Episode 13 - Weekly IoT News Update
This week we take a look at how Tokyo is planning to deploy satellite sensors to help eliminate cancer, the city of Henderson in Las Vegas’ quest to become a 'Smart City’, and how Vodafone’s collaboration with Accenture can help IoT start-ups
A team of Japanese research institutes wants find stem cells from human cancers by employing an ultra-precise observation sensor technology used in the Hitomi astronomy satellite. To fully eliminate cancer, it is necessary to precisely grasp where its stem cells exist in the human body and their amounts. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the University of Tokyo’s Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics will produce a prototype detector by 2020 and test it on mice.
Henderson, Las Vegas, will integrate new technologies during their three-year plan to become a smart city. Officials have said that the technology upgrades will improve the quality of life for residents and making Henderson more sustainable. This collaboration with research and advisory company Gartner will create technologies that best fit in with the city’s long-term development goals. The city has already implemented technology like dimmable lights on trails for biker safety and solar-powered beacons that alert drivers of students crossing the roads. More advanced plans include use of drones to help first aid responders to locate lost or injured residents on biking and hiking trails, as well as data taken from underground sensors for roads to address traffic flow issues.
Accenture and Tomorrow Street, Vodafone's innovation centre, have announced a new partnership that aims to help start-ups flourish. Through the new collaboration, start-ups will be provided with direct exposure to communications industry executives, which Accenture says will allow them to gain insights into the needs of industry executives on a global scale. Working with the Tomorrow Street management team, Accenture will help start-ups fast-track their product development, and provide support in the areas of IoT, security and AI.
FUELlink Systems has secured a contract to install smart data collection devices on bio-gas buses in Nottingham as part of a new deal with Nottingham City Transport. By integrating the buses with an IoT-enabled device called ‘VINIE’ the fleet operators will be able to monitor and store a range of crucial data obtained from the vehicle's engine management computer, such as odometer readings and fuel usage, which enable accurate and automatic reporting of data.
Nvidia and ARM announced that they are partnering to bring deep learning inference to the billions of mobile, consumer electronics, and IoT devices anticipated in the future. Under this partnership, the two chip companies will integrate the open source called Nvidia Deep Learning Accelerator (NVDLA) which is built into Arm’s Project Trillium platform for machine learning. The collaboration will make it simple for IoT chip companies to integrate AI into their designs and help put intelligent, affordable products into the hands of billions of consumers worldwide.
Robotina is developing a platform which combines three technologies; IoT, AI and Blockchain which will revolutionize the traditional power network. It’s a new pattern of designing and operating the electrical power system with the objective of improving efficiency, enhancing user engagement, increasing service quality and saving costs in power generation, distribution and consumption.
U.S. military researchers are approaching industry for new kinds of cooperating sensors to improve urban capabilities for monitoring city traffic flow, crowd management, public safety monitoring, resource use, and environmental protection. The sensors should have extended operation durations and involve visual, acoustic, optical, radio-frequency, pressure, spectrum, and polarisation sensors to capture previously untapped properties and characteristics of urban elements, including crowd, pedestrians, objects, and activities.
The smart lighting company LIFX has produced a range of products that can be controlled from a phone or with a virtual assistant (such as Alexa or Siri). Now, Microsoft users can join them as the company announced that users can now control their smart lights with the company’s virtual assistant, Cortana. The lights connect directly to your home’s Wi-Fi, and LIFX and enables users to ask Cortana to turn the lights on and off (both specific lights or the entire house), set the lights to a certain percentage, or change the colour.
G7, GLP and NIO have announced a joint venture controlled by G7 which is focused on developing the next generation of "smart" heavy-duty trucks powered by autonomous driving. The joint venture is built on G7's real time data and fleet management capabilities, GLP's open logistics ecosystem, and NIO Capital's extensive automotive industry partnership.