IOT News Roundup

IIC members preparing to test time-sensitive networking standard; Senate bill calls for IoT research, support; AgeCheq offering new consumer data safeguard; HARMAN, NXP demo V2X technology; Pwnie Express reports on "Internet of Evil Things"; GlobalSign, Infineon partner on IoT security.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
Mar 04, 2016By Mary Catherine O'Connor

IIC Members Testing Time-Sensitive Networking Standard

The Industrial Internet Consortium, a member-led organization that is helping to accelerate the deployment of networked sensor-based technology (the Internet of Things) in the industrial sector, has announced its latest testbed initiative, which will evaluate time-sensitive networking for industrial applications. The IIC is supporting this testbed because IEEE standards for time-sensitive networking (TSN)—which employs time-synchronized, low-latency streaming services delivered via an Ethernet-based network—are moving through the ratification process, and end users are interested in running use cases and conformance testing for Industrial Internet applications.

National Instruments, which makes electronic testing and embedded control solutions for industrial applications, will host the testbed at its headquarters in Austin, Texas, with the help of fellow IIC members Bosch Rexroth, Cisco, General Electric, Schneider Electric and TTTech.

TSN will be an important foundational technology for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platforms, says Todd Walter, National Instrument's chief marketing officer, because it enables the movement of data, including audio and video (AV), quickly and predictably across a network. Currently, many companies have developed specialized Ethernet variants to support AV data transmissions across industrial networks, but this is done using specialized fieldbuses and proxies that would create a data bottleneck for many IIoT applications, such as those using robotics or integrated vision systems.

The partner companies are currently building components based on TSN-compliant chips, while mapping out the use cases they will pilot during the testbed, which will begin during the third quarter of this year.

Senate Bill Calls for Research, Support for IoT in U.S.

A group of U.S. senators this week introduced a bill, the Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act, that directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to complete a report assessing spectrum needs required to support the Internet of Things. It also convenes a public-private working group that would send recommendations to Congress on how to plan for, and encourage, the growth of the Internet of Things in the United States. DIGIT builds on a previous bill, The Internet of Things Resolution, which the same group of senators—Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii)—passed through the Senate last year. That resolution states that "the United States should develop a strategy to incentivize the development of the Internet of Things in a way that maximizes the promise connected technologies hold to empower consumers, foster future economic growth, and improve our collective social well-being." notes that the federal government has already signaled some support for the IoT by dedicating 75 MHz of spectrum within the 5.9 GHz band for Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC), a protocol for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure networks. Carmakers and their suppliers are planning to build DSRC capabilities into cars sold throughout the United States.

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