Episode 22 - Weekly IoT News Update
This week we look at how Facebook have acquired an AI start-up to fight against fake news, and Sony’s development of new processors for IoT applications – plus lots more industry news.
Radisys Corporation and Reliance Industries Limited have entered into a definitive agreement under which Reliance is acquiring Radisys for US$1.72 per share in cash. This will boost Reliance’s telecommunications carrier arm Jio’s 5G and IoT capabilities.
According to GSMA report, China’s Government backing of 5G, AI and data analytics will help transform the industrial sector, and will ensure China dominates the global Industrial IoT market. China is betting on the Industrial IoT to increase productivity and drive efficiencies by streamlining and automating manufacturing processes via Internet connectivity.
Sony has developed two new products: the SPRESENCE Main, and Extension Boards. The Boards, which will be equipped with smart-sensing processor and used for IoT applications, will go on sale on 31st July. The products have diverse applications, including drones, smart speakers, and sensing cameras, and can be built by combining these boards and developing the relevant applications.
UK-based firm Karantis360 has partnered with IBM to develop a cloud-based assisted living system. Using Internet-enabled sensors, the system can be installed in homes, sheltered housing, residential care, or healthcare facilities, as a non-intrusive way to monitor at-risk older or otherwise vulnerable individuals.
Facebook is acquiring London-based start-up, Bloomsbury AI, as part of its efforts to fight against fake news on the platform. Bloomsbury’s product is an NLP engine that helps machines answer questions on information derived from documents. This acquisition is reflective of Facebook’s strategy for content moderation, which has seen it rely more on technology and automated processes than human decision making.
Google has provided further details about project Duplex – an AI that can make calls and book restaurants on behalf of people. First demonstrated in May 2018, Google has now revealed that further testing will begin in the coming weeks with a set of trusted users, starting with calls where the AI will collect information about opening hours and will later be able to book appointments.
The National Institute of Posts, Telecoms and ICT yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with Smart City Consortium in Cambodia and the Smart City Consortium in Hong Kong that aims to facilitate the transfer of technology and build ICT expertise. This will allow Cambodia to benefit from Hong Kong’s know-how in fintech and cybersecurity as well as technologies like blockchain.
Pinacl Solutions is using cutting-edge IoT technology to help a social housing association detect potential issues, such as damp, mould, fuel poverty, vacant properties, or illicit activities such as cannabis farms. The project uses sensors installed at the properties and addressed some of the key issues faced by social housing associations.
NNNCo, the Australian company building a national narrowband network in Australia for IoT, has deployed multiple smart city pilot solutions over a new IoT network in Newcastle. This will enable smart bin solution for waste management, a smart parking solution, smart water metering and soil moisture sensing.