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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IoT Tech Expo North America 2017: Highlights from the event in Silicon Valley

The North America 2017 event welcomes 10,500+ attendees to Silicon Valley!

Firstly, we’d like to thank all those who attended the IoT Tech Expo North America 2017 which returned to the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA for the final leg of the 2017 world series with an extended agenda, larger expo, brand new topics and two co-located events covering Blockchain and AI. The event attracted an audience of 10,500+ attendees with delegates from across North America and beyond to discuss the potential of IoT, Blockchain and AI across a number of industries, with top-level speakers sharing their expertise and experiences on the subject. We hope you found the event beneficial and made some new connections.

We would also like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors, speakers and exhibitors for their involvement in the event and for making it a fascinating and diverse two days.

The two-day event hosted 15 conference tracks, an exhibition, AI start-up incubator, IoT meetup and an evening of networking. On the first day speakers including NASA, Halliburton, Boeing, Bluetooth, Cisco, State of Nevada, Ford, Schneider Electric and many more took to the stage to explore IIoT, manufacturing,  connectivity, smart factories, data privacy, interoperability, security, and more.

Day 2 welcomed the new conference tracks ‘Smart Transportation & Cities’ and ‘IoT in Enterprise’ with speakers from Thyssenkrupp, Shell, Federal Trade Commission, Visa, State of Utah, Toyota, Aviva, Compare, Seattle Reign FC and more sharing their knowledge and experiences across a range of industries and verticals.

Here are a few pictures of the show and you can share yours with us using @IoTTechExpo

If you missed the event, you can catch up on all the sessions by purchasing a Sessions Material Pass which allows you to download all the presentations and recordings from over the two days. These will be available before December 7th and paid pass holders will be emailed their log-in details.

You can also let us know what you think via this short survey, and be entered into a draw to enter 2 x Ultimate Passes to a future event of your choice.

The IoT Tech Expo World Series will be returning in 2018 with shows taking place in London, Amsterdam and Silicon Valley. You can find out more and register for each below:

IoT Tech Expo Global – 18- 19 April 2018, Olympia London

IoT Tech Expo Europe – 1- 2 October 2018, RAI Amsterdam

IoT Tech Expo North America – 28- 29 November 2018, Santa Clara, Silicon Valley

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Tech Data Announces European Agreement with Advantech for Industrial IoT Solutions

Tech Data Announces European Agreement with Advantech for Industrial IoT Solutions

Tech Data Announces European Agreement with Advantech for Industrial IoT Solutions

Enables business outcomes for edge-to-enterprise Industry 4.0 smart manufacturing projects.

Tech Data today announced a pan-European agreement with Advantech, a leading global provider of Industrial IoT (IIoT) solutions.

The Advantech product portfolio covers a comprehensive range of technologies from hardware and software to specific industry solutions for intelligent industrial automation and control.

Tech Data resellers and system integrators across Europe can now access Advantech’s extensive range of innovative products, which enable business outcomes for edge-to-enterprise IoT projects in industrial spaces, extreme environments with harsh conditions, transportation or outdoor applications.

Advantech is the latest addition to Tech Data’s IoT Solutions partner ecosystem, bringing special focus on data acquisition sensor capabilities, IoT networking infrastructure and data interfaces supporting a variety of environments. With this partnership, Tech Data reinforces its commitment to closing the gap between operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) in the IoT market and driving adoption of industrial IoT through the channel.

Victor Paradell, vice president, IoT & Analytics Solutions, Europe, at Tech Data said:
“Success in IoT requires strong partnerships and collaboration. With this agreement, we will help our channel partners to deliver a complete solution, including the required IT and OT elements for the industrial sector. Industry 4.0 is driving growth in the IoT sector and Tech Data is now able to provide reliable end-to-end industrial solutions to help our partners resolve end-customer needs and deliver transformative business outcomes.”

The partnership between Advantech and Tech Data allows the creation of end-to-end solutions that open up new markets to Tech Data customers, such as predictive and prescriptive maintenance, remote field support and asset condition monitoring across Europe.

Jash Bansidhar, sector head of Industrial IoT Europe at Advantech, said:
“Advantech has selected Tech Data to accelerate its go-to-market for Industry 4.0 and Smart City systems integrators.”

“The partnership enables both companies to offer enhanced customer value by rolling-out international solution ready platforms (hardware and software) in industrial markets. Our cooperation enables us to offer one-stop-shop IIoT products and solutions that bridge the gap between OT and IT in factories and provide best-in-class customer service.”

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IoT for Insurance: Tech savvy homeowners disconnected from insurers

What do home buyers understand that their insurance companies don’t? Most Americans have begun investing in forms of ‘smart’ technology for their homes. A recent poll from HIS Markit found that last year 80 million smart home devices were delivered worldwide with an additional 130 million smart home devices expected to be shipped this year.

More often than not, American home buyers and realtors are expecting home technology to be part of listings, particularly in Baby Boomer and Gen-X segments. Despite this data, insurance companies are absent from promotion, evaluation, and/or recommendation of connected home solutions. There is an opportunity for insurers to meet tech- savvy homeowners on the digital journey and build credibility while improving performance.

“Anyone who has accessed the website of a major insurer to investigate or renew a property or casualty policy over the past 20 years recognizes that the global insurance industry is not at the vanguard of digital innovation.”
– IBM Institute of Business Value / 2017 Report “You, me or us?’

Every open window is data

Connected homeowners and their digital data provide a new ‘window’ into habits and experiences. And it’s with this data that we can not only learn what policyholders do each day, but adjust our risk models, pricing and engagement into something that offers proactive and preventative engagement versus reactive and expensive claims. Digital data, coupled with weather data, allows insurers an opportunity to learn, think and (potentially) intervene for an open window in a rainy day versus a clear day. Finally, the digital data lets us see each policyholder, in context. Which means we can adjust our engagement and risks based on history or environment.

How insurance companies can engage each policyholder

Homeowners and their digital data allow us to reinvent old risk models and apply new ideas and analytics to each policyholder’s profile. Furthermore, we can use this data to provide valuable feedback to them (i.e. engagement). That then helps them avoid risky situations and behaviors, and shifts the very nature of risk. What insurance company doesn’t want to reduce their risks?

Harnessing the homeowner

As more insurance consumers connect their homes, move online to interact, compare products and prices, and make purchases, the volume of available data is increasing exponentially. As first movers among insurers create new business models /product and harness the potential of their data, those that wait will be at a significant competitive disadvantage. We’re also changing the relationship whereby customers allow real-time data and monitoring in return for greater personalization and service. What client would decline value-add services from their insurer?

To learn more of how IoT changes your potential and profits as an insurer, please visit our IoT for Insurance pages.

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Cash-strapped UK government finds funds for Artificial Intelligence and tech investments

UK Prime Minister, Theresa May today announced a new £20 million (€22.3 million) fund to help public services use UK expertise in innovative technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI). Investment in the sector is always welcome and who knows, says Jeremy Cowan, it could take Mrs May’s mind off Brexit for a while.

Earlier, the Prime Minister met leading digital entrepreneurs and innovators from across the UK, as she announced a series of measures to support the “continued growth and success” of the country’s tech sector. There was plenty of talk of being world class and of the Government’s “enduring commitment” to this vital industry.

The PM and Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond announced a wide-ranging package of support which includes:

Doubling to 2,000 the number of visas available to the brightest and best talent from around the world, including in digital technology.
An investment of £21 million (€23.4 million) to expand Tech City UK into a nationwide network called Tech Nation, designed to accelerate the growth of the digital tech sector across the country.
A new £20 million fund to help public services take advantage of UK expertise in technologies like Artificial Intelligence.
The launch of a £20 million training programme which will challenge thousands of young people aged  14 to 18 to test their skills against simulated online cyber threats.

Mrs May said: “It is absolutely right that this dynamic sector, which makes such an immense contribution to our economic life and to our society, has the full backing of Government. Technology is at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy, and we will continue to invest in the best new innovations and ideas, in the brightest and best talent, and in revolutionary digital infrastructure.

“And as we prepare to leave the European Union, I am clear that Britain will remain open for business,” she added.

Open all hours

The new funding for Tech Nation will see the organisation expand its hub model to more cities around the country, including Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Birmingham. Building on the work of existing regional clusters, Tech Nation will support 40,000 entrepreneurs and up to 4,000 start-up companies.

The new ‘GovTech’ challenge fund will encourage UK firms to use technology to solve challenges facing the public sector, while a dedicated new team will act as a front door into Whitehall to connect tech companies to the right parts of Government.

Following months of lobbying by industry bodies and alternative broadband providers frustrated at Openreach‘s slow and patchy broadband roll-out, the government reports that “a new £2 million (€2.23 million) pilot voucher scheme” is also being launched in six areas. This is part of the administration’s pledge to bring “the UK’s fastest and most reliable broadband to homes and businesses across the country”. Local companies will be among those offered vouchers by broadband suppliers to pay for what are described as “gold-standard full-fibre gigabit connections”.

And there are just days left for students to apply for a new apprenticeship and university bursary worth £4,000 (€4,460) a year, being offered by the National Cyber Security […]

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