Internet Of Things News Flash: 09-19-2019

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How Hackers Could Break Into the Smart City - WSJ

Highlights:

  • We’re lowering the barriers to entry,” says Dave Weinstein, former chief technology officer of the state of New Jersey and now chief security officer at the security firm Claroty Ltd. What are the most vulnerable places in a smart city?
  • Once a city installs Internet of Things sensors over a widespread area, the opportunities for hackers to inflict damage grow exponentially.
  • The amount of data that will be collected on a city’s residents, even just through traffic and pedestrian sensors, is enormous, says Michael Sherwood, director of innovation and technology for the city of Las Vegas.
  • Kevin Martin, program manager for Smart City PDX, Portland, Ore.’s urban-technology initiative, says its sensors are deliberately kept separate from the city’s wider networks as much as possible, to prevent the sensors from being used as a point of attack.
  • In New York, officials have set up a testing laboratory for Internet of Things devices and have run full examinations of more than a dozen devices to date, looking at both performance and vulnerabilities.



Dark Side Of Smart Cities | Emerging tech & innovation | Techworld

Highlights:

  • The development of smart cities has been taking place across the UK for a number of years now, but what are the risks involved when everything in a city becomes connected?
  • The idea of a city becoming ‘smart’ is often established once Internet of Things (IoT) devices are deployed to transform the infrastructure of a particular area.
  • Although smart infrastructure provides living, transportation and connectivity benefits for residents, the use of connected technology makes smart cities increasingly attractive to malicious cyber attackers, as the US city of Atlanta learnt in March 2018.
  • As more and more smart cities are being developed around the world, a growing number of areas will become more vulnerable to attacks.
  • Gartner estimates that there will be 20.4 billion ‘connected things’ in use by 2020, a prediction that is proving increasingly likely with the increase in IoT and connected technologies used in smart cities.



Carnival Looks to Keep Passengers Happier at Sea With the IoT

Highlights:

  • Carnival Corp. gave PCMag a tour of its Caribbean Princess cruise ship in Brooklyn, New York, in order to see how its OceanMedallion and its Internet of Things (IoT) edge computing network work to keep customers satisfied away from shore.
  • John Padgett, Chief Experience & Innovation Officer at Carnival, provided us with an update on the implementation of the OceanMedallion and Internet of Things (IoT) architecture around the ship.
  • Inside, though, the OceanMedallion contains micro-antennas that enable both near-field communication (NFC) and Bluetooth connectivity, which allows it to “talk” to the wide variety of sensors, kiosks, and other connective devices on Carnival MedallionClass ships.
  • Carnival offers a cruise ship card to passengers who decline an OceanMedallion, but Padgett said they often request the chip after a couple of days on the ship.
  • According to a recent Juniper Research report, the number of connected IoT sensors and devices will grow to more than 50 billion by 2022.



How Architecture Influences IoT Project Success

Highlights:

  • Leverage Architecture to Manage Complexity,” and he said that understanding IoT architecture is the key to solving the complexity of these projects and truly harnessing IoT’s power.
  • There are three distinct parts of an IoT solution (the edge, which includes sensors and gateways; the IoT platform, which includes data ingestion and analytics; and the enterprise, which includes existing business processes and applications) and organizations should build an architecture that can meet high compatibility and service quality needs.
  • According to Heidt, one of the areas that causes projects to falter is the lack of attention paid to integrating enterprise processes and applications into the overall solution.
  • Heidt said that over 60% of the total IoT project timeline is spent on enterprise integration, and over 40% of organizations have issues with this.
  • Ultimately, successfully implementing IoT projects isn’t a matter of IT simply recreating what they’ve built in the data center at the edges of their organizations.



Can Edge Analytics Become a Game Changer?

Highlights:

  • Edge analytics refers to an approach to data collection and analysis in which an automated analytical computation is performed on data at a sensor, network switch or another device instead of sending the data back to a centralized data store.
  • Both types of devices forward selected subsets of raw or pre-processed IoT data to services running in the Cloud, including storage services, machine learning or analytics services.
  • Edge Sensors and Actuators are special-purpose devices connected to Edge Devices or Gateways directly or via low-power radio technologies.
  • While Raspberry Pi has long been the gold standard for single-board computing, powering everything from robots to smart home devices, the latest Raspberry Pi 4 takes Pi to another level.
  • To compare how different devices work on the real-time object detection problem, we tested Coral Dev Board and Coral Accelerator for human detection from two web-cameras against Desktop CPU with Coral Accelerator and Raspberry Pi with the same Accelerator.



How Greyp’s Digitalized Equity Offering Paves the Way for Mobility Innovation

Highlights:

  • Greyp is embarking on a groundbreaking digitalized equity offering that will allow our users and supporters to own a piece of the company as we build out a mobility platform for a future that is connected and sustainable.
  • While blockchain is just one of the elements of the Greyp “stack,” it gives the platform technical capabilities that exceed most connected device platforms.
  • In this way the connected machines that comprise the Internet of Things (IoT) can begin to form an Economy of Things (EoT).
  • Another important use case that we expect to grow out of our connected mobility platform is smart vehicle access.
  • Our digitalized equity offering, which enables our users to own a piece of Greyp and the connected future, is the perfect way to build these innovations.



Sri Lanka- Building safer and more liveable cities with smart solutions | MENAFN.COM

Highlights:

  • Similar smart technologies are also extensively deployed in cities such as London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Islamabad, New York, and Kuala Lumpur to name a few.
  • Beyond meeting a nation's security and safety needs, smart solutions can be employed to alleviate traffic congestions in cities as well.
  • Having reliable mobile networks with high speeds and low latency is crucial in facilitating the drive of next-generation technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT),.
  • Connected Healthcare,and Artificial Intelligence among others that power up the smart applications of a connected city.
  • In this aspect, Sri Lanka can take the lead in deploying agile and scalable small cells solutionsas the country moves towards a smart and connected future.



Inside AIoT: An Ecosystem War

Highlights:

  • With the help of smart devices equipped with AI, a company could have a far more comprehensive knowledge of its customers.
  • AI can be applied to data from any of these home automation devices or systems to anticipate and predict user behavior, provide maintenance data, etc.
  • The race is very important because the millions of homes where voice control has gained a foothold for smart home adoption will be fertile ground for the wider adoption of a growing range of additional smart home devices, control systems, integrated applications, and vendors.
  • Furthermore, if companies cannot take advantage of the smart home part, they will lose the market share in the other parts of the technology device market.
  • By equipping those IoT devices with built-in intelligence, analysis, filtering, actionable outcomes, and even user interaction can all be handled from the device itself.



IT security needs to keep up with ‘smart city’ trend | StateScoop

Highlights:

  • Mayors and other elected officials are flocking to “smart city” devices designed to monitor air quality, smooth traffic flows, decrease economic imbalances and improve the performance of government.
  • The surge in the number of devices that cities are embracing — from environmental monitors to traffic cameras to biometric scanners — creates a host of new security concerns at a time when many communities are struggling just to protect their core IT assets from threats like ransomware.
  • Mikell citied statistics showing that about 1.3 million people around the world move into cities every week, and that by 2040, at least 70 percent of the world’s population will be made up of urban-dwellers.
  • Another problem facing cities that embrace new “smart” technologies is that they often lack the security architectures capable of supporting these devices, Lalit Ahluwalia, a managing director at the consulting firm Accenture, told a roomful of local-government administrators and technologists.
  • But the exponential growth in the number of internet-connected devices used in urban management and the information they collect means cities will have to rethink those strategies, especially in the event an attacker tries to compromise that data.



Week 9: Future project ideas and potential solutions

Highlights:

  • Last week, we agreed on the next steps for our work on Information Governance, conducted another four borough visits, and read through your submissions to our Project Ideas Bank.
  • Greenwich has both an in-house team “Digital Greenwich”, which has played a prominent role in the European smart city programme Sharing Cities, and DG Cities, a council-owned company which conducts commercial work related to smart cities.
  • At Ealing, we heard from Kieran Read and Kevin Griffin about how they intend to raise awareness of the varying opportunities that LOTI could present to their colleagues.
  • Newham is also keen to work on IoT projects and cited some of their successful partnerships with commercial providers to date, that might inspire how LOTI works with the private sector going forward.
  • Signposting — LOTI central team highlights resources and opportunities that benefit our members, including funding opportunities, the latest technology innovations, best practice examples from other cities etc.



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