Record growth in #automation, #robotics technology sales

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) just rolled out new research confirming record growth in the areas of robotics, machine vision, motion control, and motor technology for the first half of 2017.

Source: Automation by the numbers: Record-breaking year for sales of robots, components | ZDNet

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AccuWeather app continues spying on user’s location #privacy

New tests reveal that while one privacy-invading feature was removed in an app update, the app still shares precise geolocation coordinates with advertisers.

Source: Despite privacy outrage, AccuWeather still shares precise location data with ad firms | ZDNet

This is done without the user’s consent.

Accuweather says it uses one’s location data to provide local weather forecasts but it appears the primary purpose is to optimize ad revenue. A side effect is that a dossier of our movement is constantly maintained by corporations.

With Android, if you use the GPS location features of the phone for any purpose what so ever, Google logs your location in the cloud. You cannot opt out of this – your choice is to use location services and be surveiled by Google, or not to use any GPS location features.

We now use an offline Garmin navigation product which presumably is not logging our location as it is only connected to the Internet a few times per year to update the software. But we really don’t know – may be Garmin is also logging our location albeit with a months long delay.

Security and privacy concerns for #IoT #InternetOfThings

In light of the global ransomware attack that took place the past couple of days, this is more true than ever:

  • Securing sensitive data generated by IoT devices is already the top concern of most security professionals (36%).

  • This is followed closely by privacy violations related to data generated by IoT devices (30%).

  • Cyber attacks are also a growing threat as more connected devices join the IoT ecosystem.

Source: IoT Security – Combining Innovation with Protection

Surveys suggest consumers are not that concerned about #IoT security and privacy threats – they should be very concerned!

Bose headphones said to spy on your audio listening #Bose #IOT #InternetOfThings #Privacy

The audio maker Bose, whose wireless headphones sell for up to $350, uses an app to collect the listening habits of its customers and provide that information to third parties—all without the knowledge and permission of the users, according to a lawsuit filed in Chicago on Tuesday.

Source: Bose Headphones Secretly Collected User Data – Lawsuit | Fortune.com

The primary business model of the Internet, and by corollary The Internet of Things, is surveillance. This NBC News report describes many other devices that have been surveying their customers habits. As spying on customers becomes routine, it seems the only thing they’ve done wrong was fail to disclose their spying to the customers. Since most people do not read privacy agreements, most companies may legally spy on their customers, as long as it is disclosed.

Improving industrial efficiency using #InternetOfThings #Iot sensor technology

Reno startup Filament is gearing up for high-scale production. The startup recently closed a $15 million round of new venture financing. The capital will allow Filament to scale manufacturing

[Their tech is designed to upgrade legacy industrial systems]

First, the device can physically connect to the machine if it has a diagnostic port. Second, the technology can monitor the environment around the infrastructure. Their devices can monitor temperature, humidity, light, sound pressure level and accelerometer movement. Lastly, the devices can provide a large-scale network in areas where there is little or no cellular service or WiFi.

Source: Reno-based tech startup Filament secures $15M in venture financing | nnbw.com

This is a great area of opportunity – enabling the monitoring of legacy equipment. Some times, just knowing the variation in temperature and humidity can be an important piece of information on a manufacturing line, or in an HVAC system or what ever your system process is.