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Wireless Networks

Z-Wave Devices Get Mandatory Security

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Z-Wave Devices Get Mandatory Security

The Z-Wave Alliance announces all Z-Wave devices require "strict and uniform" adoption of the Security 2 (S2) framework, the most advanced security for connected devices, controllers, gateways and hubs available.

The alliance board unanimously voted in favour of the addition of the S2 framework back in November 2016. From April 2017 a technical certification program administered through 3rd party test facilities in Europe, US and Asia will check all new certified devices carry the correct implementation of S2 security solutions containing rules for command classes, timers and device types. S2 devices should also be backwards compatible with existing devices on the market.

S2 removes the risk of devices getting hacked while included on the network, since devices are uniquely authenticated on the network via QR or pin-code included on the device itself. The addition of secure key exchange via Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hilman (ECDH) eliminates the threat of common hacks such as man in the middle and brute force, while the tunneling of Z-Wave over IP (Z/IP) traffic through a secure TLS 1.1 tunnel secures cloud communications.

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Cisco Wireless Networking for SMBs

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Cisco Wireless Networking for SMBs

Cisco releases a suite of wireless networking products aimed at small businesses and mid-market customers, including Aironet wireless access points (APs) and a Mobility Express software update.

The company offers a pair of new AP ranges-- the Aironet 1815 and 1540. Both are 802.22ac Wave 2 compliant, with the 1815 designed for indoor use while the 1540 aimed at outdoor use. The 1815 range consists of four APs, the 1815i (for small business use), 1815t (for teleworkers and micro-branch deployments), 1815w (wall-mountable unit) and the 1815m (more powerful and covers larger areas).

Meanwhile 1540 series APs promise to be tough enough to withstand what nature throws at them, making them ideal for outdoor shopping malls, truck stops or spreading wifi across an outdoor campus.

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Crestron Aims Zūm at App-Based Lighting Control

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Crestron Aims Zūm at App-Based Lighting Control

Crestron announces Zūm (pronounced "ZOOM"), a package of essential "building block" devices for the design, setup and management of app-based lighting control in any space.

The Zūm system includes wireless dimmers, switches and sensors, all engineered to work together wirelessly. Setup requires a few taps on a keypad, dimmer or mobile app, and a single load controller supports up to 32 devices. Each device has a wireless range of 45m in every direction, and mesh networking allows communications to hop from one device to the other, with no need for interface boxes or antennae.

The system can from standalone systems to centralised building-wide control and network management in "literally a snap," since the Zūm network bridge "snaps" into a Zūm load controller to add remote setup, daylighting, time clock scheduling, temporary overrides and other advanced capabilities.

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A Universal Language for the IoT

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A Universal Language for the IoT

The ZigBee Alliance takes to CES to unveil Dotdot-- a "universal language" for the devices making the Internet of Things (IoT), first seen at the show running over a Thread IP-based network.

As announcement release puts it, the majority of IoT devices do not "speak" the same language, even if they use the same wireless technology. This leads to arguably needless complexity for developers, while limiting customers to single-vendor systems. Enter Dotdot, an application layer at the heart of ZigBee technology developers can apply across other IoT networks.

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Bluetooth 5 Officially Adopted

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Bluetooth 5 Officially Adopted

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) gives the final stamp of approval to Bluetooth 5 as the latest version of the wireless networking standard-- one with longer range, faster speed and larger broadcast message capability.

Specifically, Bluetooth 5 promises up to x4 the range, x2 the speed and x8 the broadcast message capability compared to the previous version. As a result it should be able to power whole home and building coverage, enable more responsive, high-performance device and allow for more context relevant solutions. Also included are updates helping reduce potential interference with other wireless technologies, allowing it to coexist with other networking standards within the Internet of Things (IoT).

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