Airports are often buzzing with a high amount of human foot traffic, and sometimes surprise visitors can be found around airport terminals, such as adorable airport therapy dogs. Now several airports are employing a new kind of assistance. Robots are bringing extra “people” power to answer travelers’ inquiries and concerns, and they can dance and play games to lighten the often chaotic mood of airports. 

These four industries are likely to expand their IoT investments in the coming year and their potential uses for it.

This southern California city is investing $30 million in an open data, IoT sensor platform that will provide networked data for multiple applications. The goals for the network apps include managing street lighting, directing drivers to open parking spaces, helping first responders during an emergency, detecting gunshot locations, optimizing municipal systems and creating real-time environmental awareness.

Carvana has rebuilt the car delivery process by building a fleet of car vending machine towers at its dealerships that use robotic platforms to retrieve a purchased car for a buyer. The smart automation machinery carefully transports the car through a five-story glass tower and delivers it through a high-tech bay, creating a unique coin-operated vending machine purchase experience for the customer.

As the internet of things (IoT) continues to show its transformative potential for industries and society, the debate on the role of policy is becoming more relevant and vocal. It is not simply about acting on specific sectors – automotive with eCall, energy with smart metering, and others – but it is also about looking into the wider interconnection of devices, systems and networks.
A new partnership between Council Lead Partner IBM and carmaker BMW is pushing to make the connected car a reality. In a market that is creating new types of partners, the two companies have high expectations that the systems they design will re-define the relationship between cars and their drivers.

At CES 2017, Carnival CEO Arnold Donald made a splash by announcing the Ocean Medallion, the company’s new machine learning device to be used on its cruise ships. Set to debut on the Carnival Regal Princess ship in November 2017, the 1.8 oz. smart wearable is a quarter-sized metal disc provided free to all passengers.

This week’s top takeaways have IoT boarding Carnival Cruise ships, while some IT leaders continue to stay on the IoT sideline. A top 10 list of IoT companies to watch names familiar tech leaders and newbies. Plus, retail tracks inventory and logistics with a new platform from Intel and Honeywell.   

Santa Clara University unleashes a test fleet of driverless electric shuttles that use GPS and 3D LIDAR technology to zip students around campus.

Advantech-DLoG, INFORM GmbH, and Cobus Industries GmbH are amongst the leaders in providing solutions to the airport and aviation industries. Hear first hand some of the challenges and how they used Intel Atom™ processors to improve efficiency overall.


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