Sensors will transform life and business in urban centers as more data collection changes human intelligence. By 2050, around 70% of the world's population is expected to live in cities, according to the United Nations, www.un.org, and urbanization isn't the only shift on the horizon for the world's cities. The IoT (Internet of Things) is increasingly allowing cities to offer the kind of high-quality lifestyle and vibrant economic climate that attracts residents, businesses, and visitors alike. (Is interoperability next? See related story)
From catching poachers to monitoring forest loss, IoT technologies enable data-driven decisionmaking in conservation. In eastern Rwanda along the border of Tanzania in Africa, Akagera National Park is a large protected area named after the Akagera River, which flows along the park’s eastern boundary. Within the park are hundreds of species, including Africa’s big five: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhinoceros.
Samir Saini, CIO, City of Atlanta, says using the IoT (Internet of Things), big data, and analytics allows cities to forecast what will happen and to take action. He explains that while it is impossible to solve every problem within a city, offering the data to other organizations within communities allows for more improved collaboration and efficiency.
Winter is fast approaching in many areas of the world, and that means icy road conditions.
Time to look at ahead to 2018 and the future of our transportation system, but more specifically, this column will focus on the EV (electric vehicle) sector. A lot is happening internationally regarding EVs that could alter what is happening right around the corner.
As healthcare becomes increasingly connected, Oracle, www.oracle.com, is looking to manage all the incoming data.
Data intelligence involves technicians analyzing data so businesses can figure out how they can more efficiently operate or so they can expand their services or investments.
Age-old fears that robots will not only take humans’ jobs but even threaten human safety resurfaced recently when Tesla founder Elon Musk warned that a handful of major tech companies hold inordinate control over AI (artificial intelligence).
Big data refers not only to massive amounts of data, but also to the tools and techniques that analyze the data troves.
It’s really interesting to note how VR (virtual reality) stepped up to play an integral role this past holiday season. More specifically, Walmart deployed VR to help train its retail employees to speed up their daily tasks during the busy holiday to train them to find products quickly and deal with harried shoppers. Each worker went through VR training scenarios to work out their best responses to keep customers happy.
Machine learning is possible because computer algorithms can be programmed to learn from and make decisions or predictions based on data, without being explicitly programmed to do each task.
In its simplest form, the IoT (Internet of Things) is the interconnection of computing devices that lets them send and receive data–ranging from your Fitbit to machines processing millions of bank statements per hour on a shop floor.
The fourth Industrial Revolution—Industry 4.0—is fast turning manufacturing toward ever-more-advanced automation and digitization. The growing presence of connected devices, 3D printing, and high-speed machines, advanced sensors, cloud computing, data analytics, mobile devices, robotics and AI (artificial intelligence), 3D printing, all underlie this next wave.
Cryptocurrencies–once the realm of Silk Road online black-market drug deals–have gained real currency, but pose quandaries for regulators, consumers, and the banking and financial markets.