IoT News Roundup

Buddy platform opens doors to Parse users; LoJack announces new phone-based products; TomTom's new device marries navigation with apps; Broadband Networks bringing People Power to Switzerland and Liechtenstein; OTA says security vulnerabilities easy to avoid.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor

Broadband Networks, People Power Launch IoT Services in Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Broadband Networks, a broadband network developer, has partnered with People Power, a software company that offers cloud-based mobile services, to make People Power's IoT Suite available to Broadband Networks' customers in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The IoT Suite includes subscription-based smart-home solutions that support security and energy-management applications.

People Power's home-security product uses Presence, a software suite that consumers can load onto unused or recently replaced smartphones or tablets in order to convert them into IP security cameras. In addition, the IoT Suite integrates data from motion, water, temperature and humidity sensors installed inside the home. In combination with smartphone-controllable electric smart plugs, consumers can observe and manage their home energy use directly from a mobile device. Next year, People Power will also offer a product with safety applications, designed to help seniors live independently and confidently.

Online Trust Alliance Says Privacy Vulnerabilities Easy to Avoid
The Online Trust Alliance, a nonprofit industry organization that is developing data and privacy protections for Internet of Things technologies in both the consumer and industrial realms, recently analyzed publicly reported security and privacy vulnerabilities in connected-home and wearable-technology consumer products between November 2015 and July 2016. The organization determined that every vulnerability could have been avoided had product developers followed some basic tenets of data security.

The top three errors the group detected are insecure credential management, leading to administrative controls that a hacker could easily discover; failure to correctly and accurately disclose consumer data-collection and -sharing policies and practices; and the omission of or lack of rigorous security testing of the device, including penetration testing and threat modeling.

The OTA revealed its findings at the American Bar Association's 2016 Business Law Section Annual meeting, held this week in Boston, Mass.

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