Penteon and hiSky Join Up to Provide Rail and Transport Operators LTE/LPWA/Satellite-based Private Network Services

Penteon and hiSky Join Up to Provide Rail and Transport Operators LTE/LPWA/Satellite-based Private Network Services

Penteon and hiSky Join Up to Provide Rail and Transport Operators LTE/LPWA/Satellite-based Private Network Services

Penteon Corporation and hiSky have announced a partnership to jointly supply satellite-based industrial Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for enterprise and heavy industry.

Integrating hiSky’s portable satellite terminals, with Penteon’s industrial remote sensing platforms, will enable the companies to provide mobility and seamless connectivity regardless of location. The resulting solutions will extend the coverage offered by Penteon’s terrestrial Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN), which is currently being implemented across the North America for Smart City and Smart Industry applications.

The partnership leverages Penteon’s extensive remote sensing product portfolio to resolve the high costs and mobility challenges associated with satellite based connectivity. hiSky’s Smartellite™ flat panel phased-array satellite technology will enable Penteon to deliver reliable remote sensing and asset tracking solutions at significantly lower costs and reduced physical size anywhere in the world.

Clay Perreault, CEO of Penteon, says:
“This partnership adds new technology and satellite expertise to our growing catalog of custom solutions for Smart Industry. We are already working with many industrial and heavy industry clients who use our terrestrial LPWAN network.”

“Augmenting our network with hiSky’s low cost satellite based solutions assures coverage at dramatically lower costs, and enables us to offer availability of crucial data in real-time, regardless of location. This will greatly increase the safety and efficiency in many industries.”

Penteon network coverage

In the illustration presented here, LoRa LPWAN coverage (in green) is engineered to be continuous in populated/commonly traversed railway segments, while more rural/unused areas may not have continuous coverage, and be serviced by hiSky’s Smartellite satellite terminal technologies. The yellow area covered by LTE provides high bandwidth intermittent coverage in communities/villages along the railway line where terrestrial internet is available for backhaul. The sensors are placed on the train, providing 24X7 monitoring of the locomotive(s) and rail cars. Onboard preprocessing is accomplished with Penteon’s Intelligent data routing hardware, onboard to selecting the most appropriate off-board communication method based on the performance and cost of the available network(s). Terrestrial communications are typically chosen when available, within reach of cities, while hiSky’s terminals become active outside populated areas.

“Penteon and hiSky are ideally positioned globally to deploy a purpose-built, private satellite network for all transport and rail operators. By leveraging Penteon’s private enterprise LTE A/5G and LPWAN networks and augmenting it with unique custom-built transport sensing platforms based on hiSky’s mobile satellite terminals, it is now possible to offer custom-engineered wireless network services to railway and transport operators on a global scale, at cost effective prices”, says Shahar Kravitz, CEO of hiSky.

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Private Watson reports for duty as IBM provides cloud to U.S. Army

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IBM announced on Wednesday that it has been awarded a two-year, nine-month contract to continue providing cloud services to the U.S. Army.

The $ 135 million contract is a follow-up from the previous agreement IBM signed with the U.S. Army’s Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA) in September 2012. Under the previous contract, IBM said it helped the Army save $ 15 million in operational costs, due to a managed service agreement.

See also: IBM drops $ 200mm on new home for Watson

The new contract adds cybersecurity and cognitive computing to the package. IBM will apply the risk management framework (RMF) used by the entire U.S. federal government, which replace legacy IT security standards.

“Over the past four and a half years, LOGSA has benefitted from the business and technical advantages of the cloud,” said LOGSA Commander Col. John D. Kuenzli. “Now, we’re moving beyond infrastructure as-a-service and embracing both platform and software-as-a-service, adopting commercial cloud capabilities to further enhance Army readiness.”

Keeping an eye on assets

IBM’s Watson platform will be deployed to predict when a vehicle needs maintenance and will use an analytics tool to view unstructured, structured, and sensor data of other Army assets.

“The solution, part of the Watson IoT for Manufacturing and Industrial Products product suite, includes IBM Predictive Maintenance and Quality System, an integrated solution that monitors, analyzes, and reports on information gathered from devices and equipment and recommends maintenance procedures,” said IBM.

“It also includes Watson Explorer, a cognitive exploration and content analysis platform that enables users to securely capture and analyze both structured and unstructured data. With the platform, the Army will look to extract enhanced insights from its vehicle data and recommend optimal repair methods and procedures. By combining tactical vehicle sensor and maintenance data, the Army better understands the health of its vehicles and can take proactive repair measures.”

IBM has already tested Watson’s cognitive computing on 10 percent of the Army’s Stryker vehicle fleet. With the new contract, that percentage is set to increase.

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Private investors pour $8M in IoT home automation startup Josh.ai

Josh.ai, voice-controlled home automation software has raised $ 8M funding for bringing to market its own hardware device. Total funding of the startup has now reached to $ 11M. It will compete with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, though it’s more focused on selling to high-end residential market with homes 5,000 square feet and larger.

iPhone app

The Josh.ai home automation solution consists of a kit with a Mac mini and iPad, and software that runs the home. The software sits on top of the existing smart home apps and devices like Philips Hue, Control4, Nest Thermostat and Sony/Samsung Smart TVs.

Mac Mini and iPad Air 2

Instead of controlling each device/app from its switches, buttons, or app, users only need Josh.ai app to control all devices from a single user-interface.

Its niche-specific expertise in natural language processing (NLP) and a better user experience seems to be the core advantages compared to existing home automation systems. For instance, the voice-assistant can process multiple commands in a single sentence, unlike existing products that require users to speak clearly with only one voice command at a time. A user might say “Play Adele in the kitchen, turn on the living room lights, and open the blinds” and Josh.ai will work fine.

The startup is led by Alex Capecelatro, CEO, and Tim Gill, CTO. Most of the startup’s funding has come from private investors. The home automation space is getting competitive. Use the Postscapes IoT Home Guide to find and compare top Internet of Things Home Products and Systems.


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Cloudflare goes into Orbit with ‘private network for IoT devices’ launch

Internet security services provider Cloudflare has announced the launch of Orbit, a product which aims to solve the problems of Internet of Things (IoT) security by filtering traffic through the San Francisco-based vendor first.

The company argues a new model for security is needed with ever-increasing numbers of connected devices. “PC security does not work for IoT,” the company notes in a blog post. “Consumers do not share that similar understanding that they need to update their toasters, lightbulbs and cars, because they’ve never needed to in the past.

“And since we will never write perfect code, we need a better way of securing devices without waiting for users to do it for us.”

Hence Orbit. Cloudflare explains – in something of a Captain Hindsight move – that if Chrysler had used the company’s firewall, it could have simply patched the bug which made Jeeps vulnerable in 2015, rather than recall 1.4 million vehicles. “Orbit sits one layer before the device and provides a shield of security, so even if the device is running past its operating system’s expiration date, Cloudflare protects it from exploits,” the company explains. “And while devices may be seldom patched, the Cloudflare security team is shipping code every day, adding new firewall rules to Cloudflare’s edge.

“Think of it like changing IoT to I*oT – devices can still access the Internet, but only after passing through Cloudflare where malicious requests can be filtered.”

“IoT devices create a distinct security challenge both because of the inability of most end users to update their software, as well as the cost that manufacturers bear if they release an update that bricks devices. This is even worse for legacy devices, many of which are effectively unpatchable,” said Michael Freedman, CTO of Timescale and professor of computer science at Princeton University.

“Cloudflare’s Orbit provides a unique approach to help with these challenges, by deploying a defensive layer in the network where security updates can be safely made without end-user intervention or on-device changes.”

The launch is something of an interesting move. As other outlets have pointed out, while Cloudflare’s reputation when it comes to suppressing DDoS attacks and deflecting malicious traffic is good, putting itself out there as a one-stop shop for IoT devices would theoretically make it a major target for hackers.

You can read the full announcement here.

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