IoT News Roundup
IBM, TI announce IoT asset-authentication service; Silver Spring Network plugs into city-wide lighting-control system; AvaLAN announces solar-power kits for remote radios; Withings using ams sensor for air-quality monitoring in Home device.
Apr 10, 2015—
IBM, Texas Instruments to Create Service to Provision, Authenticate IoT Devices
The companies will create "silicon tokens" built into TI chips. Each token can be used to provision, activate and register an asset in which the chip is embedded, and then, at the end of the asset's useful life, the token will be used to decommission the asset. The tokens will also be used to uniquely identify the devices. TI and IBM are also creating what they call a Secure Registry Service, designed to "provide trust and authentication practices and protocol across the value chain – from silicon embedded in devices/products to businesses and homes," according to a statement issued by the company.
In addition, IBM is rolling out two new IoT services. IBM Aviation Maintenance, for the aviation industry, is designed to manage lifecycle, safety and optimal use of aviation components. The second, IBM Product Line Engineering, is intended to help engineers design products efficiently, regardless of industry. IBM also announced cloud-based solutions that leverage the Bluemix IoT development platform to help companies develop and deploy IoT devices—for internal use, such as tracking assets, or for product offerings.
Silver Spring Networks Gets Green Light in Paris-Wide Deployment
EVESA's goal is to deliver the city of Paris a 30 percent reduction in energy use by 2020, through more efficient street lighting.
AvaLAN Introduces Solar-Power Kits for Remote Radios
Air-Quality Measurements for the Smart Home
The Home device tracks the levels of these chemicals, and in the event that the sensor detects them at a concentration that could cause negative health impacts over long-term exposure, the device blinks red and sends the user an alert, via the Home smartphone app. In this way, users can turn on fans or open windows to diffuse the chemicals—either immediately or when they return home. Using cleaning products, painting, or burning aromatic candles could cause the Home device to trigger these air-quality warnings.
The Home device, released earlier this year, also contains a video camera, a motion sensor, and a two-way microphone. When it detects noise or motion, it triggers a recording and sends still images to the user via the app. Withings markets the unit as a home-security device that can also be used as a baby monitor. It links to a home network via a Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection.
Heiko Ulmer, the director of marketing for ams' chemical sensors, says the sensor was first deployed in 2000 and has long been used by automotive manufacturers as part of ventilation systems for managing a vehicle's air quality. More recently, a number of building-energy and automation-control systems deployed in Europe and Asia have begun using the AS-MLV-P2 gas sensor as part of their building-ventilation systems.
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