Go Green – Save Money?

Cees Links, GM of Qorvo Wireless Connectivity

There’s been a lot of talk about smart homes. The convenience, the security, the gadgets, even the health benefitslike a smart refrigerator that tracks nutrition. But can a smart home fatten your wallet at the same time that its shrinking your waistline? It’s easy to understand how being more efficient with energy usage can reduce day-to-day energy costs, but what about unexpected expenses like accidents in the home and equipment failures? Continue reading

Why Interoperability Matters to IoT

Timothy Winters, Senior Executive, Software and IP Networking
University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory

Marion Dillon, Technical Manager of Home Networking and IoT Technologies
University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory

Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the fastest growing areas in data communications. Gartner estimates the number of devices deployed to grow to 20.8 Billion by 2020 with an economic impact of 3 billion dollars in sales. This is an increase of roughly 14 billion devices over the next four years, doubling the amount of devices on the Internet today. Use cases for connecting appliances and systems to each other and the Internet are growing, driving this increase in devices. Users for IoT can be broken up into categories of Consumer, Enterprise, or Industrial, which each have different value propositions. At the core of this IoT revolution is the idea of connecting devices to make a task easier. This article will focus on the need for Interoperability on the consumer space since its a large growth area for IoT, estimating to grow from 4 billion devices today to 13 billion devices by 2020. Continue reading

Alexa – Make my Building Run Better

Varun Nagaraj, President and CEO
Sierra Monitor Corp.

One of this seasons best selling gifts is the Amazon Echo with Alexa. Plug it in and Echo / Alexa will run your house for you: turning on lights, locking / unlocking doors, catering to your family members unique climate comfort needs, and reducing your energy bill all voice activated and without any hard-core programming. If you haven’t tried it, you should. It’s cool. But if you are part of the Facility Management or Building Automation and Controls community, like I am, the Echo / Alexa will also make you and all members of our community feel old, unimaginative, and so last century. We are the dads that wear sweaters and “dad jeans”, and justify our lack of fashion sense by claiming that we are just being responsible. Continue reading

Optimizing The Smart Home For The IoT

Raoul Wijgergangs, Vice President of Z-Wave Business Unit
Sigma Designs

As the IoT grows around us, producing unimaginable amounts of data from our workplaces, public spaces, and even our body wear, it is important to remember that the home is, and always will be, the central conduit between people and the IoT world. Most of our lives are spent in our homes, and with many global populations trending senior and aging in place, this reality will only intensify for foreseeable future. Continue reading

Consumer Frustration Will Drive Stronger IoT Device Security

Mike Lynch, Chief Strategy Officer

The proliferation of IoT devices is skyrocketing. According to Gartner, approximately 5.5 million new IoT devices are connected to the internet each day in 2016, an increase of 30 percent from 2015, bringing the worldwide total to 6.4 billion connected things for the year. If currently growth rates hold, there will be almost three devices for every single person on Earth in 2020. Continue reading

When Things Attack: The Mirai DDoS Attack & IoT Security Weakness

Jennifer Dean, Enterprise Security

I’m sure more than a few of you were affected by worldwide Internet disruption that occurred in early Ocotber. Netflix, Twitter and CNN were just a few favorite sites crippled by a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack. In a situation reminiscent of the 80′s Stephen King movie Maximum Overdrive, the machines attacked and wreaked havoc on our online lives. Continue reading

Security Woes of the Internet of Things

Lane Thames, Software Development Engineer and Security Researcher
Tripwires Vulnerability and Exposure Research Team (VERT)

Over the last few months, the cybersecurity industry has been observing some very interesting trends, including an uptick in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks with unprecedented rates of associated traffic. Moreover, these attacks are not taking advantage of amplification techniques, which have been the most prevalent types of DDoS attacks in recent years. Instead, the attacks are just flooding links with traffic generated from the sources, the traditional way of implementing a DDoS. Lastly and most concerning, is that the attacks have been largely comprised of Internet of Things (IoT) devices from all corners of the globe. Continue reading