Massive data is generated by sensors placed by billions of connected devices around the world. IoT is everywhere, consider the rise of smart watches that allow people to track their fitness, monitor their sleeping patterns, measure their heart rate, to smart sensors that go beyond the human reach in industrial maintenance activities, IoT is everywhere. Think of a future where self-driving cars will collect, process, and store driving data at the edge to make road travel safer and more enjoyable. Here are the most innovative applications of IoT that will redefine the world post COVID-19
IoT Techology is deployed by a handful of companies to keep track of their pest populations. For instance, Semios, uses sensors and machine vision technology to check the pest populations in vineyards, orchards and other agricultural settings. Another example in this field is IoT Box Systems, a company that makes connected cages, bait stations and traps that inform the user when they catch an animal.
Winemakers in the Mosel Valley in southwest Germany have deployed Internet of Things system called TracoVino, developed by MyOmega, according to Ericsson, which supplied the device connection platform used in the Telenor Connexion infrastructure supporting TracoVino. IoT powered sensors in the vineyard upload data on multiple parameters like soil humidity, air humidity, sunshine, and intensity of sunshine, temperature and rainfall to the cloud. TracoVino enables the vineyard workers to help do the right work at the right time, and mitigate bad decisions during harvest that could affect the quality of the produce, besides improving the sustainability by better limiting the use of pesticides.
IoT finds its application to monitor fishing practices and to better understand the health of the underwater environment. The Port of New Bedford, when faced with the challenge to limit illegal fishing practices, installed Dell Edge Gateways, that is equipped with V5 Systems solar video surveillance technologies that helps to track the happenings in and out of the port.
Predictive maintenance is hugely applied into building management, oil and gas and so on where IoT finds its application into a number of consumers and industries. For instance, many manufacturing industries use IoT powered sensors for their predictive maintenance activities, where the sensors predict the tentative breakdown before they even occur.
IoT is building new dimensions when it comes to smart cities. IoT is seeping into urban life, from smart street lighting to better parking, IoT technologies have redefined our immediate surroundings. Smart sensors into devices can help into better waste management by picking trash where human hands cannot reach.
According to leading market estimates, the IoT market is achieving new heights and will skyrocket to reach US$ 1256.1 billion by 2025 from US$ 690 billion in 2019 growing at a CAGR of 10.53%, during the forecasted period 2020-2025. With the development of wireless networking technologies, the emergence of advanced data analytics, a reduction in the cost of connected devices, the IoT market is expected to grow at a positive rate, even after the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is safe to say that Industry 4.0 and IoT are at the centre of new technological approaches for development, production, and management of industries across domains. Massive shifts in industries after the Covid-19 scare is contained and the acceptance of IoT requires enterprises to adopt agile, smarter, and innovative ways to advance production with technologies that complement and augment human labour with robotics that reduces any instances of industrial accidents of the future.
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Everything around us has become smart, like smart infrastructures, smart cities, autonomous vehicles, to name a few. The innovation of smart devices makes it possible to achieve these heights in science and technology. But, data is vulnerable, there is a risk of attack by cybercriminals. To get started, let’s know about IoT devices.
The Internet Of Things(IoT) is a system that interrelates computer devices like sensors, software, and actuators, digital machines, etc. They are linked together with particular objects that work through the internet and transfer data over devices without humans interference.
Famous examples are Amazon Alexa, Apple SIRI, Interconnected baby monitors, video doorbells, and smart thermostats.
When technologies grow and evolve, risks are also on the high stakes. Ransomware attacks are on the continuous increase; securing data has become the top priority.
When you think your smart home won’t fudge a thing against cybercriminals, you should also know that they are vulnerable. When cybercriminals access our smart voice speakers like Amazon Alexa or Apple Siri, it becomes easy for them to steal your data.
Cybersecurity report 2020 says popular hacking forums expose 770 million email addresses and 21 million unique passwords, 620 million accounts have been compromised from 16 hacked websites.
The attacks are likely to increase every year. To help you secure your data of IoT devices, here are some best tips you can implement.
Your router has the default name of make and model. When we stick with the manufacturer name, attackers can quickly identify our make and model. So give the router name different from your addresses, without giving away personal information.
If your devices are connected to the internet, these connections are vulnerable to cyber attacks when your devices don’t have the proper security. Almost every web interface is equipped with multiple devices, so it’s hard to track the device. But, it’s crucial to stay aware of them.
When we use the default usernames and passwords, it is attackable. Because the cybercriminals possibly know the default passwords come with IoT devices. So use strong passwords to access our IoT devices.
Use strong or unique passwords that are easily assumed, such as ‘123456’ or ‘password1234’ to protect your accounts. Give strong and complex passwords formed by combinations of alphabets, numeric, and not easily bypassed symbols.
Also, change passwords for multiple accounts and change them regularly to avoid attacks. We can also set several attempts to wrong passwords to set locking the account to safeguard from the hackers.
Are you try to keep an eye on your IoT devices through your mobile devices in different locations. I recommend you not to use the public WI-FI network to access them. Because they are easily accessible through for everyone, you are still in a hurry to access, use VPN that gives them protection against cyber-attacks, giving them privacy and security features, for example, using Express VPN.
There are software and firewalls like intrusion detection system/intrusion prevention system in the market. This will be useful to screen and analyze the wire traffic of a network. You can identify the security weakness by the firewall scanners within the network structure. Use these firewalls to get rid of unwanted security issues and vulnerabilities.
Every smart device comes with the insecure default settings, and sometimes we are not able to change these default settings configurations. These conditions need to be assessed and need to reconfigure the default settings.
Nowadays, every smart app offers authentication to secure the accounts. There are many types of authentication methods like single-factor authentication, two-step authentication, and multi-factor authentication. Use any one of these to send a one time password (OTP) to verify the user who logs in the smart device to keep our accounts from falling into the wrong hands.
Every smart device manufacturer releases updates to fix bugs in their software. These security patches help us to improve our protection of the device. Also, update the software on the smartphone, which we are used to monitoring the IoT devices to avoid vulnerabilities.
When we connect the smart home to the smartphone and control them via smartphone, you need to keep them safe. If you miss the phone almost, every personal information is at risk to the cybercriminals. But sometimes it happens by accident, makes sure that you can clear all the data remotely.
However, securing smart devices is essential in the world of data. There are still cybercriminals bypassing the securities. So make sure to do the safety measures to avoid our accounts falling out into the wrong hands. I hope these steps will help you all to secure your IoT devices.
If you have any, feel free to share them in the comments! I’d love to know them.
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Bhavesh Bhatt, Data Scientist from Fractal Analytics posted that he has created a Python script that checks the available slots for Covid-19 vaccination centres from CoWIN API in India. He has also shared the GitHub link to the script.
The YouTube content creator posted, “Tracking available slots for Covid-19 Vaccination Centers in India on the CoWIN website can be a bit strenuous.” “I have created a Python script which checks the available slots for Covid-19 vaccination centres from CoWIN API in India. I also plan to add features in this script of booking a slot using the API directly,” he added.
We asked Bhatt how did the idea come to fruition, he said, “Registration for Covid vaccines for those above 18 started on 28th of April. When I was going through the CoWIN website – https://www.cowin.gov.in/home, I found it hard to navigate and find empty slots across different pin codes near my residence. On the site itself, I discovered public APIs shared by the government [https://apisetu.gov.in/public/marketplace/api/cowin] so I decided to play around with it and that’s how I came up with the script.”
Talking about the Python script, Bhatt mentioned that he used just 2 simple python libraries to create the Python script, which is datetime and requests. The first part of the code helps the end-user to discover a unique district_id. “Once he has the district_id, he has to input the data range for which he wants to check availability which is where the 2nd part of the script comes in handy,” Bhatt added.
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The unprecedented outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus, termed as COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO), has placed numerous governments around the world in a precarious situation.
The scarcity of resources to endure the COVID-19 outbreak combined with the fear of overburdened healthcare systems has forced a majority of these countries into a state of partial or complete lockdown. The number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases has been increasing at an alarming rate throughout the world, with a report from WHO stating that there are more than 3.23 million confirmed cases as of August 2020. Adding to these woes, numerous false reports, misinformation, and unsolicited fears in regards to coronavirus, are being circulated regularly since the outbreak of COVID19.
The internet was created with the intention of building a worldwide computer network where people could exchange information with ease. As the internet began to advance, so did our need to improve the way we perform certain tasks. IoT devices are able to capture and measure various external variables such as temperature, state, location, etc. using sensors all while being connected to the internet.
We can see how easy it is for our healthcare system to be overloaded when faced with an unprecedented situation like the COVID-19 pandemic. The key characteristics provided by IoT devices allow immediate access of patient data to healthcare providers so they can remotely monitor patients. This will not only free up healthcare resources by eliminating the need for staff to physically check on the patients but can also properly recognize patterns along with unusual activity using powerful machine learning models. This level of connectivity provides an opportunity for healthcare providers to take preemptive action and provide better care.
Wearable IoT devices and machine learning will shift the paradigm of our healthcare infrastructure from a reactive to a proactive system.
In Healthcare, IoT is an innovative technological platform to ﬁght with COVID-19 pandemic and can fulﬁl signiﬁcant challenges during the lockdown situation. This IoT, IoMT and CIoMT technologies are helpful to capture the real-time health data and other necessary information of the infected patient, from various locations and manage all the data using the virtual management system.
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We’ve compiled the best of the best from the IoT Zone, where you’ll find articles and tutorials using Arduino, Raspberry Pi, MQTT, and microcontrollers. You’ll also see lists of different IoT platforms and augmented reality SDKs as well as Arduino alternatives if that’s not your thing. We also pulled together articles on IoT and agriculture, healthcare, transportation, and much more. Enjoy!
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COVID-19 cases have only been on the rise. With the non-availability of effective drugs and vaccines, one of the effective ways to control it is to detect it early in patients. However, the task is easier said than done. While a large number of test kits are being produced, they are not enough to conduct testing in large numbers.
Government-run body, C-CAMP or Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platform, has been a key enabler in driving COVID-19 testing as it has been aggressively building, managing and scaling the ecosystem of MSMEs to produce test kits indigenously. However, they might not be enough.
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