On CNET: Connected Health & Your Smart Home

On CNET: Connected Health & Your Smart Home

When we think about connected health, we often think wearables: smart watches, health trackers, etc. However, with the rise of more connected home technology, the next health wearable may very well be your smart home.

As we wire our homes with more and more sensors, it's possible that a connected home will be able to not only report on a user's health, but also to predict potential health crises.

ADT, Alarm.com, and MivaTek are all companies in the home security business that are now stretching their existing infrastructure to serve connected health. MivaTek is working on a version of its Home8 smart home kit for "medication adherence" using cameras, motion detectors, a pendant panic button, and a tilt-sensing smart pill dispenser, which can be used to monitor how an elderly or recovering person is progressing.

The appeal of connected health technology lies in several areas: the freedom/independence it allows ill and/or elderly individuals, the ease of user experience, and the cost effectiveness of smart home health care. By utilizing existing sensor technology, smart homes can help save the average $19-26/hour cost of a home health provider, while giving recovering patients or elderly individuals a sense of personal independence.

What sort of connected health technology to do you want to see?

On Xively: 5 Key IoT Security Challenges

As IoT-connected devices become more and more popular, it's important to address IoT security challenges and concerns within the tech community. There are five big areas in which IoT security can fall short, which product companies like Halo Smart Labs must make sure are tightly secured in order to keep your homes and data safe.

Data Compromise

Connected products capture information. This enables them to learn how to best accommodate your life, and it also helps IoT companies provide you with the best experience and service. However, because IoT products can collect customer data, the companies that create them have the critical responsibility of securing it.

Unauthorized Access or Control

According to Xively, this is the biggest IoT security concern for 80% of surveyed respondents. Clearly, one of the bigger concerns, when it comes to the IoT and your home, is unauthorized access or control. With several high profile examples of unauthorized access to IoT devices, this is the most high profile security vulnerability for connected product companies

Denial of Service

One of the most useful benefits of IoT for consumers is that, by and large, IoT product companies promise constantly on functionality and consistently available service - after all, no one wants a home security system they can't access (or a smart smoke alarm that occasionally turns off!). IoT companies have to be able to maintain constant functionality and service in order to meet the needs of our customers.

Device Cloning

When foreign hardware connects in a way that looks and acts like the correct device, it's called device cloning. This type of IoT security breach can quickly escalate, becoming a major concern for individual consumers and product companies at large, because it can be hard to tell which devices are real and which are clones.

Unintended Functionality

For many, this can be the most daunting security concern: that devices may be hacked and used in unintended ways. We don't want a smart security camera to be turned into spy cam, for example, or for hackers to change the settings of your smart lock, which is why it's so important to IoT product companies that we provide top-notch security to your data and your smart device.

While this list of security concerns may seem scary, know that IoT companies like Halo are aware of these security challenges, and making sure that we offer you the very safest smart products.