London and Singapore top rankings again as world’s smartest cities

London, Singapore and Seoul make up the top three ‘smartest’ cities worldwide, according to new research from the Eden Strategy Institute.

The 2018-19 study, in partnership with ONG&ONG Experience Design (OXD), involved 140 smart cities ranked across 10 vectors; clarity of vision, leadership, budget, provision of financial incentives, support programmes, talent readiness, a people-centric approach, development of an innovation ecosystem, implementation of ‘smart’ policies and,...

By IoT News, 11 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Leading firms pressure the EU to back connected car standard

Companies including the likes of BMW, Daimler, Ericsson, and Deutsche Telekom are pressuring the EU to back a connected car standard.

The companies want the European Commission to put its weight behind the C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything) standard instead of the WiFi-based alternative ITS-G5.

By adopting C-V2X, the companies believe Europe will be in a better position to speed up the rollout of 5G networks.

In a letter addressed to EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and other commissioners, the...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Report: IoT and analytics market for utilities expected to grow to $5.1bn in 2028

Navigant Research has released a report indicating the IoT and analytics market for utilities should grow to over five billion dollars by 2028.

Many of the tools used for utilities are outdated and in need of replacement. The IoT offers a ripe opportunity to fix problems, improve efficiency, and generate significant revenue.

Neil Strother, Principal Research Analyst with Navigant Research, says:

“Many of the tools are outdated, sit in silos, and were never designed for the...

By Ryan Daws, 06 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

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.

Liege gets smart parking through NB-IoT technology – and a new partnership

Belgium-based CommuniThings has partnered with Orange to launch the first smart-parking solution over NB-IoT technology for commercial use.

Dubbed as "Shop & Drive", the solution assists commuters to find available parking space via a mobile application at the same time as stimulating shopping activities through increased vehicle rotations at each spot. This Shop & Drive smart parking solution running on Orange Belgium's Mobile IoT network introduces low-power wireless sensors and...

By IoT News, 04 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

IoT Tech Expo: Bluetooth Mesh is a wise choice for smart buildings

IoT Tech Expo in Amsterdam is just kicking off and there’s already fighting words from low-power networks on why their technology is the best.

In a keynote titled ‘Putting the Smart in Smart Buildings with Bluetooth Mesh’, we heard from Bluetooth SIG Technical Program Manager Martin Woolley on what makes the technology a wise choice for smart building deployments.

“Last year, we introduced something called Bluetooth Mesh,” says Woolley. “That...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Standards.

IoT Tech Expo: Exploring autonomy and getting the last mile in connected railways and waterways

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If the ultimate goal of connected transportation is an interoperable system and network between different operators and different transport modes, then we have a long way to go to secure it. But collaboration and openness is the key to success.

Case in point: the majority of the panellists - and more than half of the audience - at the IoT Tech Expo session on connected transportation in Amsterdam arrived at the venue by train. In many cases, it was more than...

By James Bourne, 27 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, Smart Cities.

BlackBerry CEO believes it will be a decade before self-driving car prevalence

Speaking to shareholders on Wednesday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said he believes it will be a decade before self-driving cars become mainstream.

A large part of this is not just the difficulty of developing the technology, but also how long it will take for governments to come up with the regulations to support them.

BlackBerry is highly involved in this process and trusted with its reputation for security. The company is working with the American and Canadian governments to determine safety standards.

This is in...

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Toyota’s $1bn Grab investment is the largest ever in a ride-hailing company

Automotive giant Toyota’s $1 billion investment in Singapore-based company Grab represents the largest ever made in a ride-hailing firm.

Grab is foremost a ride-hailing firm similar to Uber. In fact, Grab acquired Uber’s operations in Southeast Asia.

Also similar to Uber is Grab having its own recently-unveiled food delivery service, GrabFood. The company is even launching an e-payment service, GrabPay.

Considering the wild success of Uber, it’s unsurprising investors are...

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

‘World’s first’ 3D printed houses to be built in Eindhoven: Another route to smarter cities?

The Netherlands will soon be seeing the first of five planned 3D-printed concrete houses in the city of Eindhoven, as part of Project Milestone.

The municipality of Eindhoven, Eindhoven University of Technology, contractor Van Wijnen, real estate manager Vesteda, materials company Saint Gobain-Weber Beamix and engineering firm Witteveen+Bos are partners in the project.

The houses are irregular in shape and their design is based on erratic blocks in a green landscape. This design aims at a high level of...

By IoT News, 11 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Study: Connected car owners will trade personal data for services

A study conducted by Edison Research has found a willingness from connected car owners to trade personal data for services.

The research, commissioned by automotive data services platform Otonomo, indicates high-profile privacy breaches have not shaken the majority of consumers’ willingness to share personal data — as long as it’s clear what services they’ll receive in return.

On average, around 80 percent of those surveyed who expressed interest in...

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

Windows 10 IoT Core Services arrives promising a decade of updates

Microsoft has announced Windows 10 IoT Core Services along with the promise it will be updated for at least the next decade.

The company expects a new release every two to three years. With each one, a further 10 years of support will be guaranteed.

The commitment offers assurance that any ‘Things’ deployed won’t be outdated anytime soon. With large-scale IoT deployments, this is particularly vital to avoid fears of costly replacements and/or downtime.

Microsoft’s existing IoT Core...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities.

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.

DigitalTown gets $2.4 million investment to help integrate blockchain into smart cities

Venture capital firm Pithia has announced a $2.4 million investment in smart city technology firm DigitalTown to “accelerate the development of the DigitalTown technology integrating self-sovereign identity for thriving local economies as a core design principle.”

DigitalTown has been recorded as the first public company to fully adopt blockchain, particularly the third-generation blockchain RChain.  The company is entering into a partnership with lifeID, a Pithia portfolio firm, to reinforce...

By IoT News, 24 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Smart Cities.

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.

Volvo's trucks and cars will communicate to improve safety

Trucks and cars by automotive giant Volvo will soon communicate with each other to improve road safety.

Operating as two separate entities with the same owner, Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks will collaborate on the ‘Connected Safety’ solution. By implementing V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) technology, the companies hope sharing real-time data about road hazards may help to prevent accidents.

Carl Johan Almqvist, Traffic and Product Safety Director at Volvo Trucks, says:

"Expanded...

By Ryan Daws, 08 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

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.