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Internet of Things Still Faces a Major Hurdle

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As more major players lay the foundation for the Internet of Things, questions of IoT standards have been raised: Can there be an industry standard? And, more importantly, who will set this standard?

With a wide spectrum of developers working on a variety of projects, a standard might soon be needed for technological compatibility. The competing networks are more fragmented than the smartphone market ever was, and this poses a large obstacle for the IoT to overcome. While Apple seems like the biggest player in the IoT, it might not be Apple that makes these industry decisions.

In this article, John Horn discusses the future of industry standards in the Internet of Things. Read it here.

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IoT Security: Stealing the Thunder

The rise of M2M security as a discussion topic has hit the gas peddle in a big way! This rise in topic interest is absolutely all part of the progression that a high-growth industry experiences. No more a niche sector within the technology space, IoT and its connected applications are gaining the recognition and trust of the everyday consumer. Homes and businesses from all over the globe are deploying time-saving and cost-cutting applications. As you think for a moment as we bring connectivity to the “things” of our lives (cars, home appliances, healthcare devices, etc…), it’s easy to see how imperative proper security measures will become.

Everyone that plays a part in this ecosystem needs to mindful of where they may be exposed to a security threat. In a recent whitepaper that we published, we laid out 10 questions that every solution provider should be asking their technology providers. They are as follows:

  1. Are all servers and network components within the organization’s network updated with the latest security patches and updates?
  2. Is there a process in place to apply new patches and updates in a timely manner?
  3. What model firewalls are used?
  4. Is there an Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) in place?
  5. Is there a DDoS defense system in place?
  6. Are background checks performed on all individuals with root access to servers and network devices?
  7. Are all security events logged? How long are those logs kept?
  8. Is there a SIEM solution in place to provide analysis and correlation of security events?
  9. How often are root passwords changed?
  10. What systems are in place to secure & authorize access to physical servers and network components (PIN code, ID badge, biometrics, etc)

When it comes to IoT security, understand your risks, and equally important, make sure that you’re partnered with technology providers that can turn your level of security up a notch.

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Rocking the IoT Boat

CTIA 2014 Wrap Up

If you’re connected in any way to the technology world, you’ve probably noticed that the Internet of Things has pretty much taken over any discussion surrounding emerging technologies. The fact is that everyone is racing to connect everything, now.

The past few weeks, we have been privileged to be right in the middle of it all. With recent launches and announcements around game-changing tools and technologies, we’ve seen industry experts chime in on what RacoWireless is doing to transform the future of the Internet of Things. So, for those that may have been locked in a cave recently, we put together some of the key highlights from the happenings within the industry and what RacoWireless is doing to make it easier.

  • Omega DevCloud mobile appIoT Development Made Easy: Announced publicly in early August, Omega DevCloud was introduced to a crowd in Las Vegas. During the announcement we actually built a real, working IoT application from scratch in a matter of minutes. This was a groundbreaking feat as application development has historically been a complicated matter that usually can only be completed by a specialized team of developers and can take days or weeks to accomplish. The platform will be made available to the general public on September 22nd.

 

  • Super Mobility Week: One of the biggest M2M/IoT shows came to Las Vegas earlier this week. Hosted at the Sands Convention Center, thousands of attendees walked the floors and listened to a number of insightful keynotes and panels discussing the future of our industry. The show continues to make large strides, attracting more and more technology players. RacoWireless was on full display as our development team was on hand to walk guests through hands-on demos.

 

  • Application MarketplaceA Marketplace for IoT: Announced at CTIA, the Application Marketplace was met with much enthusiasm. Hosted within the Position Logic platform, the Marketplace provides an environment for solution providers and application developers to buy and sell innovative connected features and applications.

 

  • You’re not a dummy, but: We’re back again with the Internet of Things for Dummies. Made available during CTIA, RacoWireless is offering free copies of the Internet of Things for Dummies. Downloadable copies can be found here. The book has already been met with great reviews as it provides a basic overview of what the Internet of Things is and how one might get involved.

 

  • CW100 RankingsBetter than the BCS: As we enter college football season, we all look to the rankings to see what the experts think of our favorite teams. Well, the experts finally put together the most complete ranking of global IoT companies. Compiled and ranked by Connected World Magazine, the rankings include the top 100 leaders of the space and, unlike the BCS, there is actually some logic to the system. Click here to find out how we stack up.

We could go on and on, especially with all of the innovative solutions that our partners are bringing to market everyday. It’s great to be in such a dynamic industry, and even better to be the ones that are making it easy.

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Report Scheduler

It’s time to automate your success with the new scheduling tool in Omega Management Suite 3.0.  OMS 3.0 does a lot of things really well, but one of the best tools is the Report Scheduler. This new tool allows you to automate customized reports for almost any parameter in OMS, have the report sent out in PDF or CSV format, and then select the cadence of the reports. A little setup in the beginning will go a long way to save you time in the future.

First, you can create reports which will tell you what you want to know, when you want to know it, in order to effectively manage your SIMs.scheduler 1

  • To create a report, you will go and find the data and information you are looking for. The easiest way to do this is to go to the Reports tab and select a category from the left column (ie. Usage History, Top Talkers, Cost Vs Usage) and then filter in or out any other pertinent data. (Hint: if you have your SIMs tagged you can filter for specific tags and customers to get their usage every month which might help for billing.) Once you have narrowed this information down, it’s now time to click the Apply button and get your actual data. If this all looks correct, hop up to the top right portion of the page and click on the icon that looks an opened envelope with a calendar bursting out of it. Congratulations, you are now ready for the next really great feature of the new Report Scheduler.

At this point, you should be getting pretty excited at how easy this is going to make your SIM reporting life. Now I want to introduce you to the exporting of a report in the format of a PDF or CSV.scheduler2
This will let you get the report in a final printable manner as a PDF or receive the data in a CSV format letting you mine through the data even further and creating more customization.

  • At this stage in the process you can select as many recipients as you want that will receive the report, and then title it appropriately. You can always edit the name later so don’t worry too much if it’s not the right title at first. This is where it gets fun. You can choose to have the report sent out as a finalized PDF or pick a CSV file which lets you manipulate and mine for further data. Pretty easy, right?

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The third exceptional feature that Report Scheduler offers comes right after you decide on the format of the report – selecting how often, how many times, and if the report will continue indefinitely. You can even narrow down to a specific day of the week. Once you have chosen the scheduled occurrence, you are all set! Now sit back and wait for the report to generate on its own while you relax (or, probably work on the next task on your endless to-do list).scheduler4

After you have successfully scheduled your report, you can always go back into the Report Scheduler tab and make additional tweaks.

If you still have questions after reading this, fear not, because when you go into the scheduler for the first time you will have the option to launch a Tour which will give you step by step instructions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Telematics Detroit 2014

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Audi wins another award

Every year, Telematics Update seems to make a bigger and bigger splash in the connected vehicle space. Momentum continues to build around the connected car as every new car that rolls off of the assembly line is now equipped with connectivity. This year in Detroit, essentially every automotive OEM was represented as they discussed the course for the future of the connected car. The event was kicked off on Tuesday evening at the Telematics Award Gala. Raco President John Horn was a nominee for a Telematics Leadership Award. Audi was well represented as they accepted a Telematics Award at the event. Gartner analyst Thilo Koslowski as he discussed the possibility of the Internet of Cars and even suggested that the day may not be too far off that a consumer could receive a free car for the commitment to a lifelong data plan. He worried that OEMs may not be able to keep pace with the technology companies eager to run with developing automotive solutions. All in all, the connected car is moving fast!

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Raco’s Booth at Telematics Detroit

Throughout the event, our booth was frequented by many show attendees interested in the various capabilities that we offer to the automotive world. Sharing our booth space was our partner, Locqus Technologies that offers location based applications. They were able to demo their tools to many industry leaders.

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John Horn’s Keynote Address

John Horn took to center stage later in the evening for a keynote address where he took on the ‘elephant in the room': the sunset of 2G. In his powerful 20 minute address, John warned those in the automotive industry of the impending 2G shutdown (learn more here) and the need future proof vehicles with removable modules. He warned that we could be in for a reincarnation of the experience that OnStar had at the shutdown of analog.

All in all, it was a terrific show put on by a first class organization in Telelmatics Update. We are looking forward to future events and shaping the future of the connected car.

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