IoT News Roundup

London to host free LoRa network; survey reveals progress and blind spots with the IoT; a new report from Akamai says Secure Shell protocol not secure at all, while MITRE offers money and access to stoke a new IoT security solution; Gooee to integrate PointGrab tech for building automation apps.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
Oct 14, 2016

London's LoRa Network to Offer SMBs Free Access
London-based digital business consultancy Digital Catapult has launched a network of low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) radios, to which it is offering small and medium-sized businesses free access, as a means of promoting the development of IoT-based products and services. Once completed, the network will comprise 50 gateways, each containing a radio provided by Semtech and compliant with the LoRaWAN protocol, which the firm, in partnership with IBM and 10 other companies, released in 2015 via the LoRa Alliance.

In a press release about the network that Digital Catapult issued last month, the company noted, however, that "additional low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) technologies will be included as the network develops." It did not specify which technologies these might be. LoRa radios can transmit small packets of data across some 15 miles in rural areas, but the gateways deployed in London will have a shorter range due to interface from buildings and other infrastructure. A battery-powered node consisting of a LoRa radio has a potential lifecycle of 20 years, depending on how often it transmits data.

Also participating in building out the network, which is being called Digital Catapult Things Connected, are telecom BT and IoT application platform provider AllThingsTalk. Other organizations playing a role include a U.K. government research program called Future Cities Catapult project, as well as BRE (a research center for building energy and management studies), Imperial College London, King's College London and Queen Mary University of London.

Survey Probes Company's Interest, Progress in Releasing IoT-Enabled Products
Media company Innovation Leader, with help from consulting firm Altitude, recently surveyed 92 executives from large companies (most with more than $1 billion in annual sales) to ask them about their progress integrating Internet of Things technologies into the products or services that they sell. This week, it released a report, titled "Getting Connected Products Right," based on the study's results. The report shows that 36 percent of respondents have already launched an IoT-enabled product or service, and of that group, 67 percent described their products as either meeting or exceeding expectations.

The leading metric that surveyed companies with IoT-enabled products or services are using to measure success is "deeper customer relationships"—with "revenue" and "attracting new customers" coming in second and third as leading metrics. Yet, nearly half of respondents were either only "somewhat confident" or "not confident" in their firm's plans to use the consumer data their IoT-enabled products or services would collect.

When asked what their organization needs help with, 32 percent ranked "identifying IoT opportunities" highest, while 17 percent cited the need to manage and learn from the data they are collecting.

The full report is available only to Innovation Leader subscribers. Click here for a link to the report brochure and information about subscribing.

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