The Ideal Thing Is For Smart City Initiatives To Also Provision To Capitalize Awesomely By Leveraging Big Data And IoT
Designing future-focused smart-city initiatives must include a redundant sensor network
along with smart Wi-Fi connectivity to adequately cover the target area. Likewise, you must leverage data to ease decision-making and in making effective predictions to ensure that your smart city initiative is future-proof.
Effective and efficient initiatives must include tight collaboration between the municipality, internet provider, data provider, as well as other crucial players. Crucial infrastructures must include smart WiFi access points, smart lighting and video nodes as well as smart kiosks, toward laying a redundant foundation on which the city can begin to collect data on users’ behaviors.
Building a solid foundation for smart city infrastructure will enable city leaders to be able to solve more problems in the most effective manners. The best thing is to provision for future-proof architecture. Once the technology figures out how to measure the heartbeat of the city, then it can be shown in the data where that heartbeat is showing arrhythmia. If you can figure that out, you can get your cardiologist involved earlier rather than later.
Implementing a Real-Time Lab
The best entrepreneurial component of a Smart City initiative must include a sophisticated platform that includes a real-time Lab in which innovators can create solutions within the smart city framework. A real-time lab has many benefits, which include attracting new solutions to persistent city problems, enabling real-time testing as well as commercializing technologies that are suitable to city dwellers. After your project come into fruition, tech firms and other cities in your region and/or country can use this smart city as a testbed for other smart city applications or projects.
Likewise, the real-time lab can also serve as an economic development initiative that will attract companies from all over the world. Specific areas of focus can be transportation, public safety, infrastructure, water and energy, and beyond….
This presents a good opportunity to showcase this smart city initiative as a model that can be emulated with minor customization.
Sensors’ cost reduction
One important factor to consider is determining how to significantly reduce sensor costs, which may entail transforming the city’s existing traffic cameras into sensors themselves for the Smart City, thereby, eliminating the need to purchase new sensors altogether. As with any project, the value of the cost savings will depend on what software vendor(s) is/are chosen.
Analytics can be obtained from video feeds as well as parking and traffic data from sensors that the city is already receiving.
That said, the ultimate goal is to extend the sensor platform throughout the city at a much less expensive proposition.
Municipal kiosks Generating Revenues For The City
Municipal Kiosks with voice-search capability provide convenience as they can offer the passerby with such information as events, restaurants, weather, real-time Smart City data and beyond….
Likewise, smart cities can benefit from kiosk advertising sales through human interactions.
Municipal kioks can also include features, such as games and selfie capabilities, through pedestrian engagements, as well as enabling businesses to post messages in real time, toward generating revenues.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a major digital disruptor that drives performance and
productivity for those within the supply chain industry. Benefit fully from IoT investments within a secure, intelligent and connected supply chain operation, also means that businesses utilize an IoT platform that is built around Identity and Access Management (IAM).
The Internet of Things will help develop new capabilities to revolutionize supply chains. With the increased global and complex supply chains, organizations are obliged to
collaborate closely with customers, suppliers and partners to achieve realtime visibility across every part of the supply chain.
With the Internet of Things (IoT) being one of the biggest technology success stories of all time, the speed at which IoT-enabled devices have become a part of our daily lives has
been astonishing. As over 70.4 billion connected IoT devices are expected to be in use by 2025, IoT will generate as much as $12 trillion a year in the same period, which will represent 11 percent of the world’s economy. This value being generated within business, factories and logistics will feature prominently. Likewise, fifty percent of all IoT spending will come from the manufacturing, transportation and logistics and utilities industries.
Moreover, although business to business (B2B) applications will account for over 70 percent of all value generated by IoT, companies must identify key areas in which IoT can help generate real value and create an IoT-capable infrastructure to realize their full potential.
IoT is benefiting supply chain operations in these different ways
IoT’s ability to deliver makes it the top investment priority within the supply chain of many organizations, as seventy percent of executives are already expecting to see payback from their IoT investments.
Nearly fifty percent of transport and logistics companies have already implemented IoT as part of major business transformation initiatives and are currently using connected devices for notifications and realtime monitoring rather than for optimizing and transforming their supply chain operations.
Implementation of IoT in the supply chain is enabling companies to realize significant benefits.
Whereas pre-IoT deployment were done on proprietary networks and could only capture data relating to their
specific function(s), current IoT developments provision for devices with smart sensors to provide realtime monitoring and reporting on every aspect of the supply chain that include the location, temperature, humidity and time of arrival, as well as changing equipment settings and process workflows to optimize performance.
Moreover, granted most companies are currently using their IoT devices for the monitoring and alarm functionality of their previous sensor and tagging technologies, most supply chain executives are aware that the real power of IoT lies in logically connecting people, processes, data and things—then taking advantage of that intelligence to radically change business processes.
The eventual goal is to enable realtime and informed decision-making that allows organizations to move beyond efficiency and cost improvements toward implementing more effective business strategies around new product development, proactive inventory management and demand-driven production.
IoT’s three-stage process in the supply chain include
Data collection: Collecting data not only from IoT devices, but also from people, processes, and other systems and infrastructure
Data consolidation: Converging all data into extremely large data pools—often called data lakes—and ensuring access to structured and unstructured data held in disparate repositories internally and externally
Data conversion: Leveraging cloud platforms with advanced analytics capabilities to gain full intelligence and value from the data
loT entails much more than simply connected devices
Capturing data from connected devices and then analyzing and acting on that data are
key capabilities of IoT devices. IoT is intrinsically linked to analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning as well as other critical digital initiatives. In all, IoT is now a top investment priority for supply chain companies and should be for every organization.
The challenges that supply chain organizations face, as they evolve their IoT capabilities from that of simple reporting and alerting into those that will optimize their supply chain, include the amount of data – that are growing exponentially – they are required to handle as they also struggle to and only analyzed less than half of their IoT data.
Modern supply chains require close collaboration with customers and suppliers
Organizations have made significant strides in connecting and accessing information
from third-party devices, assets and people. Over 40 percent of companies that implement IoT are gathering data from third-party mobile assets, such as trucks, vehicles, as well as integrating directly into IoT supplier networks.
Essentially, IoT-enabled infrastructure must focus on secure and trusted connections for people, processes, systems and things. Such infrastructure should be a structure that enables all forms of connections that include machine-to-machine, machine-to-person and machine-to-application, without placing undue administrative or processing burden on the organization.
IoT is more effective when all elements of the supply chain are connected —a connection that requires a seamless and secure interaction of people, systems and things. The digital supply chain is fast becoming the “Intelligent and Connected supply chain,” thus representing the next stage in digital transformation. The digital ecosystem offers a holistic approach to bringing big data, IoT, analytics and AI together to achieve dramatic business transformation.
In effect, the organization is creating a “digital ecosystem,” of which IoT devices are but one component. The ecosystem is built around a single digital backbone that connects and integrates with any person, device or enterprise system across a highly complex environment, such as a global supply chain, thus providing the foundation on which to link internal enterprise systems and external trading partner communities.
The enterprise-wide IoT platform forms the basis for deploying and managing a digital ecosystem—a central platform that will allow organizations to quickly build and deploy new IoT applications, collaborate with suppliers and customers and optimize supply chain performance while mitigating compliance risks. According to IDC, by the end of 2020, 50 percent of new IoT applications will leverage an IoT platform that offers outcome focused functionality based on comprehensive analytic capabilities.
The ultimate challenge for organizations seeking to fully take advantage of an IoT platform lies in how to drive security across the entire digital ecosystem while also ensuring safe and appropriate access
Although loT security is improving, challenges remain as seventy-five percent of companies list security as their chief consideration when selecting connectivity for IoT projects.
Among IoT users, security is certainly their primary concern. Organizations therefore need an exacting means of protecting devices, data, systems and enterprises from cyberattacks and privacy breaches. Security is aimed at guaranteeing trusted interactions among all entities in the IoT network. It is predicted that by 2020, there will be 215 trillion stable connections with 63 million new ones every second.
Likewise, as IoT connections grow so will trusted interactions, which will become increasingly essential. Each connection must therefore be cautiously managed, while the IoT platform enables data flow into processes across the supply chain.
Reliable estimates suggest that many IoT devices have security vulnerabilities and that 81 percent of all cyberattacks were credentials-based. Guarding the perimeter is no longer enough: security revolves around how various entities gain access to the network.
Provide secure and seamless data exchange across organizations and systems
Enable the effective management of online and offline state of entities and sync data across networks and in the cloud
Enable the management of the lifecycle of entities as roles and authorizations evolve
Control entities’ use of protected resources
Administer access and manage entities’ access
Enable the Integration of disruptive disparate technologies (cloud and on-premises apps) as well as legacy systems and data repositories
Enable the management of global compliance and governance
Seamlessly enable the connection to internal enterprise systems and external trading partner communities Security is at once a major concern and a key enabler. Within the supply chain, loT is not a task that a single organization can achieve in isolation. Rather, loT must function alongside suppliers, logistics providers and other partners. The level of collaboration needed to optimize supply chain performance requires trusted access into the systems of trading partners.
Most companies view IT security as a key enabler of building trust when moving online.
IoT platforms that enable identity-centric approaches allows organizations the flexibility to manage the lifecycle of devices, systems and people from initial provisioning to final deletion. Such platforms deliver powerful capabilities to manage the relationships between entities, and the ability to audit and track every event associated with every entity delivers complete transparency across the digital ecosystem.
These IoT platforms enable vast amounts of structured and unstructured data from various sources to be rapidly ingested and aggregated in large data sets. Unified data model allows all data to be normalized across the entire ecosystem. The platform can then apply a series of services to the data to meet the needs of the business processes within your supply chain. Its integrated advanced messaging and orchestration services enable the flow of data among devices, systems and people, thus removing the need for separate machine-to-machine, machine-to-application and machine-to-people integrations.
IoT use cases that offer the potential for great value to supply chain operations
Supply chain use cases for IoT Pervasive Visibility include knowing an item’s location, condition and delivery time is of vital importance to all supply chain operations.
With previous generation of tags and sensors that could only provide some information on location and condition, their scope were quite limited. As the elements weren’t connected, it wasn’t possible to track items in realtime. More importantly, the data they created was isolated from other relevant data. For example, a barcode could provide information about the location of a pallet when it arrived at a warehouse, but this information couldn’t be correlated with the temperature of the item during transit. IoT provides improved end-to-end visibility of goods ”from floor to store,” thus enabling the continuous and pervasive flow of data from highly connected supply chain assets during every stage of the process. This visibility includes tracking and monitoring of multi-modal 3PL providers, optimization of warehouse operations and improvements in “last mile” delivery.
The key to Persistent Visibility lies in a new generation of cloud-based Geographical Positioning Systems (GPS) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags and sensors
These tags and sensors provide granular, realtime information of item identity, location and other tracking information. They also provide environmental information such as temperature, humidity and even the condition of the pallet.
With Pervasive Visibility, the supply chain professional has a complete picture of every item as it passes though the supply chain, allowing the organization to achieve unprecedented levels of control and transparency to ensure that the right product is delivered at the right time in the right condition and at the right cost. Pervasive visibility is also useful in the monitoring of perishable goods moving through a supply chain.
Through continuous monitoring, it is possible to measure the performance of any asset in the supply chain and effect change when required. Pervasive visibility delivers complete control, which means knowing what assets are currently doing and what they will do next.
This data facilitates analysis that identifies when assets are underperforming and how to better utilize assets to improve business performance. In this way, an organization can begin to increase the automation within business processes to eliminate manual intervention, improve quality and reduce costs.
The connected vehicle is one of the breakthrough use cases for IoT. Today, millions of car owners are benefiting from a series of in-car services, including predictive maintenance and emergency support, delivered from a central IoT platform. The connected vehicle has even greater application within the commercial world as the basis for improved fleet management. For example, a container in transit can be tracked by the meter or by the second. Not only can trucks continually report on the performance of the vehicle and the condition of the cargo, but they can also communicate with the driver to advise on optimal speeds and routes.
Combining IoT with other supply chain systems creates a “smart warehouse” that can boost responsiveness and efficiency. Using sensors, tags on pallets, video cameras and wearable devices, such as smart watches and glasses, staff can chart each item’s optimal time and path prior to its arrival. In addition, IoT can improve the performance and safety of autonomous vehicles—such as forklifts—as they travel around the warehouse.
Reduced supply chain risk With so many geographically dispersed organizations in the global supply chain, there is ample room for uncertainty, which breeds supply chain risk. Any number of factors can affect or delay order fulfilment. Although reduced supply chain risk has previously been difficult to predict and control, IoT can improve control over goods in transit. At a tactical level, IoT can provide constant information on road and weather conditions to the driver and head office to plot the optimum delivery route. This feature enables constant delivery status in realtime to the customer, thereby creating an enriched customer experience.
Strategically, IoT, when used in conjunction with AI and analytics, becomes extremely good at predicting and planning for adverse events (such as natural disasters) with the aim of reducing risk and increasing business continuity.
Proactive Replenishment and Improved Customer Experience
With inventory optimization being key to every company, reducing inventory levels while improving customer experience requires the ability to automate much of the replenishment process in order to continuously monitor stock levels and restock as required.
Likewise, avoiding out of stock situations that may lead to lost sales entail adding tags and sensors can be added to all items. Connecting the sensors to the Warehouse Management System can provide realtime inventory visibility. Like monitoring the stock levels, IoT platforms can indicate the condition of each item, such as the storage temperature or expiration date, to ensure the quality of the items in the supply chain.
Scanning pallets before they leave the warehouse, will ensure that the right items are shipped in the right order, during outbound delivery, and automatically update stock levels while also triggering the replenishment process when ever required.
The growing use of IoT in the retail and store environments allows an organization to capture in-depth information on customer preferences. Along with consumption monitoring analytics, shelf sensors provide immediate notification when retailers are running low on stock and can automatically trigger replenishment. Likewise, IoT data also enable quick and accurate prediction of future buying patterns. That way, companies can start building their inventory based on actual customer demand, therefore reducing the amount of stock held in the supply chain to ensure the correct levels of availability
Being able to predict when part of sub-system of a serviceable product is likely to fail continues to be a key investment area for the supply chain. Whether a given a part is within the production process, the warehousing environment or part of a connected fleet vehicle, IoT enables proactive monitoring and analysis that can boost the performance and lifespan of the part as well as ensuring the availability of the entire sub-system.
Predictive maintenance is a key use case in IoT
By attaching sensors to physical assets, they’re able to emit instant alerts to the supply chain professionals when it is operating outside acceptable levels. When applied to advanced analytics and machine learning, the IoT platform can determine whether the part needs to be replaced or repaired and then automatically trigger the correct process.
This conclusion is not only from the history and past performance of a particular asset, but also from a range of data sources covering similar asset types, sub-systems and operating conditions—information that can provide intelligence and enable a more informed decision.
For example, the flow rate sensor attached to a hydraulic pump on a train’s braking system may alert the IoT platform to pressure loss in the hydraulic pump. The machine learning and AI capabilities within the IoT platform can then decide whether to repair or replace the part. The IoT platform then automatically triggers the correct process (either to repair or replace a failing part) and initiates any supporting processes, such as parts ordering, work orders and documentation exchange needed to ensure that maintenance is completed as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Organizations are currently reaping competitive advantage by managing their supply chains as a strategic asset. Increasingly, companies are working with suppliers worldwide to increase supply chain efficiency and collaborate on ways to drive customer experience and create new products. Indeed, with operational efficiencies and revenue opportunities, the IoT is set to revolutionize the supply chain—offering the potential to radically improve the performance of its supply chain. However, like the supply chain itself, IoT-based solutions involve a complex ecosystem of devices, systems and people. Reaping the full benefit of any IoT investment, then, requires an enterprise IoT platform that can quickly and easily create new IoT applications that address the key use cases—such as Pervasive Visibility, Proactive Replenishment and Predictive Maintenance—for IoT in the supply chain.
Advanced Identity and Access Management must be one of the platform’s core components. Thus, it is crucial to implement an IoT platform that allows organizations to enable the secure and trusted interactions needed to achieve close collaboration with trading partners and optimization across the entire supply chain operations.
The future is unfolding now, as smarter devices using machine learning and artificial
intelligence are being created every day and permeating every facets of our lives as they are increasingly becoming part of the mainstream electronics culture. Smart devices are quickly being incorporated into smart homes faster than ever. It’s already been predicted that, by 2020, there will be over 20 billion smart devices connected. IoT devices are already a huge part of how we interact with our vehicles, homes, appliances, and beyond….
Evidencing that IoT is taking off rapidly, Target operates a store in San Francisco that sells IoT devices exclusively. Likewise, there is big money in the IoT space currently, and it will only continue to grow as technology improves.
The collection of data by IoT devices will encourage the creation of even smarter ones. Municipal connected IoT devices, including smart traffic lights that utilize data to sync lights, are transforming cities into smart cities. Other smart IoT devices are improving cities’ overall efficiency and saving municipal governments money as everything can be remotely managed. Smart homes are currently using smart thermostats, lighting systems and coffee makers that collect data on occupants’ habits and patterns of usage to facilitate machine learning toward enabling efficiency.
Keeping These Devices Secure
With all these IoT devices connected, end-to-end security can present a real challenge. The best answer, however, is to utilize a security solution that not only provides end-to-end security but also encrypts the message all the way through.
Thus, devices with encryption keys that can decrypt the encrypted data, as it’s sent and received, are ideal. These devices also enable you to wrap the message body and leave all the actionable data in TLS. Whereas actionable data ought to be simple data like temperature information. Likewise, all inbound ports should remain closed at all costs to prevent your IoT devices from being open to vulnerabilities and DDOS attacks. Configuring devices for outward connections to only make outbound connections will keep the door closed and prevent applications access as well as access to services behind the open ports. The outward connection can be left open so the device can listen in with a secure tunnel back from the network.
The Publish-Subscribe Paradigm is A Great Solution to Many IoT Issues
Using the Publish-Subscribe model with protocols like MQTT, Websockets, or Streaming HTTP to send data on a small scale, ensures connection security to be secure but only works on a small scale. Utilizing such model, the publisher is given a write token and the subscriber a read token, and each token can be revoked at any time and tokens can also have an expiry. In addition, tokens can be set to work with only certain datastream (in this case channel names) so you can have control over what goes in and out of your network.
Utilizing solutions like PubNub help keep globally (large-scale )secure networks running as it also supports secure message delivery among devices. No need to setup your own servers no custom code(s) needed in order to communicate with your backend.
The key to a successful IoT project is to make provisioning incredibly fast and ensure that the entire user experience seamless.
Unless you have celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or another reason to cut back on grain consumption, the USDA recommends eating grains daily with at least half being whole grains. With whole grains, you’re getting fiber, a healthy plant-based protein, vitamins, minerals, and a variety of phytochemicals that will improve your health.
Whole Grains | What Are They?
Whole grains have all of the parts of the original kernel—bran, germ, and endosperm—in the original proportions but stripped of the the bran and germ in refined state.
One very important point, however, is that you must always look for the word “whole”—either whole grain or whole wheat on the label, and also ensure the grain is one of the first three ingredients listed on the label. Likewise, a whole grain stamp from the Whole Wheat Council indicates there’s at least half a serving of whole grain inside. And don’t be fooled by bread that looks healthy because it’s brown. It may just be colored with molasses or brown sugar.
Whole Grains Can Contain a lot of fiber
Fiber is one big reason to eat whole grains as adults need about 25 to 35 grams of fiber daily, and whole grains contain two types—soluble and insoluble—which are both beneficial to your health. You’ll get 5.8 grams of fiber in two slices of dark rye bread, but only 1.9 grams from the same amount of white bread. Because it digests slowly, fiber also helps you feel fuller longer. And fiber’s health benefits are well known—it can help control blood sugar, lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol, and reduce colon cancer risk. Granted not all whole grains are high in fiber, some of the best sources include oats, barley and bulgur.
Whole Grains Help Digestion
Whole grains have other digestive benefits, including regular bowel movements and help ward off diverticulosis, the condition in which little pouches form in the colon wall, causing inflammation, constipation, diarrhea, and pain. Fiber is responsible for much of the benefit, but whole grains also contain lactic acid, which promotes good bacteria in the large intestine. These organisms aid digestion, promote better nutrition absorption, and may even beef up the body’s immune system.
Whole Grains Lower Cholesterol
Likewise, whole grains also help your body with getting rid of bad cholesterol and also help lower triglycerides, both of which are major contributors to heart disease. It’s been found that women who ate 2-3 servings of whole grain products daily were 30% less likely to have a heart attack or die from heart disease compared with women who ate less than one serving a week. “Any form of whole grain—including whole wheat, oats, brown rice, barley, corn, quinoa, rye, buckwheat, and millet—will confer benefits for heart health,” says Cheung. “When it comes to oatmeal, steel-cut is better than instant.”
Whole Gains Blood Pressure
The heart benefits of whole grains don’t stop with cholesterol and triglycerides. They also lower blood pressure, one of the most important risk factors for heart disease. One study found a 19% lower risk of hypertension among men who ate more than 7 servings of whole grain breakfast cereal a week compared with those who ate one or less. A study of women also found a benefit of eating whole grains instead of refined grains substantially lowers blood cholesterol.
Whole Grains Weight
People who eat a lot of whole grains are more likely to keep their weight in check and less likely to gain weight over time than those who eat refined grains. In one study, women who consumed the most wheat germ, brown rice, dark bread, popcorn, and other whole grains had a 49% lower risk of “major weight gain” over time compared with women who favored doughnuts and white bread. Result of another study revealed that middle-aged men and women who ate a diet high in fiber gained 3.35 pounds less than those with who went for refined products.
Whole Grains Fat
Even if eating whole grains doesn’t actually make you lose weight, studies have shown that it can help you cut down on the amount of body fat you have and lead to a healthier distribution of that fat. Specifically, eating whole grains can leave you with less belly fat—what scientists kindly call “central adiposity”—which increases your risk of diabetes and other health woes.
Whole Grains Make You Feel Full
One way whole grains may help you control your weight is by making you feel fuller than refined grains such as cookies or white bread. “Whole grains take longer to digest and have a more satiating effect,” says Gans, who is also author of The Small Change Diet. This could also help keep your portions under control. Try rye or protein-packed quinoa to get maximum fullness.
They help regulate blood sugar
One of the main benefits of whole grains is that, compared to refined grains, whole grains help keep your blood glucose from spiking, which can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, among other things. It’s been found that women who ate 2-3 servings of whole grains a day had a 30% lower risk of diabetes than women who ate little or no whole grain products. Another analysis found a 32% lower risk of diabetes in people who ate 3 or more servings a day of whole grains versus a 5% risk reduction in those who ate refined grains. Something as simple as swapping one third of a serving of cooked white rice a day (about 2 ounces) for brown rice was associated with a 16% decline in type 2 diabetes risk. Consuming whole grains has been proven to provide some preventive measures against type 2 diabetes, and can be a smart choice for people with pre-diabetes predisposition or high risk of diabetes.
Adult men and women should get 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day / Some Grains that Deliver Calcium
As it’s been widely known, whole grains may not be an abundant source of calcium, one grain “Teff”, a whole grain type that is common in Ethiopia, has about 123 milligrams of calcium, approximately the same amount to a half cup of cooked spinach.
Some grains offer vitamin C
Although whole grains aren’t your first go-to source for vitamin C, some of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C can be obtained from the whole grain known as amaranth – a grain that originates from Mexico and Peru – is also high in other vitamins and minerals including iron, and is rich in protein, keeping you full longer.
They are a good source of B vitamins
Whole grains are great for metabolism as they are rich in the B vitamins thiamin, riboflavin, niacin as well as folate (folic acid), which helps the body form red blood cells as it is critical for preventing birth defects in babies. Furthermore, whole grains, like Bran, can also help women who are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant with their multivitamin requirements.
They deliver essential minerals
Whole grains are a great source of essential minerals, including iron, which transports oxygen throughout the body and helps prevent anemia; magnesium, which builds bones; and selenium that protects against oxidation that keep our bodies healthy. They also contain zinc, that is necessary to keep your immune system in fighting shape.
They May Reduce asthma risk
An overall healthy diet with more whole grains, fruits and vegetables and less meat, as well as refined foods may reduce asthmatic wheezing.
It’s been found that eating whole grains early in life may ward off asthma and other allergic conditions. It’s also been found that children who were introduced to oats as infants were less likely to have asthma or allergic rhinitis by the time they turned five.
They Cut Markers of Inflammation
Inflammatory condition, like asthma, may be eased by consuming whole grains. It’s also been suggested that whole grains, like barley or brown rice, or a combination of the two reduced markers of inflammation in the gut, and may also cut levels of C-reactive protein – the marker of inflammation that has been associated with the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes but also with issues in pregnancy such as premature birth, preeclampsia and fertility problems.
Whole Grains May Lower Cancer Risk
Though mixed, but eidence that consumption of whole grains as well as vegetables and fruits may lower the risks of certain cancers, such as colorectal, breast, and pancreatic cancer, is growing.
Protection for Your Teeth And Gums
In a study of almost 35,000 male health professionals aged 40-75, participants who consumed the highest amounts of whole grain were 23% less likely to get gum disease than those who stayed away from whole grains. This was true even after taking into account other factors like smoking, age, and body size. Since gum disease is linked to inflammation and other health conditions like heart disease, this is about more than just a pretty smile.
Better Life and Longevity
Whole grains help you live better and may help you live longer. Result of a study on postmenopausal women suggested that women who consumed regular servings of whole grains weekly had a much lower risk of dying from causes other than cancer or heart disease when compared with women who had few or no whole grains in their diet. Result of another study concluded that men who consumed 1 or more servings a day of whole-grain cereal had a 17% reduced risk of dying than those who never or hardly ever ate it.
Whole Grains Resistant Starch
Although carbs are good for you, the trick is to find the right kind of carb that act more like a fiber as well as starch resistant. As they are not easily digested, they move slowly through your digestive system burning more fat, stoking the hormones that make you feel full, maintaining your insulin in good working order and keeping blood sugar and cholesterol levels down. Ten to fifreen grams daily. Oatmeal, pearl barley and brown rice are all good whole grain sources of Resistant Starch, which is also found in green bananas and other non-grain foods.
IoT devices are special-purpose devices, that, most likely, connect wirelessly to a network and transmit and receive data over that wireless connection in order to monitor or
control one or many device(s)(thing(s).)
The key characteristics that make IoT devices work include sensors for data acquisition and monitoring as well as actuators – the physical interface – to control the thing(s)( a smart thermostat, the dimmer switch in a smart light bulb, or the gear motors in a robotic vacuum cleaner ) as well as data processing and storage.
Moreover, IoT devices are also equipped to process sensor data, store that data locally, and provide the computing power that makes the device operate.
Although security is the biggest problem with IoT devices, it is the last thing that is considered in the
device’s development lifecycle. However, there are lots of manufacturers out there who build pricier
and more secured devices.
Having IoT devices both at home and on your corporate network means that your devices are widely exposed to malware attacks. In fact, your devices might have already been attacked or compromised while you not aware of it. By modifying your firewall to enable port-forwarding to allow your devices to be conveniently accessed from anywhere on the internet to monitor and control them, they are widely
exposed to the internet.
Many IoT home security devices tested were found to have substantial vulnerabilities, including weak
passwords, lack of encryption when devices communicate over the network, as well as account enumeration (when using password reset feature to find valid user account IDs). All of the tested devices are likely to be a part of any smart home today: smart TVs, home thermostats, webcams, smart locks, and beyond.
Firmware and/or Software
The firmware and/or onboard software that runs an IoT device sit between the hardware and the outside world, and fall into one of two categories: embedded firmware or operating system-based (OS-based) firmware.
Most IoT devices connect wirelessly
IoT devices most often communicate wirelessly, using a direct 802.11 Wifi connection to your router,
which means they can be anywhere in your home or enterprise. The communication needs of the device
change depending on how it is designed to work.
Device Provisioning and Management
As some IoT devices (aka, Headless devices) do not have built-in user interaction hardware, such as a
touch screen, one way to configure these devices is to use Wifi Protected Setup (WPS) by pressing the
WPS button on your IoT device and pressing the WPS button on the router to establish a connection.
Other devices create a Wifi access point to which you can connect by using your smart phone to access a
setup program where you to enter your Wifi network credentials. Yet, other devices, like gateways,
are provisioned using the pairing mode. To pair, you follow the device-specific instructions to put
the devices in pairing mode so that they can connect to the gateway.
Monitor and manage the devices
Once your devices are connected to the network, you can monitor and manage them either through a
smartphone or through an interface connected to a cloud service.
Other devices like CCTV security cameras have dedicated IP addresses and connect directly to the
internet. These devices are accessed directly over the internet, bypassing the need for a cloud service
provider or gateway.
Many malware attacks are designed to test the defenses of the target by employing multiple attack vectors to exhaust all of its defenses in the process. Most of these attacks are characteristic of clever and resourceful hackers.
The attack vectors
Weak passwords and backdoors With some manufacturers emphasizing easy setup and use for end-users who are often not technically savvy, as well as their desire for automatic software upgrade and support, they provide some simple way to login to the device, like a single userid/password combination. Often times, these users leave the device’s login credentials unchanged.
Lack of encryption
Unfortunately, security features like encryption that is able to secure data over the network are often overlooked or not even considered by some manufactures. Likewise, many IoT devices do not support encryption.
Being on the Internet and accepting incoming traffic, devices are exposed and will come under attack. Most IoT devices already have little or no security and are particularly susceptible to attack.
The attack: Scan and takeover
As it sounds, a scan and takeover attack is comprised of two phases: the scan and takeover phase and
the attack launch phase, which are executed by a Command and Control (CNC) program. After the IoT
device attack, the device is taken over and bent to the hacker’s will.
The CNC program is a malicious program that scans IP addresses on the internet looking for hosts with
open ports, and attempts to log in using a set of known default userid/password combinations (for
example, admin/admin, root/admin, user/user, and so forth), if a port is found open. If successful, a script runs and reports the device’s IP address, along with the login credentials to use and, subsequently, pushes the malware to the device that it needs to run the attack. The device is now controlled and awaits for the actual attack to take place.
While the device(s) owner is unaware of what is going on, the attack continues as other devices are taken over and referred to as bots. These types of attacks usually cause either DDos attacks (crippling the target host(s) by sending it/them so much HTTP (and other) traffic it/they cannot handle)) or spam bots.
Protecting your IoT devices
Always change default passwords When you provision a new device, go into the management interface and change the password. If there is not a way to do this, and you plan to expose the device to the internet, consider using a device that allows you to. Likewise, remove devices with telnet backdoors.
Run regular port scans on all your devices There are multiple scanners out there that can enable you to run the tools yourself.
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