New company pools the Bosch Group’s IoT and digital expertise: Bosch has consolidated its activities centered on the Internet of things in a new subsidiary. With some 900 associates, Bosch.IO GmbH is now one of the driving forces for IoT solutions, covering everything from consulting to implementation and operation. The core element of the Bosch subsidiary’s product portfolio is the Bosch IoT Suite. It is the central technical platform for IoT solutions.
Attacks on networked access control systems are piling up: Smart access controls are designed to improve security in companies, factories and government agencies. Employees, for example, need a chip card to gain access to selected rooms. But the technology behind these systems often has security gaps, as was the case with Linear eMerge E3, a product of the US manufacturer Nortek Security & Control (NSC). Security researchers published details of ten security vulnerabilities in the Linear-eMerge-E3 products in May 2019, six of which were rated with a severity between 9.8 and 10 on a ten-point scale. A proof of concept was published in November 2019. Nevertheless, NSC has apparently not yet released any patches for the vulnerabilities.
UK passes IoT law: A new British law mandates that manufacturers apply several security controls to their connected devices. The law aimed at securing internet of things (IoT) devices comprises three main mandates for IoT manufacturers. First, all consumer IoT device passwords must be unique (and not resettable to universal factory settings). IoT device manufacturers must also provide a public point of contact so that anyone can report a flaw, to be acted on in a timely manner; and, manufacturers must also explicitly state the minimum length of time for which devices will receive security updates at the point of sale.
Apple files patent for a smart home system: An Apple patent reveals an idea for a system that could automatically detect smart home devices and potentially configure them for the room they are in. As Apple points out in the patent, there are a lot of good smart home devices and technologies available now. But it can be very challenging to actually configure those devices to make a fully integrated smart home, due to factors like different types of wireless protocols, connector types, incompatible devices between vendors, and more. Apple has patented a system that could make connecting all of the smart things a customer owns easier by automatically detecting a new smart device, what room it’s in, and authenticating it.
Security: The risk of IoT attacks will continue to increase industry-of-things.de
Guide: What to consider when powering industrial IoT applications elektronikpraxis.de
Azure Sphere: Microsoft launches its Linux package for the Internet of things heise.de
Broadband: Stadtwerke Bochum build LoRaWAN network zfk.de
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In 2023, 18.4 percent of all mobile connections in Germany will be based on 5G. The majority of the connections (69 percent) will continue to be covered via WLAN and stationary broadband. These are the results of the Cisco Annual Internet Report.
Germans have deficits when it comes to new technologies: Germans are not very interested in new digital technologies. This is the result of a study that the market research institute YouGov carried out on behalf of the communications agency Maisberger among more than 2,000 participants. Many terms like IoT, cloud computing or blockchain are still foreign words to many people. Many Germans have already come into contact with new technologies. The study’s authors expect that especially the Internet of things will become more popular.
Computer science as a compulsory subject in Germany: Schoolchildren in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate will have a new compulsory subject with the start of the new school year. The new computer science curriculum will also cover the subject of networked devices. From 2021 onwards, the 9th and 10th grades will learn how devices and machines are networked in the Internet of Things. Applications can be digital voice assistants, intelligent garbage cans in the Smart City or the measurement of environmental data.
“But since every day we are surrounded by digital technologies like our smartphones and the internet, there is little interest among those surveyed to take a look behind the scenes of new technologies. With increasing digitalization, curiosity and a willingness to inform oneself as well as an openness to new things are becoming increasingly important.”
Alexander Pschera, managing director of the communications agency Maisberger, hopes that people will not only use technology, but will also understand it to some extent.
Companies are struggling with IoT security problems: Just in time for the Munich security conference, IT security company Kaspersky published the results of a new survey. The results are troubling: in 2019, the hacking factor increased by a factor of nine to over 100 million attacks. It is striking that IoT platforms are also being attacked, since they are essential for critical infrastructure such as the energy sector. But dangerous trends can also be observed in the areas of automobile construction and building automation.