November 2017 IETF Journal Now Available Online

The November 2017 issue of the IETF Journal is now online at https://www.ietfjournal.org/journal-issues/november-2017/. With IETF 100 in Singapore starting this coming weekend, this is the perfect time to get caught up on what’s been happening in the world of Internet standards lately. (Starting next week, you can also learn more about the Internet Society’s work at IETF 100 via our series of Rough Guide blog posts.)

In this issue, you’ll learn about implementation work taking place in the Human Rights Protocol Considerations Research Group, the latest security updates to Network Time Protocol, new email-related Working Groups JMAP and EXTRA, as well as the important coding work that took place as part of the IETF Hackathon.

Our regular columns from the IETF, IAB, and IRTF chairs and coverage of the Birds-of-a-Feather meetings and presentations from the Applied Networking Research Prize winners wrap up the issue.

There will be print copies available at IETF in Singapore, the email version will hit subscribers’ inboxes in the coming days, and print subscribers will receive their issues shortly thereafter.

This issue marks the final hardcopy version of the IETF Journal. As we explain in “We’re Going Digital!”, starting in 2018 we’ll be shifting our focus to ietfjournal.org. Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@ietfjournal) and Facebook (facebook.com/IETFJournal) to stay current with our future IETF Journal activities.

If you are interested in writing for the next issue, or know someone who may be, please let us know via email to ietfjournal@isoc.org.

Happy reading!

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Electric Imp Platform now available on the new imp004m module

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One unique value for Electric Imp customers is the diverse variety of connected products our customers can create on our secure IoT connectivity and middleware platform. That includes IoT-connected products running for years on batteries and supporting wide-ranging IP connectivity.

For us, flexibility starts with the the fully-integrated nature of our solution, which includes authorized hardware modules running the impOS operating system, secure architecture (UL 2900-2-2 certified), programmable device and cloud application containers, and extensive managed cloud services – all purpose-built for IoT.

We’re very pleased to announce the availability of the new imp004m module, which gives our customers additional options for their IoT designs, enabling easy hardware design-in and suitable for long-running, battery-powered use cases.

What makes the imp004m extremely easy to use in hardware designs is its integrated antenna with modular FCC/IC/TELEC approval and 2-layer PCB support, obviating the need for impedance-controlled traces. As with all our modules, the imp004m also comes pre-installed with impOS software, making each module secure starting from the silicon, and fully managed by the Electric Imp Platform as a Service. Services include over-the-air security and platform updates, easy and secure device enrollment, fail-safe software provisioning, and scalable device management.

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The imp004m features include:

  • A 96MHz ARM Cortex-M4F processor with 184 KB RAM available for application use
  • 256 KB of application space (sufficient for more than 10,000 lines of application code)
  • 2.4 GHz WiFi, and full range of I/O (UART, SPI, I2C, GPIO, PWM, ADC)
  • FCC, IC and TELEC modular wireless approvals, tested to conform to European CE standards
  • Integrated antenna with modular FCC/IC approval
  • Hardware and software optimized for battery efficiency (2 years of operation or more with a CR123 battery in periodic sensing applications)
  • Software compatibility with the other impDevices which enables customers to easily move between different modules based on their project requirements

Each imp module also provides powerful edge application processing and connectivity for a wide range of use cases, from the small and efficient imp003 module to the powerful imp005 module, which includes with dual-band WiFi, 10/100Mb Ethernet, and USB host support.

Ideal use cases for the imp004m are remote monitoring applications such as environmental monitoring, equipment monitoring or process monitoring, asset tracking and optimization, access control, and many other use cases requiring battery-powered, secure, and intelligent edge nodes.

To support easy hardware prototyping and software development, the imp004m Breakout Board is also available. The breakout board includes the imp004m module, flash storage, basic circuitry for power and BlinkUp™, and I/O headers. The design is open sourced under MIT license and complete design and PCB files can be found on our Dev Center.

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The imp004m module is available immediately as fully functional samples for development purposes from Murata, as is the imp004m breakout board (Electric Imp store, DigiKey). Availability of the imp004m production version is expected soon.

In summary, the imp004m enables customers to add secure, scalable, and intelligent connectivity to their products effectively and with minimal effort, going rapidly from PoC to production, so they can deliver IoT solutions and business value faster too.

Jonathan Dillon
Hardware Project Manager
Electric Imp

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Tata makes worker safety wearable available to competitors

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Other industrial companies will be able to purchase Tata Group’s own wearable for factory workers, in a new move to boost the Indian giant’s hardware sales.

Last year, Tata launched a wearable for its own workers to reduce accidents. It is able to track heart rate, temperature, movement, fall detection, and ambient gasses in the vicinity.

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Even though workers and unions were worried about Tata’s ability to snoop on workers at the start, both eventually caved in and the device is now quite popular in the factories, according to Tata.

The wearable has watch functionality—apparently a popular feature for low-paid factory workers—and is built to sustain damage. It doesn’t do much outside of the workplace apart from show the time.

A whole new revenue stream?

The firm is hoping that with its almost ubiquitous brand identity in India, it will be able to sell the units to smaller factories. Miners and freight companies are two major industries targeted by Tata with the wearable. Although some targeted client industrial players may compete with the Indian conglomerate, the wearables focus could be an untapped revenue stream.

“For these programs, we are looking at potential revenue of $ 1 billion and a profit of $ 100 million is possible,“ said Tata Group technology chief Gopichand Katragadda to the Economic Times. “Right now, our partner for go-to-market is Tata Communications. We are working on the pricing model. What might work in a B2B model is a monthly subscription rather than a certain price.“

Industrial wearables and IIoT devices are starting to become more prevalent, as owners start to look for ways technology can reduce accidents and improve productivity.

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AWS makes Amazon Lex AI available to customers

AWS makes Amazon Lex available to customers

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud computing arm of e-commerce giant Amazon, has made Amazon Lex available to all customers.

Amazon Lex is an artificial intelligence (AI) system that enables developers to build applications that incorporate both voice and text for conversation with the user.

It is the system that provides the deep learning algorithms behind Amazon Alexa, for example.

Previously, few developers have been able to build, deploy, and scale apps with automatic speech recognition (ASR) and natural language understanding (NLU), according to AWS.

This is largely due to the need to the amount of heavy lifting required to train the deep learning algorithms that power these applications.

Now, however, AWS is offering Amazon Lex as a fully managed service for customers that wish to build their own applications.

Typically, Amazon Lex is used via the Amazon Echo, Amazon’s smart home assistant, for tasks like checking the weather or the news, or perhaps turning on lights or heating in homes with smarter capabilities.

To build new apps on the system, developers should in theory be able to input sample phrases that describe a user’s intent into Amazon Lex, along with the corresponding information to meet that intent and any additional questions that Amazon Lex may need to ask to get the full picture of the situation.

Taking the example of a pizza delivery, a developer would need to input the intent, such as “order a pizza”, and other corresponding information such as toppings and location. Finally, questions like “when do you want it delivered?” need to be asked in order to complete the delivery.

AWS claims Amazon Lex then takes care of the rest by building a machine learning model that parses the speech or text from the user, understands the intent and manages the conversation.

At this stage, developers can publish the conversation app onto IoT devices or web applications like Facebook Messenger.

Importantly, Amazon Lex is integrated with AWS Lambda, the event-driven computing that lets developers run code without managing servers.

Read more: Google to invade your (smart) home to show off AI software

Growing demand for conversational apps

“Thousands of machine learning and deep learning experts across Amazon have been developing AI technologies for years, and Amazon Alexa includes some of the most sophisticated and powerful deep learning technologies in existence,” said Raju Gulabani, vice president of databases, analytics and AI at AWS.

“We thought customers might be excited to use the same technology that powers Alexa to build conversational apps, but we’ve been blown away by the customer response to our preview – as organizations in virtually every industry like Capital One, Freshdesk, Hubspot, Liberty Mutual, Ohio Health, and Vonage have mobilized quickly to build on top of Amazon Lex.”

One customer that is already benefitting from Amazon Lex is the American Heart Association (AHA).

“The AHA engages nearly 1 million participants, nationwide, through our premier Heart Walk events to further our mission of saving lives,” said Roger Santone, executive vice president of technology, AHA.

“The world is rapidly changing and we are constantly rethinking traditional approaches to reach people at the pace that they live their everyday lives.

“We used Amazon Lex’s AI technology to streamline the registration process so prospective Heart Walk participants can use their natural voice to easily register through heartwalk.org.

“We are committed to the role that technology plays in enabling consumers, patients, and physicians to achieve better health outcomes and to further the mission of the AHA.”

Customers can launch Amazon Lex using the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), or AWS software development kits (SDKs). Amazon Lex is currently available in the US East (N. Virginia) Region.

Read more: CES 2017: AI smart assistants line up to do battle with Amazon’s Echo

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3 Best IoT Wearables Available Today

3 Best IoT Wearables Available Today
The internet is a place where you can get information in a matter of seconds, meet up with friends to discuss a game or keep notes to remind yourself with later in the year. That would have been the description about ten years ago, but today the internet is being used to connect devices that can talk to one another for your benefit.

The Internet of Things or IoT is a new concept that has allowed us the technology so that a simple tech gadget can communicate with an application to give us the information we find interesting. Here we talk about the three best wearables for the Internet of Things consumer.

The Bluetooth Headset was The First

If you sit back and think about the wearable technology that has popped onto the marketplace in the last ten years, the first one that comes to mind is the Bluetooth headset. These headsets were wireless. They connected to a device that passed sound through the air to the headset, bringing a certain level of convenience to the consumer. Since then, many devices have been designed with that technology built-in and you can see it today in things like the Fitbit trackers, smartphone to smartphone communication, and even within the drones we see flying around the sky.

The FitBit Blew the Wearables Market Wide Open

Having a small device on your wrist that could count the number of steps that you take in a day seemed like something out of a Star Trek movie. However, the FitBit has grown in popularity and the company has been putting new types of devices on the market each year. The Internet of Things platforms that are available today can communicate with your FitBit, sending information to a spreadsheet online, or emailing you a daily log of your fitness activity for safe keeping. Technology has come a long way and the Internet of Things is going to take it further.

Apple and the Smart Watch

Apple WatchApple released its first smartwatch a few years ago and that brought along a new sense of the technology that everyone thought they needed. A watch that could communicate with a smartphone, that allows you to take calls, see emails and texts, and even send replies with a few swipes and clicks. College students were top on the list of consumers that Apple was targeting with the smart watch, making essential information readily available on your wrist without having to look directly at your smartphone. Now, students studying for their counseling degree online could be less distracted with the technology around them, which was very appealing. Other companies like Samsung quickly followed suit.

The Internet of Things is here to help, connect, and benefit the consumer if they know how to use it to their advantage. Picture smart clothing that heats up based on the temperature of your zip code, or shoes that become more comfortable based on the terrain that you are walking on, just as an example. The possibilities are endless!

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