Smart City consultant, Corey Gray in Colombo

CEO of LVX Global, Corey Gray is in Sri Lanka until 22 February to meet the key people in state establishments and corporate firms to discuss possibilities of smart city implementations in the country.

Smart city technologies are extensively used in developed countries to offer various benefits to the public. It enhances quality of life, safety and productivity.

LVX Global headquartered in Australia has handled a substantial number of smart city projects in the United States of America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The projects include airports, museums, public parks, botanical gardens, cricket stadiums, sports complexes and high rise buildings.

Avonet Technologies from Sri Lanka has partnered with LVX to bring smart city technologies to Sri Lanka and the region. This is not only investments in technology and infrastructure. Smart city concepts and practices will bring many behavioral changes in saving time and resources as well says Sachith Fernandopulle, Chief Technology Officer of Avonet.

“As a technology company we attempt to enhance quality of life of our people with smart city technologies,: said Thilina Kumarapathirana, COO of Avonet.

Avonet Technologies has already arranged several knowledge transfer sessions for the benefit of Sri Lankan organizations and practicing professionals with Corey Gray.

LVX to Transform Carrick Hill Estate Arts & Culture Precinct

LVX is excited and proud to announce our collaboration with Carrick Hill Estate, one of Australia’s premier heritage arts & culture precincts. Set amongst expansive grounds and magnificent gardens, heritage listed Carrick Hill Mansion houses one of Australia’s most significant privately assembled collections.

LVX will coordinate the design, documentation, procurement, installation and maintenance of:

  • A new low energy, low maintenance, long life state of the art gallery and general lighting system throughout the mansion
  • Heritage façade, landscape, placemaking, nightscape and functional/compliance lighting throughout the grounds
  • Smart City technology upgrades to the grounds to activate and engage with visitors as well as provide energy, water, waste and significant cost savings as well as beautification
  • World leading fire & life safety technology throughout the mansion to protect staff, visitors and invaluable antiques and works of art

The Carrick Hill Estate Project is core to LVX’s capabilities and experience, but also to our values and passion. This project will provide significant benefits to over 65,000 annual visitors to Carrick Hill as well as awareness and opportunity for many more, as well as significant environmental and commercial benefits that can further activate the precinct.

At its completion Carrick Hill Estate will be one of the world’s most beautiful, safe, immersive and advanced Arts & Culture Smart Precincts.

Stage 1, the installation of landscape lighting to the near proximity of the mansion, as well as façade lighting, will be completed in time for its official opening on 7th December 2018.

LVX engaged as specialist Illumination Engineers to Design Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Lighting and Smart Lighting System for Petrie Mill Smart Precinct

LVX’s expertise in specialist illumination engineering and Smart City design services for Infrastructure have again been recognised by our appointment to design and deliver the infrastructure Lighting and Smart City Lighting Solution for Moreton Bay Regional Council’s ambitious Petrie Mill Smart Precinct Project. With a scope including AS/NZS1158 & AS4282 compliance, technical, commercial and risk due diligence and scope covering compliance and aesthetic applications, the lighting solution for the Petrie Mill Project will also provide the basis for expansion over time to monitor and control all of Moreton Bay’s additional 50,000 lighting assets.

LVX appointed to Design City of Sydney’s Smart Lighting System

In a further tick to LVX’s credentials in the Smart City Infrastructure space LVX has today been appointed to design and deliver the Smart City Lighting Solution for City of Sydney’s Light Rail Project. With a scope including technical, commercial and risk due diligence and scope covering compliance and decorative functionalities interwoven with many other potential Smart City functionalities, the lighting solution for the Light Rail Project will also provide the basis for expansion over time to monitor and control all of Sydney’s other lighting assets.

Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation Project approved to proceed to IFT Design phase

LVX is pleased to have had its engagement as the lighting, electrical and Smart City designers’ to Sunshine Coast Council’s Mooloolaba Foreshore Revitalisation project extended to the completion of IFT and IFC Design phases. In partnership with AECOM LVX’s specialist services in compliance, creative lighting design, environmental design and Smart City/ICT infrastructure and solutions will provide a world leading transformation to one of the world’s most important beaches and environmental heritage sites, and Australia’s second most densely patronised beachfront after Bondi.

LVX appointed City of Playford’s Smart City Advisor

LVX is pleased to have been appointed as specialist Smart City advisor to assist with strategy, governance, organisation change, ICT/BI Systems transformation and technology adoption and integration. As a progressive city committed to economic and social transformation of a diverse demography following the closure of the Australian automotive manufacturing industry, Playford has commenced a series of initiatives that put it at the forefront of the Smart City movement and it is a privilege for LVX to be appointed to assist in such an innovative and important journey.

LVX appointed to WA Government’s Public Transport Authority Technical Services Panel

LVX is pleased to have been appointed by the Government of Western Australia – Public Transport Authority’s Services Support Panel as Technical Systems and Services providers. LVX’s knowledge and expertise in the areas of lighting and life safety IoT applications was forefront in our appoint to provide these services on an ongoing basis to over 100 diverse buildings and infrastructure assets throughout the PTA network.

City of Perth Commissions “Gateways” Urban Placemaking Illumination Design Project

LVX is pleased to have been appointed by the City of Perth to conceptualise, design and deliver key placemaking feature illumination solutions to the key entry points to the City of Perth CBD. Speaking to LVX’s strong capability in infrastructure and creative place making illumination design as well as our technical systems design capability this dynamic lighting project will highlight key elements of infrastructure and tell stories of both indigenous and European culture as well as Perth’s unique flora and fauna in a coordinated play at the key entry points of the city centre.

Cybersecurity & IoT

Last week SA Premier, Jay Weatherill, Veroguard Systems’ Co-CEO, Nic Nuske, and I addressed the media about the incredible global investment in IoT, (US$7 trillion in 2108), the huge growth of IoT globally, the economic opportunity that exists around the World’s fastest growing industry sector and finally the identity and security “black hole” at the centre of the Smart City/Building and IoT transformation.

After this press conference I travelled around Australia as usual discussing and designing existing projects and was asked by several of our clients why and how LVX is so transfixed with issues of enablement and cybersecurity over and above the myriad edge devices being proposed to our firm every day.

It is prescient that in the days following this press conference the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National for Standards & Technology, (“NIST”), released what is the most all-encompassing, broad and deep report to date on the global status of cybersecurity in IoT, the Draft NISTIR 8200 Interagency Report on Status of International Cybersecurity Standardization for the Internet of Things (IoT).

This Draft Report identifies the 5 key areas of IoT and summarises all currently identified risks and threats, as well as the associated Standards Landscape:

  • Connected Vehicles
  • Consumer IoT
  • Health IoT and Medical Devices
  • Smart Buildings, and
  • Smart Manufacturing

It was reassuring to see that every one of the points that LVX has for years now been highlighting for our many Smart City/IoT clients and projects was identified in the Draft Report.

It is also of great relevance that in opening, the Draft Report quotes from the US President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, (“NSTAC”), that “…there is a small – and rapidly closing – window to ensure that IoT is adopted in a way that maximizes security and minimizes risk. If the country fails to do so, it will be coping with the consequences for generations.”

Highlighted in the Draft Report is that cybersecurity in a practical sense deals with 3 competing interests, (and their associated risks and threats), when it comes to IoT:

  • Confidentiality
  • Integrity
  • Availability

For the most part, in the developmental phase of IoT , emphasis has been on availability. As we at LVX routinely explain to our clients, the Draft Report identifies the beginnings of the IoT risk, “While traditional information systems generally prioritize Confidentiality, then Integrity, and lastly Availability, control systems and IoT usually prioritize Availability first, then Integrity and lastly Confidentiality.”

This fact, along with the pressures on time and cost in the fast moving “go to market” plans of IoT manufacturers, often combine with a poor understanding of the overall architecture and security environment within which a single device may operate, heighten this risk. To date many manufacturers have not considered their devices to be a likely target for hackers and cybercrime, (for example, smart bins), but as simple devices are aggregated into extremely large IoT networks with a wide variety of functions and increasing security levels, these simple devices all too often can act as the point of access to far more sensitive systems.

The draft report provides an excellent example of cybercrime activating through IoT devices:

“The proliferation and increased ubiquity of IoT components are likely to heighten the risks they present; particularly as cyber criminals work to develop new generations of malware dedicated to exploiting them. For instance, Dyn, a company that monitors and routes Internet traffic, was a victim of a DDoS attack in October 2016 that was launched from thousands of IoT components infected with the “Mirai” malware. The torrent of traffic unleashed by the Mirai-infected IoT components overwhelmed Dyn’s systems and, in turn, rendered unavailable many high-traffic websites (e.g., PayPal, Twitter, Netflix, and CNN) that used Dyn’s Internet services for substantial periods of the day. The disruption of Dyn and associated Internet services underscores the significant, systemic harm that may be caused by malware dedicated to exploiting the security vulnerabilities of IoT components.”

Welcome to the era of “Weapons of Mass Disruption”.

To close, it is refreshing that as an engineering firm that has maintained a dedicated team in the IoT and Smart City space since 2009 that agencies like NIST are seeing what we see and attempting to establish a set of global standards for IoT Cybersecurity. The Draft Report is a must read for anyone and everyone operating in or contemplating the IoT space.

It is a great time for all of us at LVX to be working so closely with global leaders in this space like Microsoft and VeroGuard to develop solutions that plug our clients’ cybersecurity gaps in terms of standards, risks and threats identified in the NIST Draft Report.

If you are looking to address the issues of Cybersecurity and IoT for your government, city, company or products, by all means reach out to LVX’s to discuss your needs with our specialists in this field.