The buzz of the Internet of Things has been getting louder, but what is this IoT? The Internet of Things or IoT is the network of physical objects such as devices, vehicles, buildings and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity enabling these objects to collect and exchange data.So now that all these objects can talk to each other, so what’s the big deal? Well, as an example, would it be pleasant if our rooms were at the right temperature when we walk into our house? It can with the IoT.
Given all the advances being made in driverless cars, America’s cities have been startlingly slow to incorporate the technology into their plans. A recent analysis found that, as of mid-2013, just one of the 25 largest U.S. metropolitan planning organizations bothered to mention autonomous vehicles in its long-term outlook—that single nod coming in a brief sidebar. But dangle up to $50 million out there for a futuristic transport vision and it’s amazing how quickly things change.The U.S. Department of Transportation did just that in December when it announced the Smart City Challenge, an urban innovation contest that asked midsized metros to draw up ideas for improving safety and mobility with driverless cars, intelligent infrastructure, street sensors, and the like. Since then 78 cities have applied, with DOT set to narrow the field to five finalists this Saturday at South by Southwest. The winner will be named in June.
From the comfort of your living room, are you in the group that can watch people on HGTV fix up their house all day long without leaving the couch?Ford says, “Ford is exploring linking smart devices like Amazon Echo and Wink to its vehicles to allow consumers to control lights, thermostats, security systems and other features of their homes from their car, and to stop, start, lock, unlock and check their vehicle’s fuel range from the comforts of their couch.”
Of all the technologies showcased at the annual CES event in Las Vegas, Internet of Things (IoT) has been getting more attention than any other for the past few years. While these technologies may have previously seemed limited to just the talks, at least one of the aspects of IoT is looking more tangible now than ever. From Samsung to Amazon, there have been several devices, showcasing us to interact with our appliances through tablets plastered over smart fridges to talking to vehicles and security cameras. What has caught the attention of the entire industry today is the possible upcoming dynamic duo of smart home: Samsung and Microsoft.
The Department of Energy has announced up to $70 million in funding for the next Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which will be focused on smart manufacturing. With this investment, the Department aims to support research and development advancements that can reduce the cost of deployment for technologies such as advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and modeling for manufacturing by as much as 50 percent.
‘Smart’ is a term that has taken over the technology industry and has particularly become a hot topic for property and building developers, but how many of us actually understand what it means? In reality, smart really means ‘connected’, allowing devices like our phones and televisions to connect with our vehicles, homes and even the communities and cities in which we live and work. Smart buildings allow tenant, occupant and guest experiences to be personalised for internet connectivity, temperature, lighting, music, shopping, news, access to social media and more.
We reported last week that a number of Fiat Chrysler vehicles were being recalled due to the potential for them to be hacked.Experts at IoT security specialist INSIDE Secure have been looking at the risks and how vehicles can be made more secure in future.
FreeWire Technologies, Inc. and Siemens are partnering to pilot and commercialize the Mobi Charger(TM), employing the Siemens eCar Operation Center (OC) and the Siemens VersiCharge electric vehicle-charging technology. Mobi Charger turns traditional charging on its head and rolls the charger to the vehicles, regardless of where they are parked in the lot. The integrated system enables businesses to easily offer mobile EV-charging, cost-efficiently powered by second-life EV batteries, and intelligently interconnected to the Internet and electricity grid.
Great River Energy and its 28 distribution cooperatives in Minnesota and Wisconsin have launched a a first-of-its kind electric vehicle (EV) program that allows cooperative members to upgrade the electricity used to fuel their vehicles to wind energy.
Although renewables are already part of Great River Energy’s power portfolio, Great River Energy says the Revolt program provides a more direct connection between wind energy and the electric vehicle driver.
Fuels produced using plant-based materials can offer a promising way to reduce the carbon emitted by road vehicles.
That’s because their plant feedstocks absorb carbon dioxide from the air, bringing them far closer to a carbon-neutral footprint than any fuel refined from crude oil.
But for diesel-powered vehicles, the term “biodiesel” is used loosely and imprecisely–and often covers anything from plant-derived fuels to burning used deep-frier grease in your converted old Mercedes.