Blecon unveils Bluetooth LE-based IoT connectivity solution

Blecon – a technology firm founded by experts formerly from ARM, AWS, and Microsoft – has announced the launch of a new IoT connectivity solution based on Bluetooth Low Energy (LE). The solution aims to address the challenges companies face when applying Bluetooth LE to IoT connectivity.

"Bluetooth LE is now being used ever more widely in IoT connectivity use cases, building upon its remarkable technical and commercial success in personal connectivity and tracking beacons....

GlobalPlatform releases protocol boosting IoT security

GlobalPlatform has released a new Secure Channel Protocol aimed at enhancing security and enabling remote management for IoT devices operating on low-power, constrained networks. 

Secure Channel Protocol promises to accelerate robust end-to-end security adoption across the IoT ecosystem while simplifying device management, supporting regulatory compliance, and promoting sustainability through reduced energy consumption.

"GlobalPlatform's widely adopted Secure...

Matter 1.3 supports new appliances and energy reporting

The Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) has announced Matter version 1.3, a significant update that brings support for major household appliances and new energy and water management capabilities to the smart home standard.

"This latest release marks an important step forward, enabling devices that can be more helpful to users in the kitchen and laundry room, enhance entertainment and smart home interaction on screens, and make the smart home more efficient and safer with new...

UK introduces first IoT security laws

The UK has become the first country to legally mandate cybersecurity standards for IoT devices. The new laws, which came into force today, aim to shield consumers from cyber threats and boost the nation's resilience against rising cyber-crime.

Under the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PSTI) regime, manufacturers will be legally required to build security protections into any product with internet connectivity. Easily guessable default passwords like "admin"...

America’s FCC introduces IoT cybersecurity labelling

The US Federal Communications Commission has voted to create a voluntary cybersecurity labelling program for wireless consumer Internet of Things (IoT) products.

Under the program, qualifying consumer smart products that meet robust cybersecurity standards will bear a label - including a new 'US Cyber Trust Mark' - that will help consumers make informed purchasing decisions, differentiate trustworthy products in the marketplace, and create incentives for manufacturers to meet...

5G RedCap set to dominate cellular IoT growth

Cellular IoT is set for robust growth over the next decade, with 5G RedCap (Reduced Capability) becoming the dominant connectivity technology for low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs).

According to ReTHINK Research, the 5G RedCap standard and extended variants (RedCap and eRedCap) will account for almost one third (30.17%) of all cellular IoT connections by 2030. The growth will come largely at the expense of retiring 2G networks and slowly declining 4G IoT...

Vodafone, Ericsson and Qualcomm achieve first RedCap RAN data sessions

Vodafone, Ericsson, and Qualcomm have demonstrated a new 5G technology optimised for connecting IoT devices in a simpler, more efficient way.

In trials on September 21 using Vodafone's live 5G test network CREATE in Spain, the companies achieved the first data sessions leveraging Reduced Capability (RedCap) RAN. Unlike 5G smartphones, RedCap provides basic connectivity tailored for less complex, low-power IoT gadgets.

The successful use of RedCap is a significant step...

Eclipse Foundation’s Sparkplug IIoT spec becomes ISO standard

The Eclipse Foundation announced Tuesday that its Sparkplug specification for industrial IoT (IIoT) connectivity has been published as an ISO/IEC international standard, a move that should accelerate its adoption.

Sparkplug, which enables different industrial systems to seamlessly share data, is now known as ISO/IEC 20237. It passed through the ISO fast-track process for standards developed externally. The Eclipse Foundation will continue to maintain Sparkplug.

“The...

SESIP embraced as European IoT security evaluation standard

GlobalPlatform’s Security Evaluation Standard for IoT Platforms (SESIP) has been embraced as the foundation for a European Standard (EN). 

This milestone decision aims to streamline the IoT ecosystem’s approach to regulatory challenges and facilitate a comprehensive understanding, deployment, and explanation of security measures.

“This is all about raising the bar for IoT security,” commented Eve Atallah, the chair of GlobalPlatform’s SESIP sub-task...

Matter 1.2 supports new device types alongside other enhancements

The Connectivity Standards Alliance has announced the release of Matter 1.2, the second update to the Matter standard.

Matter 1.2 – now available for device manufacturers and platforms – brings a slew of enhancements, including nine new device types, core specification improvements, and robust certification and testing tools.

New device types

Matter 1.2 introduces support for a range of new devices, enhancing interoperability and security. These...