IoT - Internet of Things

For our readers in the United States, welcome back! Seems strange that we still have a couple of workdays left in the month of November, but sure enough – Thanksgiving has come and gone. Hope you had a relaxing couple of days, I know I did.

Excited for the Holiday season? Shopping on Cyber Monday? If you’re still wondering what type of presents to gift this Christmas season, we at strongly believe you cannot go wrong with IoT devices. Whether you’re looking at smart home, smart car or the well-known fitness trackers, our devices directory is here to help.

In case you missed it, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a set of  Strategic Principles for Securing the Internet of Things (IoT), Version 1.0. The principles focus on the following key areas: incorporating security at the design phase; advancing security updates and vulnerability management; building on proven security practices; prioritizing security based on potential impacts; promoting transparency across the IoT ecosystem; and connecting carefully and deliberately. The purpose of these principles is to provide stakeholders with tools to comprehensively account for security as they develop, manufacture, implement, or use network-connected devices. It is a first step to motivate and frame conversations about positive measures for IoT security among IoT developers, manufacturers, service providers, and the users who purchase and deploy the devices, services and systems.

Our featured IoT device is the Haiku Smart Fan, something you might want to consider for your smart home. The award-winning, elegantly designed Haiku L Series smart fan delivers serious airflow and exceptional efficiency in equal measure. The L Series is ENERGY STAR certified and performs 4 times as efficiently as standards require, saving you money on utility bills. This 52-inch ceiling fan is available in matte black, glossy white, and caramel adding a touch of modern sophistication to any space.

  • Haiku Smart FanWorks with Amazon Alexa (sold separately) with voice control. Simply say, “Alexa, turn on my fan” and discover hands-free comfort.
  • Tested to ensure no wobbling, rattling or clicking
  • Provides coverage for indoor or covered outdoor spaces 15×15 with flat or sloped ceiling
  • Energy Star certified
  • Integrated LED features 16 distinct brightness settings
  • Controlled by IR remotes (included). Set and adjust your fan preferences using the free Haiku Home mobile app (iOS and Android)

Some of the IoT headlines from the last 2 weeks that should interest you:

  • Sigfox continues its growth, expanding its global IoT network into South Africa. The South African IoT market, which is estimated to reach in excess of $2 billion by 2020, is set to revolutionise all sectors stimulating industry growth and economic development.
  • Telit has a new IoT Cloud Connector for Libelium’s Waspmote IoT Ecosystem
  • A new ISACA survey shows US consumers see value in augmented reality, but confidence in IoT knowledge takes a dive
    ISACA’S 2016 IT RISK/REWARD BAROMETER Worldwide survey looks at augmented reality and the Internet of Things
  • Orange has announced its plan to implement NB-IoT and LTE-M on its own mobile network in 2017. This step forward will offer many advantages in connecting everyday objects to the IoT, such as low energy consumption and the lowered cost of radio modules. Orange plans to implement further features though, such as full directional communication between the object and the network, the best mobile coverage, guaranteed connectivity abroad, and all while being operated in a licensed spectrum. This change is exciting proof for the future evolution towards 5G.
  • myDevices launched Cayenne for LoRa – the IoT Project Builder developed exclusively for the LoRa ecosystem. Developers and organizations interested in building a LoRa solution can use Cayenne for free. At the same time, any LoRa device manufacturer can bundle Cayenne with their hardware and make it freely available to their customers.
  • U-blox announced LARA-R3121, a new module comprising single mode LTE Category 1 modems and a GNSS position engine specifically designed for IoT and M2M devices. The ideal for IoT applications and devices, it includes various features such as smart utility metering, smart payment and POS Systems, and is capable with wearable devices, like action cameras. With end-to-end security features such as secure boot, transport layer, and more, it ready for the LTE World.
  • The Industrial Internet Consortium announced the publication of the Business Strategy and Innovation Framework (BSIF). The BSIF helps enterprises to identify and analyze issues that must be addressed to capitalize on the opportunities emerging within the IIoT.
  • Z-Wave Alliance announced new security requirements for all Z-Wave certified IoT devices
  • To help clients across industries capture the massive business opportunity of the digitization of the physical world, IBM is launching the industry’s first global IBM Watson IoT Consulting Solutions practice. The practice will feature 1,500 experts across IBM Watson IoT headquarters in Munich, Germany and in eight other IBM IoT centers across Asia, Europe and the Americas.
  • Last but not least, Intel Security would like to remind you that only 42% of consumers take proper security measures to protect their connected gadgets
    Intel Security Connected Devices

Have a wonderful and productive week!