Mary-Ann Russon: People are destroying ID cards and building RFID blockers to avoid being spied on by governments

People living in countries like Germany where ID cards and passports contain RFID microchips are worried that the chips are being used to spy on them.

Talk about paranoid – netizens who are concerned about their privacy are finding ways to deliberately disable the RFID microchip within their bank cards, ID cards and passports to prevent governments from spying on them, including illegally destroying them.

Warren Miller: How Will You Control the Internet of Things?

In my recent Design News Continuing Education Center (CEC) online course, sponsored by Digi-Key, Controlling Sensors Efficiently with MCUs, I described how sensors will be the eyes and ears of the Internet of Things (IoT), collecting data on the environment and relaying it to the cloud, where will be aggregated, analyzed, and used to make intelligent decisions. Most of these decisions will result in some action made to the environment, where it is an adjustment to power level, light level, temperature, or pressure -- which are often the very things measured by sensors.

Deborah Gage: Autodesk Creates $100 Million Fund for Internet-of-Things Startups

Autodesk Inc., whose 3-D design software is used in manufacturing, architecture, construction and entertainment, is launching a $100 million venture fund as part of a new effort called Forge.

The fund aims to back startups developing products on a new Forge software platform that Autodesk is opening to developers. Its first focus will be manufacturing.

The Eco Technology Bridge has nine different radio protocols built right in

The Eco Technology Bridge has nine different radio protocols built right in and a universal translation engine that allows all of these different technologies to communicate seamlessly together. With one additional expansion slot inside, the Eco Technology Bridge is basically future proof, allowing you the ability to add an additional protocol in seconds.

Benjamin Cabé: A quick reminder that we are having a Virtual IoT meetup with Doug Schaefer from the Eclipse CDT project tomorrow.

I hope many of you will join us to learn more about how to use the Arduino C++ IDE for Eclipse, and why it is a big step forward for developing IoT solutions.

We will start at 8am PDT / 11am EDT / 5pm CET, and you will be able to watch the live stream and participate directly to the discussion using YouTube. You can also share thoughts and questions on Twitter with the #VirtualIoT hashtag.

Werner Mohr: Survey for ICT-7 and ICT-8, addressing 5G PPP topics.

The EU Horizon 2020 Work Plan 2016/17 has been published at the ICT 2015 Conference in Lisbon. Call 2 of 5G PPP will be opened in May 2016 with a closing date in November 2016.
The objectives ICT-7 and ICT-8 are addressing 5G PPP topics. Based on the Work Plan for both objectives the 5G Infrastructure Association in 5G PPP has developed a Pre-Structuring model, which is mapping the call objectives to Targeted Actions, which are covering the overall call objectives as complementary as possible.

Paul Ducklin: Millions of Internet Things are “secured” by the same “private” keys

European security consultancy SEC Consult has spent time over the past few years looking at embedded devices on the internet.

Embedded devices are what you might call the high end of the Internet of Things (IoT) – or, to use the cynic’s description: tiny computers, usually built down to a price, embedded in houselhold devices for which form, function and price come way ahead of security, if security is even considered at all.

Michael Byrne: Internet of Things Encryption Vulnerabilities Show How Often Devs Rip-Off Code

Some large portion of the Internet of Things has essentially left its backdoor wide open. This is according to a report released Wednesday by security researchers at SEC Consult examining SSH cryptographic keys and HTTPS secure server certificates from 4,000 different devices offered by 70 different manufacturers. As it turns out, these credentials are, more often than not, hard-coded and re-used among many different devices from sometimes even different companies.

Monika Jha: Are Big Data and IoT the Same?

Both Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT) are technologies that have something to do with more intelligent systems, but how similar or different are they?

For starters, let’s understand IoT. It is basically about making our products smarter and contextually aware. With IoT, we are embedding chips and sensors in products which traditionally were not known for their computing prowess. And, we are doing it for everything from wearables to car engines to refrigerators and so on.

13th IEEE International Workshop on Managing Ubiquitous Communications and Services MUCS 2016

Ubiquitous communications and related services have experienced a rapid increase in interest and development over the past decade and led into the race into the Internet of Things. As the pace of this growth continues to accelerate, both everyday users and service providers face significant management challenges - ranging from the heterogeneous networks over which these services must operate to the need for semantic interoperability of services, even of those developed by different providers.

Andy Thomas: Understanding the convenience of IoT and the security trade off

The Internet of Things (IoT) isn’t a new concept, but it has gained momentum especially within the last year, as more and more connected devices have come to market. While connecting everything brings added convenience to our everyday lives, it’s crucial to understand what we may be compromising from a security perspective, and importantly, which devices could pose a threat either now or in the future.

The Hindu: Smart city: U.S. grant for education project

The U.S. Government through the U.S.T.D.A. and U.S. Commercial Services is supporting the Smart Cities project in Visakhapatnam.

With the aim of contributing to the overall vision of the two national governments – the U.S. and India, and Government of Andhra Pradesh – to develop Visakhapatnam as a smart city, the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, and the U.S. Consulate, Hyderabad, have come up with a project that they are soon going to implement.


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