ABI Research finds China, Japan, and South Korea leading smart city initiatives in Asia

Governments in China, Japan and South Korea are leading the deployment of citizen-centric smart city initiatives in Asia, according to ABI Research.

The analyst firm predicts that smart meter installations in China will grow at a CAGR of 21% to reach 349 million units by 2020, through vendors like Echelon, Huawei, Holley Metering, Itron, Landis+Gyr, and Sensus. China is also planning to put five million electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by 2020, while Japan and South Korea are targeting one million and...

By IoT News, 28 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Uber decides on Dallas and Dubai for its flying car trials

Forget driverless cars, the next big thing is flying cars (finally!)

Anyone who’s into sci-fi will have dreamed of flying cars and probably thinks we’re overdue. Just last week, we reported Lilium successfully completed maiden flights of its VTOL taxis on a German airfield. This week, we’re hearing Uber has decided on Dallas and Dubai as its pilot cities for their flying vehicles.

Uber has long...

By Ryan Daws, 26 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

DRIVEN consortium will undertake ‘groundbreaking’ driverless car trial

A consortium of vehicle companies known as DRIVEN has announced plans to undertake a ‘groundbreaking’ driverless car trial between Oxford and London on UK roads and motorways.

Most current UK driverless car trials have focused on areas with slow-moving traffic or not on public roads. Using V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) technology, the cars will communicate with each other to warn of potential hazards. While the cars will drive autonomously, a human will be on board in the vehicle to help ensure safety...

By Ryan Daws, 24 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Air-based taxis step closer to reality as Lilium tests VTOL jet

Uber’s specialist Elevate team may have received the most coverage for pursuing on-demand air-based taxis, but Lilium appears closest to reaching our skies after completing initial tests of its electric-powered vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) jet.

The current tests are unmanned and conducted remotely in a two-seater prototype, but the next goal for Lilium is to produce a bigger five-seat...

By Ryan Daws, 21 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

MediaTek partners with HERE to enable advanced positioning services for IoT devices

MediaTek has announced a partnership with HERE to use the company’s advancing positioning solutions for IoT devices.

The company powers an increasing number of IoT devices with their processors and today’s announcement will improve the capabilities of future devices using select MediaTek chipsets such as the MT2503 product family.

"We are pleased to work with HERE to connect the next billion to the devices and technologies they want," said YuChuan Yang, Deputy General Manager of Internet...

By Ryan Daws, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Smart city shipments to top one billion by 2026, new research argues

Smart city device shipments will increase from 202 million units in 2017 to 1.4 billion units in 2026, according to a research note from IHS Markit.

The company argues that the smart city market is fragmented at present in the type of smart city projects developed, in the technology, in the ecosystem and in the solutions. Players in this market range from small startups to international giants and span a variety of backgrounds, from telecom operators and network vendors to software companies, device...

By IoT News, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Grand Theft Auto 5 is training driverless cars – but you shouldn’t be worried

Researchers are using the vibrancy of Grand Theft Auto 5’s world to help train driverless cars in dealing with unpredictable scenarios quickly and safely.

The use of virtual worlds helps developers to optimise their AIs within a safe environment before rolling out the technology into the real world. Players of GTA 5 will be aware the game offers various densities of traffic and pedestrians which help to simulate real world scenarios. In cities, the volume of traffic on the roads and footfall on the...

By Ryan Daws, 18 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

A look at the role of SDN in the development of smart cities

South Korea’s “Global Digital Seoul 2020” initiative is a four-year plan to deploy enough free Wi-Fi to cover the entire city, including buses and trains. The free Wi-Fi portion of this initiative is scheduled to be completed by 2017, but the overall plan extends well beyond Wi-Fi. Seoul is planning to be a leader in smart city technology, which includes projects like real-time parking availability.

By Jay Turner, 18 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

Editorial: IoT malware could save us from our devices

Following events in the past year, the narrative around IoT has shifted from excitement to concern about the digital and physical threat it poses. The creator of malware which bricks insecure devices is suspected to be a vigilante hacker who aims to save us from our machines.

BrickerBot, as the malware is known, searches for BusyBox-based Linux devices with exposed Telnet ports and proceeds to brute-force its way into the device. From there, BrickerBot corrupts the compromised device’s storage...

By Ryan Daws, 11 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Microsoft aims to secure low-cost IoT devices with Project Sopris

Microsoft hopes its Project Sopris initiative will help to secure low-cost IoT devices which have proven to have inherent weaknesses.

Sopris is the name Microsoft has given to an initiative which targets microcontrollers as they represent “a class of device particularly ill-prepared for the security challenges of internet connectivity.”

Tens of billions of devices use microcontrollers and each poses a potential threat to security and privacy. We’ve already seen hacks affecting...

By Ryan Daws, 06 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.