UK: Driverless car makers face jail if they cause harm

UK government spokesperson Baroness Buscombe confirmed driverless car makers will face jail if their vehicles cause harm.

Buscombe was responding to a parliamentary question on the subject. She asserted that existing health and safety law "applies to artificial intelligence and machine learning software".

The response helps to settle a debate between academics and legal circles about responsibility when it comes to AI. Some believe the fear of prosecution may drive people away from developing...

By Ryan Daws, 25 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

How cellular will be key to sorting the IoT standardisation wars

A new study conducted by the GSMA and InterDigital has highlighted some important transitions in the field of IoT that have started to become a reality with everyday deployment of the technology.

The report, titled ‘Mobile and the Internet of Things: Unanimity Around Fragmentation, Surprises In Connectivity And Geography’, notes that the various transitions include: the key role of the 3GPP standards-based...

By IoT News, 18 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

Munich Re acquires IoT middleware platform provider Relayr for $300 million

German reinsurer Munich Re, through its subsidiary Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB), has acquired 100% of IoT middleware startup Relayr, at a valuation of $300 million.

Relayr, which has partnered with HSB and Munich Re since 2006, will continue to function as an independent entity to maintain its distinct company culture, drive innovation and attract IoT talent. What’s more, the companies noted that Relayr will benefit from...

By IoT News, 05 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IoT.

Samsung outlines vision for connected living through AI, IoT and 5G at IFA

At IFA in Berlin, Samsung held a press conference wherein it announced its aim to shape the future of connected living via developing innovative products and services. The South Korean electronics giant showcased how breakthrough technologies, which are powered by AI and IoT, are able to bring comfort and convenience to people’s lives.

Samsung is already at the forefront of unravelling the power of AI and 5G for...

By IoT News, 04 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT.

Verizon upgrades its Cat M network for IoT solutions

Verizon has made its Cat M network capable of providing voice access and serve applications using fixed IoT voice services, such as alarm panels with communications components, by strengthening its ability to support a wide range of IoT solutions with enhanced features.

A feature called Connected Mode Mobility (CMM) empowers mobile voice service that is being deployed at present and will be complete within the month of...

By IoT News, 30 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

Arm acquires Treasure Data to enable device-to-data IoT platform capability

Arm has announced the acquisition of enterprise data management provider Treasure Data in order to become the ‘final piece of the company’s IoT enablement puzzle.’

The move will see technology from Treasure Data, alongside another recent acquisition in connectivity management provider Stream, combine to form what Arm is calling the Pelion IoT Platform, which will ‘enable companies to seamlessly and securely connect and manage IoT devices and data at any scale’, in the words of...

By IoT News, 03 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT.

Sierra Wireless launches AirLink LX40 router for IoT and enterprise use cases

Sierra Wireless has introduced what it claims to be the industry’s most compact cellular router, called AirLink LX40, for the IoT.

The router comes in two variants: LTE-M/NB-IoT (up to 300 Kbps downlink) for enhanced coverage and LTE Cat-4 (up to 150Mbps downlink) for higher throughput. The LX40 supports data processing at the edge and is suitable for connecting cameras, smart lockers and point-of-sale terminals, as well as industrial remote data logging and sensing equipment in indoor or...

By IoT News, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

Seven ways the Internet of Things can help end world hunger

World hunger has existed for centuries. It persists despite the elimination of apparent catalysts such as food production challenges. The phrase, “trying to solve world hunger,” has become shorthand to indicate any problem that seems insurmountable.

The statistics are depressing. Every ninth person in the world is hungry, according to the World Food Programme. A staggering 800 million people in the world go to bed hungry every day, based on an estimated world population of 7.6 billion in December...

By Sukamal Banerjee, 01 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Healthcare, IoT.

Perch secures $1.7 million in funding to help enhance retail through IoT technologies

Perch, a provider of interactive retail marketing through the Internet of Things, has raised more than $1.7 million in a recently held seed funding round that was led by The Visuality Corporation, Corigin Ventures and leading angel investors.

The company announced a new augmented reality campaign management system, enhanced computer vision and sensing capabilities within its platform. It has also expanded the list of its retail clients, which include Johnson & Johnson, Estee Lauder, Coty, Kate Spade...

By IoT News, 25 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

Ex-Apple employee is charged with stealing driverless car secrets

A former Apple employee has been charged with stealing driverless car secrets from the company with the intent of bringing them to his new employer.

Xiaolang Zhang was stopped at San Jose International airport by federal agents. He reportedly had bought a “last second” ticket heading to China.

Zhang is said to have stolen sensitive documents regarding Apple’s work on driverless cars while he was on paternity leave. Today, he was charged with trade secrets theft in the U.S. District Court for...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Development, IoT.