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

Senet Expands Network, Partners With Trimble
Senet, a New Hampshire company that is deploying a public low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) for Internet of Things applications, has expanded its network to Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Seattle, San Diego, Atlanta, Denver and Washington, D.C. With this expansion, Senet says it now has coverage in 225 U.S. cities (defined as having more than 50,000 residents) throughout 23 states. Senet supports the LoRa Alliance's LPWAN communication protocol.

The company also announced this week that the Senet network will provide connectivity to Trimble, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based provider of GPS-based positioning products, for its Trimble Water division series of LoRa-based IoT sensors. The Telog 41 Series wireless sensors work, in combination with cloud-hosted and on-premise Telog software, allow utilities to more easily and economically deploy wireless monitoring for applications such as measurement and reporting of water usage, sanitary and combined-sewer overflows (CSO/SSO) and flooding, and leakage. The sensors measure pressure, flow and rainfall levels.

Honeywell, Flowserve Co-developing Industrial Internet of Things Solution
Honeywell's automation control, instrumentation and services provider, Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS), and Flowserve, a provider of fluid motion and control products and services, are working together to provide Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions designed to help customers make their operations safer, more efficient and more reliable. The collaboration is part of the Honeywell INspire program, through which Honeywell and its customers jointly develop IIoT products.

HPS will provide data management, as well as cyber-security and software services, while Flowserve will apply its domain knowledge in flow-control solutions (for pumps, valves and seals). Though the combined solutions are still under development, Andrew Hird, the VP and general manager of Honeywell Process Solutions' Digital Transformation business, lays out three key elements that the solutions will provide to customers: secure access to the data being collected, the ability to analyze that data and the knowledge they need in order to figure out how to use this information to benefit their operations. More specifically, the firms say their combined offering for IIoT applications will help customers minimize unplanned shutdowns and safety risks, while increasing output and efficiencies.

Context Offers New Product-Security Evaluation Service
Context, a U.K.-based security-management consultancy, has launched a product-security evaluation service designed to help manufacturers of IoT products to identify and mitigate security vulnerabilities in their products. While this is not a full product-assurance process, the firm frames the service as a way of achieving a pragmatic level security in an IoT product. Each engagement will be customized to a customer's particular needs. A prepared statement from the company states, "We will work with you to determine a suitable scope for the evaluation, taking into account the likely threat to the product and the impact of a breach in security."

The company says its researchers are skilled in software development, as well as in reverse-engineering products to analyze for vulnerabilities. In the past, the team has exposed security flaws in a number of IoT products, including Wi-Fi lightbulbs, a Canon printer, a Yale smart alarm and Motorola home security cameras. Further details are available at Context's wesite.

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