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In this two-part blog series, Bruce Powel Douglass, Ph.D.(Chief Evangelist, IBM Analytics) discusses security in the Internet of Things world, both in terms of the connection and well as the devices themselves.
Securing the Internet of Things. Part 1 – Security in a world of connected devices: Time was when smart embedded devices needed little or no security. They were, for the vast majority, disconnected devices that performed simple dedicated functions. Now, as we hear ever more about the Internet of Things (IoT), it seems everything is connected over the web. Washing machines are connected over the web. This allows unprecedented capabilities for both consumers to connect and manage their lives and for vendors to improve services, monitor usage patterns, deliver updates, and address emerging markets. It is not, however, without risk. [Read more]
Securing the Internet of Things. Part 2 - Securing the ‘Things’ of the IoT: In my last post I discussed the overall challenges of securing the Internet of Things. In this post I focus primarily on the "Things" of the Internet of Things. Certainly securing the cloud end is important as well, but there has always been far more emphasis on cloud security than on device security. I think there are a number of essential aspects of a development environment for designing secure systems [Read more]
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The Internet of Things now has a new YouTube channel which can be found here:
Currently the channel hosts more than 60 Maximo videos created by Support and Development with more to come.
Many of the videos give step by step demonstrations that can help with configuration and use of Maximo.
Titles now available on the channel include ...........
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IBM Smarter Support has released four videos covering the benefits of the organization.
These videos, as seen in the embedded playlist below, cover the high-level topics of: clients success, the value of smarter support, renewing subscription and services, and engaging with smarter support.
Direct links to all the videos can be found at:
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A new Items Master training module has been added to the Maximo 7.6 training. The training simulations have a short lecture, an exercise and end with a short quiz. Each simulation will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and can be repeated as many times as necessary. The training is open to all Business Partners and Customers at no cost. Please feel free to share this link as well so others may benefit from this trai
The Items Master Module topics and simulations include:
So check out the new Items Master module today at: http
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However, I hadn't yet signed up for Bluemix. The sign up process was very smooth and it didn't require a credit card to get started with the 30 days trial If you already have an IBM ID, you can use the same for signing up with Bluemix.
Here are the quick steps which I performed for getting the IoTF Boilerplate added to my Bluemix app:
1.> Login to Bluemix account – click on “Create a space”
Please use a unique name for your space. If you use a name for the space which already exists, the wizard updates you about the same.
2.> Once the space was created, scrolled through to Applications – “CREATE AN APP” and chose to create a web app.
3.> There are a set of Boilerplates which help us experience the power of Bluemix with the most minimal additional work being required to be done by the end user.
Please ensure that the Region is selected as US South for the IoTF Boilerplate to be available for selection.
Select “Internet of Things Foundation Starter IBM” Boilerplate and use “SDK for Node.js™”
4.> Once the application is created, we would have the Routes URL for the application, clicking on the same would take us to the Node-RED for Internet of Things landing page
Node-RED provides a browser-based editor that makes it easy to wire together flows that can be deployed to the runtime in a single click. The version running here has been customized for the IBM Internet of Things Foundation.
It’s strongly recommended to secure your Node-RED flow editor with a username and password, as otherwise anyone who can guess the URL of this application will be able to launch the flow editor and access your IoT device data
5.> By default, this is the information that you’d see in the Node-RED flow editor:
The flow of events is generally from left to right i.e. you’d have your input nodes on the left and output at the right side of the editor window.
6.> Double click on the “IBM IoT App in” input node. This would bring up the Edit node window. Keep all the values as default and the only input that you’d need to provide is the “Device Id”
This Device Id is the value that you can get from the top right corner of the simulated device. if you've read my earlier blog, the Device Id that had been assigned to the simulated device is “CC:BA:99:12:B7:62” and this is what you'd use as the value in the input node.
7.> Once the device id has been entered, click on the “Deploy” icon on the right corner of the Node-RED Editor. If you’ve entered the correct device id, the deployment should be successful and you’d start seeing the messages in the “debug” output pane on the right of the Node-RED editor window.
8.> You can analyse that based on the temperature of the simulated device, the output debug prints out whether the temperature is within safe limits or critical.
9.> There is a switch which is inserted which has been configured. When the temperature from the simulated device arrives, if the temperature is less than 40, it’s routed to output # 1 which has a debug/output node added to display that the temperature is within safe limits. If the temperature is greater than 40 then it goes to output # 2 which has a debug/output node added which displays that the temperature is critical.
You can play around with the various options that the Node-RED Editor provides for input, output, functions etc. The standard example has the output messages sent to debug output nodes, you can replace them with any of the provided social media nodes. For example, you can send a Tweet to an authorized Twitter account if the Temperature goes beyond a certain level, so that corrective actions can be taken.
The above demo is just the tip of the iceberg. Given the immense amount of features and flexibility that IBM Bluemix and IBM IoTF provide, I would say its upto an individual’s creativity and skills on how best they would like to leverage the power of these platforms for building innovative applications quickly and efficiently!
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There is a lot of buzz going around the Internet of Things (IoT). Its being referred to as the next big thing, as a revolution which will have an impact on our day to day life!
I was very excited when I read various news articles relating to IoT. The only thing that was holding me back from getting started with trying to learn about IoT was, I would need a "Thing" from the "Internet of Things" which I could connect, get data and have some analysis done with the collected data.
I was also concerned that to do all those tasks, I'd need a very good command on a coding/programming language. Well, I'm not an expert on coding and my day job doesn't require me to code day in day out either. I thought I'd just have to suffice myself with reading about IoT and or watch videos around this.
Recently, I had an opportunity to attend a demo on the capabilities of IBM Internet of Things Foundation (IoTF). For the first time I was able to see a real life demo of a device being connected to the IoTF and we could visualize and analyze data that was being collected from the connected device. All of this without one feeling lost. This was so cool!
*IBM IoTF: is, it’s a fully managed, cloud-hosted service that is designed to simplify and derive the value from IoT devices and it’s available through Bluemix and the IBM Marketplace. http
*IBM Bluemix: IBM Bluemix is an open-standards, cloud platform for building, running, and managing applications. With Bluemix, developers can focus on building excellent user experiences with flexible compute options, choice of DevOps tooling, and a powerful set of IBM and third-party APIs and services. http
While the demo was being presented, I couldn't help but appreciate the fact that each and every step in the life cycle of connecting the device and getting data was so very straight forward and uncluttered.
Armed with the information gathered from the demo, I ventured out to start exploring IoTF. I was pleasantly surprised that not only could one connect almost any of the most popular devices to IoTF, there is also an option of "Device Simulator" i.e. IBM IoTF provides a means by which even if you don't have a physical device but still want to sample the IBM Internet of Things Foundation, you can use simulated data.
The simulated device sends Temperature, Humidity & the Object Temperature at periodic intervals of time. These values can be changed manually by the user, with the help of the up/down arrows to increase or decrease the values.
Image # 1: The IBM IoTF simulated device.
Once the simulated device is connected, you just have to provide the Device ID to start visualizing the Temp
Image # 2: Visual representation of data being sent by the simulated device.
A hands on experience of IoTF certainly encouraged me to continue my journey of exploring more in the IBM Internet of Things Foundation.
There is no sign up or login required for exploring the "Device Simulator" in IBM IoTF either, so you too can explore it at your convenience.
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Now THAT is a great question! IBM Watson IoT Support is a team of IBMers who are now part of the new IBM Watson Internet of Things organization supporting the tools makers like you need to build components and connected devices. IBM Watson IoT Support is focused on helping you, the makers, with your product questions by providing content relating to the various products covered by our new division.
Through our focused support of asset management and continuous engineering tools, we are here to provide you with the best support in the industry; to help you be successful with the applications and components to ensure your work on the connected devices in the Internet of Things brings you the right value.
The products we support here include:
There's no change in the way you will obtain support for the products you already own, the only change you'll likely see is the addition of a few new social channels like this blog, our new Twitter account, and our new Youtube channel to help get you the right content at the right time. Our technotes can all be found in their same locations per product, and the process for contacting support to open a Problem Management Request (PMR) remains the same as well.
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This is a short welcome to you all as we build our Notes from IBM IoT Support blog space. We have an amazing cadre of subject matter experts waiting to share their knowledge with you in this format, as well as on our associated Twitter and Youtube accounts, not to mention the great conversations occurring on the dW Answers forums.
So, sit back, grab a cuppa, and hang tight while we build the account structures and programs necessary to get you the right answers at the right times and connect you to the Internet of Things.