Vadodara and Poland join forces for IoT

Recently, the Department of Information Technology of CHARUSAT’s Chandubhai S Patel Institute of Technology organized a short-term training programme (STTP) on research opportunities in Internet of Things (IoT). The 5-day programme was arranged under the Endowment Chair Activity for the young aspirants of CHARUSAT.

During the STTP, means to enhance the skills of IoT in hardware and software realisation on embedded SoC board were evaluated. More than 190 aspiring engineers and intellectual research scholars took part in the programme. As an outcome, Charotar University of Science and Technology (CHARUSAT) will start a centre of excellence (CoE) on IoT at its Changa-based campus in Anand district in collaboration with the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland.

Dr. Marcin Paprzycki, an eminent professor from Poland was invited from February 12 to February 16 at the STTP. He gave an insight and directions for research in the respective domain. Initializing with the basics of IoT concepts, he focused on manifold emerging technologies like a semantic net, cloud computing and machine learning.

Paprzycki works as an associate professor at the Systems Research Institute at the Polish Academy of Sciences with over 450 plus research publications to his credit in varied domains. His expertise spreads across IoT, high-performance parallel computing, software agents in machine learning, social and philosophical sciences among others.

Few professors and research scholars have shown their keen interest to pursue their future research projects under the guidance of Dr. Marcin, in collaboration with Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland. He has even proposed ideas for developing projects namely ‘Internet of Cows’ and ‘IOT research lab at CHARUSAT’ taking IOT on a global level.

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Panasonic and Trend Micro join efforts for Connected Cars

Panasonic Corporation and Trend Micro Incorporated have announced a partnership to achieve high security of autonomous and connected cars. The partnership will develop cyber security solution to detect and prevent cyber-attacks against autonomous and connected cars.

By developing solution to detect and prevent intrusions into Electronic Control Units (ECUs)*1 they will be able to control driving behaviour such as acceleration, steering and braking. New security vulnerabilities are discovered every day and they pose a risk for remote exploitation. These solutions will also take care of in-vehicle infotainment (IVI*2) devices including automotive navigation systems, and telematics*3 devices.

This partnership will leverage Panasonic’s Control Area Network (CAN) intrusion detection and prevention technology*4 and Trend Micro’s IoT Security. While, Panasonic will enable detection of any unauthorized commands sent to ECUs that control driving operation, Trend Micro IoT Security*5, will utilize its malware*6analysis, will be implemented on IVI devices.

Trend Micro’s IoT security solution is meat for embedded devices connecting outside the vehicle with IP communications on general purpose operating systems such as Linux. Through this partnership, events identified by both technologies will be collected and sent to an analysis platform in the cloud to detect and block suspicious traffic. Both the companies aim to launch these smart solutions for securing connected cars commercially after 2020.  Read more…

 

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Nokia and EDF join forces to test Internet of Things technology for industries

Nokia and EDF join forces to test Internet of Things technology for industries

Nokia and EDF join forces to test Internet of Things technology for industries

Project led by R&D division of EDF, will explore low power, wide area (LPWA) wireless technologies to support safe and secure connections with potentially millions of sensors and other devices. Joint effort incorporating Nokia TestHub services is among the industry’s most comprehensive testing to date using IoT devices for industries. Represents key step in EDF’s move towards the use of IoT; highlights Nokia’s role as a key partner for the deployment of networks for industries.

Nokia has been selected by French power utility EDF’s R&D unit to test the performance of LPWA wireless networking technologies – key emerging standards for Internet of Things (IoT) device connectivity – to support critical operations for industries.

The two companies will engage in a comprehensive testing regime, among the first of its kind in the industry, exploring the capabilities of LPWA technologies to support real-world industrial applications. Nokia is EDF R&D’s exclusive partner for this effort.

EDF R&D will utilize Nokia TestHub Services in Nokia’s Device Testing Lab in France – which gives customers access to state-of-the-art, carrier-grade wireless infrastructure – when testing IoT/M2M objects, chipsets, modules and user devices across all wireless technologies and frequencies. This enables devices to be tested on real network infrastructure rather than a simulated network, which reduces guesswork in testing and analysis and minimizes risks in advance of widespread commercial introduction.

The testing will compare IoT technologies recently standardized by the 3G Partnership Project (3GPP) – including NarrowBand-IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE-Machine (LTE-M) (also known as enhanced Machine-Type Communications or eMTC) – with other emerging, largely unlicensed IoT technologies.

This agreement builds on Nokia’s strong track-record providing mission-critical networks toindustries, and highlights the company’s strong position in the emerging market for IoT connectivity. It also highlights the progress of Nokia’s strategy of expanding its customer base outside of the traditional telecommunications sphere, a key focus of the company’s diversification efforts.

Stéphane Tanguy, head of IT Systems, EDF R&D, said:
“The Internet of Things offers tremendous opportunities for our group. Many use cases can be enabled by IOT technologies in various businesses from power generation to marketing. As the R&D engine of the EDF Group, it is our responsibility to characterize the objects, their connectivity, their integration into IoT platforms and the related end-to end cybersecurity properties. Among the connectivity solutions, it is essential that we understand the performance, the maturity and the adequacy of each technology for our different use cases by an objective and agnostic approach. The cellular IOT technologies (LTE-M and NB-IOT) are two major technologies that we have decided to test with Nokia, which provides us with a very interesting test environment and valuable expertise to carry out these evaluations.”

Matthieu Bourguignon, head of Global Enterprise and Public Sector, Europe, for Nokia, said:

“The use of IoT devices in industrial networks is in its infancy, but given the expected huge numbers of devices that will be deployed in the future, it is critical that our customers can evaluate now the various technologies before making substantial investments. Nokia’s Device Testing Lab, staffed by some of the most experienced wireless networking experts in the industry, will make it much easier for EDF to evaluate the performance of LPWA against other emerging technologies and reduce the risk of future deployments.”

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Digital Catapult selects start-ups to join Machine Intelligence Garage

Digital Catapult selects start-ups to join Machine Intelligence Garage

Digital Catapult, the not-for-profit body that focuses on helping UK businesses to scale up, has selected the first start-ups to join its Machine Intelligence Garage program.

The Machine Intelligence Garage Program at Digital Catapult aims to support the ambition of making the UK a global centre for artificial intelligence (AI) development – and several start-ups have just been signed up for the program.

The companies selected are digital manufacturing start-ups Intellisense and Predina; digital health start-ups Cambridge Bio-Augmentation Systems and GTN; and the natural language processing start-up Bloomsbury AI.

“Members of the first cohort have been carefully selected for their innovative use cases in AI, ethical values and ambition,” said Dr. Marko Balabanovic, the chief technology officer at Digital Catapult.

“We’re confident that their journey with the Machine Intelligence Garage will provide them with the support, expertise and compute resource they need to reach their full potential,” he added.

Read more: Digital Catapult opens doors on Machine Intelligence Garage

Early access to machine intelligence

Simon Knowles, CTO and co-founder of AI chip company Graphcore said the start-ups will get early access to his company’s Intelligence Processing Unit, which was been designed for machine intelligence.

“Its unique architecture means developers can run current mchine learning models orders of magnitude faster,” he said.

“More importantly, it lets AI researchers undertake entirely new types of work, not possible using current technologies, to drive the next great breakthroughs in general machine intelligence,” he added.

Azeem Azhar, senior advisor at professional services company Accenture, a partner of Digital Catapult, said the program would help “ to level the playing field” by giving start-ups in the UK access to some of the best resources and expertise.

“I’m excited to see where the programme’s first cohorts are by the end of the year,” he said.

Azeem Azhar of Accenture speaking at this week’s Machine Intelligence Garage announcement. (Credit: Digital Catapult)

Read more: Digital Catapult to launch three new networks in UK

High barriers to entry

The program aims to give small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) access to cloud-based and physical computational power for AI. According to Digital Catapult, deep-learning techniques incur extortionately high computational costs – a single training run for a ML system can cost upwards of £10,000. This can be a serious barrier for UK innovators and researchers.

Start-ups that are developing products or services that use ML or AI can apply to join the Machine Intelligence Garage program. The last Open Call went live on 23 January 2018, with applications to roll every six weeks thereafter.

Applications will be assessed based on a number of criteria including strength of idea, technical implementation plan, availability of data, ethical use of data, and the immediacy of the need for computation power.

Read more: Digital Catapult explains why it’s backing immersive reality

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Help Make the Internet Open to All: Join SIG Women!

When we talk about women and technology, we need to talk data. In the United States, a recent report by the National Center for Women and Information Technology highlighted that only 26% of the workforce in the computer field is made up of women. In addition, a survey by Silicon Valley Bank revealed that 68% of startups do not have women on their board. In India, women make up just 30% of the workforce in the technology industry. In many European countries, the wage gap between men and women is present in technological positions. In Latin America, the proportion of women studying in computer careers is low. In addition, shortcomings in Internet access makes it difficult for women of all ages to use the technology in Africa.

Increasing access, skills, and leadership of women and girls in ICT has enormous potential for improving their health and emancipating them through access to information, education and trade opportunities, strengthening not only families and communities, but also national economies and global society as a whole.

In order to speak on a daily basis and to make the problem visible, we considered it necessary to create a Special Interest Group to help change those statistics and to break down the barriers that – at different levels and different realities – still exist between women and technology. In pursuit of these objectives, SIG Women will be a neutral space where women and men can develop, train, discuss, and link their work.

Our general objective:
Promote a global neutral space that works towards the involvement of women in technology and contributes to reducing the gender gap in the field.”

We want to work with civil organizations, institutions, and companies that currently have or are interested in projects related to women and technology. We also want to work with women to help shape the future of the Internet.

Can men participate? Of course. We need everyone to work hand in hand.

SIG Women’s main interest is in the work and empowerment of women in technology issues. It seeks to be a neutral space for projects, initiatives, and stakeholders that advocate for greater inclusion of women in technology and contribute to gender equality in the field.

We invite you to join! We know that the road is not easy, but with your support we will achieve great goals.

Find SIG Women on Facebook, Twitter, and via email!

If we want to ensure that the Internet remains a free and safe digital space for all, it is time to join SIG Women.

Angélica Contreras will be attending the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) later this month as an IGF Ambassador, where this year’s theme is Shape Your Digital Future.

Explore the IGF schedule, which includes the following gender-focused sessions: Women and LGBTQI in the IGF, Tackling gender divides: ICT and women’s economic empowerment (WS37) (organized by ICC Basis), TU/UN Women EQUALS in Tech Awards Ceremony: Closing the gender digital divideEQUALS in Tech Panel Discussion (OF26)BPF on Gender & Access, and Main Session on Gender.

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