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Integrated development tool with preview functionality for an internet of things (iot) system

A system and method are described for generating an interactive preview for an iot device. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: an internet of things (iot) development application comprising a graphical user interface (gui) through which a user is to specify a configuration for a new iot device, the development application including a preview gui component to allow a user to render a mobile ui preview on a mobile client; an iot service including virtual device generation logic to generate a virtual device responsive to the configuration specified for the new iot device, the virtual device comprising a virtualized representation of the new iot device; and the virtual device to establish a communication channel with a mobile app executed on a client, the virtual device to dynamically communicate updates to the mobile app as the user makes changes to iot device attributes and/or presentation definitions from the preview gui.. ... Afero Inc

System and method for automatic wireless network authentication

A system and method are described for connecting an iot device to a wireless router and/or access point. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: an internet of things (iot) hub to collect network credentials required to connect with a wireless access point or router; the iot hub to securely store the network credentials in a local or remote credentials database along with identification data identifying a user account and/or the wireless access point or router; a new iot device to establish a connection with the iot hub, another iot device, and/or a user data processing device; the new iot device to transmit a request for network credentials to establish a connection with the wireless access point or router; the iot hub, iot device and/or user data processing device to provide connectivity to the credentials database on behalf of the new iot device, to receive the network credentials from the credentials database and to provide the network credentials to the new iot device; and the new iot device to automatically use the network credentials to establish a connection with the wireless access point or router.. ... Afero Inc

System and method for securely connecting network devices

A platform, apparatus and method for internet of things implementations. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: an internet of things (iot) hub comprising a network interface to couple the iot hub to an iot service over a wide area network (wan), and programming logic to program an identification device with one or more encryption keys usable to establish encrypted communication with an iot device; and at least one iot device interfacing with the identification device following programming of the identification device by the iot hub; wherein once the identification device is programmed and interfaced with the iot device, the iot device uses the one or more keys to establish a secure communication channel with the iot hub and/or the iot service.. ... Afero Inc

Apparatus and method for sharing credentials in an internet of things (iot) system

An apparatus and method are described for sharing wifi credentials. For example, one embodiment of a method comprises: generating a first secret on a first iot device, the first iot device having wifi credentials stored thereon; sharing the first secret with a second iot device; encrypting the wifi credentials on the first iot device using the first secret to generate encrypted wifi credentials; receiving the encrypted wifi credentials from the first iot device at an iot service; encrypting the encrypted wifi credentials at the iot service using a second secret to generate twice-encrypted wifi credentials, the second secret known by the second iot device; transmitting the twice-encrypted wifi credentials from the iot service to the second iot device; decrypting, at the second iot device, the twice-encrypted wifi credentials using the second secret to generate the encrypted wifi credentials and decrypting the encrypted wifi credentials using the first secret to generate the wifi credentials; and establishing a secure wifi connection on the second iot device using the wifi credentials.. ... Afero Inc

Integrated development tool with preview functionality for an internet of things (iot) system

A system and method are described for generating an interactive preview for an iot device. For example, one embodiment of a method comprises: in response to initiating a preview of a new iot device, determining whether a corresponding iot device exists and, if not, then generating a virtual iot device; associating the virtual or real iot device with a set of device attributes and presentation definitions; establishing a communication channel with a mobile app; in response to detecting changes to the attributes and/or presentation definitions, transmitting updates to the mobile app, the mobile app dynamically updating the attributes and presentation definitions in real time.. ... Afero Inc

Modular antenna for integration with an internet of things (iot) hub and associated systems and methods

An embedded internet of things (iot) hub for integration with modular antennae and associated systems and methods. For example, one embodiment of an apparatus includes: an embedded iot hub comprising a wide area network (wan) interface to couple the embedded iot hub to an iot service over a network and a local wireless communication interface to communicatively couple the iot hub to one or more iot devices; an iot hub slot interface coupled to the embedded iot hub and comprising a first plurality of pins or pads to interface with corresponding pins or pads within an iot hub slot of an appliance when the embedded iot hub is inserted into the iot hub slot; and a modular antenna interface coupled to the embedded iot hub and comprising a second plurality of pins or pads to interface with corresponding pins or pads on the interface component of the modular antenna.. ... Afero Inc

Apparatus and method for sharing wifi security data in an internet of things (iot) system

An apparatus for connecting an internet of things (iot) hub to a wireless network, the apparatus including: 1) a security module to generate a first secret and a second secret, and to encrypt a wireless key using the second secret to generate a first-encrypted key; and 2) a connection logic to establish a secure communication channel between an iot hub and an iot service using the first secret, transmit the second secret to the iot hub and the first-encrypted key to the iot service, receive from the iot service a twice-encrypted key generated by encrypting the first-encrypted key using the first secret, and transmit the twice-encrypted key to the iot hub, which decrypts it using the first secret to generate the first-encrypted key, which is further decrypted using the second secret to generate the wireless key. The iot hub using the wireless key to connect to the wireless network.. ... Afero Inc

Internet of things (iot) child tracking system

An apparatus and method are described for an iot security system. For example, one embodiment of the iot security system comprises: one or more attachable security devices, each comprising an iot device to establish local wireless connections with one or more iot hubs within a location, each attachable security device to be attached to a child registered with the security system and comprising a switch to trigger upon detachment of the attachable security device from the child; a plurality of kiosks, each kiosk comprising: a monitor to provide instructions to parents for registering and de-registering children with the security system; an input device to receive input from the parents during a registration process and a de-registration process to register and de-register the children, respectively; a camera to capture a photo of a child to be registered with the security system; an iot hub to establish a first set of local wireless communication channels with the iot devices of the security bracelets, the iot hub to further provide connectivity among each of the kiosks through a second set of one or more communication channels; the iot hub to associate the photo of the child with an iot device of a security bracelet provided to the child, the association being stored in one or more of the kiosks or in a network service; an iot device of an attachable security device to transmit a first alarm to a first kiosk responsive to the switch triggering upon detachment of the attachable security device; the first kiosk to communicate the first alarm with other kiosks and the plurality of kiosks to display the photo.. ... Afero Inc

Internet of things (iot) storage device, system and method

An iot system and method for providing work files to a job site. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: an internet of things (iot) service; and an iot storage device to provide work files for industrial equipment comprising: a physical storage device to store work files for a work site at which the industrial equipment is to be used; a secure wireless communication module to establish a secure wireless communication channel with the iot service, wherein a user having an account with the iot service is to generate the work files and/or an update to the work files from a data processing system communicatively coupled to the iot service, the iot service to responsively transmit the work files and/or the update to the work files to the physical storage via the secure wireless communication module; an input/output (i/o) interface to establish a communication channel with the industrial equipment when inserted in an i/o port of the industrial equipment, the industrial equipment to read and interpret the work files upon connection of the i/o interface to the i/o port.. ... Afero Inc

Integrated development tool with preview functionality for an internet of things (iot) system

A system and method are described for generating an interactive preview for an iot device. For example, one embodiment of a method comprises: in response to initiating a preview of a new iot device, determining whether a corresponding iot device exists and, if not, then generating a virtual iot device; associating the virtual or real iot device with a set of device attributes and presentation definitions; establishing a communication channel with a mobile app; in response to detecting changes to the attributes and/or presentation definitions, transmitting updates to the mobile app, the mobile app dynamically updating the attributes and presentation definitions in real time.. ... Afero Inc

Integrated development tool with preview functionality for an internet of things (iot) system

A system and method are described for generating an interactive preview for an iot device. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: an internet of things (iot) development application comprising a graphical user interface (gui) through which a user is to specify a configuration for a new iot device, the development application including a preview gui component to allow a user to render a mobile ui preview on a mobile client; an iot service including virtual device generation logic to generate a virtual device responsive to the configuration specified for the new iot device, the virtual device comprising a virtualized representation of the new iot device; and the virtual device to establish a communication channel with a mobile app executed on a client, the virtual device to dynamically communicate updates to the mobile app as the user makes changes to iot device attributes and/or presentation definitions from the preview gui.. ... Afero Inc

System and method for establishing secure communication channels with internet things (iot) devices

A system and method are described for establishing secure communication channels. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: an iot device comprising secret/counter processing logic/circuitry to generate a master secret, the master secret to be transmitted to an iot service; one or more iot hubs to receive the master secret from the iot service over a first secure communication channel, at least one of the iot hubs to use the master secret to establish a second secure communication channel with the iot device.. ... Afero Inc

System and method for preventing security breaches in an internet of things (iot) system

A system and method are described for preventing security breaches in an iot system. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: an internet of things (iot) device comprising a wireless communication module to establish communication with a plurality of iot hubs over local wireless communication channels; advertising control logic to transmit first advertising beacons to the plurality of iot hubs of a user indicating that the iot device is connectable; the advertising control logic to begin transmitting a second advertising beacon to iot hubs indicating that the iot device is not connectable if the iot device establishes a connection with a first iot hub, the iot hubs other than the first iot hub to report the not connectable status of the iot device to an iot service; and a connection security module of the iot service to determine whether the iot device is connected to any known iot hub upon receiving the not connectable status from one or more of the iot hubs; wherein if the connection security module cannot identify a known iot hub to which the iot device is connected, then an alert condition is generated.. ... Afero Inc

Internet of things (iot) credit card tracking system

A system, apparatus and method are described embedding an iot device within a credit card of a user. For example, one embodiment of an internet of things (iot) credit card system comprises: a plurality of iot hubs located within stores; an iot device embedded within a credit card, the iot device comprising a battery and a secure communication module to communicate with the iot hubs; an iot service to receive location data related to the iot hubs to which the iot device has connected, the location data usable to determine the stores and/or locations within stores visited by the user; and a database within the iot service to store an indication of the stores visited by the user and/or the locations within stores visited by the user.. ... Afero Inc

11/30/17 / #20170342741

System and method for latched attributes in an internet of things (iot) system

A system and method are described for implementing latched attributes within an iot system. For example, one embodiment of a method comprises: specifying an attribute for each of a plurality of items of data managed in an internet of things (iot) device and/or an iot service, at least some of the attributes comprising latched attributes having a current value and an indication of state changes to the latched attribute over a period of time; when an iot device is unable to connect with the iot service for a period of time maintaining an indication of any state changes occurring to the latched attribute over the period of time; upon establishing a successful connection between the iot device and the iot service after the period of time, transmitting the indication of state changes of the latched attribute from the iot device to the iot service; and analyzing the indication of state changes to determine whether to generate an alert condition on the iot service.. ... Afero Inc

11/23/17 / #20170339120

Apparatus and method for establishing secure communication channels in an internet of things (iot) system

An apparatus and method are described for secure communication between iot devices and an iot service. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: an internet of things (iot) service to establish communication with an iot device through an iot hub or a mobile user device; a first encryption engine on the iot service comprising key generation logic to generate a service public key and a service private key; a second encryption engine on the iot device comprising key generation logic to generate a device public key and a device private key; the first encryption engine to transmit the service public key to the second encryption engine and the second encryption engine to transmit the device public key to the first encryption engine; the first encryption engine to use the device public key and the service private key to generate a secret; the second encryption engine to use the service public key and the device private key to generate the same secret; and wherein once the secret is generated, the first encryption engine and the second encryption engine encrypt and decrypt data packets transmitted between the first encryption engine and the second encryption engine using the secret or using a data structure derived from the secret.. ... Afero Inc

09/28/17 / #20170280395

Apparatus and method for modifying packet interval timing based on device characteristics

An apparatus and method are described for selecting an appropriate advertising interval for an iot device. For example, one embodiment of an apparatus comprises: internet of things (iot) device data collection circuitry/logic to collect iot device usage data and/or other iot device data; advertising interval determination circuitry/logic to determine an appropriate advertising interval based on the iot device usage data and/or other iot device data; and advertising interval selection circuitry/logic to implement the appropriate advertising interval determined by the advertising interval determination circuitry/logic.. ... Afero Inc

09/28/17 / #20170279631

Internet of things (iot) apparatuses, systems and methods

An iot-based system and method are described for identifying appropriate cooking parameters for cooking food. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: a cooking appliance for cooking food products, the cooking appliance having control logic to control cooking temperature or power level, cooking duration, and/or one or more other cooking variables; an iot device integrated in or on the cooking appliance, the iot device comprising scanning logic to capture a code associated with a food product to be cooked, the iot device to use the code to identify cooking parameters associated with the food product; and the iot device comprising circuitry to control the control logic of the cooking appliance in accordance with the cooking parameters associated with the food product.. ... Afero Inc

07/20/17 / #20170208432

System and method for securely connecting network devices using optical labels

A platform, apparatus and method are described for pairing devices. For example, one embodiment of a system for pairing devices comprises: a first data processing device having a machine-readable optical label associated therewith and including a first wireless communication interface; a second data processing device having a second wireless communication interface and an optical reader for reading identification data from the optical label associated with the first data processing device, the second wireless communication interface including pairing logic to use the identification data to pair with the first data processing device by establishing a secure communication channel between the first and second wireless communication interfaces.. ... Afero Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195318

System and method for automatic wireless network authentication in an internet of things (iot) system

A system, apparatus, and method are described for a secure iot wireless network configuration. For example, one embodiment of an internet of things (iot) hub comprises: a local wireless communication interface to establish local wireless connections with one or more iot devices and/or iot extender hubs; a network router to establish network connections over the internet on behalf of the iot devices and/or iot extender hubs; an authentication module pre-configured with a passphrase and a hidden service set identifier (ssid), the authentication module to receive a connection requests from the iot devices and/or an iot extender hubs and to grant the connection requests when the iot devices and/or iot extender hubs use the pre-configured passphrase and hidden ssid; and a firewall of the iot hub to block all outgoing and incoming connection requests other than those directed to designated servers of an iot service with known host names.. ... Afero Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171778

System and method for flow control in an internet of things (iot) system

A system and method are described for performing flow control in an iot system. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: a plurality of iot devices; an iot hub to establish local wireless connections with the plurality of iot devices to communicatively couple the plurality of iot devices to an iot service; the iot hub to store flow control parameters for each of the plurality of iot devices, the flow control parameters determined based on data communication requirements of each of the iot devices and indicating one or more data communication thresholds for each of the iot devices; the iot hub to monitor data communication with each of the iot devices to determine whether one of the iot devices has reached a data communication threshold specified by the flow control parameters, wherein in response to a first iot device reaching its data communication threshold, the iot hub temporarily preventing communication between the first iot device and the iot service.. ... Afero Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171747

System and method for establishing a secondary communication channel to control an internet of things (iot) device

A system and method are described for establishing a secondary communication channel between an iot device and a client device. For example, one embodiment of a method comprises: establishing a primary secure communication channel between the iot device and an iot service using a primary set of keys; performing a secondary key exchange using the primary secure communication channel, the client device and the iot device each being provided with a secondary set of keys following the secondary key exchange; detecting that the primary secure communication channel is inoperative; and responsively establishing a secondary secure wireless connection between the client device and the iot device using the secondary set of keys, the client device being provided with access to data and functions made available by the iot device over the secondary secure wireless connection.. ... Afero Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171728

System and method for reducing wireless traffic when connecting an iot hub to an iot device

A system and method are described for reducing traffic when connecting an internet of things (iot) device to an iot hub. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: an internet of things (iot) device comprising a wireless communication module to establish communication with a plurality of iot hubs over local wireless communication channels, advertising control logic to transmit first advertising beacons to the plurality of iot hubs indicating that the iot device is connectable; each of the iot hubs to attempt to connect with the iot device to provide commands and/or data to the iot device, the iot device to establish a connection with a first iot hub of the plurality of iot hubs to receive the commands and/or data from the first iot hub; and the advertising control logic to begin transmitting a second advertising beacon to the iot hubs indicating that the iot device is not connectable after establishing the connection with the first iot hub.. ... Afero Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171607

System and method for internet of things (iot) video camera implementations

A system and method are described for capturing video in an iot system. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: a plurality of iot devices to be positioned within a user's home or business, each of the iot devices having a sensor to take measurements of local conditions and to transmit the measurements or related indications to an iot service and/or a client device of the user; an app or application to be installed on the client device, the user to use the app or application to capture a security code from an internet of things (iot) video camera, the app or application to securely transmit the security code to the iot service; the iot service to perform a lookup in a database to identify the security code and to responsively associate the iot video camera with the user using the security code; and video capture control logic to receive the measurements or related indications from the plurality of iot devices and to responsively determine whether to turn on video capture of the iot video camera based on the measurements or related indications in accordance with video capture rules specified by the user.. ... Afero Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171314

Internet of things (iot) apparatus and method for coin operated devices

A system and method are described for an internet of things (iot) coin operated machine. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: an internet of things (iot) device comprising a local wireless communication interface to establish a local wireless communication link with one or more iot hubs or client devices and a microcontroller unit (mcu) to execute program code; a secure communication module to establish a secure communication channel between the iot device and an iot service over the internet using the local wireless communication link; a machine/coin acceptor interface comprising a first interface to communicatively couple the iot device to a coin acceptor device and a second interface to communicatively couple the iot device to a machine control unit to control operations of a coin operated machine, the machine/coin acceptor interface to receive signals from the coin acceptor device over the first interface when coins are inserted into the coin acceptor device and to transmit a signal to the machine control unit over the second interface to cause the coin operated machine to perform operations when a specified number of coins have been inserted; and the machine/coin acceptor interface to further transmit a signal to the machine control unit over the second interface to cause the coin operated machine to perform operations in response to a command transmitted from the iot service to the iot device through the secure communication channel.. ... Afero Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171313

Apparatus and method for modifying packet interval timing to identify a data transfer condition

An apparatus and method are described for modifying packet interval timing to identify a data transfer condition. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: an internet of things (iot) device comprising a first wireless networking interface to establish communication with an iot hub over a local wireless network channel, the first wireless networking interface implementing a first advertising interval between advertising packets; advertising interval selection logic to cause the first wireless networking interface to use a second advertising interval for advertising packets upon detecting that the iot device has data to be transmitted to the iot hub, the iot hub to detect that the iot device has data to be transmitted based on the change to the second advertising interval.. ... Afero Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171241

Apparatus and method for obscuring wireless communication patterns

An apparatus and method are described for obscuring wireless communication patterns. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: an internet of things (iot) device comprising a wireless communication interface to establish communication with an iot service; the iot device including an application to execute commands received from the iot service and to responsively generate a response; and messaging obfuscation logic to modify timing for transmitting the response to the iot service.. ... Afero Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171204

System and method for performing asset and crowd tracking in an iot system

A system and method are described for performing asset and user tracking. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: an internet of things (iot) device or hub (“iot device/hub”) comprising authorized user detection logic to detect a security iot device of a user in wireless proximity to the iot device/hub, the iot device/hub to be affixed or integrated within a data processing asset; location detection logic to determine a current location of the iot device/hub based on signals received from one or more wireless devices within its wireless range; wherein the authorized user detection logic is to arm the location detection logic upon detecting that the security iot device has moved out of wireless proximity to the iot device/hub; and wherein the location detection logic is to generate an alert and/or notification after being armed by the authorized user detection logic upon detecting that the iot device/hub has moved outside of a designated protected location, the alert and/or notification being transmitted from the iot device/hub to an iot service.. ... Afero Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171196

System and method for secure internet of things (iot) device provisioning

A system and method are described for provisioning an iot device using an association id code. For example, one embodiment of a method comprises: generating an association between a new internet of things (iot) device identification (id) code and an association id code; storing the association in an iot device database of an iot service; retrieving the association id code from the new iot device; transmitting the association id code to the iot service, the iot service performing a lookup in the iot device database using the association id code to determine the device id code; and provisioning the iot device to communicate with the iot service using the device id code.. ... Afero Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171181

Apparatus and method for internet of things (iot) authentication for a mass storage device

An apparatus and method are for providing security to a mass storage device using an internet of things (iot) system. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: a mass storage device to store data; an internet of things (iot) device associated with the mass storage device; an iot service comprising a database to store an association between the mass storage device and the iot device; wherein to authenticate and unlock the mass storage device for use with a data processing device, the iot device is to establish an encrypted communication channel with the iot service and transmit a unique identification (id) code to the iot service uniquely identifying the iot device to the iot service; the iot service to authenticate the iot device using the unique id code and to responsively transmit an unlock command over the encrypted communication channel to unlock the mass storage device; and the iot device to responsively unlock the mass storage device upon receipt of the unlock code.. ... Afero Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171180

System and method for sharing internet of things (iot) devices

A system and method are described for sharing iot devices. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises an internet of things (iot) service in communication with a plurality of iot devices over a network; a device sharing module to receive an indication from a first user of one or more iot devices associated with an account of the first user to be shared with a second user; the device sharing module to responsively associate the one or more iot devices with an account of the second user and to subsequently allow the second user to access the one or more iot devices.. ... Afero Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171178

System and method for an internet of things (iot) gas pump or charging station implementation

A system and method are described for an internet of things (iot) gas pump or charging station implementation. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: an automotive iot device to be integrated within a vehicle of a user; an iot service comprising iot device authentication and management logic to authenticate the identity of the automotive iot device integrated within the vehicle; an internet of things (iot) hub to be communicatively coupled to a gas pump or charging station, the iot hub to establish a communication channel with the iot service, the iot hub further comprising a local wireless communication interface to establish a local wireless communication channel with the automotive iot device, the automotive iot device to establish a secure communication channel with the iot service through the iot hub; the iot service to authenticate the automotive iot device and responsively transmit a command to the iot hub authorizing use of the gas pump or charging station.. ... Afero Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171165

Interface and method for efficient communication between a microcontroller and a communication module

An apparatus and method are described for implementing efficient communication between a microcontroller and a communication module. For example, one embodiment of an apparatus comprises: a secure communication module to establish a secure communication channel with an iot service; and a microcontroller unit (mcu) to execute application-specific program code to implement an application-specific function of an internet of things (iot) device; a serial peripheral interface (spi) bus to communicatively couple the secure communication module to the mcu; and a control line residing in a first state or being transitioned to a second state by either the mcu or the secure communication module, wherein when performing a transaction over the spi bus, either the mcu or the secure communication module is configured to transition the control line to the second state, thereby informing the mcu or the secure communication module that a transaction is occurring, wherein upon completing the transaction, the mcu or the secure communication module is configured to release the control line, thereby allowing the control line to transition back to the first state.. ... Afero Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171090

System and method for managing internet of things (iot) devices and traffic using attribute classes

A system and method are described for managing attributes in an iot system. For example, one embodiment of a method comprises: specifying an attribute for each of a plurality of items of data managed in an internet of things (iot) device and/or an iot service; defining a plurality of attribute classes; associating each of the attributes with one or more of the attribute classes, wherein the attribute classes specify how the items of data are to be stored and processed by components of the iot device and/or the iot service; wherein the attribute classes includes a priority notification attribute class, a first set of attributes to be associated with the priority notification attribute class based on based on a level of importance or severity associated with the first set of attributes; transmitting notifications from the iot device for attributes associated with the priority notification attribute class to the iot service ahead of other notifications for attributes not associated with the priority notification attribute class; and implementing a set of priority notification attribute rules on the iot service, upon receipt of the notifications, to attempt to address a potentially hazardous or otherwise undesirable condition associated with the notifications.. ... Afero Inc

06/15/17 / #20170169688

Internet of things (iot) child tracking system

An apparatus and method are described for an iot security system. For example, one embodiment of the iot security system comprises: one or more attachable security devices, each comprising an iot device to establish local wireless connections with one or more iot hubs within a location, each attachable security device to be attached to a child registered with the security system and comprising a switch to trigger upon detachment of the attachable security device from the child; a plurality of kiosks, each kiosk comprising: a monitor to provide instructions to parents for registering and de-registering children with the security system; an input device to receive input from the parents during a registration process and a de-registration process to register and de-register the children, respectively; a camera to capture a photo of a child to be registered with the security system; an iot hub to establish a first set of local wireless communication channels with the iot devices of the security bracelets, the iot hub to further provide connectivity among each of the kiosks through a second set of one or more communication channels; the iot hub to associate the photo of the child with an iot device of a security bracelet provided to the child, the association being stored in one or more of the kiosks or in a network service; an iot device of an attachable security device to transmit a first alarm to a first kiosk responsive to the switch triggering upon detachment of the attachable security device; the first kiosk to communicate the first alarm with other kiosks and the plurality of kiosks to display the photo.. ... Afero Inc

06/15/17 / #20170169640

Apparatus and method for internet of things (iot) security lock and notification device

An apparatus and method are for providing security to a computing device using an internet of things (iot) device. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: an internet of things (iot) security device to be communicatively coupled to a computing device; an iot service to establish a communication channel with the iot device, the iot service; and the iot service to generate and transmit a notification to a client device of a user when the iot service can no longer communicate with the iot device over the communication channel.. ... Afero Inc

06/15/17 / #20170169264

Internet of things (iot) apparatus and method for electronic shelf tags

A system and method are described for internet of things (iot) shelf tags. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: a shelf tag iot device comprising a local wireless communication interface to establish a local wireless communication link with one or more iot hubs or client devices, the shelf tag iot device further comprising a secure communication module to establish a secure communication channel with an iot service over the internet using the local wireless communication link; a low power display coupled to the shelf tag iot device to display product information related to retail products placed on shelves at a retail location; a products database maintained on the iot service and/or an external retail service, the products database to store an association between each iot device and each of a plurality of products sold by a retailer; shelf tag management logic executed on the iot service and/or the external retail service and configured to push pricing updates for products to each respective shelf tag iot device upon detecting a change in price for the products associated with the shelf tag iot devices.. ... Afero Inc

06/15/17 / #20170168777

Integrated development tool for an internet of things (iot) system

A system and method are described for an iot integrated development tool. For example, one embodiment of an apparatus comprises: an internet of things (iot) development application comprising a gui through which a developer is to specify a configuration for a new iot device; a development database comprising configuration data related to different iot device configurations, the iot development application to utilize the data in the development database based on the configuration specified by the developer for the new iot device; an iot device engine to generate an iot device profile responsive to the development application specifying input/output functions to be performed by the new iot device; a client app engine to generate a user experience (ux) profile responsive to the development application specifying features of a client app or application related to operation of the new iot device; and an iot service engine to generate a cloud application programming interface (api) profile responsive to the development application specifying features of an iot service related to operation of the new iot device.. ... Afero Inc

05/04/17 / #20170127304

Apparatus and method for capturing, manipulating, and analyzing wireless network traffic

An apparatus and method are described for capturing, manipulating and analyzing wireless network communication. For example, one embodiment of the invention comprises: a plurality of channel filters, each channel filter to remove all but a specified portion of a wireless network spectrum associated with each of a plurality of wireless network channels; a plurality of radios each configured to receive one of the specified portions of the wireless network spectrum associated with one of the channels, each of the radios to demodulate the received portions to produce a digital data stream for each channel; wireless device identification logic to analyze the digital data stream for each channel to identify wireless devices sending and/or receiving wireless communications over each channel and to packetize the transmissions using the identity of the sender and/or recipient; a plurality of wireless networking stacks, each of the wireless networking stacks associated with one of the wireless devices identified by the wireless device identification logic; stack forwarding logic to receive packets from the wireless device identification logic and to forward the packets to wireless networking stacks corresponding to each of the wireless devices identified by the wireless device identification logic; and a communication feature extraction module to extract a specified set of features from the digital data stream generated by the radios, the packets generated by the wireless device identification logic and/or the wireless networking stacks, including characteristics of a wireless networking protocol implemented by each of the wireless devices.. ... Afero Inc

05/04/17 / #20170126262

Apparatus and method for filtering wireless signals

An apparatus and method are described for filtering wireless signals. For example, one embodiment of the invention comprises: one or more radios to receive a plurality of wireless signals within a defined spectrum; an energy detection and filtering module to filter received wireless signals based on a detected energy level of the received wireless signals and in accordance with a set of energy-based filtering parameters, the energy detection and filtering module to output energy-filtered wireless signals; and a signal characteristic analysis and filtering module to analyze and filter the energy-filtered wireless signals based on characteristics of the received wireless signals in accordance with a set of signal analysis filtering parameters to output energy-and-characteristic filtered wireless signals.. ... Afero Inc

03/16/17 / #20170078954

Apparatus and method for a dynamic scan interval for a wireless device

An apparatus and method are described for adjusting a scan interval or scan width of a btle device. For example, one embodiment of a method comprises: placing a bluetooth low energy (btle) device of an iot device into a low power or sleep state; waking the btle device from the low power or sleep state in response to a specified schedule or set of conditions; attempting to establish a connection between the btle device and a btle device of an iot hub using a first scan width and/or scan interval; dynamically adjusting the first scan width and/or scan interval to a second scan width and/or scan interval, respectively, based on a randomly-selected value if a connection is not established after a specified time period; and reattempting to establish a connection between the btle device of the iot device and the btle device of the iot hub using the second scan width and/or scan interval.. ... Afero Inc

01/05/17 / #20170006643

Apparatus and method for establishing secure communication channels in an internet of things (iot) system

An apparatus and method are described for secure wireless communication. For example, one embodiment of an apparatus comprises: a first local wireless communication module to establish local wireless communication channels with a second local wireless communication module; a data structure managed by the first local wireless communication module, the data structure comprising a set of characteristics, each characteristic identified with an characteristic id and having a value buffer associated therewith containing data associated with the characteristic; the first wireless communication module to form a first network socket using the data structure by defining a first characteristic for receiving data packets transmitted by the second local wireless communication module and a second characteristic for transmitting outgoing data packets to the second local wireless communication modules; wherein the incoming data packets are to be temporarily buffered in a first value buffer associated with the first characteristic and wherein the outgoing packets are to be temporarily buffered in a second value buffer associated with the second characteristic.. ... Afero Inc

01/05/17 / #20170006003

Apparatus and method for establishing secure communication channels in an internet of things (iot) system

An apparatus and method are described for secure communication between iot devices and an iot service. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: an internet of things (iot) service to establish communication with an iot device through an iot hub or a mobile user device; a first encryption engine on the iot service comprising key generation logic to generate a service public key and a service private key; a second encryption engine on the iot device comprising key generation logic to generate a device public key and a device private key; the first encryption engine to transmit the service public key to the second encryption engine and the second encryption engine to transmit the device public key to the first encryption engine; the first encryption engine to use the device public key and the service private key to generate a secret; the second encryption engine to use the service public key and the device private key to generate the same secret; and wherein once the secret is generated, the first encryption engine and the second encryption engine encrypt and decrypt data packets transmitted between the first encryption engine and the second encryption engine using the secret or using a data structure derived from the secret.. ... Afero Inc








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