IoT News Roundup

SoftBank to pay $32 billion for ARM; Open Trust Protocol, MQTT advance on standardization path; ForgeRock announces identity-management upgrades; Zebra's new access points are IoT-ready; Murata's transmitter gets ISA standard nod; Bluvision, Siemens collaborating to offer smart manufacturing systems.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor

ForgeRock Updates Identity Platform Offering
ForgeRock, a provider of identity-management solutions, has updated its ForgeRock Identity Platform, which employs a two-step authentication system, without the use of passwords, to securely log users into networks. ForgeRock is marketing its service to companies developing smart-car and smart-home applications, as well as for health-care devices, wearables, mobile banking and industrial IoT devices that must be secured to specific users.

The latest edition of ForgeRock software includes a number of upgrades, such as use of an industry-standard authorization framework, a tool for auditing and analyzing network activity, new graphics capabilities and encryption features.

Zebra Unveils Two New Access Points
Zebra Technologies, a provider of automatic-identification technologies, has introduced two new access points—the AP8432 and the AP8533, both designed for use in Internet of Things networks, for industries including retail, hospitality, health care, transportation, logistics and manufacturing.

The access points communicate data to back-end systems via 802.11ac Wave 2 (an addendum to the original 802.11ac wireless specification, and one that boosts wireless speeds up to 6.93 gigabits per second). They also contain Zebra's Triple Sensor Technology, which comprises the Wi-Fi radio and controller that runs Zebra's AirDefense software, which provides security monitoring that alerts IT personnel to network attacks and vulnerabilities, and can instantly terminate the connection to a suspicious device. It also comes with a Bluetooth radio that enables the AP8432 or the AP8533 to act as a beacon to support location-based services and mobile application activation, and an RF spectrum sensor that, according to Zebra, monitors and identifies RF interference without slowing down the throughput on the data radios.

The access points also contain Power over Ethernet (PoE-out) ports, to power and network IP-based video cameras, wireless temperature sensors or other IP-based, Wi-Fi- or Bluetooth-connected third-party IoT network devices. Both products are available now, though pricing has not been publicly released.

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