The time is now: How to manufacture your smart factory with Industrial IoT

IoT Tech News | February 13, 2020

Discussions around the Internet of Things (IoT) mostly revolve around how it will impact our everyday lives. From drone-delivery of a pizza to turning your heating on from your phone, smart, connected devices have pervaded in recent years. Yet far from consumers, perhaps one of the most lucrative applications for IoT is in the manufacturing industry. In fact, the IoT initiated the latest industrial revolution, commonly referred to as Industry 4.0, with the emergence of the smart factory: using an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to create an intelligent, decision-making environment of connected devices and things with predictive, preventive, prescriptive, pre-emptive, proactive, i.e. basically autonomous decision making capabilities.

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Eric-Jan and his team are quick to point out that the value they provide to their clients is ultimately about accelerating the rate of learning at an organization to match the pace of the market. IcoSense uses several IBM products in their implementation, but they value the Bluemix Garage Methodology for putting these tools in the context of learning and experimenting. “The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage at the end of the day. IBM, for example, has the Bluemix Garage Method, which is most suitable for that.”


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INDUSTRIAL IOT

New Consumption-Based IoT Pricing Model from Blues Wireless Replaces Competitor Subscription Models

Blues Wireless | June 06, 2022

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SECURITY

DigiCert Acquires IoT Cybersecurity Provider Mocana

DigiCert, Inc. | January 14, 2022

DigiCert, Inc., a leading provider of TLS/SSL, IoT and other PKI solutions, backed by Clearlake Capital Group. L.P. ("Clearlake"), Crosspoint Capital, and TA Associates, today announced that it has acquired Internet of Things (IoT) cybersecurity provider Mocana. The combination of DigiCert and Mocana technologies provides IoT manufacturers and operators with a comprehensive platform for managing security across the full IoT device lifecycle. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition strategically accelerates DigiCert's presence in the fast-growing IoT market. IDC estimates there will be more than 55 billion connected devices by 2025, with growth fueled by organizational investment in IoT platforms for achieving operational efficiency, digital transformation and competitive differentiation. "IoT security has been a challenge for device manufactures and operators. With the addition of Mocana, DigiCert is building on its vision for delivering digital trust, a growing necessity in the IoT market as smart devices become ubiquitous in every corner of our personal and professional lives. We are excited to introduce new and existing customers to our integrated platform and welcome the addition of Mocana's expertise in IoT technology and the industrial and manufacturing verticals to the DigiCert team." DigiCert CEO John Merrill "We have had a strategic partnership with Mocana for years and truly value their contribution to our product portfolio," said James Kline, senior director of program management at ABB Inc. "We are excited about the backing from DigiCert as a global leader in IoT security." The combination of DigiCert and Mocana provides customers with a means to manage device identity, secure connections, prevent device tampering, and update firmware and settings remotely and securely once in the field. This end-to-end platform reduces security vulnerabilities and enables digital transformation that is made possible from information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) convergence. "Mocana is excited to be joining the DigiCert team," said Mocana CTO Srinivas Kumar. "Together, our solutions uniquely solve the challenges of IoT security, from embedding security protections on-chip or at device manufacturing to on-device secure communications and firmware updates once in the field."    About DigiCert, Inc. DigiCert is a global provider of TLS/SSL, PKI, and security solutions that enable digital trust for data, devices, code, documents and users. DigiCert is modernizing the way PKI is managed with the DigiCert ONE™ platform. DigiCert ONE reimagines PKI to address all certificate-based security use cases with flexible, scalable and automated workflow managers, including the award-winning TLS certificate manager, CertCentral®. About Clearlake Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. is an investment firm founded in 2006 operating integrated businesses across private equity, credit, and other related strategies. With a sector-focused approach, the firm seeks to partner with experienced management teams by providing patient, long-term capital to dynamic businesses that can benefit from Clearlake's operational improvement approach, O.P.S.® The firm's core target sectors are technology, industrials, and consumer. Clearlake currently has over $60 billion of assets under management and its senior investment principals have led or co-led over 300 investments. The firm has offices in Santa Monica and Dallas. About Crosspoint Capital Crosspoint Capital Partners is a private equity investment firm focused on the cybersecurity, privacy and infrastructure software markets. Crosspoint has assembled a group of highly successful operators, investors and sector experts to partner with foundational technology companies and drive differentiated returns. Crosspoint has offices in Menlo Park, CA and Boston, MA. About TA Associates TA Associates is a leading global growth private equity firm. Focused on targeted sectors within five industries – technology, healthcare, financial services, consumer and business services – TA invests in profitable, growing companies with opportunities for sustained growth, and has invested in more than 550 companies around the world. Investing as either a majority or minority investor, TA employs a long-term approach, utilizing its strategic resources to help management teams build lasting value in high quality growth companies. TA has raised $47.5 billion in capital since its founding in 1968. The firm's more than 100 investment professionals are based in Boston, Menlo Park, London, Mumbai and Hong Kong.

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ENTERPRISE IOT

Palo Alto Networks Achieves FedRAMP Authorization for IoT Security Solution

Palo Alto Networks | April 22, 2022

Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ: PANW), the global cybersecurity leader, today announced that its IoT Security solution has achieved Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Moderate Authorization. The company's sponsoring agency is the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). U.S. federal agencies are increasingly focused on adopting a Zero Trust architecture to ensure their IoT devices meet federal security compliance requirements. With this authorization, Palo Alto Networks IoT Security can help federal agencies protect their unmanaged IoT devices with ML-powered visibility, threat prevention and Zero Trust enforcement with a single platform. "As cyberattacks become more frequent and sophisticated, the IoT Security solution helps automate Zero Trust security with quick, accurate discovery and best-in-class protection," said Dana Barnes, senior vice president of Public Sector, Palo Alto Networks. "We are committed to protecting the U.S. government and its federal agencies from all security threats with reliable solutions." Digital transformation across all industries is driving massive growth in the use of IoT devices. Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 IoT Threat Report found that 30% of all devices on enterprise networks fall in the IoT category. Unfortunately, IoT devices and their inherent vulnerabilities are often overlooked, which can lead to enterprise-wide exposure to unseen cyber risk. Federal officials have adopted several provisions in recent years to increase overall protection and awareness of IoT device security vulnerabilities, including the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act and the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) IoT Device Cybersecurity Guidance for the Federal Government. The IoT Security solution's Moderate Authorization extends the offerings Palo Alto Networks provides its U.S. government customers. This authorization adds to the portfolio of other authorized products already being deployed today. About Palo Alto Networks Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, is shaping the cloud-centric future with technology that is transforming the way people and organizations operate. Our mission is to be the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. We help address the world's greatest security challenges with continuous innovation that seizes the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, and orchestration. By delivering an integrated platform and empowering a growing ecosystem of partners, we are at the forefront of protecting tens of thousands of organizations across clouds, networks, and mobile devices. Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before.

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INDUSTRIAL IOT

Telit Opens New Corporate Headquarters in California to Serve Rapidly Growing Market and Key Customers

Telit | June 15, 2022

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Eric-Jan and his team are quick to point out that the value they provide to their clients is ultimately about accelerating the rate of learning at an organization to match the pace of the market. IcoSense uses several IBM products in their implementation, but they value the Bluemix Garage Methodology for putting these tools in the context of learning and experimenting. “The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage at the end of the day. IBM, for example, has the Bluemix Garage Method, which is most suitable for that.”

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