IoT News Roundup

EVRYTHNG's and Avery Dennison's 10 billion connected items start with limited-edition jacket; GlobalScan, Intrinsic-ID join forces to provide secure IoT hardware; AT&T launches LTE-M pilot; Senet's LoRa network now in 225 cities; Honeywell, Flowserve collaborate on Industrial IoT service; Context offers IoT security evaluation service.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
Oct 28, 2016

Avery Dennison, EVRYTHNG, Rochambeau Fashion a Smart Jacket
Avery Dennison's smart label business line, Retail Branding and Information Solutions (RBIS), and EVRYTHNG, whose management platform creates and maintains digital identities for physical objects, have a goal to uniquely identify 10 billion products through the Janela Smart Products platform, a cloud-based Internet of Things service that will enable consumers to scan labels fitted with either EPC Gen 2 or Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID tags. This week, the companies announced that, through a collaboration with designer Rochambeau, they are starting with a limited-edition jacket. The garment—to be unveiled at the Decoded Fashion NYC technology and fashion show, being held on Nov. 1-2, 2016—will sell for $630, starting in early December, at New York City retailer The New Stand. Only 15 units of the jacket, known as the BRIGHT BMBR, will be available for purchase.

The garment has both a QR code and an NFC label integrated into its sleeve. The jacket's purchaser will be able to download a special smartphone app that will display special offers, such as exclusive products or access—entering clubs without waiting in line, for instance—when a user scans the QR code or (with an NFC-enabled Android phone) reads the NFC tag, while inside or within 500 yards of select businesses, including art galleries, restaurants and clubs in New York. The app links to the Janela platform and, by pulling GPS data from the user's smartphone, verifies his or her location. The jacket will also serve as a ticket to Rochambeau's runway show during next year's New York Fashion Week.

GlobalScan, Intrinsic-ID Partner on IoT Device Security Solution
GlobalScan, a provider of identity and security solutions, and Intrinsic-ID, which makes embedded authentication based on Physical Unclonable Function (PUF) technology, are partnering to provide original equipment manufacturers with scalable, flexible and affordable security solutions for the Internet of Things. The two companies report that their combined solution generates uncloneable, short-lived cryptographic keys and a cloud-based, high-volume certificate service that protects a network from accepting a spoofed device or other hardware hacks.

End users can leverage the unique identities that the PUF process encodes to embedded chips in IoT devices to authenticate them as part of their IoT ecosystem. The companies claim that their public key infrastructure (PKI)-based credentials support device authentication for most IoT protocols, while the process is capable of issuing thousands of device IDs per second in an automated fashion that does not change a customer's existing manufacturing flows.

AT&T Launches San Francisco LTE-M Pilot
AT&T this week officially launched a pilot program to evaluate a newly established network of LTE-M cellular radios in San Francisco. A variant of long-term evolution (LTE) technology, LTE-M is optimized for low data transmission rates and long battery life, in order to support machine-to-machine communications. It supports data rates of up to 1 megabyte per second using 1.4 MHz of spectrum. Participants in the pilot will include Badger Meter, CalAmp, Capstone Metering, PepsiCo and Samsung. These companies will evaluate the use of the LTE-M network to support wireless communications between smart utility meters, vending machines, alarm systems, fleets of vehicles and heavy equipment, among other things. PepsiCo is testing the LTE-M network to collect data from sensors that it is integrating into vending systems, while Samsung is testing the technology's use in connecting wearable electronics.

AT&T has brought together a range of technology providers to source LTE-M hardware and related services. These include Altair, Ericsson, Qualcomm, Sierra Wireless, Telit, u-blox, Wistron NeWeb and Xirgo Technologies. AT&T says it plans to expand its use of LTE-M technology beyond the pilot and across its entire network beginning next year.

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