ObjectSecurity OpenPMF is Ready for the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT)

CyberTECH Member, ObjectSecurity, an information security leader and the company driving model-driven security policy automation globally have positioned their OpenPMF model-driven security policy automation product for the industrial Internet of Things (IoT).

OpenPMF can now enforce access policies across interconnected IoT device landscapes interconnected via DDS, the predominant middleware platform for the industrial IoT. DDS is the Object Management Group (OMG)’s Data Distribution Service (DDS) middleware
standard, which is widely used across the industrial internet of things due to its unique
features, including real-time properties, publish-subscribe paradigm etc.

OpenPMF integrates out of the box with the market-leading DDS implementation by Real-Time Innovations, Inc. (RTI), a top influencer in the industrial IoT according to Forbes. In particular, OpenPMF integrates into RTI’s recent implementation of the OMG DDS Security specification, which adds a number of security features for DDS. This way, OpenPMF ties into DDS in a standards-compliant way, allowing the model-driven authoring and management of rich access control policies (information flow based, attribute based, proximity-based etc.).

OpenPMF enables the consistent, easy-to-administer management and enforcement of rich access control policies for the industrial internet of things (IoT).

Visit the ObjectSecurity Website to learn more.

View the Press Release Here.

CleanTECH San Diego Partners with CyberTECH to Support San Diego’s Startup Community

Local nonprofit industry trade organizations CleanTECH San Diego and CyberTECH today announced a partnership to advance San Diego’s technology startup industry.

Both organizations share a mission of stimulating and accelerating the San Diego region’s innovation economy. This new partnership combines CleanTECH San Diego’s focus on clean technology with CyberTECH’s expertise in cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT) to nurture startups that bridge the sectors.

In January 2013, CyberTECH launched an incubator program and shared workspaces to provide startups with resources such as opportunities for mentorship and places to work. CleanTECH San Diego’s partnership with CyberTECH includes dedicated workspace for early-stage cleantech companies in iHive, CyberTECH’s IoT incubator located in downtown San Diego. iHive members receive benefits such as business support services, robust data connectivity, shared reception area, and conference rooms.

CleanTECH San Diego and CyberTECH will also work together to introduce San Diego-based startup companies to the clean technology and IoT industries through organized pitch events such as CyberTECH’s Spotlight Friday Pitch Nights and CleanTECH San Diego’s SCRUB Program. Both programs support early-stage companies seeking professional guidance and practice presenting their business plans.

“Cleantech, cybersecurity, and IoT technologies are rapidly converging in the marketplace, and San Diego, with its diverse and collaborative cluster, is poised to capitalize on this,” said CyberTECH Chairman and Founder Darin Andersen. “By leveraging robust IoT applications, CleanTECH San Diego is at the forefront of developing San Diego as a leader in clean technology innovation. Coupled with the CyberTECH community of the nation’s top security and IoT companies, CleanTECH San Diego and CyberTECH will work collaboratively to position San Diego as a smart and secure city.”

“Today’s cutting-edge energy efficiency solutions are innately tied to Internet of Things technologies,” said CleanTECH San Diego President Jason Anderson. “As society moves toward smarter cities and the ability to use sensors and big data to more effectively manage our energy use via online platforms, questions of privacy and cybersecurity inevitably arise. CleanTECH San Diego’s partnership with CyberTECH is a prime example of San Diego’s propensity for open collaboration between and across industries.”

Jason Anderson will serve on the Advisory Board of CyberTECH and Darin Anderson will join CleanTECH San Diego’s Board of Directors.

A Short Introduction: Interpreter for Embedded Target

One of my friends, Mark Williamsen, writes a blog about his various projects. Recently he sent me this link concerning his, Measurement Appliance Design Page. This is a deep topic (to me) concerning how to create interfaces for embedded devices that acquires and then measures data.

Here is Mark’s definition for a Measurement Appliance:

“A “Measurement Appliance” is simply a measuring instrument which exposes a file system interface. This is my definition, which I’m using to promote a new paradigm for data acquisition, measurement, and control. The concept is quite simple, based on the current generation of handheld devices which expose a file system interface via USB (Universal Serial Bus).”

I understand the thrust of his perspective for communicating with embedded devices relies upon the simple file system which is built into most computer systems. Mark describes his writings as, “simple proof-of-concept prototypes” that he would like to advance.

His description goes into a lot of detail, some of which is over my head and some has captivated my attention. Two references helped me better understand Mark’s idea:

Interpreter Pattern
Interpreters in Computing
Apparently the beauty and simplicity of his design revolves around the portability of text files stored on volumes that are automatically recognized by many standard computer systems that cause program execution by means of triggering filesystem calls!

Readers are asked to refer to Mark’s actual blog for more details. I’ve barely scratched the surface because this post is simply an introduction of the potential usage of this concept.

I can say Mark believes custom interpreters can be easily written for embedded devices using his idea and is a great solution for the Internet of Things (IoT) market.

This blog was written by Don Larson, NewAdventures

Where Does the Yellow Brick Road to IoT Lead?

In the Internet of Things: Fluidity of Purpose post, my main point spoke a little concerning how I perceive the ever-growing complexity of the Internet Of Things (IoT). I’ll admit there are probably an infinite number of perspectives one could take on that topic.

How would a person start and in particular, what path should a programmer interested in diving into IoT take? Someone after all might be starting out in Kansas and anticipating an adventure on the trip. Someone else might be from nearby Missouri and needs to be shown a great deal first prior to commitment. One approach I recently read about is the The ALLJOYN Open Source Project, briefly described by the ALLSEENALLIANCE as:

“AllJoyn is an open source project for the discovery and interoperability of things across brands, categories and platforms”

Qualcomm apparently is involved with promoting that path. But they are not alone. Apple with HomeKit and Google acquiring Nest Labs blaze other trails. It takes a certain amount of mind, heart, and courage for a programmer to jump in and devote time and energy with one of those approaches.

According to Daniel Price’s article, 5 Ways The Internet of Things Will Drive Cloud Growth, he assembled some generalized facts about IoT. On that linked page he displays a graphic of complexity for the landscape and says this about it:

“The internet of things is the latest term to describe the interconnectivity of all our devices and home appliances. The goal of the internet of things is to create universal applications that are connected to all of the lights, TVs, door locks, air conditioning, and kitchen appliances at once, while also learning peoples’ habits, what they like, and what they do not like. See the infographic below put together by the team of Matt Turck and Sutian Dong at First Mark Capital which helps illustrate this growing landscape.”

So far my theme here revolves around a person taking copious amounts of information into consideration before starting out on a particular path, of which I’ve only mentioned very few options.

It turns out that humans are not the only entities suitable for IoT exploration. This article, Robots Can Learn Faster By Crowdsourcing Information From The Internet, may serve as a wake-up call for humans to previously unrecognized competitors. Can robots find the shortest path towards successfully reaching IoT integration by sampling the very information we might publicize on the Internet chronicling our own progress? How fast might robots compile, absorb, and reuse the content of what this PC World article describes as the face of IoT in 2020? Below is a snippet of what it predicts:

“Intel, Samsung and Dell are among the founding members of Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), which later this year will deliver the first of many specifications for hassle-free data flow between devices, regardless of the OS, device type or wireless communication technology.

The OIC companies will contribute open-source code so developers can write common software stacks for communications and notifications across handsets, remote controls, wearables, appliances and other sensor devices.

The consortium will first establish standards around connectivity, discovery and authentication of devices, and data-gathering instruments in “smart homes,” consumer electronics and enterprises, said Gary Martz, product line manager at Intel.”

I find the future of IoT exciting. At the same time though, it’s difficult to know where to put the best time and effort forward.

Darin Andersen, CEO of iHive/CyberTech here in San Diego assembled a Flipboard consisting of many topics about IoT. Below are a couple of articles from Darin’s Flipboard collection that may help bring focus to something important to us all:

Could the ‘Internet of Things’ Really Save the U.S. Economy?
What the Internet Of Things Will Bring to the Workplace
San Diego is a prominent Technology Hub already on the map of IoT. Being a part of CyberHive/CyberTech here in San Diego is a significant part of that Hub. I wrote about that impetus about five week ago on this blog.

In many ways the Yellow Brick Road to IoT has a Center of Activity in San Diego. Stay tuned about news from this region as the future unfolds.

This blog was written by Don Larson, NewAdventures