New Framework Helps Promote IoT Data Sharing Among Smart Cities

ATIS’ Data Sharing Framework for Smart Cities will help cities move beyond managing data; plus, more news.

Courtney Bjorlin

March 2, 2018

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Standards’ organization ATIS (The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions) released a framework this week to help promote IoT data sharing among smart cities. The Data Sharing Framework for Smart Cities provides recommendations to help cities develop a “robust data-sharing ecosystem.” In a press release announcing the news, ATIS says its Data Sharing Framework will help cities move beyond managing data to working within a comprehensive data sharing model.  “A smart sharing strategy is essential to the development of data exchanges and marketplaces, to promote public and private-sector application development, and ultimately to create opportunities for data monetization for cities,” according to the release.

VMware Aims at the Edge

VMware will sell edge computing products for specific use cases, including asset management and smart surveillance, according to a press release. That includes partnering with Wipro Limited to build a complete edge to cloud IoT solution, which will include VMware vSAN hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) softwareVMware vSphere and VMware Pulse IoT Center. “A new class of cost-effective edge infrastructure is required to process data inputs from millions or even billions of IoT endpoints that are separated from the core data center or the public cloud by bandwidth,” VMware said in a press release.

Cisco Jasper Control Center for NB-IoT Now Globally Available

Cisco Jasper Control Center for NB-IoT is now available globally, making it, according to Cisco, the first commercially available global NB-IoT platform.

When used in conjunction with the Cisco Jasper Control Center IoT connectivity management platform, enterprises will be able to manage both NB-IoT and cellular devices. As NB-IoT makes connectivity of devices more accessible and affordable, the ability to manage increasingly large volumes of devices is critical, according to a press release.  

French Officials Consider Making Device Makers Liable for Security

The French government is mulling over a proposal that would make manufacturers of connected devices liable for device security while the devices are on the market. The proposal would also ensure the devices are underpinned with open source software and that source code be released at the device’s end of life, according to an SC Media report.

OMG, More IoT Bot Malware

A new variant of the Mirai botnet called “OMG” by the researchers who discovered it turns infected IoT devices into proxy servers while also retaining the malware’s DDoS capabilities, according to coverage in Dark Reading. “According to Fortinet, OMG is the first Mirai variant that incorporates both the original DDoS functionality as well as the ability to set up proxy servers on IoT devices,” Dark Reading reports.

Amazon Buys Smart Doorbell

Amazon will reportedly buy Ring, a video doorbell that can stream live video and audio to smartphones, to boost the security of its delivery services. Ring’s motion sensors collect data that is transmitted in real time, while also allowing the person to tell the courier where to leave the package (or, conversely, yell at a lurker to go away).

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