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Managing IoT Data Security Risks

The use of 5G technology and IoT infrastructure is about to change our lives in ways we coud not of imagined a few years back, with access to new applications and new types of "smart devices" and the ability for devices to communicate between each other, its breath taking and mind blowing thinking about the possibilities, but  there are still issues holding back this capability taking off into the mainstream and that is the concern over personal and data security issues (and rightly so).  The article below "The Need to Secure Data in Modern Computing"  written by  Matthew Rosenquist and published on, hits the nail on the head, on why there needs to be a new approach to security in this environment. The reason for this is that we have compute and connectivity capability built into your toaster, refrigerator, door bell, inodoor/outdoor lights, street lights and traffic lights and we could go on and on. The variety of devices, the lack of management, power and resources in general mean that we can not protect these devices andthe underlying infrastructure the way that traditional computing infrastructure can be protected. So although I don't personally endorse the techniques and the platform that Matthew and the rest of the Eclipz team have suggested and are bringing to market, as I believe there will be other ideas coming forward also, I do applaud them for making the bold step and thinking outside the box and to take head on a difficult problem inorder to move an industry forward.



The Need to Secure Data in Modern Computing



Matthew Rosenquist, Published on on November 24th 2020
Cybersecurity Strategist and CISO specializing in the evolution of threats, opportunities, and risks in pursuit of optimal security



Smart devices are everywhere and being integrated into all facets of our lives, from toothbrushes to automobiles. Entire cities are becoming ‘smart’, as are factories, governments, global retail, freight logistics, and all national critical infrastructure sectors. As individuals, we are becoming hubs for multiple connected devices in our homes and on our persons. Phones, watches, health monitors, medical devices, and clothing manufactures have joined in to develop connected apparel and accessories. Cameras, doorbells, appliances, televisions, thermostats, voice assistants, and light fixtures are just the beginning of the digitalization of our homes. These wonderful tools of the modern world, some no bigger than a coin, provide amazing capabilities and tremendous convenience; they connect and enhance our lives in amazing ways.

Unfortunately, they also introduce equitable risks. The aggregated risks from all the Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, now approaching 50 billion in number, adds up to a big problem for everyone.

Sadly, the dark secret is that IoT and their close cousins Industrial IoT (IIoT) devices which we typically embrace, are very insecure. These systems are notoriously hackable; the data they create and share is often vulnerable to exposure, and the devices themselves can be leveraged as a platform by attackers to target more important systems in our lives. IoT insecurity represents one of the next great challenges for the technology industry that is struggling to preserve the trust of consumers from cyber threats which are easily finding ways to undermine the security, privacy, and safety of users.

Most IoT devices are miniature and very limited when it comes to the computing resources necessary for secure capabilities. It is difficult to know who owns or possesses them, if they have been hacked, and if they are acting in undesired ways. This makes IoT devices not very trustworthy. To compound the problem, IoT devices tend to share data over insecure networks like wireless and the Internet. This mix is a recipe that cybercriminals and hackers enjoy.

The functional backbone for IoT devices is all about gathering, processing, and sharing data. One of the primary challenges is to protect the data going to and emanating from the devices. Legacy technology largely fails when it comes to secure communications at this scale and difficulty. More comprehensive, effective, and sustainable capabilities are needed to keep pace with evolving threats.

Connecting IoT technologies to share data securely is difficult. Some standards exist for specific use-cases, such a web browsing, but most of the emerging IoT devices and services require a synthetization of architectures, algorithms, and compatibilities that current solutions don’t satisfy. That is why we are seeing a flood of IoT compromises and the future advances of hackers will only increase the victimization unless something extraordinary happens.

Where there is innovation leadership, hope survives.

Protecting digital data is important for everyone. Andy Brown, CEO of Sand Hill East, and I penned a joint article Managing IoT Data Breaches, that was published in the Sept 2020 issue of Cybersecurity Magazine, describing the scale and complexity challenges of IoT data protection. Innovation is needed to safeguard data in the new digital landscape!

After 30 years in the industry, I anticipated the future needs and realized the upswell of insecure devices would put everyone at risk if sensitive data could not be protected. I joined the Eclipz team as an Advisory Board member to help advance and tailor the greatly needed capabilities into the commercial market for everyone’s benefit. The Board of Directors asked that I join a stellar executive team as the CISO to further help empower the best technology to make devices and the global digital ecosystem more trustworthy.

Eclipz is an elegant and robust capability to connect untrusted endpoints across insecure networks in ways that protect data from current and evolving threats. Eclipz is not a product unto itself, but rather an architecture and code integrated into everyday products and services, empowering them to communicate securely. That makes it ultimately scalable. It can be applied to protect a vast array of devices, infrastructures, and experiences across every market, making the technology and services people use more secure by protecting the flows of data. The explosion of IoT devices poses one of the greatest attack surfaces ever known and must be better secured. Eclipz technology can strengthen the foundations of IoT ecosystems for the benefit of the global digital community.

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As the Internet of Things (IoT) evolves, some use cases have fast-tracked their way into the spotlight as a result of the global pandemic.

Devices are connecting humans like never before from remote work and learning to streaming video and gaming content. In addition, in-person visits to the doctor have in some cases been replaced by telemedicine, so much so that Forrester predicts that patients will attend over one billion virtual care visits this year.

But that’s not all that’s changed. As these IoT use cases propel into the mainstream, there are changes impacting how IT architects design the underlying storage that enables them.

What’s Changing in the IoT Data Journey?


Automation and Supply Chain Resilience

Consider the data demands of distribution and fulfillment in the supply chain: they’ve been massively disrupted because of the impact the pandemic has had on shipping conditions and distribution centers. Before COVID-19, typical requests would go to a central data center where the request would be disseminated to the biggest hub closest to the consumer with most of the supplies in stock. The result: a two-day delivery that set the standard for the industry so long ago.

But even that has gotten significantly more complex with the enormous surge in demand for shelter-in-place supplies, groceries, electronics, and so on. Massive distribution is a challenge because of the sheer volume of requests. However, it’s not the technology that’s led to longer delivery times; it’s the human factor that has not been able to keep pace. Systems in the supply chain rely heavily on humans to fulfill orders, especially in the “last mile.”

Automation can help move parts faster amid these accelerated demands. Automated IoT devices such as robots or autonomous vehicles can assist from the factory to your doorstep. As these devices both generate and rely on increasing volumes of data, storage is essential at every step in the data journey.

Connectivity: The Need for Speed

Connectivity speeds, reliability and large bandwidth for multiple people with multiple IoT devices are increasingly important in today’s new world. The ability to access data when you need it and quickly get insights is critical. Data infrastructure must be set up to ensure data can be transmitted, received, stored and analyzed when and where it’s needed. The closer it is to the source, the less latency there is, which translates into faster time to insights and value.

The aim of companies working with a vast array of IoT devices is to place specific storage solutions where they are most needed to ensure that data is handled appropriately across its entire IoT data journey. Edge computing is more important than ever before as it helps deliver a positive user experience for use cases like HD videoconferencing, distance-learning, or telehealth.

Acceleration of 5G

The pandemic may be a catalyst that will accelerate the demand for 5G. The newly dispersed workforce still requires quality virtual connections, which will continue to drive demand for high-speed, low-latency connectivity everywhere, even on the go.

5G is also helping industrial IoT move forward by enabling more reliable autonomous manufacturing processes with new standards for ultra-low latency in factories. The processing power required for 5G is tremendous, and along with that comes the requirements for data storage. IoT devices such as robots and cameras are being used to track assets throughout the supply chain and collect data such as temperature and vibration to track shipping container openings. Using IoT-enabled devices on transportation routes can help optimize route planning by collecting in-transit, supply chain data.

AR and VR Expand Beyond Gaming

Since the pandemic, AR/VR is being increasingly used in more use cases, connecting people with connected devices such as cameras, tablets, and phones.

For companies developing new technologies or running a global business, the required expertise won’t always be in the same location of a problem that needs to be solved.

Instead of flying an engineer halfway around the world, teams can turn to AR or VR to meet virtually in the same lab, looking at the same thing, on a common whiteboard while working in augmented reality.

In the post-pandemic world, AR and VR could make a new generation of remote viewership possible. Audiences might use AR and VR to immerse themselves in their favorite events, games, movies, or shows. With advancements in edge computing, a suite of technologies will enable the next generation of remote viewership, opening up new revenue possibilities for sports and performance artists, and reaching broader audiences.

Distance learning might utilize AR and VR to create immersive learning experiences. Online learning could become a standard extension for classroom-based education. Schools might partner with IT departments to create distance learning “tech kits” for their students, including take-home laptops, networking equipment, and desktop data storage solutions.

General-Purpose Architectures No Longer Cut It

Many businesses still use general-purpose architecture to manage their IoT data. But most often, general-purpose compute architectures do not fully meet the needs of IoT workloads. This method falls short of the accessibility, capacity, reliability, and scalability requirements necessary for IoT applications because a general-purpose, commercial architecture does not take into account the various elements an IoT system can face.

Purpose-built architecture uses devices, platforms, systems, and solutions that maximize the value of data for real-time IoT use cases. Your storage strategy has to be designed specifically for IoT.  Consider a cell tower, an underground mine, or a windmill where IoT devices may be both remote and able to withstand harsh environmental conditions such as temperature or humidity. Storage cannot be an afterthought; instead, systems architects need to work with the storage experts early on to design an architecture that addresses the system’s unique needs.

IoT in the New Normal

The importance of storage is undeniable as it plays a role in all of these data scenarios, at home and in business settings and across the supply chain. It must be considered as part of an organization’s business strategy. Not only does storage support human and machine-to-machine communications, but when combined with AI, IoT and 5G, storage enables companies to access data quickly to gain insights. Access to such data, at the right time and at the right place, will be important as new post-pandemic business models develop in the new normal.

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The “Internet of Things” in its most basic form, includes the software connection of hardware devices, generally designed to make processes and applications more efficient and to make things easier for the people involved. RT Insights studies demonstrated that 51% of software developers find that the main difference between developing IoT applications and conventional web apps is that IoT development. requires more reliability and scalability Worldwide. Further studies also showed that IoT spending is projected to surpass $1 trillion in 2020.

Whether IoT is restricted to the transfer of data, information or language, concise, error-free, bi-directional communications are imperative if IoT solutions are to be effectual. In order for IoT devices to successfully engage in bi-directional communications, the issue of machine language is relevant.

For people from around the world to be able to engage in bi-directional communications, both in terms of communicating with the devices and with other people similarly connected, much more than just language and the User Interface must be considered. Thus, translation and localization play a very important role in the globalization of IoT technologies, for both hardware and software IoT solutions.

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Written by Ofer Tirosh, CEO, Tomedes, a Human Translation Services Company specializing in Localization Techniques and Globalization through IoT.
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This year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work will mean a lot more to most of us than it would have last year, says Bart Schouw, chief evangelist at Software AG. The pandemic has upended all walks of life, including global business across every industry.

Companies will now need to prioritise the health of their employees above all else before they can reopen their doors. All eyes are watching to see how businesses across the globe can demonstrate the safety of working environments in warehouses and production facilities.

On factory floors, for example, workers will have to practice social distancing measures in order to get back to work. This must happen while still meeting their quotas – not an easy exercise. There has been a slew of mobile apps released that can report an individual’s location, but these can create privacy concerns. Plus, many factories do not allow workers to use their mobile phones on the floor. Even if they did, how do you ensure the app is running on their phones? What if their phone runs out of battery?

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Anasia D'mello
May 4th, 2020

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Press Release, Hasselt / Paris, 07.04.2020

WMW, a Belgian “framework” for IoT, Abeeway, a location intelligence solution provider for IoT, and Actility, the leading provider of Low-Power WAN networking solutions, are launching several solutions to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic at different stages, using various geolocation technologies and low-power IoT networks. 

The three companies have integrated their solutions: WMW is an adaptive registration dashboard with micro-modules, allowing them to visualize data from IoT devices and get valuable insights. The WMW solutions take inputs from Abeeway devices processed by ThingPark Location Engine, the fused location provider platform of Actility. 

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May 1st, 2020


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What if your appliances were watching you? Not in a sinister, robot uprising kind of way, but in a helpful, smoothing-over-the-rough-edges-of-daily-life kind of way? What if they were watching for no other reason than to find ways to intervene and make your life easier, less stressful and more joyful?

Artificial intelligence, the technology that harnesses the power of machine learning to tackle all kinds of everyday tasks is already changing the way we work, shop, bank and drive.

It has brought us technologies that handle mundane, repetitive jobs for workers, detect fraudulent financial transactions and allowing self-driving cars to make decisions. But how can AI change the way we manage everyday life in our own homes?

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Chooch AI
April 8th, 2020

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COVID-19 is writing a new world order

CP Gurnani, MD & CEO, Tech Mahindra


Amidst the socio-economic disruptions caused by COVID-19, the common cause of finding a solution to the pandemic has brought together individuals, institutions, communities, governments and society at large. Looking at such collaborative initiatives, says CP Gurnani, MD and CEO, Tech Mahindra.

I get a sense of optimism, since my conviction is that the advanced knowledge of technology and ingenuity will help the global population to fight and defeat this viral attack.

One may argue that it may take some time before an antidote is found. Meanwhile, alternative systems and approaches can be developed that will not only help manage the current crisis but also create new ways of doing business in future.


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Anasia D'mello
April 6th, 2020

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There’s been so much buzz about the Internet of Things (IoT) in the past couple of years. For today’s youngsters, the day will come when a computer is no longer seen as a separate object or device. With technology very much entwined in the basic fabric of everyday living, our children might feel offended if their obedient room lamp doesn’t immediately acknowledge their presence by switching itself on.

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Geetika Tripathi
March 27th, 2020


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Healthcare is rapidly developing with tech novelties. The Internet of Things will bring significant changes to patient care. Doctors and healthcare providers already use it in their workflow.

Some hospitals, like Saratoga Hospital, apply IoT technologies for remote consultations, patient monitoring, and improve health outcomes.


Let’s find out how healthcare can benefit from IoT!


Why Healthcare?


IoT has an enormous potential in the healthcare field. Data provided by the sensors can help to diagnose diseases and constantly monitor health conditions. On top of that, IoT software can detect the precursors of illnesses and stop its progression in the early stages.

Looking at the market forecasts, you can see that this field is remarkably promising. By 2025 IoT healthcare will reach $534.3 billion.

Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)


The essential function of IoMT is monitoring patients’ health conditions and informing the doctor about its deterioration.

IoT in healthcare includes a number of things like wearables, medical supply chain, patient monitoring, and so on. It helps patients stay in touch with doctors and nurses. These devices take the pressure off the workers who support a lot of patients.

Five Basic Advantages of IoT in Healthcare


IoT applications and devices for healthcare are getting more common throughout the world. And of course, there are good reasons for it. So, let’s get through some of them.


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Vitaly Kuprenko, technical writer at Cleveroad.
March 25th, 2020

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We’re living in an era of fast-paced digital transformation that’s only accelerating thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT). From agriculture and retail to transportation, healthcare, and the factory floor, IoT systems are delivering new business insights and much more efficient ways of working.

The core technology behind smart homes, smart cars, smart manufacturing, and smart cities, connected IoT devices are already making a big impact on our lives—and the number of devices is poised for exponential growth with the advent of 5G networks. According to analyst firm Gartner, 5.8 billion enterprise and automotive IoT endpoints will be in use in 2020—up 21 percent from 2019.

If you’re planning to deploy IoT-enabled assets, it’s critical that you have the right network architecture to manage the unique scalability and connectivity challenges that IoT presents. Cost-effective, secure, and easily manageable network connectivity is a must if you want to be successful. Unfortunately, wide area networks (WANs) simply aren’t designed to deliver the bandwidth, security, or flexibility that most IoT initiatives require.


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Written by Michael Cabra, Senior Product Manager, Global and Emerging Markets, Cybera
March 19th, 2020


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The market for IoT healthcare technology is forecasted to rise to $400 billion by 2022. What are the key advantages and disadvantages of implementing IoT systems in healthcare?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly gaining popularity in all spheres of life, healthcare systems in particular. In a nutshell, the technology allows multiple connected devices to collect and share information with each other. 

What does this mean for healthcare?

In fact, the applications are so diverse that you probably wouldn’t believe these examples are taken from real life. Here are just a few:

  • Symptom-tracking apps that send updates on responses to cancer treatment to the physician and which can avoid hospitalization 
  • Connected hospital equipment that notifies doctors of their current location, informs the hospital management of the replacement needs and monitors staff performance  
  • Remote temperature monitoring ensuring the correct transportation and storage of vaccines
  • Healthcare IT solutions that remind patients to refill medication and digestible sensors that trigger a notification if the medication hasn’t been taken on time 
  • Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM) and smart insulin pens that record and recommend the time and the amount of insulin dose injection which come to the rescue to diabetics
  • Smart inhalers connected to an app that help people with asthma and pulmonary disease understand what causes the symptoms and predict allergens

Given such examples, the Internet of Things (IoT) is seen as a way of living a smarter and safer life and its application is highly encouraged in medical establishments. However, digital transformation in healthcare isn’t without threats. It’s important to weigh all the advantages and disadvantages of implementing IoT systems in healthcare to be able to plan for ways to maximize the pros while mitigating the cons.  


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Yaryna Myrka
March 17th, 2020


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IoT news of the week for March 13, 2020

A Microsoft survey of executives in the utility industry identifies their core uses for IoT.


Microsoft discovers utilities are big on IoT: Once again, Microsoft has interviewed executives in a specific industry to understand how that industry views IoT. This time, the software giant interviewed 100 executives in the utility sector to determine how much they use IoT (a lot; 85% of the companies they represent are adopting IoT) and what their issues are. In the energy and utility industry, the biggest challenges to adoption are people-related; 47% have trouble finding workers and 44% lack the resources to train workers. Since IoT success is heavily dependent on people, this is a sobering stat for the energy industry. (Microsoft)

Whoop! I hate this idea: Whoop, the maker of a fitness band that measures activity and heart rate so it can convert them to insights that tell wearers when to rest and recover, is using data from employees’ bands to incentivize those employees to take better care of themselves. In a blog post from Whoop’s founder and CEO, he says that employees whose data ends up in the “red zone,” which means they need to rest, are allowed to work from home. And employees who get a set amount of quality sleep each month are entitled to a $100 bonus. I hate this story, as it’s the realization of some of my worst fears about the IoT surveillance state. I get that Whoop makes this product and it is trying to provide rewards, but any company using highly personal employee data to influence behavior, for any reason, feels like a dangerous precedent to set. (Whoop)

And here’s a story about using Fitbit data to track COVID-19: Researchers at The Lancet have apparently determined that using Fitbit data to track the spread of illness is feasible, so the writer of this article dives into all the questions they had about Fitbit’s data-sharing practices (they may surprise you) and whether or not we want our devices to share our data for public health research. It’s a good read, especially if that Whoop story scares you. (PJ Media)


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March 13th, 2020

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NEC Corporation has announced that it will be collaborating with Siemens to provide artificial intelligence (AI) monitoring and analysis.

In a press release, NEC said that the collaboration will provide a solution for manufacturing that connects MindSphere, the cloud-based, open IoT operating system from Siemens, and NEC’s System Invariant Analysis Technology (SIAT). According to the agreement that was signed by the two companies, NEC will be joining the MindSphere Partner Program, which can provide NEC with access to specialised technical training and support from Siemens as well as a number of joint go-to-market capabilities.


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March 12th, 2020

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“Doing machine learning the right way”

Professor Aleksander Madry strives to build machine-learning models that are more reliable, understandable, and robust.


The work of MIT computer scientist Aleksander Madry is fueled by one core mission: “doing machine learning the right way.”

Madry’s research centers largely on making machine learning — a type of artificial intelligence — more accurate, efficient, and robust against errors. In his classroom and beyond, he also worries about questions of ethical computing, as we approach an age where artificial intelligence will have great impact on many sectors of society.

“I want society to truly embrace machine learning,” says Madry, a recently tenured professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. “To do that, we need to figure out how to train models that people can use safely, reliably, and in a way that they understand.”


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Rob Matheson
MIT News
March 7th, 2020

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An Introduction to IoT Sensors

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Sensors are the backbone of any IoT deployment. They gather information and provide software with sensory information it needs to achieve its full potential.

This post will cover various important sensors that are possibilities for an IoT deployment. Sensors are the backbone of any IoT deployment. They gather information and provide software with sensory information it needs to achieve its full potential.

In addition, this post will go over considerations and decision-making for selecting sensors in an IoT deployment. Often times, a single sensor is not the best implementation, a suite of sensors can gather more data and even affect behavior for other sensors. In many cases, more than one sensor is necessary to perform the IoT deployment’s function.


Sensor Overview

Sensors are just as critical to every IoT application as the internet. Imagine Alexa or Google Home without a microphone: it wouldn’t work. People wouldn’t be able to interact with the device, or it would need some other kind of sensor such as a keyboard to obtain input from a user. At the same time, the application dictates what kind of sensor is needed. A smart home device without a microphone wouldn’t be useful. Interacting with the device through voice allows for the user to be in many different places or partaking in another activity, like cooking, while still using the device. The sensors in an IoT application are the eyes, ears, and nose of software. Just like the organs that allow humans to interact with the world, sensors are the way software detects the physical world and interacts with it.


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March 5th, 2020

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Smart Buildings – Entering a New Decade

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In 2020, IoT-enabled smart building solutions that leverage connected sensors will influence how smart building vendors rethink their business models to take full advantage of this technology.

Smart buildings are fast becoming the norm across the globe. According to Mordor Intelligence, the smart building market is expected to record a compound annual growth rate of over 23 percent over the period of 2019 – 2024. Increasingly, sophisticated smart cities are being developed by nations around the world to improve efficiency, reduce operating costs and generally make life easier for residents and business owners.

In 2020, the availability of IoT-enabled smart building solutions that leverage connected sensors will continue to influence how smart building vendors rethink their business models to take full advantage of this technology. That being said, smart buildings present a set of unique challenges that building managers also have to keep in mind when implementing a solution, like the need to penetrate dense building materials. Because of that, long-range and low power capabilities have become essential to ensure sensors do their intended job like detecting danger, optimizing utility usage and improving the safety and convenience of everyday living.

Here are a few specific ways connected IoT solutions will continue to drive the growth of smart buildings. 

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March 3rd, 2020

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In recent years we’ve seen a growing trend of people owning fewer possessions and the rise of the sharing economy. Due to a variety of economic pressures, the millennial generation has moved further and further away from being able to buy a house. They’ve also spurned buying cars, preferring to use car-sharing services, walk, cycle, or take public transport. We’ve swapped CDs for Spotify and DVDs for Netflix. Libraries of Things, where you can borrow everything from a lawnmower to a disco ball, are springing up around the world.

This general trend away from owning things can be attributed to the rise in valuing experiences over ownership, practicality in the face of renting a rotating series of tiny apartments, or Marie Kondo’s influence.

Whatever the cause, we’re seeing a strong move away from ownership and towards renting what we need, when we need it.

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Tania Kinal, Director of Operations at Pod Group.
February 28th, 2020

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In a world that is dominated by digitalization, the Internet of Things (IoT) is playing a vital role in disrupting the way we live and conduct business. From smart living to workplace collaboration and connected on-field employees, IoT continues to save time and boost productivity like never before.

According to a Microsoft research report, focused on IoT signals and designed to provide a global overview of the IoT landscape, around 85% of respondents say that they are currently in the midst of IoT adoption, and three-fourths have projects in the planning stages. Furthermore, an 88% of respondents believe that IoT is “critical” to the success of their business.

When it comes to IoT development, selecting a programming language is as complex as selecting types of sensors and other hardware devices.

Generally, an IoT lifecycle involves the collection and management of data by means of a vast network of sensors and devices. Next, this data is processed and analyzed to make real-time decisions – in order to execute an effective IoT lifecycle, you need a programming language that allows you to easily establish high-level communication between different devices and maintain seamless connectivity throughout the ecosystem.

This is where JavaScript comes into the picture!


JavaScript for Software Development

It seems impossible to imagine software development without JavaScript these days. Looking at the Stack Overflow’s 2019 Developer Survey, JavaScript is the most popular language among developers successively for 7 years. Furthermore, the importance of JavaScript can be determined by the fact that it is used as a client-side programming language by 95.0% of all websites.

As a client-side programming language, JavaScript helps you create web pages that are dynamic and interactive by implementing custom client-side scripts. At the same time, you can also use cross-platform runtime engines like Node.js to write server-side code in JavaScript.

Choosing JavaScript for IoT

The merits of JavaScript aren’t limited to just web applications. If you possess JavaScript skills, you can easily migrate to IoT application development.

For example, JavaScript can be used to build IoT solutions in the following ways:

Host-Client Method

You can run JavaScript in your host PC and send the signals to the client (things). This mode is ideal for scenarios in which the actual ‘things’ don’t have the capability to run even the leanest JavaScript codebase.

Embedded JavaScript

Another method is to implement the JavaScript code through memory-optimized engines in your device itself. Frameworks like JerryScript can be used to run the devices.

JavaScript on SBCs

In situations where single-board computers (SBCs) can be used, JavaScript or Node.js code can be executed in these devices without any issues.

JavaScript is suitable for IoT solution development because of its potential to respond to events and asynchronous code execution. It can be a great option for quick prototyping as well.

Moreover, most of the organizations are either looking to collaborate with an IoT development company or hire IoT developers that can leverage JavaScript’s ability to provide a uniform interface across heterogeneous devices.

With that said, let’s dive into the core reasons to use JavaScript for your IoT project:

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Anant Desai
February 18th, 2020


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Role of IoT in HVAC

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Implementation of the “Internet of Things” in the modern world is gaining pace at breakneck speed. Society is moving away from standalone devices and entering the realm of inter-connectivity. With uses in different facets of life, such as personal gadgets, retail, electricity distribution and financial services, IoT is making its mark.

One such application field of IoT is in Smart Homes, or more specifically in the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning industry (HVAC). According to a report by Zion Market Research, the global smart HVAC control market is expected to reach almost USD 28.3 billion by 2025 as compared to USD 8.3 billion in 2018. Amalgamation of the HVAC industry and IoT provides for vastly superior customer-centric services, enabling remote appliance control as a first step. Further evolution would result in predictive thermostatic controls, based upon usage history.

Let us go over some of the ways IoT can be implemented in HVAC utilizing smart devices.


What Makes HVAC Devices Smart?

Let us dive into the “smart” part. Merely having a device be connected to WiFi does not make it smart. Having pre-defined scheduling controls or “if statements” doesn’t make it smart either. Then what does?

The answer lies in the difference between communication and decision making. Being connected to the internet and establishing two-way communication in the form of data logs, usage history, and crash reports is not considered smart. It’s what happens after the communication that determines if a system is smart or not.

For example, a thermostat relays back to the cloud server the usage patterns of the past 7 days. Simply recording this data and displaying it wouldn’t qualify the requirement for smart. What needs to happen is manipulation of this data using machine learning algorithms–only then can something be called smart. 

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Originally posted by:
Anees Jarral, CTO, Cielo WiGle Inc.
February 17th, 2020


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Murray Dickson, Director of Sales, Enterprise, South Pacific, CommScope looks at what is needed to create a truly smart city.

Nations around the world have been channelling more investment dollars into smart city technologies as each nation looks to embrace the global trend towards making major urban centres more productive and user friendly for citizens.

The Australian government introduced New Smart Cities Plan in 2018 to review different-allocated public budgets already in place, to better coordinate and drive smart city policies across the country as well as establish clear models of infrastructure, innovation and sustainability within the realms of modern urban society.

Complementary to the New Smart Cities Plan, the push locally to create cities of the future has been to deploy public Wi-Fi. While this is the right first step, it is by no means the be all and end all. The new wave of smart cities spreads improvements beyond Wi-Fi connectivity. Wi-Fi in isolation does not make a city smart; it is a tool that allows for a smart city ecosystem to be developed. In order to make things “smart” and improve overall efficiency IoT devices are connected through a network to the cloud.

Once the IoT sensors are connected to the data centre brain, the development of intelligent data to drive new analytics and services can begin – in addition to more processing power shifting to the edge, with the deployment of mobile edge computing (MEC). As these IoT edge devices and MECs are required to be in close proximity to users, city streetlights are increasingly transforming into smart poles.

Additionally, the introduction of 5G networks in the future will bring sophisticated connectivity to the edge along with IoT devices with even higher speeds, more machine-to-machine connections with very low latencies – enabling a new generation of applications and use cases that we have yet to see.

A truly effective smart city strategy should be based on creating real benefits for the community and one that successfully addresses social issues.

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Originally posted by:
Murray Dickson
February 17th, 2020

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