Seluxit viser samfundsansvar og følger anbefalingerne fra regeringen.

Vi vil organisere os på den bedst mulige måde for at beskytte vores medarbejdere, kunder, partnere og deres familier samtidig med at vi minimerer indflydelsen på eksisterende kundeprojekter og vores forretning generelt.

Hvis du har spørgsmål, så er du velkommen til at kontakte os via telefon eller e-mail.

Seluxit is showing corporate social responsibility by following the recommendations given by the government.

We will organize ourselves in the best possible way to protect our employees, customers, partners and their families, with little or no impact on existing customer projects and our business in general.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contacting us by phone or email.

Er det politikerne og myndigheder, der skal tage ansvaret for at sikre god dataetik, elller ligger opgaven hos virksomhederne? Hos nordjyske Seluxit har man taget sagen i egen hånd.

Der har den seneste tid været et stort politisk fokus på dataetik, som er et emne, der fylder meget både herhjemme og i resten af verden. Da den daværende regering i marts fremlagde sin strategi for kunstig intelligens, var dataetik hovedoverskriften, og i april blev medlemmerne af et nyt Dataetisk Råd udpeget.

Hvad tænker Seluxit på sagen? Læs hele artiklen på ITWATCH.

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IT Watch artikler om Seluxit og dataetik.

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Dansk it-selskab: Politisk fokus på dataetik er ikke tilstrækkeligt

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Is it the politicians and authorities that have to take responsibility for ensuring good data ethics, or is the task located at the companies? In North Jutland Seluxit, takes up this case on.

Recently, there has been a great political focus on data ethics, which is a topic that takes up a lot both in Denmark and the rest of the world. When the then government in March presented its artificial intelligence strategy , data ethics was the main title , and in April, the members of a new Data Council were appointed.

And what is Seluxit's take on the matter? Read the full article (in Danish) here at ITWATCH.

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IT Watch articles about Seluxit and data ethics (in Danish).

Nordjysk tech-selskab har ansat filosof for at sikre nyt forretningsområde

Dansk it-selskab: Politisk fokus på dataetik er ikke tilstrækkeligt

Jakob er filosof og arbejder i et tech-selskab: “Der er virkelig meget at rive i”

Nordjyske Seluxit har valgt at gå alternativt til værks for at differentiere sig på den lange bane.

Hos det nordjyske it-selskab Seluxit, der laver iot-løsninger og er børsnoteret på Nasdaqs minibørs First North, har man valgt at satse stort på dataetik, og i efteråret ansatte selskabet derfor en filosof til at stå i spidsen for et nyt dataetisk projekt. Læs hele artiklen på ITWATCH.

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IT Watch artikler om Seluxit og dataetik.

Nordjysk tech-selskab har ansat filosof for at sikre nyt forretningsområde

Dansk it-selskab: Politisk fokus på dataetik er ikke tilstrækkeligt

Jakob er filosof og arbejder i et tech-selskab: “Der er virkelig meget at rive i”

Nordjyske Seluxit has chosen to work alternatively to differentiate itself on the long run.

At the North Jutland IT company Seluxit, which makes IoT solutions and is listed on Nasdaq First North, have chosen to invest heavily in data ethics, and in the autumn, the company therefore employed a philosopher to lead a new data ethical project. Read the full article (in Danish) here at ITWATCH.

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IT Watch articles about Seluxit and data ethics (in Danish).

Nordjysk tech-selskab har ansat filosof for at sikre nyt forretningsområde

Dansk it-selskab: Politisk fokus på dataetik er ikke tilstrækkeligt

Jakob er filosof og arbejder i et tech-selskab: “Der er virkelig meget at rive i”

Seluxit CEO, Daniel Lux, og Salgsdirektør, Jesper Frank, deltager og præsenterer på Dynaway Food & Beverage Forum den 7-8 May, 2019.

Eventen organiseres af Dynaway og foregår på det anerkendte Bell’s bryggeri i byen Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Dynaway er certificeret Microsoft Dynamics partner med kunder flere steder i verden, og tilbyder et integreret Enterprise Asset Management system (EAM) til brug for planlægning og optimering af Enterprise produktions vedligeholdelsesopgaver.

Seluxit præsenterer, hvordan IoT løsninger kan effektiviserer produktionen, ved at optimere processer og automatisere vedligeholdelsesopgaver. Seluxit vil endvidere illustrere, hvorledes IoT også kan anvendes til at skabe en forbedret kundeoplevelse, og hvordan data kan anvendes til eks. produktforbedringer.

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Øget effektivitet, omkostningsreduktion samt nye databaserede indtjeningsmuligheder vil være et gennemgående tema.

Seluxit CEO, Daniel Lux, and Sales Director, Jesper Frank, will be presenting at the Dynaway Food & Beverage Forum the 7-8 of May, 2019.

The event will be held at the well-known craft brewery Bell’s in Kalamazoo, Michigan and is organized by Dynaway. Dynaway is a certified Microsoft Dynamics partner focusing on Enterprise Asset Management and Manufacturing Execution, whose software is used by corporations all over the world.

Seluxit will explain how Seluxit with its IoT solutions is game changer for the food & beverage industry, helping connect and optimize processes to automate maintenance resulting in increased uptime. In addition, Seluxit will illustrate how IoT can be used in the actual products themselves to improve the user experience and provide data for product improvements.

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The result are increasing efficiency, saving costs, and creating new data-driven revenue streams.

Når det drejer sig om energiforbrugsdata, handler det om at tjene penge fra dataene om at levere reel værdi gennem data-drevne forretningsmodeller.

Seluxit har svar på, hvordan forsyningsselskaber kan give og få værdi fra deres kunders personlige energiforbrugsdata. Fra den 5-7 februar 2019 i Essen, Tyskland, vil Seluxit være klar til at dele vores tilgang, der allerede er i gang med vores kunde, Innogy.

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Seluxits CEO Daniel Lux gav en præsentation ved "Iot i Praksis", et arrangement afholdt af BrainsBussiness i Aalborg d. 27. november.

Arrangementet henvendte sig til det stigende antal firmaer der i en eller anden form har IOT på deres agenda. Daniel forklarede ved hjælp af eksempler fra Seluxits egne aktiviter hvordan IOT kan åbne op for datadrevne forretningsmodeller.

Et eksempel kan være en forsyningsvirksomhed og deres kunder. Forsyningsvirksomheden er interesseret i de detaljerede data som kundens fjernaflæste forbrugsmåler kan levere, men mange steder er disse data kundens ejendom. At tilbyde kunderne nye services for adgangen til disse data kan være en løsning istedet for at tilbyde små rabatter. Eksempler på services er alarmsystemer eller tryghedsskabende overvågning af ældre. Forsyningsvirksomhederne får kundens data, kunderne får en service og forsyningsvirksomhedernes AI udbyder får betaling.

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Seluxit var sammen med Novo Nordisk og NETS blandt de 30 udvalgte danske virksomheder til Smart Country konferencen i Berlin d. 20. 22. november. Delegationen blev anført af statsminister Lars Løkke Rasmussen.

Seluxit var med som et eksempel på en succeshistorie for samarbejdet mellem danske og tyske virksomheder. Et referat på engelsk kan findes her om stateofgreen.com.

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Festen var, — ud over champagne, kage og konfetti — og det hele blev dækket af de lokale nyheder - i en TV2 Nord artikel og TV spot, og en artikel i Nordjyske.

Se også denne artikel fra Aalborgs lokal avis, Nordjyske.

Herunder er et billede fra Nasdaqs hovedkontor på Four Times Square i New York, hvor Seluxit blev budt velkommen på den store skærm. Seluxit aktier, med forkortelsen SLXIT, Nasdaqs hjemmeside.

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Seluxit i millionærklubben 31 oktober 2018.

Seluxit has just issued an “intention to float” press release, announcing the company’s plan for an initial public offering on Nasdaq First North Copenhagen.

Why now? The answer is the combination of a growing market, where Seluxit enjoys past and current success, coinciding with the strength and maturity of Seluxit’s offer. In order to seize this opportunity, Seluxit needs funding. The proceeds from the IPO will primarily be used for building a professional sales process, in addition to continual investment in the Seluxit’s technology.

Read the announcement here on Nasdaqs homepage in Danish or in English.

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Danish Foreign Minister, Ander Samuelsen, presented the VITUS-prize on 11 September at the Danish Export Day. Seluxit was among three finalists.



Seluxit extends a warm congratulations to the winner of the prize, Blue-Line.

The VITUS program is an elite export program run by the Trade Council of the Danish Foreign Ministry. The program’s purpose is to help small and medium-sized enterprises to accelerate growth in their chosen export markets, which in Seluxit’s case was Germany.

Seluxit has a longstanding history of success in Germany, that was further solidified during the project period, which included a €200.000 contract, as well as an order for 30.000 smartmeter radio modules.

More information can be seen on the Trade Councils web site (Danish)

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The Danish Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, will lead a Danish delegation to the Smart Country Convention to be held in Berlin the 20 November. Seluxit serve as a primary example of a Danish-German collaboration success story.

The message in a nutshell: Germany is hungry for Danish technology and know-how as they continue to strive for optimizing processes through digitization.

More information is available on the Danish Foreign Ministry homepage (Danish) as well as on ITWatch (Danish).

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Seluxit was honored to receive a visit from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Denmark. We received Dr. Sizhen Peng, Counsellor from the Chinese Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

During our meeting we discussed the European and Chinese markets for Internet of Things applications as well as business opportunities for Chinese companies breaking into the European market.

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Chinese business moguls know that creating connected products can be a huge boon for their business. To conquer European markets they need trusted European vendors with excellent European references and a track record of success.

They need a company that knows how to handle data in accordance with European law and understands how to allay the concerns of the European consumer.

Seluxit, with collective fluency in 19 languages, can develop their products into smart products that are perfectly suited to the European market.

This is the message of the introduction to our recent Chinese translation of the Seluxit IoT Platform information site seluxit.com/about-seluxit/cn/. The translation was executed as part of a continued focus on East-Asian markets.

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South East Asia continues to be a compelling market for Seluxit.

Seluxit will for the second year in a row be participating in the ConnecTechAsia event in Singapore in conjunction with participation in the EU Busines Avenues in South East Asia ICT Business Mission (25 - 30 June), which will also feature business meetings in Bangkok, Thailand.

The well established ConnecTechAsia is featuring the NXTAsia event in their inaugrial year, focusing on the newest findings in areas such as Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Big Data, Cloud, Cybersecurity, Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence.

Check out the article in ScandAsia.

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Wappsto had its American debut this week at SXSW in Austin, TX. Wappsto is a datamarket with an integrated appstore. You can sell your data, buy my data, and use it in meaningful applications.

The message was well received by a wide range of interested parties, from local college kids to FCC Commissioner, Mignon Clyburn.

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The European Commission's Innovation Radar is sending us to Austin, Texas. We'll be showcasing our product, Wappsto. Wappsto is a datamarket with an integrated appstore. You can sell your data, buy my data, and use it in meaningful applications.

We'll be there with Wappsto at the EU@SXSW event at the Palm Door on Sixth from Saturday the 10th of March until Monday the 12th of March.

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Our presentation "Generate Revenue with NB-IoT & LTE-M" is available for download on slideshare.

The presentation was given three times with standing room only at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the NEXTech Lab in Hall 8.0.

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Seluxit CEO, Daniel Lux, will be presenting "Generate Revenue with NB-IoT & LTE-M" at a NEXTech Lab in Hall 8.0 NEXTech at this years Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Daniel will be speaking from 15:45 - 16:15 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the 26, 27 and 28 of February.

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Seluxit has joined forces with a consortium of Danish organizations to focus on helping companies deal with IoT security threats that are all to often overlooked.

The project, starting in February 2018, is being financed by the innovation network Infinit. The project has a modest scope and has as its goal to bring a consortium together facing similar problems and expertise with an eye towards knowledge sharing and potentially developing future projects to further help companies deal with their IoT security threats.

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Seluxit is coordinating the CASEK project as part of the prestigious H2020 FET Innovation Launchpad action. Seluxit has represented CASEK at midterm workshop at the Research Executive Agency's headquarters at Covent Garden in Brussels together with the other 16 projects.

CASEK has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under the grant agreement number 754506.

CASEK is a followup of the FET project, CASSTING, which was funded by the European Union's 7th Research Framework Programme, under the grant agreement number 601148.

More information can be seen on the EC’s website.

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Our (very nice) customer, Fremco, showed up today with a cake to celebrate a milestone in the development of a common project. The cake tasted good, despite the baker's mistake of writing 'Nanoflow' instead of the correct name of the product: 'Microflow'.

Microflow is a fiber blowing machine. Seluxit is helping Fremco connect the machine to the Internet.

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Seluxit was present at the annual Christmas party hosted by the Nordic Military Attachés to Germany held at the Nordic Embassies in Berlin. The party of the year, we were told on more than one occasion.

The reception, which featured a lovely Santa Lucia procession, followed Defence Industry Camp hosted by the foreign ministry, briefing relevant companies on upcoming opportunities in the German defense market.

Seluxit had recently participated in a Danish defence industry delegation tour featuring visits to KMW and GDELS Mowag.

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Seluxit held its annual 'julefrokost' (holiday party) at the prestigious Hotel d'Angleterre in Copenhagen.

Seluxit is based in the Danish city of Aalborg, but the trip to the city's premiere hotel was well worth the trip.

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Seluxit CEO, Daniel Lux, was recently asked for his view on what allows a business to be innovative. Here is his answer.

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Saturday, the 2 December at 16:00, we'll be presenting "IoT Rapid Prototyping" at the Maker Faire Rome at the Fiera di Roma in the Sala Euphemia.

The presentation, in the form of an on-stage demonstration, will illustrate "IoT rapid prototyping" as an integral part of a holistic prototyping process. The demonstration is built on standard off-the-shelf electronics components, notably a Raspberry Pi. The demo takes the form of a Pumpkin, fitting the winter holiday timing of the fair. We call this demo the Pumpkin Pi.

Read the full resume at the Maker Faire Rome site.

We will also be looking forward to meeting other makers and perhaps helping some realize their potential through the tools being developed as a part of the CASEK project.

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"Show me a flashing LED and I'll show you a man drooling." - Clive "Max" Maxfield, eeweb.com

In a fair filled with hundreds of stands one after another, standing out can be a hard task. The lightshow of our automated IoT Rapid Prototyping demonstrator, the “Love Potion Maker”, seems to have done the trick. At least this was the case for Clive “Max” Maxfield, the editor of EEWeb who was attracted to the scene to by the flashing LEDs of this automated fruit-juice cocktail mixer. Check out his freshly published article about the experience at the Electronics of Tomorrow conference (EOT) and dive to the world of Seluxit and IoT.

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If you and three of your friends are experienced programmers looking for new challenges, there’s a job for y’all in Aalborg.

The Danish business paper Børsen took on the topic of the scarcity of qualified manpower with this very concrete message from Seluxit CEO, Daniel Lux.

Read the whole article (Danish language) here.

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As more and more companies develop smart, connected products, the importance of prototyping only increases. Managing risk and decreasing time-to-market depend on it. But the requirements of smart, connected products are different than conventional products and complicate the prototyping process.

Enter IoT Rapid Prototyping, an approach that acknowledges the the user interface is part and parcel of the holistic IoT product.

Check out Seluxit CEO Daniel Lux’s interview on ing.dk (Danish engineers’ trade journal). And stay tuned for more on our Halloween demo, Mr. Pumpkin Pi which demonstrates the principles.

Please contact us if you’d like to see a demo of IoT Rapid Prototyping or better yet, register for a beta account for Wappsto to access the tool yourself.

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CEO Daniel Lux will give a presentation at the Electonics of Tomorrow fair in Herning, Denmark at 14:00 on Wednesday, the 1st of November.

Developing smart, connected products represents a big risk at many levels. This presentation will demonstrate an approach to IoT rapid-prototyping as an integral part of the prototyping process. The demonstration is built on standard off the shelf components, notably a Raspberry Pi. The demo takes the form of a Pumpkin, fitting the Halloween timing of the fair. We call this demo the Pumpkin Pi.

Visit our feature page to learn more about rapid IoT prototyping, and please feel free to contact us to hear more about how these tools can help you.

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Utility companies tend to be quite large. But they need the innovation that startups and smaller sized companies often engender.

Seluxit's CEO, Daniel Lux, revealed some of Seluxit's new strategic initiatives, especially regarding our key work in Innogy's smart meter initiative, in a brief talk at the Engegy Saxony Summit in Dresden the 18/9.

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With customers like Gardena and Kärcher, and more in the pipeline, Seluxit knows that Southern Germany is a particularly attractive area for doing business.

Seluxit CEO, Daniel Lux, has been consulted by the Danish newspaper, Berlingske, in an article (in Danish) pointing out the unexploited potential for Danish companies to do business in the often overlooked region.

Daniel explains the importance of knowing the mentality and language for success.

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Seluxit Project Manager, Brian Boyles, participated as a judge for the regionals of the 2017 Danish Championship in Technology for HTX students (Danish secondary school).

Congrats to the regional winners for their solution promoting public health through the sharing economy and good luck in Copenhagen the 27th of September!

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Seluxit has landed in Bangkok and Singapore.



Seluxit recently took part in the CommunicAsia2017 event in conjunction with participation in the EU Busines Avenues in South East Asia program.

We were especially keen to present the Q IoT AppStore to test the idea in the Asian market, and the response we received was very positive.

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Seluxit has just sponsored the Google I/O Extended event our home city of Aalborg, Denmark.

At the event, and by popular demand, we’ve brought back our Love Potions Maker demonstrator, first shown at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year.

“I need this in my house” was a response we heard more than once. Stay tuned, we’ll publish the recipe and open source code on our github repository (github.com/seluxit) and you can recreate using our the Q IoT AppStore - totally free for basic operation.

What is a Love Potion Maker? With the Love Potion Maker we’ve illustrated how a DIY project with diverse internet enabled devices can be coordinated, and how multiple apps can be created and shared using our exciting new initiative, the Q IoT AppStore.

Visit q.seluxit.com to learn more and engage with us.

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Hesitation can be the bane of innovation.

With this in mind, the European Commission has created the Future and Emerging Technology (FET) Innovation Launchpad to bring novel ideas generated through FET research projects closer to market.

Seluxit will participate in the very first wave of the elite program in the form the CASEK project which started 1 April, 2017, with participation from Aalborg University (Center for Embedded Systems and International Business Center).

CASEK has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under the grant agreement number 754506.

CASEK is a followup of the FET project, CASSTING, which was funded by the European Union's 7th Research Framework Programme, under the grant agreement number 601148.

More information can be seen on the EC’s website.

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About two-thirds of Seluxit’s workplace is foreign born, including several from outside the EU. Diversity strengthens innovation, and nationality is one important parameter along with age, gender, professional background, personality and other factors.

Because this diversity is such an important part of Seluxit’s culture, CEO Daniel Lux gave his stance in Danish media regarding suggested laws that we feel would make it harder to hire young, international talent.

Here’s a clip from local radio, P4 (Danish language) and the story on Business Danmark (Danish language)

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Love potions was the theme of Seluxit's stand at the recent Mobile World Conference in Barcelona (27 of February to 2 of March, 2017).

We thought the world needed more love, but aside from that, we used the theme to demonstrate and introduce our new initiative, Q.

Q is an IoT App Markeplace, which allows you to create, collaborate and share to create value in the IoT that matters to you and me. Love potions demonstrated several different IoT Apps for the same device kit - in this case the potion maker.

Visit q.seluxit.com to learn more and engage with us.

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Love potions...

If the connection between the IoT and love potions isn't obvious to you, then you should come to Barcelona at the end of February to the Mobile World Congress.

We'll tell you how you make your customers love the IoT.

There’s no lingua franca to enable smart, connected devices to work together. And although there's no simple answer, no silver bullet, our bold new initiative offers a viable way forward, offering the best of the open-source community ethos in an effective business-friendly framework.

Come to Barcelona, or contact us to find out more

We will be exhibiting in Hall 6, stand 6C50, at the Danish Pavilion. The Mobile World Conference will be held in Barcelona the 27 February - 2 March, 2016.

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No THING is safe!

We decided to have some fun and make a low-budget thriller to demo the Seluxit IoT Platform.

Happy Halloween.

The Internet of Things is fun.

While our company and our customers depend on the business value generated by IoT applications, there's also a popular wave of hobbyists that are unburdened by these concerns.

That doesn't mean that hobbyists have cornered the market on having fun with the IoT though.

In fact, we find that the meeting of the hobbyists (and the emerging entrepreneurs from that scene) and the more established commercial players is a heap of fun. And we're not alone.

Seluxit's home town of Aalborg, Denmark is one of many cities worldwide with mixed groups of IoT enthusiasts that meet up with the help of the website meetup.com (that generally facilitates social interaction based on common interests).

Seluxit will be hosting the IoT Denmark meetup in Aalborg on the 24th of November.

Not that the IoT is all fun. There's some serious societal benefit to be had. But as Groucho Marx said, "If you're not having fun, you're doing something wrong."

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Man muss die Sprache der anderen Länder können... if you want to sell to them that is.

Seluxit CEO, Daniel Lux, presented his qualified perspective on the DACH market at an it-forum meeting held in Århus. Seluxit has had considerable success and will continue to focus on the DACH region. The event was held in conjunction with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Væksthus Midtjylland and the north Danish IT cluster Brains Business.

Seluxit continues to drive the dialogue on IoT standards.

So what could we say in Lisbon about the semantic ontology of the Web of Things?

Seluxit CEO, Daniel Lux, presented for the third time at a joint meeting between the W3C and the IETF, which has previously taken Daniel to Prague and Sapporo.

In Lisbon, Daniel presented our open RESTful API for the Seluxit IoT Platform. Seluxit's IoT Platform works natively with the Lemonbeat smart Device Language (LSdL), codeveloped by Seluxit and Innogy (formerly RWE).

The point is to standardize how things understand each other (no matter how the messages get there), and both the Seluxit IoT platform and LsDL represent a working offering answering these questions.

This is why the topic is of such interest to the W3C and IETF.

In the meantime, things don't speak the same language and the extent they will in the future is dubious. That's where IoT platforms and their APIs become important so solve today's problems. Heterogeneous devices must be homogonized to work in an ecosystem as intelligent whole.

Both LsDL and the Seluxit platform are open and accessible to enable integration with other systems today, but at the same time offer a working vision of an interoperable future.

JSON examples from the Seluxit IoT platform can be seen here.

In addition to the API, Daniel also spoke on the topic of security in IoT, regarding a special problem regarding end-to-end security in sleeping devices.

Daniel is a member of the IETF IoT Directorate

We needed a ruby driver for some current work with the ArangoDB (a native multi-model database with flexible data models for document, graphs, and key-values).

But it didn't exist.

So Seluxit employee Stefano Martin wrote one.

www.arangodb.com/arangodb-drivers

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Inflated hopes
Huge obstacles
Fantastic potential
Overhyped, yet requiring explanations at cocktail parties

The Internet of Things

So who's the lilliput IoT company at the table with the corporate giants?

And how does this company navigate the IoT landscape?

Read about Seluxit's slow and steady path to IoT prowess in the latest feature interview from Postscapes and find out.

As a part of their IoT Voices series, Postscapes.com has recently interviewed Seluxit CEO Daniel Lux.

Postscapes has been an influential and extensive IoT ressource for a number of year, and continues to provide one of the best mirrors for the ongoing development of the Internet of Things in its broadest sense.

The interview covered a lot of ground, including Seluxit's involvement with the W3C on Web of Things standards and the fundamental importance of over-the-air firmware updates.

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"Ein sicher vernetztes Smart Home mit Lemonbeat" is the title of the German-language article recently published in the influential periodical Elektronik Praxis. The article features Seluxit co-developed Lemonbeat, thereby showcasing many of the hallmarks of Seluxit's approach to the IoT.

The heavyweight German utility RWE is a longstanding Seluxit customer (read the RWE casestudy) and partner in the Lemonbeat protocol.

Lemonbeat is both a field-tested state-of-the-art full-stack protocol and a standards track application layer for the Web of Things aligned with Seluxit's approach that devices should be configurable, self-describing and interoperable. We may be a ways from seeing a unification and a real standard emerge, but Lemonbeat is RWE and Seluxit's voice in the conversation.

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Seluxit has just joined the AllSeen Alliance and will hit the ground running.

“Seluxit has a clear agenda and will contribute concretely to the development of the AllJoyn® Framework” said Philip DesAutels, senior director, IoT, AllSeen Alliance. “Like all of our members, they are focused on open-interoperability standards because they see it as a win for everybody.”

Seluxit has firmly established themselves as a highly qualified and important end-to-end Internet of Things technology vendor, most recently in conjunction with a smart-garden solution for Gardena of the Husqvarna Group. Seluxit has also been active in IoT standardization efforts notably with the IETF and W3C with a special focus on high-level semantic issues.

“Too much effort is spent on discussing the transport layer in discussions of IoT standardization. If we are ever to achieve true device interoperability, we need to focus on the application layer”, explains Daniel Lux, CEO of Seluxit.

The AllSeen Alliance shares exactly this conviction. The AllSeen Alliance is a consortium of major players in the Internet of Things and the product of their labor is the open-source AllJoyn Framework, which is continuing to solidify its placement as one of the strongest IoT standards at the application layer.

As a next step, Seluxit will adopt AllJoyn technology into their WiFi stack while contributing innovations to the code base, enabling Seluxit's clients to become AllJoyn certified. The WiFi stack features low costs, high flexibility and low power usage. The stack integrates fully with Seluxit's IoT platform, enabling on-the-fly and rules-based reconfiguration of devices using the easy and effective Lua programming language.

“The AllJoyn framework gets a lot of things right, but there is room for improvement”, explains Seluxit CEO Daniel Lux. “But since the project is open source, we'll have the ability to have a voice about how it should be improved, and act on those convictions.”

Read the AllSeen Alliance's press release here

(Below are pictured some of the over 600 members of the AllSeen Alliance)

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Is security in IoT so hard?...


To answer that question Seluxit CEO, Daniel Lux, will once again take the stage.

Daniel will speak to IoT security at an upcoming speaking engagement at the upcoming IoT symposium "Future Growth Potential - Internet of Things".

The Computerworld event will be held in Århus, Denmark the 7th of June, 2016. More information (Danish language) and registration to the free event can be found at the event's website.


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The FP7 project “Cassting” has officially ended today, and the results are promising.

About Cassting

The EU-funded project focuses on a particularly challenging, relevant and forward-looking, multidisciplinary research field.

This field addresses large systems, conceived of as systems of systems. The hallmark of these large systems, which are termed 'collective adaptive systems' is that there are dynamics at work whereby the component systems affect the behavior of the overarching system. Examples range from large financial markets to ant colonies. 'Collective adaptive systems' are also a particular focus of computer science, where the aim is not only to understand such systems, but also to control them.

But on cannot simply write an overarching computer program to control these complex systems. That would neither feasible nor scalable. The controlling programs must be automatically created or 'synthesized' based on a flexible framework of high-level requirements. It might be compared to creating a recipe without knowing the ingredients, such as baking bread without knowing the types or amounts of grain and yeast available.

Controlling such complex systems is not easy. Because the systems are comprised of elements that don't know about each other and may or may not want to work together, there is a special problem. One approach to deal with this heterogeneous behavior of the component systems is to consider them as players in a game, and utilize game theory in order to analyze and ultimately help synthesize control programs. The players in these complex systems aren't playing in simplified games with winners and losers. The aggregate gains and losses of each player can yield an overall gain, which is the desired outcome. The yeast in our bread recipe might not be the unconditional winner, but that's perfectly okay if we're happy with the bread.

Cassting stands for “Collective Adaptive Systems Synthesis with Non-zero-sum Games”. There are shades of complexity that this brief resume has smoothed out, but one might paraphrase this as “automatically creating computer programs to deal with complex systems by using game theory”.

The floor-heating problem

The best minds in this field of computer science, professors and doctorate students, are gathered for this project. Their collective collaboration results in flights of mathematical and conceptual abstraction which represent the cutting edge of their theory, and much of the theory is ground-breaking and not yet suited to practical applications. But the distinguished theories honed by this project must be able to have application in the real world. We must have our bread.

There are several case studies whereby the theory will be practiced, among them a floor heating problem: how can we optimally control a warm-water floor-heating system snaking through a private home? The winning result is an automated floor heating system that provides both comfort and energy savings for the home owner.

The current traditional system in the pilot home consists of a series of thermostats that control the opening and closing of a series of valves connected to the pipes through which the hot water flows through a so-called bang-bang controller. There is a set temperature point, and when the thermostat records a temperature at a threshold below or above the set point, the controller will either open or close the valve which allows hot water to flow through the pipes.

But this approach is unsatisfactory as the resultant temperatures can overshoot their target due to a range of factors. Floor heating is slow to react, so forecasts should ideally be used to judge future outdoor temperatures. Theses forecasts are made complex by considering the effects of weather phenomena such as sunlight, wind and temperature in different areas of the house in relation to the already active warm-water pipes. Moreover, heat is exchanged to the intermediary rooms through which the pipes snake on their way to the pipe terminals and this should be accounted for in the model, as well as the unpredictable opening and closing of doors in the household. Longer lengths of pipe also mean that water pressure must be treated as a limited resource, as simultaneously opening several valves has a detrimental effect on the efficacy of the system at the pipe terminals.

Modeling the solution

The floor heating problem is then an excellent complex case study for the Cassting project. The solution is informed by theory and the numbers are crunched by the modeling software UPPAAL Stratego, which essentially takes the mathematical abstraction of the floor-heating problem in the context of the house and current-state temperature, and crunches the numbers by calculating possible outcomes with valve combinations. Based on the goal of achieving the home inhabitants desired set-point temperatures the outcome is then the set of instructions most likely to achieve the set-point temperature. The process is dynamic and occurs continuously. More about Aalborg Universities achievements and results on the case-study can be read here.

Executing the solution

Executing this set of instructions is where Seluxit's IoT solution then comes into play.

The auxiliary components Seluxit provides to control the floor-heating system include a gateway, two relay boxes, and a set of temperature and humidity sensors, and a user interface. Binding it all together is the Seluxit IoT platform, which provides a series of services that are capable of taking more abstract constructs and executing them on devices, as Seluxit is capable of putting distributed state machines on individual devices.

In this concrete implementation, the temperature sensors are enabled to speak with the Seluxit gateway using the protocol which Seluxit developed together with RWE called Lemonbeat. The gateway serves as the point of contact to the Internet and Aalborg University's models and instructions. The relay boxes receive the instructions via the gateway, and turn the wax actuators on or off.

The user interface enables the setting of set-point temperatures, but it does much more. The user interface has been a major aspect of Seluxit's contribution to the Cassting project, and explores issues and solutions regarding how the home inhabitant ascertains the desired set-point temperature, adding a dimension to the overall case study problem so we can consider and solve the problem holistically.

The results of the floor-heating case study are very promising, yet more work must be done when considering the potential commercial application of this optimized floor-heating control system. The case study will continue to be explored in future projects.

More about Cassting

Cassting is a 3-year European research project funded by the European Commission under the 7th Research Framework Program for Information and Communication Technology. The project involves seven European partners, from both academic and industrial fields in four different countries (France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark).

Cassting website

Cassting is one of seven projects researching collective adaptive systems under the auspices of the umbrella project, FoCAS (fundamentals of collective adaptive systems).

Focas website

Long range, low power and high throughput.

This combination is often the requirement of a commercially viable IoT solution, but it's not that easy, and every use case has its own special challenges

At Seluxit, we excel at solving these special challenges.

Read Seluxit CEO Daniel Lux's piece on the subject, published in IoT Evolution.



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"Die Zukunft des Gartens hat begonnen" - The future of the garden has begun

This is the message from Gardena, whose smart-garden solution is available in the market from early April, 2016.

Seluxit has had a central role in the project, consisting of a robotic mower, humidity sensor, watering computer (for a sprinkler), gateway and app. The end-to-end IoT solution Seluxit has enabled essentially enables you to schedule your mowing and sprinkling.

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"So how's your new floor-heating system?"

"Oh it's great... but sometimes it get's a little hot in the living room."

This is a typical exchange. Water-based floor heating systems are great, but control can be improved. And that's just what we're doing together with Aalborg University.

Seluxit has a close relationship with Aalborg University, and we're serving as technological enablers (and guinea pigs) on a floor-heating case study that is getting a lot of attention and showing a lot of promise.

Seluxit devices and the Seluxit platform are being used in conjunction with AAU's platform and UPPAAL Stratego which performs online strategy synthesis executed by Seluxit.

You can read more on Aalborg University's website (Danish language).

Seluxit is 10 years old today. Our growth has been 100% organic, and we're self-owned. What's more, we've made a profit every year since our founding. That's not a story we're used to seeing in the landscape of IoT companies we consider our peers.

It started in an office the size of our kitchen that doubled as a warehouse. Now we have shoulder room, and our growth is continuing to accelerate. We've grown 300% in earnings over the past 4 years, earning us the Danish moniker 'Gazelle' for the second time.

Seluxit IoT platform end-to-end solution 10 years

Seluxit's IoT platform is versatile, in addition to being field-tested, robust, secure and scalable.

Underpinning this versatility, the theme of our exhibition at the recent Mobile World Conference in Barcelona (22-25 of February, 2016) was “The Internet of Beer”.

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So the Internet of Beer (making your beverage experience smart) could be just as fully developed as the smart-garden solution our irreverent example actually demonstrated. At Seluxit, we're working towards a future where devices are self-describing, configurable and interoperable, so your lawnmower can meaningfully talk with your smart meter, for example, or your ventilation system with your security system.

Right, so what was the Internet of Beer then again?

Part reality, part idea.

The reality? We were demonstrating work for our customer, Gardena of the Husqvarna Group. The project is a smart garden solution with a robotic mower, humidity sensor, watering computer (for a sprinkler) and gateway. The end-to-end IoT solution essentially enables you to schedule your mowing and sprinkling.

The beer came into the picture when it occurred to us that using the watering computer to serve beer would be more fun than demonstrating its true purpose.

And the idea then? Well, that's open ended... Our platform is ready anyway.

Thanks to our friends at Midfyns Bryghus for generously sponsored the suds, Chili Klaus Ghost.

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How do you connect Things to the Internet?

Seluxit will be answering that question in Barcelona. And yes there's beer involved.

Thanks to the Seluxit IoT platform, Gardena watering computer and a pimped out keg tap, we will again have the pleasure of serving Midtfyn Brewery's “Chili Klaus Ghost” beer. We call it the Internet of Beer.

We will be exhibiting in Hall 6, stand 6C50, at the Danish Embassy stand. The Mobile World Conference will be held in Barcelona the 22-25 February, 2016.

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Seluxit CEO, Daniel Lux, has once again weighed in at the recent joint meeting between W3C and the IETF in Sapporo and Yokohama, Japan (October, 2015). The meeting was held under the auspices of the W3C's Web of Things IG, concerned with driving IoT standards higher up the stack.

Together with Frank Reusch from RWE, Daniel presented a live demonstration of RWE's Lemonbeat protocol with particular focus on the Lemonbeat smart Device Language (LsDL) application layer. The Lemonbeat application layer, recently released to the W3C as a specification draft, tackles many of the current issues that are being addressed to create meaningful device interoperability, and is thereby of great interest to these standardization bodies as they continue to play a central role in the development of the Internet (and the IoT) as well as the Web (and the WoT).

Representatives participated from various companies including Fujitsu, Huawei, Cisco, Ericsson, Panasonic, Samsung, Microsoft and Google.

See also the related press release from RWE.

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Can Denmark keep its leading edge in the development of smart products in the global market?

The 10.000 member companies of the The Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) are looking to Seluxit and our peers to help ensure that the answer is yes.

danish industry fieldbook for smart-products

Seluxit has been featured as one of 4 exemplary case studies in the recently published smart-product “Fieldbook” (Danish language) funded by the Danish Industry Foundation and the Confederation of Danish Industry, and written by a consortium of companies and research institutions.

Companies producing traditional products are realizing that they need to integrate services into their products to keep their competitive edge. But to create smart products, companies need to develop new competencies. But how? The Fieldbook is the smart-product go-to guide to answer that question.

The Seluxit case study (p 67) highlights how we work together with Aalborg University to model conflicting in-home systems through advanced modeling using UPPAAL software, striving to create fully autonomous systems of systems.

The Fieldbook is just one of several project initiatives we participate in, allowing us to hone and tame the cutting edge.

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Seluxit can once again be counted among the elite frontrunners of Danish business life as one of Denmark's fastest growing companies.

Today's Børsen (leading Danish business paper) has announced the so-called Gazelle companies for 2015. A Gazelle company is defined as a company which in the course of the previous 4 financial years has had continuous growth, measured in turnover or gross result, and which has overall in that period has more than doubled their turnover or gross result.

According to the Danish state's statistics (Danmarks Statistik), there are around 300.000 active companies in Denmark. Børsen has identified 1.461 companies as Gazelles for 2015. On this list Seluxit is ranked number 227 with a growth of 298,2%.

The 2015 Gazelle is Seluxit's second, but we're not looking back.

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”What is the Internet of Beer?”

The question, accompanied with a smile, came again and again.

Seluxit's stand attracted significant attention at the European Utility Week in Vienna earlier this month (#EUW15), amongst an oftentimes staid and solemn landscape.

The explanation? We were demonstrating work for our customer, Gardena of the Husqvarna Group. The project is a smart garden solution with a robotic mower, humidity sensor, watering computer (for a sprinkler) and gateway. The solution essentially enables you to schedule your mowing and sprinkling.

Demonstrating the mower was no problem. We just took out the blades. Demoing the sprinkler though required innovation. Hence, we pimped up the watering computer, using it to dispense beer from a keg we brought with us from Denmark.

Thanks to our friends at Midfyns Bryghus for generously sponsored the suds, Chili Klaus Ghost.

Seluxit is featured today in the leading Danish financial paper Børsen. The full-page article is on the back cover of the digital section, and outlines Seluxit's work on the smartgarden solution for Gardena of the Husqvarna Group, as well as Seluxit's imminent growth potential and openness for investment.

Subscribers to Børsen can read the article online here

Seluxit will be exhibiting at the European Utility Week event in Vienna the 3-5 November, 2015 at Hall B, stand f02.

As the company behind the core technology of several utilities' smarthome solutions, Seluxit has the credentials and experience to deliver the smart-home related services utilities are seeking to bind their customers.

This year we have the pleasure of unveiling a demo of our smart-garden project with Gardena in the Husqvarna Group. The project encompasses a mower, watering computer, humidity sensor and gateway, based on our state-of-the-art IoT technology providing a robust, secure and flexible framework for true device interoperability.

Midtfyn Brewery's “Chili Klaus Ghost” beer will be served promptly at 16:00 thanks to the Seluxit platform, Gardena watering computer and a pimped out keg tap.

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There is no dearth of trade shows whose names indicate their focus on the Internet of Things. Not that we have anything against the moniker as such, but we wont be at any of them.

Where will we be then?

We have now confirmed two dates, European Utilities Week in Vienna the 3-5 November, 2015 (Hall B, stand k12) and Mobile World Conference in Barcelona the 22-25 February, 2016 (hall and stand TBD).

European Utilities Week (#EUW15) allows us to focus on an IoT vertical that's been central to us since our founding in 2006, where technology plays an important role in the unfolding interplay between business, politics and society in the pursuit of optimizing our energy resources.

Mobile World Conference (#MWC16) with over 94.000 attendees, taps us into the beating heart of ICT. It's not just for telco operators. MWC is the place to be for anyone with a stake in the mobile ecosystem.

Husqvarna Group has recently announced a collaboration with the Danish IoT firm, Seluxit. Seluxit has been providing hardware and software expertise in the areas of device connectivity, interoperability, and cloud data handling for its own smart garden concept under the Gardena brand which will be launched starting in 2016. This concept connects automatic watering and robotic lawn mowing in a unique way, and is managed by a smart phone application.

The collaboration is an important part of Husqvarna Group's Internet of Things strategy, which closely follows market developments. Husqvarna Group has already entered the market for connected devices with offerings for commercial lawn and garden services, and recognizes that the market will continue to develop over time, demanding increasingly sophisticated IoT services bundled with traditional products. Moreover the expectations will increasingly be on the interoperability between distinct products to achieve these sophisticated services.

“We build on expert knowledge and competence of solid technological partners with experience in the field. We need to be able to respond to market changes with corresponding technological developments,”says Sascha Menges, President of the Gardena Division within the Husqvarna Group.“As the technological IoT landscape changes, Seluxit's technological agility is key.”

Seluxit has a deep and specific knowledge of embedded IoT hardware, firmware, communication protocols, device interoperability and cloud platforms including extensive experience with driving emerging standards, all of which comes to bear in the collaboration with Husqvarna Group.

As Seluxit's CEO Daniel Lux explains, “our work with Husqvarna Group represents current best practice in IoT. We're providing Husqvarna Group with stable, proven technology that can be deployed quickly.”

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Seluxit is an agile international team working in Aalborg, Denmark focusing on end-to-end IoT solutions from the device to the user interface.

Husqvarna Group

Husqvarna Group is a world leading producer of outdoor power products including chainsaws, trimmers, robotic lawn mowers and garden tractors. The Group is also the European leader in garden watering products and a world leader in cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries. The Group’s products and solutions are sold under brands including Husqvarna, Gardena, McCulloch, Poulan Pro, Weed Eater, Flymo, Zenoah and Diamant Boart via dealers and retailers to end-customers in more than 100 countries. Net sales in 2014 amounted to SEK 33 billion, and the Group had more than 14,000 employees in 40 countries.

The Gardena Division

The Gardena Division is part of Husqvarna Group and Gardena is the brand for passionate gardeners, offering products for a wide range of gardening needs such as watering, lawn care, tree and shrub care and garden tools. Products and solutions are sold at leading retail outlets, mainly in Europe.

Daniel Lux, Seluxit CEO, has recently participated in the 93rd Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting in Prague the 19-24 July, 2015.

At the meeting, Daniel presented the talk “Self-describing, interoperable and configurable Things” to the joint working group between the IETF and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) researching the topic of the Internet of Things. The agenda with links to the presentations can be seen here.

Daniel expects to participate in the next meetings planned for late October in Yokohama, Japan and April 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

11 virksomheder udstillede i år på den danske fællesstand på ”Mobile World Congress” i Barcelona, der er den største messe i verden inden for IT- og mobilindustrien. Virksomheden Seluxit, der deltog for første gang, fik øget sin synlighed på verdensplan betragteligt.

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Seluxit i Aalborg var for første gang i år repræsenteret på ”Mobile World Congress” i Barcelona. På den danske fællesstand ses fra venstre virksomhedens medstifter Daniel Lux og kollegaen Brian Boyles, der er EUprojekt manager hos Seluxit. )Foto: Janus Sandsgaard).

Den danske fællesstand på messen var etableret i samarbejde mellem IT-Branchen, Dansk Erhverv, Eksportrådet og det danske handelskontor i Barcelona.

”Mobile World Congress” er den største af sin art inden for IT- og mobilindustrien, og samler hvert år teknologier og virksomheder fra hele verden:
”Det er et stærkt globalt udstillingsvindue for danske virksomheder med ambitioner om eksport, og en unik mulighed for at mødes med de vigtigste spillere på den globale arena,” siger Janus Sandsgaard, fagchef forIT og digitalisering, Dansk Erhverv. Messen talte i år mere end 85.000 besøgende og 1.800 udstillere.

Eksporterer 90-95 %

Blandt de i alt 11 danske virksomheder på messen var Seluxit, der har hjemsted i Aalborg. Virksomheden udvikler en ”Internet of Things” platform, der gør det nemt at tilslutte tredje parts enheder som termostater, elmålere eller solcelleanlæg til internettet. Seluxit’s kunder er primært forsyningsselskaber og producenter af produkter, som gerne vil have deres enheder tilkoblet internettet. Med Seluxit’s ”Internet of Things” platform kan de tilbyde deres kunder at følge og styre installationer og deres forbrug i deres hjem via internettet. Virksomhedens produkter er hidtil primært blevet afsat i Europa, og 90-95 procent af omsætningen går til eksport.

Seluxit blev stiftet i 2006 af Daniel Lux og Morten Frederiksen. Virksomheden beskæftiger i dag 12 personer, og Daniel Lux regner med, at de bliver 5 mere inden årets udgang: ”Denne vækst svarer også til vores forventninger til omsætningsudviklingen,” fastslår han.

Er det springbrættet til den øvrige verden?

”Det kan det godt blive, for det øger vores synlighed på verdensplan. Vi fik en del gode kontakter fra mange forskellige lande uden for Europa - blandt andet fra Israel, Japan og USA. Derudover knyttede vi forbindelse til større virksomheder, eksempelvis den multinationale chip-producent Intel Corporation. Vi har hidtil deltaget i en messe i Amsterdam rettet mod el-selskaber, og har ved at deltage på ”Mobile World Congress” ønsket også at få kontakt med virksomheder inden for telekommunikation,” fortæller Daniel Lux.

Har styr på konkurrenterne

Man møder vel også sine konkurrenter på en sådan messe?

”Det er jo altid interessant at se, hvordan markedet ser ud og vil udvikle sig. Hjemmefra har vi imidlertid godt styr på, hvad der rører sig og møder ikke de store overraskelser. Vores produkter og forretningsmodel indebærer, at vi har en stærk position i et marked, der er i kraftig udvikling. Konkurrerende produkter og virksomheder er med til at etablere et voksende marked for ”Internet of Things”, så vi ser konkurrenterne mere som medspillere end modspillere.”

Forretningsmodellen i Seluxit hviler på tre ben: Det primære er tilpasning af virksomhedens platform, så kunderne i deres forretningsmodel kan udnytte de digitale muligheder og komme hurtigere til markedet. Det andet ben er konsulentydelser, og det tredje er licensindtægter på ”Internet of Things” platformen.

Modsat mange nystartede virksomheder har Seluxit tjent penge fra dag 1:
”Virksomheden kunne sikkert være vokset hurtigere, hvis vi havde allieret os med eksterne investorer og långivere fra starten. Vi valgte at danne virksomheden på 2 grundprincipper:

Vi har tidligere været i dialog med interesserede investorer, men vi har oplevet, at mange investorer har haft et relativt kortsigtet og meget ensidigt finansielt fokus. Uden egentlige produkter har vi ikke kunnet forklare vores teknologiske visioner for investorerne. Inden for disse rammer har vi ikke set muligheden for at få den fornødne frihed til at vælge produktudvikling med tilstrækkelig innovationshøjde. Nu, hvor vi har etableret denne platform, begynder investorer imidlertid at blive interessante, og vi er i dialog med nogle interesserede virksomheder,” siger Daniel Lux


See the "IT- og mobilvirksomhedernes springbræt til resten af verden" article by Kristian Kongensgaard, Dansk Erhvervs Avis, International Handel, 15-17 April 2015, p. 16.

There's a lot of buzz about security concerns and IoT. Numerous media headlines bemoan the poor quality or conspicuous lack of security in IoT solutions. But can it be so hard for IoT architects to develop systems that adequately address security issues?

As so often, the devil is in the details. Let's break it down to answer the question at hand. Security in the IoT context consists of 3 main aspects:

In broad terms, they correspond to securely sending, reading and acting on data.


Authentication, integrity and confidentiality

The first aspect of security can itself be subdivided into different aspects:

Authentication and integrity

Authentication and integrity are well known problems with good accepted solutions in place. One can use shared secrets, signatures or certificates. There are different algorithms that are widely accepted, most prominently CBC-MAC which is used in the CCM method used widely in different protocols such as Wifi (WPA-2) as well as 802.15.4. Reference implementations for most of these methods can easily be found, and can be used to build into one's own solution or at least to verify one's own implementation.

Execution time and memory requirements do not pose a big problem either, which means that these algorithms can even be used in small 8-Bit micro controllers, even though, of course, there are lower limits to how small the micro controller can be.

Therefore with respect to the security of IoT solutions, authentication and integrity should not be a problem.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality is as well known a problem as authentication and integrity. Good algorithms are available such as the CTR mode based on AES and used in CCM. As for authentication there are also reference implementations available.

Memory and execution time requirements do not pose a problem here either, and algorithms can be used in small micro controllers.

Therefore with respect to the security of IoT solutions, confidentiality should not be a problem.

Key exchange

For key exchange one can use public/private key methods such as RSA or Elliptic Curves (ECC) using the Diffie Hellman (DH) key exchange method. Alternatively methods such as out-of-band transfer or pre-shared secrets can be used. As with authentication and confidentiality, these algorithms and methods are well understood with reference implementations that can be used.

For the public/private key methods, calculation time can often become an issue especially in smaller micro controllers.
However alternatives can be used like pre-shared secrets, which can be based on algorithms which do fit even in smaller micro controllers.

Therefore with respect to the security of IoT solutions, key exchange should not be a problem.

End-to-end security

The security during the transport of data, over insecure channels, puts the 3 parts discussed above together into a solution. Widely used and accepted methods are TLS and DTLS which are defined in RFC's by the IETF and are openly available. End-to-end reference implementations are also available and can be used in small micro controllers.

Therefore with respect to the security of IoT solutions, end-to-end security should not be a problem.

Conclusion about authentication, integrity and confidentiality

Regarding this aspect of security, solutions do exist and there is no reason not to use them. Unfortunately time-to-market, development cost and product cost often have higher priority than security, and shortcuts are taken. In the long run, however, this is a dubious strategy.

Trust and identity

The second main part of the security problem is the issue of trust and identity. In the case where two actors are to trust each other, these actors need to be able to identify each other in a secure way. In IoT solutions, the trust and identity domain is part of the configuration.

Trust

What is trust with respect to IoT solutions?
A device like a door lock “trusts” its owner when it comes to a command to open the door and the owner “trusts” the door lock to only do this when the proper key is used.

Trust relationships need to be established between different actors which initially do not trust each other.

There are also pre-configured trust relationships like that a device “trusts” the manufacturer when it comes to a firmware update. This normally does not pose a problem.

A trust relationship can thus exist between different actors:

Trust chains

Often the web of trust is expanded by introducing new trust relationships by means of an already trusted mediator. For example I give my wife access to my door lock. This results in trust chains which can become long and thereby weaker.

The Figure 1 illustrates a trust chain where there is a differentiation between two types of trust. The first type of trust is established between two actors directly (maybe out-of-band). The second type of trust is established when one of the two actors in a trust relationship introduces a third actor by vouching for this third actor. The trust relationships 1, 2 and 3 are of the first type, number 4 and 5 are of the second type.

IoT security trust chains between actors
Figure 1 - Trust Chains

A further problem lies in revocation. When a trust is revoked, all relationships that were introduced based on this trust should also be revoked. Even though the web of trust dates from 1992, it is hard to find ways to implement this in IoT solutions. So taking the example from Figure 2, what happens if B does not trust C anymore (i.e., revokes the trust relationships 2)? Then the relationships 4 and 5 should equally be revoked. This is shown in the illustration below.

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Figure 2 - Trust Chains - Revocation

Identity

Different solutions exist for establishing trust by means of exchange of proof of identity between different partners.

The main solutions consist of:

Certification authority

A certification authority (CA) is in principle a trusted third party which attests the identity of the individual actors. The use of a CA is well understood and well documented. The problem here lies in the fact that a user for example does not necessarily trust this CA. Furthermore the matter of revocation can pose a problem.

For revocation 2 methods are currently used:

Short time certificates

The advantage of this method is that invalid certificates are relatively quickly aged out of the list of valid certificates. However the frequent renewal of certificates puts a big load on the CA. Furthermore the devices need to have access to the CA in order to authenticate other actors.

Revocation lists

Revocation lists are an alternative way of removing unwanted actors from trust relationships. However the revocation lists tend to grow very much with time. Furthermore, as with short time certificates, frequent contact with the CA is necessary.

Therefore with respect to the security of IoT solutions and trust establishment, CA's are not necessarily always the optimal solution but are a well understood solution for the right use case.

Pre-shared secrets with out-of-band methods and raw public/private keys

Pre-shared secrets with out-of-band methods and raw public/private keys are strongly related to web-of-trust methods known from email signatures and encryption such as PGP.

A pre-shared secret can be printed on a device, something shown on a display (if available) or it can even be transferred by means of NFC. This pre-shared secret can then be used as key or to exchange a private key between the actors establishing the trust relationship.

A raw public/private key can not only be used to securely identify an actor in a system but also to do a secure key exchange or even to establish secure communication. In order to establish trust between actor “A” and actor “B”, actor “A” needs to know the public key of actor “B” and vice versa. These public keys can again be transferred by means of out-of-band transfer. Alternatively the symmetry requirement of both actors knowing the others public key can be relaxed to only actor “A” knowing the public key of actor “B”, as long as actor “B” will only accept one relationship established in this way (the owner).

Therefore with respect to the security of IoT solutions and trust establishment, pre-shared secrets with out-of-band methods and raw public/private keys have the advantages such as not needing to trust a big-brother kind of entity like a CA, there are also disadvantages.

Conclusion about trust

There are models for establishing trust among actors in an IoT solution, however the models are not as well described as the methods about authentication and confidentiality.

The IETF has a working group called ACE which is currently looking at the use of both pre-shared keys as well as certification authorities. The group seems to have very competent and active people working on this issue.

There does not seem to be a clear best practice winner strategy regarding the establishing and revocation of trust when it comes to IoT solutions at this moment and which solution is chosen depends on the use case.

As the trust aspect is more irksome than the topic of authentication and confidentiality, there is even more proclivity here for companies to take security shortcuts in favor of more immediate business concerns.

Security Policies

Security policies are the third part of the security problem and probably the least tangible part to solve. Security policies describe what actions an actor is allowed to execute, what data he is allowed to access and modify (authorization). These problems are equivalent to the problems that operating systems such as Windows, Android, IOS and Linux face. There are research articles that describe methods to annotate algorithms and to prove security, however there are few tools that can be used and even less people that have experience with this aspect of security.

To give an example two cases of a configuration are shown:

In the simple case there is only one user who configures two devices to communicate with each other. When the devices send data, receive data and execute actions based on this data, this should be done in the context of User 1.

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Figure 3 - IoT security policies (Case 1)

If now there is a second user who configures the devices in the same way as User 1, with the difference that something else should happen in device 2 upon receiving the signal, such as switching the device 2 on or off. How should the devices behave? Should the device follow the configuration of user 1 or user 2?

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Figure 4 - IoT security policies (Case 2)

This could depend on a number of additional factors such as access levels which must be introduced to resolve the problem. Even this relatively simple case quickly hints at the complexity of the problem. Compound this simple scenario with a more complex scenario, and the complexity is compounded. Therefore cases like this should be specified and tested.

Does this mean common developers are not able to improve this aspect of security?
No!

Looking at what happened in operating systems, these policies have evolved over time and best practices have been defined. So the IoT domain does not need to start from scratch.

Good software design and development practice, including proper test methods like model-based testing, test of corner cases and a proper amount of security related tests, should increase the security even of the first iterations of a given IoT solution.

Also, basing a product on proven technology like embedded operating systems and communication stacks will help improve the security as there are solutions available on the market that are relatively mature.

Security policies are not so tangible and require people with experience in this field. The theory may not be common knowledge among developers, however IoT solutions can be based on proven technology and a proper amount of testing would remove a great deal of security holes.

As is the case for the other aspects of security, companies may choose to take the easy path and turn a blind eye to the complexity that lies in the security policy aspect.

Final conclusion

So, is security in IoT so hard? The IoT security prognosis is not as dire as some would suggest.

There are no good reasons why authentication and confidentiality shouldn't be implemented based on existing proven technologies.

The trust aspect is more difficult, however depending on the use case, the correct extant model should also be implemented. A lot of work is currently on going in this aspect, and we should see more well-defined and accepted solutions emerging over the next few years.

When it comes to the aspect of security policies, it is important to realize that solutions will mature over time and the policies will emerge like they did with operating systems. The perfect annotated and proven solution would be prohibitively expensive to design in most applications, however a proper amount of testing, use of best practices and proven technology will greatly increases security.

The real problem in getting IoT security right is having the resolve to get it right.

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IT development and consultancy group Cybercom and IoT specialists Seluxit have recently announced a strategic partnership to ensure even broader and more technologically robust Internet of Things technologies for their clients.

The partnership has been forged in response to increased concrete market demand for getting products to market that are IoT enabled.

In pursuit of meeting the increased market need, Cybercom will leverage Seluxit's profound and specific knowledge of embedded IoT hardware, firmware and communication protocols as well as its expertise with IoT gateway and middleware cloud solutions. Cybercom will augment these core technologies with its own technology frameworks, and will be able to fully develop the solutions in conjunction with its extensive partner network. This will better enable both Cybercom and Seluxit to meet the full range of their clients' business needs.

As Seluxit's CEO Daniel Lux explains, “The partnership with Cybercom will allow us to provide our technologies for a broader range of clients. Furthermore, Cybercom is in a position to fully realise the potential of an IoT solution in the broader enterprise context, for example by analyzing and integrating data towards the clients' CRM and ERP systems.”

Bo Strömqvist, Head of Sales at Cybercom, comments “we always strive to build strong co-operations to the benefit of our clients. Seluxit’s vast experience and state-of-the-art solutions mean that we can provide even more value, adding our client and domain knowledge to their technical foundation”.

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Cybercom is an IT consulting company that assists leading companies and organisations to benefit from the opportunities of the connected world. The company’s areas of expertise span the entire ecosystem of communications services. Cybercom’s domestic market is the Nordic region, and in addition the company offers global delivery capacity for local and international business. Cybercom was founded in 1995 and has been quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm exchange since 1999.
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The internet of things can revolutionise the way we live and work, but don't assume it will be easy. Significant impediments remain. For starters, ignoring the need for rules around high level functionality and only standardising around core networking and security looks like folly.

Imagine yourself a few years into the future. You're about to purchase the next smart gizmo and you see one of several IoT standards logos on the box. You smile, knowing that your home gateway device, whose job is to unify your devices, also shares that logo. With the product now in your hands, you get home and open up the packaging, follow the quick-start guide, and it connects. Brilliant.

So you've now added the latest device to your home network arsenal using your chosen IoT standard, and perhaps that was even easier than pairing Bluetooth devices. From your phone, you can remotely dim your lights and your coffee gets brewed automatically in the morning. You have a smart thermostat. You can even connect your brand-X camera with your brand-Y TV. Life is good.

But wait, where's the one app to rule them all? Where's the app with the logo from my device's packaging so I can set up a rule to dim the lights when I'm viewing pictures on my TV with the option for brewing up a mocha cappuccino?

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And what happens when we start talking about something less trivial. What about your smart thermostat. It learns over time from human input, and it ought to be able to work in orchestra with other types of inputs too. Perhaps you have installed smart sensors (motion, heat, humidity, gas) and have a smart HVAC system. In concert these devices can really take the sophistication of control, comfort and energy savings to new levels.

Well, the thermostat, HVAC and all the sensors you install can discover each other, but then what? The smart thermostat and HVAC need to understand and then act on the messages being sent. Where's the app for that if you have three or four different device vendors? Their brands shouldn't matter, because they have the same little IoT logo on the packaging, right?

The missing standard

There is no disagreement that we are in need of a set of standards to move things forward. Where would we be today if it weren't for USB and HTML for example (or their equivalents in a parallel universe where Beta-Max ruled the 80's)? What if there were 50 instead of 3 major mobile operating systems. If we didn't agree that we needed standards, we wouldn't have so many companies and consortia creating them. And whether the future set of standards comes from open-source communities or commercial initiatives, there is no doubt that they are needed before the Internet of Things becomes more than just hype.

But we're missing the target. Back to our story above, we discovered that the standards behind the logo only enable the networking of disparate devices. What you're missing is the ability to configure the devices to speak with each other in a meaningful way. The problem is that the high-level functionality of each device, the application layer, is still up to the vendor of that device, as the standards organizations strive to stay agnostic on any front other than core networking and security.

This is folly. Not focusing on standardizing the ways that vendors will have to implement high-level functionality will be an impediment to the full realization of the potential of the Internet of Things.

If the thermostat guys and the sensor guys and the HVAC guys on the one side give the possibility of generic interaction between devices, and their corresponding app and cloud-service developers on the other are able to configure this interaction, we're taking a step in the right direction. It would be an advantage if the same language were spoken by the devices and the apps on the cloud. The right language could also enable the devices to change their behavior and interaction not by updating the firmware, but rather by mere configuration.

But how? This is the missing standard without which we need to solve the problem case-by-case. But the mathematics of the situation soon become desperate as the complexity of the interaction between devices is exponential. Dealing with the potential combination of 10 devices becomes very difficult. Dealing with the combination of 100 devices becomes virtually impossible.

Commercial initiatives may well blaze a trail and show us what can be achieved and provide us with working models of a common application standard. Innovation in this arena has already yielded impressive results. But the problem with this model, which we might expect to see from Apple and their Homekit project for example, is that the closed proprietary nature of the venture precludes the kind of snowballing we need to really see for the development of the Internet of Things.

Open source standardization bodies such as Thread, AllSeen and the OIC, do seem to acknowledge that they are passing over the aforementioned missing application standard in favor of agnosticism and flexibility, but they are at risk of selling themselves short if they don't address this tangled problem head on sooner than later. Otherwise, they will ultimately have to take the consequences of their technologies' shortcomings as we wait for a front runner emerge who can cut the proverbial Gordian knot.

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While the number of things in the internet is steadily increasing, the big breakthrough has still not happened. There are numerous reasons for why this still has not happened. I would like to focus this discussion on the following ones:

Application layer

A lot of innovation is happening today in Apps, web-services and cloud-based big data solutions. These innovations are normally using the IP-stack and using XML based interfaces and definitions. Most of the Internet of Things devices however do not have an IP address and the application layer is based on a bit or byte stream oriented protocol. This leaves a gap between the devices and the internet which is filled by some sort of gateway device.

Currently there is a trend towards using REST-ful micro-services, mostly based on JSON or XML, on these gateway devices. While this is a big step forward, there is unfortunately no standardised interface of this kind so that different gateways would be able to interact.

With the definition by the w3c of the binary XML version called EXI and the work currently going on to make a compressed version of the HTTP protocol, the time is now ripe to define a good application layer using these technologies and which can run on the thing.

Transport layer

In the industry a lot of effort is used to fight over which protocol to use on the physical layer and the mac layer. Standards such as BLE, ZigBee (802.15.4), Wifi, Z-Wave and many others mostly fight over the way the information is moved between the devices and the internet. Some of them also have an application layer like ZigBee and Z-Wave. These application layers are however not designed according to internet standards (see above).

For the end-customer the physical and mac layers are however completely irrelevant. These layers should however have some characteristics such as (among others) robustness, security and an appropriate range.

If the industry started to focus more on using IP based forms of communication with the devices, the last link in the communication to the device will become less relevant and an appropriate form can be chosen while still maintaining interoperability between different devices using different physical and mac layers.

Gateway

The gateway in today's Internet of Things solutions functions as a translator between the Bits and Bytes oriented protocols and the REST-ful, XML based micro-services.

The gateway however does not have a good value proposition for the end-customer. The end-customer wants to control his/her light or heating and thus wants to pay for a thermostat not an expensive gateway that complicates the installation and in the users eyes does not offer any benefit.

On top of this the term lost in translation is very relevant to the gateway based solutions. A translation between protocols will introduce errors and reduce functionality of the device behind the gateway.

Therefore a modern gateway device should rather be a thin device to be more seen as a router/media converter rather than as a translator. This will increase the possibilities of app and web-service developers and thus this will also increase the speed of innovation in the area of the internet of things because the things become accessible for a broader audience of developers.

Conclusion

To sum things up, in order to remove the gap between the internet of things a solution is needed where a device has a modern interface in the form of a REST-ful, XML or EXI based micro-service which runs on top of an IP stack. Furthermore this device should be directly addressable from the internet, which calls for the use of IPv6 addresses. The gateway should merely be a router/media converter which hopefully only needs to support few (maybe up to 3) wireless physical/mac layers.

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