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The real estate angle behind San Francisco’s Smart City ambitions

There’s an interesting moment in the promotional video for San Francisco’s Smart City challenge (embedded below) which reveals one of the most enticing aspects of the concept of ‘smart’ urban pilot schemes – the possibility to reclaim the enormous real estate value of parking space in some of the most densely populated and expensive cities… Read More


Can blockchain save IoT from itself?

This week I was invited to join an event hosted by Chain of Things (CoT) – a group concerned with the lack of security in the IoT space. Set up by a team of technologists, IoT manufacturers and a FinTech lawyer, the consortium’s impetus is to attempt to match the lofty scaling of IoT with a… Read More


Real-time IoT data is key to telco Smart City opportunity

Veli-Pekka Luoma, IoT specialist at Comptel, argues why telcos need to realise their potential as catalysts for the Smart City revolution… Two approaching global trends – one technological, one societal – could mean the world to telco operators over the next several years. The first is fairly clear to operators who keep a close eye on emerging… Read More


SoftBank’s Pepper robot lands job at Pizza Hut

SoftBank’s humanoid robot Pepper is to be introduced in Pizza Hut restaurants in Singapore by the end of the year. Pepper will be responsible for placing customer orders and processing payments via MasterCard digital service MasterPass. According to the U.S. payments network, which announced the scheme today, Pepper will take orders either verbally from the… Read More


Alcohol monitoring wearable takes readings straight from your skin

The world’s first wearable alcohol monitor is able to track your blood alcohol levels, reading the ethanol molecules let off by your skin. The wristband, developed by San Francisco medical equipment manufacturer and breathalyser specialist BACtrack is dubbed Skyn, and marks the latest breakthrough in the use of wearables to support alcohol research. In a video posted to… Read More


Singapore to create OS linking 100M smart objects

Singapore’s foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan announced today the country’s aspiration to create a bespoke operating system that would link 100 million smart objects in Singapore alone. The new OS is intended to be completed within the next five years. Speaking at Innovfest UnBound, the government-sanctioned technology conference that represents the anchor of the week-long Smart… Read More


Singapore to roll out automated transit pods

Following the recent announcement that Singapore will begin testing autonomous taxis on its roads, public transport operator SMRT has detailed its plans to roll out driverless transit systems by the end of 2016. Partnering with automated travel company 2getthere, SMRT is looking to introduce Group Rapid Transit (GRT) ‘pods’ onto Singapore’s roads. The vehicles can carry… Read More


Hyundai joins Cisco on driverless car systems

South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor has teamed up with U.S.-based Cisco to develop connected car technologies. The technology partnership comes after this month’s announcement that the car company would be developing ‘hyper-connected intelligence’ vehicles in an effort to join the global race towards driverless systems. The tie-up follows a series of similar deals between automakers… Read More


Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs looks to build entire digital city

Alphabet’s urban IoT subsidiary Sidewalk Labs has announced a new project which could see the company build a ‘digital district’, and even an entire U.S. city, to test its innovative, smart solutions before rolling them out at a wider scale. According to a post on The Information [paywalled], Sidewalk Labs is partnering up with over 100… Read More


Ford tests LiDAR system for self-driving cars in the dark

Automaker Ford is developing LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) systems for use in its autonomous cars, enabling the vehicles to ‘see’ in complete darkness. The technology involves a combination of cameras and radars working together to detect obstacles on the road. The company explained that traditional sensors often struggle to pick up obtrusive obstacles at night,… Read More


Toyota joins University of Michigan researchers in driverless tech collaboration

Toyota has announced this week that it will join up with the University of Michigan to build artificial intelligence (AI) technologies for driverless cars. The initiative is the Japanese automaker’s third investment in a U.S. university collaboration. With a total investment fund of just under $1 billion (approx. £710 million), the company has already established… Read More


Semi-autonomous truck convoys converge on Rotterdam for European ‘platooning’ challenge

Five countries are sending six brands of semi-autonomous truck convoys to Rotterdam for the ‘Truck Platoon Challenge’ – the first public European trial for haulage ‘platooning’, wherein several trucks connected via automated systems  effectively become a single ‘road train’. The countries participating are Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands, with companies sending contender technology… Read More



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