Latest NewsWhy FIDO Alliance Standards Will Kill PasswordsDark Reading
August 27, 2014 - Bill Gates predicted the demise of passwords more than a decade ago. But the FIDO Alliance believes its proposed new authentication standards are a game changer that will transform the computing landscape in just three years. Phillip Dunkelberger, President & CEO of Nok Nok Labs, tells why he believes that the time is finally ripe for a password-free computing experience. [video] ...Full Story
Internet Industrial Application Committee Established in Beijing
USITO.org August 26, 2014 - on August 12, the inaugural meeting of the China Internet Society Internet Industrial Application Committee ("the Internet Industrial Application Committee") was held in Beijing.
Co-founding organizations include:
Internet Society of China (ISC),
Information Center of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT),
China Household Electrical Appliances Association (CHEAA)
Key objectives of the Committee include piloting and expanding the application of internet technologies in industrial supply chains, bolstering information security, as well as promotion of breakthroughs in critical technologies including Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and big data.
As of August 12, more than 50 organizations had joined as members, including companies in a variety of sectors such as equipment manufacturing, electronics manufacturing, household electrical appliances, and software, as well as basic telecommunications operators, internet industry giants, and relevant industry associations and media.... ...Full Story
China Developing an Operating System to Take on Microsoft, Google and Apple
NYT.com August 25, 2014 - China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft, Google and Apple, Xinhua, the government news agency, reported.
Computer technology became an area of tension between China and the United States after a number of run-ins over cybersecurity. China is now looking to help its domestic industry catch up with imported systems such as Windows from Microsoft and the mobile operating system Android from Google.
The operating system would first appear on desktop devices and later extend to smartphone and other mobile devices,... ...Full Story
Three Open Source Hardware Projects' Challenges and Successes
Linux.com August 25, 2014 - While open source practices have come to dominate the software industry, they're still fairly new to hardware. Many open source hardware projects are now seeing some early success but there are still many challenges ahead,...MakerBot VP Anthony Moschella, Open Prosthetics Project Founder and Iraq war veteran Jonathan Kuniholm, and IBM Power Systems General Manager Doug Balog each had a unique take on open source hardware. But all agreed that open source principles will speed technological innovation whether it's in 3D printing, prosthetics, or servers. Here are some of the successes and challenges they highlighted and the opportunities they presented for the open source community to get involved and make a difference....
1. MakerBot's Thingiverse boasts a community of about 13,000 makers, designers and engineers who download and share open source designs for printed objects. The Robohand, for example, is a 3D-printable prosthetic hand for children who are continuously outgrowing their prosthetics and can't afford to replace them. The open source design allowed for rapid iteration and improvements that made it easier to assemble and share....
2. Open Prosthetics Project
The promise: Open source designs can help make more affordable prosthetics with much improved capabilities in dexterity and manipulation than are currently available, to amputees around the world.
Success: The Open Prosthetics Project has started a small open source project that includes hardware, firmware, and software, and is primarily working with two university laboratories....Challenge: Finding financing is difficult because the prosthetics market is too small to attract venture capital. And even though their code is open source, the cost of entry for developers is fairly high because participation requires approximately $20,000 in Matlab tools to get started.... ...Full Story
The Impact Of The New HDcctv AT 2.0 Standard
SourceSecurity.com August 22, 2014 - Editor's Note: HDcctv Alliance has announced that Dahua has opened its patented HDCVI technology to the global video surveillance industry as the basis for HDcctv's AT 2.0 standard. For additional elaboration on what the move means to the growing market for higher-resolution CCTV, we approached Todd Rockoff, chairman and executive director of HDcctv Alliance....
SourceSecurity.com: Given that Hikvision, the number one competitor in the video market, is unveiling a different technology (i.e., HDTVI), is there any plan to “converge” the two technologies or make them compatible? What might the HDcctv Alliance’s role be to accomplish that?
TR: We are delighted that Hikvision shares our recognition of the growing importance of plug ‘n’ play (PnP) analog HD surveillance equipment....
SourceSecurity.com: Might not a proprietary non-standard technology from the market’s largest player undermine the positive impact of the standard? (i.e., set up a Beta vs. VHS type competition?)
TR: Absolutely! It compares to having to stock inventory in multiple formats (Beta/VHS or DVD/Blu-Ray/3D Blu-Ray) which inevitably multiplies the costs of running a video shop. And format confusion decreases revenues. A good example is a customer who accidentally brings a 3D Blu-Ray disc home but can't watch it on his DVD player.
Format confusion inevitably has the same kind of impact on the video surveillance market. Therefore, it is in the commercial interest of every company who has invested in HD surveillance equipment to fully support the open, global PnP standards for local-site transport of HD surveillance signals.... ...Full Story
The Connected Car, Part 3: No Shortcuts to Security
Jack M. Germain
TechNewsWorld August 21, 2014 - The connected car is becoming a reality, but the gadget-filled roadways it travels will be paved with several options for in-car technologies. These choices pose challenges for carmakers. Whichever technology wins the race, one of the biggest concerns for OEMs is their electronic security.
The Linux Foundation wants an open source platform in the pole position. The nonprofit consortium already has a fully functional Linux distribution, called "Automotive Grade Linux," or AGL. It is a customizable, open source automotive software stack with Linux at its core.
Google has its own plan for connecting cars to mobile devices and the Internet. Google's Android Auto is a dashboard navigation and entertainment system powered by an Android smartphone. It is very similar in concept to competing designs from Apple and Microsoft....To handle this traffic jam of data, car manufacturers are testing technologies like Broadcom's Automotive Ethernet and The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC)'s MirrorLink among others. Similarly, QNX Software Systems has a foot or two in some vehicles with its QNX Car Platform for Infotainment.... ...Full Story
UK government backs consortium's search for IOT standard
ComputerWeekly.com August 20, 2014 - The UK government has awarded £1.6m to a consortium of 40 British companies tasked with finding a standard specification for the internet of things (IOT).
The money – awarded by the government’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board – will go towards developing a publicly available universal standard for interoperability for IOT....The HyperCat consortium, comprising BT, ARM, KMPG and other UK companies including Flexeye, will focus on IOT solutions for business....The British Standards Institution will publish an independent publicly available specification (PAS) based on the consortium’s specification.... ...Full Story
6 emerging standards battling it out for the Internet of Things The Boardroom
CBR.com August 20, 2014 - Which group will solve the interoperability problem?
1. The Thread Group
Developed by Google's Nest Labs, ARM and Samsung, Thread is designed to build a low-power mesh network as an alternative to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and more.
Thread, which uses 2.4GHz unlicensed spectrum, is built on existing standards, such as IEEE 802.15.4, IETF IPv6 and 6LoWPAN, meaning that existing devices which use ZigBee / 6LoWPAN etc. can easily migrate to Thread.... ...Full Story
Army turns to open architecture to plot its future in robotics
FederalNewsRadio August 19, 2014 - The Army's emerging strategy for buying and modernizing its ground based robotics systems relies heavily on open architectures, open standards and open source software....to keep costs down and maximize flexibility, the service is employing a strategy that emphasizes open architectures, reusable, interchangeable components and common, publicly defined interfaces between individual subsystems,...One significant employment of the strategy, which Shyu formally approved last week, will be the replacement of the Army's TALON system, which is nearing the end of its service life. A full-fledged successor, increment two of the Man Transportable Robotic System (MTRS) isn't expected to be fully deployed until 2021. It will enforce a set of open standards and interfaces the Army is adopting, but a "bridging strategy" will also insist on the use of open architectures and technology reuse, while the Army fields intermediate systems in the meantime...."The architectural standard was worked in conjunction with industry. It wasn't something we just thought up ourselves and threw up on the table," she said. "And the plug-and-play interface will be provided to industry to enable competition."
The Army has been working since 2011 to build what it calls the Unmanned Ground Vehicle Interoperability Profile (IOP), a collection of both hardware and software standards that will define how individual subsystems like radios and cameras within a robotic system communicate with one another, plus the hardware specifications those components will need to meet.
The first version of the still-evolving standard set aimed to document all of the interfaces in the systems the service already owns in an effort to break them down into discrete, identifiable modules.... ...Full Story
RISC-V: An Open Standard for SoCs The case for an open ISA
Krste Asanović & David Patterson
EETimes August 14, 2014 - Systems-on-a-chip (SoCs), where the processors and caches are a small part of the chip, are becoming ubiquitous. Thus many more companies today are making chips that include processors than in the past. Given that the industry has been revolutionized by open standards and open-source software -- like TCP/IP and Linux -- why is one of the most important interfaces proprietary?
While instruction set architectures (ISAs) may be proprietary for historical or business reasons, there is no good technical reason for the lack of free, open ISAs....We conclude that the industry would benefit from viable, freely open ISAs just as it has benefited from freely open versions of the software stack. For example, it would enable a real, free, open market of processor designs, which patents on ISA quirks prevent. This could lead to:
Greater innovation via free-market competition from many more designers, including open vs. proprietary implementations of the ISA.
-Shared, open core designs, which would mean shorter time to market, lower cost due reuse, fewer errors given many more eyeballs, and transparency that would make it hard, for example, for government agencies to add secret trap doors.
-Affordable processors for more devices, which would help expand the Internet of Things, whose target cost could be only $1.... ...Full Story