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Hardware news

Upgraded Raspberry Pi has a more powerful CPU, offers faster Ethernet and dual-band wireless networking

Upgraded Raspberry Pi

Farnell element14 has announced the launch of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, the fastest and most powerful version yet, enhancing the already successful Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. Built on a new quad-core Broadcom BCM2837 64-bit application processor running at 1.4GHz, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is over 15% faster than the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, delivering increased performance for both professional and maker markets.

  • Dual-band wireless LAN: a new Cypress networking device, delivering 2.4GHz and 5GHz IEEE 802.11ac wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.2 capability
  • Improved thermal management
  • Faster Ethernet (Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0, maximum throughput of 300Mbps)
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) enabled RJ45 providing PoE support via a new PoE HAT
  • (using OAuth)

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Building a better future for smart cities with LPWA

Increasingly, local governments around the world are trying to use the IoT to develop smart city applications designed to make their cities greener, safer and more efficient. The IoT’s ability to provide cities with real-time data on natural disasters, crimes, air pollution, traffic and other problems and conditions throughout a city, as well as help monitor and control lighting, water, waste collection, public parking and other critical infrastructure, make it an essential enabling technology for smart city applications.

Smart cities with LPWA

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Qualcomm announces support for next-gen VR experiences with new Snapdragon 845 VR development kit

Snapdragon 845 VR development kit

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), announced a new virtual reality development kit consisting of a wireless, standalone VR head mounted display (HMD), and a new software development kit (SDK) for the powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile VR Platform. This new virtual reality development kit (VRDK) from Qualcomm Technologies is designed to support the next generation of mobile virtual reality applications.

  • Room-scale 6DoF SLAM
  • Qualcomm® Adreno™ foveation
  • Eye tracking
  • Boundary system

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Gemalto unveils two new enhanced security features for ID documents

Gemalto ID documents

Gemalto, the provider in digital security, announced the launch of two new laser-personalised innovations designed to further increase the security of official identity documents. These advanced security features are available immediately as additional options in the Gemalto Colour Laser Shield* secure identity solutions range and are supported by major brands of personalisation equipment.

  • Gemalto colour variable microtext adds colour to personalised microtext, a strong level 2 security feature (visible with a magnifier). It combines colour and high resolution to engrave sharp characters and is difficult to forge and copy. Only authorised entities can access Colour Laser Shield technology.
  • Gemalto colour window – a transparent window inside the polycarbonate card which is colour laser-engraved with a portrait making it impossible to copy and enabling quick checking.

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TomTom introduces new GPS device for truckers in North America

TomTom (TOM2) announced the launch of the new TomTom TRUCKER – a GPS navigation device specifically developed to help truckers get to their destination more efficiently. The new GPS device, which comes in two sizes, comes with a Lifetime TomTom Truck Maps subscription for the US and Canada, now updatable over Wi-Fi, as well as tailored routing which guides drivers to carefully selected points of interest (POIs) for trucks such as fuel stops and travel centres. The TomTom TRUCKER is compatible with Siri voice recognition software and Google Now – allowing truckers to access their personal assistant with their smartphone safely tucked away.

TomTom TRUCKER

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Linear LED controllers from Diodes Incorporated deliver efficiency and accuracy

Diodes Incorporated, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality, application-specific standard products within the broad discrete, logic, analog and mixed-signal semiconductor markets, announced the AL5814, AL5817, AL5815 and AL5816 linear LED controllers.These devices deliver dimmable and adjustable drive current for LED strings with more than 80% efficiency. The AL58xx series provides a low BOM-cost solution for a range of applications in the commercial and industrial areas including signage, instrumentation illumination, appliance interior lighting, architectural details and general smart-lighting installations.

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TomTom brings connected car services to Kia and Hyundai

TomTom has announced a deal with Hyundai to provide connected car services, such as its On-Street and Off-Street Parking, Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Locations, and Fuel Price Service. TomTom will also provide the same services to Kia drivers in Europe. This is an expansion from a previous offering that originally included TomTom Traffic, TomTom SpeedCams, Local Search, and Weather services.

For Hyundai drivers, the services will be delivered via Hyundai’s Live Services connected infotainment system and will be available on all new Hyundai cars produced for Europe, starting from November 2018.

TomTom brings connected car services to Kia and Hyundai

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NEWSBYTE: Robots to flip the burgers at CaliBurger restaurants

  • The Flippy kitchen assistant robot made its public debut today at a branch of the CaliBurger restaurant chain. Its main role is flipping burgers and taking them off the grill once they have been cooked to order.
  • Flippy is the result of a two-year development project between CaliBurger and Miso Robotics, and it will now work full time at the franchise’s Pasadena restaurant.
  • The project began in 2016 with the aim of developing a cost-effective and efficient ‘cobot’ that could work regularly alongside kitchen staff.

FLIPPY IS HERE | Miso Roboticsfrom Miso Robotics

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Brexit: Robots could fill gaps in UK farm labour market

With Brexit on the horizon and the continued freedom of movement for migrant workers uncertain, the UK’s agriculture industry is facing uncertain times. Researchers from the University of Plymouth are testing a fleet of robots with the potential to fill the gap while cutting overheads.

One example has been developed by Plymouth University’s robotics lecturer Dr Martin Stoelen. His team’s GummiArm robot has been designed to harvest as a human would. It has jointed arms, the strength of which can be made soft or stiff depending on the task at hand. Dexterous fingers fitted with sensors assess crops in real time.

Brexit: Robots

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Privacy: Radar sensors build 3D pictures without cameras

  • The technology can accurately build a picture of 3D spaces in real time, whether that’s for monitoring activity in the office or home, or for providing information on movement in sensitive installations. See the video, below, for a demonstration of the technology.
  • Vayyar’s sensors work by emitting multiple low power radio frequency waves. Once these sensors detect an object, Vayyar’s software creates a 3D image of what’s going on inside the environment, allowing the user to quickly assess the situation at hand.

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Kneron unveils new ultra low-power AI processors

  • The Kneron NPU IP Series consists of the KDP 300 ultra-low power version, the KDP 500 standard version, and the KDP 700 high-performance version.
  • The new processors are designed to run AI applications for smartphones, and for smart-home, security, and other IoT devices.
  • With them, users are able to operate deep learning networks, such as ResNet and YOLO on edge devices, said the company.

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Software news

Your smartphone and the connected car

  • These apps simply use accelerometers or GPS readings to provide a driving score based on factors such as braking, cornering, accelerating or compliance to speed limits. The potential for assigning a “driver score” could possibly inspire better driving behaviour and could also help insurance companies enable more customised insurance or provide companies like Uber and Lyft to better rank their drivers.
  • And of course, having real-time data flowing into the car also provides the potential for driver convenience, such as quickly locating parking spots. While there are already a number parking locator apps available today, imagine if these features were more tightly integrated into the car’s navigation system, with real-time recommendations and directions to the nearest parking spots.

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Telefónica creates a suite of big data products for enterprises in partnership with Huawei

  • These Big Data as a Service (BDaaS) products will be marketed under the brand of LUCA, Telefónica’s data unit. Initially, the agreement provides customers four core services: Hortonworks Data Platform as a service to help store, process and analyse data; Big Data Integration to migrate data to the cloud; Data Governance to control the quality and security of data; and Data Miner to help create insights from data through analytical algorithms and complex structured and unstructured data integration.
  • Each of the services can be self-deployed for use by the customer on-demand. They are infrastructure agnostic meaning they can be deployed over a variety of Infrastructure-as-a-Service environments.

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IoT firm deploys blockchain to transform pharmaceutical shipments

  • The firm has teamed up with transport and logistics company DSV on a pilot programme that deploys blockchain-connected tracking and sensing devices to monitor pharmaceutical shipments.
  • The pilot is based on blockchain network Traceum, which facilitates smart contracts, fiat currency transactions, fixed transaction fees, partner ecosystem transparency, trusted data, and data archiving.
  • The new system gives companies the ability to monitor issues such as product temperature, humidity, and light exposure – which can affect many drugs. This information is then turned into blockchain transactions, along with vehicles’ locations.

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Waymo turns the ignition on self-driving trucks

  • Since its beginnings as Google’s self-driving car project in 2009, Waymo has focused on getting passengers from A to B with AI at the wheel. Its autonomous vehicles have driven five million miles and navigated complex streets, and along the way the company has launched its own reference vehicle, Firefly.
  • Now, as an independent enterprise, Waymo has turned its attention to logistics. Its self-driving truck pilot will launch in Atlanta, Georgia, this week, carrying cargo bound for Google’s data centres.
  • The past year has seen Waymo road test its trucks in California and Arizona, adapting its self-driving technology to cope with the different braking, turning, and blind spot needs that come with fully laden articulated vehicles.
Waymo

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Health IoT: KardiaBand sensor could replace invasive blood tests

  • KardiaBand is a smart watch strap that provides electrocardiographic monitoring (measures electrical activity in the heart). Algorithms can then be applied to assess heart rate, stress levels, fatigue, heart age, and other health warning signs.
  • According to the research, the KardiaBand is capable of predicting dangerous levels of potassium in the blood with 90 to 94 percent accuracy. The condition, hyperkalemia, interferes with the electrical activity of cells, including those of the heart. It’s that irregular activity that the KardiaBand can pick up.
KardiaBand sensor

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Korean security firm announces cryptocurrency hardware wallets

  • The wallets will be available in two form factors: a card, and a device. The card comes with multiple authentication options, while the device sports an integral display and embedded security features.
  • Both models are compatible with the company’s wallet management smartphone app, which can be used to maintain authentication security throughout the key management and transaction processes, said the company.  
  • The wallets will work with a range of cryptocurrencies, such as Ether, Monero, and Bitcoin, and support communication technologies such as Bluetooth and NFC. Users can also sync them with their smartphones and make use of biometrics technology.
cryptocurrency hardware wallets

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Smart city hotspots: FLIR manages traffic using thermal imaging

  • According to FLIR, its V2X imaging technology will be one voice in the digital conversation between cars, other road users, and smart-city traffic infrastructures of the future.
  • FLIR traffic management using thermal imaging. The aim is to make roads safer. FLIR’s ThermiCam V2X (pictured) could support a real-time collision avoidance system that accounts for the movements of all road users, said the company. It can be mounted onto existing traffic signals to read the heat signatures of vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists at intersections.
Smart city hotspots

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Linux Foundation, Intel launch open source IoT hypervisor

  • Called Acrn, the project has been assisted by Intel, which contributed code and engineering. The main thrust of the project is to create small, flexible virtual machines.
  • It added that consolidating a diverse set of IoT workloads with mixed criticality on a single platform would help reduce development and deployment costs, enabling a more streamlined system architecture.
  • “ACRN will have a Linux-based service OS and the ability to simultaneously run multiple types of guest operating systems, providing a powerful solution for workload consolidation,” said Imad Sousou, corporate VP and general manager of Intel’s Open Source Technology Center.

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Affectiva launches emotion tracking AI for connected car drivers

  • Affectiva, an MIT Media Lab startup, has launched the Automotive AI service, which enables the manufacturers of connected vehicles and in-car systems to track drivers’ and passengers’ emotional responses.
  • The system is designed to boost road safety.
  • Affectiva said that its AI model offers a deep understanding of driver and occupant emotions, cognitive states, and reactions to the driving experience, including joy, surprise, fear, and anger. More significantly for road safety, it can also identify drowsiness, yawning, and other signs of fatigue.

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General news

IoT Global Awards 2018 winners named at Smart IoT London

The winners are:

AUTOMOTIVE, TRANSPORT & TRAVEL

  • Product:  BSQUARE, DataV Software  
  • Service: GEOTAB, Revolutionising Automotive IoT  

INDUSTRY & CONSTRUCTION

  • Product: Globalstar, Smartone Satellite Tracker 
  • Service: Sensolus, Scaling Industrial IoT  

RETAIL, MARKETING & HOSPITALITY

  • Product: Designworks Windsor, O2 Digital Clothes Rail  
  • Service: SMARTRAC Technology GmbH, Smartrac Experiences Solution  

SMART CITIES, GOVERNMENT & UTILITIES

  • Product: Amscreen, Collaborative Smart City Solution  
  • Service: Gemalto, End-to-end Cybersecurity solution for smart Utilities  

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Sierra Wireless completes digital transformation of 1.9 million smart vending machines

  • Sierra Wireless, a provider of integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), reported that the International Vending Alliance (IVA), the largest global network with 1.9 million vending machines in more than 70 countries, has selected Sierra Wireless’ Smart SIM and AirVantage® IoT Platform to support its vending service delivery.
  • One hundred million customers interact with IVA vending machines daily, but the vending experience has remained largely unchanged for the last 25 years. IVA’s smart “black box” solution, powered by Sierra Wireless IoT Services, is transforming the vending industry by enabling new business models and customer experiences, including cashless payment, touch screens, targeted advertising, online monitoring and more efficient management.

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Edgybees: How a drone games company started saving lives

Edgybees first arrived on the scene at the start of 2017, with an AR racing game designed for use with DJI drones. Back then, the ability to design an augmented track and compete in the sky against friends was an exciting, if niche, application.

But all that has changed. Edgybees has moved beyond drone racing and is now applying its AR technology to solving real-world problems, such as in search and rescue, and disaster/emergency response situations.

Edgybees

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DARPA aims to hack sea life to create underwater spy network

  • The United States’ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is well known for running all kinds of weird and wonderful programs. One of the latest aims to harness the sensitivity of marine life to build an organic network of underwater spies.
  • The US military already deploys huge networks of sensors and manned hardware to keep tabs on its adversaries. But tracking enemies in the underwater vastness of the oceans is near impossible.
  • In the name of national security, DARPA’s Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS) program will study natural and modified organisms. The aim is to find sealife that can be either hacked or deployed to support a network of underwater sensors.
 DARPA’s Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS) program

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Vodafone, Audi to put 4G on Moon, proving man walked there

  • A Tesla roadster in space? That’s so last month. How about two Audi Quattros on the moon?
  • Those of you who have been frustrated by the lack of 4G coverage on the Moon can rest easy, thanks to a new partnership with Vodafone, Nokia, Audi, and a space exploration company.
  • German new-space company PTScientists is working with Vodafone Germany and Audi to achieve the first privately funded Moon landing. The Mission to the Moon will launch from Cape Canaveral next year, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Vodafone, Audi to put 4G on Moon

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Security camera “riddled” with 13 serious security flaws

  • Thirteen bugs have been found in the SmartCam range made by South Korean company, Hanwha Techwin. The cameras are sold to European SMEs and consumers.
  • Via the flaws, attackers could gain access to a camera, send voice messages to its onboard speaker, or use its resources for cryptocurrency mining, said Vladimir Dashchenko, head of the ICS CERT Vulnerability Research Team at security vendor Kaspersky Lab.
  • Among the vulnerabilities are the use of insecure HTTP, root privilege remote command execution, and zero protection from brute force attacks for the camera’s admin password. Any one of these flaws could enable hackers to launch attacks from within a connected network.

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Israeli hackers breach baby monitors, smart homes in 30 minutes

  • “It is truly frightening how easily a criminal, voyeur or pedophile can take over these devices,” said Dr Yossi Oren, a senior lecturer in BGU’s Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering.
  • BGU researchers discovered several ways hackers can take advantage of poorly secured devices. They discovered that similar products under different brands share the same common default passwords.
  • “It only took 30 minutes to find passwords for most of the devices and some of them were found through a Google search of the brand,” said PhD student Omer Shwartz, a member of Dr. Oren’s lab.

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Alexa for Business: Amazon’s voice getting louder in enterprise, it claims

  • According to Vogels, the voice assistant has been deployed in growing numbers of businesses for environmental controls, and to give directions, book meeting rooms, report problems, or arrange transportation for employees.
  • “One of the biggest applications of voice in the enterprise is conference rooms, and we’ve built some special skills in this area to allow people to be more productive,” he said.
  • “With Alexa for Business, the administrator can configure conference rooms and integrate calendars with the devices. When you walk into a meeting, all you have to say is ‘Alexa, start my meeting’,” he added.
Alexa for Business

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Intel: “Smart cities give every person back 125 hours a year”

New research sponsored by Intel and published by Juniper Research suggests that smart cities can “give back” 125 hours a year to every resident.

So how do the figures stack up? There are big pluses for    mobility, health, and public safety, according to the research.

  • Mobility: +60 hours a year
  • Health: +10 hours a year
  • Public Safety: 35 hours a year

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Atheer brings enterprise AR platform to Toshiba smart glasses

  • Owners of Toshiba’s recently-announced smart glasses will soon be able to use them with an enterprise-grade augmented reality (AR) platform from Atheer.
  • Toshiba’s Client Solutions Division has just inked a strategic partnership deal with the California-based AR firm. This marks the first time that Atheer’s AiR platform has come to Windows 10 users.
  • Atheer has confirmed that its enterprise AR technology will be available to owners of the dynaEdge AR glasses by the second quarter of 2018.
  • It’s described as an “integrated suite of capabilities designed to meet the needs of today’s industrial enterprises”.
Atheer_AR_platform

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Anti-doping agency to use AI to catch sports drug cheats

  • The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has said it plans to harness artificial intelligence (AI) to fight illegal doping in sport.
  • WADA director Olivier Niggli confirmed that pilot projects are being planned for later this year.
  • In the struggle to be faster or stronger than their rivals, professional athletes have sometimes been known to cross a different kind of line. But from Lance Armstrong to the endemic doping that appears to dog Russian athletics, most of the individuals concerned are well-funded, highly motivated, and one step ahead of the authorities.
  • WADA, the global organisation tasked by sporting bodies to uncover drug cheats, is now looking to level the field with the help of AI and big data analytics.

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Bee robotic: Walmart files patents on automating agriculture

  • According to a report from environmental organization Greenpeace, around one-third of the crops we eat rely solely on insect pollination.
  • It’s estimated that the global economic benefit of pollination from insects, such as bees, amounts to over €265 billion. And that’s just the financial return of the crops it helps to produce. The real value, which will only come to light if food shortages become more severe or certain crops die out, is infinitely high.
  • As has been well-publicised, bee populations worldwide are struggling in the face of environmental and man-made challenges. One of Walmart’s patents offers a unusual solution – or rather an alternative – in the form of automated, robotic pollinators.
Bee robotic

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