The Singapore government has made good on its promise to invest in digital transformation projects by earmarking $1.73 billion to smart nation technology. The funds will be used to upgrade communications infrastructure and implement data analytics and internet of things sensors.
Experts estimate that a quantum computer capable of breaking through cryptography being used today will be available by 2026, and we need to begin preparing with quantum-safe cybersecurity solutions, writes Scott Totzke. We need to seek out solutions before everyday tasks such as sending emails, checking bank accounts and driving connected vehicles become vulnerable, Totzke writes.
Rackspace is adding enterprise app management, in addition to cloud-management offerings, with the acquisition of TriCore Solutions. The deal, expected to be completed in June, lets Rackspace manage business apps from software firms such as Oracle or SAP.
Driverless cars have significant benefits for US cities, writes Eric Madia. Driverless vehicles will reduce the need for parking, allowing city planners to repurpose parking garages, streamline highway infrastructure, reduce traffic and make cities centered more around its citizens, he says.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that a self-driving vehicle testing program is now seeking applications from auto manufacturers and other companies. The program is designed to test autonomous cars for safety on open roads, similar to other programs implemented around the country.
The private sector must help the federal government fight cyberattacks, said Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency and the CIA. Companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook have the cybersecurity expertise and can move more quickly than the US government to deter threats, he said.
Verizon Communications will release the SmartHub, an integrated smart home interface and Wi-Fi hot spot, today for $200. The SmartHub includes its own LTE line, allowing connectivity to a range of devices, including laptops and phones, and offers an HD Voice call feature.
Connected-car cybersecurity is lagging because of manufacturers' priorities, said Rod Schultz, chief product officer for Rubicon Labs. Frans de Rooij of TomTom said that manufacturers are proceeding with caution due to the stakes involved and the potential hassles of taking connected vehicles to dealerships for updates and repairs.
Airbiquity has released the OTAmatic over-the-air solution, which provides data management and software updates for connected cars. The product can be used as a component or an end-to-end solution and can be set up in customer data centers, the Airbiquity cloud or public clouds.
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