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Netix Global bags contract to upgrade and maintain Mazaya Business

The three properties jointly owned by Mazaya Business Avenue will be operated and maintained under a connected buildings model, using Netix’s IoT and AI-based…

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Netix Global bags contract to upgrade and maintain Mazaya Business

The three properties jointly owned by Mazaya Business Avenue will be operated and maintained under a connected buildings model, using Netix’s IoT and AI-based open protocol solutions.

Netix Global BV, a SB Group International subsidiary specializing in vendor-neutral building automation solutions, has been awarded a contract by SAGA International Owners Association Management Services, a leading real estate management company with diversified investments and projects across the Middle East, to upgrade and integrate the operations and maintenance of its three towers in Dubai.

Mazaya Business Avenue Jointly Owned Property are an existing patron of ODS Global, a sister company of Netix Global BV that offers integrated building management services. The new contract reflects SAGA International’s continued faith in SB Group International and its subsidiaries, during an inflection point in the industry, marked by increased tech adoption and strategic partnerships.

The three towers, which are currently equipped with ODS Global’ BMS maintenance and state-of-the-art automation systems, will undergo vendor-agnostic integration and consolidation of operational data, via Netix’s intelligent Integrated Command & Control Centre (iICCC). IoT-based integration of BMS and multi-OEM assets leads to improved services, reduced operational costs, optimal resource utilization, and exceptional performances.

Netix’s iICCC process involves installation and integration of IoT and AI-based smart devices, to enable:

  • Hands-on, centralized control over portfolio data and operations
  • Real-time analytics insights, to enable data-driven decision making
  • Preventive and predictive maintenance of critical assets like HVAC
  • Reduced dependency on vendors and OEMs
  • Programmability and interoperability, for new services

“The multifaceted challenges encountered by the commercial real estate industry during the pandemic have led to a focus on tech-enabled integration of building operations and management,” said Sanjeevv Bhatia, Chairman of the SB Group. “Netix’s enterprise-scale platform will allow Mazaya Business Avenue Jointly Owned Property to maximize efficiencies and savings on its existing BMS infrastructure, while unlocking enhanced experiences for occupants”.

Mr. Samer Ganni, Managing Director of M/s. SAGA International Owners Association Management Services, the Owner Association Management company of Mazaya Business Avenue Jointly Owned Property, reiterated the need for intelligent, insight-led building operations, saying, “Vendor lock-in and reactive maintenance of individual equipment are at odds with present-day circumstances, which demand responsiveness, remote capabilities and seamless interoperability”.

“Our prior association with ODS Global, and a first-hand perspective on achievable outcomes, contributed to our decision to extend the partnership with the SB group International. We are looking forward to implementing an integrated and connected operational model, with the help of Netix Global,” Mr. Samer Ganni added.

Strategic partnerships between building owners and service providers are driving the next generation of integrated real estate business models. This trend draws upon increased emphasis on data security and sustainability in the built environment, and enhancing the ability of service providers to deliver to best-in-class service standards, consistently.

About Netix Global BV

Headquartered in Hoofdorp (Netherlands), Netix Global BV is a vendor neutral iIBMS automation solutions provider, with a strong focus on sustainable smart buildings, smart cities and energy efficiency. The company’s global presence currently extends from Europe to the Middle East, USA, India, Singapore, with upcoming debuts in Canada and Australia, as well as active opportunities being pursued in broader markets. Building on the strengths of an open framework and IoT technology driven approach, Netix Global BV is a premier provider of best-in-class building automation systems, solutions and services. The company’s comprehensive industry expertise ranges from design, engineering, integration, connectivity, testing, commissioning and maintenance of smart building eco-systems, and their components. Netix Global BV’s products and services include an intelligent Integrated Command & Control Center (iICCC); NETIX Uniview SUPRA, a feature rich supervisory software suite built on the Niagara platform; Managed services offering predictive maintenance for both buildings & machinery; Push to Talk global Mobile Apps that replace traditional Walkie Talkies; Smart Metering solutions and more. Underscoring the confidence, for which Netix Control Solutions stands out, as a class part, are the team behind this promising venture, who boast a collective experience featuring stints with Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Siemens and Delta Controls.

About Mazaya Business Avenue Jointly Owned Property

The Mazaya Business Avenue project comprises of three identical Commercial Towers, managed by SAGA International Owner Association Management since 2011. The Towers sit on the fringe of Jumeirah Islands and Jumeirah Lake Towers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The three identical towers are named as Mazaya Business Avenue AA1, Mazaya Business Avenue BB1 and Mazaya Business Avenue BB2. All of the towers stand at a height of 180 meters (591 ft), have 45 floors each and house predominantly commercial enterprises. Since the Building’s completion in 2011, it has attracted Forbes Most Promising UAE Start-up Companies and DMCC Most Innovative Start-up Companies as well as the leading DMCC Free zone companies. The Tower’ occupants also include Multi-National Corporations, Global Conglomerates and Independent Enterprises who operate in a multitude of industries, such as IT Support, IT Services, IT Communications, Architecture, Engineering, Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, FMCG, Training, Recruitment, International Freight Shipping, Contemporary Dance. The closest Dubai Metro Station to the Towers is 800 metres away at Jumeirah Lakes Towers (Dubai Metro). There are many local amenities less than 450 metres away in Jumeirah Lake Towers including restaurants, cafes, fast food takeaways, supermarkets, a typing centre and an Irish Bar.

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The three towers, which are currently equipped with ODS Global’ BMS maintenance and state-of-the-art automation systems, will undergo vendor-agnostic integration and consolidation of operational data, via Netix’s intelligent Integrated Command & Control Centre (iICCC). IoT-based integration of BMS and multi-OEM assets leads to improved services, reduced operational costs, optimal resource utilization, and exceptional performances.

Source: https://www.dubainewstyle.com/2021/01/30/159055/

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Security empowers the true potential of IoT

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Only a couple of years ago, Internet of Things (IoT) manufacturers were primarily concerned with hardware not software. Today, says Richard Hayton, CISO, Trustonic, IoT appliances have changed drastically, with software taking prominence and growing in terms of consumer-related applications.

Nowadays, the term “IoT” is mainly used for consumer-focused applications: these include connected vehicles, wearable technology and connected health, amongst other applications. According to Statista, forecast figures suggest that the IoT market for end-user solutions will grow to around US$1.6 trillion (€1.31 trillion) by 2025.

However, end-user solutions is not the only market for the Internet of Things. Organisational and industrial applications of IoT devices are also on the rise, especially within the manufacturing and healthcare sectors.

Security and IoT

As the breads of IoT applications expands, there is an increasing need to reuse both hardware and software platforms. Software re-use, while it may have positive aspects, increases the security impact of any vulnerability that can be exploited. A library or subsystem designed for one use case, may be reused in an application the original author had no foresight of.

The industry is learning fast and “secure boot” and “secure software update” are starting to become more commonplace. Whilst these techniques are important, they are not a panacea. Especially for when devices store or enable information of high value to an attacker, such as sensitive personal data, or access credentials to data stored elsewhere.

Secure boot and security updates provide a first level of defence, but from a security perspective it is best to assume that this defence will sometimes be breached. If these are the only defence, then once breached, any data on the device is lost, and the attacker is free to abuse the device to attack elsewhere.

Introducing a trusted execution environment

A broader approach to security is to provide multiple zones or environments for the software on a device to isolate and protect them from attack, and to reduce the impact of a successful attack. Some environments those storing or manipulating sensitive data will be specifically designed with security as the primary aim.

Technologies provided by modern chipsets, such as Arm TrustZone, can provide an isolated zone that is protected by the CPU hardware and secure boot, and that remains secure, even if other parts of the device are compromised. Trusted Execution Environments built using this technology are designed with a “defence in depth” approach, focusing on code that is cryptographically signed, and APIs certified by independent bodies against attack. Software running in such environments can also prove their legitimacy to external cloud servers, making it far harder for an attacker to subvert the broader IoT ecosystem.

Richard Hayton

For an individual, a cyberattack via their devices can be devastating, stealing personal data, and potentially enabling identity theft or broader criminal activity such as abusing payment credentials stored on an IoT device, or using a breached device to attack other devices in a home network.

For a device manufacturer, and for the industry as a whole, attacks can have even larger impact. Once consumer trust in a brand is lost it is very hard to regain, and consumers will rapidly dismiss brands, or entire product segments if the risk/benefit trade-off does not seem reasonable. This statement is even more true of regulated markets, such as medical or commercial IoT, where regulators are quick to act if a product is found lacking.

A way forward

In the past, security was not a buying decision. That is changing. Regulators across the globe are requiring some basic hygiene for Consumer IoT such as secure boot and removal of default passwords. This is a great start, but it is undoubtedly only the first step and, as discussed above, is only one part of a security strategy. The industry can expect future regulation, but really what is needed is a move from security as a tick box to security as an integral feature of the product.

The author is Richard Hayton, CISO, Trustonic.

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The industry is learning fast and “secure boot” and “secure software update” are starting to become more commonplace. Whilst these techniques are important, they are not a panacea. Especially for when devices store or enable information of high value to an attacker, such as sensitive personal data, or access credentials to data stored elsewhere.

Source: https://www.iot-now.com/2021/05/28/110329-security-empowers-the-true-potential-of-iot/

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Ericsson intros industrial IoT workforce safety device for mining

Ericsson has combined with Swedish duo Sigma Connectivity and Mobilaris on a cellular IoT tracking device for the mining industry.

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Ericsson has combined with industrial design consultancy Sigma Connectivity and industrial IoT firm Mobilaris to produce a cellular IoT tracking device for the mining industry, and other industrial environments. The trio, all based in Sweden, said the wearable NB-IoT / LTE-M device uses “sensors, monitoring, and real-time positioning” to issue proximity triggers and collision alerts when workers come into danger.

The unit, designed by Sigma Connectivity and developed by Mobilaris, responds to vehicles and moving assets, as well as gas emissions, humidity levels, barometric pressure, and temperature, they said. It is also ‘5G-ready’, said Ericsson, which has enabled it for global usage via its IoT Accelerator platform. It is based on Ardesco, Ericsson’s cellular IoT device reference design, developed with Sigma Connectivity and available via the IoT Accelerator.

Ericsson said the Ardesco design helped Mobilaris accelerate development and commercialization of the device. It has been certified for use in Europe, North America, and Australia. It has been deployed at industrial sites in Sweden, as part of a 5G partnership programme with mobile operator Telia to verify 5G and IoT solutions across its public and private networks.

Andreas Ericsson, chief executive at Mobilaris Industrial Solutions, said: “We are developing a disruptive workforce safety offer that enables the zero-accident vision.”

Henric Wainebro, business unit head for IoT at Sigma Connectivity, said: “Sigma Connectivity has the unique ability to embrace a customer’s vision and efficiently execute on it end-to-end. Combining this with Mobilaris’ focused determination paved the way for a truly successful collaboration and exciting journey ahead.”

Kyle Okamoto, general manager of IoT at Ericsson, said: “This work demonstrates the power of collaboration to bring cellular IoT devices to the market that positively impact industries and people’s safety.”

Henric Wainebro, business unit head for IoT at Sigma Connectivity, said: “Sigma Connectivity has the unique ability to embrace a customer’s vision and efficiently execute on it end-to-end. Combining this with Mobilaris’ focused determination paved the way for a truly successful collaboration and exciting journey ahead.”

Source: https://enterpriseiotinsights.com/20210517/channels/news/ericsson-intros-industrial-workforce-safety-device-for-mining

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Accelerating digital transformation for a greener future

Bhushan Patil of Tech Mahindra

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As countries and economies prepare to come out of the pandemic, the way we run businesses will never be the same again, says Bhushan Patil, SVP EMEA, Tech Mahindra.

The pandemic accelerated digital transformation coupled with rapid adoption of ways of working and an increased reliance on technology.

Emerging technologies such as 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and the cloud have created a huge opportunity for businesses to transform their products, processes and improve profitability. The trick will be to do this while improving the sustainability rating of every business.

IDC predicts that by 2022, 70% of organisations across the globe will upgrade their adoption of digital technologies to boost employee productivity, business resilience and create new revenue streams. At the same time, businesses also have the responsibility to move towards sustainable business models to combat global climate change.

The organisations that succeed in years to come will be those that embed sustainability into the very core of their operations.

Taking action to tackle climate change

Climate change has been high on the news agenda in recent years, with one of the most significant events coming in 2019, when the UK, New Zealand and France made laws that commit them to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. But governments cannot achieve this alone and businesses will play a significant role in achieving their goals of a zero-carbon, resilient and future-proof economy.

Across all sectors, companies are strategising ways to decarbonise their business models to create a greener future. Digital transformation, powered by 5G, Cloud, AI and IoT offer the best solutions to meet these goals.

While there have been concerns around 5G’s energy consumption, its adoption for smart manufacturing and IoT will enable remote monitoring, predictive maintenance, reduction in resource usage and an overall improvement in efficiency throughout the supply chain.

A recent O2 report titled A Greener Connected Future revealed that by implementing 5G solutions, the UK manufacturing sector has the potential to save 40 megatons of carbon emissions by 2035.

Cloud adoption will also drive use of more efficient data centres and the hyperscalers are increasingly running on carbon free clean energy. Google for example, has pledged to use carbon free energy 24/7 for 365 days by 2030.

Not just this, but cloud and AI have proven their sustainable capabilities in industries like healthcare. In the UK, NHS Digital reported that initiatives like moving NHS email servers to the cloud and improving its digital infrastructure could reduce 4,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.

Additionally, by implementing AI solutions during the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors and physicians were able to speed up the process of managing and analysing data, allowing for a quick turn-around in diagnosis and vaccinations, whilst also reducing waste through avoiding administrative processes.

We are seeing increased activism and pressure from consumers and employees alike on businesses to demonstrate their sustainability credentials. In order to be truly sustainable, business leaders must take a stance and operate in a way that aligns with the principles of ESG (environmental, social and governance).

Leading the change

We now live in an era where there is a multigenerational understanding of the importance of sustainability. Unily’s report titled Future of the sustainable workplace in the age of COVID-19 and climate change revealed that 65% of UK employees were more likely to work for a company with strong environmental policies. A further 63% expressed the desire to learn more green skills so that they can become more valuable in the workplace.

Wellness of employees, customers and environment before business will be the best agenda every business leader shall pursue to create a sustainable future. Businesses that can leverage new technologies to drive sustainability will not only see an increase in customer satisfaction but also improvements in operational efficiency and profitability.

Creating a sustainable future

As we look ahead, it’s critical for businesses to consider their responsibility to ensure a greener future.

There now exists an opportunity to take charge and drive a positive change. In order to achieve net-zero, businesses must transform their operating models and leverage new technologies to operate sustainably throughout their organisation.

The author is Bhushan Patil, SVP EMEA, Tech Mahindra.

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Source: https://www.iot-now.com/2021/05/13/109932-accelerating-digital-transformation-for-a-greener-future/

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