Seven in 10 companies know of hacks against their IoT devices, research finds

IoT Tech News | February 21, 2020

Seven in 10 companies know of hacks against their IoT devices, research finds
The IoT is barreling towards the enterprise – but companies remain highly vulnerable to IoT-based attacks, according to a new report.The study from Extreme Networks, which polled 540 IT professionals across industries in the North America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions, found that 70% of companies who said they employed IoT devices were fully aware of successful or attempted hacks. 84% of those polled said they employed IoT devices of some subscription, with more than half admitting they do not use additional security measures beyond default passwords. The report also found that nine out of 10 IT professionals are not confident that their network is secured against massive attacks. 55% of respondents believe the main risk of breaches comes mostly from outside the company and over 70 per cent believe they have complete visibility into the devices on the network. 83% of companies in EMEA are now deploying IoT, as compared to 85% in North America, which was an early adopter.

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The rapid proliferation in the number of devices connected to the Internet that occurred during the last decade is expected to continue, targeting yet another order of magnitude increase and promising to bring people and processes in the equation. However, in order to realize this paradigm shift, important challenges with respect to scalability, cooperative communications, energy consumption, as well convergence of sensor and analytics trends need to be addressed. In this paper we have elaborated on the different flavors of Sensor Infrastructure Virtualization as a powerful enabler that can pave the way towards the Future Internet.

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The rapid proliferation in the number of devices connected to the Internet that occurred during the last decade is expected to continue, targeting yet another order of magnitude increase and promising to bring people and processes in the equation. However, in order to realize this paradigm shift, important challenges with respect to scalability, cooperative communications, energy consumption, as well convergence of sensor and analytics trends need to be addressed. In this paper we have elaborated on the different flavors of Sensor Infrastructure Virtualization as a powerful enabler that can pave the way towards the Future Internet.

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Ombori Grid Disrupts Retail Industry with No-Code IoT Marketplace of Ready to Deploy Solutions

Ombori Grid | August 18, 2021

Swedish technology company OmboriGrid AB (publ) has launched the Ombori Grid Marketplace. Highlighting the impact of the marketplace addition on elevating the retail industry, Ombori Grid held a livestream launch event on July 7th, at 11:00am EST. Ombori Grid's targeted programs enable differently sized businesses to elevate customer experiences and streamline their operations through easy installation of their no-code applications. Ombori's "prebuilt playbooks" are the first of their kind to hit the Internet of Things (or IoT) market. Evolving Consumer Expectations Ombori Grid developed its innovative solutions after garnering vast practical experience working alongside retailers worldwide. First, the company recognized that consumers have become conditioned to smooth, efficient online experiences. That expectation was established, and reinforced, during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Widespread lockdowns led home-bound consumers to increase their online shopping behaviors. In turn, online retailers fine-tuned their customer fulfillment services to deliver customer goods at impressive speeds. With the pandemic winding down in 2021, consumers are gradually resuming their normal shopping habits. However, customers still expect streamlined experiences in physical spaces such as the retail environment, akin to how they made purchases digitally during the height of COVID-19. By adding digital functionality to retail shopping areas and other customer-centric settings, retailers will get shoppers coming back into stores and increase revenue. Increasingly digitized environments translate to an increase in the IoT market segment's prominence. IoT Platform Design and Logistics Issues Designing these sophisticated, often-interactive spaces has historically been a time-consuming, complex, and involved proposition. Current vendor offerings have demonstrated unimpressive user experiences and often lack the necessary analytics functionality. Prior to Ombori Grid's no-code apps, the only available option was to develop an expensive and laborious bespoke solution. Retailers had to engage consultants or set up in-house development teams to design and build, and maintain a custom hardware and software framework. These logistics issues and expenses have resulted in systems that customers don't like and don't want to use. Retailers who have installed the digitalized systems found that they are difficult to scale to multiple store locations. Enter Ombori's "Plug and Play" Solutions Oskar Jakobsson Leads the Marketplace Solutions Effort Oskar Jakobsson, formerly H&M's Head of Solution and Innovation, joined the Ombori Grid team on May 1, 2021. He assumed responsibility for the Ombori Grid and Marketplace development and expansion. Jakobsson previously managed fashion retail giant H&M's innovation and testing programs. His 20 years of customer-focused retail work provide him with a perspective that will help to inform his Ombori work. Oskar Jakobsson is confident that Ombori Grid is at a strategic nexus that will drive forward development of the IoT market. "We as a company are perfectly placed and the product itself is really at the forefront. Not least last year's pandemic has shown this and new customers are being added all the time." Microsoft's Key Role in Ombori Grid Operations The Microsoft Azure IoT platform hosts the Ombori Grid and the growing number of Marketplace solutions. Ombori Grid maintains an ongoing collaborative relationship with Microsoft. Speaking at the livestream launch event, Microsoft's Chase Hawkins highlighted the importance of spearheading ready-to-use solutions for business owners. Hawkins reported, "They (business owners) don't want to talk about the technology, they view it as 'plumbing'. They want the solutions." For retailers who already have an Azure account, the purchase and billing process is quick and easy through the Azure Marketplace. There's no need to go through a lengthy procurement process, and payment can be made through their existing Microsoft Azure subscription, making the solutions easier to implement with less hurdles and time needed for vendor compliance assessments. Retail Industry Solutions Mega-airport-retailed Dufry tapped Ombori for Store Assistant implementation, providing a stress-free airport shopping experience. The solution is called the Guided Selling Store Assistant and it gives customers better flight information than even staff can. The kiosks at Dufry duty-free outlets at Madrid Airport leverage technology to help customers find products seamlessly, and avoid dreaded airport shopping delays. The Ombori display, which is powered by Microsoft's Azure cloud, allows shoppers to scan their boarding pass from a smartphone to find information about their flight and gate number, and also provides a weather forecast for their destination. The Ombori Wayfinder provides the customer with a product's exact location within the store. When an item is out of stock, the kiosk gives the customer two easy purchase options. Recreation and Hospitality Industry Solutions Ombori Grid's customized solutions can also be adapted to other industries' needs. High in the Swiss Alps, the Andermatt Ski Resort used Ombori's smartphone-enabled queue management system to eliminate long downhill ski lift lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. At Andermatt's nearby Radisson Blu Hotel, the restaurant and spa utilized a similar system for their respective customer reservations. Both facilities benefited from a controlled flow of customers while minimizing COVID-19 exposure risks. 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IoT Building Blocks: AWS Launches Edge Computing Technical Building Blocks

AWS | December 21, 2020

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KORE ConnectivityPro Named the 2021 IoT Evolution Product of the Year

Crossfire Media, TMC, KORE | July 20, 2021

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