Ford subsidiary Autonomic secures Alibaba mobility partnership

Automotive giant Ford acquired Autonomic back in February and will now partner with Alibaba to launch its cloud mobility solution in China.

The company will be looking to launch the automaker’s Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC) in the Chinese market, enabling a range of services to be deployed for all participants in the transport ecosystem.

Gavin Sherry, Co-Founder and CEO of Autonomic, says:

“The TMC is positioned to help automakers succeed and meet growing...

By Ryan Daws, 15 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

HoloLens will provide 3D visualisations to surgeons in UK hospital

Surgeons working in a UK hospital want to use HoloLens to provide important 3D visualisations during critical operations.

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital cares for more than 270,000 kids per year. By partnering with Microsoft, the hospital is looking to use the company’s AR headset and Surface Hubs for its daily tasks.

During a surgery today, a surgeon is required to create a 3D visualisation in their mind of a person’s organ being worked on. This increases the risk of error.

Rafael Guerrero,...

By Ryan Daws, 10 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, Wearables.

T-Mobile is on a trucking road trip with IoT and 5G technologies

T-Mobile is embarking on a road trip in a ‘Tech Truck’ packed with IoT and 5G technologies in order to build hype about their possibilities.

The semi-truck features T-Mobile’s signature magenta and will be touring all over the country for a year to show the network is on the cutting-edge of innovations.

It was built in the company’s national technology lab based in Bellevue it calls ‘Launch Pad’ where engineers work on the next-generation of wireless technologies.

Many of...

By Ryan Daws, 07 August 2018, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Hackers connected an IoT parking kiosk to porn in ‘grey hat’ attack

Hackers connected an IoT parking kiosk to a porn site in what appears to have been a 'grey hat’ attack without malicious intent.

The most well-known labels for hackers are ‘black hats’ or ‘white hats’ to indicate whether hackers intend to cause damage, or whether they intend to find vulnerabilities to protect a system from being compromised.

Grey hats are somewhere in-between and often cause mischief to highlight vulnerabilities but aren’t out to cause danger or lasting...

By Ryan Daws, 01 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Cities.

UK government launches plan to lead ‘profound change’ in mobility

The UK has launched its plan to lead a ‘profound change’ in future mobility aimed towards improving transport while reducing congestion and emissions.

As part of the ‘Future of Mobility Grand Challenge’ set out today in two documents, the government highlights that UK travel will change dramatically with innovations such as flying vehicles and self-driving...

By Ryan Daws, 30 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Ford spins its self-driving business into a $4bn separate company

Automotive giant Ford has decided its self-driving efforts are important enough to warrant a separate company with $4 billion of investment.

Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC will be based in Detroit, Michigan and will be tasked with developing the company’s self-driving technology.

Jim Hackett, President and CEO of Ford, explained the decision:

“Ford has made tremendous progress across the self-driving value chain – from technology development to business model innovation to user experience.

By Ryan Daws, 26 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Microsoft unleashes Windows 10 IoT Core Services

Following an unveiling at Computex last month, Microsoft has announced it's unleashing Windows 10 IoT Core Services into public preview.

IoT Core Services enables solutions running on Windows 10 IoT Core to be commercialised and companies to create long-term business models for ongoing value.

One of the most important components of the service is the Device Update Center, where an overview of all devices can be seen and updates scheduled for when appropriate. All updates are delivered using the same CDN...

By Ryan Daws, 19 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT.

Ex-Apple employee is charged with stealing driverless car secrets

A former Apple employee has been charged with stealing driverless car secrets from the company with the intent of bringing them to his new employer.

Xiaolang Zhang was stopped at San Jose International airport by federal agents. He reportedly had bought a “last second” ticket heading to China.

Zhang is said to have stolen sensitive documents regarding Apple’s work on driverless cars while he was on paternity leave. Today, he was charged with trade secrets theft in the U.S. District Court for...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Connected Cars, Development, IoT.

Leading firms pressure the EU to back connected car standard

Companies including the likes of BMW, Daimler, Ericsson, and Deutsche Telekom are pressuring the EU to back a connected car standard.

The companies want the European Commission to put its weight behind the C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything) standard instead of the WiFi-based alternative ITS-G5.

By adopting C-V2X, the companies believe Europe will be in a better position to speed up the rollout of 5G networks.

In a letter addressed to EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and other commissioners, the...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Development, IoT, Smart Cities, Standards.

Report: IoT and analytics market for utilities expected to grow to $5.1bn in 2028

Navigant Research has released a report indicating the IoT and analytics market for utilities should grow to over five billion dollars by 2028.

Many of the tools used for utilities are outdated and in need of replacement. The IoT offers a ripe opportunity to fix problems, improve efficiency, and generate significant revenue.

Neil Strother, Principal Research Analyst with Navigant Research, says:

“Many of the tools are outdated, sit in silos, and were never designed for the...

By Ryan Daws, 06 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

LG CNS announces CityHub platform for smart city management

LG subsidiary CNS has announced its CityHub platform designed to provide centralised management and data analysis of citywide IoT devices.

CityHub, the platform’s tentative name, is able to collect data from IoT sensors across the deployed smart city. This could be sensors installed on things such as vehicles and buildings, or infrastructure like street lights and traffic cameras.

LG CNS is the first private company to be certified by the Korean government

The platform supports the international oneM2M...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

Facebook’s latest acquisition shows interest in UK AI industry

Social networking giant Facebook is reportedly acquiring London-based Bloomsbury AI, a Natural Language Processing (NLP) startup.

The company is expected to be paying between $23 - $30 million for its Bloomsbury acquisition, which is also said to involve stock changing hands.

In an official statement, Facebook said:

"The Bloomsbury team has built a leading expertise in machine reading and understanding unstructured documents in natural language in order to answer any...

By Ryan Daws, 02 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI.

IoT Tech Expo: Bluetooth Mesh is a wise choice for smart buildings

IoT Tech Expo in Amsterdam is just kicking off and there’s already fighting words from low-power networks on why their technology is the best.

In a keynote titled ‘Putting the Smart in Smart Buildings with Bluetooth Mesh’, we heard from Bluetooth SIG Technical Program Manager Martin Woolley on what makes the technology a wise choice for smart building deployments.

“Last year, we introduced something called Bluetooth Mesh,” says Woolley. “That...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Standards.

BlackBerry CEO believes it will be a decade before self-driving car prevalence

Speaking to shareholders on Wednesday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said he believes it will be a decade before self-driving cars become mainstream.

A large part of this is not just the difficulty of developing the technology, but also how long it will take for governments to come up with the regulations to support them.

BlackBerry is highly involved in this process and trusted with its reputation for security. The company is working with the American and Canadian governments to determine safety standards.

This is in...

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Toyota’s $1bn Grab investment is the largest ever in a ride-hailing company

Automotive giant Toyota’s $1 billion investment in Singapore-based company Grab represents the largest ever made in a ride-hailing firm.

Grab is foremost a ride-hailing firm similar to Uber. In fact, Grab acquired Uber’s operations in Southeast Asia.

Also similar to Uber is Grab having its own recently-unveiled food delivery service, GrabFood. The company is even launching an e-payment service, GrabPay.

Considering the wild success of Uber, it’s unsurprising investors are...

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

CEBIT 2018: Huawei debuts its latest IoT and AI products

During CEBIT 2018, Huawei unveiled several of its latest IoT and AI products designed to help enterprises create ‘intelligent’ transformation.

Huawei’s President of Global Marketing, Qiu Heng, delivered a keynote speech in which he spoke of how the IoT and AI are enabling businesses to connect the physical and digital world.

The company’s OceanConnect IoT platform has been upgraded to support connected cars systems.

Huawei highlights four key elements of its IoV (Internet of Vehicles)...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Enterprise, IoT.

Study: Connected car owners will trade personal data for services

A study conducted by Edison Research has found a willingness from connected car owners to trade personal data for services.

The research, commissioned by automotive data services platform Otonomo, indicates high-profile privacy breaches have not shaken the majority of consumers’ willingness to share personal data — as long as it’s clear what services they’ll receive in return.

On average, around 80 percent of those surveyed who expressed interest in...

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities.

Windows 10 IoT Core Services arrives promising a decade of updates

Microsoft has announced Windows 10 IoT Core Services along with the promise it will be updated for at least the next decade.

The company expects a new release every two to three years. With each one, a further 10 years of support will be guaranteed.

The commitment offers assurance that any ‘Things’ deployed won’t be outdated anytime soon. With large-scale IoT deployments, this is particularly vital to avoid fears of costly replacements and/or downtime.

Microsoft’s existing IoT Core...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IIoT, IoT, Smart Cities.

Nvidia powers Isaac smart robot platform with Jetson Xavier

Nvidia has announced the launch of its Isaac platform for intelligent robots powered by its new Jetson Xavier computer.

Isaac includes new hardware, software, and a virtual-world robot simulator. The platform was launched at Computex 2018 by NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang.

There are three main components to Nvidia’s Isaac platform:

  • Isaac SDK – a collection of APIs and tools to develop robotics algorithm software and runtime framework with fully accelerated libraries.

  • Isaac IMX – Isaac Intelligent Machine Acceleration...

By Ryan Daws, 04 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

Pymetrics’ open source tool can detect bias in AI algorithms

New York-based AI startup Pymetrics has announced it has open-sourced its much-needed tool for detecting bias in algorithms.

Earlier this month, I posted an editorial titled ‘Stopping AI’s discrimination will be difficult, but vital’ on our sister site AI News. I stand by the necessity of it, but Pymetrics is making it much easier to prevent unintentional discrimination.

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By Ryan Daws, 01 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Development, IoT, Smart Cities.