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Transforming Hydroponics and Aquaponics farming Using Internet of Things

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Kavitha Gopalan

With the growth in urban population, the need for more space seems perpetual. Traditional farming techniques are known for the need of large lands and the enormous amount of water. So the need for revolutionary farming techniques which occupies lesser space, consume lesser water and can give larger produce have led to the popularity of farming methods like hydroponics and aquaponics.

Hydroponic farming is a system of growing plants without soil using nutrient-laden solution to deliver nourishment directly to the roots of the plants. In hydroponic farming, the idea is to create a controlled environment for the plants with the right level of temperature, moisture, CO2, pH, water level and nutrients and supplying this solution directly to the plant’s roots. This method of creating an optimal environment for plants helps to increase the productivity by 3 folds. It also has other benefits like the re-use of the nutrient solution, reduces the amount of water used for farming by recycling, reduced fertilizer usage and requires lesser space.

Aquaponics is a system which uses aquaculture with hydroponics. In an aquaponics system, water from an aquaculture system is fed to a hydroponics system where the by-products are broken down by nitrifying bacteria initially into nitrites and subsequently into nitrates, which are utilized by the plants as nutrients, and the water is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system.

While these new techniques promise great results, it has certain inherent challenges which inhibit its widespread adoption.

The biggest hurdle for its adoption is the maintenance of the system. It could be time-consuming and be challenging to understand and constantly monitor the hydroponic or aquaponic systems.

Setting up these systems could be a mammoth task, the number of sensors to be installed, the triggers and the parameter configuring could be time-consuming.

It also requires constant monitoring of the sensors and the system. A hydroponic farm must be regularly attended to by a farmer, to know if there is any blockage in the drainage system, to understand if any system failure/power failure if the pump is on/off. If they must set-up multiple farms then scalability becomes an issue.

IOT will be a key problem solver for hydroponics and aquaponics systems with its ability to connect various sensors in the field to cloud and allowing it to be monitored and controlled from anywhere.

The Union of Internet of Things and hydroponic farming will be the future of demystifying the hydroponic farming and making it easier for adoption.

The internet of things will bring in features like automation, remote monitoring and control and build intelligence into the hydroponic farming system. This helps to prevent the need for the human presence in the farm every time and allows efficient monitoring and control of the farm from a remote location.

Sensors mounted in the farm could be used for monitoring CO2, air current, lighting, fertilizer flow, and the pH of the soil. The readings from these sensors are then analyzed in cloud systems. These readings are monitored continuously and tuned if there is any change in environment. Immediate alerts of the status and action will result in increased yield.

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Naturalizing IOT through standardization

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Kavitha Gopalan

Internet of Things is one of fast growing technology in the recent years. It’s expected that the growth of connected things will be around 50 billion by 2020. Every industry vertical has signed itself into embracing IOT either to create cutting edge products or for optimizing the resource and improve efficiency. As IOT growth explodes there are few challenges that are becoming key road blocks for a wider adoption of IOT. The two of the challenges that stands out are the security and Standardization.

Like any new growing technology, standardization is important for IOT. Standardization will allow devices to interoperable in IOT and allow seamless integration between various verticals. Several attempts have been made to standardize IOT, new alliances and consortiums have been formed but there is yet no single winner though many have shown promises for becoming one.

Why is standardizing IOT difficult?

The main reason for the complexity of IOT standardization is the fragmented nature of its adoption base. IOT is a global phenomenon and it has expanded its roots to all sectors of life- Factories, Healthcare, transportation, utilities, home. The standards and protocol used for one vertical may not scale well for the other. For example, a smart home device may be managed with the wireless protocol such as Zigbee or WiFi. But when IOT is used for an M2M application Zigbee or WiFi may not be the right approach we need to look at cellular communication protocols.

Similarly, each layer of the IOT architecture could vary depending on which industry its used for. The way an industrial application handles data may be different from the way the home device handles it. So arriving at the common standard which is agreeable to all has been difficult.

Differences in IOT spring from each layer of the architecture. Each vendor/manufacturer use the approach which easily adaptable to their industry segment.

Where are we now?

Z-wave and Zigbee were the top standards used by several smart home manufacturers in the beginning. But they could not establish themselves as the defacto standard for IOT. Then we had many more communication protocols that emerged as the one that could serve the needs of IOT, there are around 12+ protocols now available for IOT, Bluetooth, Zigbee, Zwave, EnOcean, NFC, WiFI, LPWAN, NB-IOT, weightless, LoRA, LTE, Cellular being some of them.

The differences are just not in the communication layer.Different standards are available for data transport in IOT – MQTT, CoAP, REST, SOAP, Websocket.

Many consortium and alliance have been formed to standardize IOT. Some of the as listed below

  • The Open Interconnect Consortium has come out with their IOTvity standards
  • AllSeen Alliance has their ALLJoyn standard.
  • THread group has the thread standard.
  • ZigBee Alliance has their Zigbee standard.
  • Z Wave alliance.
  • Industrial Internet Consortium.

The goal of these consortiums is to find a common ground /standard that every vendor manufacturer can follow while implementing IOT. But unfortunately they haven’t been able to agree on the terms But currently, no one has emerged as the leader in setting the standards. Disagreement in standards, licensing has been the reason for no clear winner. Which standard will emerge as a leader will be based on which is easily adaptable by manufacturers.

Right now every vendor puts together the pieces that works best for their application without much thought on the standards. But if IOT has to mature a common standard must emerge which would allow Interoperability of various devices and can scale to different industry verticals seamlessly. Whether this is possible or not depends on how much collaboration happens between this different consortium.

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Is Node Red the key to unlocking the potential of Internet of Things

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Kavitha Gopalan

IOT is in forefront of all technology discussion. A lot of new tools, platforms, and product evolve every day to meet the growing needs of the IOT market.

Developing IOT applications can be a daunting task. There are so many pieces to be glued together for the IOT product or solution from sensors, gateways, cloud, middleware, analytics and so on and not to mention the task of understanding the various application development frameworks and standards that come with it.

IBM’s open source project Node Red is intended to reduced the software complexity of building IOT project and help in the rapid development of applications.

Node Red is a powerful open source visual tool used for building IOT applications. It revolves around the concept of wiring together the different pieces of blocks to create the functionality. It has multiple pre-built code blocks known as “Node” which can be called to perform a task. For example, if you want to turn on your LED bulb with a twitter hashtag #Led you can simply connect the twitter node, trigger node, and your bulb.Node red is a flow-based programming tool where series of nodes represents events and trigger based on the event can be programmed.

Programming Visually With Node-RED: Wiring Up The Internet Of Things With Ease written by Jesus Dario Rivera from Toptal gives a very good introduction into using Node red to create smart home application

He writes

“To demonstrate how Node-RED fits into the realm of Internet of Things, let us build an application to change the color of a smart bulb. Not everyone may have the same smart lighting system at their disposal, but there is nothing to worry about, as you can find the appropriate Node-RED module from the official flow repository. However, to make things even easier let us go for something smarter”
Read mode here https://www.toptal.com/nodejs/programming-visually-with-node-red

Also, read PAASMER’s blog on How to connect devices to AWS IOT in this blog
http://blogs.paasmer.co/series-blogs-connect-esp-8266-nodemcu-aws-iot/

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Smart Home :- A protected Nest or an Open Book

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Kavitha Gopalan

IOT is revolutionizing several industries including the consumer industry. Smart home has emerged as one of the top adopters of IOT with some of the cool innovative products. And it’s growing at a phenomenal phase. In 2016, 80 million smart home devices were delivered worldwide, a 64 percent increase from 2015, according to IHS Markit. CES 2017 saw around 190 exhibitors showcasing some of the innovative and futuristic smart home offerings.

The idea of connecting the everyday home devices to the Internet and its ability to be controlled from anywhere was refreshing and everyone jumped on the smart home train. Answering your door even while you are on a vacation, turning on your sprinkler while you are away from home, getting your coffee ready while you still asleep all these looked like a dream from a SCi-FI movie and yet it was affordable and adoptable. This helped in the steep growth of smart home products in the last couple of years. Definitely smart home is taking the concept of home to a new level.

However, the question remains if the privacy and security which is the foundation of the home will get lost as we move into the era of the smart home. Is my private data safe anymore? Am I the only one who knows about me?

Home Smart Home: Domesticating the Internet of Things written by Kent Mundle of toptal discuss this key aspect.

He says “The home is the original security device – the original firewall. But now, as we allow the entire world to float through our walls and into our homes, have we deflated the entire meaning of our home that has stood for millennia? We speak of security and privacy now in the context of technical systems and hardware. But have we forgotten the origin of what privacy meant? In the spaces where we were once the most intimate, by inviting the world in we are becoming the most exposed. To adopt the Smart Home, must we forfeit the home?

Read more here https://www.toptal.com/designers/interactive/smart-home-domestic-internet-of-things

The Smart home devices have become the hub for several security attacks. The recent Mirai security attack used smart home devices as a botnet to create havoc. Hence it becomes imperative to secure the connected devices to prevent any unwarranted usage.

PAASMER IOT platform follows a ground-up implementation to ensure data from the device to cloud and beyond is secure and no data compromise happens. It also ensures that the devices are not exposed to any kind of attack.

Read more about how PAASMER IOT platform help to build secure IOT products and solutions.

http://blogs.paasmer.co/securing-iot-devices-through-paasmer/

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The Choice of IOT network – LPWAN leading the way?

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Kavitha Gopalan

IOT is the next technology transition where devices allow us to sense, control and manage the devices by making them smarter and connecting them through an intelligent network.

If you look at the building blocks of IoT there are four main blocks 1) Sensors or things or Edge as you may call it 2) The Local Network; this can include a gateway, which translates proprietary communication protocols to Internet Protocol 3) Internet 4) Back-end services.

The local network or the network that connects the “things” and places them on the internet is what we will focus today. Choosing the right communication technology is crucial to the success of building an efficient IOT system.

There are many choices available like cellular, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Z-Wave, En-Ocean, 6LoWPAN and LPWAN. Most of these technologies except cellular and LPWAN are mostly suited for short range communication typically an indoor kind of application. IOT connects millions of sensors to the internet. For connecting these devices to the internet and to be able to control and manage from anywhere would require us to use either cellular or LPWAN.

Here is a simple comparison of various IOT networks available and their distinctive features.

Technology3GLTEWiFiZigbee6LoWPANLPWAN
Long RangeYesYesNoNoLimited 1.5KmYes
Tx Current Consumption500-1000mA600-1100mA19-400mA34mA35mA20-70mA
Operating Battery Life2-4 hours2-3 hours2-8 hours60 hoursVariable10 to 20 years
Module Cost$35-$50$40-$80$5-$8$6-$12$3$2-$5

Long Range, Low power consumption, long battery life and low cost are the key factors which make LPWAN ideal network of choice for IOT. Let’s dig a bit deeper into this.

In a typical IOT implementation, there could be multiple sensors which could be sensing and transmitting the data. These are readings like the temperature or moisture level etc. which are the short and simple message. For examples the Sensors in the factory floor sending data or sensors in the crop field sending the moisture level or location information send by fleets.

Using cellular for transmitting these simple message is overkill. It consumes more power and it is going to be costly. Cellular connections for streaming video, games, and conversation require relatively huge bandwidth compared to the simple status reports that will make up the bulk of Internet of Things transmissions.

The other challenge in an IOT application is the power consumption. LPWAN consumes extremely low power and can operate for years on a battery.

LPWAN provides long range communication, consumes low power and costs very less compared to a cellular network. Many service providers are already considering LPWAN.

What is LPWAN?

LPWAN stands for Low Power Wide Area Network. Long Range, Low Power, and Low data throughput are the key characteristics of LPWAN. LPWAN sits in a sweet spot of IOT – Long range and Low bandwidth.

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Some of the characteristics of LPWAN

SpectrumUnlicensed <1GHz, 2.4GHz
Long Range10s Km
Battery LifeUpto 20 years
Low BandwidthUpto 100Kbit/s
Low Chip cost<$5
Low subscription Costs<$10
LatencyUpto Mins

LPWAN typical use cases involve long range communications even in dense urban areas or Remote application requiring long battery life. Examples would include Smart city, smart lighting, smart metering, smart factory, Smart grid, Smart agriculture.

There are multiple long range low power networks evolving like SIGFOX, LoRA, WAVIOT. Ingenu, weightless-N.

LoRA and Sigfox are in the top of LPWAN lists with good hardware availability and maturity. Both companies have different technologies and business model but their goal is to make more and more mobile network operators to adopt their technology.And the comparison between them are for another blog.

For now, it looks like LPWAN will be leading the way for IOT networks but if 5G comes with a bang to take IOT head on then the table could turn. Only time will tell!

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Peek into How Smart Cities are Shaping across the Globe

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Kavitha Gopalan

Smart City has become more than a buzzword in the recent time, Government and city officials are looking for ways to use the concept of smart cities projects for resolving the challenges faced by cities. According to various market research, Smart city market size will grow to around $1.4 trillion by the year 2020 which is quite significant.

It’s difficult to accurately define what is a smart city. The idea is to make a city “smart” and efficient to improve the living condition of its citizens and propelling itself for a prosperous growth. It’s a vision in which the challenges in the cities like environment, economic, demographic and social are overcome by using digital technology. A Smart City could help in cities betterment through

  • Efficiency improvement – prevent wastage.
  • Economic impact like reduce cost, increase revenue.
  • Environmental impact like reduced CO2 emission, pollution reduce the wastage of resources like electricity, water.
  • Social inclusiveness – providing open data to the public to help then in the decision and interacting with city officials.
  • City attraction.

The growth of Internet of things and AI will drive the adoption of smart cities quicker. Internet of Things allows the devices to be interconnected and allows them to communicate their status and data to others. This allows various services in the City to be interlinked and transforming them into a smart city

A smart city will have interlinked city services like trans portion, schools, libraries, transportation systems, hospitals, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, others. By interlinking the information from various city services the inefficiencies and challenges faced by the city could be mitigated.

A smart city should have implemented features like Smart Grid, Smart Traffic management, Smart parking, Smart street light management, Smart natural resource utilization.

Some of the smart City initiatives include

Smart Traffic management: The sensor data from the streets streamed live could transmit the status of traffic on streets and connecting this data to the transportation system could divert the traffic to a less congested route. This could also be interlinked to the home assistance device like Alexa to inform citizen on the status.

Other similar application would be a smart parking system. Here the parking spaces fitted with sensors could transmit the status of occupancy and interlinking it to the various parking spaces in the city could allow the citizen to find the nearest parking space to their destination through a mobile app.

Smart waste management in which the waste disposal happens in an efficient way and helps reduce the overall cost. Sensors fitted in a garbage can signal when they are full and waste disposal can be initiated. This helps in reducing the logistics management of the vehicle to only when required and helps in reducing unnecessary movement of the vehicle in the road.

Smart Lighting which helps to reduce electricity consumption through the use of smart lighting control, like turning on only when the ambient light is low and turning off when not needed. Smart Lighting systems are frequently also equipped with central management software that monitors usage and leads to maintenance efficiency.

A new report released this year by Juniper research ranked Singapore as the smartest City followed by Barcelona, London, San Francisco and Oslo. They used some 40 metrics to evaluate covering technology, transport, energy, open data and economy higher weight age for transport and energy. Some of the smart city initiative by them includes

Singapore: sensors to track smoking in an unauthorized zone, open data from sensors and cameras to track traffic which public can view, smart traffic light, smart parking, Singapore encourages the use of public transportation and has reduced the number of private vehicle on road.

Barcelona: smart traffic management system, smart parking technology, smart streetlights, and sensors for monitoring air quality and noise, smart grid pilot projects, smart meters, smart sensors for irrigation.

London: technology to help tackle congestion and make parking simpler and Smart transportation.

SFO: smart parking, smart urban development initiatives, smart transportation.

Oslo: reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, sensor network to help improve the care of sick, elderly patients, smart LED lighting and has launched a broad sensing network for monitoring traffic levels.

There are a lot of projects that could be done in a city which could deem itself propelling the city to being considered a “smart city”. But will there be a smart City “achieved” status? Probably no because there will always be room for improvement and it will be the ongoing process.

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Prognosis 2017 for IOT

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Kavitha Gopalan

IOT has seen unprecedented growth in last few years. But In 2016 IOT saw a lot of traction and the real value IOT brings to enterprise and Industry is driving wider adoption. This could well extend into 2017.

Forrester has recently published their prediction on what 2017 holds for IOT in “Predictions 2017: Security And Skills Will Temper Growth Of IoT”. There are also other research firms publishing IoT prediction for 2017. This blog compiles the key trends emerging from these researchers and what the industry experts.

Edge (Fog) Architecture evolution
Edge computing will become vital for Internet of things. Fog computing is a concept of moving the cloud closer to the devices collecting the data. This helps to restrict moving only the needed data to the cloud and thus saving on bandwidth, latency, and security. For Industrial IOT this will become a key architecture. Our platform’s key differentiating factor is our Edge innovation including Edge Operating system, Edge Database, Edge Analytics and Edge Machine Learning.
Know more about Fog Computing from this blog.

Cloud and Artificial Intelligence
Cloud will continue to be an anchor in almost all IOT implementation for data collection. A New mechanism for data collection could emerge and AI will play a key role in IOT.

Block Chain and IOT will form the partnership
“We will see the first prototypes of smart contracts built on blockchain” says this Forbes article. The marriage of blockchain and IOT could start emerging in 2017. Blockchain could play a key role in securing IOT. Here is see our article that talks about how we intend to do this marriage on our platform here

Network specifically for IOT will emerge
IOT network requirements are unique, they transfer lots of small bytes of data over the different communication channel. Different network topologies have emerged from Zigbee, Zwave and then we have continued using existing ones like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. New wireless communication technologies like LoRaWAN, Sigfox, or 3GPP’s narrowband (NB)-IoT are being designed specifically for IOT. Different countries have launched specific networks for IOT.

Security will be a key discussion point for IOT implementation
We have seen large-scale security breach from IOT devices in 2016 like the MIRA attacks. This could continue well into 2017, new types of attacks using IOT botnets could emerge and security could be a widespread discussion topic. This could lead to a higher focus on security for new implementation in 2017.

IOT will surely continue to emerge as a much hotter technology in 2017. We can definitely see IOT solving a lot of real problems and bringing transformation into this world. Only 2017 will tell if these predictions are true and any other new trends will be evolving in the field of IOT.

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Securing IoT Devices through PAASMER

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Kavitha Gopalan

The recent DDoS attack using connected devices was massive and disruptive, to say the least. The attack which was done using the internet enabled Cameras affected lot of websites Twitter, Amazon, Reddit, Netflix, and more. The attack specifically targeted the DNS (Domain Name System) that maps human readable website address to their IP address.

In this attack, the malicious malware named Mirai was infected to the smart home devices like connected cameras that were vulnerable. Mirai spreads itself by scanning the Internet for IPs owned by commonly connected devices. These devices are often left with factory logins passwords and weak security protocols. The software uses this weakness to upload itself onto the device and take it over. Once the device is infected it will act like a botnet and sends spurious traffic to website swamping them that the website won’t be able to handle the load that it could break down. Cyber-attacks are not new but a smart device that have an IP address and that are not properly secured are vulnerable and could open the gate for more serious and dangerous attack.

IoT is influencing our lives in numerous ways by bringing a lot of value. But at the same time, IoT involves connecting the devices to Internet. Any connected objects like cars and home appliances are vulnerable. On one hand the enormous amount of data from the smart devices need to be secure and safe and should not fall into the wrong hands and on the other hand, the smart devices acting like botnets to create the DDOS type of attack.

Therefore, building secure IoT products and solution are a top priority and IoT product manufacturer, software vendors and platform vendors all have the task at hand to build a system which is secure and can prevent these kinds of attack.

Solving the Security Threat Using PAASMER platform
As a secure IoT platform, PAASMER’s goal has been to ensure that IoT service/products built using the platform is highly secure.

PAASMER Security framework follows a ground-up implementation to ensure data from the device to cloud and beyond is secure and no data compromise happens during. It also ensures that the devices are not exposed to any kind of attack.

PAASMER Security framework and how data safety is ensured is defined as below.

Device Level security
Device-level security in PAASMER ensures the edge devices and gateways are not vulnerable and they do not expose their IP address to other devices which are not authorized for the access. This prevents any type of attack on them.
PAASMER Device-level security is implemented in MISTY Operating system/Firmware package for IoT devices. The key features include

  1. Secure Boot
  2. Secure Provisioning
  3. Secure updates and patches

The secure boot validates and authenticates the software in the device each time the device powers up through a digital signature. This ensures no unknown software or malware is running on the device. An additional hardware chip called TPM provides enhanced security.

Secure provisioning uses secure tokens to establish the device into the network. Once the devices communicate its presence a secure token is released for the device to communicate with the gateway.

The IoT devices also need regular software updates and patches to keep them safe from malicious virus and attacks. However, what usually happens is once these devices are installed it’s forgotten. That’s why PAASMER offers Over the air software updates and patches which ensure the user does not need to bother about doing a regular software update. It’s automatically updated when a new patch is available after a secure device authentication.

Access Control, Authentication, and Authorization
Access Control is built into the operating system to ensure that only authorized users are accessing the device. User level policy, Device level policy limits the access to users/device to the function they must perform. Multi-layered authentication like username/password, passcode based authentication, strong password rule and policy based access is defined at the device layer. PAASMER security framework forces customers to rest password during the initial registration process forcing them to change the factory password and also implements stringent rules for passwords.

Device authentication allows each device to validate itself when they enter the network thus removing device trying to sneak the network.

Data Encryption
PAASMER also provides end to end Data encryption. All the data service from the device to the gateway to cloud to applications are encrypted so no data theft is possible while the data is moving.

PAASMER Security Framework leverages the SSL 3.0 and TLS 1.0 standards to leverage the latest in session and security frameworks to ensure security for the data. All communications require valid certificates that are authenticated every time a client connects.

PAASMER also ensures the data itself is encrypted with the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption specification.

Secure Communication
PAASMER mandates the usage of secure network tunnel for device communication with the cloud. The choice of network tunnel can vary between each use case. Handling all device communications over the secure network tunnel ensures that there is no network spoofing of device data or controls. Special Ant-DDoS choices on network tunnel ensure protection against the DDoS attacks.

Conclusion
To reap the full potential of IoT the security challenges faced by IoT devices should be mitigated. While the onus of Securing IoT devices lies with the platform vendors, software vendors, product manufacturers and consumers alike, vendors need to harden security in each of their offerings by the following end to end security implementation. By using PAASMER platform, IoT manufacturers can leverage the inbuilt security elements to build a Secure IoT platform in a quick, efficient way.

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Weekly Digest on Internet of Things

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Kavitha Gopalan

Blockchain-based IoT project does drone deliveries using Ethereum
Chronicled, a San Francisco-based technology company that is currently developing a blockchain-hosted registry and protocol for the Internet of Things (IoT), has unveiled a prototype drone delivery system using Ethereum.

A video shows a drone equipped with a secure blockchain-registered BLE identity chip which is able to self-authenticate with a computer-controlled window and gain access to a private residence in order to deliver a package.
Find out more on this post from IBtimes

Autonomous boats: self-driving in Amsterdam
Amsterdam: a quaint city overflowing with charm. After a recent visit, I fulfilled all of my dreams: riding bikes, visiting the Anne Frank house, and eating endless waffles. At the point when I had to slow down, I sat and watched the boats filled with locals and tourists roll by, and the question came to mind: What if the boats were self-driving?

MIT is joining forces with the city of Amsterdam to bring the world’s first fleet of autonomous boats. Over the next five years, they hope for these boats to become commonplace within the city’s canals, used for the transportation of people and resources as well as keeping track of the environment.
Find out more on this post from IBM

How IoT logistics will revolutionize supply chain management
OThe combination of mobile computing, analytics, and cloud services, all of which are fueled by the Internet of Things (IoT), is changing how delivery and fulfillment companies are conducting their operations.

One of the most popular methods for fulfilling deliveries today is through third-party logistics, which involves any company that provides outsourced services to move products and resources from one area to another.

But the IoT is going to change how this process operates.
Find out more on this post fromYahoo Finance

Repurposed sensor enables smartwatch to detect finger taps and other bio-acoustic signals
A smartwatch is capable of detecting and distinguishing a variety of taps, flicks and scratches by the hands and fingers, and all that’s required is a software upgrade that repurposes the device’s existing accelerometer, Carnegie Mellon University researchers discovered.

This new functionality makes possible new applications that use common gestures to control the smartwatch and, ultimately, other objects connected through the internet of things. By monitoring vibrations that occur when people hold objects or use tools, the smartwatch also would be capable of recognizing objects and activities.
Find out more on this post from Phys.org

The answer to Internet of Things madness? Open source, of course!
The IoT market is so diverse, with every product seemingly requiring its own app (and sometimes its own hub), that it has actually started to hold the market back. What’s worse is that consumers’ number one concern – security – suffers. Most products use and store your home Wi-Fi as a way of communicating, but sloppy security has repeatedly made those authentication details accessible, opening up your entire home’s system to attack.
Find out more on this post from Theregister.co.uk

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Weekly Digest on Internet of Things

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Kavitha Gopalan

Calm, cruel and connected: August’s best and worst of IoT
Regular travelers know the pain of lugging around a wheelie suitcase. It can not only leave you with a stiff shoulder or wrenched arm but also the pain of longing for a hands free experience. Enter a robotic suitcase that utilizes a camera sensor and Bluetooth to follow its owner on their journey. The Cowarobot moves at a speed of 4.5 mph and is equipped for 12.5 miles of walking before needing a charge. It comes with a keyless locking function, can charge your devices and is equipped to dodge obstacles in its path.

This blog covers more of the new IOT products that will blow your mind
Find out more on this post fromForbes

Why a smart contact lens is the ultimate wearable
Smart contact lenses sound like science fiction. But there’s already a race to develop technology for the contact lenses of the future — ones that will give you super-human vision and will offer heads-up displays, video cameras, medical sensors and much more. In fact, these products are already being developed.

Sounds unreal, right? But it turns out that eyeballs are the perfect place to put technology.
Find out more on this post fromComputerworld

Connected barrels: Transforming oil and gas strategies with the Internet of Things
O&G companies can reap considerable value by developing an integrated IoT strategy with an aim to transform the business. It has been estimated that only 1 percent of the information gathered is being made available to O&G decision makers. Increased data capture and analysis can likely save millions of dollars by eliminating as many as half of a company’s unplanned well outages and boosting crude output by as much as 10 percent over a two-year period.In fact, IoT applications in O&G can literally influence global GDP. Industry-wide adoption of IoT technology could increase global GDP by as much as 0.8 percent, or $816 billion during the next decade, according to Oxford Economics.
Find out more on this post fromDupressDeloitte

How automation is transforming the way we do business, and what it means for you
The explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) has added a level of complexity to IT and Marketing disciplines, providing new use cases to an already extensive array of devices and applications. Engaging customers at different stages of their marketing journey requires creating personalized messaging, scenario-specific experiences and multi-channel campaigns.
Find out more on this post from Geekwire

Smart dog collars could be the next big thing in wearables
The wearables industry has been primarily focused on building devices for humans, but that could change in the next few years, if the excitement over dog wearables with the Link AKC is any indicator.

The smart collar, designed in collaboration with the American Kennel Club (AKC), comes packed with features you would find on a normal human wearable, including a fitness tracker and step count.
Find out more on this post from ReadWrite

What you need to know about the imminent threat of IoT botnets
What do security analyst Brian Krebs, French hosting giant OVH and famous gaming company Blizzard have in common? They’ve all been the recent victims of massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, assaults that involve disabling online services by suffocating them with automated requests. Krebs’ blog was brought down by an unprecedented 620 Gbps flood, OVH suffered a 1.1 Tbps traffic, and Blizzard’s Battle.net service went offline after a sizeable DDoS hit its servers.While DDoS is nothing new, attacks of this magnitude are, and what’s making them possible are IoT botnets, armies of compromised Internet of Things devices doing the bidding of malicious actors. This means that any connected devices from CCTV cameras installed in streets to a harmless coffee machine sitting in your home can be secretly involved in attacking websites and servers
Find out more on this post fromVentureBeat