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2018: Advocacy and Action

Happy New Year!

2018 offers exciting promise and opportunity for the Internet Society and the work of our global community for a better Internet. We’ll continue the positive momentum we started in 2017, when we celebrated our 25 year milestone and strengthened our impact around the globe.

Thank you to all who joined us on this amazing journey.  Take a look back at many of last year’s highlights.

Our ongoing mission to protect and to shape the Internet for future generations is not an easy task. However, we are well positioned with the people, resources, and commitment from across our global community to be a bold, powerful force for change.

To carry forward our focus on access and trust as the two most pressing issues facing the Internet today, in 2018 we will execute our Action Plan that outlines our advocacy efforts in these areas with a detailed set of priorities for maximum impact. In addition, we will continue to extend our community and organization to build a stronger foundation for realizing our vision, and foster new initiatives that respond to today’s rapidly changing world.

While I have announced my plans to pass on the CEO baton once the Board completes its search for a new leader, I am committed to ensure that nothing detracts from driving forward the mission of this organization and our important work in 2018.

The Internet is a force for good and it requires all of us to keep it that way. 2018 will bring exciting new opportunities for the Internet Society to shine and to take on a more influential role in shaping the future of the Internet for the next generation. Let’s continue our great work to keep the Internet open and to #ShapeTomorrow.

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Action Environmental Group kits out fleet with connected camera tech

Action Environmental Group kits out fleet with connected camera tech

Garbage trucks belonging to Action Environmental Group are to be equipped with camera technology that improves the safety of drivers.  

It’s a great example of a pilot project proving so successful that the technology is subsequently rolled out on a much wider scale.

In 2016, Action Environmental Group, a commercial waste collection company based in New York City, began trialling connected camera technology from 3rd Eye, a provider of safety equipment for commercial vehicles, in just one of its business divisions.

The goal was to see the impact on driver safety and risky behaviour – and thanks to the results the company has seen, Action Environmental has unveiled plans to equip its entire fleet of 300 trucks with the technology by the end of the year.

Improving driver safety

3rd Eye’s technology records both the driver and road, making drivers aware of what’s happening inside as well as outside their vehicle. The combined camera/radar offering is part of the company’s wider Enhance Vehicle Behavioral Analytics product, which provides access to information captured by 3rd Eye cameras, collision avoidance radar, body sensors and chassis data.

The camera/radar hardware itself is an important aspect of the system, but there’s also a reliance on big data. A specialist at team at 3rd Eye analyses video footage to generate insight into potential problems or issues.

That information, according 3rd Eye, can help companies develop effective training schemes and regulations on safe driving. It can assist with service verification and route optimisation and enable customers to conduct post-crash fault analysis within the system. That’s important, because it can help them to tackle false or fraudulent claims of damage – a commonplace occurrence in the transportation industry.

Read more: LeasePlan and TomTom partner on connected fleet management

Big results

Ken Levine, director of safety at Action Environmental Group, said that, despite using the system for only a year, the company is pleased with the results. The cameras serve two main purposes, he explained: “to provide day-to-day training and analysis; and to learn from individual instances.” 

“In the first three months of deployment,” he continued, “I have personally seen a 30 to 50 percent reduction in risky behavior. And in some cases, we have even seen the system play a serious role in workers’ compensation claim investigations.”

But the biggest benefits are the most important: driver safety is up and employee injuries are down.

Read more: Golden State Foods (GSF) delivers transformation with IBM Watson IoT

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Industrial IoT: Plenty of words, too little action, says GE

Industrial IoT: Plenty of words, not enough action, says GE

General Electric has unveiled new research at its Minds + Machines event being held this week in San Francisco, which highlights an emerging gap between executive outlooks for digital transformation and the industrial IoT initiatives that their companies have so far put in place.

GE’s new survey of IT and operational decision makers shows a worrying gap between thoughts and deeds on industrial IoT (IIoT). In short, while bosses view IIoT as presenting them with significant opportunities for future growth and competitiveness, the vast majority are not taking the actions needed to reap the benefits.

According to the survey, four out of five respondents believe that the IIoT will or could be transformational to their companies and industries – but at the same time, only eight percent describe digital transformation as “ingrained” in their business. In a more encouraging sign, only one in ten say their companies do not have a digital transformation plan in place.

Read more: Apple and GE Digital to bring industrial IoT apps to iOS

Profound impact – or not?

“The industrial internet is already having a profound impact on industrial companies of all sizes. We know this because we are seeing real benefits with our customers and across GE,” said Bill Ruh, the CEO of GE Digital, the company’s digital transformation arm.

At the same time, he acknowledged, “a gap is emerging between outlook for IIoT and actions.” GE, he added, is working to close that gap by partnering with its customers to accelerate change and guide companies of all sizes “along their digital journeys.”

Based on its research, GE has created the GE Digital Industrial Evolution Index to track the real progress of digital transformation.

This index was compiled by questioning executives at 250 US-based companies across five industries: manufacturing, utilities, power/energy, transportation and aviation/aerospace. Participants were scored on the basis of attitudes, outcomes, readiness, barriers and behaviours to draw up the index.  

The inaugural Index reflects a total score of 63 on a scale of 100 and indicates that, while the outlook for the industrial internet is very strong, scoring 78.3, company readiness lags behind at 55.2.

Read more: Microsoft and GE team up on wind energy and battery tech

Customer showcase

The company also took the opportunity to showcase a number of companies that it says are good examples of “harnessing the power of the IIoT”. These include:

  • Exelon – A Fortune 100 energy company, Exelon is using GE’s Predix IoT platform across its transmission and distribution network of six utlities, to increase reliability, availability and efficiency of power supplies to customers.
  • Qantus – The Australian airline is using a new flight data application from GE Aviation, FlightPulse, to provide pilots with data that helps them fly more efficiently and reduce carbon emissions. In its last financial year, Qantas saved more than 30 million kilograms of fuel, supported by the work done with GE. In this financial year, since launching FlightPulse, Qantas is now close to doubling its fuel savings compared to this time last year.
  • Rumo – One of the largest rail-based logistics operators in Latin America, Rumo is to deploy GE Transportation’s Trip Optimizer product, an energy management system, to improve fuel efficiency of trains running across more than 2,000 kilometers of rail in Brazil.
  • JPMorgan Chase – The US-based financial services company is currentlyin the second phase of an ongoing collaboration with Current, a GE start-up subsidiary, to increase the energy efficiency of around 4,500 Chase bank branches across the US. To date, some 3,000 branches have been retrofitted with LED lighting, helping to curb energy consumption by 50 percent.

Read more: GE boss Immelt takes stand against Trump climate change moves

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