Boston seaport becoming a testbed for autonomous vehicles

Private parties owning lots in Boston’s Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park have been enabling autonomous vehicle testing on their property for the past year. The land was paved, yet undeveloped. This made it a perfect testbed for autonomous vehicles. This enabled companies working to perfect autonomous car technologies to test their creations in a controlled environment away from normal traffic. Tom Miller, the vice president of Kavanaugh Advisory Group, told the Boston Herald: “We think it’s a great adventure, we think it’s a great idea, and if an opportunity comes and we have a location where we could do it again, we’d do it in a heartbeat.” This opportunity wouldn’t last forever and is already seeing its close. Ground broke recently at the Tide Street site, which put a halt to autonomous testing. Does this mean autonomous vehicle testing is done for in Boston? Not entirely. City and state officials are already Continue reading "Boston seaport becoming a testbed for autonomous vehicles"

IoT and LPWA: Perfect partners in a connected world

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Twenty years ago I was approached by a vending machine company that wanted to remotely monitor and record the temperature of their vending machine compartments to the nearest tenth of a degree. I understand that no one wants a warm soda, but the data the company wanted to record was more granular than necessary to solve their problem. The vending machine only needed to communicate whether it was above or below the recommended serving temperature of 38℉; measuring to the nearest tenth of a degree was overkill. We encoded the vending machine’s data in a much smaller size, which saved the vending machine company money on data rates while still giving the customer a cold soda.

I share this story to highlight a question decision makers for industrial, civic, and commercial Internet of Things (IoT) should be asking themselves: is it worth paying to collect and transmit data that is

Syed Zaeem Hosain, Chief Technology Officer, Aeris
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Smart cities need banks’ data muscle more than governments

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Though governments are vocal smart city champions, some industry pundits say connected cities need the data power of private sectors like banking to evolve. The future of smart cities was explored in a commentary on Payments Source by Hossein Rahnama, CEO of context-aware computing startup Flybits. As Internet of Things (IoT) technology proliferates throughout global cities, there is an accelerating need for smart cities to produce and analyze huge rivers of data. Rahnama says this creates a formidable challenge for local governments who are struggling to handle such large volumes of information and to find ways of paying for the needed technology upgrades. “The very nature of local governments — a collection of loosely connected, heavily siloed departments — should make this a not-so-surprising outcome,” said Rahnama. “The tech required to integrate departments in a way that makes even the most basic features of a smart city possible requires a Continue reading "Smart cities need banks’ data muscle more than governments"

Where are all the women in tech? They’re in wearables

While we read about the gender gap in technology almost every day, it’s worth championing a sector that seems to have a strong showing of talented women in tech – the wearables industry. Women have an extensive history in the wearables field: There’s Leah Buechley, inventor of the Lily Pad Arduino; academics like Dr. Rosalind Picard, founder, and director of the Affective Computing research group at the MIT Media Lab; Corinne Vigreux, founder, and COO, TomTom; and Ivy Ross, Vice President, Head of Design/User Experience for all Hardware Products at Google. Then, of course, there are a plethora of wearables companies headed by women including Vinaya, Wearable Experiments, ElektroCouture, Roar for Good and Bellabeat, to name but a few. Women in wearables include academics, entrepreneurs, female directors, designers, and engineers. They all  have been part of setting the wearables agenda and moving the technology
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GE Transportation and Port of LA come together to track that cargo

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IoT is connecting objects across the world. A lot of these objects are items that get shipped and has to arrive predictably. Keeping an eye on where cargo is at anytime is important. Yesterday GE Transport announced that they are embarking on a pilot concept with the Port of Los Angeles to leverage GE Predix data and technology capabilities to improve an interesting problem statement at the port. ReadWrite sat down to learn more about this innovative partnership with the CEO of GE Transport, Jamie Miller, and the Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles, Gene Seroka at the Mind and Machines event in San Francisco.

US Cargo Congestion brings Data Collaboration

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Totem’s poles to power electric car charging in smart cities

A new bundled energy system was unveiled by Totem Power that aims to give smart cities a suite of location-based energy services through cyborg palm trees. Greentech Media reported on the recent emergence of the Bedford, N.Y.-based startup from stealth mode. Key to Totem’s vision is its 18-foot solar-powered poles festooned with technology to boost smart city energy access and communications. Totem towers include smart lighting, electric vehicle charging, 4G and Wi-Fi communication capabilities powered by solar energy and battery storage. While other firms currently provide all of these services separately, Totem’s platform aims to increase value to smart cities by offering them as a holistic system. “The combination of communications infrastructure and energy infrastructure provides the foundation for smart city services, and provides a platform for long-term growth and evolution of a whole host of capabilities that will become really important for the cities of tomorrow,” said Continue reading "Totem’s poles to power electric car charging in smart cities"

To recharge or not to recharge: a battery of IoT questions


Well, we technologists pretty much have that Internets thing solved. That series of tubes works pretty well. So well in fact that the carriers are busying themselves trying to bring Gigabit to everybody, though nobody really knows what they’re going to do with it (but we all want to be in one of those special cities). I think we got bored. And you know what happens when a bunch of technologists gets bored, we look for another hard problem to solve.

Enter IoT, the Internet of Things. We realized that the Internet, with all of its virtual technology and its climate-controlled data centers, still hadn’t conquered what really matters to all of us – the world we interact with every day – the real world. Now, there’s a set of challenges that’ll keep us technologists engaged for at least another decade.

I suggest the primary real-world challenge with the Internet

Daniel Barnes, Director of Product Management, Synapse
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