Telecom, automotive players team up to form 5G Automotive Association

Today AUDI AG, BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm Incorporated, announce the formation of the 5G Automotive Association

AUDI AG, BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm Incorporated, announce the formation of the 5G Automotive Association. The association will develop, test and promote communications solutions, support standardization and accelerate commercial availability and global market penetration. The goal is to address society’s connected mobility and road safety needs with applications such as connected automated driving, ubiquitous access to services and integration into smart cities and intelligent transportation. Continue reading “Telecom, automotive players team up to form 5G Automotive Association”

How reliable can sensor data be?

How reliable can sensor data be? Commercial pollution monitors are attracting plenty of hype, but scientists say buyers should beware. Tom Marshall explains.

New kinds of smart sensor data are hitting the market, and they could transform how we cope with health risks from polluted air by putting information at our fingertips. Asthmatics could stay indoors when sensors show lots of particle pollution; urbanites might skip their evening jog if nitrogen dioxide levels are high. Continue reading “How reliable can sensor data be?”

Potential for IoT technology in supply chain management can be massive

The supply chain may be going global, but for many companies, it remains more opaque than ever. Enter: the Internet of Things.

The potential for IoT technology in supply chain management can be massive, says Haley Garner, head of research at eft.Short for Eye For Transport, U.K.-based eft provides logistics and supply chain solutions for companies that are increasingly challenged to manage their suppliers and materials across borders. Eft has just published new research on the role IoT currently plays in this effort.

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Industry 4.0 has evolved from a disparate set of high-flown ideas around connectivity into a real practice

It goes by many names – Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – but whatever you call it, the idea of connected manufacturing is becoming increasingly pervasive. Indeed, it’s risen to such prominence that 2016’s Hannover Messe, where Industry 4.0 was the central theme, was opened by two of the world’s most powerful leaders – Barack Obama and Angela Merkel. Continue reading “Industry 4.0 has evolved from a disparate set of high-flown ideas around connectivity into a real practice”

European Commission announces action plan to support Industry 4.0

Our challenge is to ensure that all industrial sectors make the best use of new technologies and manage their transition towards higher value digitised products and processes, commonly known as “Industry 4.0”. In order to reach this goal, I propose to take action in four key areas:

1) Digital innovation hubs

Our ambition should be to empower any business, wherever it is located in Europe, and especially SMEs, to master its digital transition. Regions and local authorities have a key role to play in this effort, with digital research and competence centres leading the way. Continue reading “European Commission announces action plan to support Industry 4.0”

Computers are “starting to open their eyes” – 2015, a breakthrough year in Artificial Intelligence

After a half-decade of quiet breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, 2015 has been a landmark year. Computers are smarter and learning faster than ever.

The pace of advancement in AI is “actually speeding up,” said Jeff Dean, a senior fellow at Google. To celebrate their achievements and plot the year ahead, Dean and many of the other top minds in AI are convening in Montreal this week at the Neural Information Processing Systems conference. Continue reading “Computers are “starting to open their eyes” – 2015, a breakthrough year in Artificial Intelligence”

Globalizing the IoT: Cultural Differences Matter

In 2008, there were already more things connected to the Internet than people—and yet, the market for connected devices is only expanding. In fact, the number of Internet-connected devices is expected to exceed 50 billion by the year 2020, generating as much as $19 trillion in profits in the next 10 years. The projected growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) hints at a future that was previously unimaginable, in which every “thing”—from your car to your stove to your thermostat—is connected. Continue reading “Globalizing the IoT: Cultural Differences Matter”

How Manufacturers Handle Big Data Is Key to Boosting Productivity

How Manufacturers Handle Big Data Is Key to Boosting Productivity

Manufacturers have always had to sift through large quantities of data from their production lines in order to understand how their businesses are performing.

But with the increasing use of sensors and instrumentation to monitor, measure and automate the production process, the sheer quantity of information that manufacturers are now faced with has risen dramatically in recent years. Continue reading “How Manufacturers Handle Big Data Is Key to Boosting Productivity”

Internet of Things is already here, but how close is it?

Almost everyone has faced the maddening thought that they are miles from home but not sure whether they turned off the space heater or some other appliance.

A person might even drive back home to make sure the thing is turned off. Well, as the Internet of Things takes hold, that is at least one aggravation that may become history, because a smartphone app will be able to display whether that heater is on, and allow the user to turn it off — remotely — if it is. Continue reading “Internet of Things is already here, but how close is it?”