This article considers the use of artificial intelligence to help security professionals protect IoT systems. The Internet of Things (IoT) is still in its infancy, but threats to IoT systems and their potential for harm have become quite sophisticated. There are two reasons for this: the value of data and systems that IoT vulnerabilities can give access to; and the high number of potential attack vectors – discrete elements of IoT networks that are vulnerable to foul play. Artificial intelligence (AI) software and algorithms help security professionals to wrest control of this technological battleground back from hackers and protect the IoT as it reaches maturity. Only introduced in 2008, the Internet of Things and IoT systems are still fairly nebulous concepts, subjects of numerous and sometimes conflicting definitions.
The Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) is the combination of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies with the Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure to achieve more efficient IoT operations, improve human-machine interactions and enhance data management and analytics. AI can be used to transform IoT data into useful information for improved decision making processes, thus creating a foundation for newer technology such as IoT Data as a Service (IoTDaaS). AIoT is transformational and mutually beneficial for both types of technology as AI adds value to IoT through machine learning capabilities and IoT adds value to AI through connectivity, signaling and data exchange. As IoT networks spread throughout major industries, there will be an increasingly large amount of human-oriented and machine-generated unstructured data. AIoT can provide support for data analytics solutions that can create value out of this IoT-generated data.
Rob Gibbon, Product Manager at Canonical, and Gabriel Aguiar Noury, Robotics Product Manager at Canonical, the publisher of Ubuntu discuss their predictions and AI/ML & IoT trends in 2022. Whilst the AI/ML adoption trend accelerates, shadow IT environments and ungoverned cloud run costs will increasingly become an unacceptable, untenable marker of bad business. Organizations have become savvy, and discerning buyers are increasingly looking to move cost-sensitive, high run-rate applications back on-premise as effective private cloud options gain currency. "The IoT market is in a defining stage. People have adopted more and more IoT devices and connected them to the Internet. However, they've also downloaded apps onto their phones to control these devices, without even reading the terms and conditions. They've also been providing passwords and more sensitive data without understanding where they will be stored and how they will be protected. And even more importantly, they're using devices without checking if they are getting security updates. The Morris worm was the first computer worm that gained significant mainstream media attention after it infested millions of computers and paralyzed the Internet for several days. It was because of this scandal that the US took cybersecurity risks seriously. And now, just like in 1988, people are not thinking enough about security risks, so it is up to the IoT companies themselves to take control of the situation. In 2022, we predict that more and more governments will start demanding that IoT manufacturers declare how long IoT devices will keep receiving security maintenance to their customers up-front. The UK is one of the first countries that start working on such regulations, conscious of the interconnected risk that IoT devices bring. The global IoT market is expected to reach a value of $1386 billion USD by 2026 (up from $761 billion USD in 2020). Either the industry and governments start taking security risks seriously, or another Morris worm will force the industry to change."
It's been nearly a decade since the smart home introduced voice commands. Today, there are thousands of smart home devices, apps, services, skills and ways to add the internet to every inch of your home. In 2021, we saw small but significant updates to the smart home that set the stage for a big 2022. Here's what the next year in smart home tech could bring. Every year, we look forward to new products from major smart home brands and exciting new ideas from startups, too.
AI is being infused into the Internet of Things, setting the stage for significant improvements in manufacturing productivity, improved uptime, and reduced costs -- regardless of market segment. The traditional approach to improving manufacturing equipment reliability and efficiency is regular scheduled maintenance. While that is an improvement over just fixing or replacing equipment when it breaks, it's far from optimal. Even with periodic maintenance, equipment can suddenly break down, idling workers, delaying shipments, and disappointing customers. This is where AI fits in.
The smart connected home is the next step in our houses' growth and how we interact with them. The various systems in our houses are developing as AI technology improves, much as lighting has progressed from candles to gas to electricity. The smart home is rapidly expanding. While all of these new smart home technologies may appear intimidating and difficult at first, the introduction of artificial intelligence assistants and voice control has made it much easier to accept. Here is a list of the top 10 AI-powered smart home technologies for 2022.
As companies unveil their new smart home devices at the 2022 CES tech show, underway now in Las Vegas, much of the hype involves Matter, an open-source connectivity standard built around a shared belief that smart home devices should seamlessly integrate with other systems and be secure and reliable. If you like devices, you are probably among the 66% of households that have smart home devices, according to Deloitte. We also know you don't just stick with one company or brand, but probably have purchased from at least half a dozen different companies. That's why for any company launching a smart home device this year, having Matter support will be helpful. Not only is the protocol being developed by some of the biggest tech companies -- think Apple, Amazon and Google -- and smart home device makers, it is designed to finally fix the issues around fragmented smart home systems so that all of your devices can be easily set up and routed from one place.
After a good night's rest, you wake up to a familiar voice in the early hours of the morning. The moment your legs hit the floor, the screen walls light up and the familiar voice repeats, "Good morning sir, you are needed at the office in the next hour, for your presentation." The voice belongs to Alex, your IoT-enabled digital assistant. "You've got to be kidding me, Alex! Please, replay my presentation slides word for word. I do not want to miss any detail."
The internet of things and AI are groundbreaking business technologies on their own, but when they are combined, their benefits are magnified for enterprise users. IoT connects devices together, giving and receiving signals like a nervous system, while AI acts as a brain, receiving data, processing it and using it to make informed decisions that control the overall system. When joined together, they deliver intelligent, connected systems that can correct and heal themselves as needed -- forming the Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT). To appreciate the capabilities that AIoT can unleash, it is helpful to reflect on the impact IoT has already made on industry. With IoT technologies such as cloud computing and storage, as well as enhanced connectivity and machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, manufacturers have been able to complete three key tasks: connect machines, store data and make it meaningful.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term that describes the increasingly sophisticated ecosystems of online, connected devices we share our world with. The slightly odd name refers to the fact that the first iteration of the internet was simply a network of connected computers. As the internet grew, phones, office equipment like printers and scanners, and industrial machinery were added to the internet. Today, just about any device we use in our homes, offices, factories, or simply wear on our bodies can be online and connected, hence the internet of "things." IoT is a trend that is driving the ongoing digitization and datafication of society in many new and amazing ways.