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Re: Proposed standards for Internet of Things
« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2014, 03:28:30 PM »

I have seen web posts. That some of the larger Cable Companies {Comcast for one} now use the WiFi interface they supply. For local hot spots for their systems.
Soon we may see...Comcast turns 50,000 home networks into hacker's amusement park.
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Re: Proposed standards for Internet of Things
« Reply #17 on: July 09, 2014, 09:20:48 AM »

Time Magazine has an article on yet another smart integrator, SmartThings which makes a hub that communicates with lights, outlets, sensors, etc. Unfortunately, the article is short on technical details.
Perhaps, the SmartThings webpage will give more details.
The list of protocols supported does not include X-10 but it may be possible to interface with any new WiFi device from X-10.
From the SmartThings developer documentation...
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What Protocols Does It Support?

We wanted to support as many off-the-shelf devices as possible, out-of-the-box. We also wanted to limit radio interference. So we chose to support the following protocols in the SmartThings Hub:

    ZigBee - A Personal Area Mesh Networking standard for connecting and controlling devices. ZigBee is an open standard supported by the ZigBee Alliance. For more information on ZigBee see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZigBee.
    Z-Wave - A proprietary wireless protocol for Home Automation and Lighting Control. For more information on Z-Wave see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z-Wave.
    IP-Connected Devices - Local Area Network (LAN) connected devices (both hard-wired and WiFi) within the home can be connected to the SmartThings Hub.
    Cloud-Connected Devices - Some device manufacturers have their own Cloud solutions that support their devices and want us to connect to them. Most of these devices are actually WiFi connected devices, but they connect to a proprietary set of Cloud services and therefore we have to go through those services to gain access to the device.
It is cloud-based which will make it a big, fat, juicy target for hackers.
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Re: Proposed standards for Internet of Things
« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2014, 07:38:59 AM »

LIFX LED bulbs had a security flaw which allowed researchers to get passwords by posing as a new WiFi-enabled light bulb. LIFX says they have now plugged the hole.
There are likely to be thousands more such issues as more and more IoT dwvices are introduced.
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Re: Proposed standards for Internet of Things
« Reply #21 on: September 11, 2014, 09:15:23 AM »

Here's a good article on the need for both security and interoperability of IoT devices/systems.
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Re: Proposed standards for Internet of Things
« Reply #22 on: October 08, 2014, 09:15:02 AM »

This is encouraging...
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Windows has been re-architected to give it a central role in the IoT (Internet of things. He sees the company's upcoming operating system Windows 10 as integral in managing every aspect of the IoT, from the sensors, mechanical systems, to the applications and analytics that underlie it.

This might help standardize things and, if MS can provide an IoT interface, it should also help with security. While there have been security issues with Windows, MS has always responded fairly quickly with fixes.
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Re: Proposed standards for Internet of Things
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Re: Proposed standards for Internet of Things
« Reply #24 on: January 05, 2015, 08:44:41 AM »

While this has nothing to do with IoT standards it might be of interest.
http://www.bitdefender.com/box/?icid=NA_box_homepage_banner
There's very little information on the web page but it is claimed to offer security for IoT devices.
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Re: Proposed standards for Internet of Things
« Reply #25 on: January 15, 2015, 06:34:44 PM »

Another long extant bug has been discovered in routers (12 million in total) from numerous manufacturers.
http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/12/12-million-home-and-business-routers-vulnerable-to-critical-hijacking-hack/
It can be extremely difficult to determine whether or not your router is affected. In a few such cases I have resorted to email to the hardware manufacturer, asking whether their hardware was vulnerable.
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Re: Proposed standards for Internet of Things
« Reply #26 on: January 22, 2015, 04:47:19 AM »

Here's a NYT article related to standards (or the lack thereof)...
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/22/garden/the-rise-of-the-smartbulb.html
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Re: Proposed standards for Internet of Things
« Reply #27 on: January 22, 2015, 12:01:07 PM »

Here's a NYT article related to standards (or the lack thereof)...
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/22/garden/the-rise-of-the-smartbulb.html

For years I have repeated that IMHO home automation was a niche market. The new products have proved me wrong. Apparently the marketing people now have to find and define all us nerdy automation types and convince us to all march to the beat of the same drummer (or at least a limited number of different drummers).

Because of what recent events in technology has done to X10... this has all been a bit depressing. Yet... the possibilities are also very exciting. 
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Re: Proposed standards for Internet of Things
« Reply #28 on: January 28, 2015, 06:53:02 AM »

The FTC seems to, at least, be aware of the enormous security risks these things present.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/27/f-t-c-calls-for-strong-data-and-privacy-protection-with-connected-devices/?ref=business
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Re: Proposed standards for Internet of Things
« Reply #29 on: February 09, 2015, 07:02:52 AM »

Last night, in a 60 Minutes segment, Lesley Stahl touched on the security issues related to IoT but devoted most of her time to demonstrating a wireless hacker takeover of a car via its emergency communications system.
http://2paragraphs.com/2015/02/hackers-can-now-control-your-car-while-youre-driving/
And then there's this...
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/09/business/report-sees-weak-security-in-cars-wireless-systems.html?ref=business
And this...
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/09/samsung_listens_in_to_everything_you_say_to_your_smart_tellie/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31360870
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