Fred trundles around a wet, grassy ard on a salty, sunny beach morning. Wearing his finest beach
casual, a faded Cape May t-shirt and pair
of khaki shorts, he looks for the perfect
spot to install a new outdoor smart
security camera. He eyes a spot on the
worn wooden back porch structure and
points, “right there,” he says, “that’s
Lately we’ve been covering everything from the Internet of
Things (Io T) to 5G networks, the components that make up
these technologies, and (pretty much) everything in between.
(Our tech focus on page 14, “Connectors Enable Engineers
To Develop Next-Gen Smart Home Electronics,” discusses
how the rising demand of the smart home market is pushing
connector manufacturers to improve device performance within
smaller PCB footprints.) In this issue, we’re bringing a lot of
previously discussed topics to the center of most peoples’
lives—their homes. Much like Fred, more and more consumers
are turning ordinary homes into smart homes. Devices ranging
from cameras and thermostats to garage doors and lightbulbs are
being controlled by phones, tablets, or the sound of your voice.
Smart homes are comprised of components like sensors,
batteries, cords, cables, connectors, displays (the list keeps on
going), along with new and old technologies; but what about
security? Is your smart home actually secure?
Many of today’s embedded devices and systems are complex
connected devices charged with performing critical functions.
Adding security to the mix is a critical and complex design task,
but needs to be done. In our issue focus on page 10, “Getting
Started With Io T Security For Home Devices,” we dive into
the good stuff—security features that should be considered
when developing a home or personal device, what capabilities
to implement in hardware versus software, what secure
development process to follow, and much more.
We also get into capacitive sensing to make smart appliances
even smarter (page 18), why filter connectors are essential for
keeping military and avionics electronics safe from frequency
interference (page 22), and a little something about the coming
Alien invasion thrown in there as well, NBD (no big deal). Now,
let’s all hope Fred’s camera placement catches him more than
just the daily sunrise and sunset, though, I think he’d be happy
with just that.
Until next time,
Janine E. Mooney
Editor in Chief, ECN
Editorial Content Director, DEG
Twitter: @JanineEMoon + @ECNonline
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