IoT News Roundup

Study says American manufactures need to up their IoT game; Miami Heat players wearing wearables; researchers exploit security holes in IP video camera; IoT will aid government spies, says report; KotahiNet launches low-power network in New Zealand; McObject upgrades database-management software.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor

KotahiNet Launches LoRa Network

KotahiNet, a startup based in Wellington, New Zealand, has launched a low-power, wide area network (LP-WAN) based on the LoRa protocol, which employs spread-spectrum radio modulation and operates in that country at 868 MHz. The company says its bi-directional network supports data transmission distances of up to 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) in urban settings and 20 kilometers (12.43 miles) in rural areas, and uses end-to-end data encryption to safeguard data transmissions. In addition to providing access to the network it is building, KotahiNet will also provide customers with energy-efficient LoRa-compliant radios that should last from 5 to 10 years, depending on usage. As an introductory offer, it is not charging new customers any network access fees for the first six months.

KotahiNet says its first customer is EcoNode, which makes a pest control system called TrapMinder. Currently, TrapMinder uses a cellular network to alert staff members at the Glenfern Sanctuary, a bird conservancy on Great Barrier Island, to the presence of a rodent or other small animal in traps established around the park's perimeter. But the company plans to leverage KotahiNet's technology to create a much larger network that can extend across New Zealand, according to a press release from KotahiNet.

Upgrades to McObject Database-Management Software Focus on IoT Deployments

McObject, a database software provider based in Federal Way, Washington, has released an upgrade to its eXtremeDB embedded database management system (DBMS), which is designed for use as part of the software that controls field-deployed devices, as well as gateways or other controllers used in Internet of Things applications.

The new product, known as eXtremeDB 7.0, supports faster transaction logging, which is an important function for database recoverability on both field-based devices and server-based IoT data-aggregation points. While earlier versions of the DBMS enabled one application process at a time, the upgraded software allows multiple processes to read data from the transaction logging mechanism in parallel, which accelerates application speed. For improved data security, version 7 also employs Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), a standard security technology that creates an encrypted link between two end points. This supplements the Rivest Cipher 4 (RC4) encryption tool, designed to prevent tampering, and cyclic redundancy check (CRC), to detect unauthorized access, which have been used in earlier versions of the DBMS. McObject also added support for many new commands for the SQL programming language into version 7. Refer to McObject's Website for more details on the upgrades.

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