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09 Aug, 2018

Episode 27 - Weekly IoT News Update

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This week we look at how Cisco is helping tweens to become tech-savvy and global problem solvers, an AI software able to detect problems with roads, bridges and buildings, and how MIT students can see through walls.

AI system makes finding potholes cheaper and easier

A new AI software developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo could help the Government to easily and cheaply detect problems with roads, bridges, and buildings. This could mean lower maintenance costs and therefore lower taxes for residents.

Artificial Intelligence-based data monitoring helps ETS clients control energy costs

Energy Technology Savings, an energy technology, behaviour management and smart building service provider, is rolling out AI-based technology to help building owners turn their building operations data into valuable revenue streams.

Kennington tube station implements off grid energy smart grid

Kennington tube station has implemented the UK’s largest silent hybrid smart grid. The Gridtogo, manufactured by Off Grid Energy, is a battery that helps tackle air and noise pollution levels in construction. The installation is part of the Northern Line extension plans.

MIT students create AI tech that can see through walls

A group of researchers and students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a technology that can identify objects and follow them even if they’re obscured by other objects. The system uses radar-like technology to track people as they move around, and early tests show it’s able to determine whether someone is walking, sitting down, standing, or waving.

Electronic stickers to streamline large-scale IoT

Researchers at Purdue University and the University of Virginia have developed a new fabrication method that makes tiny, thin-film electronic circuits peelable from a surface. The technique not only eliminates several manufacturing steps and the associated costs, but also enables any objects to sense its environment or be controlled through the application of a high-tech sticker.

How Cisco is helping tweens become tech-savvy global problem solvers 

For more than two decades, Cisco has built a world-leading IT training program, Networking Academy, which has empowered millions around the world. Cisco is now bringing this experience to younger learners with Global Problem Solvers: The Series, a new animated web series for kids exploring entrepreneurship, life skills, and how to use technology for social good.

FBI warns about attackers targeting IoT devices 

Healthcare organisations are increasingly deploying IoT devices to improve employee productivity and patient care. However, in a public service announcement, the FBI have warned that these devices, including connected medical devices, routers, wireless radio links, time clocks or IP camera, are being targeted by cybercriminals. The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team recommended that organisations take steps to secure their IoT devices.

Samsung plans $22 billion for AI

Samsung plans to spend $22 billion over the next three years on AI, auto components and other future businesses. The company plans on hiring AI researchers in about 1,000 AI centers around the world, and aims to become a global player in next generation telecoms technology 5G, and deep its involvement in electronic components for future cars.

StreetLight Data’s mobility analytics gains with smart cities movement 

StreetLight Data, a data startup used by transportation planners and mobility companies, provides detailed insights about traffic patterns to inform designs of city infrastructure projects, solve traffic problems and plan mobility services like bike sharing and even flying taxis.


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