This current digital age could become a forgotten era #tech #history #software

Could The Digital Age Be Forgotten? A Web Pioneer Thinks It’s Possible

Vint Cerf, of the original Internet Pioneers, thinks that the current digital age we’re living in could become a forgotten era. A post on Hacked explains that, “Cerf’s concerns lay in the rapid progression of technology. File formats that were common just a decade ago have become deprecated in favor of newer, more efficient formats. Civilizations like Rome used tablets and carvings to document their civilization, and these have withstood the ages.”

The article speaks of the proprietary nature of much of the software and file formats we use in this current age and how it relates to old technologies becoming deprecated. It also suggests some solutions to ultra long file storage such as with encoding data onto DNA.

Hurry, time to delete all those drunk tweets and status updates before they become encoded in DNA for all eternity!

Microsoft introduces Windows as a Service #waas #tech #it #management

With Windows 10, there are two release types: feature updates that add new functionality two to three times per year, and quality updates that provide security and reliability fixes at least once a month.

J. Decker at Microsoft Windows IT Center recently posted an article explaining the streamlined IT management of Windows 10 workstations and the concept of Windows as a Service. Some of the changes include:

  • new features will be delivered to the Windows Insider community as soon as possible — during the development cycle, through a process called flighting — so that organizations can see exactly what Microsoft is developing and start their testing as soon as possible
  • most Windows 7–compatible desktop applications will be compatible with Windows 10 straight out of the box. Windows 10 achieved such high compatibility because the changes in the existing Win32 application programming interfaces were minimal
  • new hardware is not needed for Windows 10 as any device capable of running Windows 7 or later can run Windows 10
  • there are two release types: feature updates that add new functionality two to three times per year, and quality updates that provide security and reliability fixes at least once a month
  • the LTSB servicing model prevents Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB devices from receiving the usual feature updates and provides only quality updates to ensure that device security stays up to date.

 

Here’s a little more information about Quality Updates which will replace the Monthly Updates from previous versions of Windows.

“In Windows 10, rather than receiving several updates each month and trying to figure out which the organization needs, which ultimately causes platform fragmentation, administrators will see one cumulative monthly update that supersedes the previous month’s update, containing both security and nonsecurity fixes. This approach makes patching simpler and ensures that customers’ devices are more closely aligned with the testing done at Microsoft, reducing unexpected issues resulting from patching. The left side of Figure 1 provides an example of Windows 7 machines in an enterprise and what their current patch level might look like. On the right is what Microsoft’s test environment PCs contain. This drastic difference is the basis for many compatibility issues and system anomalies related to Windows updates.”

According to Ms. Decker, “[the] improvements focus on maximizing customer involvement in Windows development, simplifying the deployment and servicing of Windows client computers, and leveling out the resources needed to deploy and maintain Windows over time.”

You can read the full post here.

The Increasing Threat to Network Infrastructure Devices and Recommended Mitigations #US-CERT bulletin

Multiple Vulnerabilities in Cisco ASA Software

The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has released a bulletin with warnings for Network Infrastructure teams related to Cisco ASA devices. These network devices provide firewall and Virtual Private Network (VPN) functionality and are often deployed at the edge of a network to protect a site’s network infrastructure, and to give remote users access to protected local resources.

In June 2016, NCCIC received several reports of compromised Cisco ASA devices that were modified in an unauthorized way. The ASA devices directed users to a location where malicious actors tried to socially engineer the users into divulging their credentials.

It is suspected that malicious actors leveraged CVE-2014-3393 to inject malicious code into the affected devices. The malicious actor would then be able to modify the contents of the Random Access Memory Filing System (RAMFS) cache file system and inject the malicious code into the appliance’s configuration. Refer to the Cisco Security Advisory Multiple Vulnerabilities in Cisco ASA Software (link is external)for more information and for remediation details.

US-CERT goes on to explain that Cisco released an update to address an SNMP vulnerability (CVE-2016-6366).

You can read the full bulletin here.

Leaders in #Vancouver and #Seattle talk about a #tech corridor between the two cities

Next Big Tech Corridor? Between Seattle and Vancouver, Planners Hope

There’s plans in the works to create a tech corridor between Seattle and Vancouver. A report from the New York Times found ideas being thrown around for a dedicated lane for self-driving vehicles.

“A group of Seattle techies proposed … a dedicated lane for autonomous vehicles on Interstate 5, the highway connecting Seattle to the Canadian border. The plan — which relies on autonomous vehicles that still need a lot of work — would not shave much time off the commute between the cities, but could make the ride less tedious by letting travelers work or watch a movie, said Tom Alberg, a managing director at Madrona Venture Group, a Seattle venture capital firm, and an author of the proposal.”

Other ideas may include a high speed rail line. It was stated in the report that the housing costs in Vancouver are higher than San Francisco while the average tech Salary in Vancouver at $49,000 is about half the salary paid in San Francisco.

 

 

Changes coming to Skype for Business include Mac and iOS integration enhancements #audio #video #business

Microsoft Skype for Business PSTN conferencing from Microsoft allows anyone to join your Skype Meetings using only a telephone.

Microsoft announced some updates to Skype for Business this week. According to a blog post from Gurdeep Singh Pall at Microsoft Office Blogs there is a big focus on Mac integration.

“… the new Skype for Business for Mac will be available in October. The new client has been written from the ground up using the modern Mac programming language, Swift. It provides high-definition audio and video, in addition to features like one-click join for meetings and edge-to-edge video and desktop sharing to make full use of a screen.”

Gurdeep goes on to explain how Skype for Business calls on iOS will work exactly like any other cellular call on an iPhone.

“As part of our efforts to build deeper native integration on iOS and Android, we’re also pleased to be rolling out enhancements to the Skype for Business experience on iPhone staring in October. Using the Apple CallKit framework, Skype for Business calls now work just like a cellular call on your iPhone. You can accept a call via the lock screen or put a Skype for Business call on hold to take a cellular phone call—it works just like a phone. Both clients deliver a first-class Skype for Business experience to Mac and iOS users.”

Read the full article here.

 

 

Windows 8.1 won’t install updates #microsoft #sccm #security #deployment #patch

Microsoft Windows 8.1

For those of you out there that are still struggling with Windows 8.1, I have some help for you today. For a few weeks I’ve been wondering why my 8.1 workstations only had about 13 Windows hot fixes installed. If I launched a command window and typed the “systeminfo” command it would say 13 hotfixes installed. Now it’s nearly 2017 so what’s the deal here you may ask. Well here’s the steps to resolve the missing hot fixes problem.

To cut to the chase, the missing fix is KB2919355.  Without this fix you will essentially be stuck and unable to move forward with your patching. But before you install this cumulative fix you must have the pre-requisite KB2919442 installed!

My sleuthing started courtesy of this report at CNET,

“Windows 8.1 users who have not yet installed the major update rolled out in April [2014] will not be able to install future patches and bug fixes for the OS.”

“That requirement was first revealed when Microsoft launched the so-dubbed Windows 8.1 Update in early April. But a Microsoft spokeswoman confirmed to CNET that the requirement is now in place starting with the June Patch Tuesday updates rolling out today.”

“The majority of Windows 8.1 customers have installed the Windows 8.1 update,” Microsoft spokeswoman Jill Lovato told CNET in an email on Monday. “For those who have not yet made the transition, those newer updates offered with this month’s Update Tuesday will be considered ‘not applicable.’ Customers’ infrastructure will continue to function; however, it should be noted that they can’t consume any further updates until they apply the Windows 8.1 Update.”

So after KB2919355 installed I hit the mother-lode and Windows detected 247 updates. I installed them and I’m relieved now that I figured this out. By the way if you’re using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) you’ll need to change some attributes for the KB2919355 update. The maximum run time should be changed from 10 to 60 minutes (the install consumes up to 3.5GB apparently) . Also change the priority from normal to critical (because without this update you can’t move forward).

 

 

 

Android device performance lags behind iOS #smartphones #tablets #technology #pr

Samsung S6 smartphone

Android devices are no match for their iOS counterparts when it comes to device performance, according to the Q1 2016 State of Mobile Device Performance and Health report released today by Blancco Technology Group. Based on diagnostics tests run on millions of iOS and Android devices via the SmartChk platform, the report reveals a glaring disparity in failure rates for Android devices (44 percent) and iOS devices (25 percent) during the first quarter of 2016. What’s more – out of the 44 percent of Android devices that failed, the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Lenovo K3 Note models had the highest failure rates.

These findings come off the heels of Kantar Worldpanel ComTech’s latest smartphone market share report, which shows that Android commanded the lion’s share of the mobile operating system (OS) market share for the three-month period ending February 29, 2016. In particular, Android saw considerable sales growth in various parts of the world, including the United States, Europe, China, Japan and Australia – leaving iOS, Windows and other operating systems in its dust.

“Android devices seem to be a contradiction in terms,” said Pat Clawson, CEO, Blancco Technology Group. “On the one hand, Android is the number one operating system in terms of global market share. But despite this advantage, Android device performance still lags behind iOS and tends to be plagued by high rates of crashing apps and app cache. With the launch of new smartphone models this year – such as Samsung S7, LG G5 and the rumored iPhone 7 – it will be interesting to see how Android device performance stacks up against iOS in the coming months.”

Key highlights from the Q1 2016 trend report include:

  • Out of the 25 percent of iOS devices that failed, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s models had the highest failure rates – at 25 percent and 17 percent, respectively.
  • While dual SIM emerged as a common source of performance issues in Europe and Asia, it was not prevalent in North America.
  • Crashing apps were detected on 74 percent of Android devices, while open/cached apps were found on 44 percent of Android devices.
  • A significant portion of the top 10 Android crashing apps in Q1 2016 were security-related, including Lookout, 360 Security, CM Security and AVG AntiVirus.
  • Device failure rates were significantly higher in Asia (55 percent) than in North America (27 percent) andEurope (35 percent).
  • ‘No Trouble Found’ returns were highest in North America (73 percent), whereas they were far lower inAsia (45 percent) and Europe (65 percent).

Clawson concluded, “Our data’s value goes far beyond providing a glimpse into device performance issues and trends. By using our analytics dashboard and business intelligence, mobile network operators and OEMs can actually see real improvements to their business, such as a more efficient post-sales customer experience, increased foot traffic, upsell opportunities, fewer NTF returns and reduced customer churn. For enterprise businesses, our data can help get C-level buy in to implement diagnostics tools as a way to cut down on unnecessary IT/support desk workloads, manpower and costs.”

 

Security Perks Of The IoT

Digital Security

In recent months, there have been a number of articles written calling into question the security of the Internet of Things. This is a perfectly valid talking point that was inevitably going to come up as an issue. The whole point of the IoT is to connect devices to one another via WiFi. Given that we already live in an age of increasing concern over digital security and Internet hacking, it follows naturally that the IoT amplifies those concerns. Think of it this way: if you already need to be mindful of securing your home WiFi network against digital threats, you now also have to consider any other devices connected to that network in an IoT setup.

All that is to say that there are some very legitimate security concerns associated with the use of IoT devices. Somewhat lost in this discussion, however, is the fact that there are still many IoT practices that have been put to use in homes and in businesses that are designed to improve security. Fortifying digital networks is an effort unto itself, but a lot of the use of the IoT as it currently exists is in using such networks to make people, products, and locations safer from non-digital threats.

This is perhaps clearest in private homes, where the “smart home” concept we frequently hear about has a lot to do with security. The truth of the matter is that modern home security systems have been pretty advanced for some time now. However, an article at Innovation Enterprise points out that the IoT has taken advanced home security and given us more control over it. The obvious example is that we now have the ability to do so many things remotely, such as turning systems on and locking doors. It’s also mentioned that the IoT systems in place in a home can be used to improve security monitoring. For instance, if your television is hooked up and a burglar attempts to steal it, you can automatically be sent a message that the TV has been unplugged.

A similar monitoring of possessions and property security is taking place through the IoT on a much larger scale in the world of business. A blog post at Networkfleet discusses the various ways in which the IoT is being implemented in fleet management for large companies with shipping divisions, including measuring vehicle diagnostics, automated GPS routing, etc. There are also benefits with regard to the protection of assets. The post also discusses that IoT use in major companies can be as thorough as to involve small sensors equipped with internal antennae on containers of goods and individual pieces of equipment. On a major scale, this gives fleet managers and businesses as a whole an unprecedented perspective not just on where their vehicles and drivers are but on the location and security of individual pieces of inventory.

And finally, we’re also seeing the IoT helping with security in business where office spaces are concerned, rather than simply with regard to inventory. Much of this branch of IoT implementation looks very similar to what we might discuss with regard to home security, but there are specific business-related perks worth mentioning. Inc.’s post on the topic pointed to two in particular: the ability to change locks with ease, and the opportunity to use advanced security cameras. The point regarding locks is actually an important one for office managers and business owners to consider. Basically, if an employee leaves suddenly or is fired, locks don’t have to be changed via a slow repair process; you can just change lock codes through a mobile device connected to digitally controlled locking mechanisms. The security camera concept is more about peace of mind, but it’s still worth noting t
hat IoT-based cameras can send a feed directly to any mobile device, meaning you can have eyes on a business at all times.

Again, there are plenty of security risks associated with the spread of the IoT as well. But the features and practices discussed here are meant to underscore that there are still a lot of major security advancements being made thanks to broader understanding and use of the IoT.

Free cloud computing service helps Canadian small businesses

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today announced that over 600 Canadian startups across a range of industries have taken advantage of its DAIR cloud service.

Cloud computing enables businesses to use virtual computing, network and data storage resources on an as-needed basis, with the flexibility to scale these resources based on their needs at any given time. This means that Canadian businesses can develop, test, and demonstrate new products and services that simulate a range of potential scenarios – like different transaction volumes or geographic variations – while experimenting with a range of development options to determine the optimal method for building and launching their cloud-based products.

“CANARIE’s free cloud computing service helps small and medium-sized businesses become more innovative without incurring additional overhead costs,” says the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism. “The Government of Canada is pleased to support services like DAIR, which makes it easier for Canadian businesses to bring products to market.”

“Cloud technologies are disruptive to the way companies operate, and the faster Canadian businesses can adopt them into their business models, the more competitive they will be on the global stage,” says Randy Jones, Senior Director, Technology Innovation at CANARIE. “With DAIR, startups can experiment and test ideas and approaches in a risk-free environment. Our aim with this service is for Canadian startups to gain the experience and knowledge they need to be in a strong position to succeed when they launch commercially.”

“In addition to ensuring our data stays in Canada, DAIR offers high quality, reliable, scalable, and secure cloud infrastructure that supports our team as we continue to refine our product offering,” says Pat Crosscombe, Founder and CEO of BoardSpace, a developer of document and workflow solutions for boards of directors. “DAIR has been invaluable as we continue to evolve, testing integration with e-commerce platforms and refining our onboarding processes.”

Other innovative Canadian startups taking advantage of the flexibility and power of the DAIR cloud include:

  • Advance Property eXposure’s enterprise software uses smart mobile technology to deliver to first responders, secure, digital information such as building layouts, exits, electrical shutoffs, and building contact information reliably within seconds. Information is critical for situational awareness and their solution helps responders plan their approach while on route and save precious minutes in time-sensitive situations.
  • BOS Forestry develops software solutions to help manage information flow in the forestry industry – from planning the harvest, to cutting and weighing the timber, to tracking its transport to the mill, right through to sending harvest information to relevant government departments.
  • Curatio has created a mobile health platform that connects individuals with chronic health issues to a circle of support, including family, friends, caregivers, and medical professionals, with a goal of better managing ongoing treatment and wellness.
  • EDMS integrates dental clinic data from different dental software programs to help corporate owners manage and interpret data generated from a wide range of clinic systems. EDMS’ common reporting platform supports better decision-making and forward planning.
  • Identos offers a range of security infrastructure solutions for mobile applications. Identos developers were able to collaborate with early customers on product development and evolution in real time by helping these customers test their application prototypes using DAIR.

Any Canadian small or medium-size company (< 500 employees) may apply to use DAIR to develop, test, or demonstrate products.  More information on DAIR, along with a link to apply, may be found at >canarie.ca/cloud.

A range of case studies exploring how Canadian businesses are using the cloud to power product development and accelerate their time to market may be found here: canarie.ca/cloud/case-studies.

Want a quicker view of DAIR? Watch the video here: youtu.be/oye-Er_83lQ

About CANARIE

CANARIE designs and delivers digital infrastructure, and drives its adoption for Canada’s research, education and innovation communities. CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy.

CANARIE evolves the national ultra-high-speed backbone network that enables data-intensive, leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at almost 2,000 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network.

CANARIE also leads the development of research software tools that enable researchers to more quickly and easily access research data, tools, and peers. In support of Canada’s ICT sector, CANARIE offers cloud computing resources to startups to accelerate product development, and links a powerful network of public and private sector partners in a Centre of Excellence for Next Generation Networks (CENGN).

Twelve provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, collectively form Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). This powerful digital infrastructure connects Canadians to national and global data, tools, colleagues, and classrooms that fuel the engine of innovation in today’s digital economy.

Established in 1993, CANARIE is a non-profit corporation, with major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.

For more information, please visit: www.canarie.ca.

Linksys Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA7500)

LINKSYS EA7500 MAX-STREAM™ AC1900 MU-MIMO GIGABIT ROUTER

Linksys, the first to sell 100 million routers globally and a leader in networking solutions for the home and business, today announced the availability of its Linksys Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA7500). The new Linksys AC1900 MU-MIMO router leverages the 802.11ac Wave 2 MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple Input, Multiple Output) technology, which helps ensure uninterrupted Wi-Fi connectivity to multiple devices in the home and functions as if multiple devices have their own dedicated router. With MU-MIMO, the whole household can enjoy 4K and HD TV streaming to multiple devices as well as play video games, listen to music, check email, shop, and more – all at the same time.

Perfect for families with multiple users with their own streaming devices, the Max-Stream AC1900 leverages MU-MIMO functionality which helps make Wi-Fi networks more efficient when delivering high bandwidth 4K streams to multiple devices at the same time. Market research firm DisplaySearch/IHSrecently reported shipments of 4K Ultra HDTVs reached 6 million in North America in 2015 and forecasts to double to 12 Million in 2016.

Linksys smart wifi
Linksys smart wifi

“If you have or are planning to purchase a 4K TV you will need a Max-Stream router to ensure you have a seamless 4K online streaming experience,” said Justin Doucette, director product management, Linksys. “A single stream of 4K content takes a minimum of 20 Mbps to maintain a consistent stream, and when you combine that with multiple streams plus normal Wi-Fi use from gaming, internet surfing, IoT connectivity and music streaming, it adds up fast. Max-Stream will enable multiple streams of Wi-Fi to occur so users can have the ultimate 4K and networking experience.”

The Next-Gen Max-Stream AC1900 can provide users with combined speeds up to 1.9 Gbps* and the range they need to connect all their devices in the home and at the same time. Also included is Smart Wi-Fi technology which makes it easy to set up and control your home Wi-Fi from anywhere using the Smart Wi-Fi app on your mobile device.

The EA7500 features:

·         Next-Gen AC Wi-Fi – 802.11ac Wave 2 with MU-MIMO Technology for uninterrupted Wi-Fi connections to multiple devices at the same time

·         Qualcomm IPQ 1.4GHz Dual Core Processor

·         Dual-band AC1900 Wireless speeds up to 1300 Mbps 5 GHz + 600 Mbps 2.4GHz, which is a combined speed up to 1.9 Gbps*

·         Four Gigabit LAN Ethernet ports One Gigabit WAN for wired speeds up to 10x faster than fast Ethernet

·         One USB 3.0 and One USB 2.0 ports for connecting printers, storage and more

·         Three external and adjustable antennas for maximum coverage

·         Manage and monitor your network and easily control Wi-Fi devices remotely on a smart phone with the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app

·         Advanced WPA/WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall helps keep the network safe

 

 

The Linksys AC1900 MU-MIMO router will help address buffering issues customers are having today and into the future with 4K content. Check out the MU-MIMO video on the Linksys product page found here.

 

Pricing and Availability

The Linksys Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA7500) is available this week in-store and online at leading Canadian retailers at an MSRP of $249.99 (CAD).

 

About Linksys

The Linksys brand has pioneered wireless connectivity since its inception in 1988 with its leading innovation and engineering strategies, and best-in-class technology, design and customer service. Linksys enables a connected lifestyle for people at home, at work and on the move, and with its award-winning products, simplifies home control, entertainment, security and Internet access through innovative features and a growing application and partner ecosystem. For more information, visit linksys.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or watch us on YouTube.

 

 

* The standard transmission rates—1300 Mbps (for 5 GHz) and 600 Mbps (for 2.4 GHz)—are the physical data rates. Actual data throughput will be lower and may depend on the mix of wireless products used and external factors.

 

Specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual performance may vary, and might result in lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range, and coverage. Performance depends upon many factors, conditions and variables, including distance from the access point, volume of network traffic, environment building materials and construction, operating system used, mix of wireless products used, interference, and other adverse conditions. An active, customer-purchased Internet Service Provider broadband account is required for connection of this router and other connected computers and devices to the Internet. Maximum performance for wireless products derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. An 802.11ac adapter may be needed to achieve 11ac data rates.  To achieve maximum performance, routers must be paired with coordinating adapters/and or computers in both the 2.4 and 5.0 GHz band such that the maximum performance can be maximized for each GHz band.

 

DNS is the Achilles heel of the Internet – Test your DNS configuration here

Internet connected nodes

Today at the national meeting of Canada’s Chiefs of Police, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) called on Canada’s law enforcement community to protect their domains and DNS from cyber-attacks.

“The DNS is the Achilles heel of the Internet,” said Jacques Latour, chief technology officer at CIRA. “When your DNS goes down, your website, your web applications, your email, your web services all fail. It can be devastating to an organization.”

Law enforcement agencies, because of their profile in the community, are likely targets for hackers and cyber-criminals.

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The Canadian Internet Registration Authority recommends law enforcement immediately take several steps to secure their Internet infrastructure and prevent outages.

Use an Anycast DNS service: Some legacy web architectures use what is called a unicast DNS. These services offer little redundancy and leave the DNS extremely vulnerable to DDoS attack. Ensure that you have an Anycast DNS solution that can withstand attacks and keep services online.
Confirm the DNS is properly configured and includes a primary and secondary: Redundancy is important when setting up a world-class DNS configuration, and administrators should confirm that their DNS settings are configured correctly. In testing, CIRA found Canada’s DNS availability is startlingly poor, with a lack of redundancy and configuration errors causing 93 per cent of DNS servers in Canada to miss queries over a six month period. For lesser-known websites this may not be an issue, but misconfigurations could leave law enforcement open to attack.
Use a domain locking service: Any .CA domain can be locked with CIRA to prevent unauthorized changes to the domain settings. This prevents malicious actors from redirecting a domain to a new site with damaging information, a common form of cyber-attack. In 2015 the City of Ottawa’s website was redirected to an image of a dancing banana. ISIS sympathizers have also used this tactic to redirect pages to ISIS propaganda.
“As the fist-line of defence against online criminals, we need law enforcement to be leading the way on DNS security,” said Latour. “Safe and secure DNS solutions tend to be exceptionally affordable and simple to deploy. I find it troubling that many police forces do not take these simple steps to protect their online services.”

Additional resources:

Test your DNS configuration: CIRA offers a simple test that you can use to find critical errors in your DNS configuration. You can access the test for free at dnstests.cira.ca.

Get a free trial of CIRA D-Zone Anycast DNS: CIRA offers a made-in-Canada DNS solution that is ideal for Canadian organizations. IT Managers can learn more about this service with a free trial and sign-up at cira.ca.

About CIRA

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) manages the .CA top-level domain on behalf of all Canadians. A Member-based organization, CIRA also develops and implements policies that support Canada’s Internet community, and represents the .CA registry internationally.

 

SOURCE Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

 

For further information:

or interview requests: Ryan Saxby Hill, Communications manager, CIRA, ryan.hill@cira.ca, 613-316-2397

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Ooredoo Promotes “Internet of Things” Solutions with New Service Launches

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio

Ooredoo is promoting its success in further developing its Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio for customers across its footprint at the 2016 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Demand for IoT/M2M solutions, which enable business assets to communicate directly with each other or with a central command centre, is rising strongly, as more companies look to automate day-to-day activities.

According to a recent industry report, the global cellular M2M market will grow from USD 3.22 billion in 2015 to USD 11.50 billion by 2020, driven in part by decreasing connectivity costs and increasing demand for solutions like fleet management. In particular, Ooredoo is seeing strong growth in Southeast Asia and North Africa, as companies and organisations look for innovative IoT solutions to daily business challenges.

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Ooredoo has expanded its Managed Connectivity solution, IoT Connect, developed in partnership with Ericsson and based on its Device Connection Platform (DCP). The solution, which has already been made available in Indonesia, Tunisia and Kuwait, provides customers with full control of their IoT/M2M connectivity, thanks to a cloud-based M2M platform. In addition, Ooredoo has enhanced IoT Connect  to offer seamless M2M connectivity to customers who want to operate in North Africa, Middle East and/or South East Asia.

Ooredoo’s cloud-based infrastructure enables companies to access their IoT/M2M SIM network seamlessly across all markets, reducing costs and providing greater central control.

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H.E. Sheikh Saud bin Nasser Al Thani, Group CEO, Ooredoo, said: “Ooredoo sees huge potential for M2M technology in all our operations, as more enterprises look to deploy the power of the Internet of Things. We have a clear roadmap for the development of IoT services, including ongoing investment in delivering a global, cloud-based solution for our customers, and we have a series of exciting new solutions in development with our global network of partners.”

Ooredoo is also offering end-to-end vertical solutions such as Fleet Management in a range of major markets, and has seen significant success in Indonesia, where its M2M Vehicle Telematics solution has seen strong take-up.

Ooredoo is working with a wide range of enterprises, government and small businesses to develop solutions on its IoT/M2M platforms. These include solutions for Business-to-Business (B2B) processes such as procurement, billing/charging, and even Business-to-Consumer (B2C) processes, such as retail for consumers.  In addition, it is developing solutions for the monitoring of M2M traffic, online ordering and ticketing functions using the IoT Platform.

The Ooredoo Pavilion is located in Hall 2 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which runs until 25 February 2016.

 

 

 

About Ooredoo

Ooredoo is a leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. As a community-focused company, Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people’s lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential. Ooredoo has a presence in markets such as Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, the Maldives, Myanmar and Indonesia. The company was named “Most Innovative Company of the Year – MEA Region” at the 2015 International Business Awards.

 

The company reported revenues of US$ 9.1 billion in 2014 and had a consolidated global customer base of 114.9 million customers as of 30 September 2015. Ooredoo’s shares are listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.

 

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