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Vodafone research suggests IoT is going mainstream


IoT goes mainstream: Vodafone research finds 76% of companies believe the Internet of Things is critical to future success

Vodafone today published its fourth annual IoT Barometer Report – the leading global survey of business sentiment regarding innovation and investment in the Internet of Things, the term used to describe the evolution of a new generation of devices and processes using connected network intelligence to deliver advanced capabilities. Examples of IoT applications – including driverless cars, smart metering for gas and power and remote monitoring for homes and industry – can be found here . The survey was conducted by Circle Research in April and May 2016 and involved more than 1,096 companies across Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, the UAE, the UK and the USA.

The 2016 Vodafone IoT Barometer Report found that:

  • 89% of companies investing in IoT have increased their budgets over the last 12 months;
  • 76% of all companies interviewed believe that taking advantage of IoT technologies will be critical for the future success of any organisation;
  • 63% of IoT adopters are seeing “significant” returns on investment, up from 59% in last year’s Report; and
  • IoT investment now accounts for 24% of the average IT budget, on a par with cloud computing or data analytics.

The Report also found that IoT technologies play a key role in mainstream business activities in an increasing number of companies. Highlights included:

  • 48% of companies interviewed are using IoT technologies to support large-scale business transformation, rising to 61% in the Asia-Pacific region;
  • 52% of consumer electronics companies interviewed are using IoT technologies as the basis for a new generation of applications for connected homes; and
  • 46% of all companies interviewed said they intend to develop new IoT-based products and services over the next two years.

Vodafone Group IoT Director Erik Brenneis said: “Three-quarters of the companies we interviewed now recognise that the Internet of Things is a new industrial revolution that will change how people work and live forever, and almost half the companies surveyed across multiple countries and sectors told us they’re already planning to bring connected network intelligence to millions of devices and processes over the next two years. 2016 is the year the Internet of Things entered the mainstream.”

The 2016 Vodafone IoT Barometer Report can be found here

Source: Vodafone

The Installed base of Wireless IoT devices in Industrial Automation reached 14.3 Million in 2015



According to a new research report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the installed base of wireless IoT devices in industrial automation reached 14.3 million in 2015. The number of wireless IoT devices in automation networks will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.7 percent to reach 62.0 million by 2021.

There is a wide range of wireless technologies used in industrial automation with different characteristics and use cases. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are the most widespread technologies in factory automation while cellular connectivity typically is used for remote monitoring and backhaul communication between plants.

The increasing popularity of Ethernet based networks in factory automation is one of the key drivers for the popularity of Wi-Fi in such applications. 802.15.4 based standards such as WirelessHART and ISA100.11a are major contenders at the field level in process automation networks. The emerging area of Low Power Wide Area Networking (LPWAN) is a promising alternative in remote monitoring applications.

The wireless IoT device market is served by a multitude of players from various backgrounds including global automation solution providers, automation equipment and solution vendors, industrial communication specialists and IoT communication specialists. Emerson, Honeywell, GE and Yokogawa are leading vendors of 802.15.4 devices in industrial automation. Siemens, Cisco, Belden, Moxa, Schneider Electric and Eaton are major vendors of Wi-Fi devices while Eaton, GE and Sierra Wireless are important vendors of cellular devices for industrial automation applications.

Higher levels of automation and IoT solutions enable shorter lead times, lower inventories, increased throughput as well as more flexibility and the ability to respond faster to changing customer needs. “Wireless communication and industrial IoT solutions can provide integration of different automation systems as well as enterprise systems which enables supply chains to be lean, even with a complex mix of products and output levels” said Johan Svanberg, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. “Connected automation solutions also open up the possibility for entirely new business and service models which can give companies a much needed competitive edge in today’s manufacturing landscape”, concluded Mr. Svanberg.

Source: Berg Insight

Actility taps into developing Chinese IoT market

Internet-of-Things-1920xxActility launches ThingPark China with Foxconn to tap opportunities in the rapidly-growing Chinese Internet of Things market

Actility, the industry leader in low power wide area networking, today announced that it is partnering with Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn) to launch ThingPark China, a collaborative initiative to deliver a comprehensive suite of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to the Chinese market. By integrating Actility’s innovative ThingPark IoT platform and Foxconn’s leading vertical information and communications technology services and solutions, ThingPark China will offer end-to-end IoT services from sensors and gateways to network management and SaaS solutions. ThingPark China will begin business operations in the third quarter of 2016.

“China is an opportunity like no other IoT market,” says Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “It’s growing 30% a year, and a third of the world’s 15 billion connected things in 2020 will be in China. Foxconn is the perfect partner for Actility, because it is a company with world-class expertise to drive innovation at scale, as well as unrivaled market access to industrial and urban China. ThingPark China delivers on our goal to serve the vast Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) IoT markets across China.”

“We are delighted to be collaborating with Actility on this exciting initiative, which is another step in our ongoing efforts to create an Internet of Things ecosystem that supports our strategic focus on providing innovative products and solutions to realize smarter lives,” says Fang-Ming Lu, Executive Vice President of Foxconn. “IoT has the potential to transform cities, industry and transport, and also the way we live and work. The synergies generated by bringing together Foxconn’s design, manufacturing and technology capabilities and Actility’s expertise in LPWA networking technology, will enable us to capitalize on the immense opportunities presented in the IoT era.”

ThingPark China will initially focus on delivering solutions to customers in China. In addition to deploying ThingPark Wireless connectivity, network operations and data management, both as SaaS and “on-premise” services, ThinkPark China will also resell LPWA gateways, which serve as essential hubs connecting sensors in the field to public or private communications networks.

China’s rapidly-growing IoT market is supported by partnerships between industry and government at the national and local levels, and some of the first customers for ThingPark China will be “smart cities”, using LPWA technology to connect sensors measuring air and water pollution, and traffic flows, and noise metering, among other uses. Other applications already in development or early deployment include energy efficiency management, manufacturing efficiency enhancement and connected healthcare. The first consumer uses for the technology in China include solutions to help parents monitor their children’s safety.

“This is the most exciting time to get into the most exciting market in IoT,” concludes Mulica. “With our partners at Foxconn, we know ThingPark China is going to be one of the most dynamic and powerful forces in the IoT business anywhere in the world. Together we are going to ride the explosive growth of the next major technology wave in China and the wider Asian market.”

Source: Actility

KDDI in Japan selects Gemalto’s Connected cars and IoT solution

connected car

Solution includes remote subscription management and embedded SIM


Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, has been selected to provide its LinqUs On-Demand Connectivity (ODC) subscription management solutionand embedded SIMs (eSIMs) for KDDI, a leading operator in Japan with over 40 million subscribers, to enable secure connectivity for connected cars and IoT applications worldwide. As a result, KDDI can now provision any requested operator’s profile on connected cars equipped with pre-embedded eSIM, allowing automakers and solution providers to offer seamless remote subscription over the air throughout the lifecycle of the car. Motorists can access optimized real-time information about traffic and nearby amenities, navigation, vehicle diagnostics, and emergency services, anytime, anywhere.

Gartner forecasts that by 2020, there will be a quarter billion vehicles on the road with some form of wireless connectivity, making connected cars a major element of the Internet of Things1. The lack of flexible and interoperable remote subscription management is a major challenge in deploying IoT. Gemalto’s solution, based on global GSMA specifications, will simplify logistics for OEMs and automakers.LinqUs On-Demand Connectivity is integrated to several IoT connectivity platforms, offering utmost flexibility to KDDI.

“Gemalto has been our trusted partner for a long time, and has helped us launch many successful projects,” said Keiichi Mori, Executive Officer, General Manager, IoT Business Development Division, Solution Business Sector at KDDI. “Their solution is based on interoperable GSMA standards, and will provide a common and consistent way to connect devices in the future. With long-lasting relationships with over 500 mobile operators worldwide and a strong local presence, they can help us expand our services to other IoT applications, to obtain rapid growth in the connected world.”

“IoT is increasingly turning connected cars into powerful hubs for value-added services such as infotainment, real-time vehicle telematics, and usage-based insurance, offering plenty of opportunities to OEMs and service providers,” said Michael Au, President South Asia and Japan at Gemalto. “With simplified subscription management, KDDI is strongly positioned alongside Japanese car manufacturers to take a lead in this relatively new market worldwide.”

Source: Gemalto


Huawei Promotes Innovative Research on IoT Security Mechanisms


Two security experts from Huawei Shield Lab (Huawei’s Central Research Institute) shared their research vision on IoT security at the 11th ASIACCS (ACM Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security) conference, which was recently held in Xi’an, China. In order to overcome coarse-grained access control and long lead times for identifying malicious behavior, their invited talk focused on studying security mechanisms which enhance the security of smart homes and connected cars.

Many ICT enterprises have released their own IoT products and platforms to grab a share of the booming IoT market and to foster the creation of their own IoT ecosystems. However, the security and privacy challenges posed by the rise of the IoT and the now wide proliferation of smart devices have to be addressed carefully and innovatively before IoT services are widely accepted. This is because conventional IT security defensive technologies have been shown to be incapable of resisting novel attacks against constrained IoT devices which have been massively deployed.

Motivated by this observation, the Huawei security experts highlighted new security mechanisms which can adaptively learn from existing attacking mode databases, then identify and prevent new security and privacy threats.

As a result, a variety of IoT scenarios can be protected effectively, as Dr. Tieyan Li explains: “Connected car security architecture focuses on the security of on-board equipment, automotive systems and internal/external networks, which can be met only via systematically integrating separation, control and obfuscation mechanisms. Once these security solutions feature a self-learning capability, newly emergent malicious behavior or attacks can be identified quickly.”

Dr. Guilin Wang, another Huawei security researcher, pointed out: “To design smart home security architecture resistant to emerging threats like functionality extension attacks, IoT applications, devices and networks need to be protected with new end-to-end security mechanisms with fine-grained access control policies. For this purpose, lightweight identity-based cryptography, password-based authenticated key exchange, and blockchain are likely to be the key security mechanisms that can be applied to realize fine-grained access control, authorization and trust establishment between users and devices in IoT scenarios.”

As a result of discussions between security professors and professionals attending the conference, it is now believed that greater efforts are needed from academia, industry and governments to study and specify international IoT security standards which are more secure and easier to implement. Huawei, one of the global leading providers of IoT devices and network solutions, is dedicated to this mission and is always open to collaboration with all parties interested in this subject area.

ASIACCS is a well-known global security conference, which was established by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 10 years ago. ASIACCS 2016 covered various topics including network security, system security, IoT security, cloud security, and applied cryptography.

Source: Huawei


GSMA Welcomes 3GPP Completion of LPWA Technologies


New Standards Will Help Mobile Operators Drive Adoption of Commercial LPWA Solutions

The GSMA welcomes the 3rd Generation Partnership Project’s (3GPP) decision to standardise three Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) technologies in licensed spectrum in Release 13. The specifications which were completed today, address the growing IoT market and include a new technology called Narrow-Band IoT (NB-IoT), as well as pre-existing evolved technologies, EC-GSM-IoT and LTE MTC Cat-M1, that will cover all LPWA use cases, ensuring customer choice and helping the Internet of Things (IoT) market to flourish.

“The GSMA established the Mobile IoT Initiative with the specific purpose of aligning the mobile industry behind common and complementary LPWA technologies in licensed spectrum and we are pleased that the industry has moved so quickly to adopt them and that they have now been ratified by 3GPP,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “Mobile operators have already started a number of pilots around the world and this agreement over common standards will help accelerate the development of commercial solutions and ensure they are in market much faster, providing customers with more choice.”

LPWA networks are an emerging, high-growth area of the IoT that complement and extend conventional wide area networks that make use of 2G, 3G and 4G cellular technologies. These new standards will allow operators to optimise their existing high-quality mobile network infrastructure through an upgrade to EC-GSM-IoT for 2G networks and LTE-MTC for LTE networks, while NB-IoT can use both 2G and 4G spectrum to deliver a secure, reliable and robust performance.

The GSMA Mobile IoT initiative is backed by 30 global mobile operators, device makers and chipset, module and infrastructure companies and has helped the industry align on common technology standards in licensed spectrum for the emerging LPWA market. LPWA networks are designed for M2M applications that have low data rates, require long battery lives and operate unattended for long periods of time, often in remote locations. They will be used for a wide variety of applications such as industrial asset tracking, safety monitoring, water and gas metering, smart grids, city parking, vending machines and city lighting.

For more information on the GSMA Mobile IoT Initiative go to: http://www.gsma.com/connectedliving/mobile-iot-initiative/

Geantet-Pansiot Vineyard in Bergundy Connects it’s production to the IoT


Selinko and NXP Join Forces to Provide an Internet of Things (IoT) Solution for Vintners

The Geantet-Pansiot estate will be the first vineyard in Burgundy to connect its entire production and benefit from IoT authentication, traceability and consumer engagement.

Selinko, the Belgian company specializing in digital authentication of products, has announced a collaboration with NXP Semiconductors, thereby extending its range of secure NFC tags to provide a solution adapted not only for great vintages, but also for all other wine categories.

Patrick Eischen, CEO Selinko: “We’re delighted with this collaboration, which represents a real opportunity for vintners to be able to enter a new digital era and gain easier access to an NFC authentication technology with encryption – a type of solution that was previously only used for great vintages.”

The Geantet-Pansiot estate in Burgundy is paving the way by connecting its entire production, starting with its 2015 vintage.

Just under a year after announcing the adoption of Selinko technology for its great vintages, Fabien Geantet, owner of the highly respected Geantet-Pansiot estate in Gevrey-Chambertin, has announced his intention to extend his collaboration and protect his entire production by equipping each bottle with a unique, secure NFC tag from NXP, which can be authenticated using the Selinko mobile app.

Fabien Geantet:
“As a passionate winemaker, I feel it is essential to be able to continuously guarantee to my consumers and my customers a level of expertise and quality worthy of a genuine Geantet-Pansiot wine,”said Fabien Geantet. “I was very quickly convinced by the strength of the Selinko platform’s multi-service approach, which meets all of my needs with a single technology”.

A single technology, three benefits
Selinko platform combined with NXP’s MIFARE Ultralight® C chip will enable the estate to safeguard its distribution network in order to protect its wines from counterfeiting, combat gray markets and also to communicate with its customers directly and in a targeted manner. The customers, for their part, will be able to authenticate their bottle and obtain information about the wine (vintage, production, serving temperature, storage, etc.) and the estate, simply by tapping the back label with their NFC smartphone.

According to Sylvia Kaiser-Kershaw, NXP Global Segment Marketing RFID-NFC Smart Consumer Products:
“Selinko offers an innovative and comprehensive solution, well-known in the wines and spirits market.”

“By combining the expertise and innovation of our two companies, we can work together to raise awareness and increase take-up of digital authentication technologies in the wine industry, in order to improve the level of protection compared to existing technologies and to reconnect winegrowers to their customers, in a world that is increasingly becoming connected, mobile and shared”.

By tagging its bottles, Geantet – Pansiot is also accessing a unique gray-market detection system involving the distribution network and the customers.
The sale of bottles outside their established markets can now be countered thanks to Selinko’s solution. This solution, which engages the distribution network and the end consumer at the same time using one and the same technology, does not require any particular investment (apart from an NFC-enabled smartphone), or any specific technical expertise.

It enables each bottle to be uniformly traced as far as the end customer. Each bottle is initially assigned to a distributor, importer or final customer and to a geographic area dependent thereon. Deviations can be detected and flagged up to the vintner via an online platform (Brand Manager). Armed with a simple expert app available on an NFC smartphone, those involved in the Geantet-Pansiot distribution chain will be invited to identify themselves and scan the bottles to ensure proper delivery to their final destination. They will also benefit from useful information about the wines and the estate. The end consumer, by scanning the bottle, will be the final link in this chain of traceability. Unlike the technologies often used in this area, using a unique tag for each bottle with an encryption system offers a far more reliable alternative in which the risk of duplication is greatly reduced, and does not require any particular expertise on the part of the consumer or the distributor when it comes to identifying a visual marking as being original or fake.

The connected Geantet-Pansiot bottles will be on sale at the beginning of 2017.
Source: IOT Business News

Vodafone provide connectivity for Robotic Exoskeleton

exso bionics



With Vodafone Global IoT SIM, Ekso Bionics Manages Device Diagnostics and Data to Help Improve the Mobility of Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Vodafone will be connecting the world’s first and only exoskeleton that is FDA cleared for use with both stroke patients and spinal cord injuries – the Ekso GT™ from Ekso Bionics®. Vodafone’s network and global Internet of Things (IoT) SIM will ensure reliable communications for diagnostics and improved access to patient data, helping to improve the user experience with the suit.

Robotic exoskeletons are ready to wear, battery-powered robots that are strapped over the users’ clothing, enabling individuals to achieve mobility, strength, or endurance not otherwise possible.

The Ekso GT can provide adaptive amounts of power to either side of the patient’s body, helping to improve results for patients. The suit allows physical therapists to mobilise patients earlier, more frequently and with a greater number of high intensity steps, all of which will aid recovery.

Vodafone Group’s Head of IoT for the Americas Andrew Morawski said, “The Internet of Things is enabling all types of medical devices to be connected anywhere in the world, which is directly affecting the care that patients are receiving. The focus that Ekso Bionics has on helping stroke and spinal cord injury patients to increase mobility is making a significant impact on the quality of life for its users.”

“We are in business to help people achieve the remarkable, and we can do this most effectively with best in class partners. We chose Vodafone to provide a single global solution that ensures seamless connectivity, no matter where a rehabilitation hospital is located,” said Thomas Looby, Ekso Bionics’ chief executive officer. “With Vodafone IoT technology, we can monitor how our exoskeletons are performing in real time, providing therapists with data on how the patients’ rehabilitation is progressing.”

Ekso Bionic has been able to simplify its manufacturing process by using the same Vodafone SIM for all suits globally as well as having a single worldwide partner delivering a managed service. Ekso Bionics’ Ekso GT is currently available in the United States, Mexico, Canada, South Africa, and in most European countries. The Ekso GT is offered in more than 150 leading rehabilitation institutions around the world and has helped enable its users to take more than 50 million steps not otherwise possible.

Source: Vodafone

Symantec Launches New IoT Solution to Help Carmakers Protect Against Zero Day Attacks


New Anomaly Detection for Automotive Offering Expands Company’s IoT Portfolio

Symantec Corp the global leader in cybersecurity, today introduced Symantec Anomaly Detection for Automotive to protect against zero-day attacks and never-before-seen issues facing modern connected vehicles. Bringing Symantec’s extensive security and sophisticated analytics expertise across complex networks to the vehicle, Anomaly Detection for Automotive provides the crucial ability to identify issues for early remediation.

Connected cars offer drivers conveniences such as navigation, remote roadside assistance and mobile internet hot spots. There will be 220 million connected cars on the road in 2020, according to Gartner.1 While new technologies promise to enhance the driving experience, these advancements also create avenues of attack for hackers that can endanger drivers and passengers.

Symantec Anomaly Detection for Automotive uses machine learning to provide passive in-vehicle security analytics that monitor all Controller Area Network (CAN) bus traffic without disrupting vehicle operations, learn what normal behavior is and flag anomalous activity that may indicate an attack. The solution works with virtually any automotive make and model.

“The Internet of Things contains many different areas, but connected automobiles will radically alter transportation and mobile communications,” said Christian Christiansen, IDC VP of Security Products. “As connected automobiles become the norm, security issues have already drawn attention. Driven by opportunity, manufacturers and their suppliers will partner with cybersecurity vendors on securing connected cars as they would with any other networked endpoints such as mobile devices and laptops. Keeping security top of mind will not only help ensure the safety of drivers and passengers but also build trust in the car manufactures and the overall Internet of Things ecosystem.”

Key benefits of Symantec Anomaly Detection for Automotive include:

  • Learning the vehicle’s behavior in a deeper, more precise way, enabling automakers to see previously unseen attacks.
  • Automatically prioritizing incidents based on perceived criticality and risk.
  • Automatically detecting anomalies without requiring manufacturers to set rules or create policies.
  • Using minimal memory and CPU power with an analytics solution built from the ground up for vehicles.

Symantec Anomaly Detection for Automotive is the latest example of Symantec’s investment in the industry’s most comprehensive IoT security solution. Symantec recently announced that the company is securing more than 1 billion IoT devices, from cars to smart meters to industrial control systems. This is Symantec’s fourth solution designed to serve the auto industry, in addition to Symantec Embedded Security: Critical System Protection, Code Signing, and Managed Public Key Infrastructure. More information about Symantec’s work with automakers, chipmakers and other forward-thinking companies to block hackers’ inroads into vehicles can be found in the whitepaper, “Building Comprehensive Security Into Cars.

“Automotive security threats have gone from theory to reality,” said Shankar Somasundaram, senior director of product management and engineering at Symantec. “Symantec is bringing the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of security technologies to the car. The infrastructure and technology that already helps protect billions of devices and trillions of dollars now protects the car. We’re building long-term comprehensive security all while delivering ground breaking protection for cars today.”

Source: Symantec

Nokia and MTS Group to collaborate on IoT and 5G in Russia

Smart phone with 5G network standard communication

  • Companies agree to define smooth network evolution path
  • Testing of LTE-Advanced Pro and 5G technologies will allow MTS Group to take advantage of IoT and meet ever-increasing demands from people and machines
  • 5G test network to be implemented at Russian stadium for major sports event in 2018

Moscow, Russia – Nokia and leading Russian telecommunications operator MTS Group have signed a collaboration agreement that will create a strategic path to the realization of 5G technology and the management of the ever-growing demands of connected people and devices. The companies will deploy a test network during an international sports event in Russia in 2018.

It is estimated that the Internet of Things (IoT) will result in 10 to 100 times more connected devices than people, creating technological challenges, but also opportunities, for new services and applications. With this in mind, MTS has outlined a roadmap to evolve its networks to 5G.

Together with Nokia, MTS Group will develop test projects that leverage 4G technologies such as LTE-Advanced Pro as well as 5G to enable faster speeds, lower latency and new spectrum efficiencies. In 2018, the two companies will implement a 5G test network in a Russian football stadium to allow fans to experience innovative video and other services during the major event being staged there.

Agreement details at a glance

Testing will focus on:

  • Implementation of LTE-Advanced Pro features such as enhanced carrier aggregation and LTE-broadcast

  • Coverage and capacity improvements using LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) and Licensed Assisted Access (LAA)
  • Innovative IoT projects using Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT), LTE-Machine (LTE-M) and Extended Coverage GSM technologies
  • Demonstrations of 5G and dual connectivity of LTE and 5G technologies in the centimeter band
  • Deployment of a 5G test network

Andrey Ushatsky, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at MTS, said: “MTS is developing a roadmap for the evolution of its networks taking into account the complexity and scope of the challenges to be solved when implementing the 5G standards. We are excited to leverage Nokia’s technology to help us transition to 5G and take full advantage of IoT. The joint projects and trials we will undertake will enable us to meet future data demand in the most effective way, and we look forward to showcasing this work in 2018.”

Wladimir Ulianow, head of CBT MTS  at Nokia, said: “We are at the forefront of 5G development, focused on delivering solutions that will prepare today’s networks for this technology. As a result, we can help operators such as MTS to evolve smoothly and efficiently to the programmable world.”

Did you know?

  • Nokia is involved in several 5G-related industry projects in Europe, including the 5G Public Private Partnership project 5G NORMA (5G Novel Radio Multiservice adaptive network Architecture) and collaborations with leading universities across the world, to make 5G technology viable and future-proof.

  • The evolution of LTE provides operators new capabilities as they prepare for 5G. One example is LTE-Advanced Pro, which aggregates up to 32 carriers providing 640 MHz bandwidth using both licensed and unlicensed spectrum. The efficient use of spectrum allows network capacity to grow by up to 200 percent and latency to be reduced to less than 2 milliseconds.
  • Nokia recently showcased its commercially available 5G-ready AirScale radio access technology at Mobile World Congress 2016.

Source: Nokia