Predicting How IoT and AI Will Affect the Future of Fire Systems

Security Sales | January 30, 2020

This month’s article concludes my discussion on what I see as the future with fire detection, notification and fire alarm systems in general. Last month I covered detectors and sensors as well as notification of an alarm to the occupants within a building. This month I will be taking a further look at notification and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) as it may relate to installed systems.By the time you read this, the NFPA 72 Correlating Committee will have met for their review of the first draft of the 2022 edition of The National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. Starting with next month’s article, I will be reviewing the proposed changes to this standard.

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The concept of the Internet of Things has gained significant traction over the last decade, owing to collective efforts by industry players, associations as well as academia. Various consortiums of corporates as well as industry associations such as IPSO alliance, IIC (Industrial Internet Consortium), OIC (Open Interconnect Consortium) etc


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Netskope Acquires WootCloud, Extending Zero Trust Capabilities to Enterprise IoT

Netskope | June 09, 2022

Netskope, the leader in Security Service Edge (SSE) and Zero Trust, today announced it has acquired WootCloud, an innovator in applying Zero Trust principles to IoT security. The acquisition brings to Netskope WootCloud's award-winning HyperContext® Security Platform, which provides end-to-end visibility, context, and threat remediation for managed and unmanaged devices, and will extend Netskope's acclaimed SSE and Zero Trust capabilities to protect enterprise IoT devices at scale. The massive volume of Internet-connected devices continues to expand; by 2025, there will be 55.7 billion connected IoT devices ("things"), generating almost 80B zettabytes (ZB) of data1. WootCloud technology will enable Netskope customers to support both user- and device-centric policies with Zero Trust principles applied to govern access and interactions with critical data. As Gartner® notes, by 2026, 50% of organizations will prioritize advanced data security features for inspection of data at rest and in motion as a selection criterion for SSE, up from 15% in 20212. Founded in 2016 in San Jose, Calif., WootCloud offers device discovery, classification, and control to help customers gain deep visibility and context into all devices on their networks (both managed and unmanaged) and provide a risk and threat assessment measurement for devices that can be leveraged within a broader IoT security strategy. WootCloud's cloud-based platform is capable of collecting billions of daily measurements of device characteristics, and this telemetry data is further analyzed using proprietary AI/ML models for device classification, risk assessment, and threat detection. WootCloud critical uses cases include: Device classification and visibility to discover managed and unmanaged devices, classify and provide contextual information, and provide deep insights that "true-up" an asset inventory Device Risk, dynamically ascertained by continuous real-time monitoring to detect malicious behavior, and exchange device attributes with security operations tools for remedial actions. Access control and segmentation to offer dynamic asset grouping, automate network segmentation, and facilitate various actions using existing Network Access Control (NAC), firewalls, access points, and other technologies Cybersecurity asset management to drive compliance with corporate policies and gain insights into license use, helping to optimize the total IT environment "Securing a hybrid work environment includes the ability to establish adaptive zero trust across users, devices, networks, applications, and data— increasing confidence in policy enforcement everywhere, WootCloud's innovative technology will further extend Netskope's industry-leading SSE and Zero Trust capabilities, ensuring that critical data is protected from the network, to the cloud, to enterprise IoT devices." Sanjay Beri, CEO and co-founder of Netskope "Netskope is an unquestioned leader in Security Service Edge and Zero Trust, and it makes perfect sense to combine and extend our collective capabilities to protect enterprise IoT devices at scale," said Amit Srivastav, CEO of WootCloud. "We are so proud of what we have achieved with WootCloud, and we are excited to join Netskope for this next stage of the growth journey." "WootCloud has been a fantastic partner to Dartmouth, designing and executing solutions to meet Dartmouth's enterprise security needs," said Mitchel Davis, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Dartmouth College. "WootCloud's decision to join Netskope will help the combined company continue to grow in a way that will prioritize scale while preserving the innovation that made WootCloud special. Netskope is a well-recognized security leader, and we are excited to continue this partnership." Zero Trust principles are critical to the implementation of Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), which converges critical security, networking, and business value requirements into one technology architecture. Gartner cites that, by 2025, at least 60% of enterprises will have explicit strategies and timelines for SASE adoption encompassing user, branch and edge access, up from 10% in 20203. Properly implemented SSE, which describes the security stack needed to enable SASE architecture, fundamentally includes zero trust and transforms what enterprises can achieve for security at scale. Financial terms of the acquisition are undisclosed. WootCloud CEO Amit Srivastav has joined Netskope as an Executive Advisor to the CEO, and all of the WootCloud engineering team, led by the original founding CEO Srinivas Akella, have joined Netskope's engineering organization. Visit Netskope.com for more on Netskope capabilities for SSE, IoT security and Zero Trust. About Netskope Netskope, a global cybersecurity leader, is redefining cloud, data, and network security to help organizations apply Zero Trust principles to protect data. The Netskope Intelligent Security Service Edge (SSE) platform is fast, easy to use, and secures people, devices, and data anywhere they go. Netskope helps customers reduce risk, accelerate performance, and get unrivaled visibility into any cloud, web, and private application activity. Thousands of customers, including more than 25 of the Fortune 100, trust Netskope to address evolving threats, new risks, technology shifts, organizational and network changes, and new regulatory requirements.

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Laird Connectivity Launches New SOM that Delivers Powerful NXP Edge Processing with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Laird Connectivity | June 30, 2022

Laird Connectivity, a global leader in wireless technology, today announced the launch of the newest addition to their system-on-module (SOM) portfolio, the Summit SOM 8M Plus. This new SOM is a highly-integrated and comprehensive hardware and software solution that combines NXP® Semiconductors multi-core applications processing with dual-band 2x2 Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity. The Summit SOM 8M Plus is Laird Connectivity's most versatile, feature-rich, and secure SOM to date, truly perfect for serving as the core platform for advanced wireless IoT applications. Powered by the NXP i.MX 8M Plus applications processor and the 88W8997 wireless SoC, the Summit SOM 8M Plus is an ideal solution for powerful heterogenous multiprocessing, delivering a versatile, power efficient quad Arm® Cortex®-A53 MPU and Cortex-M7. Customers can leverage hardware acceleration for machine learning with an integrated 2.3 TOPS neural processing unit, rich multimedia (graphics, video, vision, and audio) with a DSP core and GPU, advanced connectivity, and enhanced security for high performance, flexible solutions. The Summit SOM 8M Plus's exhaustive array of interfaces includes support for up to three displays and several options for video out, camera, audio, and I/O. The onboard Cortex-A53 and Cortex-M7 cores allow simultaneous Linux and RTOS execution on dedicated, firewalled subsystems, and the quad-core i.MX 8M Plus SoC is powerful enough to run multiple instances of Linux for various purposes, such as user interface, connectivity, and more. "The i.MX 8M Plus applications processor is well-suited for industrial-grade connected systems, Customers leveraging the Summit SOM 8M Plus will be able to target a variety of applications that range from industrial HMI, machine vision, service robot and drone control, fleet analytics, building management systems, gateways, and audio/voice systems." Justin Mortimer, global marketing manager at NXP Semiconductors Security and longevity are core pillars of the Summit SOM 8M Plus. It is designed from the ground up with a powerful, comprehensive Summit Suite security architecture. The Summit Suite Chain of Trust secure enclave and secure boot, powered by the i.MX 8M Plus, enables root of trust hardware-based software validation and a high-performance and flexible secure storage system for passwords, certificates, and data storage, with an upcoming Summit Suite FIPS Cryptographic module (FIPS 140-3 Level 1) validation. With pin-compatible connectivity, refreshed Summit SOM 8M Plus modules will be available in the future as NXP updates their 2x2 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth combo silicon to the latest standards. Additionally, the i.MX 8M Plus processor is backed by NXP's Product Longevity Program, which ensures long-term availability of 15-plus years. The Summit SOM 8M Plus is ideal for a broad range of applications, including harsh, industrial IoT rugged handheld devices, industrial IoT gateways, IoT vision solutions, and healthcare devices. It supports the latest WPA3-Personal, WPA3-Enterprise, and WPA3-Enterprise CNSA/SuiteB 192-bit security standards and has an upcoming FIPS 140-3 certification. It is globally certified to reduce customers' barrier to entry. Regulatory certifications will include FCC, IC, CE, RCM, MIC, and Bluetooth SIG approvals. About Laird Connectivity Laird Connectivity simplifies wireless connectivity with market-leading RF modules, internal antennas, IoT devices, and custom wireless solutions. Our products are trusted by companies around the world for their wireless performance and reliability. With best-in-class support and comprehensive product development services, we reduce your risk and improve your time-to-market. When you need unmatched wireless performance to connect your applications with security and confidence, Laird Connectivity Delivers – No Matter What.

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Breakthrough NXM Autonomous Security Technology Protects Space Infrastructure and IoT Devices from Cyberattacks

DED BY | July 04, 2022

NXM Labs, Inc., a leader in advanced cybersecurity software for connected devices, today unveiled its NXM Autonomous Security™platform that prevents hackers from gaining unauthorized access to commercial, industrial, medical, or consumer internet of things (IoT) devices. Tested in collaboration with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology (Caltech), NXM successfully demonstrated the ability of its ground-breaking technology to enable future Mars rovers to automatically defend themselves and recover from cyberattacks. Caltech manages JPL on behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). NXM's engineers worked with JPL's Artificial Intelligence, Analytics and Innovation Division, Information Technology and Solutions Directorate (ITSD), along with the Robotic Surface Mobility Group in Pasadena, CA to integrate the company's software with the navigation and ground control systems of JPL's self-driving Athena test rover. During testing, NXM's software successfully detected unauthorized attempts to gain access to the rover's autonomous navigation systems, automatically protecting the vehicle from harm in real-time without impacting normal driving operations. Tests showed that NXM's platform was capable of securing millions of devices with virtually no impact on network latency and is able to operate up to 1000x faster than other decentralized platforms previously tested by the U.S. Department of Defense under simulated battlefield conditions. "NXM's technology is game-changing," said Lt. General Harry D. Raduege, Jr., USAF (Ret), former Director, Defense Information Systems Agency and CIO for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Space Command. "NXM provides a new layer of cybersecurity that enables unified command and control, as well as data interoperability, providing an unprecedented capability that we have long sought but until now wasn't possible." Lt. General Raduege serves as an advisor to NXM. The Athena test rover was developed by JPL as part of NASA's High Performance Spaceflight Computing (HPSC) program to develop new computing technologies with vastly more capabilities than current spaceflight computers. JPL engineers harnessed the advanced computing power of the rover's off-the-shelf NVIDIA Jetson edge AI platform to develop innovative, machine learning-based applications for future Mars rovers. This includes artificial intelligence software that identifies objects of scientific interest as a vehicle traverses the Martian terrain, using vision-based navigation and path planning software to significantly increase the driving distances of energy-limited rovers. "We're thrilled to have collaborated with NASA JPL to show how our security can protect critical assets in space as well as here on Earth, Our unique zero-trust and zero-touch security software is chip and cloud agnostic, enabling device manufacturers and their component suppliers to easily and cost-effectively develop the industry's most trustworthy products that can be deployed rapidly and remain secure for their entire operating lifetime." Scott Rankine, NXM's President and Co-founder About NXM NXM Labs, Inc. provides advanced security solutions for embedded devices that enable commercial, industrial and consumer products to automatically defend themselves and recover from cyberattacks. NXM offers the industry's first Zero-Trust and Zero-Touch product development software platform designed to streamline and automate security management throughout the entire OEM supply chain and product lifecycle.

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Eseye Launches Next Gen Infinity IoT Platform™ to Solve Enterprise IoT Challenges

Eseye | May 21, 2022

Eseye, a pioneer of leading-edge IoT connectivity solutions, today announced the launch of its next generation 'mission control' IoT connectivity platform, Infinity™. The Eseye Infinity IoT Platform™ delivers a single, customisable and scalable network for both today's and tomorrow's global IoT deployments. Until now, IoT has been hampered by its complexity with devices, global connectivity and security challenges. Now Eseye's new platform enables customers to easily scale and evolve their IoT deployment to suit their needs, empowering them to make the right carrier choices, wherever they are in the world. With Infinity, organisations can right-size, change and optimise connectivity as their requirements, the market and technology evolve. Single pane-of-glass visibility and centralised reporting ensure the platform captures and manages everything, utilising analytics and AI which in turn reduces service overheads across global IoT estates, significantly cutting the total cost of ownership (TCO). An IoT Platform of Platforms Uniquely, Infinity's 'all in one place' single IoT platform approach means that customers can manage existing legacy SIMs, as well as Eseye AnyNet+ SIMs, and emerging iSIM solutions. "Eseye provides customers a single platform for easily deploying devices around the world, choosing and switching providers, and implementing policies from a single pane of glass. Eseye claims it can remove complexity from connectivity, while increasing flexibility and delivering better results. It serves enterprises across many verticals and use cases. Past projects have included Amazon's network of Lockers, Shell Recharge Solutions' network of electric vehicle chargers and Itron's smart meters," comments John Gole, Research Director, IoT, IDC. With Infinity, organisations can connect anywhere, giving them the widest choice of mobile networks and platform integrations. Direct multiple MNO interconnects mean that customers can connect to a wide range of operators to deliver a blend of localised and roaming connectivity, as well as integrating with existing provider platforms including Jasper, Vodafone GDSP, Ericsson DCP and many more. Today, Eseye has the largest selection of network localisation options available, including Verizon, MTN and Telstra, to help customers deploy IoT around the world and eliminate the risks associated with permanent roaming. BYOC – Delivering Commercial Flexibility Additionally, Infinity's 'Bring Your Own Contract (BYOC)' capabilities enable customers to import existing MNO contracts into the platform. This puts organisations in complete control of commercial decision making and enables them to customise network connectivity options to meet their requirements, while at the same time allowing them to bring negotiated rates from their existing carriers. Additionally, organisations can fill any connectivity gaps via Eseye's AnyNet Federation, which provides access to over 700 networks around the world. Next gen platform built to last Infinity is built on decades of deep IoT hardware and connectivity expertise, giving customers fine-grain control over their IoT business policy. Organisations can define IoT policy centrally, then automatically deploy to the edge, while optimising connectivity, quality of service and price, device-by-device. The Infinity Platform's Software Defined Network (SDN) enables fast onboarding of new MNOs, while connectivity and network optimisation deliver dynamic network switching-as-a-service. The platform also provides new connectivity options, which protects the business's IoT investment by enabling the addition of private 5G/LTE networks and other wireless technologies as the market evolves. Making IoT secure and compliant IoT security is an issue that many enterprises grapple with and Infinity delivers reliable, low-latency device-to-cloud connectivity, security, and routing. Customers also benefit from support for GDPR, data sovereignty and other regulatory requirements. Built-in enterprise policy control and management to the edge provides API integrations with security and other enterprise applications, such as Armis for asset visibility and agentless security. "We've witnessed strong demand from enterprises who need to be better equipped to reduce the complexity of their global IoT deployments. This has been one of the biggest barriers to large-scale project rollouts. Our next gen Infinity Platform simplifies global connectivity on a game-changing scale, elegantly solving the problems of carrier lock-in, connectivity and security in a single solution," comments Nick Earle, CEO, Eseye. "The platform is designed to deliver any flavour of IoT connectivity, so customers have total flexibility as the shape and scale of their deployment evolves. We've also made sure that we future proof our customer's investment with a rapid method to integrate other wireless IoT technologies, such as private 5G/LTE and satellite." A platform that enables true scalability The Infinity IoT Platform and service comes in two versions. Infinity Flex is designed for companies with mid-size deployments and is perfect for those customers who need to get started quickly and have pre-defined pricing and support. Infinity Enterprise is suited to global or multi-regional enterprise IoT projects, or those with more complex deployment, hardware or deployment needs. In the last 12 months, Eseye has experienced tremendous momentum, in response to the rapidly growing demand for enterprise-grade IoT solutions delivering ubiquitous global connectivity. Thanks to Eseye's AnyNet connectivity managed service, customers around the world are now benefitting. For example, Instavolt, the provider of the UK's largest owner-operated rapid EV charging network, has seen utilisation grow exponentially post-COVID. InstaVolt chose Eseye's reliable connectivity to power its growing estate of EV fast-charge points which are embedded with Eseye AnyNet+ SIMs designed to operate in the field for up to 30 years. "The AnyNet+ SIM embedded in our charge points offers the ability to network, manage and effectively switch connectivity to another provider, if needed. This ensures our chargers have high uptime wherever they are located, and our customers can simply tap, charge, and drive," Gary Kirkland, CTO, InstaVolt. To meet this rapidly growing demand, Eseye has trebled its roster of proven, senior industry leaders, to focus on providing best-in-class, reliable managed IoT services to support complex worldwide IoT deployments. Now with the launch of its next gen Infinity IoT Platform, Eseye will accelerate its growth plans, helping customers build solutions that are future-proofed enabling IoT deployments that deliver both today and in 20 years' time. About Eseye We unlock the full potential of IoT, free from the complexities of global cellular connectivity. We have everything you need to move from initial concept to global deployment. We do this through seamless IoT connectivity, technical device services and versatile hardware, backed by round-the-clock support. All with an intense focus on enabling our customers to drive business value, deploy differentiated experiences, and disrupt their markets – without limits. Together, our AnyNet+ eSIM technology, Infinity IoT Connectivity Platform™ and partner ecosystem connect millions of devices across 190 countries. We bring together over 700 networks for 100% global coverage – and our flexible technology platform means our customers are ready for whatever else the future holds. Global brands that trust us to deliver including Costa Express, Bosch, Amazon, Siemens and Philips.

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The concept of the Internet of Things has gained significant traction over the last decade, owing to collective efforts by industry players, associations as well as academia. Various consortiums of corporates as well as industry associations such as IPSO alliance, IIC (Industrial Internet Consortium), OIC (Open Interconnect Consortium) etc

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