IoT & Embedded Technology Blog

Intel’s IoT Platform Extends Security Toward Edges

by Steve Hoffenberg | 12/12/2014

 

At a press and analyst event in San Francisco on December 9, Intel announced its “IoT Platform” reference model. The model is horizontal in scope, encompassing numerous technologies applicable to everything from edge devices to gateways to the cloud. In addition, it is intended to be a modular approach, such that Intel’s hardware and software components (including those from subsidiaries Wind River and McAfee) can be mixed with those of other vendors. For example, a customer could deploy its preferred gateway devices not limited to those based on Intel’s Moon Island design, while remaining compatible with Intel’s reference model. We won’t attempt to describe the entire Intel IoT Platform in this blog post, but we’ll focus on a couple of security aspects announced. Read more

Where's The Action On Security Concerns?

by Andre Girard | 11/25/2014

 

I read an interesting report from Spiceworks recently about mobile security actions by IT departments...or perhaps, lack of actions might be more accurate. The report, which is free to download, shows that nearly all IT professionals are worried about security risks affecting mobile devices supported by their company. However, this level of concern vastly outweighs the level of action their organizations have actually taken to lessen security threats. Read more

Automotive Privacy Protection Principles Don't Go Far Enough

by Steve Hoffenberg | 11/14/2014

 

The Association of Global Automakers and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers jointly announced on November 13, 2014 a set of voluntary “Consumer Privacy Protection Principles.” The document is written in quasi-legalese, but in essence, it’s a pledge by automakers, beginning with the 2017 model year, to among other things: 

  • inform consumers about how data collected from their vehicles will be used
  • obtain “affirmative consent” for certain ways that data might be used
  • anonymize aspects of the data under some circumstances

VDC applauds the auto industry for recognizing the importance to consumers of privacy for data collected by electronic and digital technologies, which are growing by leaps and bounds in new vehicles. Read more

Software Enablement is Critical to IoT & Embedded Processor Value

by Daniel Mandell | 10/16/2014

 

The value of an embedded processor is increasingly defined by its supporting software development tools and platforms, according to a recently published study by VDC Research. The most important selection criteria for embedded processors, according to VDC’s findings, is the availability of programming tools and software (see exhibit). The Internet of Things (IoT) will accelerate this trend as design teams wrestle with implementing often newfound low-power connectivity on systems that are generally more complex. Mitigating software development efforts is therefore an increasingly vital trait of embedded and IoT processor solutions. Read more

Cheaper Sensors, Greater Connectivity, More Sensor Fusion

by Daniel Mandell | 10/09/2014

 

As embedded auxiliary technologies such as geo fences and gyroscopes gain more popularity, the need for sensor fusion across device classes has become increasingly important. This importance has led to several mergers and innovative technology strategies from the likes of Fairchild Semiconductor and Kionix that will become more noticeable in the coming months. We expect sensor fusion to continue gaining traction in mobile/wearable device form factors and translate to the greater embedded market over the next several years. Read more

How Significant is ARM’s mbed OS?

by Steve Hoffenberg | 10/07/2014

 

For microcontrollers (MCUs) used in embedded devices, intellectual property supplier ARM is the clear market leader. In a recent forecast for VDC Research’s report “The Global Market for Embedded Processors,” ARM-based MCUs accounted for more than half of the unit shipments using non-proprietary architectures in 2013 (see chart). Read more

Notable Demos from ARM TechCon 2014 and JavaOne

by Steve Hoffenberg | 10/02/2014

 

Semiconductor intellectual property supplier ARM kicked off its annual TechCon conference and trade show in Santa Clara, CA with expansion of the mbed IoT Device Platform, including a free operating system as well as server side IoT technologies. We describe the mbed OS in more detail in a separate blog post. In this post, we’ll highlight a couple of notable demos from other vendors on the show floor, plus one from Oracle’s concurrent JavaOne conference and trade show in San Francisco. In a literal sign-of-the-times at both events, you couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting a sign that read, “Internet of Things.” Read more

VDC Research is Attending ARM TechCon 2014 in Santa Clara October 1-2

by Steve Hoffenberg | 09/23/2014

 

ARM TechCon 2014 at the Santa Clara Convention Center is designed to facilitate collaborative design by connecting the hardware and software communities in one event. The event delivers a comprehensive forum created to ignite the development and optimization of future ARM-based embedded products. The conference includes about 75 intriguing sessions offering insight and education into new products, advanced development techniques, security issues, and much more. Read more

5G Picking Up Steam with Embedded Industry Leaders

by Daniel Mandell | 09/19/2014

 

What if, no matter where you are or how many people are connected to a network, you were able to perform every function you wanted with lower latency and at faster speeds than what is possible today? Think limitless connectivity: 5G mobile communications technology. While the very concept of 5G technology is still in its infancy, leaps and bounds are being made each year to establish its underlying technologies via research efforts across the globe. This next generation wireless system is projected to debut as early as 2018 by the 5G Creative Mobile Strategy forum in South Korea. However, most engineers do not believe 5G technologies will truly make its way into the hands of end users until sometime after 2020. VDC believes the latter, as several market elements between standardization and communications technology must advance and align to fulfill the prospect of the next mobile network generation. Read more

Tasktop unveils new Tricentis offering

by Andre Girard | 09/18/2014

 

Yesterday, at Tricentis Accelerate 2014, Tasktop previewed an upcoming release of Sync featuring increased integration of the Tricentis Tosca Testsuite across multiple software delivery disciplines and tools. Tasktop’s Sync platform provides authoring tools for tasks, data, workflow connectivity and integration between multiple Application Lifecycle Management solutions. Its new partner, Tricentis, is known for its software testing solutions to accelerate business innovation. The partnership between Tricentis and Tasktop represents an exciting advancement along the path of broader Agile and DevOps adoption within the software development industry. Read more

VDC Research is Attending ARM TechCon 2014 in Santa Clara October 1-2

by Daniel Mandell | 09/16/2014

 

ARM TechCon 2014 at the Santa Clara Convention Center is designed to facilitate collaborative design by connecting the hardware and software communities in one event. The event delivers a comprehensive forum created to ignite the development and optimization of future ARM-based embedded products. The conference includes about 75 intriguing sessions offering insight and education into new products, advanced development techniques, security issues, and much more. Read more


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