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.

Enterprises preparing for IoT enablement – but are vulnerable to older wireless network security threats

802 Secure has outlined the present state of the IoT network security in its new infographic detailing how ‘shadow IoT/IIoT’ devices are exposing enterprise networks and information to security risks.

The key statistics presented in the "IoT Cloud Security Report 2017" infographic explicitly spotlights the greatest IoT risks and threats having a negative impact on enterprises. The report highlighted that all enterprise environments had rogue consumer IoT wireless devices on their...

By IoT News, 29 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Security.

Investigators: Uber’s self-driving SUV saw pedestrian before fatality

Investigators examining the incident where a self-driving SUV by Uber caused a fatality have determined the vehicle saw the pedestrian long before she was hit.

Revealed in a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board, federal investigators found the vehicle in Arizona spotted the woman around six seconds before the fatal incident.

We await the more thorough and final investigative report

Uber’s system determined that braking was required 1.3 seconds prior to impact based on its...

By Ryan Daws, 25 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, IoT.

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.

Honeywell partners with AT&T on aircraft and freight IoT solutions

Honeywell is partnering with telecommunications giant AT&T to debut IoT solutions for aircraft and freight deployments around the world.

The companies are debuting the following solutions:

  • Connected Freight – Scalable IoT solution tracks and monitors critical shipments while they are in transit. Sensor tags attached to assets, pallets or individual packages not only provide location information but also measure for shock and tilt, humidity, temperature and pressure changes. Logistics providers access a dashboard to receive status alerts and can react...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IIoT, IoT.

Samsung opens huge AI centre in the UK

Korean technology giant Samsung has announced the opening of a huge new AI research in Cambridge, UK to capitalise on local talent.

Cambridge has gained international recognition as a hub of AI talent. Google’s acquisition of DeepMind, whose headquarters is based in the city, only helped to further boost this reputation.

“Today’s announcement by Samsung will create high-paying, high-skilled jobs and our modern Industrial Strategy will encourage further investment like this all around the...

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT.

Back to IoT basics: Automating outcomes to improve customer experience

The application of IoT is booming with new use cases arising near enough daily. But, contrary to its growth, the sector risks inertia if businesses lose sight of the key objectives digitisation was founded upon – improving day-to-day experiences.

Yes, a big part of IoT is creating more efficient processes. But those efficiencies must translate into issues that resonate with customers, from the quality of the product to meeting environmental pledges and reducing wastage to truly deliver; something that...

By Jason Kay, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, IoT.

Hardware meets software: Seven steps to creating new revenue with IoT

Manufacturers used to determine pricing based on a physical item.  Today, Industry 4.0 and the integration of software into products have brought new pricing approaches into the picture.  But it’s not as simple as adding a fee for the software into the price.  Software pricing and licensing is a whole new ballgame, involving licenses, users, renewals and support.  Manufacturers may also have multiple versions of software that need to be tracked and updated.

In addition to new needs,...

By Matthew Dunkley, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IIoT, IoT.

Nvidia’s AI robot learns from observing humans

Nvidia has demonstrated a robot with a groundbreaking AI which learns to complete tasks by observing the actions of a human.

The researchers, led by Stan Birchfield and Jonathan Tremblay, claim their development is a ‘first of its kind’ deep learning-based system.

In their research paper, they state:

“For robots to perform useful tasks in real-world settings, it must be easy to communicate the task to the robot; this includes both the desired result and any hints as to...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing.

Microsoft and Kymeta build ‘always-connected’ tactical SUVs

Microsoft has partnered with satellite connectivity firm Kymeta to create ‘always-connected’ tactical SUVs for the likes of first responders and law enforcement.

The companies modified two Chevrolet SUVs for their demonstration; a Chevrolet Suburban Tactical Vehicle, and a Chevrolet Tahoe Advanced Patrol Vehicle.

Scott Montgomery, Senior Industry Solution Manager at Microsoft, said:

“Microsoft’s Azure cloud-based services can be locally replicated in a deployed environment such...

By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

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.

Research: 90% of US consumers own a smart home device

Research from Metova has revealed the current scale of smart home product adoption in the United States.

According to Metova, 90 percent of U.S consumers now own some form of smart home device. This shows the IoT is well-and-truly reached mass adoption in the consumer space.

Other key findings include:

  • Over 90% surveyed have made a purchase of a connected home device

  • Nearly 70% already have a voice-controlled system such as an Amazon Alexa or Google Home

  • 58% percent of people who own a connected home device are concerned about how it may impact their privacy

  • 74% of respondents think connected home devices are the wave of the...

By Ryan Daws, 15 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

RAC's black boxes prevent breakdowns or speeds up recovery

The RAC will use information from connected ‘black boxes’ to prevent breakdowns or speed up the recovery time of stranded vehicles.

Having a vehicle fitted with a black box has become popular in recent years to help reduce insurance premiums. Data collected from these boxes provide insights on whether an individual is a safe or reckless driver.

The RAC is extending the benefits of having a black box fitted to more quickly diagnose the reason for a vehicle breakdown. Anyone who’s found...

By Ryan Daws, 10 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Hide and Seek: The first IoT botnet to survive device resets is caught

A botnet has been discovered by security researchers which is the first to survive resets of compromised devices.

Researchers from Bitdefender published their findings today. The malware strain, which they’ve dubbed 'Hide and Seek' (HNS) for self-explanatory reasons, copies itself to the /etc/init.d/ folder.

This folder contains the daemon scripts for Linux-based systems which are often used for...

By Ryan Daws, 09 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

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.

Google Assistant has tripled device support in four months

Google has been hard at work increasing the number of devices supported by its Assistant as it fights to control the smart home.

Competing for the smart home is clearly near the top of Google’s priorities as those interactions move away from smartphones. Once a consumer is invested in an ecosystem, it’s difficult to get them to switch.

Google’s main competitor is Amazon with their Alexa ecosystem. Amazon, quite likely as a result of its retail presence, has sold a lot more of its Echo line...

By Ryan Daws, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Homes.

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.

Eight key factors to consider when using IoT to drive innovation

In Chinese culture, eight is considered the luckiest number; this is because its pronunciation “ba” sounds like “fa” – the word for prosper, wealth or fortune. It is also an auspicious number for the internet of things (IoT). This is because, if you want to prosper using IoT to drive innovation, there are eight key aspects that really matter.

A modular and future-proof IoT platform

In order to make the most out of IoT, it is important to be sure that your business' IoT...

By Joe Nagy, 01 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, Standards.

Fitbit leverages Google Cloud to accelerate healthcare innovation

Fitbit has announced plans to leverage Google Cloud in a bid to accelerate digital healthcare innovation and claw back Apple’s growing market share.

According to data last month from IDC, Apple surged past Fitbit and Xiaomi to claim the top spot in wearables. Fitbit acquired smartwatch manufacturer Pebble for $23 million last year which resulted in a marked improvement in the design and support for apps on their wearables, but now it seems Fitbit is going back to its health...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, Wearables.

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.