Networked Globe – 10 April 2014

Today’s Networked Globe news leads with the Heartbleed security flaw that’s dominated the tech news for the past day. While the problem is not IoT specific, there will almost certainly be some devices and applications affected by it so it’s necessary to ensure vulnerable systems are updated or isolated from public facing networks.

In general news, we have an interesting study on how Google Glass can be used by hospital surgeons along with awards for women in the IoT industry, lift manufacturers competing on M2M announcements and speakers being announced for conference in Boston.

The Heartbleed security flaw

Over the last 24 hours, the Heartbleed security flaw has dominated tech industry news; it’s a serious issue that potentially affects all computer users.

For the Internet of Things sector, there are almost certainly devices and systems affected by this problem although at this stage it’s too early to tell exactly what the extent of the problems are for the IoT community. In the meantime, however it is a good idea to contact device vendors, reset critical passwords and review which devices are directly exposed to the internet.

Surgery and Google Glass

A blog post by Dr John Halamka, Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, explores the possibilities for Google Glass in the medical profession.

When a clinician walks into an emergency department room, he or she looks at bar code (a QR or Quick Response code) placed on the wall. Wearable Intelligence’s software running on Google Glass immediately recognizes the room and then the ED Dashboard sends information about the patient in that room to the glasses, appearing in the clinician’s field of vision. The clinician can speak with the patient, examine the patient, and perform procedures while seeing problems, vital signs, lab results and other data.

Halamka describes how his Medical Center has been working with Wearable Intelligence on pilots that to improve patient care through using wearable technology in hospitals.

The doctor sees wearable tech as helping emergency clinicians stay visually engaged with their patients through wearing a device that enables staff to view different forms of information without having to disrupt workflow.

A video on Halamka’s website demonstrates the value and impact that the technology can have.

Sprint Velocity Executive Patricia Watkins Honored

Patricia Watkins, director of Global Client Management & Business Development for Sprint VelocitySM, has been recognized as a 2014 Women of M2M honoree by Connected World magazine.

Watkins is being recognized for her outstanding and strategic contributions to the connected car industry over seven years of experience managing various automotive accounts for Sprint.

“We are thrilled to celebrate Pat’s recognition as a Woman of M2M, including her key role in developing our award-winning Sprint Velocity connected vehicle solution for automakers,” said Peter Campbell, chief information officer for Sprint and lead executive for Sprint Velocity. “Pat is an exceptionally talented executive leader who played a vital part in creating the Sprint Velocity vision, as well as the continued introduction of new cloud-based capabilities for vehicles.”

McAfee defines IoT security strategy

Intel Security’s McAfee division has outlined its security strategy for the Internet of Things, working closely with sister Intel and Wind River companies.

Last week, Intel introduced the Intel Gateway Solutions for IoT, a family of platforms based on Intel® Quark™ and Atom™ processors, as well as McAfee and Wind River software that enables companies to seamlessly interconnect industrial devices into an IoT-ready system of systems.

“McAfee has both the breadth and the depth of security offerings needed to support the complexity and massive scale of the Internet of Things,” said Steve Hoffenberg, Director of M2M Embedded Software and Tools at VDC Research. “With the company’s strong collaborations with Intel and Wind River, as well as its long history of securing information technology, McAfee is well positioned to proactively address the security needs of the IoT.”

Elevator company Kone chooses Vodafone M2M services

Elevator and escalator manufaturere KONE has chosen Vodafone’s machine to machine (M2M) remote monitoring technology for maintenance and diagnostics services. The new service will help ensure the smooth running of the KONE’s worldwide fleet of lifts while keeping down-time to an absolute minimum.

A Vodafone M2M SIM card is embedded into each KONE lift, enabling operational data to be sent and received wirelessly over the Vodafone network, including daily update logs with data such as the number of journeys and reports from microprocessors monitoring key components.

Thomas Hietto, KONE’s senior vice president, maintenance services business, said: “We want to be the best maintenance partner for our customers and provide the highest quality level possible. Vodafone’s solution helps us to meet that aim. Being able to analyse data means we can also adopt an even more proactive approach to maintenance – and, because this is machine talking to machine, improve overall efficiency.”

Schindler Elevators adopt Swisscom M2M services

While Kone has chosen Vodafone, competitor Schindler has chosen Swisscom for its M2M services.
“With M2M we can monitor emergency calls as well as data traffic in real time, and offer customers a one-stop solution for everything from commissioning to elevator maintenance”, says Martin Huonder, Head of Product Management Modernisation, at Schindler Elevators Ltd.

Axeda Announces Connexion 2014 Internet of Things Conference Speakers

IoT cloud service provider Axeda Corporation announced its lineup of speakers for Axeda Connexion 2014 IoT conference, to be held May 5 to May 8, 2014 in the Innovation District in Boston, Massachusetts.  The event focuses on how businesses are using the Internet of Things to transform their organizations and customer interactions.

The conference program will cover the latest in IoT analytics, big data, security, connected health, global connection and deployment strategies and much more, delivering real-world customer insights and solutions, best practices, and trends and challenges that will define the evolution of the IoT.  The agenda also features hands-on sessions and a pre-conference IOT Olympiad Hackathon May 2 to May 4 and IoT Developer Boot Camp day on Monday May 5.

About the author

Paul Wallbank is the founding editor of Networked Globe and has nearly twenty years experience of working in and reporting on computers, the internet and the future of our connected society.