Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-based inertial sensors are everywhere, but stiction and manufacturing processes limit their capabilities. To overcome the limitations, Nanusens has moved to nanoscale, and made them CMOS-process compatible to lower cost and reduce size.
A new report from energy consulting firm ScottMadden reveals that for managers and solutions providers in the initial stage of designing and building smart cities, a do-able “phase one” entry point for IoT technology is the street light. Street lights typically represent a substantial portion—on average 40 percent—of city energy budgets. So moving to smart lights that can dim when activity is low can save cities big money.
Consumers are used to paying for what they want or need, but everyone still likes to get the best possible deal. This desire can be problematic when it comes to purchasing car insurance, as insurers rely on old-school underwriting practices, basing rates on factors such as age, gender and marital status. Now, powered by connected IoT devices, usage-based insurance (UBI) is leading the charge in revolutionizing how insurance rates are calculated.
We live in a wasteful world. Based on the findings of the World Bank and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the human race collectively produces 1.3 billion tons of municipal solid waste annually. This alarmingly high amount of trash can be mitigated through programs run by local governments and nonprofits that are tapping into smart IoT technology, using robotics, artificial intelligence and cameras to sort through garbage, increasing the flow into recycling centers.
Population health management is turning out to be a hotspot where data collected from IoT sensors has the potential to bring broad rewards, including saving costs and saving lives. IoT health monitoring tools are especially vital for those who don’t have easy access to healthcare. Data streams from those devices can be used alongside clinical data to provide doctors with a clear, near real-time picture of a patient’s health, no matter where the patient lives.
With advantages and disadvantages to LoRaWAN and Sigfox, it’s important to not get mired in analysis paralysis. A big advantage of both is that they are here now, and devices need to get connected. With the fast pace of IoT, don’t spend too long deciding between them. Connect those dots.
Being on the road today is dangerous business. According to the National Safety Council’s estimates, motor vehicle deaths were up 6 percent last year, making 2016 the deadliest year on U.S. roads since 2007. These kinds of statistics are behind the push to get autonomous cars road ready, as driverless vehicles have the potential to decrease road fatalities and collisions. In the meantime, companies are using IoT technology to increase road safety in other ways.
The Mall of America in Bloomington, MN, is the country’s largest center for retail and entertainment. Now, it’s also the site of the retail industry’s first large-scale digital directory installation. With the use of IoT, digital kiosks, interactive maps and even text-to-phone capabilities, shoppers are able to navigate the expansive mall and find exactly the store they want, in a matter of seconds.
The arrival of Bluetooth Mesh signals a new phase of cross-industry and cross-platform connection compatibility for IoT solution providers. Bluetooth Mesh on top of Bluetooth LE extends network and device range, while making home, office and industrial networks more flexible and robust.
Two robotic arms have replaced bartenders at the Tipsy Robot in Las Vegas, the world’s first land-based bar to have fully autonomous robots behind the bar mixing cocktails. In about 90 seconds, the robot can blend precise quantities of ingredients and dispense customized mixed drinks to customers via an automated conveyor platform.