Smart Cities and the journey to the “Cloud”

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“Smart city” is a term with varied implications. But the underlying technology, with its ability to provide a 360° view of every aspect of city operations and improve quality of life, has moved beyond science fiction. Today, it offers hope for struggling urban centers. Imagine a city where interconnected technology works seamlessly to improve public safety, transportation, energy efficiency, economic development and operating expenses. Cities such as Singapore, London and San Francisco, smart technology is already solving problems. With its ability to track everything from cleanliness to traffic, the digital infrastructure of smart cities can create safer, healthier, more informed communities while generating data of tremendous value to the public and private sectors.

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Security Implications of Cloud-based IoT Software

Article | August 3, 2022

Physical and digital security are changing due to cloud-based IoT software, which makes it possible to combine them and use them to utilize data better. In almost every sector, data is essential to success, and security is no exception. To better understand what's going on in your business, you can combine cloud-based solutions that contain all the information on a single interface. For instance, integrating security camera feeds with cloud-based access control systems enables real-time visual identification verification. Utilizing cloud-based IoT technology also enhances productivity and enables quick replies. Combining digital and physical security, often known as security convergence, is another technique to optimize IoT and cloud-based security solutions. To guard against internet flaws and intrusions, a cloud-based physical security system needs cybersecurity software. In a similar vein, physical security measures prevent sensitive data from getting into the wrong hands. Teams for physical and cyber security might combine to provide a more comprehensive plan of action. Maintaining current versions of the technology you are using in your security plan is necessary for future-proofing your technology. To ensure that your cloud-based system has no vulnerabilities that could expose your company to cybersecurity risks, it is crucial to keep all software updated. Updates can be automated and carried out remotely with cloud-based software, requiring little effort on your part to keep your software current. You have the chance to develop a security system that is future-proof when a firm adopts cloud-based IoT technologies as part of your security plan. When organizations use IoT technology, cybersecurity is a significant concern. However, combining physical and digital security lets you ensure your cloud-based system is well-protected from vulnerabilities. In addition, your security and IT teams will be better able to manage the evolving security landscape if you combine physical and digital security ideas.

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Unlocking the IoT Potential with AI

Article | July 13, 2022

Artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly crucial in IoT applications and deployments. Over the past two years, investments and acquisitions in firms that combine AI and IoT have increased. IoT platform software from top suppliers now includes integrated AI features, including machine learning-based analytics. When artificial intelligence is linked with the internet of things, we get Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT). The prime motive for combining AI and IoT is that, while IoT devices are used to gather data and send it to a cloud or other location where it can be stored using the internet, AI, which is regarded as the brain of AIoT, is what actually aids in decision-making and simulates how machines would act or react. Other artificial intelligence (AI) tools, such as speech recognition and computer vision, can assist reveal patterns in data that previously needed human evaluation. AI applications for IoT-enabled companies help them avoid several issues: Preventing expensive unplanned downtime Predictive maintenance can lessen the adverse economic effects of unplanned downtime by employing analytics to anticipate equipment failure and arrange orderly maintenance processes. In order to predict equipment failure, machine learning enables the discovery of patterns in the continuous streams of data produced by today's technology. Operational efficiency advancement IoT with AI capabilities can also increase operational effectiveness. By processing continuous data streams to find patterns invisible to the human eye and not visible on simple gauges, machine learning can predict operating conditions and identify parameters that need to be adjusted immediately to maintain ideal results, just as it can predict equipment failure. Improved risk management IoT and AI-powered applications enable businesses to automate for quick reaction, better analyze and predict a range of hazards, and control worker safety, financial loss, and cyber threats. Finding an IoT system that does not incorporate AI could soon be uncommon. With the help of AI, organizations can truly enhance the potential IoT and effectively put it into use for improving the overall functioning.

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Future of Security: Cloud Based IoT Software

Article | September 23, 2022

The nature of digital and physical security is evolving as a result of cloud-based IoT software, which enables both security components to be combined and used to exploit data better. Commercial use of cloud-based IoT software is possible, and cloud-based solutions have some advantages in the area of security. IoT technology, which is essential to this development, is driving worldwide development in many areas and revolutionizing daily operations for many businesses. Data is essential to success in almost every sector, and security is no exception. To better understand what's going on in your business, you can combine cloud-based solutions that contain all the information on a single interface. For instance, integrating security camera feeds with cloud-based access control systems enables real-time visual identification verification. The Impact of Combining Physical and Cyber Security Combining digital and physical security, often known as security convergence, helps optimize IoT and cloud-based security systems. A cloud-based physical security system needs cybersecurity software to guard against internet flaws and intrusions. Similarly, physical security measures prevent sensitive data from getting into the wrong hands. Teams for physical and cyber security might combine to provide a more comprehensive action plan. The more seamlessly all physical and digital security components are linked, the more secure and future-proof a commercial system will be. When organizations use IoT technology, cybersecurity is a significant concern. However, by combining physical and digital security, organizations can make sure their cloud-based systems are well protected from vulnerabilities. In addition, the security and IT teams will also be better able to manage the evolving security landscape when the organization combines physical and digital security ideas.

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How Can Businesses Reduce IoT and IIoT Security Risks?

Article | July 6, 2022

The Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) markets have experienced explosive growth as a result of the digital industrial revolution that followed the COVID-19 epidemic. To fully benefit, however, organizations have had to handle security concerns associated with these revolutionary technologies. Therefore, finding the correct security strategy is crucial for any organization because of the increasing dependency on IoT and IIoT to manage essential business systems. IoT and IIoT can be implemented quickly, but they come with inherent vulnerabilities. This risks businesses from cyberthreats such as device theft, spoofing, denial of service attacks, and data breaches or siphoning. Attacks of this nature adversely affect an organization's operations, finances, safety, and reputation. Many IoT and IIoT devices have passwords hard-coded into their firmware, making it challenging to patch or update security, which is a significant problem. Even when security is deployed on a device, it can usually be bypassed by taking advantage of a variety of known weaknesses. As a result, IT teams may find it challenging to identify an occurrence when IoT or IIoT devices are compromised before affecting systems and data. Mitigating IoT and IIoT Security Risks Separate IIoT and wireless devices from the SCADA or ICS network. Micro-segmentation allows only authorized device connectivity in certain circumstances. Control network access by monitoring what connects and validating each device's security. Demand visibility across all enterprise security networks and devices. This should be centralized so all devices, networks, risks, traffic, and policies can be handled in real-time across production and IT environments. Use an intrusion protection system (IPS) to identify threats and patch IoT and IIoT devices virtually. Counter unexpected attacks with active protection and deception techniques. It's crucial to check that security solutions can grow automatically to meet business requirements before using them. This entails responding to network changes, foreseeing risks and controlling them proactively, and offering real-time threat intelligence.

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Buildings IoT launches UK operations to help to build stakeholders reach net-zero by 2050

Buildings IoT | May 31, 2022

Buildings IoT, based in the United States, has opened offices in the United Kingdom to service the unique demands of building stakeholders in Europe, with the goal of decarbonizing buildings and advancing Net-Zero projects. Buildings IoT will market its IoT Jetstream smart building platform in the UK and across Europe to building owners, managers, investors, contractors, and systems integrators. Les Russell, Director of Business Development, is in charge of Buildings IoT's UK operation. Russell will be in charge of overseeing all primary partner connections, as well as providing assistance and raising the visibility of Buildings IOT across Europe. "Smart building technologies have reached an inflection point of maturity and performance, with speed to impact and a tangible ROI. The UK market is ripe with opportunity, thanks to the country's concerns over carbon reduction, indoor air quality, and financial due diligence requirements. The UK's goal to reach Net-Zero by 2050 is also a major driver of demand for proven solutions, including those from companies like Buildings IOT, that hold decades of domain expertise in both building infrastructure and platform technologies. I'm thrilled to be part of a team that recognises the UK as a global leader in sustainability and environmental consciousness, setting a high benchmark in energy efficiency standards for buildings," explains Russell, who has spent the last five years in the smart buildings industry. The Buildings IOT UK team will look for potential to improve occupant experience and realize overall operating efficiencies in a number of London-based commercial buildings, including office and manufacturing buildings. The organization will collaborate with important partners who have clients with specific ESG [environment, social, and governance] goals, as well as energy efficiency, sustainability, indoor air quality, security, and other operational factors. "We're happy to have Les on our team. His strong commercial background and business acumen made him a perfect fit. In his last role, Les identified Buildings IOT as a company to assist with a high-profile customer and a bespoke request around data optimisation. His belief in the Buildings IOT solution and understanding of what the UK market needed made it seem natural to bring Les on board," Gina Elliott, Chief Services Officer of Buildings IoT. Buildings IoT will expand its European presence by hiring engineers and customer success representatives in the United Kingdom. In addition, the company continues to use Agile development methods, enabling partners and customers to participate in the development of its smart building platform roadmap.

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Milesight Grows as a Leading AIoT Solution Provider

Milesight | May 30, 2022

Milesight, a global AIoT solution provider, stated earlier this year that it has upgraded its brand identity, signaling the start of a new AIoT journey. State-of-the-art Technologies in the AIoT Industry 5G, LoRaWAN, and AIoT technologies are important driving forces in the IoE movement (Internet of Everything). These advanced technologies combine with one another as they evolve and mature, becoming popular and infiltrating many aspects of life. Milesigiht unveiled a new brand identity to promote its debut into the AIoT business. Furthermore, a new headquarters has been created and is fully operational, which is a smart building driven by MilesightAIoT technology. Milesight Products of the Highest Quality Milesight offers solutions with remarkable flexibility and reliability for the global market as a fast-growing AIoT solution supplier. The 5G AIoT Camera is a breakthrough in the realm of video surveillance and IoT, going beyond data collection and extracting actionable insights. It is a milestone of Milesight's initial success in merging 5G with AIoT. It can wirelessly broadcast and receive video data via a SIM card, as well as absorb various sensor data such as temperature and water level data. IAQ Sensor, which gives plain data immediately exhibited on display and cloud platforms to enable people to see and improve indoor air quality, reinforce health, and preserve business continuity, is another successful example of combining IoT and LoRaWAN® technology. For example, 47,000 IAQ Sensors were put in Canadian schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to improve ventilation and filtration while creating a healthier learning environment for students. Milesight is on a new journey to AIoT, with a commitment to offering more and more advanced AIoT solutions such as smart cities, smart building, smart agriculture, and more, contributing to a more intelligent and connected world by perfectly combining cutting-edge technologies such as 5G, LoRaWAN, AI, and IoT. Milesight is a firm believer in everything being connected. Milesight will continue to thrive in the AIoT era with more connected and integrated products and solutions to come, thanks to the new brand identity.

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Veniam and Single Digits connect IoT devices to Wi-Fi hotspots

Veniam | May 27, 2022

Veniam, the market leader in the intelligent edge for the Internet of Moving Things, and Single Digits, a leading provider of Wi-Fi network experiences, have announced a partnership that allows mobile IoT devices and connected vehicles to easily transfer data over Wi-Fi access points while on the move. Despite the fact that mobile IoT devices like dashcams, telematics units, and linked cars have a variety of wireless interfaces (Wi-Fi, 4G/5G, and so on), their data transfers are frequently limited to the available cellular links. To save money on data, mobile IoT firms broadcast shorter, lower-quality videos, do fewer over-the-air updates, and, as a result, degrade the quality of their end users' experience. "By partnering with Single Digits we are making it even simpler and cost effective for Veniam customers to get more and better data. Ultimately, it is about providing all moving IoT devices and their specific applications with the best options for edge connectivity at any location and at any time." João Barros, CEO and founder of Veniam. This new partnership enables auto OEMs, telematics providers, and application platforms to expand 4G/5G with access to millions of Wi-Fi hotspots across the United States and internationally by combining Veniam's ability to make the most of all wireless interfaces in mobile IoT devices with Single Digits' expertise in automated, seamless wireless connectivity. As a result, customer devices connect quickly and automatically to available Wi-Fi networks based on global regulations specified in the Cloud, eliminating the need for manual logins and time-consuming business processes. "We're thrilled to enable on-the-move connectivity between cars and mobile IoT devices over wireless networks through our work with Veniam." said John Haspil, VP of the BSGW Business Unit at Single Digits. "Our roaming hub and powerful suite of services and software for Wi-Fi authorization, authentication, and accounting are essential tools for companies incorporating Wi-Fi Offload into their overall network footprint."

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Buildings IoT launches UK operations to help to build stakeholders reach net-zero by 2050

Buildings IoT | May 31, 2022

Buildings IoT, based in the United States, has opened offices in the United Kingdom to service the unique demands of building stakeholders in Europe, with the goal of decarbonizing buildings and advancing Net-Zero projects. Buildings IoT will market its IoT Jetstream smart building platform in the UK and across Europe to building owners, managers, investors, contractors, and systems integrators. Les Russell, Director of Business Development, is in charge of Buildings IoT's UK operation. Russell will be in charge of overseeing all primary partner connections, as well as providing assistance and raising the visibility of Buildings IOT across Europe. "Smart building technologies have reached an inflection point of maturity and performance, with speed to impact and a tangible ROI. The UK market is ripe with opportunity, thanks to the country's concerns over carbon reduction, indoor air quality, and financial due diligence requirements. The UK's goal to reach Net-Zero by 2050 is also a major driver of demand for proven solutions, including those from companies like Buildings IOT, that hold decades of domain expertise in both building infrastructure and platform technologies. I'm thrilled to be part of a team that recognises the UK as a global leader in sustainability and environmental consciousness, setting a high benchmark in energy efficiency standards for buildings," explains Russell, who has spent the last five years in the smart buildings industry. The Buildings IOT UK team will look for potential to improve occupant experience and realize overall operating efficiencies in a number of London-based commercial buildings, including office and manufacturing buildings. The organization will collaborate with important partners who have clients with specific ESG [environment, social, and governance] goals, as well as energy efficiency, sustainability, indoor air quality, security, and other operational factors. "We're happy to have Les on our team. His strong commercial background and business acumen made him a perfect fit. In his last role, Les identified Buildings IOT as a company to assist with a high-profile customer and a bespoke request around data optimisation. His belief in the Buildings IOT solution and understanding of what the UK market needed made it seem natural to bring Les on board," Gina Elliott, Chief Services Officer of Buildings IoT. Buildings IoT will expand its European presence by hiring engineers and customer success representatives in the United Kingdom. In addition, the company continues to use Agile development methods, enabling partners and customers to participate in the development of its smart building platform roadmap.

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Milesight Grows as a Leading AIoT Solution Provider

Milesight | May 30, 2022

Milesight, a global AIoT solution provider, stated earlier this year that it has upgraded its brand identity, signaling the start of a new AIoT journey. State-of-the-art Technologies in the AIoT Industry 5G, LoRaWAN, and AIoT technologies are important driving forces in the IoE movement (Internet of Everything). These advanced technologies combine with one another as they evolve and mature, becoming popular and infiltrating many aspects of life. Milesigiht unveiled a new brand identity to promote its debut into the AIoT business. Furthermore, a new headquarters has been created and is fully operational, which is a smart building driven by MilesightAIoT technology. Milesight Products of the Highest Quality Milesight offers solutions with remarkable flexibility and reliability for the global market as a fast-growing AIoT solution supplier. The 5G AIoT Camera is a breakthrough in the realm of video surveillance and IoT, going beyond data collection and extracting actionable insights. It is a milestone of Milesight's initial success in merging 5G with AIoT. It can wirelessly broadcast and receive video data via a SIM card, as well as absorb various sensor data such as temperature and water level data. IAQ Sensor, which gives plain data immediately exhibited on display and cloud platforms to enable people to see and improve indoor air quality, reinforce health, and preserve business continuity, is another successful example of combining IoT and LoRaWAN® technology. For example, 47,000 IAQ Sensors were put in Canadian schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to improve ventilation and filtration while creating a healthier learning environment for students. Milesight is on a new journey to AIoT, with a commitment to offering more and more advanced AIoT solutions such as smart cities, smart building, smart agriculture, and more, contributing to a more intelligent and connected world by perfectly combining cutting-edge technologies such as 5G, LoRaWAN, AI, and IoT. Milesight is a firm believer in everything being connected. Milesight will continue to thrive in the AIoT era with more connected and integrated products and solutions to come, thanks to the new brand identity.

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Veniam and Single Digits connect IoT devices to Wi-Fi hotspots

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Veniam, the market leader in the intelligent edge for the Internet of Moving Things, and Single Digits, a leading provider of Wi-Fi network experiences, have announced a partnership that allows mobile IoT devices and connected vehicles to easily transfer data over Wi-Fi access points while on the move. Despite the fact that mobile IoT devices like dashcams, telematics units, and linked cars have a variety of wireless interfaces (Wi-Fi, 4G/5G, and so on), their data transfers are frequently limited to the available cellular links. To save money on data, mobile IoT firms broadcast shorter, lower-quality videos, do fewer over-the-air updates, and, as a result, degrade the quality of their end users' experience. "By partnering with Single Digits we are making it even simpler and cost effective for Veniam customers to get more and better data. Ultimately, it is about providing all moving IoT devices and their specific applications with the best options for edge connectivity at any location and at any time." João Barros, CEO and founder of Veniam. This new partnership enables auto OEMs, telematics providers, and application platforms to expand 4G/5G with access to millions of Wi-Fi hotspots across the United States and internationally by combining Veniam's ability to make the most of all wireless interfaces in mobile IoT devices with Single Digits' expertise in automated, seamless wireless connectivity. As a result, customer devices connect quickly and automatically to available Wi-Fi networks based on global regulations specified in the Cloud, eliminating the need for manual logins and time-consuming business processes. "We're thrilled to enable on-the-move connectivity between cars and mobile IoT devices over wireless networks through our work with Veniam." said John Haspil, VP of the BSGW Business Unit at Single Digits. "Our roaming hub and powerful suite of services and software for Wi-Fi authorization, authentication, and accounting are essential tools for companies incorporating Wi-Fi Offload into their overall network footprint."

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