Bosch and Daimler launch automated valet parking in China

Bosch and car manufacturing group Daimler have successfully launched the pilot of an automated valet parking service in China.

The pilot, launched in Beijing, uses automated technology to steer a vehicle to a designated space. Whenever the user wants to leave, a tap on their smartphone can return the vehicle to its owner ready for the onwards journey.

Professor Hans Georg Engel, Head of Mercedes-Benz R&D China, said:

“Automated Valet Parking is an important milestone on the...

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

Why the IoT needs more of an edge: Edge computing and the data centre

You know it’s 2018 when you are woken by your smart home to find your Google Assistant working on your shopping list, while Alexa informs you of your plans for the day.

While talking to machines and delegating our least favourite tasks is undoubtedly progress, the Internet of Things takes us into a whole new category of connectivity. Here, machines talk to other machines and are even creating cities that are smart enough to administer themselves, without human intervention.In fact, the EU has the...

By Andrew Brinded, 13 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities.

Dyson invests £200m into a UK driverless vehicle campus

Appliance giant Dyson is looking to venture outside the household by investing £200m into building a UK driverless vehicle campus.

The company will be redeveloping a Wiltshire airfield for its research purposes, offering plenty of space for testing driverless vehicles.

Several old World War Two-era air hangars will now be used for engineering work, housing up to 2,000 new employees at a site where Mosquitoes, Spitfires, and Lancaster bombers were once housed.

Jim Rowan, Dyson Chief Executive, comments:

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

Toyota pumps $500 million into Uber’s self-driving initiative

Automotive giant Toyota is pumping $500 million into Uber’s self-driving car initiative to help ensure both companies emerge as leaders in the space.

Competition is heating up in the autonomous driving business. Analysts from Research and Markets predict the industry will be worth $126.8 billion by 2027, so it’s little wonder so many firms are looking for their slice of the pie.

Toyota and Uber are both seen as lagging behind the competition...

By Ryan Daws, 28 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Alibaba Cloud and Infineon team up for IoT partnership to digitally upgrade Chinese enterprises and cities

The areas of ‘smart life’ and ‘smart industry’ are set to get a boost, as German semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies and China’s Alibaba Cloud have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support both the fields by helping Chinese enterprises and cities to go through a seamless digital transition.

Infineon, which is an active promoter and practitioner of Industry 4.0, will leverage its own core technology and service advantages in the field of IoT to work...

By IoT News, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities.

T-Mobile is on a trucking road trip with IoT and 5G technologies

T-Mobile is embarking on a road trip in a ‘Tech Truck’ packed with IoT and 5G technologies in order to build hype about their possibilities.

The semi-truck features T-Mobile’s signature magenta and will be touring all over the country for a year to show the network is on the cutting-edge of innovations.

It was built in the company’s national technology lab based in Bellevue it calls ‘Launch Pad’ where engineers work on the next-generation of wireless technologies.

Many of...

By Ryan Daws, 07 August 2018, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Hackers connected an IoT parking kiosk to porn in ‘grey hat’ attack

Hackers connected an IoT parking kiosk to a porn site in what appears to have been a 'grey hat’ attack without malicious intent.

The most well-known labels for hackers are ‘black hats’ or ‘white hats’ to indicate whether hackers intend to cause damage, or whether they intend to find vulnerabilities to protect a system from being compromised.

Grey hats are somewhere in-between and often cause mischief to highlight vulnerabilities but aren’t out to cause danger or lasting...

By Ryan Daws, 01 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Cities.

UK government launches plan to lead ‘profound change’ in mobility

The UK has launched its plan to lead a ‘profound change’ in future mobility aimed towards improving transport while reducing congestion and emissions.

As part of the ‘Future of Mobility Grand Challenge’ set out today in two documents, the government highlights that UK travel will change dramatically with innovations such as flying vehicles and self-driving...

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

Ford spins its self-driving business into a $4bn separate company

Automotive giant Ford has decided its self-driving efforts are important enough to warrant a separate company with $4 billion of investment.

Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC will be based in Detroit, Michigan and will be tasked with developing the company’s self-driving technology.

Jim Hackett, President and CEO of Ford, explained the decision:

“Ford has made tremendous progress across the self-driving value chain – from technology development to business model innovation to user experience.

By Ryan Daws, 26 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Nokia and Current by GE teaming up to bring smart city technology across Canada

Nokia is joining hands with Current, a GE-owned energy management provider, to deploy edge smart city technology across Canada.

Both companies will help cities in Canada improve operational infrastructure and expand new services to citizens. Under the commercial partnership agreement, Nokia will be able to gain access to Current by GE’s CityIQ platform technology.

CityIQ will repurpose outdoor street lighting into digital infrastructure that collects data and distributes valuable insights to cities via...

By IoT News, 25 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Three primary urban problems which can be solved by IoT and AI

Having visited more than 40 countries, 200 cities and lived in six countries in the last 10 years as well as working in the disruptive Internet of Things (IoT) space, the subject of how to make cities smarter and more citizen friendly is of particular interest to me for both professional and personal reasons.

More than half of the world’s population now live in cities - and the figure will rise to more than two thirds by 2050, according to a United Nations forecast. Growing numbers of city residents put...

By Dimitrios Spiliopoulos, 25 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities.

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: 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.

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.