, or industrial automation systems.

 Renesas Synerg Enterprise Cloud Toolbox

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Libelium Pushes Its eHealth IoT Platform with a New Cloud and Medical Development Kits

Libelium boosts  MySignals, itis an eHealth IoT Development platform for remote health monitoring, equipped with 17 different sensors that measure the most important vital signs such as pulse, breath rate, oxygen in blood, temperature, electrocardiogram signals, blood pressure, muscle electromyographic signals, glucose levels, galvanic skin response, lung capacity, snore waves, patient position, airflow and body scale parameters.

The new MySignals kits are designed for users with different chronic pathologies that require a daily monitoring of some medical parameters. Respiratory diseases like asthma and breathing depression, diabetes, etc.Now this remote surveillance allows users to monitor the health status on a daily basis.

Libelium MySignals

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Rubicon Labs Joins EdgeX Foundry to Simplify the Deployment of Secure Industrial and IoT Networks and Enable Rapid Time to Market

In its first iteration, IoT enabled devices to be connected to the cloud, but the emergence of the “edge” ecosystem has ushered in a new IoT 2.0 era. Designed to run on any hardware or operating system, and with any combination of application environments, the edge ecosystem accelerates time to market and simplifies deployments of secure Industrial and IoT networks.

Rubicon Labs Joins EdgeX

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Cypress Unveils Unified Software Suite to Accelerate IoT Product Designs

Cypress Corp. announced a unified software tool suite that streamlines product designs for the Internet of Things (IoT). The new ModusToolbox™ suite delivers the rich design resources of Cypress’ WICED® IoT connectivity libraries and the analog and digital peripherals libraries of its PSoC® microcontrollers (MCUs) within the familiar, widely-deployed open-source Eclipse Integrated Design Environments (IDEs).

ModusToolbox

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TetraScience develops IoT platform for R&D

  • The company’s data integration platform can connect disparate types of lab equipment, and their associated software, and aggregate that information on the cloud.
  • Researchers can then monitor, manage and automate their experiments remotely.
  • This streamlines processes that have historically taken up valuable time and resources, and eases data collection and collaboration.

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General news

IoT Tech Expo Europe 2018

27 June 2018 08:00 - 28 June 2018 17:00

RAI Amsterdam, Europaplein 2-22, Amsterdam, 1078 GZ

3 co-located events. 18 conference tracks. 8,000 attendees. 300+ speakers. 300+ exhibitors.

IoT Tech Expo Europe 2018

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Only one in four organisations can protect themselves against IoT threats, says survey

“Organisations need to be aware of these risks, even if they do not use any IoT devices – the growing number of connected devices globally means there is an increased risk of DDoS attacks through IoT botnets – but our data suggests firms are ignoring these threats,” added Groucutt.

“Research from our annual Data Health Check survey revealed that only 13% of businesses saw IoT threats as a major concern. Additionally, just over a quarter of organisations (27%) had set policies in place designed to protect against IoT threats.”

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GDPR And IoT – The Problem Of Consent

IoT manufacturers and service providers don’t have a good track record with providing explanations. According to data from 2016:

  • 59% of IoT devices failed to explain to users how they process user data
  • 68% failed to explain how they store information
  • 72% failed to explain how to delete data
  • 38% failed to include contact information

One of solution IoT manufacturers and service providers can pursue is data anonymization. If the data can be fully anonymized so that it cannot be used to identify any person, it falls out of the jurisdiction of GDPR. However, if making data more anonymous makes it less valuable, a cost-benefit analysis should precede any effort to anonymize data.

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Sysmex America Expands Use of ThingWorx Platform to Transform the Patient Experience

PTC and Sysmex America today announced that Sysmex has expanded its use of the ThingWorx® Industrial Innovation Platform to enable Sysmex to revolutionize the delivery of blood test results with the Sysmex XW-100™ automated hematology CBC analyzer.

The XW-100 is the first automated hematology analyzer developed for CLIA-waived use. Instead of sending blood samples to outside laboratories and awaiting the results, the XW-100 makes it possible for one of the most frequently requested blood tests, the CBC, to be performed in medical offices where patients are first treated. On-site blood test results are available to patients in as few as three minutes.

Sysmex ThingWorx

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Pyeongchang Winter Olympics was defended by drone-catching drones

Authorities in South Korea have been preparing to defend the Winter Olympics, that was held in Pyeongchang in February, from drone-related terror attacks.

What goes up must come down, so it’s no surprise that a counter-drone industry is emerging, dedicated to bringing rogue pilots down to earth with a bump.

The rise of readily available flying robots was always going to represent a safety risk. That risk is now more pronounced than ever; many consumer-level drones are capable of operating even while the pilot is sat miles away.

drone-catching drones

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UK’s National Police need AI to help with surge in evidential data

Quoted in The Guardian, Thornton suggested that the use of AI has already led to several rape prosecutions being dropped, after mistakes were made during earlier stages of the investigations.

For example, police had failed to hand over evidence that undermined their cases, despite having a duty to pursue all reasonable lines of enquiry, both for and against a conviction.

Although there have been suggestions of a “cultural problem” within the police with regards to disclosure, Thornton suggested that the key issue was the overwhelming amounts of data that forces now have to plough through.

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Fitbit and Apple Watch can help predict diabetes

  • Smart watches just got smarter, according to a new study of the use of wearables to predict the risk of medical conditions, including diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
  • An AI neural network, known as DeepHeart, is the brains behind the breakthrough.
  • Research from digital heart-rate tracking company Cardiogram has revealed the latent potential in consumer heart rate trackers, such as those found in Fitbit and Apple Watch devices, to detect signs of cardiovascular illnesses. They presented their findings at this week’s AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence in New Orleans.
Apple Watch

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Microsoft Cortana adds IFTTT integration and more device support

Microsoft has been steadily improving Cortana’s skills in the face of intense competition from the likes of Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple’s Siri.

IFTTT has been available to Google Assistant and Alexa since 2016 and 2015, respectively.

Microsoft Cortana adds IFTTT

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