KW 34: DDoS attacks are increasing, IoT solutions in the automotive sector require a stable cloud infrastructure, Using an IoT sensor to measure fill levels


DDoS attacks are increasing: Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks will increase significantly in 2020. One reason is the constant spread of IoT applications that can be hacked and then used for bot attacks. Every single networked device that is not adequately protected can turn into a potential soldier in a botnet army. The number of attacks is already increasing noticeably. In 2019 there were around 8.4 million DDoS attacks – more than 23,000 attacks per day or 16 per minute. Most of the attacks targeted companies – this trend is on the rise.

How to deal with the flood of information in the Internet of Things: The number of networked devices is increasing – and they generate an enormous flood of data. For companies in particular, data is the basis for analysis and processes such as machine learning, artificial intelligence or predictive maintenance. For a successful evaluation, it is important to pay attention to the interoperability of data management tools.

IoT solutions in the automotive sector require a stable cloud infrastructure: The Internet of Things could make driving more pleasant and safer. The IoT startup Thinxnet has entered into cooperation with the connected car platform Ryd to develop an app that can be used to provide real-time information as well as location and movement data. The app could, for example, pay directly at charging stations, keep a digital logbook, access the on-board computer or communicate with the vehicle via Alexa. The basic prerequisite for this, however, is the expansion of the cloud provider’s stability and performance.

Using an IoT sensor to measure fill levels: An integrable IIoT sensor could provide relief in many industrial sectors. Mobile containers with IIoT sensors could be used wherever level measurement is advisable – for example in the chemical, food or waste management sector. With the sensor, containers can be measured at any time regardless of location. The sensor can also trace the location of a mobile container at all times. The sensor sends the information directly to the cloud via cellular network.

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Google Smart Speakers can perceive security-relevant noises: The Google Smart Speaker offers help throughout the house and obviously also protection – several users reported that the Google Assistant notified them via text message of various incidents in the house. One user received push notifications after something had burned in the kitchen and the fire alarm went off. Some users have also been informed about broken dishes.

Fresh air thanks to IoT: A balanced indoor climate in offices benefits employees. Productivity increases if the air quality is good. Conrad Electronic now wants to provide a complete solution for professional air quality monitoring with an IoT platform. Companies can link devices, apps and services from more than 100 brands via the platform and automate processes – this also includes monitoring air quality. With networked blinds and doorlocks, companies can use IoT solutions to simplify their building management and save costs in the long term.

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Inventory automation with the Smart Shelf: German scale manufacturer Bizerba has declared war on food waste with integrated sensors for bakery displays. Invisible to the customer, the integrated weighing sensors automatically take stock of inventory on a shelf. The sensors detect a difference in weight when a pastry is sold and assign X and Y coordinates to the weight difference using a center of gravity algorithm. These coordinates are transmitted to a cloud platform via the Azure IoT Hub. The collected data can be used in a variety of ways: The coordinates can be assigned to corresponding article numbers, which makes it possible to see exactly which product was sold. The bakery shelf can also be connected to the Smart Shelf application to adapt the production of baked goods to the current inventory. If the display registers that a product could run out, the oven automatically activates the baking program and bakes the amount still required for that day. This new innovation is not just useful for food companies: The weighing sensors could be used wherever inventory optimization is required, for example in wholesale markets, hardware stores or warehouses.


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Amazon closes serious security gaps in Alexa: Security researchers from California have discovered several security gaps in the Alexa voice assistance system from Amazon and the associated networked speakers that would have made hacker attacks possible. Amazon responded quickly to the disclosure to address these vulnerabilities on certain Amazon and Alexa subdomains.

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