The Week In Review: IoT

Deals Verizon Communications agreed to acquire Sensity Systems of Sunnyvale, Calif., a supplier of energy-efficient light-emitting diode lighting equipment to serve as the foundation for its Internet of Things platform for smart cities; financial terms weren’t disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter. Mike Lanman, Verizon’s senior vice president of Enterprise P... » read more

Using DNA Differently

As the Internet of Everything creeps closer and closer, technologies from wireless to biometrics are undergoing metamorphosis. On the biometrics front, there is a vast array of applications, from fingerprints to facial recognition—even finger vein recognition. But the one that is garnering a lot of attention these days is DNA sequencing, and a subset called rapid DNA sequencing. Both are b... » read more

Security Made Easier

The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance was formed in July 2012 to address the lack of interoperability among strong authentication devices as well as the problems users face with creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords. The FIDO Alliance’s mission is to change the landscape of authentication by eliminating the reliance on passwords. This is accomplished by developing speci... » read more

Cryptography For ULP Devices

Soon virtually everything and everyone will be connected to the IoE in one fashion or another, and much of it will be wireless. To make it all work, these wireless, and low-power devices will need a new paradigm for handling cryptography. Ultra-low power devices have an interesting, and challenging set of metrics. There are, in general, two approaches that can work, with a variety of sub-sce... » read more