Category: Internet of Things

DARPA Creates the Fast Lightweight Autonomy Program

Press Release, DARPA | July 18, 2018
DARPA is developing a new class of algorithms for drones and robots for quick navigation in cluttered environments to perform tasks dangerous, including battlefield reconnaissance and hostile or dangerous urban settings. In the not too distant future, unmanned vehicles will have operational systems that require no human input after providing a general heading, distance to travel and specific items to search, according to DARPA program manager J.C. Ledé.

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Gunshot Detection Technology Is Making Schools Safer

Durham Herald Sun, Ray Gronberg | July 31, 2018
Shooter Detection Systems use sensors to detect the noise of the gunshot and a laser to detect the flash of the shot, providing the location and photo of the shooter within two seconds after the gun is fired. The Shooter Detection System does for gun shootings what fire alarms do for fires. “It’s a game changer and it’s going to save lives,” according to Ed Davis, Boston’s former Police Commissioner.

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The Digitization of Banking

Bloomberg News, Jiklas Magnusson | July 29, 2018
Technology has just begun impact banking, as the industry begins its digital transformation. “We think in the next five years 30% of the jobs could disappear,” said former Citi CEO Vikram Pandit. In its digitization transformation, Nordea Bank AB announced the elimination of 6,000 jobs. “These cuts are really a transformation more than anything else,” said Nordea Bank CEO . “This is really creating in my mind a future bank and these cuts are a result of that. I think this is something which you will see in the whole industry.”

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Electronic Stickers Will Streamline Large Scale Internet of Things

Purdue Engineering | July 17, 2018
Researchers at Purdue University and the University of Virginia have developed a new fabrication method that makes tiny, thin-film electronic circuits peelable from a surface. This new “transfer printing” technique eliminates several manufacturing steps (and the associated costs), but also allows any object to sense its environment or be controlled through the application of a high-tech sticker. Using these stickers, billions of objects—ranging from smartphones and watches to buildings, machine parts and medical devices—can become wireless sensors of their environments, expanding a network called the “Internet of Things” (IoT).

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