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US chipmaker Qualcomm has robustly defended its business practices as the antitrust lawsuit against them draws to a close.

In their closing testimony Qualcomm declared that the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had ultimately failed to prove that the chipmaker’s business practices had harmed its competitors during the course of the trial.

FTC have alleged that Qualcomm used its market dominance in its smartphone chip development to force phone suppliers to pay higher patent licensing fees, in other words it claims the company which is headquartered in San Diego had an unfair monopoly.

Both parties now must wait for the ruling from the judiciary, although reports have suggested that the decision is not likely to be delivered any time soon.

In a statement which summarized Qualcomm’s closing argument in court, the company’s EVP and general counsel Don Rosenberg said the FTC hasn’t come close to meeting its burden of proof in this case.

Rosenberg said, “All real-world evidence presented at trial showed how Qualcomm’s years of R&D and innovation fostered competition, and growth for the entire mobile economy to the benefit of consumers around the world.”

In addition to this, Rosenberg highlighted that Qualcomm’s licensing rates were established long before it had set up its lucrative chip business and accurately reflected the value of its comprehensive patent portfolio.

The FTC closed their arguments by stressing to the judiciary that the powerful chipmaker had used its muscle and dominance in the 3G and 4G chip market to force smartphone manufacturers like Apple to sing licensing agreements with excessively high royalties.

Prosecutors on behalf of FTC argued this approach would continue in the 5G era if Qualcomm isn’t stopped.

During the trial, the FTC called witnesses from a number of handset companies including Apple, Samsung, Intel and Huawei to testify that Qualcomm had used unfair practices, harming competition in the industry.

Published in Telecom Vendors

Intel launched its new Intel Xeon Scalable processors on July 26. The product provides businesses with “breakthrough performance” to handle tasks such as real-time analytics, virtualized infrastructure and high-performance computing. Half a million of the processors have already been sold to AT&T and others.

The processors will drive “megatrends” such as cloud, analytics and 5G, said Firas Alfanney, Intel’s Data Center Group Sales Director for ME, Turkey, Africa and Russia, at a press conference in Dubai. “All of these trends are driven by data,” he said. “Today, smartphones are generating 30 megabytes per day, and a PC generates about 90 megabytes. When connected cars come into play, they will generate 40 terabytes per day. Data is increasing throughout all ecosystems.”

Businesses need to transform with this massive data growth, he said, in order to keep up with customer demand and provide the best services. For example, hybrid cloud is being promoted within the industry to give enterprises the flexibility to choose between private on-premise cloud and using some public cloud. This is going to be the trend in the future, Firas claims, and Intel’s new processors are the built for big data.

“At Intel we have been talking a lot about industry transformation,” Firas said, “The transformation of old industries adopting new technologies.” For example, farmers today now use drone technology, sensors and satellite imagery to assist them in meeting strong demand. Even in retail, sensors are used to help monitor stock. Data center is the core to support these megatrends, he said.

“Data center and network infrastructure is undergoing massive transformations to support emerging use cases like precision medicine, artificial intelligence and agile network services paving the path to 5G,” said Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of the Intel Data Center Group. “Intel Xeon Scalable processors represent the biggest data center advancement in a decade,” he said.

The processors are optimized to meet the wide range of performance demands in data centers and communications networks, offering up to 28 cores and up to 6 terabytes of system memory (4-socket systems), and scale to support 2-socket through 8-socket systems and beyond, powering entry-level workloads to the most mission-critical applications.

The processors are also “scalable” and are available at different levels to match the different sizes of enterprises. It’s not “one size fits all” Firas said. The Bronze level processor is for “light tasks” which moves up to Silver for “moderate tasks” and then Gold and Platinum which are “optimized for widest range of evolving/multi workloads”. The Platinum level processors have “scalable performance, hardware enhanced security, and advanced RAS.”

The general availability announcement of the processors follows Intel’s largest data center early ship program with more than half a million Intel Xeon Scalable processors already sold to leading enterprise, high-performance computing, cloud and communication services provider customers.

AT&T, the top telco in the US, has adopted the processors mainly for its ambitions with 5G and to cope with tremendous data growth. The processors require fewer servers and connect more virtual machines, which is ideal for 5G, since 5G is “all about network function virtualization.” The processors also provide the necessary power to run 5G, offer lower energy costs and space efficiency.

The benefits of the processors, Firas said, include a dramatic performance increase of 1.65x on average over previous generation technology. With 58 world records and counting, Intel Xeon Scalable delivers “industry leading performance across the broadest range of networks.”

The processors were architected to help customers accelerate the deployment of cloud infrastructure, transform communications networks and unleash artificial intelligence, said Firas. The product is supported by 480 Intel builders who verified its performance, and received broad support from a variety of technology leaders including Huawei, Lenovo, Nokia, Samsung, ZTE, Ericsson, Microsoft and AT&T.

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Nokia is working with Japan’s NTT DOCOMO to test applications using a 5G base station and the Intel® 5G Mobile Trial Platform end-user device. This demonstrates the potential of Nokia 5G FIRST to deliver enhanced broadband at vastly greater scale. A showcase at the 5G Tokyo Bay Summit 2017 will signal the start of 5G trials in the Tokyo area.

Nokia will develop the 5G ecosystem with leading Japanese operator NTT DOCOMO, INC. in Japan to prepare for the upcoming introduction of the next generation wireless network. The collaboration - which uses the Intel® 5G Mobile Trial Platform - will commence with the key interoperability testing of multi-vendor technology using the 4.5GHz frequency band.

"This trial is an important milestone for the development of 5G in Japan, which will be one of the first countries in the world to adopt the technology,” said Jae Won, head of Nokia Japan. “Furthermore, the initiative is an important step forward in our collaboration with NTT DOCOMO, as well as other key technology partners, as we develop a technology that will meet the ever-growing demands of huge numbers of people living in megacities."

5G will deliver high speeds and low latency in support of a new generation of broadband applications, meeting new requirements for connecting people and devices, especially in megacities such as Tokyo. Nokia will conduct trials of 5G technology with DOCOMO in the Tokyo metropolitan area throughout 2017, with particular focus on busy tourist, shopping and business locations as well as at key public events hosted by the operator.

"This is a vital first step to allow us to ensure that we have the 5G network infrastructure available for when we commercially introduce the technology, with an ecosystem of device vendors to offer our subscribers the best possible choice and highest quality,” said Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of NTT DOCOMO.

The tests will use the Nokia 5G FIRST solution, incorporating the Nokia AirScale base station transmitting over a 5G radio interface to the Intel® 5G Mobile Trial Platform. The companies will test end-to-end applications over the air between the base station and the device on the 4.5GHz frequency band, which is one of the candidate bands for 5G in Japan. The Nokia 5G FIRST solution is based on early-adopters radio specifications that define a common interface to allow equipment from multiple vendors to connect over a 5G radio network.

"Intel believes key collaborations such as this one driving ecosystem partner trials and early deployments are critical to building successful 5G technologies and accelerating the vast benefits they will bring to users,” said Asha Keddy, vice president and general manager of Next Generation and Standards in the Communication and Devices Group at Intel. “We are excited to be part of this interoperability testing in Japan using the 4.5GHz radio spectrum as part of the 5G end-to-end solution."

 Nokia is working with industry leaders around the globe to deliver a 5G infrastructure that will meet the massive broadband needs of a variety of industries and applications. 

Published in Internet of Things

US computer chip giant Intel announced on March 13 its plans to purchase Israeli technology firm Mobileye for over $15 billion. The deal is the largest ever cross-border acquisition for an Israeli technology firm, according to Israeli media. The two firms have already collaborated with German automaker BMW to develop autonomous vehicles.

"The combination is expected to accelerate innovation for the automotive industry and position Intel as a leading technology provider in the fast-growing market for highly and fully autonomous vehicles," said a statement by the two companies which added that the deal was worth approximately $15.3 billion.

"Intel estimates the vehicle systems, data and services market opportunity to be up to $70 billion by 2030," the statement added.

BMW announced last year its plans to join with Mobileye and Intel on an autonomous vehicle project for "highly and fully automated driving" planning to go commercial by 2021. BMW said in January that it would deploy 40 self-driving cars for tests in the US and Europe.

In August, Mobileye and UK-based auto-equipment maker Delphi said they were teaming up to develop an autonomous driving system which would be ready for vehicle-makers in 2019. Mobileye, which also develops systems for accident avoidance, has concluded an agreement with Volkswagen on road data technology as well.

Published in Finance

During Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Zain Group, a telecom operator present in eight markets across the Middle East and Africa, announced that it has joined the Telecom Infra Project, (TIP), an initiative co-founded by Facebook, Intel, Nokia, SK Telecom, Deutsche Telekom and others in 2016.

The primary aim of TIP is to bring mobile operators, infrastructure providers, system integrators, and other technology companies together to collaborate on the development of new technologies and reimagine traditional approaches to building and deploying telecom network infrastructure. Operators and the broader telecom industry need to collaborate, be more flexible, innovative and efficient, and TIP looks to help achieve this goal.

As a pioneer in telecommunications in the Middle East and Africa, Zain brings vast expertise and resources to the initiative as it will leverage its regional footprint and experience in network deployments across challenging territories to support TIP.

TIP is exploring new approaches and technologies across these initial focus areas: access, backhaul, and core and management. The projects within these areas utilize the unique engineering and operational expertise of each member, focusing on developing new technologies and exploring new approaches to deployment in both developed and emerging markets. Each member contributes to the area of its expertise, while learning from others so that together all parties can collaborate and build better, faster, more efficient systems.

Commenting on becoming a part of the TIP initiative, Scott Gegenheimer, Zain Group CEO said, "It could be argued that scaling traditional telecom infrastructure to meet the ever-increasing demand for broadband data is not moving as fast as it needs to ensure customers receive the mobile experience they demand and deserve. Zain recognizes there isn't a single solution for this, and that no one company can tackle the problem alone. We firmly believe collaboration in innovation will drive efficiencies in our business and we are keen to be part of such prime opportunities wherever they may arise."

Gegenheimer continued, "Being a staunch advocate of the expansion of connectivity for all, Zain fully appreciates the power the internet has to enhance and empower the communities it serves. There are 4 billion people in the world who still don't have a data connection and we commend Facebook and the other founding companies for kick-starting TIP. We have high expectations that this initiative will result in bridging the digital divide by greater inclusion, and call on for more of our regional and industry peers to join us in this initiative."

Since the launch of TIP in February 2016, the initiative has achieved numerous milestones including the creation of 'TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Centers' that incubate local talent around the world and accelerate product development through support from leading global and local investors.

A 'People and Process Project Group' was also created in order to develop and share cultural and process transformation best practices that can improve operators' key metrics. In addition, Facebook contributed Voyager, the industry's first white-box transponder and IP/MPLS routing solution that was successfully tested. Furthermore, Facebook's OpenCellular designs and schematics are now fully open source within TIP to accelerate the industry's ability to provide wireless access in remote areas of the world.

Driving a faster pace of innovation in telecom infrastructure is necessary to meet new technology challenges and to unlock new opportunities for everyone in the ecosystem. Flexibility will be key in everything TIP does though and the goal is to allow mobile network systems to evolve without having to start over.

Published in Telecom Operators

ZTE Signs Cooperation Agreement with Intel for IoT Innovation

Written on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 11:49

ZTE Corporation a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for mobile internet, and Intel, officially signed a strategic cooperation agreement at an IoT forum in Barcelona, Spain. Both parties will jointly establish an innovative lab for research and development of future key IoT technologies, including experimental verification, evaluation, and research and development of related technologies, thereby providing integrated market-oriented IoT solutions.

ZTE is committed to becoming an industry leader in the commercial use of IoT and 5G in the IoT field. ZTE and Intel have previously cooperated in many fields, such as IoT access technologies, open-source collaboration, IoT platforms, and solution integration.

Rose Schooler, Vice President of Intel's Sales Group and General Manager of Intel Global Internet of Things Sales said: "In Intel's vision, 5G will bring us a smarter internet and deliver a world of connectivity in a more flexible, effective and cheaper way. We are looking towards the infinite possibilities that come from 50 billion smart devices. Intel and ZTE will make joint efforts for the IoT lab. With rich experience and continuous innovation, we will create a new generation of IoT solutions for promoting the construction of an IoT application ecosystem as well as the development and prosperity of the IoT industry."

Chen Jie, CIO of ZTE, said: "IoT is not only an important part of the 'Made in China 2025' plan and the internet+ strategy, but also an important way to promote China's industrial advancement and economic revitalization. As a leader in independent innovation, ZTE continues to invest in research and development, to maintain continuous innovation and competitiveness, making breakthroughs in key technologies. In addition, ZTE actively explores business models, and is focusing on creating two major support platforms: an IoT ecosystem platform and capital platform. I am very pleased with the progress Intel and ZTE are making in the IoT field in joint R&D and the construction of the IoT Innovation Lab. I hope that both parties can work together to make breakthroughs in terminals, networks, and IoE PaaS. We will promote the construction of an IoT application ecosystem as well as the development and prosperity of the IoT industry by strengthening industrial collaboration, eliminating information silos, and creating industrial scale effects."

ZTE has built an open connection, management, and application platform together with Intel to provide services for upstream and downstream customers in the industry chain. ZTE's Smart IoT operating system (OS) provides intelligent capabilities for IoT terminals, and the IoT management platform enables simpler equipment and user management for customers. In addition, ZTE helps partners tap the value of each "BIT" by integrating big data and cloud computing capabilities.

As an ICT enabler for the IoT industry, ZTE provides Internet of Everything (IoE) solutions involving narrow band IoT (NB-IoT), long term evolution (LTE), LTE-M ASICs, modules, OSs for smart devices and software development kits, accelerating the development of various sensor technologies and facilitating the research and development of IoT application gateways, sensors, and modules.

With regards to terminals, ZTE focuses on chips, OS, communication modules, and intelligent gateways, and actively participates in industrial collaboration to create an open IoT platform for terminal hardware and software to help industry customers accelerate the development of intelligent IoT terminals.

As for networks, ZTE is committed to providing customers with better connectivity services and optimizing short-range, wide area network (WAN), metropolitan area network (MAN), and core network technologies, in order to meet differentiated needs for IoT application. ZTE implements technological innovation and upgrades in delay, capacity, and reliability.

ZTE has formulated end-to-end security solutions to provide customers with security services for simultaneous planning, construction, and operation. ZTE pushes to adapt to security strategies in different scenarios and create trustworthy application environments, OS platforms, and chip-level solutions for customers.

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BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye announced on January 8, 2017, that a fleet of approximately 40 autonomous BMW vehicles will be on the roads by the second half of 2017, demonstrating the significant advancements made by the three companies towards fully autonomous driving. Revealing this at a podium discussion held during a joint press conference at CES, the companies explained that the BMW 7 Series will employ cutting-edge Intel and Mobileye technologies during global trials starting in the US and Europe.

This news follows the partnership that was announced between the BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye in July of last year. The companies have since developed a scalable architecture that can be adopted by other automotive developers and carmakers to pursue state of the art designs and create differentiated brands. The offerings scale from individual key integrated modules to a complete end-to-end solution providing a wide range of differentiated consumer experiences.

"Making autonomous driving a reality for our customers is the shared ambition behind our cooperation with Intel and Mobileye,” stated Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG for Development. “This partnership has all of the skills and talent necessary to overcome the enormous technological challenges ahead and commercialize self-driving vehicles. Therefore, we are already thinking in terms of scalability and welcome other companies – manufacturers, suppliers or technology companies – to participate and contribute to our autonomous platform.

“This year our fleet of vehicles will already test this joint technology globally under real traffic conditions. This is a significant step towards the introduction of the BMW iNEXT in 2021, which will be the BMW Group’s first fully autonomous vehicle.”

“From an industry perspective, we are already seeing savings and speed in development by sharing development costs and in pooling resources to develop a complete autonomous platform. The car to cloud system will perform with consistent, predictable behavior and is validated to the highest level of safety,” said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. “That’s why this partnership is breaking new ground. We have established a dedicated team with clear, shared goals and a culture of innovation, agility and accountability.”

“Over the last six months, we have made very good progress in designing a state-of-the-art solution for autonomous driving on both highways and in urban areas. The solution has been defined in a scalable manner to allow affiliate automakers to meet their unique needs,” said Mobileye Co-Founder, Chairman and CTO Professor Amnon Shashua.

As part of this partnership, the BMW Group will be responsible for driving control and dynamics, evaluation of overall functional safety including setting up a high performance simulation engine, overall component integration, production of prototypes and eventually scaling the platform via deployment partners.

Intel brings to the partnership innovative high performance computing elements that span from the vehicle to the data center. The newly launched Intel GO solution for autonomous driving offers a world class processor and FPGA technologies for the most efficient balance of performance and power, while meeting the stringent thermal and safety requirements of the automotive industry. 

Within the car, the Intel GO solution offers a scalable development and computer platform for critical functions including sensor fusion, driving policy, environment modeling, path planning and decision making.  In the data center, Intel GO offers a wide range of technologies ranging from the high performance Intel Xeon processors, to Intel Arria 10 FPGAs and Intel Solid State Drives to the Intel Nervana platform for artificial intelligence that provides a powerful machine and deep learning training and simulation infrastructure required for the autonomous driving industry.

Mobileye contributes its proprietary EyeQ 5 high-performance computer vision processor offering automotive-grade functional safety and low-power performance. The EyeQ 5 is responsible for processing and interpretation of input from the 360-degree surround view vision sensors as well as localization. EyeQ 5, in combination with Intel CPU and FPGA technologies, forms the Central Computing Platform to be integrated into each autonomous vehicle.

Mobileye will further collaborate with the BMW Group to develop the sensor fusion solution, creating a full model of the environment surrounding the vehicle, using input from vision, radar, and lidar sensors. As well as establishing a driving policy, including Mobileye’s reinforcement learning algorithms used to endow the vehicle system with the artificial intelligence required to safely negotiate complex driving situations.

To further propel the development of the autonomous platform, the partnership plans to release hardware samples and software updates in the upcoming years. The BMW iNEXT model, which will be introduced in 2021, will be the foundation for BMW Group’s autonomous driving strategy. Following this vehicle, a range of highly automated models from all BMW Group brands will follow.

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American global security company Intel, are predicting that ‘Drone-jacking’ is set to become the next major cyber threat. There has been a significant increase in the use of drones – which security experts have warned that is likely to lead to a new wave of ‘Drone-jacking.’ A report published by Intel’s McAfee Labs indicated that hackers will start targeting drones used for deliveries, law enforcement or camera crews, in addition to hobbyists.

A spokesman for Intel Security, Bruce Snell outlined the potential dangers of ‘Drone-jacking’ in the company’s annual threat report – and said there were fearful because so many drones on the market lacked adequate security which makes it easy for outsider hackers to take control of the drones. The concept of ‘Drone-jacking’ was demonstrated at a security conference last year, where researchers showed how someone could easily take control of a toy drone.

Snell said: “Drones are well on the way to becoming a major tool for shippers, law enforcement agencies, photographers, farmers, the news media, and more. Although taking over a kid's drone may seem amusing and not that big of an issue, once we look at the increase in drone usage potential problems starts to arise.”

Companies like Amazon and UPS are expected to use drones for its package deliveries - becoming potential targets for criminals in the process, the report also stated.

The dangers were outlined in the annual report by Intel, the report read: "Someone looking to 'drone-jack' deliveries could find a location with regular drone traffic and wait for the targets to appear. Once a package delivery drone is overhead, the drone could be sent to the ground, allowing the criminal to steal the package.”

The researchers said criminals may also look to steal expensive photographic equipment carried by drones, to knock out surveillance cameras used by law enforcement.  Intel said it expects to see ‘Drone-jacking "toolkits" traded on "dark web" marketplaces in 2017.They’ve warned that once these toolkits start making the rounds, it is just a matter of time before we start seeing stories of hijacked drones showing up in the evening news.

Other predictions in the report included a decrease in so-called "ransomware" attacks as defences improve, but a rise in mobile attacks that enable cyber thieves to steal bank account or credit card information. The report also noted that cybercriminals will begin using more sophisticated artificial intelligence or "machine learning" techniques and employ fake online ads.

Published in Satellite Industry

Huawei, Intel, and China Electronics Standardization Institute (CESI) jointly hosted the fourth China OpenStack Bug Smash in Hangzhou.

OpenStack Bug Smash has gradually become a global community activity, and has growing influence. All the participants work together to fix bugs to ensure high quality OpenStack releases. It also promotes open source activities in China, thereby increasing China's influence in global open source projects.

Huawei, Intel, and CESI gathered 79 outstanding OpenStack developers from 14 companies and universities, including Intel, Huawei, HPE, PMG, and Zhejiang University. They also invited Duncan Thomas, a core technical expert of Cinder, to offer technical support for the activity. During the three days, the 79 OpenStack developers communicated and collaborated openly, fixed 141 bugs, a number that surges to new highs, and laid a solid foundation for a high quality OpenStack release.

OpenStack Bug Smash is a high-level community activity. It aims to enhance the technological strength of OpenStack, fix key OpenStack bugs, and boost OpenStack development in China through cooperation among OpenStack developers and face-to-face communication of core reviewers from project teams worldwide. More than 400 bugs have been fixed in the past four OpenStack Bug Smash. This activity showcases the contributions made by Chinese OpenStack developers represented by Huawei and Intel and their strength in global open source projects, enabling Chinese open source technology developers to have more voices in the OpenStack Community.

Smaug, a project initiated by Huawei, won the vote of the OpenStack Technical Committee and became official OpenStack big tent project in OpenStack community. It provides standard APIs tailored to OpenStack-based data protection services, and delivers a framework to orchestrate these services.

Established in September 2012, OpenStack is committed to building an open cloud platform. With increasing popularity in the industry, OpenStack provides de facto standards for cloud platform construction. However, when it comes to data protection, OpenStack requires a project that can provide abundant VM backup services and functions, as well as offer standard APIs to work with different commercial data protection software suites. Smaug is exactly the project to accomplish these goals. It allows data protection software suites from various vendors to connect to OpenStack. This achieves Data Protection as a Service, including enhanced backup, replication, and migration for OpenStack.

Named after the treasure-guarding dragon in fiction novels, Smaug is expected to deliver powerful data protection capabilities for corporate customers.

Sean McGinnis, director of the OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder) project, commented that, "Smaug takes a unique approach. It doesn't just attempt to back up your data. By protecting all resources, not just the storage, Smaug is able to protect your complete OpenStack application using existing component's APIs to get the full solution. I'm glad to see this project join the OpenStack big tent. I think this is a very good addition."


Published in Telecom Vendors

Raj Samani is an active member of the info-security community. He assisted in the RSA Wireless Survey for London in 2006, participated on the consultation committee for RIPA Part III, and features in the Info-security Europe Hall of Fame 2012. As a highly accomplished author, Mr. Samani is the vice president and chief technical officer, EMEA, for Intel Security. In the following interview, Samani shares his thoughts on the evolution of technology and security.

Can you tell us about Intel Security’s involvement with Internet of Things and smart cities, and why is it such a big deal in this region?

I spoke on a panel yesterday and did what I normally do, which is disagreeing with everybody! We spoke about IoT. I’ve written five books on the subject. I will give you the honest truth to your answer: IoT is broad and so wide. Whenever someone speaks about cloud security, I laugh, because there is no such thing – and the same goes for IoT security. It is such a broad environment.

My brother has an interconnected door bell, and I spoke to him about security for this door bell, and yet what we do for sub-stations is equally completely different to what we do with door bells, yet they’re categorized under IoT. This makes it a very complicated answer. But what I would say is that, come 2020 20 billion connected devices are expected (depending on whose marketing department you want to believe), we’ve done real-life deployments in the field in oil and gas making a real difference. For example, we developed one of the world’s first digital oil fields. We increased oil production by 150 percent.

Can you explain what do you mean by ‘digital oilfield’?

Traditionally, you would have physical people onsite controlling command systems like. What we now have the ability to do is work with the automation vendor and allow full connectivity from that oilfield back to the central head office. In the past what would happen is we would have a one way system; for example, if there was a problem, there would be a procedure to follow with the help of a supervisor. But what we did was eliminate that human component where we had to make a call, and allowed full-control connectivity and management as well as mediation, all from thousands of miles away. We’ve completed a project of full digital disruption of oil and gas, which we’ve already done with energy for example implementing smart grids and smart metering.

Are you pushing to make industries more efficient?

Yes, pushing to make things more efficient but also to simplify things. Picture this: when someone in your family has a computer problem, you or an expert will have to drive out to their house to help them fix the problem, which takes up everyone’s time. Now imagine you are an IT department at an oil company: if there’s a problem, you have to suit up, charter a helicopter, fly out there, fix the problem, and then fly back. Every single call that you have to deal with could cost around US$20,000. How is that sustainable?

We have the ability to not only remotely manage these systems, but also use what we call Secure Silicon Solutions – even if the operating system fails, we can go below the OS and directly target the silicon to reset, reboot, or even remediate a security incident. This means specialists don’t have to fly out to oil sites just to fix an IT problem. We’re making things more efficient, and by doing this, we’re making the business more profitable. We’re helping the business produce, extract and refine oil, at a cheaper price than they’ve ever done before, which increases the profitability for the company, and consequently decreases the price that we have to pay at the pump.

If we’re able to do the same disruptive technologies in healthcare, I’m able to provide you a better level of healthcare. If we do this in clean energy for example, we’re able to remove the dependence we have on fossil fuel in the region. I call this the ability to make life better for people all around the world – which is what technology should be doing! Stakeholders don’t care if Intel makes things more efficient, they care if we sell more and gain better brand loyalty.

How does this technology relate to you?

My family is buying a dog. My kids and I were looking at a collar for the dog that will do proactive analysis to determine extenuating circumstances which may determine potential sickness in the dog. It’s remarkable! What we’ll get is constant feedback about the likeliness of the dog catching a fever, etc. The collar is so advanced that even if the dog gets lost, we would receive a message informing us of the dogs’ whereabouts. We could even have an LED collar on the dog with contact details to return the dog home if lost.

Does technology such as this put into question how much control we should really have?

I’m a father, so if you ask me as a dad, I’ll give you a different answer than if you ask me as a security professional. I recently spoke at a conference where I was asked when will I stop monitoring my kids and I said ‘never’. My daughter is incredibly intelligent in technology, already learning IPV4 and IPV6 at ten-years-old. The reason she has done so well is because I put controls in place and she learns to bypass them. There’s no easy answer to how much control we should have, because it all depends on things like context.

I used to work in the healthcare industry, and we have a concept called implicit consent, which infers that I know what’s best for you. For example: ‘I will make decisions on your healthcare, because I know best’. This can make people feel uneasy and untrusting. Now let me change the context: You’ve been hit by a car and you’ve been brought into A&E and you’re unconscious. You said to me three months ago that at no point can you ever share any details about my medical history, because it’s an invasion of privacy. This is where the problem with control and privacy starts.

The world is literally changing around us because of technology. It’s exciting, it’s daunting, it’s frightening, it’s remarkable – a world of opportunity. We did a take-down recently, and for the first time ever, I had visibility of the actual people that were infected with malware. We worked with the FBI, the Dutch Police, and said to those who were infected: ‘OK everybody, we’ve done this take-down, we know you’re infected, so here’s the free tools you can clean your computer with’. Do you know what percentage of people actually cleaned their computers after we removed the criminal infrastructure? About 3 percent actually did something. Somebody said to me: ‘You know how they are, so why don’t we just do it for them?’ I asked: ‘Is that ethical?’ You see the problem?

I genuinely believe that you can do remarkable things with technology and change peoples’ lives for the better, but to do so in a completely transparent and ethical format using the concept that I call Informed Consent. I believe if you sit down and talk to people and explain to people what you are doing and how you are doing it, and more importantly how it will benefit their lives, then I think we can do remarkable things with technology.

When we sat with this company to talk about implementing the digital oilfield, it hadn’t been done before. Looking ahead, we’re now in the process of developing one of the world’s first smart grids in southern Europe, which we will be announcing in about 12 months time. We are working across almost every single industry, such as research around bitcoins, looking at alternative currency models, using personal data as currency, as well as a lot of work with law enforcement doing and operational work with regards to targeted attacks against consumers and businesses. We work in some of the most hostile environments, identifying criminal infrastructures and how the ‘bad guys’ actually work.

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