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Bad Cars: Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack

TV and science fiction writers have let their imaginations run wild with theories about what could happen if your car was attacked by bad actors. There have been a few real-world cases where white-hat hackers and researchers have been able – in limited, controlled instances – to actually penetrate a car’s electronics and communications systems, take over the car’s steering and acceleration systems, and potentially do real damage.

However, there are other scenarios that might not be as obvious or as dramatic.

For example, what if your car’s computer was infected by a virus that greatly reduced the engine’s efficiency or capped the car’s maximum driving speed? What if the virus did something less dramatic, such as make the car unable to lock the controls for automatic window operation, or simply prevent the car from starting? No one would die, but the car owner would be very upset, posing a disaster for the automobile’s manufacturers.

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Electric Vehicles require sophisticated control and safety technologies for their electrical power systems to safely manage the high voltages that store and distribute from their battery systems. If something goes wrong, the car cannot operate, people could get electrocuted, or the car could burst into flames or explode. These are real dangers that are managed by the car’s network of fuses, circuit breakers, and control systems.

What would happen if a cyber hacker got into these sensitive electronic systems and turned off the safety and control system?

Why would someone do this? Money, of course.

Suppose the bad guys successfully penetrated and infected these vehicles? Imagine now that they had the software or security keys that could fix these problems, but hold them as ransom, jeopardizing an automaker’s entire fleet of new cars.

How many millions (or tens of millions) of dollars would the automaker pay to get that solution? Holding a manufacturer hostage is a very real possibility, as evidenced by the results that today’s hackers are getting by attacking hospitals and cities and successfully extracting substantial ransoms to just return these institution’s data. In a recent WIRED article, The Biggest Cybersecurity Crisis of 2019 So Far, which discusses the risks to “things” and across supply chains, the FBI explained, “We are seeing an increase in targeted ransomware attacks. Cyber criminals are opportunistic. They will monetize any network to the fullest extent.”

Pre- and Post-Assembly Infections

It is possible that cars could be infected before they even hit the auto dealers’ lots. Bad actors have the capability to infect a small electronic part, essential to the auto manufacturing food chain, purchased from one of the hundreds of component suppliers.

How could auto manufacturers possibly test each electronic element? It is almost impossible – and requires that parts manufacturers themselves take more care in their software development process to ensure the software in these components are not infected during manufacturing process, or during the testing and shipping processes.

Of course, cyber infections could happen on the actual assembly line where the cars are put together. With many car manufacturing plants using IoT connected robots and machines, there is always a possibility of infection happening on the assembly line.

These components could even become infected after assembly, during the manufacturers’ testing and process. Infection, during installation, or with after-market parts and upgrades, could arise after the vehicles arrive at the dealers’ facilities.

Already aware of the possibility and the potential disastrous effects of infected cars reaching the market, manufacturers throughout the supply chain need to become more aware of how their devices could be attacked and infected even before they leave the warehouse. This means embedding IoT security from day one – from the smallest electronic components to final assembly of motors, transmissions and other large vehicle components.

Source: Alan Grau, VP of IoT, Embedded Systems, Sectigo

Operators Warm Up for 5G Sports Coverage Opportunity

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Like the athletes and competitors on the field, many mobile operators are working to get their networks in shape and fighting fit to deliver 5G enterprise services to live sports and esports event organisers, according to a recent survey by Ovum on behalf of Amdocs.

Operators are eyeing the opportunities to not only give fans a more innovative experience via 5G services in the stadium but also make the arenas more efficient.

According to the survey, 87% of network operators intend to offer 5G services to major event enterprises. While 82% of operators said they plan to offer Internet of Things (IoT)-type services that would improve stadium management, more than half of operators said they aim to offer services that would improve the fan experience, such as being able to order food and drinks from their mobile devices.

By being part of the sports ecosystem, the potential benefits to operators include increased average revenue per user (APRU), growth of their enterprise businesses, improved customer loyalty, attracting new subscribers as well as expanding brand awareness among different consumer demographics.

Almost half of operators surveyed said that 5G will propel higher ARPU and about one third said it will drive enterprise business growth. For operators that run sports-related businesses, such as media services, half of respondents said they expect to add more sports TV subscribers, thanks to 5G. In addition, many operators (42%) said that virtual reality services will go mainstream with 5G.

Operators Need to Be Team Players in 5G Arena

To succeed in the 5G sports market opportunity, the survey found that operators are already thinking about partnering with other ecosystem players, including tournament organisers, social media companies, device manufacturers as well as video game companies.

Furthermore, a majority of operators (75%) plan to ink partnerships with broadcasters and over the top (OTT) service providers to discover new ways of delivering sports content to customers. And 73% said they want to partner with virtual reality app providers.

Gary Miles, Amdocs Chief Marketing Officer, said: “Working with new types of partners on 5G and sports will give operators a vital role in a new digital business ecosystem. Out of a multitude of potential 5G use cases, our research shows that sports and esports is certainly among the most compelling.”

Source: Michelle Donegan-5g.co.uk

BT to deliver Smart Water IoT with Northumbrian Water

 

BT has secured a contract with Northumbrian Water, the providers of reliable and sustainable water, to help deliver a Smart Water project across its North East operating area.

BT is providing the low power network and data which will enable operational insights, allowing the water company to better understand how its water network performs using the Internet of Things (IoT). The Smart Water project aims to provide Northumbrian Water with a wide range of insights to allow the company to address issues such as water leakage, and enhance levels of water quality for its customers.

The Smart Water project will be deployed over three distinct areas of Sunderland. Around 150 sensors will be installed across the network to capture data on a range of factors, including water flow, pressure and quality. By monitoring the performance of the water network, the project will equip Northumbrian Water with the operational insights needed to continue to provide an excellent customer experience.

The data collected by the sensors will be connected to the BT’s LoRaWAN (Low Power, Long Range, Wide Area Network), which is designed to support long-life, battery powered IoT devices over a long distance. This makes it an ideal solution for monitoring performance across Northumbrian Water’s vast water network.

BT’s IoT platform will be used to capture, process and visualise the data received from the sensors. The platform will help to provide Northumbrian Water with the data insights it needs to understand how the water network is functioning, so that it can take proactive steps to reduce water leakage, speed up operational processes and lower its total running and maintenance costs.

Nigel Watson, Group Information Services Director for Northumbrian Water, said: “We’re delighted to be working with BT on this pilot project in Sunderland, which is just another example of how we apply innovation to our everyday work. It represents a real step forwards towards the Smart Water network of the future transforming the level of insight we have into our network’s operations and driving improvements for customers.

“The idea first came out of our Innovation Festival and the innovative technology that BT uses made them a great choice of partner for developing and delivering our Smart Water pilot project. We’re keen to understand whether it can be rolled out across our entire North East network to deliver benefits for all of our customers.”

Chris Sims, Managing Director, Strategy, Marketing and Digital at BT, said: “We are really excited to be deploying our IoT platform and LoRaWAN network to provide the connectivity and insight needed to deliver a truly integrated Smart Water network for Northumbrian Water.

“It’s a great example of how the Internet of Things can be used to deliver a better experience to customers. And with 5G on the horizon, which will provide benefits such as lower latency, higher speeds and greater reliability, we’re thrilled to work with one of the most innovative water companies in the UK to fully realise the transformational benefits of IoT.”

BT is dedicated to bringing innovative IoT solutions to market using its expertise in devices, connectivity and platforms. The Northumbrian Water Smart Water project is one of a number of recent IoT deployments by BT across the Smart Cities, utilities, transport, logistics and retail sectors.

Source: BT

MANN HUMMEL partners with Sierra Wireless for predictive maintenance in vehicles

MANN+HUMMEL Senzit predictive maintenance platform provides real-time reporting to reduce equipment damage and repair costs, enabled by Sierra Wireless Smart SIM and AirVantage® IoT Platform

Sierra Wireless, the leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that MANN+HUMMEL, a leading global expert for filtration solutions, has selected Sierra Wireless’ Smart SIMs and AirVantage® IoT Platform to connect and manage global deployments of Senzit, the company’s new predictive maintenance platform developed to increase uptime for industrial and agricultural fleets.

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The buildup of dust in a vehicle engine’s air filter can cause massive damage and lead to expensive repairs or replacements. With the cost of an engine replacement often exceeding $100,000 for industrial and agricultural vehicles, monitoring air filters and engine health is critical to operations.

MANN+HUMMEL’s Senzit solution uses IoT connectivity services from Sierra Wireless to ensure fleet managers have full visibility into their fleet’s dust load, engine hours and equipment location. With Senzit’s real-time monitoring capabilities, fleet managers can schedule maintenance only when vehicles require it, avoid unnecessary downtime due to engine damage and accurately track a vehicle’s operating hours and location – all through a mobile app and web portal.

“Our customers rely on Senzit to provide up-to-date, accurate information about their vehicle’s dust load and remaining filter lifetime,” said Charles Vaillant, chief technology officer, MANN+HUMMEL. “By working with Sierra Wireless to add IoT connectivity to our solution, we’re helping fleet managers reduce downtime and save as much as $4,200 per machine, per year. Our customers have an average fleet size of 150-200 vehicles, creating significant savings that they can reinvest in their business.”

To connect and manage their solution, MANN+HUMMEL chose Sierra Wireless’ Smart SIMs and AirVantage IoT Platform. The Smart SIM’s global coverage and remote operator provisioning capabilities allow MANN+HUMMEL to quickly and easily deploy their predictive maintenance platform worldwide, without changing the device’s SIM card. With intelligent network selection and resilience to outages, Smart SIMs ensure that Senzit stays online and fleet operators stay connected. To manage all subscriptions and connectivity through a single pane of glass, the SIMs are integrated with the AirVantage IoT Platform. The platform’s management interface with customizable alerts enables MANN+HUMMEL’s customers to increase uptime and reduce waste with real-time machine data.

“MANN+HUMMEL needed an IoT partner that could help them integrate, scale and manage reliable global connectivity,” said Marc Overton, senior vice president and GM of IoT Services, Sierra Wireless. “Our solution connects their devices in the field and delivers actionable insights to a cloud platform, ensuring that MANN+HUMMEL can offer a responsive, easy-to-use predictive maintenance platform to improve their customers’ bottom lines.”

Source: Sierra Wireless

Smart City Connected Roadway Solutions

Iteris and Cisco Partner to Deliver Smart City Connected Roadway Solutions

Launching in Las Vegas, Initiative Seeks to Make Nation’s Roadways Safer and More Efficient

  • Strategic partnership will see integration of Iteris’ video detection platform with Cisco Kinetic’s advanced networking capabilities
  • Collaborative programs will focus on pedestrian safety and connected vehicle applications

SANTA ANA, Calif. – January 14, 2019 – Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI), the global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, today announced a strategic partnership with Cisco that will promote Cisco’s Connected Roadway solution through several initiatives between the two companies.

Iteris and Cisco have deployed an edge-processing internet-of-things (IoT) solution with the City of Las Vegas that will combine data feeds from the Iteris Vantage Next video detection platform with the Cisco Kinetic software solution to analyze multimodal data from vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians for a number of high-value use cases to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion.

Pedestrian safety and connected vehicle applications in particular will be highlighted throughout the collaborative program, which will include a demonstration at the Smart Cities Innovation Accelerator during this week’s The Innovator’s Forum in Las Vegas.

“Las Vegas is renowned for its heavy pedestrian traffic, so we are constantly working to deploy innovative, multimodal technologies to better manage the flow of vehicles and people,” said Michael Sherwood, director of information technologies at the City of Las Vegas. “Iteris’ integration with Cisco’s Connected Roadway solution will produce insights that highlight the advantages video detection and advanced networking can have on a city’s transportation system.”

“We are excited to showcase how seamlessly Iteris’ advanced video detection integrates with Cisco’s industry-leading networking capabilities to ultimately enhance safety and mobility across the nation’s transportation networks,” said Todd Kreter, senior vice president and general manager, Roadway Sensors at Iteris. “Iteris has been a key proponent of connected vehicle integration for many years and this partnership with Cisco is further testament to our dedication to advancing multimodal safety technology throughout our business.”

Additionally, through a broader partnership agreement, Iteris and Cisco will address smart city initiatives through joint sales and co-marketing activities to key accounts across the United States. This will include highlighting the integration of Cisco communication systems into current and future projects, ensuring its mutual customers have the most secure and reliable communication infrastructure for their end-to-end transportation systems. In addition, by integrating Cisco hardware and software at the edge, the Iteris intersection-as-a-service™ offering will be able to support advanced capabilities for edge processing, as well as larger data sets and connected vehicles applications.

Future integration of Iteris video and radar detection sensors with the Cisco Kinetic platform will be showcased at intelligent transportation systems conferences throughout the year, including the upcoming ITS America Annual Meeting in Washington, DC from June 4-7, 2019.

Source: Iteris

How 5G could be monetised for telecom companies

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A new short report from Matrixx has highlighted the new services telecommunications companies will be able to offer once 5G arrives.

With 5G set to commence its commercial rollout in limited form this year, there have been plenty of predictions concerning the benefits it will bring. Digital commerce platform company Matrixx has provided its own unique perspective on the matter in a report entitled ‘5 Key Opportunities in 5G’.

The report runs through five areas where 5G will present new or enhanced opportunities to the telecommunications companies that Matrixx counts as clients. Those are network slicingsmall cell as a service, smart family, Internet of Things (IoT), and enhanced broadband.

Slicing and small cells

Matrixx’s report then runs through some of the ways telcos will be able to monetise these 5G markets. For example, it mentions how network slicing – the ability to segment parts of a network – will be able to be offered as a service by telecoms companies, offering businesses the ability to run their own virtual networks.

In terms of small cells as a service, the report suggests allowing users to take advantage of small cell networks in, for example, shopping centres or sports venues, for high-bandwidth needs, such as virtual reality. Networks could make money by managing this infrastructure and related services for venues.

Smart family, IoT and enhanced broadband

Under the smart family banner, the Matrixx report points out that telecoms companies will be able to provide a one stop shop service that brings multiple connected home services under one umbrella: VR gaming, home security, remote meter monitoring and more. Having them all handled by one company could appeal to users, and also allow networks to expand their reach (and income potential) beyond just mobile.

For the IoT, the report talks about networks using it as a platform or service, which can be monetised through managed service delivery. With the IoT likely to provide services to millions of users in the near future, that could lead to extensive income potential for networks.

Finally, the report also refers to fresh 5G broadband services, described as ‘broadband+’. These could include ‘bandwidth and service’ or ‘bandwidth and applications’ combinations, such as offering music or video services along with a customer’s broadband. On the business side, 5G broadband could offer pooled bandwidth as part of a network slice, which the user can then define and utilize however they want.

“The days of ‘leading with the network’ are over as 5G, combined with capabilities such as VR, AI and ML, will have a profound impact on the digital user experience,” concludes the Matrixx report. “The complexities, variabilities and scale of that ‘Digital Service Provider’ offering require a fundamental shift and will be the defining approach of this era.”

So in other words 5G will open up many new usage cases and with them many new ways to monetise mobile data. That’s good news not just for networks but also for users, as it incentivises mobile networks to build a strong 5G service. It just requires the networks to seize the opportunities presented to them.

Source: Jon Mundy and James Rogerson- 5g.co.uk

Pubinno Chooses Quectel Modules to Develop Smart Tap for Perfect Beer

Pubinno Chooses Quectel Modules to Develop Smart Tap for Perfect Beer

It mostly seemed to be a marketing slogan when a few years ago elites were talking about how IoT can concur in every corner of plant earth as it can basically be embedded in everyTHINGS.Nowadays we are not surprised if even strange THINGS are connected, but beers in pubs could have been the last one we thought of. But pioneers like Pubinno are among those who redefines how a business can operate by pushing into new frontiers.

Mr. Necdet Alpmen, CTO & co-founder at Pubinno said:
“Pubinno is a San Francisco based technology company, developing Smart Beer Taps that serve perfect beer and boost profits.”

“Pubinno’s leading product, Taptronics™, is a plug & play, smart and connected draft beer tap combining robotics, IoT and AI. Taptronics™ delivers rich and smooth foam that produces a wonderful drinking experience.”

He added that:
“As a fast-growing company, Pubinno is working closely with the largest beer brands in the world such as InBev Turkey. Pubinno’s products are being used over 200+ bars and pubs across USA, Germany, Italy, India, Israel, Netherlands, Turkey and more to come. A total of 300.000 glasses are being served monthly through Taptronics™. Quectel was a very natural choice as it offers quality, competitive price and incredible service at once. We also loved Quectel for its commitment and clear yet smooth migration path from 2G toward NB-IoT. Backward compatibility with newer technology; which saves tremendous amount of cost and engineering efforts; is also considered as additional advantage of using Quectel modules.”

Quectel M66 is an ultra-small quad-band GSM/GPRS module using LCC castellation packaging on the market. It has the optimal performance in SMS & Data transmission and audio service even in harsh environment. The ultra-compact 15.8mm × 17.7mm × 2.3mm profile makes it a perfect platform for size sensitive applications.

smart beer tap with Quectel M66“Industrial 4.0 revolution is not a theoretical concept anymore. In fact, related products and services are being widely used in almost all industries and even penetrated into micro retailing, and as seen, food and beverages sector. This is indeed a turning point in human being history,”said Mr. Onur Canıtez, Quectel Regional Sales Director, Turkey & Middle East.

He added that:
“At Quectel, we are overwhelmingly excited to be part of this revolution by offering communication cores thanks to our richest product portfolio in the cellular connectivity market, from 2G and NB-IoT all the way to 5G and beyond.”

Quectel owns a broad portfolio of cellular modules and will showcase the latest LPWA products at booth B.j40 of the upcoming European Utility Week (EUW) during 6-8 November in Vienna.
Soure: IoT Business News

NB-IOT SKYROCKETS WITH NEW COMMERCIAL CONTRACT IN NORWAY

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Telia Company has secured the largest narrowband IoT contract in Norway yet. The three-year agreement with waste disposal container tracking company StalkIT, covers 100,000 connected devices in Telia’s nationwide narrowband IoT network.

Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) is a new communication technology that enables excellent coverage indoors, outdoors and in the ground. It is ideal for things that run on battery or only send data irregularly. NB-IoT is a cost-efficient way of connecting devices to existing mobile networks.

Telia Company recently inaugurated its nationwide NB-IoT network and has now closed the first commercial contract with waste disposal container tracking company StalkIT. It has developed a service that provides waste management operators with new and detailed knowledge regarding the location and status of their containers. The three-year contract enables StalkIT to connect 100,000 devices to Telia’s NB-IoT network.

“We are proud to have a wide-ranging agreement with an entrepreneurial company with great ambitions,” says Jon Christian Hillestad, Vice President Enterprise at Telia Norway. “It is very exciting to see our pilot project from this winter going commercial with the potential to expand beyond the Norwegian borders.”

“All our customers need to do now is to mount the tracking device on their containers and switch it on,” says Einar Aaland, Chief Product Officer at StalkIT. “Our tracking service will provide them with a complete overview of where the containers are and what status they have, and the investment will provide quick returns because processes can be automated and waste can be reduced.”

Source: Telia

New U-Linc IoT device protocol could transform hotel stays

U-Linc

U-Linc, a new Internet of Things (IoT) device protocol which has been developed at the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre, could dramatically improve the experience of staying at a hotel.

One of the key challenges with smart home applications and similar smart device implementations, such as those which could be used in hotels, is that users typically need a different app for each type of technology – e.g. lighting, heating, security, etc., and this leads to a disjointed customer experience.

U-Linc,  a next-generation protocol likened to Bluetooth, allows users to access and control numerous IoT devices from different manufacturers via one interface. When users decide to operate an IoT device via U-Linc, a branded interface is created for that device. Device manufacturers retain control over the customisation.

Professor David Sampson, Vice-Provost of Research and Innovation at the University of Surrey, said: “We are proud that U-Linc was developed here at the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre. U-Linc is indicative of the forward and enterprising thinking that we encourage our researchers to adopt.  We are excited to see how this product develops in the years to come.”

Hotel of the future

U-Linc’s creators believe the protocol could have applications in a number of industries, including hospitality, potentially enabling hotels to offer unique experiences for each guest as well as the ability to better manage guest access to hotel rooms, areas and facilities.

A number of hotel chains are eyeing the opportunities offered by the IoT. Late last year, Hilton announced its Connected Room concept, noting that the ‘mobile-centric hotel room’ idea was based on the fact that hotel guests have limited time in their rooms. The experience should be seamless and they don’t have time to learn a lot of new technology each time they check in.

Marriott has also launched the IoT Guestroom Lab to explore the hotel room of the future, including responsive IoT systems to personalise the experience and streamline operations.

User-friendly IoT

SAS predicts that the IoT will be worth £81 billion in the UK alone by 2022. As new devices come onto the market and more areas of life become connected, the need for a user-friendly interface will increase. A protocol such as U-Linc could also have applications in retail, smart cities, industrial settings and connected cars.

U-Linc can be used via a software licence or provided embedded within a chip.

Source: Sarah Wray-5g.co.uk

Atos becomes official IoT partner for Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

  • The Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (Coca-Cola HBC) to implement the first mass-rollout of Atos Codex Connected Cooler solution
  • A significant number of coolers to be connected globally, with Coca-Cola HBC leading the way
  • This is the first application of Atos Codex for Retail – the Atos service for a fully connected ecosystem in the Retail & Consumer Packaged Goods markets

Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, today announces a new multi-national contract with the Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (Coca-Cola HBC), one of the world’s largest bottlers for The Coca-Cola Company with operations in 28 countries in Europe, Russia & Nigeria serving approximately 595 million consumers. Under the new contract, Atos will provide end-to-end IoT services for the Coca-Cola HBC Connected Cooler program. The program delivers valuable insight into consumer behavior and retail performance while helping to improve operational efficiency and increase sales revenue.

Turning Connected Cooler data into valuable business insights

Connecting assets, such as in-market cooler placement, is a cornerstone of The Coca-Cola System’s digital business enabling strategy. Coca-Cola HBC, with investment in a fleet of 1.6 million coolers in operation, is leading the way. Coca-Cola HBC is partnering with Atos to rollout the Atos Codex Connected Cooler solution and will have the first 300,000 coolers connected by the end of 2018. This solution will enable Coca-Cola HBC to access huge amounts of point of sale data, including: in store cooler placement and availability, temperature, stock-level, product placement, customer behavior and trends. This end-to-end solution will enable Coca-Cola HBC to connect, collect and manage data from connected coolers across the 28 countries where Coca-Cola Hellenic operates.

Smart coolers also enable proximity interaction with the use of mobile apps, enabling Coca-Cola HBC to engage with customers in real-time. This provides an added value with customized offers and near-me promotions, turning digital engagement into increased product sales.

Atos Codex Connected Cooler is an IoT solution. Using either existing cooler sensors or fitting new ones, the solution establishes secure network connections to a cloud-based IoT platform over which the data can be processed and analyzed. Atos is managing the entire project using Atos Codex IoT technologies and through long-lasting partnerships including those with Microsoft and the domain expert, eBest IoT. The Connected Cooler solution provides flexible, scalable, and secure end-to-end support.

Alain Brouhard, Group Business Solutions & Systems Director and CIO at Coca-Cola Hellenic HBCcomments “By connecting the coolers we are starting our journey towards digitizing the marketplace and establishing a connected environment with our customers and shoppers. Such an environment will allow us to accelerate time-to-market and increase operational efficiency, while at the same time gaining more insightful market analytics to engage better with our consumers.

Peter Pluim, Executive Vice President, Infrastructure and Data Management at Atos says “Using Smart coolers is the first step in this journey towards a fully connected ecosystem. This end-to-end solution will not only enable Coca-Cola HBC to easily manage the data from millions of connected coolers, but also be the foundation in turning  more assets such as shelves and vending machines into IoT devices. In addition, these connected assets will become an important touchpoint for consumer engagement.”

Atos has been working with Coca-Cola HBC for more than 15 years as a strategic IT partner in developing and managing its key IT solutions. Atos is a recognized leader in the IoT market and was recently named as a Leader by the global research and analyst firm NelsonHall in the 2017 NEAT analysis on Internet of Things (IoT) Services.

Source: Atos