AI thermal imager detects elevated body temperature

ThermoRebellion thermal cameras with AI

As individuals pass in front of a high-resolution, thermal imaging camera, their skin temperature is automatically detected and this can alert a person with an elevated temperature to seek additional screening. Honeywell has announced it is trialling a temperature monitoring solution that uses infrared imaging technology and artificial intelligence (AI) to conduct non-invasive, preliminary screening of personnel entering a facility. The ThermoRebellion system uses thermal cameras and AI to detect elevated facial temperature and can also verify if an individual is wearing suitable personal protective equipment. It is one of…

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Singapore pilots robot dog to assist safe distancing in parks

Spot Picture GovTech Singapore

The four-legged robot called Spot, which is fitted with safety sensors to detect objects and people in its path, is being deployed over a 3km stretch in a section of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. Singapore is piloting a robot dog to help promote safe distancing in parks, gardens and nature reserves to lower the risk of exposure to coronavirus. Spot, which is controlled remotely and fitted with safety sensors that detect objects and people in its path, is being deployed over a 3km stretch in the River Plains section of…

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Pittsburgh airport deploys autonomous UV cleaning robots

Pittsburgh International Airport - Beth Hollerich

The robots use ultra-violet light and form part of the airport’s new disinfecting strategy to increase cleanliness and help to restore confidence in travelling. Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) claims to have become the first US airport to use autonomous robots with ultraviolet light technology for cleaning. The disinfecting robots mark the first project in the airport’s drive to use innovation from the region’s tech community to tackle the challenges brought by Covid-19. The roll-out of the robots follows a partnership the airport has formed with Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Robotics. Pittsburgh describes…

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Germany deploys its largest LoRaWAN network for energy and water utility

Kerlink Wirnet LoRaWAN gateways

Kerlink, a specialist in solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), and ZENNER IoT Solutions GmbH, a LoRaWAN system integrator and solution provider in Germany, have collaborated on the largest LoRaWAN deployment in the country. The deployment includes up to 3,000 Kerlink Wirnet LoRaWAN gateways. The network is operated by Netze BW, the distribution network company for electricity, gas, and water in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany’s third-largest state. Kerlink, a provider of solutions for designing, launching, and operating public and private LoRaWAN IoT networks, offers a portfolio of industrial-grade network equipment,…

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Securing the IoT edge means cyber security experts must work together

cyber security iot

The Internet of Things (IoT) presents a unique cybersecurity challenge. A combination of low computational power, a wide variety of communication protocols, and a lack of security standards leaves a myriad of channels open for hackers. As Itsik Harpaz of Essence Group says, the difficulty in securing the IoT network has created a situation where many IoT devices simply do not provide the requisite levels of security. With hackers operating with access to far better resources than the edge devices being attacked, the IoT sector has ended up on the…

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UK’s first converted ‘electric avenue’ announced

Sutherland Avenue

Siemens has unveiled the UK’s first street that has been fully converted for charging electric vehicles (EV). The project, in collaboration with ubitricity and Westminster City Council, has converted 24 lampposts along Sutherland Avenue in London into EV charge points using existing city infrastructure. A further two adjoining roads are due to be completed in the coming weeks. Lack of charging points The introduction follows research conducted by Siemens showing more than a third (36 per cent) of British motorists planned to buy a hybrid or electric vehicle as their…

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Global Certification Forum announces first IoT chipset certification with u-blox

u-blox UBX-R5 Cat-M1 chipset

The Global Certification Forum (GCF) has announced that u-blox is the company to certify a product under its new IoT chipset certification scheme (started in January this year). This latest GCF programme is designed for chipsets covering NB-IoT and LTE-M and facilitates the easy integration of embedded chipsets into modules and devices. The u-blox UBX-R5 Cat-M1 chipset is the first product to achieve certification under the new scheme. GCF IoT chipset certification was added to the existing IoT platforms and IoT modules programme at the beginning of the year, to…

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Málaga trials virtual VMS tech for dynamic traffic management

dynamic signalling system

The City of Málaga has signed an agreement with transportation technology company Kapsch TrafficCom to test a dynamic signalling system and real-time optimiser to better manage capacity and reduce emissions. A dynamic signalling system, variable message signs (VMS) and a new ‘virtual VMS’ mobile app, which also provides audio instructions, will deliver the most appropriate route advice. It uses information from the traffic light system to dynamically calculate the optimal route. A real-time traffic optimiser also dynamically modifies the duration of green lights, depending on the traffic conditions detected by…

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Robot deliveries roll out in Milton Keynes’ centre

Starship robots

City centre residents and workers in Milton Keynes can now order food and drinks from selected brands and have it delivered to their door by a robot vehicle. Starship has spent the past two years running the robots in other areas of Milton Keynes but this is the first time that robot delivery will be available in the centre. Since April 2018, Starship claims it has made more than 100,000 deliveries across Milton Keynes, with some residents making up to 200 orders per year for goods such as groceries and…

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C-V2X testing ecosystem established in Metro Atlanta

self driving tests

Testing will take place across a 78.5-square-mile area anchored by the Infrastructure Automotive Technology Laboratory in Alpharetta, north of Atlanta. Intelligent transportation infrastructure solutions provider Applied Information has begun deployment and testing of cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) connected vehicle technology in Metro Atlanta. The C-V2X testing ‘ecosystem’ will be established throughout an approximately 78.5-square-mile area anchored by the Infrastructure Automotive Technology Laboratory (iATL) in Alpharetta, Georgia, north of Atlanta. Experimental licence The deployment and testing began after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an experimental licence for infrastructure and mobile C-V2X…

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Device-to-cloud IoT platform services will reach US$18bn by 2026

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From the early days of Thingworx (PTC) and ILS (Telit) to the market today, the device-to-cloud IoT platform service market has changed dramatically. Early platform services included device connectivity and cloud integration, device management services, and simple alerting services. Today, platform services have added drag and drop application development services, more sophisticated data, and device management services, and managed security services. Of four key supplier segments, software and services suppliers, a group that includes start-ups and cloud vendors, are expected to dominate revenue generation at nearly 67% of the total…

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London deploys AI for cycle route planning

London IOT AI

Transport for London (TfL) is trialling the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to better plan and operate new cycle routes in the capital. Until now, TfL has relied mainly on manual traffic counts to work out how many people are cycling on any given road. This helps assess demand for new cycle routes and supports TfL in planning how it operates the road network for the growing numbers of people cycling. Manual traffic counts, which are carried out at limited locations on London’s road network, are only able to give…

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Shipments of cellular IoT gateways to reach 8.0mn by 2023

IoT gateways

Berg Insight, has released findings about the market for cellular IoT gateways, routers and modems. More than 3.4 million cellular IoT gateways were shipped globally during 2018, at a total market value of approximately US$921 million (€826 million). Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.5%, annual shipments are expected to reach 8.0 million in 2023. Cellular IoT gateways are standalone devices intended for connecting machines to a cellular network. These include general-purpose cellular gateways, routers and modems that are enclosed in a chassis and have at least…

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A battery-free sensor for underwater exploration

MIT-Battery-Free-Sensing

To investigate the vastly unexplored oceans covering most our planet, researchers aim to build a submerged network of interconnected sensors that send data to the surface — an underwater “internet of things.” But how to supply constant power to scores of sensors designed to stay for long durations in the ocean’s deep? MIT researchers have an answer: a battery-free underwater communication system that uses near-zero power to transmit sensor data. The system could be used to monitor sea temperatures to study climate change and track marine life over long periods…

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Photovoltaic-powered sensors for IoT

MIT Solar Sensor

By 2025, experts estimate the number of “internet of things” devices — including sensors that gather real-time data about infrastructure and the environment — could rise to 75 billion worldwide. As it stands, however, those sensors require batteries that must be replaced frequently, which can be problematic for long-term monitoring. MIT researchers have designed photovoltaic-powered sensors that could potentially transmit data for years before they need to be replaced. To do so, they mounted thin-film perovskite cells — known for their potential low cost, flexibility, and relative ease of fabrication…

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