Is a virus infecting millions of internet-connected cameras coming to a construction job site near you?

According to Catalin Cimpanu of Bleeping Computer: Since mid-September, a new IoT botnet has grown to massive proportions. Codenamed IoT_reaper (Reaper for this article), researchers estimate its current size at nearly two million infected devices. According to researchers, the botnet is mainly made up of IP-based security cameras, network video recorders (NVRs), and digital video recorders … Continue reading Is a virus infecting millions of internet-connected cameras coming to a construction job site near you?

You will soon be able to measure objects with your iPhone camera using Augmented Reality

Apple’s Tim Cook has been unusually candid in recent months about some of what lies ahead in the company’s normally secretive pipeline. Besides empowering the Internet of Things (IoT) as part of a home automation play, Apple has invested substantial R&D resources in developing the best Augmented Reality (AR) experience possible, the way only Apple … Continue reading You will soon be able to measure objects with your iPhone camera using Augmented Reality

Another reminder of the potential risks associated with the Internet of Things (IoT)

Internet of Things, or IoT, is the concept in which everyday objects such as lightbulbs, thermostats, garage door openers, etc. are imbued with network connectivity and the capability for communicating with other devices. But just as is the case with our computers and other networked devices, security is an increasingly critical factor. This was made … Continue reading Another reminder of the potential risks associated with the Internet of Things (IoT)

“Smart” garage door opener manufacturer remotely disables customer’s equipment over dispute

Brave New World, indeed. One of the drawbacks to the Internet of Things (IoT), enabling devices to communicate with other devices, is that connected devices could be compromised and controlled by folks with nefarious motives.

But what if that nefarious actor was the device’s manufacturer reacting poorly to a customer’s negative review? Continue reading ““Smart” garage door opener manufacturer remotely disables customer’s equipment over dispute”

TV’s Property Brothers launch new venture to explore the risky world of custom homebuilding

Property Brothers, Jonathon and Drew Scott, are jumping from the fire of the small screen into the frying pan of real estate development and custom homebuilding with their latest venture, Dream Homes by Scott Living. Lucy Cohen Blatter, of Mansion Global, has more in an exclusive interview with the brothers: Jonathan, a professional contractor, takes … Continue reading TV’s Property Brothers launch new venture to explore the risky world of custom homebuilding

Solving the User Interface problems associated with Smart Home technology

Smart homes of the future may just as readily respond to instructions sent by text, as the voice-powered interfaces that dominate the early entrants to the market for the Internet of Things in the home. Amazon, Google and Apple all have technologies largely relying on speech recognition, but as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg discovered after … Continue reading Solving the User Interface problems associated with Smart Home technology

Building security and safety susceptible to attack by hackers – this time it was a luxury hotel

The upside to using modern electronic/smart door security systems in hotels across the globe is that it is really easy to check guests in and out, replace lost keys, and prevent former guests from reusing their key to gain unauthorized access.

The downside is that the smarter these security systems become, the more susceptible they become to hacking. Continue reading “Building security and safety susceptible to attack by hackers – this time it was a luxury hotel”

The Construction Industry is (finally) developing its own standards for exchanging data

As the construction industry becomes more reliant upon technology, we must follow the proven examples of other industries and adopt standards for exchanging information.

It started with CAD. All of a sudden there was a way to create drawings electronically that could improve the precision of the design process and reduce the repetitive labor associated with manual drawing/drafting. As software developers saw the opportunity for creating CAD programs for the AEC industry, a bunch of different options sprouted up, each with its own unique file format. Quickly it became apparent that it was in the industry’s best interest to standardize those file formats to make it easier for design teams comprised of multiple distinct entities to collaborate.  Continue reading “The Construction Industry is (finally) developing its own standards for exchanging data”