Organisations fear IoT security attacks – but are not actively monitoring risks

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Almost every organisation polled by the Ponemon Institute and Shared Assessments say they fear a ‘catastrophic’ security event related to an unsecured IoT device – yet only a third actively monitor for IoT-related third-party risks.

The study, which surveyed 605 individuals in corporate governance, found the average number of IoT devices in the workplace is set to increase by 55% over the coming year. 81% of those polled said a data breach caused by unsecured IoT devices was ‘likely’ to occur in the next 24 months.

The challenge is more of an issue than may be let on, the report adds. Less than half (45%) of respondents believe they can keep a full inventory of IoT devices in the organisation – and of that number, only 19% actually have an inventory of at least half of their devices. 15% of survey respondents have an inventory of the majority of their applications.

46% of those polled say they have a policy to disable a risky IoT device within their own organisation, while 60% opt for a third-party risk management program.

“The rapid adoption of IoT devices and applications is not slowing down and organisations need to have a clear understanding of the risks these devices pose both inside their own and outside their extended networks,” said Charlie Miller, SVP at the Shared Assessments Program. “While there’s an increasing awareness about third-party IoT risks, much more work needs to be done to ensure controls minimise the risks these devices pose.

“With the increasing number of major data breaches, ransomware, and distributed denial of service attacks in the news daily, and senior executives losing their jobs as a result, it’s critical that organisations assign accountability and ownership of IoT-related oversight across their organisation, ensure that IoT security is taken seriously, and educate management at all levels,” added Miller.

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Cloudflare introduces free network monitoring tool for mobile app developers

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When Cloudflare acquired Neumob, a mobile performance startup last fall, it was a sign that the company wanted to move beyond web performance into helping mobile app developers understand what’s happening at the network level. Today, the company introduced Cloudflare Mobile SDK, a free tool which could help developers understand network-level performance problems.

Cloudflare’s co-founder and CEO Matthew Prince says developers have had tools at their disposal to understand why apps crash on the device itself, but they have lacked visibility into the network, which can be a major contributor to app instability.

Developers access the monitoring capability by adding a couple of lines of code to their iOS or Android apps. After that,they can log into a web console to see network performance metrics. The tool is designed to surface problems like dropping packets because of a poor signal or moving from WiFi to a mobile a network, each of which can cause an app to hang or otherwise misbehave.

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The tool gives you the ability to see how the network is performing in various parts of the world and where you are seeing issues and as it gathers and display information, it should help correlate performance issues with a flaky network and the impact that could be having on app performance.

Over time, he says they will be partnering with other monitoring tools to give developers a single place to check their performance issues. “Our goal is how can we get networks to perform better and give app developers better insight about network behavior.” Prince said.

Prince says, for starters they are providing some basic suggestions on how to improve performance, but in the future, they plan to integrate the network monitoring tool more deeply with the rest of the Cloudflare toolkit to make it easier to tweak performance problems.

Cloudflare also sees this as a way to build a better understanding of how networks are performing in general, and as they pull this data together, they plan to publish a mobile network reliability report. “We expect as this gets built into [more apps], and gives us visibility into mobile network providers, we will able to see who is providing the highest level of service and who has spotty or bad data services,” he explained.

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How Wearables Will Take Health Monitoring to the Next Level


When the weather is warm enough, I like to go for a quick run up two to three times a week. It’s somewhat meditative. It allows me to focus on the day ahead, and my Apple Watch lets me see how many steps I’ve run. It’s nice.

I’m not alone.  Fitness trackers like FitBit and Jawbone have been on wrists for year. Consumers rely on them and the ecosystem of associated apps to meet fitness goals.  And yet, these devices often fall short of identifying actionable health insights, such as risk factors for diabetes and heart disease.

Companies like Apple plan to change that. Last year, the company partnered with Stanford to bring diabetes testing to its smartwatch. Even more recently, Apple joined forces with a startup called Cardiogram to find meaningful ways to use information on irregular heart rates. Eventually, this information could be used to detect diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, and atrial fibrillation.

But Apple isn’t the only company innovating the wearables space. Here are some ways wearables will help consumers take charge of their own health in the very near future.

Heart Rate Health Monitoring

Heart rate can offer valuable insights into a person’s health. An accelerated heart rate is a sign of an impending heart attack, for instance, and an irregular heartbeat can signal a variety of concerning conditions. Although many of today’s fitness wearables provide heart rate tracking, consumers are still unsure how to put the information to use.

The next generation of wearables will address these shortcomings. The iBeat smartwatch will not only monitor a wearer’s heart rate, but it also includes a help button that connects to a 24/7 response center.  Jawbone has been ramping up to shift into medical tracking, and the latest models of its fitness bracelet are an important first move. The Jawbone UP3 and UP4 monitor your heart rate, but they also give you information on what those metrics mean for your health.

Patient Data Monitoring

Patients spend time in the hospital hooked up to machines that monitor vital signs around the clock. Once a patient leaves the clinical setting, however, medical professionals no longer have a way to monitor them. Technology like that being developed by MYIA Labs uses a combination of under-bed sensors and apps to track your heart rate and respiratory rate while you sleep. This information is collected and used to monitor chronic conditions like Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). Another wearable sensor is the  Kardia Band, which can note an abnormal heart rate or signs of atrial fibrillation, which can lead to issues like blood clots and stroke. Once detected, the app sends an email to either you or your doctor so you can take action.

Few conditions are as ideal for patient monitoring as diabetes is. Patients suffering from the disease must keep constant watch on their glucose levels. This has traditionally required drawing blood through a finger prick. Wearables bring the possibility of monitoring those levels without drawing blood. Diabetes Sentry, which tracks a patient’s skin temperature and perspiration levels to detect signs of a drop in blood glucose levels. The alert signals it may be time for treatment.

Health Insights

In addition to monitoring for health problems, fitness wearables will still do what they were originally designed to do. However, they will become more advanced in the health data they provide. The Polar A370 fitness tracker not only measures your activity. It also provides guidance on what you can do to improve your workout routine. Like others, this wearable tracks sleep activity. It also asks the wearers how they’re feeling each day to put that information to use in offering insights.

For those who aren’t interested in wearing bracelets, watches, or patches, SPIRE has a tag that clips onto your clothing. Once in place, the wearable takes tracking to the next level. It starts offering insights to help reduce stress levels, sleep better, and be more active. Trackers are even being built into clothing items like sports bras and underwear.  This helps to monitor people without forcing them to wear a band or watch.

Technology innovators are envisioning a time when no one will be surprised by a heart attack or stroke. At the same time, companies across the globe are making it easier for chronic patients to enjoy around-the-clock care. All this from the comfort of their home. More than just fitness trackers, these sensors are revolutionizing healthcare.

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Netgear adds HomeKit compatibility to Arlo Baby Smart HD Monitoring Camera

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Netgear has issued an update to its Arlo Baby Smart HD Monitoring Camera that adds support for HomeKit, a change that now allows homeowners to watch a live video stream from the camera through the Home app on their iPhone or iPad, as well as by asking Siri to view the feed.
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Fish-farm monitoring startup Aquabyte raises $3.5M Seed capital

Aquabyte, a fish-farm monitoring startup developing a smart camera system and web dashboard raised $ 3.5M seed funding. The round was co-led by NEA and Costanoa Ventures. Princeton University and the US and Norwegian investors also participated in the round.

Aquabyte is developing a smart camera system and web dashboard.

The startup, founded by Amit Mukherjee in 2017 and headquartered in San Francisco will use the proceeds to build a team of developers and to refine its machine learning software.

Aquabyte’s solution consists of a smart camera system and web dashboard that utilizes computer vision technology. The camera is installed on a fish farmer’s net pen, and real-time farm metrics can be accessed via the web dashboard. Underwater 3D cameras and gauge parameters of temperature and oxygen help track the critical data. Typical metrics that Aquabyte’s cameras and machine learning algorithms will track include lice count, biomass estimation, appetite detection, and feed calculations.

‘The development of computer vision over the past couple years along with the advent of deep learning has opened up dramatic opportunities to build new vision-related products that can solve very practical, real-world problems,’
said Bryton Shang, founder, and CEO of Aquabyte.

Global fish trade was expected to hit an all-time high, and expected to rise more than $ 150bn last year, according to The Financial Times. One of the major costs incurred in fish farming is that of the feed, hence the company aims to control the feed cost using machine learning algorithms. If successful, it will help farmers to save up to 20-30% of the feed cost. The company is set to expand operations to Norway as the fish farming market is bigger in the Nordic countries as compared to the United States.

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GE to provide Enel with software for monitoring power plant assets

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Predix deal between GE and Enel will initially focus on asset performance management in 14 power plants in Europe and Latin America.

Last week, General Electric (GE) announced that it has won a deal to supply its Predix software to the global thermal generation division of Enel, the Italian energy giant.

The software is to be implemented as a predictive diagnostic tool, monitoring the performance of assets in 14 thermal power plants located in Europe and Latin America. These include 13 gas-fired and 1 coal-fired power plants with an overall installed capacity of 7GW.

All the power plants involved in this project use equipment from GE or Alstom. The implementation of Predix is expected to begin this month and should be completed by the end of the year.

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Asset performance management  

Internet of Business spoke to Craig Jones, global vice president of commercial operations at GE Digital, about the deal. It involves GE’s Predix-based APM [asset performance management] software, fed by information coming from connected machines and sensors around these 14 power plants.

Once this data is collected in the cloud-based Predix platform, APM will be used to apply advance predictive analytics to detect and diagnose equipment problems before they become major issues.

“If you think about a traditional power plant, and all of the data that is produced by the equipment inside it on a daily basis, only around 2 percent of it gets analysed in order to improve that power plant’s performance,” says Jones.

“So our software is going to help Enel get much more organized around things like reducing equipment failure and getting real-time detectors in place that indicate when equipment should be looked at from a maintenance perspective. That will help with things like reducing break-fix costs, outages and overall revenue lost.”

There are four overall goals here, he said, which Enel shares with other owners and operators of power plants: increased performance, increased reliability, optimised output and reduced costs. “If you think about Enel, a massive organisation, these four areas become very difficult to manage,” Jones told us. To put that in perspective, Enel works in 37 countries on 5 continents, has a net installed capacity  of around 84 GW and some 64 million customers. Its electricity and gas distribution networks runs to some 2.1 million kilometres.

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Starting small, with potential to grow

For now, then, Enel is starting small – in relative terms – with Predix, as it seeks to increase the reliability and availability of assets in those 14 power stations. GE clearly hopes this will lead onto bigger things, though.

“Our learning over the last couple of years is that what customers of all sizes like to do is try before they really go ‘all in’,” says Jones. “So what we’re trying to do here with Enel is take the operating profile that we can best put our arms around in a very controlled manner. These 14 sites were chosen based on our ability to impact those and then share our success across a broader stakeholder map and ultimately extend the partnership.”

Other recent GE APM customer wins include Belgian biorefinery Alco Bio Fuel, Turkish power company GAMA Enerji and Pakistan-based Engro, which is using APM to monitor six power plants in Pakistan and Nigeria.

General Electric also uses APM itself, at its own Global Electricity Monitoring and Diagnostics Center in Atlanta, Georgia, from which it provides monitoring as a service to more than 500 power producers and utilities, collectively responsible for some 900 power plants worldwide.

Every day, this center receives more than 200 billion data tags from 1 million sensors attached to 5,000 assets in power plants across more than 60 countries, according to GE.

GE Digital CEO Bill Ruh has stated that the insights derived from analysing that data in Predix APM enables the company, on behalf of its customers, to reduce unplanned downtime by up to 5 percent, reduce false alarms by up to 75 percent, and to reduce operations and maintenance costs by up to 25 percent. Applied globally, Run has stated, “this technology has the potential to transform lives, businesses and economies.”

Coming soon: Our Internet of Energy event will be taking place in Berlin, Germany on 6 & 7 March 2018. Attendees will hear how companies in this sector are harnessing the power of IoT to transform distributed energy resources. 

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AT&T launches structure monitoring product for smart city bridges

AT&T structure monitoring for smart city bridges

Sensors embedded in critical infrastructure such as bridges could help to monitor for cracks, tilts, shifts and other potentially dangerous problems, say AT&T executives.

AT&T is on a mission to fix elderly and decrepit US infrastructure. Almost half of the nation’s bridges are more than 50 years old, executives at the telco reckon, and many roadways and railways aren’t assessed frequently enough, often because they’re situated in remote locations.

With that in mind, they’re testing a new structure monitoring system, as part of the company’s wider IoT-focused smart city work. At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, executives said that all kinds of bridges can be monitored with this system, from simple footbridges to those supporting railways and roads.

Cracks, tilts and shifting

AT&T’s Smart Cities Structure Monitoring product will see selected infrastructure equipped with sensors to remotely monitor cracks tilts and shifting, for example, and to issue alert triggers in response to significant events – such as subsidence or even earthquakes, presumably. The sensors will take readings once every eight hours before transmitting their data to IBM’s cloud for analysis, via AT&T’s LTE network.

According to the company, this will help improve safety and planning, reduce the need for manual inspections and enable near real-time monitoring of structures over the internet. Smart Cities Structure Monitoring will join a growing suite of products in this area, which also includes solutions for smart cities, smart energy and smart irrigation.

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AT&T’s ‘spotlight cities’ update

AT&T launched its Smart Cities organization in the fall of 2015 and has tested its smart cities framework in a number of cities throughout the US – or ‘spotlight cities’, as it likes to call them.

Atlanta, Georgia, was one of the first to sign up as an AT&T spotlight city. To date, 200 sensors have been added to previously installed LED streetlights in key area of the city, which aim to help local authorities address issues including traffic flow, parking optimization and gunshot detection.

In Dallas, Texas, meanwhile, AT&T has teamed with the Dallas Innovation Alliance to create a living lab in the city where solutions to sustainability and parking can be explored. And, in the city’s historic West End, the city has installed new smart lighting solutions using connected LED and intelligent controls, which used 25% less energy in the first 90 days post-installation.

Finally, in Montgomery County, Maryland – an area where many people travel daily into Washington DC for work – AT&T has worked with public transport providers to help them keep commuters informed about transit delays; for example, by installing WiFi on targeted buses and bus shelters.

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Phyn Plus promises iPhone-connected water pressure monitoring

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Phyn — a joint venture between Belkin and plumbing supplier Uponor — has announced the Phyn Plus, an accessory that monitors home water systems for leaks and other presssure-related problems.
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