The dangers of IoT and AI

Tech Radar | January 13, 2020

The risks of cybersecurity are more complex than ever. Due to the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), by 2020 every person will generate 1.7 megabytes of information per second. As new technologies evolve, cyber criminals adapt and discover new hacking methods to apprehend sensitive data. AI and IoT have the potential to revolutionise society, but what happens when these new technologies are weaponized by cyber criminals? Unless hardware-based endpoint security solutions are implemented in IoT and AI devices, users leave themselves vulnerable to cyberattacks. Anyone in control of one or more of these devices can access a huge number of computers and networks.

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Telit LN920 M.2 Global Modules Certified for Use on Verizon's Mobile Broadband Network

Telit | August 23, 2022

Telit, a global leader in the Internet of Things (IoT), today announces that Verizon certified its LN920 global M.2 modules for use on its mobile broadband network. Powered by the Snapdragon® X12 LTE Modem, the LN920 quickly leverages Verizon's network to enable high-throughput connectivity for industrial and consumer applications including enterprise routers, industrial gateways, public safety, private networks and mobile computing. With certification from Verizon, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), system integrators and end users gain verification and assurance that their LN920-based devices will achieve optimal performance on Verizon's network. For more information on the LN920 visit: https://www.telit.com/ln920/. The high-speed LN920 compact M.2 (NGFF) data card is available in LTE Cat 6 and Cat 12 versions, with a smooth evolution path toward 5G technology, and supports global cellular bands between 600 MHz and 3.7 GHz, including CBRS (band 48). Ideal for both public and private LTE applications worldwide, the LN920 is certified by major regulators and Tier 1 operators in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe — enabling rapid development of global SKU devices. "Verizon's nationwide LTE and 5G networks deliver reliable high-speed connectivity, critical for all IoT devices, Certifying Telit's LN920 data card provides our business customers the confidence that their IoT devices will achieve their performance requirements in both industrial and consumer applications." Shamik Basu, executive director & product head, IoT and automotive at Verizon "Designed in M.2 (NGFF) form factor, the LN920 global data cards are the natural evolution toward 5G technology," said Jitender Vohra, senior director of carrier relations, Telit. "By supporting several next-generation features such as LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation and CBRS, the Snapdragon X12 LTE Modem-based LN920 represents the ultimate in LTE connectivity—and our collective and longstanding commitment to provide solutions that give vendors and systems designers a competitive and financial edge." "Innovation is at the heart of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. By equipping operators and OEMs with industry leading technologies, end consumers are able to reap the benefits of best-in-class cellular connectivity," said Gautam Sheoran, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "We are excited to collaborate with Telit to power their LN920 with the Snapdragon X12 LTE Modem to give IoT devices the ability to utilize Verizon's mobile broadband network." Both versions of the LN920 include global bands, WCDMA fallback, on-board GNSS receiver, industrial-grade operating temperature durability (-40 to +85°C) and support for Telit AppZone embedded application development environment. It also supports enhanced security features suitable for enterprise applications including secure boot and secure environment SE Linux with latest kernel 5.4 security updates. About Telit Telit simplifies onboarding of connected 'things' with a portfolio of enterprise-grade wireless communication and positioning modules; cellular MVNO connectivity plans and management services; edge and cloud software; and data orchestration, IoT and Industrial IoT platforms. With over two decades of pioneering IoT innovation experience, Telit delivers award-winning, secure, integrated IoT solutions for many of the world's largest enterprises, OEMs, system integrators and service providers, so they can connect and manage IoT at any scale.

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Tuya's IoT Solutions Help Fight Global Warming

Tuya Smart | August 26, 2022

Tuya Smart a global IoT development platform service provider, has taken the sustainability initiative into its own hands. Recently, Tuya released a mini program that is suitable for all households to help general users save energy in even smarter and easier ways. The mini program can monitor household electricity consumption in real-time and is embedded with energy-saving tactics. Through the mini program, users can accurately trace the electricity consumption of each appliance or area at home, and then be notified when electricity usage is unnecessary. For example, the mini program will push a lights-off notification to users when it's time to sleep and if the lights are not turned off. As one of the critical challenges of sustainable development, climate change has become a global issue. Many countries are striving to achieve "carbon neutralization" in order to minimize the impact of greenhouse gases on both the climate and the environment. At the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UN-GA), the U.N. presented the goal "to peak carbon emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060," entering a new stage of climate governance. Environment, climate risk, low-carbon, energy conservation, and carbon reduction are becoming the new global consensus and the universal ESG standards. Facing the increasing demand for energy efficiency and carbon reduction, traditional solutions are obviously not enough. A shift in supply and demand and technological innovations will inevitably bring new developments and opportunities. Among them, IoT solutions have become a vanguard in the field of energy conservation and carbon reduction thanks to its technological advantages, including smart measurement of energy consumption, flexible data collection, visibility, controllability, and scientific decision-making. But enabling the synergy of IoT technologies and energy efficiency is no easy task. It requires long-term development in the industry and continuous exploration of different use cases to build an exclusive solution in line with the latest trends. In early June this year, Tuya launched "Smart for Purpose," a social media campaign that continues to practice the company's responsibility for employees, the industry, and society in the fields of elderly care, energy conservation, and more. The campaign also encouraged Tuya's global business partners to participate in ESG practices and provide sustainable solutions and services to customers and society. Tuya's sustainability initiative has brought a positive impact on the global market through various applications and has demonstrated the role of an IoT company in achieving carbon neutralization. Achieving Energy Efficiency Through IoT Technology Real environmental protection and carbon reduction does not mean radical changes in people's daily habits, but building a low-carbon and green lifestyle in feasible ways that are universal. A good example would be the smart metering socket developed by Tuya Smart and its global partners. The product can be controlled through mobile phones and voice recognition. Users can set the timing, turn it on/off remotely, and even control electrical appliance switches through sensors to reduce energy consumption. According to statistics, the smart metering socket powered by Tuya has saved almost US$200 million in electric bills for users around the world - a carbon reduction equivalent to planting 40 million trees per year. For people who often forget to turn off the lights before leaving their home, Tuya Smart has launched the smart motion sensor light switch solution. The solution supports shifting between manual and automatic sensing modes, allowing Tuya's partners to build smart switches that are energy-efficient and user-friendly. Under automatic mode, the solution supports customized settings, such as sensitivity and delayed action. Under manual mode, it supports colorful lights, white light adjustments, and countdown functions. Turning off the lights automatically to avoid leaving the lights on while nobody is at home would certainly help consumers effectively save energy and money. Another example would be Tuya's collaboration with iHelios, a UK-based company specializing in heating and integrated property control systems. By partnering with Tuya, iHelios launched an innovative and environmentally conscious household heating system, which has saved consumers over 30% on their electric bills. Reduced electric bills also means reduced energy consumption. The collaboration not only experienced success in energy conservation and carbon reduction, but it also brought a 40% increase in number of customers for iHelios. The above examples are not individual cases. Tuya's IoT capability can now be applied to various aspects of users' daily lives. As IoT permeates our daily lives, bringing people new smart home experiences, Tuya Smart's energy efficiency and carbon reduction initiatives do not stop here. The world is now facing a significant bottleneck in the supply of energy resources, and the situation has only intensified this year due to geopolitical tensions. "The market won't balance itself out until 2024," said Gergely Molnar, an energy analyst at the International Energy Agency. "Until then, these financial tensions will be in place." Countries and energy companies are committed to finding more effective solutions to save energy. So far, thermostats are considered the most popular and trending IoT product. According to an Australian government report, the installation of smart thermostats can help residential customers save 10% of their air-conditioning power consumption. Based on the report published by Mordor Intelligence, the market size for smart thermostats is expected to reach US$3.3 billion by 2026 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 23.1% between 2021 and 2026. The smart thermostat solution developed by Tuya can monitor temperature and humidity levels, and can switch between different modes automatically, keeping the household temperature in an appropriate range. This not only brings more comfort and convenience to users, but it also successfully achieves energy conservation and carbon reduction, making the product a best seller in the smart home market. Sustainable Value Created by IoT Capability As energy conservation and carbon reduction become the new global consensus, more and more innovative technologies are needed in order to inspire people to participate in a low-carbon and green lifestyle. Tuya's IoT capabilities not only brings great sustainable value, but it also created solutions for energy conservation and carbon reduction. One of the main reasons behind such impact is that the technology does not require users to change their previous behavior and habits. Rather, it allows people to achieve a green lifestyle more intuitively and easily. More importantly, through its IoT capabilities and rich ecosystem, Tuya was able to boost its product value for home appliance brands by accurately observing the demand for carbon reduction. Though the above-mentioned cases and results do not demonstrate the entire value proposition of Tuya Smart, the company has undoubtedly built up an ESG reputation through its business model and credible IoT capabilities in line with the sustainable development demand.

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Senet and Eclypses Partner to Utilize MTE Technology and Provide Security to Data-in-Transit to the IoT Market

Senet | July 06, 2022

Senet, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based software and services platforms that enable global connectivity and on-demand network build-outs for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Eclypses, a Boston-based leader in end-point data protection and developer of MTE® technology, today announced a collaboration to provide advanced FIPS 140-3 validated security solutions to the IoT ecosystem. Eclypses’ patented MTE technology is designed to meet the needs of highly scalable, low-power, widely dispersed IoT end points, delivering an added level of security for critical infrastructure and essential business applications that require it. Utilizing the Eclypses Cryptographic Library (ECL), MTE uniquely delivers enhanced end-to-end security capabilities such as verification of each endpoint connection and uniquely protected data packets with no change to the user experience and minimal impact on system resources. Through this collaboration, Senet customers can purchase Eclypses’ enhanced digital security as an integrated element of Senet’s network services. Eclypses also offers IoT device manufacturers the ability to enable their devices with MTE security at the point of manufacture or through a firmware update. “Senet has a committed history of augmenting the already strong LoRaWAN security capabilities through integrations with world-leading security solution providers, With device and data security increasingly becoming a leading topic of discussion with utility, municipal, and large enterprise customers, we are pleased to be partnering with Eclypses to offer the latest innovations in security designed for highly scalable IoT solutions and environments.” Bruce Chatterley, CEO of Senet Unlike other solutions that stop at monitoring, Eclypses takes a proactive approach to secure IoT data to the highest level in anticipation of all types of threats. Eclypses’ layered security approach includes ECL (Eclypses Cryptographic Library), a FIPS 140-3 cryptographic library that provides consistent security for all offerings across all platforms; MTE (MicroToken Exchange), a Patented technology that uses ECL to randomize and replace data with random streams of values; and MKE (Managed Key Encryption), which uses ECL to randomly replace and encrypt data with single use encryption keys generated by MTE. “With billions of IoT devices already connected and billions more due to be deployed in the next few years, having a well-defined security strategy is a must for device manufacturers, network operators, and end users alike,” said David Gomes, COO of Eclypses. “Senet is an established leader in the LoRaWAN ecosystem and we’re excited to be collaborating to deliver enhanced security options to one of the fastest growing segments of the IoT market.” About Senet, Inc. Senet develops cloud-based software and services used by Network Operators, Application Developers, and System Integrators for the on-demand deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) networks. In addition to industrial and commercial applications, Senet has designed smart meter networks for many municipal water utility districts across the United States, representing millions of households. With a multi-year head start over competing Low Power Wide Area Network technologies, Senet offers services in over one hundred and eighty countries and owns and operates one of the largest publicly available LoRaWAN® networks in the United States. Our disruptive go-to-market models and critical technical advantages have helped us become a leading connectivity provider with recognized expertise in building and operating global IoT networks. For additional information, visit www.senetco.com. About Eclypses Founded in 2017, Eclypses originated as a subsidiary of Secure Cloud Systems, Inc. with the primary focus of developing MTE cyber technology to be the most innovative and disruptive data security solution for all mobile application and website technologies. The patented MTE technology validated by FIPS 140-3 was developed through a technical team in Colorado Springs, CO, an innovation center for the evolution of this cutting-edge safety technology. With a focus on mobile, web, and IoT devices, this technology enables a higher level of security to protect against cyber attacks from intermediaries on products and applications that may have limited resources, such as battery life, processor, or performance.

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Critical Infrastructure Builds Resilient Systems with Paige Wireless, a Leading IoT Company

Paige Wireless | July 29, 2022

Paige Wireless is solving fundamental problems amplified by aged critical infrastructure by providing affordable, reliable, and accessible solutions that leverage the Internet of Things (IoT), advanced sensor technology, and the largest carrier-grade LoRaWAN network in North America. The company maintains its leadership position by helping customers tackle current and future challenges often not addressed by solutions providers. Over the past few months, governments, businesses, and citizens have grappled with new internal and external threats. Paige Wireless exemplifies the standards that should be required to connect critical infrastructure; setting the standard for redundancy, network up-time, and security. They have incorporated several architectural methods and countermeasures to ensure consistent, dependable service. "Working with customers, I see firsthand how Paige Wireless is integral to critical systems that affect people like the producers we rely on to provide us nutritious and safe food and the water professionals we depend on to deliver the most critical resource for life, We are committed to maintaining the highest standards so that the critical infrastructure our society depends on is resilient, redundant, and secure." Julie Bushell, President While many communities in America are struggling with aged infrastructure, some are implementing new technology and seeing results. Water District 63 in Idaho saw the potential for IoT, LoRaWAN®, and advanced sensor technology to change the way they serve the surrounding communities. In a recent case study, the Water District was able to increase efficiency and save water thanks to a partnership between Paige Wireless and Cisco. They estimate water savings of 9,000-15,000 acre-feet within a six-month season or nearly 32 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water per day. The District now has real-time data to make regular adjustments to the system, leading to significant daily savings. To support critical infrastructure, Paige Wireless has built highly redundant cybersecurity protocols that include both an intrusion detection system (IDS) and an intrusion prevention system (IPS). There is also end-to-end data encryption using cryptographically-secure keys and encryption algorithms; additional sophistication allows only authorized users to have access. Secure software-enabled access to all network elements is a key benefit for critical infrastructure, as Paige Wireless seeks to help customers predict emergencies and increase resilience. For added reassurance, the company provides 24/7 active monitoring of the entire network infrastructure. "We are driving innovation in communities, on farms, along waterways, and across North America," said Bushell. "Paige Wireless will maintain market leadership in IoT and LoRaWAN as we continue to expand our offerings and our network." About Paige Wireless Paige Wireless is the largest contiguous carrier-grade LoRaWAN®, network in North America with a focus on bringing connectivity and IoT solutions to critical infrastructures. The company helps businesses and communities leverage technology for remote monitoring and data collection, automating tasks, security and asset management, resource control, observation, installations, and much more. By delivering fully integrated solutions, Paige Wireless allows rapid adoption of the latest technological advances and the realization of its benefits. The company consistently exceeds SLAs by delivering 99.9% network uptime since launching in 2019. Dedicated to providing meaningful solutions, Paige Wireless deploys, owns and operates its network hardware and cloud-based network server, allowing for rapid adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) through the acceleration of carrier-grade services and advanced sensor technology.

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