Close to the edge: How to realise the benefits of edge computing for IIoT

You may well have heard of the ‘intelligent edge’, as Microsoft puts it – the future of computing, on multiple devices, the blurring of the physical and virtual worlds, driven by huge amounts of data, as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning. But how can organisations make the most of this opportunity?

A new whitepaper from the Industrial Internet Consortium aims to shed some light on this process and how to architect an edge computing implementation.

It is important to note...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

Ex-Apple employee is charged with stealing driverless car secrets

A former Apple employee has been charged with stealing driverless car secrets from the company with the intent of bringing them to his new employer.

Xiaolang Zhang was stopped at San Jose International airport by federal agents. He reportedly had bought a “last second” ticket heading to China.

Zhang is said to have stolen sensitive documents regarding Apple’s work on driverless cars while he was on paternity leave. Today, he was charged with trade secrets theft in the U.S. District Court for...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Development, IoT.

Sense and sensor ability: How AI and connectivity will help each other grow

Connected devices are getting smaller, cheaper, and more specialised. While connected systems as a whole are getting more intelligent, the actual processing power of these devices is not expanding at the same rate - opening up a host of issues for enterprises wanting to enter the IoT, or expand their current IoT fleet.

The development of new network technologies will require a new way of processing data from a huge range of sources, and communication between multiple systems (even in one enterprise) will soon...

By Charles Towers-Clark, 09 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Development, IoT.

LG CNS announces CityHub platform for smart city management

LG subsidiary CNS has announced its CityHub platform designed to provide centralised management and data analysis of citywide IoT devices.

CityHub, the platform’s tentative name, is able to collect data from IoT sensors across the deployed smart city. This could be sensors installed on things such as vehicles and buildings, or infrastructure like street lights and traffic cameras.

LG CNS is the first private company to be certified by the Korean government

The platform supports the international oneM2M...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

Facebook’s latest acquisition shows interest in UK AI industry

Social networking giant Facebook is reportedly acquiring London-based Bloomsbury AI, a Natural Language Processing (NLP) startup.

The company is expected to be paying between $23 - $30 million for its Bloomsbury acquisition, which is also said to involve stock changing hands.

In an official statement, Facebook said:

"The Bloomsbury team has built a leading expertise in machine reading and understanding unstructured documents in natural language in order to answer any...

By Ryan Daws, 02 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI.

Johan Krebbers, Shell: On why poor quality data won’t cut it in delaying your IoT initiatives

The links between the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) are irresistible. As a Wired article put it, IoT ‘will produce a treasure trove of big data’ and that ‘the only way to keep up with [it] and gain the hidden insight it holds is with machine learning.’

For Johan Krebbers, IT CTO at Shell, it’s non-negotiable. “IoT on its own is useless,” he explains. “It...

By James Bourne, 22 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

CEBIT 2018: Huawei debuts its latest IoT and AI products

During CEBIT 2018, Huawei unveiled several of its latest IoT and AI products designed to help enterprises create ‘intelligent’ transformation.

Huawei’s President of Global Marketing, Qiu Heng, delivered a keynote speech in which he spoke of how the IoT and AI are enabling businesses to connect the physical and digital world.

The company’s OceanConnect IoT platform has been upgraded to support connected cars systems.

Huawei highlights four key elements of its IoV (Internet of Vehicles)...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IoT.

Nvidia powers Isaac smart robot platform with Jetson Xavier

Nvidia has announced the launch of its Isaac platform for intelligent robots powered by its new Jetson Xavier computer.

Isaac includes new hardware, software, and a virtual-world robot simulator. The platform was launched at Computex 2018 by NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang.

There are three main components to Nvidia’s Isaac platform:

  • Isaac SDK – a collection of APIs and tools to develop robotics algorithm software and runtime framework with fully accelerated libraries.

  • Isaac IMX – Isaac Intelligent Machine Acceleration...

By Ryan Daws, 04 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

Pymetrics’ open source tool can detect bias in AI algorithms

New York-based AI startup Pymetrics has announced it has open-sourced its much-needed tool for detecting bias in algorithms.

Earlier this month, I posted an editorial titled ‘Stopping AI’s discrimination will be difficult, but vital’ on our sister site AI News. I stand by the necessity of it, but Pymetrics is making it much easier to prevent unintentional discrimination.

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By Ryan Daws, 01 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

Australia prepares for autonomous vehicles with draft laws

Transport ministers in Australia have drafted vital legislation to prepare for autonomous vehicles to roam the land down under.

In the National Transport Commission (NTC) policy paper Changing driving laws to support automated vehicles, we get an early look at the legal framework enabling Automated Driving Systems (ADS) to replace human drivers.

NTC Chief Executive Paul Retter said:

“With automated vehicles,...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Investigators: Uber’s self-driving SUV saw pedestrian before fatality

Investigators examining the incident where a self-driving SUV by Uber caused a fatality have determined the vehicle saw the pedestrian long before she was hit.

Revealed in a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board, federal investigators found the vehicle in Arizona spotted the woman around six seconds before the fatal incident.

We await the more thorough and final investigative report

Uber’s system determined that braking was required 1.3 seconds prior to impact based on its...

By Ryan Daws, 25 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT.

Samsung opens huge AI centre in the UK

Korean technology giant Samsung has announced the opening of a huge new AI research in Cambridge, UK to capitalise on local talent.

Cambridge has gained international recognition as a hub of AI talent. Google’s acquisition of DeepMind, whose headquarters is based in the city, only helped to further boost this reputation.

“Today’s announcement by Samsung will create high-paying, high-skilled jobs and our modern Industrial Strategy will encourage further investment like this all around the...

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT.

Nvidia’s AI robot learns from observing humans

Nvidia has demonstrated a robot with a groundbreaking AI which learns to complete tasks by observing the actions of a human.

The researchers, led by Stan Birchfield and Jonathan Tremblay, claim their development is a ‘first of its kind’ deep learning-based system.

In their research paper, they state:

“For robots to perform useful tasks in real-world settings, it must be easy to communicate the task to the robot; this includes both the desired result and any hints as to...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing.

Drive.ai demonstrates its self-driving cars

The autonomous car startup released a video of its self-driving vehicles navigating around the city dodging other road users.

Drive.ai’s video shows their car driving on both public and private roads. The vehicle’s object recognition systems identifies other vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists, and routes around them safely.

Here are Drive.ai’s notable timestamps of the video:

  • 0:37 As the car proceeds to drive on public roads by crossing a 6-lane intersection, our system looks both ways for a long distance to understand what is happening and how to...

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Google Assistant has tripled device support in four months

Google has been hard at work increasing the number of devices supported by its Assistant as it fights to control the smart home.

Competing for the smart home is clearly near the top of Google’s priorities as those interactions move away from smartphones. Once a consumer is invested in an ecosystem, it’s difficult to get them to switch.

Google’s main competitor is Amazon with their Alexa ecosystem. Amazon, quite likely as a result of its retail presence, has sold a lot more of its Echo line...

By Ryan Daws, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Homes.

Eight countries rank ahead of the US in automation readiness

According to the latest Automation Readiness Index, the US is behind eight other countries when it comes to being prepared for advancements such as AI and the IoT.

The study, published last week, ranked 25 of the world’s advanced economies in how well they’re preparing their workforce for automation.

Here are the top 10 rankings:

  • South Korea

  • Germany

  • Singapore

  • Japan

  • Canada

  • Estonia

  • France

  • UK

  • US

  • Australia

The US is often seen as a leader in areas such as AI, so it may be a surprise to see it ranked below many other countries. While it may be ahead in terms of innovation, the study highlights more needs to be done to prepare the workforce.

The researchers broke the study down into three main categories to assess the countries’ overall ranks. They were: Innovation Environment,...

By Ryan Daws, 02 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities.

European Commission sets out its €20bn plan for ethical AI

In a bid to prevent falling behind China and the US, the European Commission has outlined its plan to invest €20 billion in ethical artificial intelligence.

The cash will be used to boost artificial intelligence research in the private and public domains, prepare for the socio-economic changes advancements will bring about, and ensure frameworks are in place for its legal and ethical development.

Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, said:

“Just as the...

By Ryan Daws, 25 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

IoT Tech Expo: SoftwareAG on how to avoid becoming another statistic

The majority of IoT projects fail, but SoftwareAG’s SVP of IoT took the stage at this year’s IoT Tech Expo in London to share his insights on how to avoid becoming another statistic.

Bernd Gross believes the IoT industry has reached a turning point where the focus is now shifting to deployment. It's hard to argue with, around the world there's notably less talk and some impressive use of IoT technologies to solve real problems.

“After many...

By Ryan Daws, 18 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Development, IoT.

Microsoft and C3 IoT collaborate to speed up AI and IoT in the enterprise

A strategic team up between Microsoft and C3 IoT will lead to the creation of a “better together” solution and go-to-market initiatives which speed up the application development of enterprise AI and IoT.

The “better together” solution, comprising of the C3 IoT Platform – a low-code, highly productive PaaS for scaling AI and IoT throughout enterprises – is fully integrated to operate on Microsoft Azure. The Microsoft-C3 IoT collaboration will allow customers to formulate...

By IoT News, 12 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT.

Qualcomm’s Vision Intelligence Platform adds smarts to its new IoT chipsets

Chip manufacturing giant Qualcomm has launched its Vision Intelligence Platform alongside its first two dedicated chipsets for IoT devices.

The new 10nm chipsets, QCS605 and QCS603, can be used for devices such as drones, robotic vacuum cleaners, 360-cameras, and more. Both contain Qualcomm’s latest development in camera and artificial intelligence.

Driving the...

By Ryan Daws, 12 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.