DIGITAL & AI NEWS March 2020

Matlab deep learning streamlines AI development

Targeting the targets the creation of machine-learning applications, Matlab has introduced the Deep Learning Toolbox, with features including the 5G Toolbox, NVIDIA Cloud, and DGX support plus Sensor Fusion and Tracking. The Deep Learning Toolbox supports convolutional neural networks (CNNs) and long short-term memory (LSTM) networks for classification and regression on image, time-series, and text data. It alleviates users from having to work with other machine-learning frameworks, although it can also import and export models to frameworks like PyTorch, MXNet, Caffe, and TensorFlow-Keras using the ONNIX, the open neural network exchange format. Developers can take advantage of deep-neural-network (DNN) support to generate C++ and CUDA code for deployment on Intel using MMKL-DNN, ARM using the ARM Compute Library, and NVIDIA Tegra platforms using NVIDIA’s numerous libraries.

Afero offers IOT platform for device management

Internet of Things (IoT) platform company, Afero, has  launched  a web service that provides a dashboard allowing companies to monitor, visualize and obtain reports on all of their connected devices, in one place and in real time. Other features include device onboarding, over-the-air updating and data-flow APIs designed to simplify integration with artificial intelligence (AI) apps, such as voice-activated digital assistants. The Afero IoT Platform already provides a solution for secure software-defined connectivity, reliable multi-cloud service, and amazingly simple onboarding. Now it provides users with live visibility for all connected devices in the field. This includes the ability to drill down into individual devices, enabling real-time insights on operation, location and service status. It is available now for customer and developer use.

Gemalto and R3 launch blockchain pilot

Following the launch of the Gemalto Trust ID Network, designed to enable users to control how they share their personal data, the company has announced it is launching a blockchain pilot that combines its Trust ID Network with R3’s Corda platform, an enterprise blockchain solution. Gemalto says by creating and managing their own Self-Sovereign Digital ID, users can enrol with a host of different digital banking, eCommerce and eGovernment services, without having to go through repeated due diligence processes  for each of them. This distributed approach to Digital ID management enables service providers to leverage ubiquitous identities certified by trusted parties while putting users firmly in control of their data. The company adds blockchain technology is ideal for supporting digital transactions that are based on trusted and verified identities, without exposing sensitive data to the threat of hacking and cyber-attack. With Trust ID Network, user control is facilitated via the ID Wallet, a convenient and secure mobile app. Here users can add personal data to their digital identity, have it certified, and give consent to share it with chosen service providers. Only ‘attestations’ issued by trusted parties are stored on the blockchain, keeping personal data under sole control of users.

GlobalPlatform unveils new security IOT configuration

Secure Element (SE) specifications for the protection of internet of things (IoT) devices have been published by GlobalPlatform in a new configuration that simplifies implementation. The organization says some of the IoT sector are not taking security seriously enough and recent attacks demonstrate that any device can be attacked or infected with malware. Devices can then be used for DDoS attacks or to mine end user data, or even exploited to share their source code and other intellectual property. All of this can have significant reputational and financial impact on brands. This is why security needs to be foundational, considered at the start of the design phase. The GlobalPlatform Compact IoT Configuration v1.0 answers IoT-specific market requirements by giving service providers and device manufacturers the means to interact seamlessly when deploying secure digital services across constrained IoT devices. The use of standardized secure components makes the mass marketing of secure digital services possible, while bringing time and cost efficiencies to stakeholders within the ecosystem and enabling new business models. SEs can form the keystone for constrained IoT devices – balancing the flexibility of GlobalPlatform specifications, that cover a range of connectivity options including LoRaWAN and HTTPS, with the restrictions of low-end IoT devices using m-class processors.