Episode 15 - Weekly IoT News Update
This week we look at how IoT is transforming higher education, the latest AI can improve soldiers' brainpower, and how a Boston startup is working to put sensors on a Maersk ship.
IoT and progressive technologies allow universities to create captivating educational spaces with integrated virtual reality environments for smart learning in a way that minimising costs and enhances productivity. The sophisticated facilities help foster both students’ learning and teaching experiences. By being connected to the universities’ infrastructure, students and other members of the institution are able to dynamically plan and more efficiently use university space. One use of this is enabling students to check for the availability of university facilities – like available computers in different labs.
The military research group, US Army Research Laboratory, has revealed it is using AI to help soldiers to learn quicker. Using low-cost, lightweight hardware, the research team was able to implement something known as collaborative filtering, a machine learning technique capable of achieving a 13.3 times speed-up of training compared to a state-of-the-art optimised multi-core system. When implemented, it could help soldiers decipher hints of information and respond faster; for example, recognising threats such as a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, or potential danger zones from aerial war zone images.
Sea Machines Robotics Inc., a startup based in East Boston, is working on self-driving boats, with plans later this year to install some of its technology on a 200 meter-long cargo ship owned by Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk. The system Maersk will install isn't meant to make the ship fully autonomous, but to will help to better track the ship's surroundings and notify the human navigators of potential collisions.
NBN, who is rolling out Australia's National Broadband Network, has announced entering three-year research and development (R&D) partnerships with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the University of Melbourne. Under what is called "major collaborative relationships", NBN said it would work with the two universities on IoT, robotics, AI, smart cities, programmable networks, data analytics and visualisation, wireless technologies, and "technology for social good" R&D projects. This agreement will also cover opportunities for student exchanges and post-doctoral research collaboration.
A Scottish hospital is trialling IoT technology to monitor medical beds more efficiently as they move through the building. The hospital has begun a trial system to automate the process of bed maintenance through the use of sensors to monitor the status of medical beds and improve access to maintenance data. This technology uses bluetooth-compatible tags that transfer real-time data from the beds via a low power, wide area network which can be accessed through a central dashboard.
Aspire Ventures has recently partnered with the Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health network of hospitals to launch a $300 million fund to invest in personalised medical devices and practises. One third of the Aspire Ventures Precision Medicine Fund will be structured as private equity investments and two thirds as a venture capital. Precision medicine moves toward precision care tailored to each individual, and away from one-size-fits-all care. This is done by matching each person with the right treatment according to their unique biochemistry, genetics and lifestyle.
Researchers from the University of Manchester have designed graphene sensors embedded into Radio Frequency Identification (RFIDs) in a bid to revolutionise IoT. The team of researchers have refined remote sensing humidity sensors which connect to any wireless network, including WiFi and 5G by layering graphene-oxide over graphene to create a flexible semiconductor structure. The nature of this development is so sensors can be printed layer by layer for scalable and mass production at a low cost.
Velohub, a Swiss start-up based in Zürich that specialises in developing smart technology for cyclists. They have created a product called Blinkers, which is a lighting system that makes urban cyclists visible, predictable and respected by everyone on the road. Blinkers smart lighting indicates the direction of the turn the cyclist is taking; left or right, a rear blinker using a red light that becomes more intense when breaking. All of these features are controlled by a wireless remote control on the handlebar of the bike.
Volvo announced car and truck models will now share real-time traffic information via it's cloud-based connected safety technology. To conform with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation in Europe, auto companies' data will be made anonymous and validated before being shared. This technology will provide organisations with visibility into their supply chain and connected fleets.
Gopher announced that it's licensed patent, which was allowed by the US Patent and Trademark Office, covering tracking devices, systems and methods using patches with embedded electronic circuits. This patent is described as an electronic tracking device system that is contained on a sticky patch, this is called The Guardian Patch. This patch means you can track ad object to anywhere on the planet.