Rolls-Royce & Finferries test world’s first fully autonomous ferry

Rolls-Royce & Finferries

Finnish ferry operator Finferries has demonstrated the world’s first fully autonomous ferry, thanks to a collaboration with engineering giant Rolls-Royce. A car ferry, by the name Falco, used Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence technologies to navigate autonomously between Parainen and Nauvo in Finland, before the return journey was carried out over remote control. The ferry’s sensors worked alongside its AI and collision avoidance technology to complete the journey, even berthing using a newly-developed autonomous navigation system, without any intervention from the crew. Falco is equipped with a range of advanced sensors, which…

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Schneider Electric Exec Opens Up on Industrial IoT and AI

Industrial IoT

Schneider’s highest-ranking IoT executive said the company’s Industrial IoT and AI strategy is based on pragmatism. Cyril Perducat, Schneider Electric’s executive vice president of IoT and digital offers, is a pragmatist. And as such, he views the Internet of Things as simply “a means to an end” and says artificial intelligence “can suffer from an excess of fanciness.” Some people in the industrial space become so enthralled with the potential of artificial intelligence that they started dreaming up science-fiction-like possibilities, Perducat explained. They might wonder if they “can make an…

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Hiber launches nano-satellites for global IoT coverage

Hiber launches nano-satellites

Dutch satellite company Hiber will launch its first ‘HiberBand’ nano-satellites over the next few days, delivering connectivity to remote locations around the world. The Dutch government-backed project claims to be the first truly global satellite solution and hopes to help bridge the digital divide that means 90 percent of the world is currently unable to use connected tech. The start-up is run by the founders of JustEat, TreatWell and Booking.com. Hiber has already partnered with projects that will educate the next generation of smart farmers in schools in Peru, Tanzania…

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On the road to the smart city

smart city US

It is incredible to think that 70 years ago there were just 751 million people living in urban areas. That figure has now grown to almost 4.3 billion. The United Nations predicts urbanisation will continue to increase exponentially, with 68 percent of us expected to live in an urban landscape by 2050 – that’s another 2.5 billion people to accommodate. When you take into account that only three percent of the world’s landmass is taken up by urban development, you’d be excused for questioning just how exactly we are going…

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Volvo and Baidu partner on autonomous taxi project

Baidu Volvo

Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo is teaming up with Chinese technology giant Baidu to build autonomous taxis. Together they are aiming to launch a level 4 driverless ride-hailing service in China by 2020. The news follows the announcement of another two-year Baidu project, with Ford, in which the pair will begin level 4 testing on the streets of Beijing before the end of the year. Industry forecasts predict China will represent the world’s largest market for autonomous vehicles in the coming decades. Around 14.5 million autonomous cars will be sold in…

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Microsoft, Tencent, Intel race to develop autonomous greenhouses

autonomous greenhouses

The world’s population is expected to increase by another two and a half billion to 10 billion by 2055. At the same time, the amount of arable land is expected to shrink as increased urbanisation takes hold. And that’s before other issues such as climate change are factored into the equation. The end result is a lot of mouths to feed and no obvious way to provide the substantial increase in food production required. However, one potential solution is vertical farming: something being explored by several startups. The list includes…

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AT&T and Prevas team up on IoT for industrial automation

AT&T and Prevas

US telecommunications company AT&T has partnered with Swedish IT and engineering firm Prevas to create IoT solutions for industrial and healthcare environments. The three-year deal will see AT&T’s IoT products combined with the industrial design and engineering experience of Prevas. The joint offerings will be shaped to help customers get their connected products and services to market more quickly. These customers include companies in the automotive, defense, energy, healthcare, engineering and technology sectors. For over 30 years, Prevas has served these industries with asset management, product development and IT services.…

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How DLT, IoT and AI are converging to reshape transportation

The future of data in automotive

The transportation and logistics industries are undergoing sweeping change. Electric vehicle and lithium battery costs are falling quickly, autonomy software is improving at a rapid pace, and ride-sharing platforms are leading customers to question the need to own their own car.  These three trends – electrification, autonomy, and access-over-ownership – are reshaping every part of the industry and moving the sector into a new era of integrated mobility. The resulting vision is one of a seamless transit experience incorporating multimodal, public and private transport.  As the transport value chain expands to become the mobility value ecosystem, the old way…

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Ericsson, Einride, Telia connecting self-driving trucks with 5G

Ericsson Einride Telia self-driving truck

Networking provider Ericsson and Swedish telco Telia, in partnership with autonomous transportation company Einride, are demonstrating how driverless trucks can be enhanced with 5G technology at the DB Schenker facility in Jönköping, Sweden. The global relationship aims to create a more sustainable transport ecosystem by connecting electric, autonomous vehicles. Einride’s T-pod, a driverless, electric vehicle that the company claims can operate with the safety and reliability needed to bring autonomous trucks onto public roads, will host Ericsson’s 5G technology. The T-pod currently only operates at DB Schenker’s logistics facilities in…

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£10m of UK government IoT funding lost in the machine

London Big Ben

In March 2015, the then UK chancellor George Osbourne announced the Internet of Things UK Research and Innovation Programme. The initiative was to be led by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), with help from the Office for Life Sciences, Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Internet of Things UK was allocated a budget of more than £40m, to be spent over the following three financial years. An evaluation report from economic development consultancy SQW has found that unforeseen delays at the…

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IQRF Summit 2019

IQRF Summit 2019

We invite you to the fourth annual conference about the Internet of Things with the IQRF® wireless technology. During the last year, many innovations have taken place both in the development of IQRF® technology itself and in the development of IoT projects based on it. Come and see which improvements in your life you can expect thanks to the Internet of Things. In addition to presentations and practical demonstrations, you can also look forward to an informal dinner where you can discuss your IoT ideas with IoT professionals. Do not…

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Sisense launches AI edge analytics, turning IoT devices “into supercomputers”

Cloud Business Intelligence

Business intelligence provider Sisense has launched a new artificial intelligence (AI) technology that it claims turns Internet of Things (IoT) devices “into supercomputers”. According to the company, the new Sisense Hunch product represents a “new class of big data analytics” that can be applied to applications that were previously impossible on the Internet of Things, due to its latency, power, storage, and cost challenges. Using the new system, massive stores of data are transformed into “mere megabytes” allowing for “microsecond response times and the ability to be placed anywhere, even…

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Lyft’s self-driving ambitions become reality, buys Blue Vision

Blue Vision

Ride-sharing platform Lyft is already competing with Uber in cities around the world to provide on-demand mobility. But this week, the San Francisco company took concrete steps toward competing in the driverless taxi space, too. In July 2017, Lyft announced the creation of its own autonomous transport division, Level 5. Fifteen months and 300 engineers and researchers later – many of whom were picked up from Waymo, Apple, Tesla, and Ford – the company has unveiled its first self-driving vehicle: an adapted Ford Fusion Hybrid. In an official blog post,…

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Amazon fixes flaws in smart home operating system

IoT security Amazon

Amazon has had to patch 13 flaws found in an operating system used in smart home devices after it was discovered that the software bugs could enable hackers to take over the devices. The flaws were found in FreeRTOS, an embedded operating system ported into over 40 hardware platforms over the last 14 years. In November 2017, Amazon Web Services (AWS) took over stewardship of the FreeRTOS kernel and its components. There is also a commercial version of FreeRTOS, named OpenRTOS and maintained by WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems (WHIS). According…

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Twilio teams up with T-Mobile US on NB-IoT platform

NB-IoT platform

Cloud platform as a service (PaaS) provider Twilio has partnered with T-Mobile US in a deal that will see the former roll out a developers’ platform for T-Mobile’s Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network. The partnership was announced at Twilio’s Signal 2019 customer and developers’ conference in San Francisco. It aims to create apps for NB-IoT that will draw less power, extend battery life, and save users money. The platform comprises three parts. The first consists of narrowband SIMs to help IoT developers get up to speed with self-service onboarding. The SIMs…

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