AT&T moves further into smart cities and connected cars with two partnerships

AT&T is on a continuous run helping cities across the world to become smart with two new announcements over the past week.

The telecoms giant has signed an agreement with IDA Ireland and Dublin City Council to cooperate and exchange information around smart cities solutions, while also entering into a long-term partnership with members of Bridge Alliance to extend their global connected car leadership to new territories.

The smart cities initiative will help develop an open dialogue of IoT best practices...

By IoT News, 06 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

A day in the life of a smart city: Three ways quality of life can be improved

Many discussions on smart cities revolve around their economic and environmental benefits — but that’s not all this exciting, rapidly growing area of technology can deliver. There are also numerous social benefits for residents of smart cities, and we’ll explore three of them here:

Shorter commutes for residents

A major area where a smart city can improve the quality of life for its’ residents is reducing commute times. Studies in 2014 by Canada’s University of Waterloo revealed...

By Simon Crouch, 02 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Smart Cities.

MWC17: Autonomous motorsports will make self-driving cars safer

Here at Mobile World Congress, we've heard about the latest advancements in autonomous racing vehicles and why it will make self-driving cars safer for the rest of us.

Motorsports has always been about pushing the boundaries of vehicles to make them faster, stronger, lighter, and safer. Many of the innovations which happen in this competitive space make their way into road cars used by those of us without the nerve or skill to be professional racing drivers.

Innovations which pass from Formula 1 to your...

By Ryan Daws, 27 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

IoT botnet Mirai becomes more contagious

Mirai, the IoT botnet which caused record-breaking DDoS attacks last year, has become even more contagious due to a Windows variant.

Spotted by Kaspersky Labs, their security experts are in the process of analysing the first Windows-based spreader of the malware which is believed to have attacked 500 systems in the past couple of months. From the initial analysis, Kaspersky believes the new bot was developed by someone with a higher degree of skill than Mirai’s initial creators.

Opening up Mirai to...

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

The key to making a smart city happen: Networks, infrastructure, and more

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Modern life is demanding. Technology has taken us to a new level of connectivity and now we are almost always available. It has never been easier to follow the salient points of your life by organising it online. Whether work-related or personal, we are constantly tempted to update or plan our next move by entering a password and logging back in. Instantly. It is almost too easy.

Businesses have been tasked with keeping up, delivering the products and services required, without...

By Joy Gardham, 21 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

ARM acquires Mistbase and NextG-Com in NB-IoT investment

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Following the approval of the NarrowBand-IoT (NB-IoT) standard last summer, ARM has announced the acquisition of two leading companies in the field.

NB-IoT offers low power and wide area connectivity designed to connect multitudes of devices at scale over a long range. The approval of the standard was a landmark moment for the IoT industry and ARM is looking to...

By Ryan Daws, 21 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

The Weather Company partners with IBM to distribute alerts over mesh networks

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The Weather Company is partnering with IBM’s researchers to deliver emergency alerts to citizens without access to a mobile or WiFi network. Today’s weather apps can provide alerts of severe weather conditions, but current iterations are dependent on constant internet connectivity.

By utilising a mesh network, one device with access to connectivity is able to receive the latest information...

By Ryan Daws, 17 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Indianapolis moving into smart cities with water efficiency play

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Indianapolis-based Global Water Technologies has announced that its proposal submitted with the city is one of the five winners in the White House Commitment: Smart Cities Council Challenge Grants.

Erik Hromadka, CEO of Global Water Technologies, said: “We have an opportunity to showcase leading solutions in the emerging smart water sector and related data-driven applications for energy and transportation.”

Indianapolis and Philadelphia were the two winning cities to select...

By IoT News, 16 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Baidu seeks AI leadership with Raven Tech

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Chinese web giant Baidu is pushing further into the AI market with the acquisition of Raven Tech, a startup behind the ‘Flow’ digital assistant.

As most emerging digital assistants, Flow was touted as “the next Siri” but with improved localisation for the Chinese market. The app never broke the top 700 ranking in the App Store in China after facing stiff competition from...

By Ryan Daws, 16 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Ford pumps $1bn into ex-Google, Uber engineers’ AI startup

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Ford has announced plans to invest $1 billion over the next five years into an AI startup co-founded by engineers who held positions in Google and Uber's respective self-driving vehicle teams. 

The engineers who co-founded Argo AI would make an enviable addition to any company looking for their slice of the emerging connected car market. Brian Salesky, CEO of Argo AI, was director of hardware for...

By Ryan Daws, 13 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.