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23 May, 2018

Episode 16 - Weekly IoT News Update

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This week we look at how IoT can make life easier for traffic wardens, how a smart nappy can alert parents if their baby needs changing, and how Abu Dhabi International Airport will increase capacity and passenger satisfaction.

Barnacle and Aeris to make life easier for traffic wardens

Barnacle is a parking enforcement system, a 16-pound piece of electric-yellow plastic that can be used to immobilise vehicles by covering their windshields using 1,000 total pounds of force. Aeris is providing an IoT connectivity solution for the company’s Barnacles. Parking officers will be able to arm the device using a keypad, and this could be disarmed by the vehicle owner from his phone, after paying their fine online or dialling a toll-free number. The Aeris’ app includes a worldwide map to track all deployed devices, enabling parking enforcement officers to manage their fleet of Barnacles, and receive updates about their status, process payments, and run reports on fines collected.

Hi-tech nappies end sniff test

Google filed a patent for a smart nappy that alerts parents when their baby needs changing. Verily Life Sciences, a research division of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, created nappies that have conductive and sensing elements embedded in the absorbent areas. This could also include temperature sensors and a feature to relay data about a baby’s health. Status updates would be sent to a phone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Abu Dhabi airport reduces waiting times with smart IoT tech

Dubai Technology Partners (DTP), a regional systems integrator for the aviation industry, has joined forces with Xovis, a provider of people flow monitoring solutions, to help improve operations at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Integrated with DTP’s desk planner solution, the Xovis Passenger Tracking System will allow Abu Dhabi Airports to reduce waiting-time in critical areas like check-in, security, immigration and baggage-claim, enabling them to dynamically manage airport resources and, ultimately, increase capacity and passenger satisfaction.

Siemens launches Dubai aviation, IoT, analytics hub

Siemens Postal, Parcel and Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has opened a new MindSphere Application Centre (MAC) in Dubai. Part of the global network of 20 centres for the digital customer applications of the Siemens group, it will be used to develop analytics and IoT solutions for airports, airlines, cargo service providers and ground handlers. Opportunities offered by the collaboration include setting up a data platform (data hub), allowing real-time exchange of quality-assured data, improving cooperation between the various stakeholders at airports, and reducing maintenance costs. ­

Samsung opens huge AI centre in the UK

Samsung has announced the opening of a huge new AI research in Cambridge, UK to capitalise on local talent. This new centre signifies Samsung’s commitment to the advancement of AI. The research will help to better understand human behaviour while exploring areas like emotion recognition, and further expand the boundaries of user-centric communication to develop AI technologies that ultimately improve people’s lives. According to Prime Minister Theresa May, this announcement is a vote of confidence in the UK as a world leader in artificial intelligence.

Bluetooth Mesh lighting controls are launched

Intelligent lighting provider Fulham is introducing a new line of Bluetooth mesh lighting control systems and software to provide wireless luminaire control and monitoring at the Lightfair event in Chicago. There, Fulham will demonstrate its new Bluetooth mesh connected LED driver, Bluetooth Bridge, and a new Bluetooth commissioning app for Apple’s iOS platform.

Vodafone to give Irish firms access to Global IoT network

Vodafone Ireland announced that Irish businesses will have access to their global IoT network. Called 'IoT Express'. This initiative is a new offering designed to enable Irish firms to take advantage of highly scalable and secure connectivity on cellular networks, and is compatible with as little as one sim. The global IoT network access will be suitable for companies of all sizes to quickly roll out their innovative IoT projects and gain the intelligence needed to drive their business decisions.

First public LoRaWAN in Kerala to be launched

The International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS) will launch the first public LoRaWAN network in Kerala, India for IoT applications. The ICFOSS Proof of concept LPWAN will create opportunities for start-ups, researchers, students and professionals to deploy ultra-low power sensing nodes with lifespan of up to 10 years, and range of up to 15 km. The IoT lab of ICFOSS has enabled the demonstration of sensor nodes, including soil moisture and particle matter at various locations in Technopark to showcase the usage of LoRa wireless network.

Government backs ACOLA risk-benefit reports on AI and IoT

The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) has been awarded $417,941 in government funding to research on the benefits and risks of IoT and AI. The AI report will examine the opportunities, risks and benefits of AI covering the economic, social, environmental, ethical, and cultural impacts that will help guide AI development in Australia over the next decade. The IoT report will consider the opportunities and consequences of IoT, and ways to foster technological leadership while ensuring responsible deployment.

Alibaba's newest initiative aims to make Hong Kong a global AI hub

Alibaba is teaming up with SenseTime, the world’s highest-valued AI start-up, to launch a not-for-profit AI lab in Hong Kong with the objective to make the city a global hub for AI. This will help start-ups commercialise their technology, develop ideas, and promote knowledge sharing in the AI field.  One of the project is a six-month accelerator program to be launched in September that will welcome AI start-ups to the HKAI Lab. Alibaba’s Cloud business and HKSTP will help the program offering early-stage funding to successful applicants, while Alibaba and SenseTime will help with mentoring and development.

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