Study highlights impact of self-driving cars on urban tourism

A study to be published in the January 2019 edition of ‘Annals of Tourism Research’ has revealed the impacts of self-driving cars on urban tourism.

Self-driving cars will have a huge impact on societies around the world. This study is among the first to explore what to expect.

One potential impact recently caused headlines about ‘mobile brothels’ whereby autonomous vehicles are used for sex work.

On the subject, the report states:

“While shared autonomous...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

PTC acquires Frustum and partners with Rockwell Automation to boost IoT and AI offerings

Massachusetts-based enterprise software firm PTC has announced that it has bought Colorado-based advanced generative design software company Frustum for about $70 million. Frustum’s generative design technology, which leverages AI to develop options for design, will prove to be a meaningful addition to the PTC Creo portfolio, the company added.

Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO, PTC, said: “PTC is pushing the...

By IoT News, 22 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IoT, Manufacturing.

Significant lack in awareness of IoT security among IT leaders, study finds

A survey conducted by IT security firm Trend Micro has revealed that 86% of IT and security decision makers around the world believe their organisations need to enhance their awareness of IoT threats.

This is due to significant lack of knowledge which accompanies rising threat levels and security challenges related to connected devices that place organisations in a compromising position, the report added.

By IoT News, 21 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Sigfox hackathon unveils IoT products around connected containers and retail

A final pitch event was hosted by Sigfox last week wherein participants of the company’s inaugural Hacking House programme presented three IoT solutions. The hackathon produced Connected Seals, Lali Wildfire Detection, and 42 Robolab that will help with today’s most persistent technological, environmental and business problems using low power wide area connectivity.

  • The Connected Seals solution creates accountability within container shipping. Whenever container seals are removed, the solution alerts companies...

By IoT News, 20 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

Why the right balance between breadth and depth is key to IoT partner programme success

ABI Research’s ​“SI/VAR and Partner Program IoT Ecosystem Market Data” report, which ranked 547 companies on their IoT service capabilities in its recent analysis, has found that partner programmes and their member companies are steadily maturing in their IoT offerings while at the same time also reducing average number of members per partner programme.

Compared to the first time when ABI Research first...

By IoT News, 19 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

IoT continues to be a hit in the enterprise – but money is being lost through poor implementations

A new study claims that enterprises have started sustaining significant monetary losses due to lack of good practices as they are advancing by integrating IoT into their business models.

The report, which was conducted by ReRez Research and sponsored by world's leading provider of TLS/SSL, PKI and IoT security solutions: DigiCert, surveyed companies that are struggling with IoT security. Twenty-five percent of such firms...

By IoT News, 16 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

Jaguar Land Rover’s V2X tech prevents cars stuck at lights

A demonstration by Jaguar Land Rover shows how Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2X) technology could prevent cars from getting stuck at lights.

Since the world’s first traffic lights were installed outside the Houses of Parliament in London 150 years ago, very little has changed. The Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory (GLOSA) system could be the modernisation drivers have been waiting for.

Getting stuck at lights is no fun. Most of us have been there, it’s 2am on the way home and you’ve been...

By Ryan Daws, 16 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Mozilla assesses the security of this season’s IoT gifts

Mozilla has released the 2018 edition of its 'Privacy Not Included' guide which assesses the security of IoT gifts this festive season.

The guide breaks down whether each device is safe and can be trusted, especially when it comes to gifts designed for children.

We’ve already seen things such as connected teddy bears being hacked. Mozilla is warning people to steer clear of the Fredi Baby Monitor citing its lack of encryption, use of the default password ‘123’, no privacy policy, and...

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

New MIT research study explores spintronics for ultra-low-power microchips

A new research study from MIT and Brookhaven National Laboratory claims to have potentially opened the door for ultra-low power microchips – which could be good news with regard to the Internet of Things.

The focus of the study is around spintronics – a portmanteau of spin transport electronics – which explores the intrinsic spin of an electron in terms of performance rather than its electrical charge, meaning they can retrain...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Standards.

Siemens and Aruba announce strategic partnership focused on bridging OT and IT worlds

Siemens and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, have announced a strategic partnership that is focused towards bridging the operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) worlds.

Based on complimentary portfolios, Siemens and Aruba are able to support customers with highly reliable, secure and insightful data networks that allow high plant and network availability. Customers benefit from integrated...

By IoT News, 13 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT.

UK’s largest biz organisation alarmed over employee microchipping

We may need to coin the term Internet of Humans if the concerning possibility of microchipping employees gains much traction.

Around 150 employees in the UK have been implanted with BioTeq chips so far in a bid “to improve security.”

The chips are similar to those used for pets and are implanted between the thumb and forefinger. Once implanted, they allow employees to do things such as access restricted areas with a wave of their hand.

Business organisation CBI, the largest in the UK, has voiced...

By Ryan Daws, 13 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Wearables.

Opinion: How IoT device manufacturers should take security to the edge

We’ve come a long way from the mainframe computing environments of the '50s, and you don’t hear much complaining about it. Renting computing power back in the day required you to physically go to the mainframe — an impractical situation at best.

With the advent of distributed computing going mainstream in the '90s, people all over the world could use networked computers to take advantage of the power of many. Today, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft, and others are now the...

By Brad Thies, 12 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Amazon will continue selling facial recognition to law enforcement

Despite protests and claims it has bias problems, the CEO of AWS reportedly told employees it will continue selling facial recognition to law enforcement.

According to a Verge source, AWS CEO Andrew Jassy told employees in a meeting:

“We feel really great and really strongly about the value that Amazon Rekognition is providing our customers of all sizes and all...

By Ryan Daws, 09 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Smart Cities.

How Losant aims to turn the long enterprise IoT journey into manageable steps

“A lot of times in this space people love to talk about the technology – but they don’t want to work with the business about how they think about the business problems they’re trying to solve,” says Charlie Key, co-founder and CEO of Losant.

It’s an interesting statement when you consider Key’s (left) background. Having spent pretty much all of his career in the...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas.

Validere raises $7 million in seed funding to transform oil and gas trading via artificial intelligence

Venture-backed oil and gas IoT and artificial intelligence platform Validere has raised $7 million in seed funding to transform oil and gas trading and logistics through reliable data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) insights.

Currently, as the company puts it, oil and gas companies use unreliable product quality data to make critical operational decisions and to address this problem, Validere is using IoT technologies to...

By IoT News, 06 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IIoT, IoT, Oil & Gas.

Waymo blames human for its self-driving car accident

Waymo has detailed how its self-driving vehicle in Mountain View came to hit a motorbike, and it’s all to do with a meddling human.

Driverless cars are expected to improve road safety as they’re not prone to human ailments which often cause accidents such as distractions, intoxication, general lack of ability, or medical problems at the wheel such as a heart attack.

Of course, it’s going to take some time before driverless car AIs are robust enough for public use. Until then, on road tests...

By Ryan Daws, 06 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Bentley launches in-car Wi-Fi system for uninterrupted mobile network

Bentley has claimed the launch of the world’s first super-fast, reliable and secure in-car Wi-Fi system with the launch of its Advanced Connectivity.

The British car manufacturer’s customers can now benefit from uninterrupted mobile network coverage while travelling, providing a fully functioning and fully connected executive office on the move.

When using the Bentley...

By IoT News, 05 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Amazon’s hiring of less Xmas staff indicates growing automation

Amazon is hiring fewer Xmas workers this year which could be a sign of growing automation within the retail industry.

In the past couple of years, Amazon has brought in 120,000 additional temporary staff to deal with the Christmas rush. This year, that number has dropped to 100,000.

While it’s hardly the robots-are-taking-our-jobs apocalypse some predict, it appears to be the start of a decline in the need for human workers.

Citi Analyst Mark May

By Ryan Daws, 05 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Manufacturing.

Ford and Volkswagen explore autonomous vehicle collaboration

Automotive giants Ford and Volkswagen have signed an MOU (Memorandum Of Understanding) to explore a self-driving car partnership.

While he’s been going through a somewhat turbulent period, Elon Musk and his Tesla crew undeniably shook up the automotive industry. The company introduced various semi-autonomous features with their attractive, high-performance electric vehicles.

Traditional carmakers have struggled to match...

By Ryan Daws, 02 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Why autonomous vehicles on farms might impact consumers’ lives more than on the road

Consumers are rightfully excited about the eventual introduction of autonomous vehicles, as they promise to deliver vast improvements in road safety, travel efficiency, and riding enjoyment.  But current use of self-driving technologies in industrial applications, such as farms and mines, suggests that true, fully autonomous vehicles might arrive first in places other than our roads.  While many of us might not realise it, the benefits of such use on farms would be equally – if not more...

By Brad Lukac, 26 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Enterprise, IoT, Manufacturing.