Episode 25 - Weekly IoT News Update
This week we look at how Smarter aims to improve life with its discreet fridge camera, increasing efficiency of local waste management services in London, and the US Department of Defense developing a centre focused on AI.
Norfolk County Council is opening up a long range wide area network to innovators and businesses to test IoT applications. The network will be initially set up around Norwich, based on three receiver/transmitters that can channel information from sensors and devices around the city. The Council wants local SMEs and entrepreneurs to use the network with their skills and data to monitor and improve air quality, and address challenges in adult social care and highways management.
T-Mobile has rolled out what it says is the first nationwide narrowband IoT service. T-mobile NB-IoT network covers almost 2.1 million square miles, about 320 million people, and is the first service to launch with guards bands, which enable IoT application to avoid interference from other data traffic.
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced plans to fund a series of new AI research projects. The agency’s new Artificial Intelligence Exploration program is raising capital for AI researchers to test the value and feasibility of innovative concepts.
London-based tech firm Smarter has created FridgeCam, a discreet camera for fridges, and fitted with AI technology. The device sends a picture of the inside of the fridge to the Smarter app that then uses object recognition to create a stock inventory. Smarter is working alongside Tesco so that the fridge inventory can be directly sent to the customer’s Tesco shopping list.
The borough of Greenwich has installed 18 IoT-connected bins to improve the efficiency of local waste management services. The SolarStreetBins can monitor the level of litter collected, and alert authorities when they need to be emptied. The 120 litre bins are fitted with a sensor which measures litter levels inside each bin, and a solar-powered compaction system which can significantly increase the capacity of each bin.
Xage, a blockchain security startup based in Silicon Valley, raised a $12 million Series A investment led by March Capital Partners and other participants such as GE Ventures, City Light Capital and NexStar Partners. The new funds will be used to develop the company’s security infrastructure and capabilities of offering services for energy, telecom, utilities, building management, and manufacturing industries. Xage aims to create a secure environment for devices to operate in the industrial IoT.
Thailand’s CAT Telecom has selected the Actility’s ThingPark Wireless LPWA connectivity platform to power a national IoT communication network rollout across the country. CAT Telecom is determined to develop a LoRaWAN network to support IoT services in line with the Government’s Thailand 4.0 agenda.
The US Department of Defense will establish a center focused on AI. The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center will help the military execute its National Mission Initiatives, and make any AI-related tools, data, technologies, experts and processes available to the entire Department of Defense quickly and efficiently. The center will cost an estimated $1.7 billion over the next six years.
Twenty Two Motors Pvt. Ltd, an electric scooter startup, is using AI and IoT to solve electric vehicle’s challenges. The company launched its first electric scooter called Flow, fitted with 60 IoT sensors that provide essential data the company can use to gauge vehicles’ performance.
A Californian metropolis will soon become pilot city for fully-automated and driverless cars, thanks to Bosch and Daimler. The chosen city will see a fleet of autonomous shuttle service on selected routes in the San Francisco Bay in Silicon Valley, which will be operated by Daimler Mobility Services. Both companies have chosen Nvidia as the AI platform supplier as part of their control unit network.