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Internet of Things & Smart Cities

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Atlanta, like other metro centers, is striving to become a “smart city” via the latest technological innovations. However, with some of the city’s infrastructure over 100 years old, it faces challenges that planners hope to resolve through an integrated technology approach. To date, Atlanta has implemented numerous newer and emerging technologies as part of its smart initiative. These include environmental sensors, video analytics, artificial intelligence, data analytics, real-time situational awareness tools, big data management, traffic management tools, smart lighting, and smart waste management. The city has planned deployments of technologies including radar detection, dedicated short-range communications, autonomous vehicles, and connected vehicle systems.

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Policy Makers Still Trying To Understand “The Internet Of Things” or IoT

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Legislators are still holding hearings on the Internet of Things. A resolution was passed by the Senate however privacy and security was not mentioned.  The Federal Trade Commission, the primary regulator entrusted with protection the privacy of consumers in the United States, published a lengthy report on the privacy and security of the Internet of Things that recommended Congress hold off on passing legislation specifically focused on the area.

The Internet Of Things & Security

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The Internet Of Things is getting bigger & bigger. Security must be address.  When power is first introduced to the device, the authenticity and integrity of the software on the device is verified using cryptographically generated digital signatures.In much the same way that a person signs a check or a legal document, a digital signature attached to the software image and verified by the device ensures that only the software that has been authorized to run on that device, and signed by the entity that authorized it, will be loaded. The device must have protection from various run-time threats and malicious intentions.

The device also needs a firewall or deep packet inspection capability to control traffic that is destined
to terminate at the device. Once the device is in operation, it will start receiving hot patches and software updates. Operators need to roll out patches, and devices need to authenticate them, in a way that does not consume bandwidth or impair the functional safety of the device. Security at both the device and network levels is critical to the
operation of IoT.  Fortunately, this does not require a revolutionary approach, but rather an evolution of measures that have proven successful in IT networks, adapted to the challenges of IoT and to the constraints of connected devices.

The Word Through The Grapevine

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The word in the grapevine- Google product strategist Scott Jenson  stormed out of a conference in San Francisco Tuesday, 30 minutes before he was scheduled to deliver a keynote address—a week after inviting himself onto the program via Twitter.

“He told a woman working at the registration desk of the IoT Expo. “I am Google, I do not speak to small groups.” He then walked out. The IoT Expo was an event devoted to the concept of the Internet of Things. Analysts believe that the Internet of Things will grow to become a multi-trillion-dollar market in the future. Google recently entered the Internet of Things market in grand style by acquiring Nest, the maker of networked thermostats and smoke alarms, for $3.2 billion in January.

 

What they’re Working On Now

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I wonder if humans will be able to think for themselves when this springs up

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