Internet of Things Thames Valley Meetup | 11th September

Internet of Things Thames Valley Meetup

There is just 1 week to the next Internet of Things Thames Valley Meetup @tv_iot on 11th September at the Green Park Conference Centre, 100 Longwater Avenue, Green Park, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 6GP.

Internet of Things Thames Valley

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IoT Thames Valley Meetup #27

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019, 6:00 PM
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This is a free to attend Meetup. Networking from 6pm.

The Talks & Speakers include:

“5G and Connected Communities, where we are, how we got there and the challenges to come” – Guy Matthews, Director of Emerging Technology, CGI Business Consulting
5G has reached the cusp of moving from a decade of R&D into a decade of deployment across the globe. It will bring immense change across major industries and herald the growth of technologies like immersive and AI. But what is 5G and how will it be implemented across urban and rural communities? This short presentation will cover the basics of 5G, the state of development in the UK and globally, and the remaining commercial and technical challenges to 5G development at scale and load.

“Saving lives on British railways with IQRF” – Šimon Chudoba, CEO IQRF Alliance
IoT can not only reduce operation and maintenance costs or enable completely new business models but literally save lives and avoid derailments on railways. Simon will present one of the solutions of IQRF Alliance members which monitors railway embankments in the UK.

“Can you Trust your Smart Building?” – Duncan Purves, 2 Insight Ltd
Understand the security issues associated with ‘smart’ building systems and why they are important to you

Solar panels embedded in clothes charge a mobile phone

Clothing embedded with tiny solar cells the size of a flea will allow wearers to generate electricity on the move and charge items like mobile phones and smartwatches.
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The cells are encapsulated in a resin which allows the textile fabric to be washed and worn like any other form of clothing. Measuring only three millimetres in length and 1.5 millimetres in width, the cells are almost invisible to the naked eye and cannot be felt by the wearer. For all intents and purposes, garments appear exactly the same as any other form of clothing despite having the capability to generate electricity

Pindrop brings voice authentication to IoT devices, intelligent assistants, and connected cars

Forget passwords and PIN codes — Pindrop wants to make our lives more secure with voice biometrics.

From VentureBeat Article:

Pindrop brings voice authentication to IoT devices, intelligent assistants, and connected cars

The Atlanta, Georgia-based company today announced Voice Identity Platform, a speech authentication solution for IoT, voice assistants, smart homes and offices, and connected cars.

Its platform-agnostic tech is akin to Google’s Voice Match in Google Assistant, which can differentiate among the unique voice signatures of up to 10 Google Home users, and Amazon’s voice profiles in Alexa.

Pindrop’s patented Pindrop Protect technology takes into account factors such as location, behavior, device type, audio, voice, and time of day to confirm identity. By scoring each voice interaction based on AI-driven anomaly detection and using voice printing to correlate matches with what Pindrop claims is one of the world’s largest audio databases of its kind, the company contends it is able to lower handle times by up to 60 seconds.

Arrow Intelligent Systems sponsoring the IoT Thames Valley Meetup

Thank you to Arrow Intelligent Systems @ArrowISpossible who are sponsoring the Internet of Things Thames Valley Meetup #IoT @tv_iot at Green Park Conference Centre, Reading on 26th September, 2018.

At Arrow Intelligent Systems (AIS), your mission is our mission. From design engineering services, global marketing and integration, global logistics, and business solutions, our dedicated team of experts is bringing it all together to help you deliver the latest technologies to market – quickly and efficiently.

IoT Scotland Network based on LoRa

Scotland is to get a new  Internet of Things network. The network, called IoT Scotland, will allow the collection of data from smart devices through a wireless sensor network  based on LoRa wireless technology.

The £6m, three-year project has been funded with investment from both the public and private sectors.

Initially, the network will cover Scotland’s seven cities, Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth, and Stirling, with the aim of expanding it throughout Scotland.

Wi-Fi Alliance introduces EasyMesh

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED EasyMesh™ brings a standards-based approach to Wi-Fi networks that utilize multiple access points (APs), combining the benefits of easy to use, self-adapting Wi-Fi with greater flexibility in device choice that comes with interoperable Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ devices. Wi-Fi EasyMesh™ networks employ multiple access points that work together to form a unified network that provides smart, efficient Wi-Fi throughout the home and outdoor spaces.

For more information see:

WiFi EasyMesh


How cave-dwelling fish could help stop an #IoT catastrophe

From an article by Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic:

How cave-dwelling fish could help stop an IoT catastrophe

A peculiar trait of a cave-dwelling fish has inspired a device that could help us avoid disruption caused by a saturation of IoT signals in one place.

As we plough ahead towards a future where many city spaces are covered in connected devices as part of the internet of things (IoT), there are fears that we could reach the point of a spectral bandwidth crunch.

So, efforts to find ways for devices to avoid being jammed by a neighbouring signal have led researchers to some strange places, the latest of which happens to be home to a species of cave-dwelling fish.

In a paper published to the journal Optics Express, The Optical Society revealed how the species called Eigenmannia live in complete darkness.

In order to survive, they emit an electric field to communicate with other fish and to sense the surrounding environment. When two fish emit this field near each other, it has the potential to interfere with and jam the signal, which would obviously be bad for the fish.

However, thanks to a unique neural algorithm, the fish can adjust their electric communication signals to prevent this interference. For us humans, this same ability can be harnessed to create a light-based jamming avoidance response (JAR) device.

Google takes Android Things out of beta

After a developer preview with more than 100,000 SDK downloads, Google has taken its Android Things managed IoT operating system out of beta and made it available to all developers.

Android Things is Google’s managed OS that enables users to build and maintain IoT devices at scale. It provides a robust platform that does the heavy lifting with certified hardware, developer APIs and secure managed software updates using Google’s back-end infrastructure.

See full article at M2M Zone here:

Google takes Android Things out of beta



New Wearable Sensor May Soon Replace Blood Tests

Researchers have developed a new stretchable wearable sensor that can measure pH levels from a patient’s sweat—potentially replacing blood tests to measure glucose, sodium, and potassium.

The potential data that can be captured from sweat is equal to that of a blood test. The traditional check for chronic diseases is analyzing a blood sample. However, it is possible to use sweat and tears for the same tests as they contain similar analytes (biomarkers). A research team from the University Glasgow has developed a stretchable sensor that can measure sweat, using it to perform the same tests that would require blood.

The UK-based Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technologies (BEST) group works out of the University of Glasgow. It has developed a new sweat-based, non-invasive sensor directed at monitoring diabetes. The article, entitled “Stretchable wireless system for sweat pH monitoring,”was recently published in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics. This work was conducted by Wenting Dang, Libu Manjakkal, William Taube Navaraj, and Ravinder Dahiya from the University of Glasgow; Leandro Lorenzelli from the Fondazione Bruno Kessler; and Vincenzo Vinciguerra from STMicroelectronics. The sensor was developed via the EU-funded project CONTEST.

The wearable uses a pH sensor made from graphite-polyurethane composite, stretchable radio-frequency-identification (RFID) antenna, and a flexible data transmission printed circuit board (PCB). The sensor area is 1 cm2and can stretch up to 53% in length due to a pair of serpentine-shaped interconnecting pieces.

See full MachineDesign article here:

New Wearable Sensor May Soon Replace Blood Tests

Arm pitches tamper-resistant Cortex-M35-P CPU cores

Arm has released a new processor core design for Cortex-M-powered system-on-chips that will try to stop physical tampering and side-channel attacks by hackers.

The microcontroller-grade Cortex M35-P CPU cores are aimed at embedded IoT devices that operate in public or areas where there is a risk someone will either crack open the device or get close enough to perform a proximity-based attack. Think things like smart meters or connected street lights in a major city.

For more information see The Register article:

Arm pitches tamper-resistant Cortex-M35-P CPU cores