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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>>

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 >>.

Digi XBees Work to Transform Package Delivery with Connected Lockers

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How many times have you missed an anticipated package delivery only to wait days for that one moment when the stars align and the delivery comes while your home? Or maybe that special moment never comes, and the package you’ve been waiting for is returned to its sender.

SmartBox Co., Ltd. is revolutionizing the distribution industry to solve that problem. The company, founded in 2013 and headquartered in Seoul, Korea, manufactures the “SmartBox,” a high-tech locker that applies IoT technology for unattended parcel delivery. It’s the world’s first Internet of Things-based delivery locker. And unlike traditional kiosk lockers, the SmartBox is more convenient, independent, and economical.

SmartBoxWhen parcel arrives, the delivery-person enters a mobile number and places the package in a secure locker. The recipient gets an SMS message with a password to open the secure locker.

Using Digi XBee® wireless modules and gateways, SmartBox can work with either unmanned delivery destinations or traditional lockers. Each SmartBox locker is equipped with an XBee module that provides connectivity and intelligence to permit/forbid access to lockers based on single-use codes. A single Digi XBee gateway carries backhaul traffic to SmartBox’s operations center where lockers can be monitored and maintained centrally. That gateway also sends SMS notifications to package recipients. More than 3,000 SmartBox lockers have been installed in apartments, college dormitories, public offices, office buildings, and subway stations across South Korea and Japan.

Interested in learning more about SmartBox and how the lockers utilize Digi XBee modules?

Read the full case study here >>

This Week in the Internet of Things: Friday Favorites

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Throwback: Machine Pours A Drink Every Time the U.S. Wins a Medal
Andrew and his team are active members in the maker community and huge fans of the Olympic Games, both of which motivated them to create the Patriotic Party Machine. Watch how this system is able to pour a victorious drink using Digi XBee.

Digi’s DIY Restroom Monitoring System
How many times have you walked all the way to the restroom only to find out it is being occupied? Well, a few Digi XBee experts collaborated to create a door sensor and a web app monitor system to verify the vacancy of the restrooms. Check out below the humorous, yet very practical use of technology. 20160805_155409 - Sized

Ben Heck’s Hackbot Wars Part 1: Assembly
Ben, Felix, and Karen are preparing for a Nintendo Mario Kart-like battle on this week’s episode of The Ben Heck’s Show. In this first episode, each robot is meticulously assembled and a customized remote controller is created. Watch the video below to learn how ‘The Kitten’ operates with Digi XBee during Flex’s Conner (12:30).

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This Week in The Internet of Things: Friday Favorites

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This Temporary Tattoo Monitors Your Alcohol Level and Informs Your Phone
Discover more about the unique sticker tattoos designed at the University of California that cold help raise alcohol awareness to you (and your phone!)

Breaking Through the RF Clutter: Innovations in Spread Spectrum Technology
Wireless communication systems provide speedy and extraordinary advantages to staying on top of mission-critical situations in less than ideal environments. Read Digi Punch2 Technology to compare long-range vs. traditional radios in interference immunity over long distances in highly congested and noisy environments.

Introducing the Dig ConnectCore® for i.MX6UL
The saying ‘big things come in small packages’ remains true with the new Digi ConnectCore® 6 UL, a versatile and industrial-grade system-on-module the size of a postage stamp. Watch production manager Mike Rohrmoser introduce the characteristics this system-on-module holds to bring your projects and products to market faster, smarter, and more secure.

This Smart Pen Lets You Scan the World for Color and Custom Mix Any Ink Shade
M2M is one thing, but M2M with an artistic twist is another. Take for example smart pens, an incredible tool that could allow artists to choose any color it contacts simply by scanning it with the tip of the pen. Can you imagine what George Seurat or Claude Monet would have done with these tools during the Impressionism and Post-Impressionism eras?!

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