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.

Europe votes against EU’s plan to use WiFi over 5G for connected cars

European nations voted against the EU’s executive proposal for a WiFi-based connected car standard in favour of 5G technology.

The EU wants to use the WiFi-based Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) standard, which is also backed by Volkswagen. Most of the rest of the industry disagreed with this perspective.

Naturally, the mobile industry lobbied the most in favour of a 5G-based alternative known as Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X). A consortium of mobile industry bodies –...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Opinion: The smart tech that will power smart cities

Urbanisation is a huge global trend. In 2007 the world’s urban population exceeded the rural and in less than 40 years, 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities.

This growth puts enormous pressure on ageing city infrastructure and services, the environment and affects...

By Stuart Sykes, 04 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Smart Cities.

Trend Micro blocked five million IoT camera hack attempts

Cybersecurity experts from Trend Micro blocked five million attempted hacks of IoT cameras.

IP cameras have become a prime target for hackers. Viewing inside someone’s home or business has clear advantages for someone with malicious intent. This could involve blackmail, or even seeing what items a property holds and whether anyone is around.

Other key reasons provided by Trend Micro for hackers targeting IP cameras include:

  • Constant connectivity. Like many other devices, IP cameras need to be internet-connected to function properly. However, exposure to the internet also makes it easy for hackers to...

By Ryan Daws, 01 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

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.

Sak Nayagam, BHGE: On the Industrial Internet of Things and changing energy demands

Sak Nayagam, head of alliances and channels for digital oil and gas at Baker Hughes, A GE company (BHGE), has spent the vast majority of his career thinking about the interlocking of digital and technology and how it can enable a cleaner energy future. The future, he tells IoT News, is an exciting one – but there are plenty of complex areas to navigate first.

By James Bourne, 14 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, Oil & Gas, Smart Cities.

Lilium will develop air taxi software in the UK creating hundreds of jobs

German air taxi startup Lilium has announced it will base its software development in the UK and create hundreds of jobs.

Lilium hopes to access the local talent pool in one of Europe’s leading tech hubs and the highest ranked country in the region in related technologies such as AI.

“While we recognise that talent is global, London offers us access to a rich talent pool and an environment that’s...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Smart Cities.

Nissan to demonstrate ‘brain-to-car’ tech at CES Asia 2019

Automotive giant Nissan is set to demonstrate futuristic 'brain-to-car' technology at CES Asia 2019 in Shanghai this week.

Said to be the first of its kind, the brain-to-car technology analyses brain signals to improve the driving experience.

By having some idea of a driver's intention, the vehicle could assist with manoeuvres. Similarly, any discomfort experienced by the driver – such as the climate being too cold or hot – could result in the vehicle automatically adjusting...

By Ryan Daws, 11 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, 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.

Sony's debut IoT chip features a 60-mile range using Eltres

Sony is debuting an IoT chip that can work in fast-moving vehicles with an impressive 60-mile range, perfect for the industry of which Jeff Bezos is so excited.

The chip will use Sony’s Eltres LPWA (Low-Power Wide Area) network announced last week. Launching in Japan this year, Eltres uses microchips in tandem with antennas to relay a signal to a base station which can be over 60 miles (100 km) away.

In an example provided by...

By Ryan Daws, 03 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

School’s IoT network teaches students about climate change

A secondary school in Sheffield has created an IoT network to educate students about both the emerging technology and climate change.

Smart cities have the potential to help monitor things such as pollution and improve residents’ quality of life. It’s hoped the experience will help students in using IoT technologies in later life while instilling the need to reduce our environmental impact as a species.

The school’s IoT network was set up by the David and Jane Richards Family Foundation, a...

By Ryan Daws, 29 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

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.

IoT attacks could put a £1bn hole in the UK economy

Research from Irdeto suggests IoT attacks may cost the UK economy over £1 billion per year due to lax security measures.

UK organisations in critical industries such as healthcare, transport, and manufacturing were polled by the Dutch security vendor. Irdeto found attacks on IoT equipment caused £244,000 in losses on average.

Steeve Huin, VP at Irdeto, said:

“Insecure IoT devices and companion apps are essentially low-hanging fruit for cybercriminals, who are increasingly...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

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.

Opinion: The road to truly intelligent connected cars

Building the smart car of the future requires putting technology in the driver’s seat. The most fundamental feature of a connected car is network connectivity, and this usually involves a wireless local area network (LAN). This allows the car to share internet access and data with other devices, both inside and outside the vehicle.

According to McKinsey and Cisco, researchers estimate that nearly...

By Diby Malakar, 23 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Jeff Bezos is ‘very excited’ about the automotive industry

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told employees he is ‘very excited’ about the automotive industry, a possible hint at the tech giant’s next big play.

It’s hard to imagine that Amazon started off as a small Seattle bookstore. Now it’s considered not just an e-commerce giant, but also a leader in areas such as cloud computing, AI, and the IoT.

One area where Bezos’ firm is yet to make any inroads is the automotive industry.

IHS Markit

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Report: Driverless cars improve traffic flow by at least 35 percent

A study by University of Cambridge researchers indicates the advent of driverless cars will improve traffic flows by at least 35 percent.

Using a fleet of miniature robotic cars, the researchers set up realistic traffic conditions including the stoppage of a vehicle on a two-lane road.

When the cars weren't programmed to work together, vehicles approaching the stopped car from behind had to slow down or stop and wait until the other lane was clear.

The result was a tailback just...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Bosch gets bullish on blockchain as ‘key technology for the economy of things’

Manufacturing giant Bosch has found its voice getting increasingly louder when it comes to digitisation and the Internet of Things (IoT) – and now the company is advocating distributed ledger technologies as key to restoring trust online.

Bosch spent two days last week hosting its ConnectedWorld event in Berlin, and in the aftermath the company touted it was at the ‘next milestone’ on the road to becoming a...

By James Bourne, 20 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

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.