IoT trends for 2018

Here is a list f IoT predictions for year 2018. With the number of connected devices set to top 11 billion – and that’s not including computers and phones – in 2018, Internet of Things will clearly continue to be a hot topic. Here is my prediction list:

1. Artifical Intelligence – it will be talked a lot

2. Blockchain – blockchain will be hyped to be a solution for many IoT problems, and it will turn out that it is not the best solution for most of problems it is hyped for – and maybe it will find few sensible uses for it in IoT. Blockchain can add immutability and integrity to some IoT transactions.

3. 4G mobile for IoT: NB-IoT and LTE-M are ready to be tested or used in many markets

4. 5G will be hyped a lot for IoT applications but it is nowhere near for any real big IoT use cases

6. Security issues will be talked a lot. IoT security is far from solved issue.

7. Privacy issues of IoT will be talked a lot when our homes and pockets are starting to be filled with ever listening digital assistants.

8. Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will be massive

9. More CPU power will be added or used in the edge. Pushing processing power to the “edge” brings a number of benefits and opportunities.

10. Hardware based security: Hardware based security on microprocessors will be talked a lot after “Meltdown” and “Spectre” disaster

Links to more predictions:



  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Data center infrastructure often an overlooked security risk: Report

    Maria Korolov of Data Center Knowledge notes that “in the rush to secure networks, servers, and endpoint devices many organizations overlook the risks hidden in the physical infrastructure necessary to keep data centers operating. Power supplies, heating and cooling systems, even security systems themselves can all be entry points for both determined threat actors and casual attackers who scan the internet for insecure access points. One of the most high-profile attacks in recent times, the Target breach, involved a third-party HVAC provider.”

    Data Center Infrastructure, the Often-Overlooked Security Risk

    Power supplies, cooling systems, even security systems themselves can all be entry points for attackers.

    One of the most high-profile attacks in recent times, the Target breach, involved a third-party HVAC provider.

    “The bad guys are going after anything that’s open and available,” said Bob Hunter, founder and CEO at AlphaGuardian Networks.

    Take, for example, rack power distribution units. Since data center administrators need to know what’s going on with the power to their servers, the PDUs typically offer either local or remote monitoring, but the security on these systems is extremely weak.

    Hackers can get in and hijack systems for ransom, or, more frequently and insidiously, keep their access a secret in order to steal data or compute cycles.

    Network segmentation is a good security principle, he added, but it only serves to slow down attackers, not stop them completely.

    “Segmentation is a speed bump,” he said. “In the Target break, the building management system was on a physically separate network from the data itself, so they had to jump from one to the other. It took a while to do that, but at the end of the day, they were able to do it.”

    And the people responsible for infrastructure security are often busy with other tasks, such as maintaining data center operations, he added.

    “To add additional complexity, the industrial control systems were not designed with security in mind,” said Niall Browne, CSO at Domo, a business intelligence company. “They often have default passwords and have not been patched in years, as the manufacturer was slow to release upgrades, or the customer was hesitant to deploy them for fear of causing a service interruption to critical functions.”

    “The customer leaves their back doors open and gets hacked; that can shut down the entire data center eventually.”

    It’s one of the biggest vulnerabilities in the data center, Hunter said.

    “Everyone wants remote access to the PDUs, because they want to remotely reboot their PDUs if the server goes down,” he said.

    Ponemon Institute recently released a survey of risk professionals, in which 97 percent said that unsecured internet-enabled devices could be catastrophic for their organizations.

    “If it has an IP address, it can be hacked and needs to be secured,” said Mike Jordan, senior director at consulting firm The Santa Fe Group. “You can slap an IP address on anything these days. Data center infrastructure is no exception, and it makes subcontracting support of data center infrastructure like HVAC, security cameras, and power management more compelling.”

    However, only 9 percent of survey respondents said they were fully aware of all the physical devices in their environment that were connected to the internet.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    As Germany’s Industrie 4.0 Matures, IoT Security Stays Top of Agenda

    IoT security news dominates at industrial and factory automation trade show in Germany.

    If there’s one big topic of discussion in IoT right now, it’s security. It’s no surprise then that at the Hannover Messe in Germany this week, one of the biggest trade fairs focused on industrial and factory automation, we should see announcements around IoT security. Microprocessor IP provider Arm and IoT cybersecurity company WISeKey were two of the firms talking about what they are doing to help address security concerns.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ultrasonic Sensors Measure Up in Home-Automation Applications

    Sponsored by Texas Instruments: Long used in sonar and more recently automotive systems, this venerable technology lives on in modern products for the home.

    Ultrasonics or ultrasound is a radar-like system that uses ultrasonic signals at frequencies above those typical for human hearing, usually above 16 to 20 kHz. The 40- to 70-kHz range tends to be most popular. Its main application is object detection and distance measurement.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Q&A: The Myth of Home Automation

    In the smart-home market, connected systems are losing out to point solutions. Technology Editor Bill Wong talks with Cyril Brignone, Chief Executive Officer of Arrayent, about home-automation myths.

    There are a lot of myths swirling around the home-automation market. In the smart-home arena, connected systems are losing out to point solutions. I talked with Cyril Brignone, Chief Executive Officer of Arrayent, to find out why.

    Cloud computing is important in that it enables product designers to remove complexity locally and push that complex to the cloud, where computation and memory resources are much more scalable. The cloud is where mobile voice-recognition processing is done for Apple Siri, Google, and Amazon’s Alexa. It is also emerging to be the place where companies can create interoperable systems much more rapidly than was possible before.

    Wong: Why aren’t adoption rates increasing?

    Brignone: It’s simple economics: high cost means low adoption. The home-security market is based on a hardware cost subsidized by a subscription contract model. Security hardware is expensive and it takes skilled labor to install and set up. The upfront cost is too high for any adoption, so the cost is spread across a two- or three-year contract. It’s a business model the wireless carriers borrowed to make $650 smartphones affordable.

    Wong: So what’s the solution?

    Brignone: First you have to realize that no one wakes up on Saturday morning and says to themselves: “I have a home-automation problem.” Second, recognize what retailers have known for years—consumers go online or drive to a store on a mission, which is to find a point solution to fix their pain.

    Wong: So what’s a consumer-product company to do?

    Brignone: For now, be really good at one task/solution to start. Product reviews with 4+ stars matter more than brands these days. It is only then that you can add more features to your first product. Later add a second and third product that customers will consider buying. Over time, consumers will acquire a number of connected point solutions that are solving problems for them a few times a week. This will take time, of course.

    And then they will move to stage two, wanting their things to work together. This is the Google Nest strategy. Thermostat first. Smoke detector second (the Trojan horse is adding more sensors to the home), and then the DropCam camera. They have added the Connect to Nest program to grow their ecosystem that already includes products from Whirlpool, Chamberlain, Mercedes, OSRAM, and Philips. These companies can take advantage of Nest’s Home and Away API capabilities for their own products. They are laying the groundwork for connected systems that work the way individuals work.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Autonomous Factory: Inertial Sensors Conquer IoMT Challenges

    Building around location-aware, industrial smart sensors helps boost the quality and accuracy of information retrieval, leading to much more efficient machine automation.

    The automation of industrial machinery, whether it be in manufacturing, agriculture, logistics, energy, automotive, or unmanned aerial vehicles, promises great gains in resource efficiency, equipment accuracy, and safety. Key to enabling these gains is the identification of the appropriate sensing technologies to enhance the contextual knowledge of the equipment’s condition.

    In many situations, the determination of position while operating in a complex or harsh environment is of especially critical value. The Internet of Moving Things (IoMT) has many challenges on the path to great efficiency gains, and high-performance inertial sensors are helping make the difference.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Engineering tomorrow’s connected house today

    In the Internet of Things (IoT), connection isn’t a luxury: it’s a necessity. Luckily, even a single antenna can transmit and receive unprecedented amounts of data. Antennas are the unsung hero of the ever-changing world of IoT, from home automation to energy solutions and surveillance products.

    Today’s home has to do more than look good—it has to seamlessly communicate with all of the appliances inside.

    That high expectation for the modern home means engineers have to grapple with home automation needs from lighting solutions and connected outlets. Security and surveillance endpoints range from door locks to smoke detectors. Energy and utility concerns span thermostats and weather stations.

    Yet with the right design, hardware and help, the dream of tomorrow’s fully connected home can become a reality today.


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