IoT

Legacy systems issues

The IT systems that governments and businesses depend on are often decades old and prone to failure. Why do they cost trillions to maintain but are so hard to modernize? Water treatment plants, telephone exchanges, power grids, and air traffic control are just a few of the systems controlled by antiquated code. Does everybody agree

ETSI IoT security standard

Security standard for consumer IoT emerges. ETSI approved and published its standard ETSI EN 303 645 V2.1.1 (2020-06) – Cyber Security for Consumer Internet of Things: Baseline Requirements in June 2020. This puts it on track for final approval and release later this year. The standard specifies the high-level security and data protection provisions that

Friday Fun: Smart toilet that scans your…

Everything in our lives is connected to the internet, so why not our toilets? Naked security on-line publication tells about a smart AI toilet that scans your anus to identify you. In fact, it will also capture both your pee and your stools on video and process them with algorithms. You can imagine many reasons

Silent attacks against voice assistants

Now there are two attack vectors to send commands to voice assistant from distance without anyone in the room hearing: ultrasounds and laser. Audio Hotspot Attack Crosses the Ultrasonic Beams to Send Silent Commands to Voice Assistants https://www.hackster.io/news/audio-hotspot-attack-crosses-the-ultrasonic-beams-to-send-silent-commands-to-voice-assistants-6d386644111b Lasers Can Take Over Voice Assistant Systems From Long Distances, Research Finds https://securitytoday.com/articles/2019/11/06/laser-hack-alexa-voice-assistants.aspx?m=1 https://news.umich.edu/a-laser-pointer-could-hack-your-voice-controlled-virtual-assistant/ From a distance

Micro Bit case

The Micro Bit is an open source hardware ARM-based embedded system designed by the BBC for use in computer education for use in UK. It’s use has spread to many other countries as well. It is a quite nice Bluetooth IoT experimenting platform with low barrier of entry to programming. I have few years ago

IoT interoperation lies

We were promised Intenet of Things interoperability on sales pitch, but we seem to end up is living with landfill full of proprietary shot-lived wallet gardens of crappy things. “But that Google can suddenly decide to sunset a cloud API that hundreds of IoT devices have been talking to for less than five years is

Proposed LED/wired IoT standard can reduce energy use

While switching to LED lighting certainly helps reduce power consumption, we can do more. Each conventional mains powered LED bulb has its own AC/DC power supply, which is needed for bulbs to be compatible with AC wiring and lighting fixtures with sockets designed 100 years ago. Having individual power supplies adds cost and decreases efficiency

Bluetooth 5.1 location technology demo

Last week when I visited Arrow IoT summit I saw Bluetooth location services in use.  Two booth on the even showed Bluetooth positioning in two compartments. Quuppa Oy showed their own Bluetooth-based indoor positioning technology, which is used in many applications. With its unique Angle-of-Arrival (AoA) method and positioning algorithms, the system enables real-time tracking of