Three questions every citizen needs to ask about smart cities

Smartness is a constant endeavour for humanity. The word has been in use for far too long. Now that phones have become smarter, and with the prevalence of the Internet of Things, we are moving ahead with smarter cars, refrigerators and appliances, among many others on the consumer end, as well as smarter manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, and many more on the industrial end. The list is exhaustive.

According to the UN, in 2014, 54% of the world’s population lived in urban areas – a proportion...

By Ripal Vyas, 05 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Smart Cities, Standards.

Intel looks at new $7 trillion ‘passenger economy’ through autonomous driving

One of the key questions surrounding connected cars and autonomous driving is around efficiency: will users be able to do more with their free time normally spent behind the wheel? Intel has had a look into the crystal ball, and argues the ‘passenger economy’ opportunity could hit $7 trillion (£5.4tn) as the technology becomes mainstream.

“Companies should start thinking about their autonomous strategy now – less than a decade ago, no one was talking about the potential of a...

By James Bourne, 02 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Eaton joins Georgia’s IoT education and research centre for lighting expertise

Eaton, a member company with a Lighting Division based in the Atlanta area, has announced that it will be providing Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT) with lighting expertise.

Eaton aims to explore the many possibilities of IoT-enabled devices and contribute towards research that will lead to developments in transformational IoT technologies by providing hands-on training to the students and faculty in the institute....

By IoT News, 01 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

How Japan is using cellular IoT to lead the way for mass smart metering deployment

As the Internet of Things continues to advance, the smart metering market is expected to explode. Influenced by rising energy prices, increases of energy theft, demand for more accurate billing and a heightened awareness of energy conservation, the global market is expected to reach nearly $20 billion by 2022.

Nowhere is this more evident than in Japan where, following the

By Ilan Reingold, 30 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

AI drives (nearly) as badly as the rest of us in GTA 5

A programmer created an AI and set it loose in the world of GTA 5, and it didn’t end well.

The world of GTA 5 is sprawling, life-like, and full of unpredictable moments just like a real city. You have various densities of traffic, working lights, various weather conditions, and pedestrians also roaming around. For this reason, the game has been highlighted as being useful to help train AI for self-driving vehicles as it offers fairly realistic conditions without a danger to real life.

Programmer...

By Ryan Daws, 19 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Traffic lights in Milton Keynes use AI to help tackle rush hour jams

New traffic lights in Milton Keynes will use artificial intelligence to outsmart traffic and improve the flow to help reduce the gridlock traffic jams during rush hour.

Many of us will have been stuck at a red light cursing at it to change because we know no traffic is on the other side, but the light’s inefficient old timer system says we must wait. The new system will react to vehicles passing through them and ensure flow is at its most efficient.

In-car navigation is automatically rerouted to circumvent...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

How automakers are transforming their operations through predictive analytics

Imagine driving a new car down the highway. You’re enjoying the open road when a notification appears on the dashboard informing you that you should deviate from your usual route because there is a major backup. You select the alternate route suggested by the car and continue on your merry way, having saved at least an hour of travel time.

Several minutes later you receive another notification letting you know that if your brake pads are not changed within the next week, your brake rotors will begin...

By Rick Delgado, 10 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

YoBike chooses Bristol for its ‘Uber-like’ bike-sharing launch

YoBike, a new app-based bike-sharing service, has chosen Bristol as its European launch city in the startup’s bid to make local transport more sustainable and convenient.

While bike-sharing schemes have seen rollouts not just in the UK but around the world; most require users to pick up and deposit bikes at set locations around the city. YoBike takes a smarter and more convenient approach with bikes able to be locked up (and picked up by other users) in any legal and safe location.

Our fleet of bikes will...

By Ryan Daws, 08 May 2017, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Amazon sees AI, machine learning, and drones as prime opportunity for UK expansion

In a further commitment to its long-term UK investment, Amazon plans to add 400 staff to its R&D centre in Cambridge to focus on AI, machine learning, and drones.

Engineers hired to work at the centre will include “machine learning scientists, knowledge engineers, data scientists, mathematical modelers, speech scientists, and software engineers.” The new employees will be working on the future of Amazon’s products and services – including the Echo and Kindle lines, and Prime Air...

By Ryan Daws, 04 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

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.