Collaborative Cybersecurity for Connected Vehicles

What is a Collaborative Cybersecurity model, and what are its benefits? Why is one especially critical — particularly as it applies to semi- and fully autonomous vehicles? Collaborative Cybersecurity is an essential, disruptive, and logical model to enable the introduction of autonomous vehicles on our roads in the safest manner possible. All industries, and not just the vehicle original equipment manufacturers…

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Building an Economic Development Tool for Smart Communities

The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and US Ignite are now in the software design phase of building a new economic development tool for smart communities. This is part of our joint Smart City Data Exchange initiative, and our aim is to provide communities with the ability to see development potential in their neighborhoods on a property-by-property basis for the purpose of…

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The Internet of Things

Do You Know What’s in Your Network? A Process-Driven Assessment of the Cybersecurity Risks that IoT Products and Services Present

The strong market for Internet of Things (IoT)-based products and services has resulted in a growing number of devices connected to the Internet. IoT applications are now being used not only in the home to monitor and control everyday appliances, but also for a variety of applications in the fields of industrial automation, healthcare, transportation and a host of other…

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Wireless Emergency Alerts

The Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system is a public safety system that efficiently delivers critical warnings and information to the public via their wireless devices. Operational since 2012, the WEA provides geographically targeted, text-like alerts utilizing the Cell Broadcast System, across three categories:  Alerts issued by the President; Alerts involving imminent threats to safety or life (fires, floods, hurricanes, etc.); as…

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5G is on the Horizon. What Will It Take to Accelerate the Development of the Network of Networks

With the first of the 5G networks beginning operations in 2019, business and consumer excitement for 5G is growing. While these initial deployments will be small in scale and relegated to urban areas, it is a critical first step toward 5G services becoming a global reality. At the core of the acceleration of 5G deployment is the development of standards…

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UAVs for Restoring Communications in Emergency Situations

If you have ever experienced a natural disaster (hurricane, tornado, earthquake, wildfire, etc.), you are well aware of the importance of communications during this time.  A functioning communication network is essential to coordinating emergency and recovery operations, rebuilding infrastructure as well as allowing the public to contact rescue services, family and friends. Following a disaster, disruption to the communications network…

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Context-Aware Identity Management: The Who, What, Where, When and How

In the age of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), users increasingly want the flexibility to access both their business-critical applications and personal applications anywhere, anytime and on multiple devices.  This increased mobility — combined with the fact that many applications are emerging that cross multiple industry sectors or domains — requires authentication and authorization processes beyond single sign-on capabilities.  Furthermore,…

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The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Telecom

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning have long been associated with science fiction movies, with no better example than 2001: A Space Odyssey and Hal the computer (“I’m sorry Dave, I am afraid I can’t do that”). But what exactly is Artificial Intelligence (AI)? In its simplest form it is the automation of tasks or functions which otherwise require human intelligence…

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Understanding the Value of Distributed Ledger/Blockchain Innovation in the ICT Industry

There is hardly a day when news related to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin does not make headlines.  But beyond digital currencies, the applicability of distributed ledger and blockchain is finding its way into a number of different industries including telecommunications. Distributed ledger technology (DLT) is a shared database that is spread across several nodes or computing devices. Each node replicates…

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