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 Vehicles, 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 Vehicles, 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.

Telensa moves IoT manufacturing to UK after review of world facilities – a vote of confidence as Brexit is triggered

Telensa is moving its manufacturing of IoT products to the UK from Asia after a ‘strategic review’ of world facilities – offering a vote of confidence on the day the country notifies the EU of its decision to leave the bloc.

Operations will move to the Sony UK Technology Centre in Pencoed, Wales. Telensa currently has a global footprint of over one million devices across the world, including wireless controls for one in ten of the UK’s street lights. Last year, the company raised over...

By Ryan Daws, 29 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Toyota and NTT team up for platform and R&D around connected cars

Toyota will work with Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) to develop, verify and standardised technology in the connected car field, the company has announced.

Both companies will conduct joint R&D of technologies necessary for solving various issues ranging from traffic accidents, congestion, to provide customers with new mobility services that are aimed at realising a sustainable Smart Mobility Society in the future at global level.

The collaboration will further lead to create technologies...

By IoT News, 28 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.

Uber halts its self-driving car trials in Arizona following a crash

Uber will be halting trials of its self-driving cars in Arizona following a collision between one of its vehicles and another road user.

While the accident could have stoked fears about how reliable self-driving technology is, the incident may work in favour of Uber. Local police concluded the company’s vehicle was not at fault and the other car failed to yield which caused Uber’s Volvo SUV to flip – as seen in this spectacular photo.

By Ryan Daws, 27 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.