Episode 17 - Weekly IoT News Update
This week we look at the deployment of AI in Canada’s horticulture sector, how fingerprints are being used to access personal cryptocurrency information, and the use of AI in the UK police forces to speed up crime investigations.
Gopher Protocol Inc., a company specialised in the creation of IoT and AI enabled mobile technology, is developing a new web interface for Avant!, its AI platform. Avant! AI utilises advanced computing and knowledge representation, and Gopher Protocol is currently building a web interface to introduce it to the public.
Osram, a Munich-based global high-tech company primarily focused on semiconductor-based technologies, is investing in Motorleaf, a Montreal-based start-up company that provides software for predicting yields of indoor and greenhouse crops such as tomatoes and cannabis. The firm describes its technology as a form of AI and has developed algorithms that analyse data collected from sensors to determine how well a particular set of plants is doing.
IBM CEO Virginia Rometty announced new investments in France as part of the Tech for Good Summit organised by French President Emmanuel Macron. The company plans to hire 1,800 individuals over the next few years, and put together a research team focused on blockchain projects, AI artificial intelligence, and IoT.
NITI Aayog, the Indian Government’s research institute, has signed a Statement of Intent with a technology leader of industrial digitalisation: ABB India. The initiative aims to support the Indian Government’s ambition to develop and adopt AI technology in sectors such as power and water utilities, manufacturing, and infrastructure, with industrial automation and digitalisation as the backbone.
Swedish biometrics firm ‘Fingerprint Cards’ announced new deployments of its fingerprint sensor technology, with the creation of a new smart suitcase in collaboration with the Chinese brand 90FUN, and a cryptocurrency wallet with SCTECHONE. The Touch xWallet, a biometrics-based cryptocurrency hardware is FIDO certified, and enables users to check their cryptocurrency information easily by using a LCD on the wallet card.
Cellebrite, a leader in digital intelligence, is currently providing UK police forces with AI software capable of interpreting images, matching faces, and analysing patterns of communication to speed up examination of mobile phones seized in crime investigations. However, concerns have been raised over privacy and the software’s potential to introduce bias into processing of criminal evidence.
Synaptics, a California-based device interface specialist, has launched a new development center in Bengaluru, India, that will focus on IoT solutions. The 21,000 square foot facility will have capacity for 150 employees, and aims to help India develop human interface solutions to support the growing consumer IoT market, and will serve as a hub to support both global and south-east Asia markets.
The edge intelligence software firm SWIM.AI has announced a set of smart city and IoT solutions powered by SWIM’s EDX software that combines real-time edge analytics, predictive machine learning, and edge computing. SWIM EDX for smart cities integrates with existing urban infrastructure to gather and interpret local data. The software runs locally, analysing data from sensors, meters, energy distribution, upstream/downstream equipment, and utility assets.
Fujitsu has developed a network control technology to tackle security concerns about IoT devices. The technology responds to successive changes in a network structure to pinpoint any suspicious events. This will enable the provision of secure operations by strengthening existing devices and infrastructure, rather than replacing them.
Chicago-based tech start-up Ovie has launched Smarterware, a line of food-storage products that alert users when the content of their fridge are about to spoil. This represents an opportunity for consumers to reduce their food waste, thereby saving money and helping the environment.