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The Past, Present, and Future of Remote IoT Security

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The expansion of IoT applications allows more remote devices to wirelessly collect, store, and transmit information across vast networks and distances to multiple applications. Remote_IoT_SecurityThis advancement now demands that remote IoT solutions be designed to have individualized device security, well thought out IoT hardware and with consideration of risk aversion because hackers now have a larger playing field with even more targets. Industries like Smart Grids, Smart Cities, and the Transportation industry are more susceptible to these cyber attacks because they are constantly trying to go further, do more, and expand network coverage. Remote IoT connected devices can be accessed from both wired and wireless networks, which leave them vulnerable to these basic types of attacks to consider:

  • Access/Authentication of IoT Devices – Hackers can cause mistrust by misleading remote network devices by altering the manufacturer code.
  • Up-to-date security systems – Hackers can attack systems that have fallen behind on updates or lack support to patch issues in large numbers of scattered IoT devices.
  • Encryption Network Security – Hackers can easily access and find encryption keys to decrypt IoT data.
  • Hardware Port access Protection- Hackers can physically attack remote IoT devices and gain access through the JTAG port, network ports, or an Ethernet port.

The IoT solution to help prevent these cyber attacks is to design and implement a futuristic IoT security framework. The security solution will be tailored to a specific IoT solution and will provide advance features like device authentication, using a remote system that will monitor and update devices. Remote services will also help store IoT data and validate that data as originating from the proper device. It will include a hardened coprocessor that add other layers of IoT security by enabling security functions separate from the main processor in a hardened security environment.

Read more about remote IoT Security, cyber attacks, and the future of an IoT Security Framework >>

PragmaTech Adds Internet of Things (IoT) Intelligence for Efficient Waste Management

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To more efficiently monitor and manage waste containers, PragmaTech an innovative waste management consulting firm, developed Pandora. Pandora, a proprietary software, utilizes wireless communication to allow individual machines to remotely indicate fullness and that the units are working correctly and efficiently.

getattachmentThis software helps PragmaTech customers save as much as 60% in haulage costs by monitoring the performance of on-site equipment, ensuring all services are provided in a timely and efficient manner. Today, the company has more than 3,400 systems deployed across all of North America.

The software accesses onboard computers with the Digi TransPort® WR21 3G/4G LTE M2M enterprise router to collect and deliver data. The data supports services, production, purchasing, sales, and marketing functions and enables organizations to achieve cost savings. Pandora schedules pick-ups only when compactors reach a specified fullness level, eliminating the cost of unnecessary collections.

Read more about how PragmaTech uses connected technology to create efficiencies in waste management >>

Cyber Security Vs. Physical Security: Is One More Important?

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Cyber security has attracted a tremendous amount of attention lately due to recent cyber-attacks that have been publicized in the news. Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices have given users the amazing ability to connect devices in distant, isolated areas saving time and money, while minimizing risk. However, this connectivity comes at a cost. Remote devices can be susceptible to cyber-attacks such as hacks, viruses and spyware invasions that can go undetected until it is too late. Remote devices can also be even more prone to physical unauthorized access or damage because security focus tends to be elsewhere.

While cyber security is not to be downplayed, physical security should not be overlooked and is equally concerning. Physical attacks could jeopardize critical units like Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs), and Smart Cities and Transportation management solutions. This could lead to widespread, costly and hazardous damage to city services, water systems and even more.

Awareness is critical when trying to determine a balanced security solution for IoT applications. Below are some key questions to be considered as you assess threats and determine the best solutions.

● What type of information must be collected? The data typically falls into two categories – alarm data and log data.
● What type of sensors will be needed?
● Will the sensors use radio, Wi-Fi or cellular for connection, or a combination of two or more?
● What power source is available? Battery, hardwire, or other?
● Will managers and security personnel have insight into what actions to take?

Find out the answers to these questions and learn how to keep your physical assets safe and secure>>

Digi System on Module and Avancen Enhance Oral Pain Medication Delivery

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avacen1-smOn a daily basis hospital staff members are outnumbered by patients, which results in heavy workloads and delayed tasks. This has become an agonizing issue when it involves delivering oral pain medication to a patient that is suffering, because as we all know, a minute in pain actually feels like 10 minutes. Even under optimal conditions it can take an average of 10 plus minutes after pressing the call button for a patient to receive painkilling medication.
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This is what inspired Avancen to create the world’s first wireless, patient controlled analgesia (PCA) device called Medication on Demand (MOD®). The MOD® is equipped with the Digi RCM6600W system-on-module (SOM) for built-in intelligence, programmability and WiFi connectivity. This FDA approved device is used in hospitals and clinics saving time and making patients more comfortable in hospitals and clinics across the country.

Read more about the Avancen success story here>>

Digi ConnectCore® for i.MX6UL Starter Kit is Now Available!

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The Starter Kit for evaluating the new Digi ConnectCore® for i.MX6UL System-on-Module (SOM) is now available. It delivers an extremely compact and flexible development and rapid prototyping kit as well as a reference design for the Digi ConnectCore® for i.MX6UL, which is suited for use in a wide range of connected applications.

The Starter Board combines a Digi ConnectCore® 6UL SOM built on the low-power NXP i.MX6UL application processor, 256 MB flash, 256 MB RAM, integrated 10/100 Mbit Ethernet, precc-6ul-starter-kit-1-certified dual-band 802.11ac wireless LAN + Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity with an integrated high-efficiency antenna and a focused set of key peripheral interfaces.

The simplified but also rugged board design offers USB host/device connections, microSD storage and embedded expansion connectors for development and prototyping purposes. These include Grove
connectors, which allow you to instantly connect and integrate a wide range of compatible off-the-shelf sensors and peripherals, effortlessly.

Digi’s Yocto Project Linux BSP and software support is provided with full source code access straight out of the box. Whether you are building a connected device for medical, healthcare, energy or industrial applications, or prototyping new connected product concepts, the Digi ConnectCore® for i.MX6UL Starter Kit is the ideal platform to get you started. And if you need additional help with your project, Digi also offers professional support and design services to help you go to market smarter and faster.

Click here to learn more about the Digi ConnectCore® for i.MX6UL and buy your Starter Kit today!

The Fastest Path to Embedded Cellular Connectivity is Digi XBee®

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Digi is excited to bring together the power and flexibility of the Digi XBee® ecosystem with Verizon, the world’s largest cellular network. Digi XBee® Cellular makes connecting your product easier by smoothing out the hardware, certifications, and development tools to configure and maintain your connected device.

Additional benefits of this pre-certified end device that is saving OEMs months of time and thousands of dollars:

  • xbee-cellular-200pxThe smallest footprint available (24mm x 33mm.)
  • Based on the 20-pin Digi XBee® footprint we all know and trust.
  • The best development tools to deploy and manage your network (XCTU, API, libraries.)
  • A bundled data plan will be available as an option, with the module “shipping hot,” fully pre-provisioned and ready to communicate over the cellular network right out of the box.

Digi XBee® Cellular will initially be available on the Verizon LTE Cat 1 network, followed by additional carrier support and new lower-power IoT Cellular standards such as LTE Cat M1 and LTE Cat NB1. Whatever the protocol, Digi XBee® Cellular will have a pin-compatible module so your design is ready for tomorrow. Samples are available now for development!

Click here for preliminary specs and to sign up for Digi XBee® Cellular updates. Or, give us a call at 877-912-3444 to learn more.

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This Week in The Internet of Things: Friday Favorites

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XBee MicroPython Examples
Professor and chief innovations officer at Digi, Rob Faludi put together a saga of XBee MircoPython examples to help guide your next big XBee project. See how running small amounts of code can complete big tasks.

Web-Based Pool Controller w/ Raspberry Pi, Arduino, XBee and Digital Thermometer
Collaboration is key to a successful system, and this DIY device masters just that by using Raspberry Pi, Arduino and XBee to control a swimming pool pump and heater. Check out this collaboration in more detail.

Fashion Tech Fashion Designers – Ending The Theocracy Of Fashion
In honor of Fashion Week, here is an insightful read on how the fashion industry has evolved thanks to leading technology and where the future of fashion is headed with wearables:

Safe and Secure Traffic Control with Digi TransPort® WR31
Happy customers and making an industry impact are a few of our favorite accomplishments. Learn how ElectriCities saved over $300K annually with Digi WR31.

Google’s car will automatically pull you over for the police
If you ever questioned Google’s ability to take over the world, question no more because they are now entering the police academy:

Customer Showcase: Wireless Devices that Power Today’s Smart Cities

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Every day Digi works with customers around the world to deploy connected solutions that businesses rely on. Connected devices help people use data to make more informed decisions and modernize business operations. And, connected devices are modernizing our day-to-day life as well. Here are a few of the many companies we’re proud to work with that are using the Internet of Things (IoT) to make cities smarter, and our lives easier.

SmartBox | Smart Delivery

Many of us can’t be at home to sign for packages when they arrive, and the outdated delivery-release notes have become an invitation for criminals looking for easy thefts. We have busy schedules, and we don’t want to inconvenience our friends or neighbors to receive our packages, as they have busy schedules themselves. SmartBox decided to build a delivery system that’s safe smartboxand secure and most important, runs on your schedule.

SmartBox is the world’s first Internet of Things (IoT) smart delivery storage locker. With SmartBox, delivery services can leave a package safely in a locker in a lobby or public area for recipients to pick up at their convenience. Recipients will be notified via SMS message, and thanks to a Digi XBee module in every unit, can safely retrieve their package with a single-use passcode. Read the full story here >>.

ElectriCities | Networking

getattachmentMaintaining a vast and complex network has traditionally been done with copper 56k circuits at each site. However, the process is expensive and at high risk of damage from lightning strikes. ElectriCities recognized an opportunity to re-engineer a safer and more efficient solution.

They found a solution in Digi’s TransPort WR31 LTE router which was dependable enough to maintain a network connection for frequent meter reading, and flexible enough to support communications with Schneider, Itron, JEMStar and SEL devices. The implementation of this LTE solution saved over $300,000 annually on telemetry charges. Read the full story here >>.

Tisséo | Public Transit

By Occitandu34 (own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia CommonsFor the great city of Toulouse in the south of France with over 1 million people, public transit is an essential part of daily life. The city has two subway lines, two trams lines, and 150 bus routes. When combined that’s over 120 million trips in the last year! The entire fleet of over 500 busses plus buses are equipped with a WiFi-based automatic vehicle monitoring systems (AVMSs) that connects with a backend system, but only when it reached one of the Tisséo depots and didn’t provide any valuable real-time data.

That’s when Tisséo turned to the Digi TransPort® WR44 R to deliver cellular communications. With the new installation, each new Lineo rapid-transit vehicle will have reliable communications for onboard systems such as security video, fare collection, CAD/AVL, VoIP dispatch, and passenger WiFi. This enables the busses to be constantly connected to a backend system offering valuable real-time data such as location, speed, and next stops. Read the full story here >>.

Read more about how Digi customers are inventing new business models and changing their respective industries, visit our customer success page >>.

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