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The IoT 2017 Conference and Exhibition held today at the Lago Conference Center have attracted all the leading figures in the IoT sector, technology, defense and civilian industries, IDF and the law enforcement, security and emergency agencies.
The unique challenges and solutions of the IoT in the military arena of the battlefield, as well as in the smart city, industry, transportation and more were presented at this unique and fascinating event organized by iHLS.
Among the main messages reflected in the conference, narrated by Col. (res.) Arik Davidi, were the understanding that the IoT has become part of reality in every sector around the world, but the devices and network are vulnerable to cyber attacks which might cause physical damages to the security of the devices and users alike. Security measures should then be integrated already during the design of the systems and platforms, and develop effective solutions that would not harm convenience and costs.
Among the Conference participants were Lt. Col. Oren Mazliah, Head of C2i (Command, Control & Information) & Simulators Branch, and Major Shauly Zeevi, Head of Tactical Command & Control Department, both from the IDF Technological Ground Division. They presented the IoBT, the Internet of Battlefield Things, and its applications for the infantry fighter. The devices may include connected sensors in the battlefield, wearable sensors and more. The complex challenges encompass extreme environmental conditions, lack of power sources and cellular infrastructure, cyber threats and more.
IoT cybersecurity was the focus of the presentation by Dr. Nathan Weiss, a senior scientist at IAI’s Cyber Division. The wide array of smart connected systems in the military context may include tactical communication systems, physiological status monitors, precision targeting systems, unmanned and autonomous systems, radiation and bio-detectors, temperature and audio sensors, thermal imaging, electro-optics, performance monitors etc. IAI offers various cybersecurity solutions, from hardware to cloud technologies. The complete response should include regulation, technology development, education of users, etc.
Most IoT endpoint devices are unsecure as they don’t have enough footprint to run security functions, said Aviram Zrahia, cybersecurity technology expert from Juniper Networks. The solution is the incorporation of security at the design phase, and the use of smart network infrastructures.
Ronnie Goldberg, CEO, and Ron Gertner, Head of HLS division, both from UControl Wireless, presented IoT connectivity solutions and security applications.
The smart city’s urban infrastructures include the smart management of energy, transportation and traffic, video surveillance, emergency services, etc. Sagi Gurfinkel, ACiiST CEO, spoke about the MetropoLAN – a technology for urban IoT infrastructure.
The challenges confronted by smart public transportation were elaborated by Israel Rom (Russo), CIO, Egged. The bus is an IoT platform with various connected systems – ticketing, safety and maintenance, communication, fleet management, etc. Monitoring data is sent to the company’s back office and C2 center.
Cellular IoT was the topic of Ishai Shamir, product engineer at OriginGPS. The company’s technology simplifies the project development of IoT devices to 6-8 weeks.
Among the speakers were also mPrest CEO Nathan Barak, who focused on challenges and solutions in Industrial IoT (IIoT); and Dr. Chen Menachem, Deputy R&D VP, Tadiran, who spoke about the IoT power sources.