Berg Insight: Global cellular IoT connections grew 12% last year to reach 1.7B

Research from Berg Insight suggests the number of global cellular IoT connections continued to grow at a healthy pace last year.

An overall increase in the number of IoT connections is unsurprising over the past year as more people became accustomed to remote working and finding ways to make their home environments more productive and enjoyable. However, most home IoT connections aren’t cellular.

Berg Insight says the global number of cellular IoT subscribers increased...

Research finds that 24% of Brits aren’t securing their IoT devices

Research has found that a concerningly large number of Brits aren’t taking any actions to secure their IoT devices.

According to research from NordVPN, Brits are taking the least action to secure their devices of the seven countries surveyed.

Approximately 95 percent of Brits now have at least one IoT device in their household, more than any other of the surveyed countries. It’s a statistic that shows the potential scale of the problem, yet 24 percent aren’t taking...

Eseye ‘State of IoT Adoption’ report highlights deployment challenges

Eseye has released a report examining the state of IoT adoption and the challenges enterprises are facing.

76 percent of UK respondents said their IoT project was “at best” only somewhat successful. That’s not exactly an encouraging report for a technology that’s been hyped as driving huge efficiency improvements and generating massive amounts of value.

Despite the lack of resounding success in current deployments, 85 percent of the UK respondents said that the...

Dialog Semiconductor sets the IoTMark-WiFi benchmark score to beat

Dialog Semiconductor has set a new record in the IoTMark-WiFi benchmark, even if it is the only current entry.

EEMBC’s IoTMark-WiFi benchmark aims to test the all-important energy efficiency of WiFi devices that are expected to have months, or more, of battery life while supporting typical IoT messaging demands.

The DA16200 is an SoC from Dialog which claims to offer “a breakthrough in battery life” for WiFi-connected, battery-powered IoT devices such as smart door...

Saving power in low-power wireless radio systems

The number of connected IoT devices is forecast to jump to 125 billion by 2030. This is not difficult to believe, as global IoT spending reached $745 billion in 2019. Against this backdrop, electronics designers are under pressure to optimise designs especially when it comes to battery life.

In this article, Dunstan Power, Director of ByteSnap Design, offers insights into key considerations for designing low power wireless radio systems. 

The balancing...

Google’s IoT-focused Fuchsia OS is launching on Nest Hub

Google’s new IoT-focused Fuchsia OS is beginning to roll out on Nest Hub following years of speculation about the operating system.

Fuchsia OS has been known to be in development for quite some time and Google even launched a developer site for it in 2019.

At I/O that year, Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP of Chrome and Android at Google, described Fuchsia as one of Google’s experiments around new concepts for operating systems.

Mountain View has remained vague...

Verizon Business now provides IoT connectivity across 170 countries

Verizon Business is taking its IoT connectivity global with coverage in 170 countries around the world.

The operator’s ThingSpace solution aims to provide all the tools needed to prototype, test, connect and manage IoT devices on Verizon's network.

Permanent roaming options are now available across North America and Western Europe all on a single SIM—providing enterprises with the flexibility they need to monitor a wide array of IoT devices.

Tami Erwin, CEO...

Researchers discover another Mirai variant targeting new IoT vulnerabilities

Security researchers from Palo Alto Networks have discovered another Mirai variant that is targeting new IoT vulnerabilities.

Researchers from Unit 42, the cybersecurity division of Palo Alto Networks, discovered a number of attacks on Feb 16th, 2021 that leveraged vulnerabilities including:

VisualDoor (a SonicWall SSL-VPN exploit).CVE-2020-25506 (a D-Link DNS-320 firewall exploit).CVE-2020-26919 (a Netgear ProSAFE Plus exploit).Possibly CVE-2019-19356 (a Netis WF2419...

Google’s acquisition of Fitbit finally crosses the finish line

Google has completed its acquisition of Fitbit after assuring regulators the company will protect user data.

The $2.1 billion acquisition was first announced in November 2019 but caught the attention of regulators around the world amid increasing scrutiny of “big tech” companies like Google.

In a letter announcing the completion of the acquisition, Fitbit founder James Park wrote:

“The trust of our users will continue to be paramount, and we will maintain...

Pan(ic)demic buying: 51% of consumers bought a smart home device

A new study has found that 51 percent of consumers have bought a smart home device to help adapt to pandemic living. 

The study, commissioned by Xiaomi, provides some fascinating insights into the ways people have responded to the complete upheaval that COVID-19 has caused to their lives.

70 percent of respondents said they’ve made changes to their living environment due to spending more time at home for both work and leisure. Three in five of the consumers...