IOT News Roundup

Cisco drives connected car infrastructure forward; Snowden reveals major SIM security breach; FAA unveils proposed regulations for commercial drone use; Bosch to acquire IoT middleware company ProSyst; Sony opens pre-orders for its smart glasses.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor

FAA Unveils Planned Drone Regulations
The Federal Aviation Administration revealed its proposed regulations last week for the use of small (under 55 pounds) unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, for commercial applications. The proposed rulemaking, which companies developing drone-based business applications have been anxiously awaiting, would allow the use of drones only during daylight hours, and only while the device was within visual line-of-sight. This would render some of the most hyped ideas, such as Amazon's interest in delivering purchases via drone, non-starters. But the rules would permit the use of drones on construction sites or in other industrial areas, providing the operator can keep the drone in view and operate it only during daylight.

The rules would not require drone operators to be trained as conventional aircraft pilots, a requirement that early drafts of the regulations were reported to contain. Instead, the proposed rules would require that operators pass an "aeronautical knowledge test," be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration and receive a certificate.

The public has 60 days to comment on the proposed regulation in the Federal Register. The FAA says it will also hold public meetings to discuss a possible additional—and "more flexible"—framework for drones weighing less than 4.4 pounds.

Bosch to Acquire M2M Middleware Provider
Bosch Software Innovations GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bosch Group, has announced its plans to acquire ProSyst, which makes cloud-based middleware and gateway software designed to manage connected devices used in Internet of Things applications. ProSyst middleware has been deployed in a range of industries, including health care, transportation and smart buildings/energy management. Its existing customers include BMW, Eaton, Miele and Schneider Electric. Bosch did not disclose a purchase price.

Sony Taking Pre-Orders for Smart Glasses, Development Kit
Sony says it is now taking pre-orders for a developer version of its SmartEyeglasses product, which it will begin selling in the United States (for $840), the United Kingdom and Germany on Mar. 10. In each order, Sony will include the most recent version of its SmartEyeglasses software development kit, in the hopes that early adopters will create new applications for the device, which superimposes text, symbols and images onto the glasses when paired with a smartphone running the Android operating system (version 4.4 or newer).

Rival Google recently pulled its Google Glass smart glasses from the consumer sector, but is still actively developing the product for commercial applications. Sony also says it will sell the developer version of SmartEyeglasses to enterprise customers in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden (also starting on Mar. 10) in order to promote the development of apps geared toward industrial use.

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