Mnubo secures $16.5 million in series B funding round to accelerate expansion of IoT solutions

Mnubo, an IoT data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) provider, has raised $16.5 million in a series B financing round to speed up the global expansion of its SmartObjects IoT analytics and data science solution.

Throughout the world, SmartObjects aims to helping service providers and equipment manufacturers in furthering their data monetisation strategy. Johnson-Controls Hitachi is among the prominent manufacturers who are using SmartObjects. 

Greg Barats, president and CEO of HSB Group, a...

By IoT News, 01 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT.

Researchers use AI to fly drones at city-level autonomously

A team of researchers used AI to enable drones to fly safely and autonomously within urban environments.

Drones are often tested high up in the air to ensure a strong GPS signal and prevent collisions with people, vehicles, and other things which occupy a typical urban environment.

However, the airspace presents its own challenges. Many countries have already introduced laws to restrict how high drones can fly to prevent...

By Ryan Daws, 31 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities.

Editorial: Alibaba CEO believes AI could trigger WWIII

While many technology leaders are bullish about the positive aspects of AI, Alibaba CEO Jack Ma has warned it could trigger World War 3.

Ma points towards previous technological revolutions triggering some of the darkest periods in history.

“The first technology revolution caused the First World War, and the second technology revolution caused the Second World War,” said Ma, according to

By Ryan Daws, 25 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Development, IoT, Security, Smart Cities.

Samsung to infuse intelligence in all IoT devices by 2020 as it outlines vision

At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Samsung Electronics America presented an outline of IoT vision and strategy by revealing the fact that by 2020 all its connected devices will be infused with intelligence.

Also at the event, Samsung announced plans to advance adoption of IoT via an open, consistent and intelligent platform. In the spring of 2018, the company will merge all its IoT applications into the SmartThings app allowing users to manage and connect any SmartThings-enabled device right from...

By IoT News, 10 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT.

Assessing 2017 in the Internet of Things, AI and connected cars – and what 2018 has in store

It won’t come as much surprise that 2017 was a major year for the Internet of Things (IoT). Nor will it come as any surprise that 2018 is expected to be another banner year. Here, IoT News looks at the key trends of last year, and asks a series of experts what they expect to see in the coming 12 months.

2017 – three key areas

Industrial IoT: According to Grand View Research, the global industrial IoT market is expected to reach $933 billion by 2025. Yet a lot of the research which came this publication’s way in 2017...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Enterprise, IoT.

Driverless cars, AI and cryptocurrencies among key tech trends in 2018, says Telenor

A team of scientists and technology analysts at Telenor Research have argued that self-driving cars, AI, big data and cryptocurrencies will be key in the market in 2018. Following are some of the imminent technological trends laid out by the team:

Social media newsfeeds

With users posting less on Facebook, relevant information on newsfeeds has dropped, giving rise to paid content. Users are becoming more aware of ‘fake news’ that is seeping into their feeds.

Rules of agreement

The EU will update...

By IoT News, 19 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT.

How Amazon, Google and others are investing in AI and digital assistants for smart homes

A large number of tech incumbents including Amazon, Google, Apple, Samsung and Microsoft are making quick investment moves in artificial intelligence (AI) and digital assistants for smart homes having realised the potential these technologies can play in the smart home market, according to a new report from Navigant Research.

The report, titled “Digital Assistants and AI in the Home”, evaluates the major drivers in the smart home market, barriers and technological trends related to AI as well as...

By IoT News, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Homes.

The UK ranked top of ‘Government AI Readiness Index’

The UK has placed top of an index ranking the readiness of international governments for artificial intelligence.

Artificial intelligence requires government support to reach its potential. Oxford Insights conducted the research to determine which governments are more prepared to nurture AI’s potential.

“The UK is first in our rankings, reflecting its world-leading centres for AI research and...

By Ryan Daws, 12 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT.

Adoption of IoT platforms to lead key trends dominating Asia Pacific technology market in 2018

Hitachi Vantara has highlighted 10 key trends that will dominate the Asia Pacific technology market in 2018 – with adoption of IoT platforms in pole position.

Hitachi Vantara’s CTO Hubert Yoshida and Asia Pacific CTO Russell Skingsley have worked together to predict the key trends. Some of the key trends highlighted by the Hitachi subsidiary are:

Adoption of IoT platforms by the IT sector to facilitate the application of IoT solutions 

IoT solutions are really fast in turning out to be a...

By IoT News, 05 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IoT.

Microsoft: The UK can lead in AI, but the ‘window of opportunity’ is closing

Chris Bishop, Lab Director at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, has voiced his excitement and concern about the AI industry in the UK.

The UK has a long heritage in artificial intelligence and that history is helping establish it as a leader. A new AI startup is founded every week and Silicon Valley giants like Google are paying out large amounts of cash for the likes of DeepMind (acquired for £400m).

Microsoft...

By Ryan Daws, 04 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT.

Baidu and Xiaomi partner to use combined powers of AI and IoT to offer smart user experience

Chinese web services company Baidu has partnered with Chinese electronics and software company Xiaomi to establish in-depth cooperation that will amplify their strengths and capabilities in artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). The partnership will bring to table a more compelling user experience in consumer electronics and smart devices.

Lei Jun, founder, chairman and CEO of Xiaomi, said: "Xiaomi has achieved significant breakthroughs in core artificial intelligence technologies and...

By IoT News, 29 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IoT.

Steve Chien, NASA: On how automation helps monitor natural hazards and the future of AI

Remember the volcanic eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull, back in 2010? Those whose flights were cancelled in the chaos probably retain a mild annoyance. Those in the industry caught in the crossfire, on the other hand, may well break out in a cold sweat to this day just thinking about it.

Why? The industry simply wasn’t ready for the disruption. The resultant six-day travel ban from Eyjafjallajökull’s emissions led to the following: more than 95,000 cancelled flights; approximately 10...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT.

Cyanogen switches gear from Android to self-driving cars

Cyanogen, once famous for Android ROMs, has switched gear and will now focus on the next big thing — self-driving cars.

If you’re tech-savvy (and you’re a reader of ours, so you obviously are…) then you’ve likely heard of Cyanogen. The company started its journey building custom Android ROMs for the many tinkerers on the Android platform.

A year ago, Cyanogen changed its name to Cyngn and discontinued...

By Ryan Daws, 12 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars.

Interview: The pursuit of loyal chatbots

IoT News spoke with Alex Bunardzic, senior software developer at Staples, about the future of chatbots and the pursuit of their loyalty.

“People spend a lot of their online time chatting either through SMS, Messenger, or other channels,” says Bunardzic. “Previously, it was the trend that people were spending more time on social media and that’s where businesses were flocking to – you go where the market is. Now, businesses are realising the market is in the...

By Ryan Daws, 15 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI.

UK negotiates leniency from the EU’s stifling GDPR

The UK government has published a draft of its Data Protection Bill which brings the EU’s controversial GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) into UK law but provides leniency in some important areas.

In an editorial last month, IoT News highlighted the danger of GDPR regulations holding back startups which rely on data collection. We spoke to Peter Wright, solicitor and...

By Ryan Daws, 14 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT.

Moving AI into the testing sphere: TestPlant announces new product suite

Software business provider TestPlant has announced the launch of its digital automation intelligence testing suite, aiming to help organisations keep up with developmental challenges through artificial intelligence (AI).

The suite “accurately verifies, predicts and monitors the user experience and customer success of an application before and after each release, shifting testing from a compliance activity to a revenue generating profit centre focused on customer satisfaction, conversion, adoption, and...

By James Bourne, 13 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT.

Why the convergence of the IoT, big data and AI will drive the next generation of applications

The latest market research report titled ‘Technology Advancements Shaping Big Data Progress’ from Frost & Sullivan states that big data, IoT, and AI combined, will take futuristic applications to the next level.

It identifies the important development areas within the information and communication technology sphere which not only has the ability to address the challenges of the Big Data space, but also facilitate development of advanced applications through convergence.

Swapnadeep Nayak,...

By IoT News, 06 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT.

KITT is no longer a fantasy: Assessing the rise in infotainment for connected cars

Back in 1982, when intelligent assistant KITT from the hit TV show Knight Rider first hit our screens, the most sophisticated info-entertainment tech inside your car was probably a radio and cassette deck.

We’ve come a long way in the past 35 years. According to research firm Gartner, by 2020 there will be 250 million connected cars on the world’s roads. But just how far off are we from having our own KITTs installed in those connected vehicles?

KITT was able to drive as well as provide Michael Knight with all...

By Ian Cowley, 06 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars.

Dr. John Bates, CEO, TestPlant: On the promise of AI and turning testing into a profit centre

“There’s all sorts of useful algorithms – the right algorithms are impacting everything that we do,” explains Dr. John Bates, CEO of TestPlant. “It’s about the software learning and refining… it’s still a bit of a black art, but if you can package these things up right and make them consumable, it’s very, very interesting.”

The topic of conversation, naturally, is artificial intelligence (AI). What else could it be? Everyone’s talking about it, every...

By James Bourne, 04 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT.