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.

Michigan and the UK will collaborate on self-driving cars

Representatives from the state of Michigan and the UK have signed a collaboration agreement to share each other’s expertise in automobiles to advance self-driving cars and their infrastructure.

The memorandum of understanding was signed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and UK Business Minister Richard Harrington.

Detroit, Michigan is the centre of the U.S. automobile industry with the ‘Big Three’ auto manufacturers General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler all having their headquarters in the...

By Ryan Daws, 23 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

China sets out guidelines for testing self-driving cars

China has set out its national guidelines for testing self-driving cars on its roads to ensure developments are safe but unhindered in a bid to ensure the country is a leader in the commercialisation of such vehicles.

The guidelines have been jointly issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Public Security, and the Ministry of Transport.

As part of the guidelines, local authorities have been granted permission to evaluate local conditions and take responsibility for...

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

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.

Smart cities market value to hit $2 trillion by 2025, says Frost & Sullivan

The overall market value for smart cities will surpass $2 trillion by 2025, according to Frost & Sullivan – with artificial intelligence (AI) at the heart of it.

The analyst firm believes AI, alongside personalised healthcare, robotics, advanced driver assistance systems and distributed energy generation will be among the cornerstone technologies of future smart cities.

With more than 80% of the population in developed countries expected to live in cities by 2050, now is the time to act. According to a

By James Bourne, 04 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Why for manufacturers the customer must be at the centre of the digital strategy

It’s easy to get obsessed with technology – it is the key enabler of today’s revolution – but the harder part of the transformation is cultural.

It’s about putting the customer experience and their business outcomes at the centre of everything. That means realigning engineering, manufacturing and the supply chain around delivering a world-class sales and service experience. It means new thinking about optimising customer satisfaction and loyalty metrics such as Customer...

By Colin Masson, 28 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Smart Cities.

Can smart cities really save us all 125 hours per year?

Smart cities, and the components which comprise them, will save us all time – and a new study puts the total at 125 hours per citizen per year.

The study, put together by Intel alongside Juniper Research, found that 125 hours, or 15 working days, will be claimed in four buckets. Mobility, such as smart traffic systems, smart parking, and ‘open data platforms’ – so users can pick the least congested bus and train services – will account for 60 hours. Greater public safety –...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Self-driving Uber car strikes and kills Arizona woman, Uber halts tests

A self-driving Uber car has struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, in what is believed to be the first known death of a pedestrian from an autonomous vehicle.

As reported by the New York Times, the Uber vehicle did have a human safety driver on board but was in autonomous mode when the collision occurred, according to a statement from Tempe police. The woman was taken to hospital but later died of her injuries.

The company will pause its...

By James Bourne, 19 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Success of smart cities depends on citizen engagement, says Gartner

The success of smart cities is very much reliant on the engagement of its citizens and discussions between the government and citizens are critical to ensure that the right issues are taken care of, according to Gartner.

At the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Dubai, UAE, Gartner analysts have underscored certain recommendations that CIOs in local government need to consider for the success of smart cities. Among the recommendations underscored are identifying and prioritising the issues that are negatively...

By IoT News, 14 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Las Vegas among US cities given grant by Smart Cities Council

The names of the 2018 Readiness Challenge Grants winners are finally declared by the Smart Cities Council - Birmingham, Alabama; Cary, North Carolina; Las Vegas, Nevada; Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky; and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The victorious cities will get 365-day expert, vendor-neutral mentoring as well as free customised products and services from organisations including Qualcomm, Battelle, SYNEXXUS, CompTIA and IES. In addition, on-site Readiness Workshop will be carried out as part of the...

By IoT News, 09 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Port of Rotterdam prepares for digital transformation with IBM IoT

The Port of Rotterdam is preparing for a digital transformation with IBM’s cloud-based IoT technologies – starting with the formulation of a centralised dashboard application that collects and processes real-time water, weather sensor data and communications data.

Previously, Europe’s largest port by cargo tonnage banked on conventional communication techniques such as radar and radio to establish communication between captains, pilots and terminal operators to make vital decisions on port...

By IoT News, 02 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

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.

Why smart city technologies are set to drive ‘trillions’ in economic growth over the coming decade

Smart city technologies are set to drive the economic development of cities by more than 5% and drive more than $20 trillion in additional economic benefits by 2026, according to an ABI Research report.

The report, titled ‘Roles of Smart Cities for Economic Development’, was commissioned by InterDigital on behalf of its Smart Cities-focused business, Chordant. In order to capitalise on the economic benefits, cities must begin preparation and investment now, the report noted.

Jim Nolan, executive...

By IoT News, 29 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities.

Pennsylvania gears up for fleet optimisation alongside CalAmp

The Bureau of Vehicle Management (BVM) of the US state of Pennsylvania will deploy CalAmp’s automotive IoT solution for commercial fleets in an effort to have better insights into vehicle utilisation, bring down costs and streamline fleet operations.

The bureau has also decided to deploy the FleetOutlook on roughly 50% of state-owned vehicle fleets to boost efficiency, address maintenance related concerns promptly and defend vehicle theft. The bureau will also leverage FleetOutlook’s driver...

By IoT News, 26 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, 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.

Bosch, Huawei, and Vodafone conduct V2X trials for connected cars

Bosch, Huawei, and Vodafone have teamed up to conduct V2X (vehicle-to-everything) trials in Munich ahead of connected cars hitting the road.

We’ve heard plenty about V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) and V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure) trials, but real-world rollouts of connected cars will require both. V2I technology enables connected cars to communicate with each other, roadside infrastructure, and online services.

By Ryan Daws, 24 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.