Google is building a smart city from the (under)ground up

Connecting local infrastructure to make it ‘smart’ is not ambitious enough for Google, so it’s building an entire city itself.

We first heard of Google's plans in 2017 but details were scarce. Now we're getting a bit more information along with some renders of what it should look like.

A group within Alphabet, Google's parent company, is technically behind the project. Sidewalk Labs “imagines, designs, tests, and builds urban innovations to help cities meet their biggest...

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Audi GLOSA helps drivers breeze past green traffic lights

Audi’s latest feature wants to help drivers ensure they’re not stuck at red traffic lights by connecting to city infrastructure.

The feature is called Green Light Optimised Speed Advisory (GLOSA) and will advise the driver of what speed to go at in order to catch the “green wave” and breeze past traffic lights safely.

Hopefully, it will lead to more of the wonderful moments depicted by James Corden in this Confused.com advert:

Audi’s system works by monitoring the car’s...

By Ryan Daws, 20 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Vodafone IoT Barometer 2019: ‘Significant acceleration’ in adoption

The 2019 edition of Vodafone’s annual IoT Barometer has been released showing a surge in adoption of the burgeoning technology.

For its research, Vodafone surveyed 1,758 businesses worldwide. More than a third (34%) have now adopted the IoT to some extent.

Stefano Gastaut, CEO of IoT at Vodafone Business, said:

“IoT is central to business success in an increasingly digitised world, with 72 percent of adopters saying digital transformation is impossible without it.

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities.

You’ll have had your IoT: Scotland gets most advanced UK Internet of Things network

Glasgow-based intelligent networking and integrated security solutions provider Boston Networks is powering what is claimed to be the UK’s most advanced Internet of Things network, called IoT Scotland.

IoT Scotland is a £6 million wide area wireless sensor network that will work through 500 Long Range (LoRa) wireless gateways situated all over Scotland. The network will help applications and services to gather data...

By IoT News, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

Driverless vehicles do not understand Dutch cyclists

The Dutch government is running into problems with its autonomous vehicle plans; namely, the automobiles can’t understand cyclists.

According to ‘I Amsterdam’, there are 881,000 bikes in Amsterdam alone. 58 percent of Amsterdammers older than 12 cycles daily. That’s a big problem if driverless cars are unable to understand and react to cyclists.

Under the Dutch government’s plans, 100...

By Ryan Daws, 15 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

UK launches first 5G smart factory as part of industrial trial

The UK has launched its first 5G smart factory as part of an industrial trial examining how British factories can be modernised.

Bosch’s factory in Worcester has been fitted with sensors and 5G-based technology for monitoring its operations.

The factory will be combining IoT sensors and 5G for preventative maintenance. Data analytics will help to predict failures before they occur.

Carl Arntzen, CEO at Worcester Bosch, said:

“We are delighted to have switched 5G on in our...

By Ryan Daws, 13 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities.

Inrix: Traffic jams are costing £8bn per year in the UK

Connected car services firm Inrix has released its latest analysis of UK traffic which highlights it costs the economy around £8 billion per year.

Drivers in the UK’s most congested city, London, lost 227 hours each last year. Birmingham took second place with each driver wasting 134 hours, while Glasgow was third losing 99 hours.

Overall, it’s costing each driver an average of £1,137. For weary London travellers, it’s costing around £1,680 each.

Connected cars, and...

By Ryan Daws, 12 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Report: Half of IoT device apps leave users vulnerable

A paper distributed on ArXiv last week analysed the concerning lack of security when it comes to IoT device apps.

The security issues plaguing IoT devices themselves are well-documented. Security often seems to be an afterthought in the rush to market.

While there’s been a recent explosion in connected devices, app development has been around much longer. The mature development industry has created best practices to help ensure security, but it seems the note hasn’t reached IoT device app...

By Ryan Daws, 04 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Report: Driverless cars risk 77,400 jobs in Canada alone

A report by The Conference Board of Canada has estimated that autonomous vehicles could lead to 77,400 job losses in the country alone.

Potential job losses from AI automating low-skilled roles are well-documented, but we’ve heard little about the impact from driverless cars.

Roger Francis, Director of Energy, Environment, and Transportation, said:

“The implications of connected, autonomous, shared, and electric values on the automotive aftermarket have generally been...

By Ryan Daws, 25 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Cisco and Iteris to work together on connected roadway project

Iteris, a US-based provider of applied informatic for transportation and agriculture, and Cisco have entered into a strategic partnership around connected railways.

Both companies have deployed an edge-processing IoT solution with Las Vegas, which will combine data feeds from the Iteris Vantage Next video detection platform with the Cisco Kinetic software solution to analyse multimodal data from pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles for a number of high-value use cases to improve traffic flow and reduce...

By IoT News, 25 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.