It’s that time of year when you mow the yard a little tighter on Wednesday so that come Saturday you can fire up the grill, plop yourself in the La-z-Boy®, grab the clicker, and watch your favorite football team. As with the rest of life, technology has been increasingly entering the football world. Whether it’s the use of ear pieces in helmets, better surfaces to play on, or lighter weight equipment to increase player speed, everything seems to be getting an upgrade. IoT is getting in on the action as companies race to find ways to improve sports performance. What follows is a list of three of the most interesting areas where devices are being developed for football.
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This month provides me the opportunity to share several examples of recent IoT hacks, and demonstrate how one can introduce risks when adding smart devices to a network. Leveraging this survey of happenings in IoT security breaches, it serves as a reminder to the importance of security as IoT evolves. As we’ve talked about in recent posts, MQTT is one example of a standard that is evolving to help address some security concerns in the IoT space. However, as we’ll see in at least one example, if users of IoT devices are not willing to care about security themselves, no amount of fancy protocols will solve your all your problems. Without further delay, let’s read through some of the more interesting recent IoT hacks.
Like a kid at Christmas, IoT nerds everywhere can hardly contain their excitement for the upcoming release of the MQTT 5.0 connectivity protocol. For those of you who are past setting out cookies and carrots for the fat man and his deer and prefer to scrooge things up a bit, read on and learn about some of the exciting new features in MQTT 5.0.
In my last blog post, we discussed the use of the Publish-Subscribe design pattern. Near the end of that post we introduced MQTT, and in this blog post we shall go more in depth on MQTT. The motivation in exploring and learning about MQTT is that it is a standard used for IoT applications which addresses several concerns around the emerging IoT space; lack of standards, security, and privacy. Much of what is presented here about the standard can also be found across a variety of other websites including Wikipedia and the MQTT homepage, the latter of which is a wonderful resource for exploring the standard in depth.