Sidewalk Labs reaches a deal to move forward with smart city, albeit scaled back

Google sister company Sidewalk Labs has reached a deal with Toronto Waterfront to move forward with its ambitious smart city plan, but it will be scaled back.

Sidewalk Labs first unveiled plans to build a smart city from the ground up on waterfront land in Toronto back in February. The plans included an underground delivery and waste disposal network, automatic cover over communal areas such as parks during bad weather, heated sidewalks, and various...

By Ryan Daws, 01 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Sprint updates Curiosity IoT platform with private solution and NB-IoT functionality

Sprint has announced two new updates to its Curiosity IoT platform at the recent Mobile World Congress Los Angeles event.

With these updates, the Curiosity IoT platform, powered by Ericsson’s IoT accelerator, has now been enhanced with a private IoT network solution and a NB-IoT functionality that provides the company’s enterprise customers an ability to capture the potential in new IoT use cases across a variety of...

By IoT News, 31 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

IoT platform Particle raises $40m in Qualcomm-led funding round

Particle, a platform for IoT devices, has raised $40 million in Series-C funding led by Qualcomm Ventures and Energy Impact.

The latest round brings Particle's total funding so far to $81 million. Other participants included Spark Capital, Bonfire Ventures, Counterpart Ventures, Root Ventures, and Green D Ventures.

Particle is based in San Francisco and promises to be an end-to-end solution for IoT device deployments which includes both software and hardware. Existing customers are now gathering more than...

By Ryan Daws, 30 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

Sprint collaborating with Arizona State University to deliver 5G and IoT technologies

Sprint is working alongside the Arizona State University (ASU) with the promise of 5G and IoT technologies and promoting innovation across campus.

The announcement, made at the recent MWC Los Angeles, revealed that the university will benefit from Sprint’s True Mobile 5G and Curiosity IoT's advanced dedicated network and operating system.

The Kansas-based telecom operator,...

By IoT News, 29 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

JD launches China’s first 5G-powered IIoT logistics park

Chinese eCommerce giant JD has launched a 5G-powered smart logistics park in Beijing which aims to improve operating efficiency.

The new warehousing facility contains a new real-time monitoring system designed to detect problems as they occur to ensure a quicker solution.

Wenming Zhe, chief architect of logistics R&D, head of 5G-powered smart logistics park projects at JD Logistics, said:

“The launch of JD’s 5G-powered smart logistics park in Beijing – the first of...

By Ryan Daws, 29 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IIoT, IoT.

Verizon and SAP team up for ‘next-gen’ IoT analytics offering

Verizon and SAP have announced a partnership agreement to create enterprise solutions for organisations and developers to speed up their digital transformation. These solutions will use Verizon’s network and platform capabilities integrated with SAP software and services, mainly the SAP Leonardo IoT solution, SAP Edge Services, and analytics, computing and data management capabilities.

Verizon’s technologies like...

By IoT News, 28 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

Elon Musk: Teslas may be fully self-driving before the year's end

Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims some of the company's vehicles may be fully self-driving before we sing Auld Lang Syne to see in 2020.

Speaking during Tesla's quarterly earnings call, Musk said the automotive manufacturer may rollout a full self-driving mode in "early access" to select customers.

Adding that the timeline "might be tight," Musk said the feature is not guaranteed to launch this year but that it "appears to be on track."

Tesla is undoubtedly a pioneer in...

By Ryan Daws, 24 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.

Lilium releases impressive airtaxi footage following manufacturing facility completion

Lilium has released new footage of its groundbreaking airtaxi following the completion of their first manufacturing facility.

The Lilium Jet is the world’s first all-electric vertical take-off and landing jet. Featuring five seats, the Lilium Jet offers a vision for the future of urban transport.

Daniel Wiegand, co-founder and CEO, said:

"It's been thrilling to watch the Lilium Jet progress so rapidly and to see our first flying taxi manufacturing facility. We are...

By Ryan Daws, 22 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

New partnership looks to bring IoT technologies to rural America

Internet of Things America (IoT America) and Rural Telecommunications of America (RTA) have joined hands to offer IoT-powered wireless, data analytics, and visualisation technologies to customers living and working in rural areas of the country.

The first phase of their collaborative project will see IoT America providing soil monitoring, asset tracking, and tank level monitoring solutions to RTA customers, who live in traditionally...

By IoT News, 21 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

Hyundai debuts self-learning autonomous driving technology

Hyundai has debuted the world’s first autonomous driving technology which self-learns from a driver’s individual style.

A built-in AI observes the driver’s patterns to mimic their style in as safe a manner as possible. The use of a self-learning AI means the autonomous features should more closely replicate that of if the driver was still in full control of the vehicle.

Hyundai is rolling out the feature for cruise control initially and calling it Smart Cruise Control-Machine Learning...

By Ryan Daws, 21 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.

Smarter manufacturing: How Ubisense aims to bring together the physical and the digital

Adrian Jennings, chief product advocate at Ubisense, has a useful analogy for why implementation of enterprise-focused IoT initiatives invariably struggle. Imaging that you kept losing your slippers, and that every time you found them there would be the innocent yet entirely guilty face of your new puppy staring back at you. What do you do?

By James Bourne, 16 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, Enterprise, IIoT, Manufacturing.

Penn State students say they can improve IoT device security through combined techniques

A team of students at the Penn State World Campus say they have developed a multi-pronged data analysis approach capable of averting cyberattacks in IoT devices, such as smart TVs, home video cameras, and baby monitors.

One of the students in the team said that more than 20 billion IoT devices would be in operation by 2020 and these devices will be an easy prey to hackers and cyberattackers, as there is no strategy in existence...

By IoT News, 14 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

IoT-focused SaaS provider EMnify secures €8 million in series A funding

EMnify, a Berlin-based IoT and M2M connectivity management platform provider, has raised €8 million (£7m) in a series A funding round, as the company looks to expand its sales and marketing activities.

The recently accumulated funds will help EMnify support its international sales and marketing expansion activities as part of the company’s global rollout of its cloud native cellular connectivity integration...

By IoT News, 14 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

Consumer Reports: Tesla’s Smart Summon is a glitchy ‘science experiment’

Influential magazine Consumer Reports has made it abundantly clear it’s not a fan of Tesla’s Smart Summon feature.

Smart Summon is part of Tesla’s automated parking system. When within 200 feet of their vehicle, a user holds their finger on the Tesla app and it will slowly drive to the person. At least, that’s supposed to be the case.

Consumer Reports says the system is “glitchy” and only works intermittently.

The US magazine is not the only entity questioning Tesla’s...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT, Smart Cities.

F-Secure’s chief research officer likens IoT devices to ‘IT asbestos’

The chief research officer of cybersecurity giant F-Secure has warned that IoT devices could be the “asbestos of the future”.

Mikko Hyppönen made the warning during an interview on Verdict. The insecure nature of IoT devices is not surprising to many, especially following their role in devastating botnets like Mirai. However, Hyppönen warns the situation is only set to get worse.

The root of Hyppönen’s concern is the...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Why multi-site facilities cannot miss out on untapped IoT data

When the Internet of Things (IoT) became mainstream in the marketplace, it set off a frenzy within the colocation space as it offered operators a massive potential for savings compared to traditional SCADA and building management systems (BMS). Though BMS style solutions were apt for commercial property and limited multi-site applications; these traditional building technologies lacked the critical holistic view and price point required when deployed across large geographic...

By Michael Skurla, 09 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing.

Honda acquires app developer Drivemode to beef up connected mobility arm

Honda has acquired Drivemode, a provider of applications which encourage safe driving across the connected car landscape.

The two companies have been collaborators since 2015, with Drivemode conducting joint development activities with Honda’s research and development team. The initiatives were part of Honda Xcelerator, a program designed for innovators across all funding stages.

By James Bourne, 08 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, Data & Analytics.

Tesla will allow users to customise their vehicle’s horn and motor sounds

Tesla will soon allow users to customise the horn and low-speed movement sounds of their vehicles.

Electric cars are so quiet that in many countries they are required by law to artificially create a movement sound for the safety of pedestrians. Until now, these movement sounds have typically represented something akin to a normal engine.

Tesla founder Elon Musk is now teasing a range of movement sound options. My personal favourite suggestion is the coconut horse clops from Monty Python and the Holy...

By Ryan Daws, 07 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Vehicles, IoT.

Contractors targeted homeless with ‘dark skin’ to train Google’s facial recognition

Contractors working for Google reportedly targeted homeless people with “dark skin” to help train a facial recognition system.

As reported by our sister publication AI News, facial recognition algorithms have well-documented problems when it comes to identifying people of colour. Part of the reason for the disparity is that most data sets for training algorithms have little diversity.

Any responsible tech company will want to...

By Ryan Daws, 04 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, Smart Cities.

UK and Singapore team up for IoT security on consumer products

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Singapore’s Cyber Security Agency (CSA) have signed a strategic partnership deal focused on the Internet of Things (IoT).

The agreement, which aims to improve security level of smart consumer products, will see the two countries sharing initiatives and approaches, and exchange valuable information and experience.

The...

By IoT News, 04 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.