Friday, August 26, 2016

IoTA 29 - IoT get off my lawn

Show Notes:
Ken Briodagh reports in IoT Evolution that Chronicled, a San Francisco based technology company, has launched an Open Registry for IoT. Built on the Ethereum blockchain, the registry stores the identities of physical items, for starters, consumer goods and collectibles embedded with BLE and NFC microchips. In doing so, a secure, interoperable digital identity is established and new, proximity-based consumer engagement opportunities become possible. Chronicled has open sourced the project under the Apache License.

“Chip companies, physical IP creators, and brands can now register and verify their BLE and NFC chips on a public blockchain,” said Ryan Orr, CEO, Chronicled. “These tamperproof chips can be ordered today and are already being deployed in consumer goods.”

“One of the main problems holding back growth in the consumer IoT market is interoperability,” said Daniel Cooley, SVP and General Manager, IoT Products, Silicon Labs. “By putting IoT chip registrations into private databases, today every brand is creating the equivalent of its own private cellular phone network or its own private email system that is not interoperable with any other network. This interoperable back end is a valuable building block and positive step for the entire IoT ecosystem including app developers, brands and consumers alike.”
Cyber experts are recommending Network Segmentation to facilitate IoT Security writes Alex Koma in State Scoop. At the National Association of State Technology Directors’ annual conference Wednesday, public and private security leaders stressed the danger inherent in linking IoT devices to state networks, when many of those devices still aren’t designed with security as a prime concern.

“Systems talking to parts of the network they shouldn't is probably the area of highest risk right now,” said Steven Hurst, director of security services and compliance for AT&T. “But ironically, it’s also one of the easiest ones to solve.” Timothy Brown, executive director for security with Dell Software, agrees that it’s likely a question of “microsegmentation” and the creation of “managed gateways” to control how IoT devices work with the rest of the network.

“It’s more about the collection of data at the gateway,” Brown said. “If the temperature hasn’t changed, why does a smart thermostat need to send it elsewhere? You can set it to report back every hour if you need it. Those types of things exist today.”
Shobhit Seth reports in Investopedia that Intel and AT&T launch a platform for IoT. Based on the concept of software-defined networking (SDN) and network-functions virtualization (NFV), the new network for the digital age will employ low-cost hardware and be open to standard and open source technologies—a departure from the existing network which relies on high-cost, high-end dedicated hardware and proprietary software technology.

This pragmatic shift will support flexibility, scalability and automation; it will also improve the efficiency of emerging services including cloud computing, IoT, mobility, augmented and virtual reality, big data analytics and high-resolution content over networks. AT&T will benefit by adopting Intel’s technology and gaining access to upcoming products and services from a coveted group of public and private cloud providers called "Super 7," which includes the likes of Alibaba, Amazon, Baidu, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Tencent.

Defined by AT&T as ‘A Network Built In Software,’ SDN and NFV will allow AT&T to port existing hardware-dependent networking tasks to software running on standard processors. This initiative will substantially reduce the cost of network services as well as allow open source software to run on standard low-cost hardware, leading to significant savings for service providers. AT&T aims to virtualize 30% of its network by the end of the year and hit the 75% mark by 2020.
Linsey O'Donnell reports on 10 Cool ways that companies are innovating in Healthcare. 1) AdhereTech makes smart wireless pill bottles, 2) Stanley Healthcare has the AeroScout realtime locatio system to keep up with patients, staff, and equipment, 3) Qualcomm Life health monitoring solution - blood pressure, weight scale, and tablet to collect biometric data, 4) GE Healthcare - Hospital Operations Managemetn platform, 5) Cisco Systems - allows medical devices to operate interactively, 6) Proteus Digital Health - ingestible sensors, 7) PhysIQ - chest strap to monitor patients remotely, 8) Microsoft Azure IoT - working with hospitals to build automated medical systems, 9) IBM - Watson IoT Platform and Bluemix heart monitoring to hospital data, 10) Honeywell Care Solutions - blood pressure, glucometers and fitness trackers

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