IoT News Roundup

Yahoo Japan enables indoor mapping in train stations; HPE announce new IoT products, services; OSIsoft to provide smart grid services in China; FTC offers NTIA comments on IoT.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor

OSIsoft, China Electric Power Research Institute to Collaborate on Smart Grid Project
OSIsoft, a provider of database software for process manufacturers—specifically, the PI System historian data software, which stores time-based process data—has entered into an agreement with the China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI) to collaborate on a smart-grid project that will leverage OSIsoft's PI System for the purposes of real-time data monitoring, analytics and reporting.

The project, called the China Smart Grid Substation Operations and Communication Project, will serve as the basis for China to develop relevant new standards for future smart-grid operations and communication architectures and deployment. The project is funded, in part, through grant funding from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), which connects U.S. businesses with development opportunities overseas. The announcement was made at the U.S.-China Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities Summit, taking place in Beijing.

FTC Tells Telecommunications Agency Technology-Neutral Legislation Needed
In a comment submitted to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which recently issued a Request for Public Comment (RPC), seeking input from all interested stakeholders regarding how to facilitate rapid and reliable implementation of the Internet of Things, the Federal Trade Commission said that while it does not see a need for the government to draft any legislation focused on IoT technologies, specifically, it does "support flexible, technology-neutral data security legislation that would strengthen the FTC's enforcement tools and require companies to notify consumers when there is a security breach."

The 17-page comment document did not reveal any new findings or research from the FTC, but reinforced the messaging it issued back in 2015, which included detailed advisories on steps that companies producing IoT-based products and security need to take in order to safeguard consumer privacy.

At an industry event held earlier this year, Laura Berger, an attorney in the Federal Trade Commission's Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, provided background on a number of lawsuits that the FTC has pursued against companies that fail to follow existing laws designed to protect consumer privacy.

The NTIA, a government agency responsible for advising the President of the United States on telecommunications and information policy issues, will use the comments it received (which were due on June 2) to compile a report designed to guide various federal agencies that might be considering IoT implementation regulations and policies on both national and international levels.

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