Smart cities deep dive: Citizen expectations and exploring the Internet of Everything

Smart city initiatives are becoming an increasingly important topic of conversation as the Covid-19 pandemic continues. A series of research studies issued this week have detailed citizen demands, as well as efforts being made by cities to progress.

A study by Capgemini, which surveyed 10,000 citizens across 10 countries, as well as 300 city officials, found smart city initiatives benefit cities and attract potential citizens - but progress is slow.

The report, titled...

Why security validation is a must as IoT becomes part of APT kill chains

Advanced persistent threat (APT) groups are showing no signs of slowing down despite the global coronavirus pandemic and they appear keen on exploiting the Internet of Things (IoT) for their attacks.

Recently, the Russian group APT28 has recently been reported to have been scanning and exploiting vulnerable email servers for over a year. This group is known for hacking into IoT devices to gain a foothold into networks. IoT adoption is rising in organizations and enterprises....

Delivering Industrial IoT at scale through out-of-the-box eSIM connectivity: A guide

Case study When it comes to connectivity, OEMs tasked with creating industrial IoT and M2M solutions, and the companies and enterprises that purchase and then deploy these solutions, face a number of challenges. Ease of design, integration, and testing are key at the development stage, while the ability to quickly roll out, at scale, across different geographies – or to accommodate movement between regions – can be paramount during implementation. And, unlike many consumer products,...

How IoT and AI can enable companies to restart their business during Covid-19

After months of extreme uncertainty, pause of economies and isolation in our homes, finally economies slowly restart their operations and transactions. However, this transition will not be smooth. There are many rules related to physical distance and hygiene as well as limitations which still force employers to ask their employees to work from home (for months). Of course, these rules are more than necessary so we can avoid the second wave of the pandemic, but there are some key concerns...

Helm.ai raises $13 million in seed funding to boost driverless car AI

Helm.ai, a California-based scalable AI for autonomous vehicles, has raised $13 million in a recently held seed funding round led by A.Capital Ventures, Amplo, Binnacle Partners, Sound Ventures, Fontinalis Partners and SV Angel, including others.

The company will be using the raised funds to further advance its engineering and R&D capabilities, hiring more employees, and making new deals with customers. Unlike other organisations, which focuses on developing hardware for...

IDC warns of significant shrinkage to semiconductor market with Covid-19 pandemic

IDC has offered a gloomy analysis of the semiconductor market amid the Covid-19 pandemic, suggesting significant shrinkage compared with the earlier expected minor overall growth.

In its latest report, titled Impact of COVID-19 on the Worldwide Semiconductor Market Forecast, IDC notes that despite the disruption, to human life as well as the international technology supply chain, the report states that...

Microsoft and Cisco team up to integrate cloud and IoT platforms

Microsoft has announced a partnership with Cisco to integrate its Azure cloud with Cisco’s IoT platform in order to create the Cisco Edge to Microsoft Azure IoT Hub, a solution that will enable seamless connectivity and streamlined edge data flow into Azure IoT.

As per a Microsoft blog post by Tony Shakib, IoT business acceleration leader at Microsoft Azure, the integration “provides the...

Märt Kroodo, CEO, 1oT: On using eSIM technology to solve IoT connectivity – and where telcos stand

For the Internet of Things (IoT), the vast majority of hype which gets bandied about is with regards to the sheer number of devices being connected. An article from McKinsey put this number at 127 new devices every second. Yet peel back the first layer of the onion and you get to the connectivity aspect itself, vital in its own right.

Meet 1oT. The company, a provider of cellular connectivity for IoT...

The medical IoT market is to reach $158bn – driving demand for data analytics solutions

A recently released report from Business Insider predicts that the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) market is expected to grow to an estimated $158 billion in the year 2022. This estimate represents a massive leap from the $41 billion valuation that was reported in 2017.

The report follows up on previous research that was published by Business Insider back in June of 2019, when analysts estimated that...

SparkLabs launches Connex IoT and smart city accelerator

SparkLabs Group has announced the launch of Connex, a latest startup accelerator focusing on IoT, smart cities and proptech.

According to the company, the accelerator is based on SparkLabs’ proven model and will leverage its presence in key innovation ecosystems, including Silicon Valley, Seoul, Shenzhen, Taipei and Singapore.

The new accelerator will...