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  1. Tim Kannegieter

    Security for the IOT

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    Recording: This webinar has now passed. Members of Engineers Australia can view the recording free on MyPortal. Logon and navigate to Technologies > Security. Others can purchase the recording at EA Books. Title: Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things Presenter: Ed Custeau FIEAust, CPEng (ITEE, CLM), EngExec, CISSP | Security Specialist, Telecommunications-Defence, Spiral Systems What you'll learn: Core principles of cybersecurity Implications for the Internet of Things Standards relevant to IOT security Description: Cybersecurity, as a discipline, is applied to IoT devices and systems in the same way that it gets applied to any other information or communication device or system. However, some peculiarities pertaining to IoT, such as its expected proliferation and pervasiveness in everyday life, does call for special attention. New Standards have recently emerged from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) in the US, the so called UL-2900 series, which address various aspects of Cybersecurity for Network-Connectable Products. Where do these standards fit in? Do they add value to the already crowded and endless list of cybersecurity standards, schemes and certifications? In his presentation, Ed will provide an overview of these standards developed to specifically address IoT Cybersecurity. The presentation will show how similar these standards are to other security standards at a fundamental level and explore ways to use them (or not!). When: 12 midday AEST (Sydney) on Tuesday 13 Sept 2016. The presentation will last 30 minutes followed by question time. Where: The presentation is by webinar. After registering you will be sent details of how to logon. Cost: This presentation is free to members of Engineers Australia (EA), the Australian Computer Society (ACS), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and IEEE. Just provide your membership number during registration for the event. The cost for non-members is $30. How to register: Please register on the Engineers Australia event system (link to be provided later, please place date in calendar). Note, to register you need to have a free EA ID which you can get on the first screen of the registration page. Take note of your ID number for future events. About the presenter: In 2010, Ed founded Spiral Systems, a boutique consulting firm specialised in applying Systems Engineering Methodologies to Cyber Security. He is also a long standing member of the Systems Engineers Society of Australia (SESA) and member of the ITEE College Board and ITEE Victoria Branch.
  2. Thinxtra is introducing a new Partnership Program for Smart Councils, and offering it to the first 50 selected councils in Australia. This unique program provides Sigfox network coverage within 4 weeks at no cost to the Council, to bring Internet of Things solutions to the community. Thinxtra is investing $5M into this program which includes free installation, free development kits for incubators and free connectivity for smart council application develop. http://www.thinxtra.com/2016/11/thinxtra-launches-5m-program-to-bring-iot-to-smart-councils/
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    Connected/Smart transport systems encompass a broad range of vehicle and embedded transport systems to manage complexity, optimise performance, and ensure safety of vehicles, passengers and users of the transport system. In practical terms this means autonomous vehicles, roadside sensors and an interconnected system encompassing transit systems, ticketing and rail. Cybersecurity issues in this connected transport system pose a threat to the safety and efficient running are amongst the major concerns of Government and policy bodies. IoTSec Australia is hosting the third of its IoT Cyber Forum series with the intent to raise awareness and promote secure practices in the IoT ecosystem. Come and hear industry experts on connected transport and autonomous vehicles discuss the current and future state of connected transport systems. A security panel will then hold an interactive session answering questions on security for vehicles, embedded systems and control system backend. Date: 2nd December 2016 Time: 8.00am arrival for an 8.30am - 10.30am session Venue: BDO, Level 10/12 Creek Street, Brisbane RSVP: info@iotsec.net.au Speakers: Miranda Blogg: Director (Connected and Automated Vehicles), Department of Transport and Main Roads Dr Andry Rakotonirainy: Deputy Director, Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety, Queensland University of Technology Jamie Smith: Connected Transport Lead, Telstra Security expert panel: TBA Regards, IoTSec Australia www.iotsec.net.au
  4. In this article, Victor Polyakov, Managing Director, Tibbo Systems will keep introducing AggreGate IoT Platform-based products. In 2010, two years after AggreGate Network Manager release, we started AggreGate SCADA/HMI project ‒ fourth-generation SCADA system.\ So what is fourth-generation SCADA? Wikipedia suggests the following definitions: First-generation SCADA are monolithic systems that had been developed before the Internet expansion became widespread. Such systems do not operate anymore. Second-generation SCADA solutions are operating in enterprise local systems. They are supposed to employ IP network for connection between controllers, data collection servers, controlling servers, and APM operators. Third-generation SCADA architecture enables coordination of geographically-distributed automatic process control systems. These systems include multiple manufacturing sites and remote monitoring objects. Until recently, third-generation SCADA was a cutting-edge SCADA product with the possibility of HMI launch in mobile device browsers, remote project editing right on the production server, and testing without server shutdown and project file copying. Finally, fourth-generation SCADA should fit the Internet of Things. It implies decentralization and unification at a greater extent, i.e. possibility of algorithm execution point shift between SCADA servers and controllers. Another indispensable feature is operation via cellular and satellite network avoiding VPN (controllers with no static IP address can connect to SCADA servers operating in a cloud). Naturally, every SCADA vendor develops their products evolving from generation to generation, while the previous versions become stagnant for not being compatible with the latest trends. IoT Platform-based AggreGate SCADA/HMI (http://aggregate.tibbo.com/solutions/scada-hmi.html) has inherited all functions of fourth-generation SCADA: · Built on Java platform, the system operates on Linux perfectly, which allows SCADA core running on embedded systems. Our OEM partners supply systems built on Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black and similar low-priced microcomputers. In addition, there is an option for SCADA core to access IP communications, serial ports, as well as discrete and analog inputs, etc. · The same solution operating on regular servers provides centralized data collection and HMI handling. Servers based on unified architecture establish peering relations for data interchange with PLCs. · The system is fully compatible with all Tibbo programmable controllers and modules. · HMIs can be launched on Linux or Windows PCs, touch boards, or opened in web-browsers. · There are no such concepts as “development environment” or “runtime environment” in our solution. Development is implemented via remote connection right on a production server considering role-based permissions. In addition, there are a lot of ways of cloning the whole project or its parts. Platform capabilities for designing reference projects and derived products will be described in a separate article. · AggreGate Platform is tailored to work with M2M devices. The server with controllers connecting to it by themselves operates perfectly. In our terminology, such controllers connecting to the server themselves are called agents. There is still a question left: why have we developed another SCADA? The international market is saturated with such solutions. The point is that AggreGate SCADA/HMI as an AggreGate Platform add-on is technically a set of drivers for data collection and typical HMI vector images. All features necessary for SCADA are AggreGate Platform components: GUI (widget) builder, report editor, alert and event control tools, tag modeling system, failover clustering technology, SDK with DDK, etc. Our investment to SCADA system development was not so great comparing to the development of such a system from scratch. To implement industrial and building automation projects, we developed the drivers for standard process control protocols (Modbus, OPC, OPC UA, BACnet, DNP3, etc.) and designed several thousands of vector images. Along with standard SCADA system functions, AggreGate Platform fills it with exceptional features, for instance: · Statistics storage in Round-Robin Database (RRD) and NoSQL database (BigData) · Unlimited horizontal and vertical system scaling based on AggreGate distributed architecture · Data collection and control via both IT monitoring protocols (SNMP, FTP, JMX, SSH, WMI) and generic ones (SQL, SOAP, CORBA, LDAP…). These features allow you to apply the system in multiple projects, not typical for SCADA solutions. AggreGate SCADA/HMI, in particular, is used for manufacturer fleet telemetry, MES replacement, cell tower and data center engineering infrastructure monitoring (included into AggreGate Data Center Supervisor solution). In terms of AggreGate architecture and project building concept, AggreGate SCADA/HMI resembles most of other products. A typical project development cycle includes: · Deploying a server or several servers in a failover configuration · Connecting to a storage that can be either a standard relational DBMS or integrated Apache Cassandra DMBS saving dozens of thousands tags per second · Connecting controllers and other data sources (e.g. external databases), configuring tag polling period · Configuring automated tag processing algorithms on a server side. These can be models determining additional calculated tags, alerts delivering e-mail and SMS notifications, schedules for performing certain jobs, etc. · Developing HMIs, dashboards, and navigation between them · Setting user roles, access, and external authentication via LDAP/AD configuration. Running on Linux, AggreGate server collects data from OPC servers running on Windows. This procedure is implemented via IP network and DCOM protocol. As a result, there is no need for installing SCADA server and OPC server on a single computer anymore. There are no such notions as “project”, “development environment”, and “runtime environment” in AggreGate SCADA/HMI. According to its concept, a single primary server is installed on a worksite. During the initial deployment phase, system engineers can connect to the server locally or remotely for developing HMIs, create PLC user accounts, set up data storage, and so on. After this phase, the same server will be utilized during commissioning and further on a regular basis, although the system migration to another server is possible and simple. Unified environment enables to introduce modifications into the production server without any interruptions. In this case one should: · Make temporary copies of one or two system components (for example, HMIs or alerts) · Introduce changes in the copy and test them · Replace the original component with the successfully modified copy. One of the vital SCADA system parts is GUI Builder. Inherited from AggreGate Platform, GUI Builder assists in drawing and animating any HMIs containing both simple components (buttons, captions, text fields, lists, etc.) and complex ones (tables, multi-layer panes, tabbed panes, charts, geographical maps, dynamic SVG images, video windows, etc.). Even though AggreGate GUI Builder is similar to other system editors of this kind, it has an outstanding feature. Alongside with standard visual component absolute layout, any pane can utilize a grid layout similar to an HTML table. Plus, in case of a complex form with multiple tabbed panes (simple, multi-layer, tabbed, split panes), every pane can employ both absolute and grid layouts. Grid layout allows designing HMIs, data input forms, and dashboards that seamlessly adjust to any screen resolution. In case of absolute layout, component proportional scaling is used. In this case, component height also increases, which leads to unacceptable results for almost all forms and dialogs. HMIs are animated through bindings that allow data copying between server object properties and visual component properties in response to server and HMI events. AggreGate expression language brings aid in applying any operations to replicated data on the fly (processing numbers, strings, dates and time, tables, etc.). Any data processed by AggreGate can be utilized for reporting. Expression builder and integrated SQL-like query language help retrieve necessary indicators, and the system creates the optimal template for their visual representation. After this, you can customize the template using the report builder. As for the KPIs, you can configure alerts raised in response to critical object state events or event chain retrieving. The system sends alert notifications in almost any way (popup windows, sound notifications, E-mail messages, SMS). Automatically launched corrective actions can run both autonomously and under operator control. The alert module supports other typical industrial control features: flapping detection, hysteresis, prioritization, acknowledgement, escalation, etc. AggreGate SCADA/HMI automates industrial processes, displays all necessary data in the operator center, provides visualization, saves information into a database, and creates reports ‒ in fact, everything that is expected from SCADA. The system promptly analyzes technological process efficiency and takes important decisions on its optimization, i.e. it partially performs MES software functions. Usually, there are several SCADA installations operating simultaneously at large enterprises. Every installation has its own function in a certain workshop. The systems are logically bound by the production chain. Thus, their integration and automated KPIs transmission to MES/ERP levels are required. In AggreGate ecosystem, this is carried out by exchanging unified data model parts between servers with the help of distributed architecture (http://aggregate.tibbo.com/technology/architecture/distributed-architecture.html). It often happens that on a single object/within a single project, it’s necessary to implement not only SCADA, but also IT infrastructure management system, building automation, access control and physical access control, automatic system for commercial accounting of power consumption, and other solutions in various combinations. AggreGate has all these features implemented within one installation and possibility of binding modules on a single server. Where can you run across it? For example, in data centers where active networking equipment, climate sensors, UPS, DGU, conditioners, water-cooling system, personnel access, time and attendance should be monitored. Some more examples: cell towers, where radio-relay equipment of transport network, sector antenna parameters, intrusion detection sensors, and other systems must be controlled. In large warehouses, it is vital to monitor personnel access, loader behavior, ventilation and lighting systems. Almost all large-scale objects can gain an advantage from merging various monitoring and management systems. In our upcoming articles, we will describe distinguishing features of our SCADA solution, various industrial automation problems and their described solutions, as well as newsworthy projects we’ve taken part in. Victor Polyakov, Managing Director, Tibbo Systems
  5. Very pleased to be able to participate in today's webinar. It's the first time I've be able to participate in one. Thanks to Nick and the others who provided their time to organise and present this. I just wanted to drop a link to a recent Radio National re transmission of a program on Blockchains. I can see that this is an area of technology I am likely to have to interact with in the later part or twilight of my career, thus my interest. My background is in engineering design/development and the engineering management systems that support that activity in the aerospace environment. Here's the link: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/themoney/blockchain/7136126 Includes speakers from IBM, Commonwealth Bank and ASX.
  6. Cesar A Gonzalez

    Registration of Engineers

    The news about the possibility for Engineers to be registered to provide engineering services made me think about IoT domain. I encourage reading the consultation paper here The proposed eligibility requirements are the likes of the Queensland Board (BPEQ). Qualifications Experience Make sense: A Degree should tell that someone is capable. The experience should be backed by a degree. This is Status Quo, Steve Jobs would have a different opinion Ok,, back to the subject, the schemes also proposes to register engineers against Industry verticals or Field of Engineering or (maybe both?). The proposed industry sectors are: · Mining · Utilities · Construction · Transport · Consulting and professional services. The industry vertical scheme proposal got me thinking, IoT is about open platforms, open standard that will enable connectivity of Things that weren’t connected before. What should be the Industry sector for an IoT engineer? Maybe it is too early to say or the industry has not been created. Today an IoT engineer is comprised of various specialities engineers in enabling technologies (access, networks, security, DevOps, etc) and industry domain engineers; Civil, Mining engineers and others. So, should an IoT Design for Agriculture be performed by an Agriculture engineer with major in IoT? It is clearer the Internet of Things is a field demanding new skills. Is the registration consultation developed based on scalability of the field of engineering? The Internet of Things promises an Industryless architecture comprising several technologies enabling different systems to talk each other and provide data or insight like never before. I am positive of the registration, I support it and also I think will lift the standards of the engineering practice for Victoria and Australia (Queensland is way ahead). But we need to think if the scheme proposed is suitable for today scene. I encourage reading section 5. Definition of regulated engineering work based on QLD's Professional Engineers Act 2002. Does this definition needs to be updated or is suit for purpose? Do we need to think about an evolution of the field as inter-domain engineering? All the information provided is my personal opinion only, the links, information and data is provided on as-is basis. I can be reached by using the Message feature provided by the community platform or by writing to cesar . iec @ gmail
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  8. Elias

    Huawei ICT Roadshow Australia 2016

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    Leading new ICT, Building a Better Connected Australia. Both days have some IoT related topics. http://www.huawei-ict-roadshow.com.au/home.html
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  10. Hi All, Some of you may be interested in the below webinar! While it will probably be live at a ridiculous hour, a recording is usually made available afterwards. https://pages.questexweb.com/Qualcomm-Registration-20160726.html?source=listing?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTlRFME1qY3pNV0l6WmpKaiIsInQiOiJmMm5IWE85S3JqTVJiQzlTM2tMTEVHdUZaeXFJXC9XU08xWXMyKzVnNVZFV0dpcklrMFZsUGZ3bUtWVXYrcVRGXC9rSDg4dUFpUmdoYlRvcXRJOVJhaGhuWkQ5azVrZmE1Zlpxb3A1V25VMmpBPSJ9 Regards, Elias
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