Whoop whoop: Juggalo makeup blocks facial recognition

Juggalo makeup, worn by fans of hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse (ICP), has been found to be a particularly effective way of blocking facial recognition.

Ticketmaster and Live Nation invested in a military-grade facial recognition company last year. Concertgoers who are concerned about such technology may want to consider becoming a Juggalo/Juggalette.

Twitter user (@tahkion) describes himself as a ‘Prominent Security Juggalo’ and found the black-on-white facepaint tricks...

By Ryan Daws, 09 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Smart Cities.

How artificial intelligence is driving IoT growth across utilities, telecoms and more

There’s no doubt about it: artificial intelligence has become a buzzword in mainstream tech, with every industry talking about how they can leverage AI to do things like serve food, review video footage, drive cars, automate business processes and more. 

Investors are pouring money into AI-based SaaS and hardware startups, and large companies are investing in finding ways to implement AI to better improve on operational, supply...

By Mitchell Klein, 02 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT.

Overperformers in digitisation see IoT and AI technologies as key, study argues

A new study has revealed that more than one in three (37%) medium-sized companies with above average returns see technologies as the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) as a key part of ongoing investment planning.

The study, the Finanzierungsmonitor 2019 from Creditshelf and TU Darnstadt, also revealed that only 18% of companies with an average or below-average return put these topics at the top their...

By IoT News, 25 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT.

The future of factories in an IoT-driven world: Budget and data challenges and opportunities

The Internet of Things (IoT), as an acronym, can potentially have a double meaning. Naturally, while the term came to pass and be accepted to describe the process of connecting sensors in physical objects to wireless networks, the industry continues to get to grips with the coming together of information technology and operational technology. So not so much IoT - perhaps more IT/OT.

Nowhere is this IT and OT fusion more pronounced than in a factory setting. An engaging panel debate at

By James Bourne, 20 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

Study: Business leaders want the EU to prioritise automation technologies

A study has found top business leaders want the EU to prioritise and support technologies relating to automation such as 5G and AI.

The survey (PDF) was carried out for the European Round Table (ERT) of Industrialists and features the views of CEOs from member companies such as Nestlé, Shell, Volvo, Siemens, and Heineken.

“We need the right policies to ensure our economies can take advantage of innovative technologies, our companies...

By Ryan Daws, 17 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities.

Amazon plans drone-based deliveries ‘within months’

During this year’s Re:MARS conference in Las Vegas, Amazon said it will deliver packages to customers using drones “within months”.

The world’s largest retailer has been experimenting with drones for several years.

In December 2016, Amazon ran a successful trial in Cambridge using a drone to deliver a package within 13 minutes. In 2017, IoT News reported Amazon was adding 400 staff...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities.

World Economic Forum launches global councils across IoT, blockchain, AI and more to ‘restore trust’ in tech

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has launched six Global Fourth Industrial Revolution Councils to help policymakers and businesses strike the right balance between enabling emerging technologies and effectively alleviating social risks in order to benefit the society.

The Councils - which will bring more than 200 leaders together from the public and private sectors, civil society and academia from across the world - will cover...

By IoT News, 04 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT, Standards.

India’s new government plans IoT and AI workforce reskilling

India’s new government plans workforce reskilling in areas like the IoT and AI to become a world leader in emerging technologies.

The government plans to expand its ‘Skill India’ initiative with dedicated policies which ensure the nation’s youth can grasp important new technologies.

“Reskilling and upskilling is big on the incoming government's agenda,” a senior government official

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, Enterprise, Healthcare, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities.

Consumer Reports: Tesla’s Autopilot isn’t safe at changing lanes

Consumer Reports has slammed Tesla’s Autopilot as being unsafe when changing lanes and behind the average capability of a human.

A recent Tesla update enabled certain models to automatically switch lanes, in what the manufacturer said is to make driving “more seamless”.

In testing, Consumer Reports found a range of dangerous problems. The feature had a tendency for cutting in without leaving enough space, and even breaking state laws in terms of passing other vehicles.

Jake Fisher, Senior...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Amazon debuts first premium Alexa skills in the UK

Amazon has announced the first batch of premium Alexa skills launching in the UK aiming to offer users a higher quality experience.

Earlier this month, Amazon announced ‘in-skill’ purchases were coming to the UK. Much like in-app purchases, developers can offer feature unlocks for one-time payments or subscriptions to access premium content for a limited time.

The ability enables developers to monetise their Alexa skills while subsequently incentivising them to create great experiences....

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT, Smart Homes.

Microsoft and SK Telecom join forces on AI, 5G, and cloud technologies

Microsoft and SK Telecom have signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to collaborate on AI, 5G, and cloud technologies.

Under the MoU, the companies will share knowledge to further each other’s ambitions in areas which make use of such technologies like the IoT.

Jason Zander, Executive Vice President of Azure at Microsoft, said:

“Through the strategic partnership with SK Telecom, we will play a key role in shaping the future and accelerating the digital transformation of...

By Ryan Daws, 13 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities.

Hello Tractor: How the ‘Uber for Farming’ is revolutionising agriculture

IoT News sat down with Hello Tractor CEO Jehiel Oliver to discuss how the company is revolutionising agriculture, particularly in emerging markets.

Hello Tractor is a fascinating company that has already had a tangible impact on improving lives. The firm connects tractor owners with farmers who typically undertake slow, manual work in hot and laborious conditions with less yield than counterparts in more developed markets with access to proper machinery.

“We use IoT to...

By Ryan Daws, 10 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT.

Land Rover: Driverless cars need 1000x more code than Apollo 11

Jaguar Land Rover has said driverless cars will require close to a billion lines of code, almost 1000x as much as what put man on the moon.

Apollo 11’s computer featured around 145,000 lines of code to land on the moon. Much like how it's often said that most of us now carry more processing power in our pockets than that computer, it puts into perspective the complex calculations a driverless car needs to make.

The British car manufacturer estimated the figure to emphasise the need for more people...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

IoT Day 2019: Where the industry stands today with challenges and opportunities ahead

In the seminal Building the Internet of Things, Cisco VP Maciej Kranz outlined in the book’s opening page the opportunity for consumers and businesses of all sizes with the next wave of the Internet.

“Like it or not, the Internet of Things will change your organisation unlike anything before,” Kranz wrote. “It will change your organisation more than business process reengineering, Six Sigma, lean manufacturing, agile...

By James Bourne, 09 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, Enterprise, IoT.

Microsoft and BMW launch open platform to support smart factory development

Microsoft and the BMW Group have announced a new initiative at Hannover Messe aimed at enabling faster and more cost-effective innovation in the manufacturing sector.

In manufacturing, complex, proprietary systems, that create data silos and slow productivity, can delay production and profitability. The Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP) is designed to break down these barriers with the creation of an open technology framework...

By IoT News, 05 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Enterprise, IoT, Manufacturing.

UK launches ‘centre of excellence’ for IoT cybersecurity

A dedicated ‘centre of excellence’ for developing and promoting IoT cybersecurity standards has been launched in the UK.

The so-called PETRAS (privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security) National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity aims to establish the UK as a leader in the field.

Professor Jeremy Watson CBE FREng, PETRAS Director & Professor of Engineering Systems at UCL STEaPP, said:

“The centre’s ultimate aim is, by...

By Ryan Daws, 04 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IIoT, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Standards.

LG Uplus and Hanyang Uni test 5G self-driving car in Seoul

LG Uplus and Hanyang University are testing a 5G self-driving car trial in Seoul to demonstrate how it could solve traffic problems.

South Korean telecoms company LG Uplus used its 5G network for the trial which saw a driverless vehicle dubbed the ‘A1’ drive eight kilometres in heavy traffic for 25 minutes.

The car was seen changing lanes and reacting to vehicles around it. Hanyang University’s ACE Lab said the A1 was close to performing at ‘Level 4’ driverless autonomy.

Level 4...

By Ryan Daws, 11 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

IoT, AI and more: Getting technology and business to better communicate and collaborate

"I work in operations, not in IT or innovation - so it's not my role to know and get involved with emerging technologies." If you work in any industry which is set to be impacted by the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) or augmented reality (AR), you might have overheard this in your office. Or how about this? "Technology subjects are relevant to my colleagues in the innovation team or to my friends who work in tech companies. I'm not a techie - I am a...

By Dimitrios Spiliopoulos, 08 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, Enterprise, IoT.

Ericsson IoT chief on AI, 5G, and connecting 'things' instead of ‘a thing’

We spoke to Ericsson IoT Head Jeff Travers during MWC 2019 about where the industry is heading and how emerging technologies are opening new possibilities.

A running theme of this year’s event was how technologies such as the IoT, 5G, AI, and blockchain are converging in powerful ways. Last year was a lot of talk about their potential, this year we’re seeing more actual deployments.

Transportation is one area where the IoT is having a major impact. The morning of our interview, Ericsson announced...

The top 25 IoT startups to watch in 2019: A guide

  • 26,792 startups are relying on IoT as one of their main technologies to launch new products and services and support platform-based business models according to Crunchbase.
  • 78.4% of IoT startups Crunchbase tracks have had two funding rounds or less with seed, angel and early-stage rounds being the most common.
  • IoT startup funding reached $16.7bn in Q4, 2018, with last years’ funding levels 94% over 2017 according to Venture Scanner.
  • By 2020, 50% of IoT spending will be driven by discrete manufacturing, transportation and...

By Louis Columbus, 21 February 2019, 1 comment. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas.