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Waymo in Los Angeles
By Alan Ohnsman

Waymo Brings The First Self-Driving Vehicles To Los Angeles—To 3D-Map The City

Traffic-clogged Los Angeles hasn’t been a factor in the race to perfect self-driving car tech, with R&D and testing concentrated in Silicon Valley, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and even Las Vegas. But that’s finally changing as autonomous minivans from Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo arrive to start building elaborate 3D maps of the sprawling city, a preliminary step ahead of offering on-demand robotaxi rides to Angelinos one day.

By Stu Sjouwerman

AI Used For Social Engineering. Fraudsters Mimic CEO’s Voice in Unusual Cybercrime Case | WSJ

Catherine Stupp at the Wall Street Journal reported on something we have predicted would happen in this blog. The article started out with: "Criminals used artificial intelligence-based software to impersonate a chief executive’s voice and demand a fraudulent transfer of €220,000 ($243,000) in March in what cybercrime experts described as an unusual case of artificial intelligence being used in hacking.

By Catherine Stupp

Fraudsters Used AI to Mimic CEO’s Voice in Unusual Cybercrime Case

Criminals used artificial intelligence-based software to impersonate a chief executive’s voice and demand a fraudulent transfer of €220,000 ($243,000) in March in what cybercrime experts described as an unusual case of artificial intelligence being used in hacking.

Vintage Computers At The Computer History Museum, Mountain View
By Hod Fleishman

Is It Time For Voice Technology To Kill Touchscreens?

Humans and objects have had a long love affair. Simple tools, as well as sophisticated software are all extensions of our physical bodies. We can trace human progress and wellbeing to the level of sophistication of the tools we have created, and by doing so, the augmentation of our abilities to travel, build, communicate, and create. Since tools are so critical to our existence and prosperity, the way we interface with these tools is also of great importance.

The 7 Biggest Technology Trends In 2020 Everyone Must Get Ready For Now
By Bernard Marr

The 7 Biggest Technology Trends In 2020 Everyone Must Get Ready For Now

We are amidst the 4th Industrial Revolution, and technology is evolving faster than ever. Companies and individuals that don't keep up with some of the major tech trends run the risk of being left behind. Understanding the key trends will allow people and businesses to prepare and grasp the opportunities. As a business and technology futurist, it is my job to look ahead and identify the most important trends. In this article, I share with you the seven most imminent trends everyone should get ready for in 2020.

Digital kiosks fit a range of use cases, industries
By Melissa Harward

Digital kiosks fit a range of use cases, industries

Picture this: You're heading to a client meeting for work; it's your first time meeting this client at their office, so you plan to arrive a bit early. However, when you walk into the lobby and find yourself at the end of a long line of other people waiting to check in with the security clerk, you realize you'll be arriving late to the meeting. While you know your client will be understanding about your tardiness, you can't help but think to yourself that there must be a better, more efficient way for large companies like this to handle check-ins.

By Anthony Caruana

WiFi 6 will face 5G competition

The networking business is becoming more and more complex. In the past, there were clear decisions to make when it came to choosing WAN, LAN, wireless, and cellular technology. But the imminent arrival of widespread 5G and WiFi 6 has changed the game significantly. With 5G having the capacity to deal with long-haul, consumer, and high-density applications depending on which slice of spectrum it uses, it could become a viable competitor to WiFi within industrial applications.

7 Ways Electric Vehicles Are Set to Change the Future
By Christopher McFadden March 05, 2019

7 Ways Electric Vehicles Are Set to Change the Future

Electric vehicles are set to oust combustion engines out of its market dominance over the next decade or so. As prices drop and performance improves, they will become more and more economically viable for consumers. 

By  2019/09/16 Peripherals 

Best 5K and 8K monitors of 2019: Graphic displays for professionals and more

Multiple monitor setups are out, and high-DPI and ultrawide ones are in. That's the word on the street, and anybody whose eyeballs have clocked the pixel-packed panels appearing at trade shows across the world would probably agree that resistance is futile.

August 21, 2019 by MELODY TU

How AI Is Helping Protect Taiwan’s Endangered Leopard Cats

There’s no mistaking why the leopard cat of Taiwan got its name. While only about the size of domestic felines, it sports a beautiful, flower-spotted pattern on its fur. There’s also no debate about why the leopard cat, the only remaining native wild cat species in Taiwan, is on the edge of extinction.

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Rugged, smart military displays and their commercial influence

Commercial technology must process information quickly, be sleek and compact in its design, offer a high-resolution image, and remain simple in operation. Rugged military displays must perform similarly but in incredibly harsh environmental conditions. Manufacturers of military technology are using these industry commonalities as inspiration behind the production of their rugged, smart displays.

Is it true that in the coming 10 years, all petroleum sources would be finished?

Is it true that in the coming 10 years, all petroleum sources would be finished? End of oil - Full disclosure: This is the latest version of a canned answer built after answering this same question in slightly different wording several times. It is updated as needs be

What is an Industrial Touch Screen Monitor?

esktop monitors are consumer grade monitors that most of the world’s population uses as a display for their computer. An industrial touch screen monitor is basically a desktop monitor that is stripped down to the bare chassis and components with a touch glass overlay integrated to make it easier for Original Engineer Manufacturers (OEMs) to integrate the unit into a larger enclosure.

British Airways to Introduce ViewTag® for Simplified Airport Experience
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British Airways to Introduce ViewTag® for Simplified Airport Experience

Air travelers gain peace of mind with superior alternative to paper luggage tags British Airways customers will soon be able to take advantage of a simpler luggage check-in process through a partnership with ViewTag®.

sometimes good pain can cement a customer's relationship with a brand
By Hannah Williams

Facial recognition technology: What are the dangers?

Cameras have advanced far beyond their initial capabilities of simply photo-taking and video recording. Now that biometric technology has become inextricably paired with camera technologies, most people have a camera in their pocket capable of identifying humans in order to perform activities such as unlocking smartphones or making payments.

sometimes good pain can cement a customer's relationship with a brand
By Rob Enderle

The Rebirth of the Personal Computer

I went to Lenovo Accelerate last week and feasted my eyes on one of the most innovative PCs I've ever seen. However, as I absorbed the rest of Lenovo's announcements, I realized I was looking at just the tip of what could be a significant coming change in personal computers -- one that could eclipse every change we have seen so far.

sometimes good pain can cement a customer's relationship with a brand
By Denis Pombriant • CRM Buyer • ECT News Network 

Extreme Customer Experienced

CRM guru Samson Lee has a new idea about customer experience. I don't know that I agree with it, but Lee has a way of making you question your assumptions and possibly change your viewpoint. Lee describes extreme experience in his paper, "Replace Customer-Centricity with Extreme Experience," as the inevitable pain you have to go through to reach nirvana -- that is, get the product or service you want from the vendor you want. He describes a pleasure-pain gap (PPG) as a tool for building up a brand in customers' eyes.

The hardware trend Google and Apple are throwing their weight behindSource : by Katharine Schwab

The hardware trend Google and Apple are throwing their weight behind

Last week, Google announced a new smart home device: a smart display that features a 10-inch screen, camera, and speaker. The speaker has a privacy feature that relatively few electronics do these days–a hardware kill switch, which physically disconnects both the device’s camera and its microphone so there’s no way that Google can listen in on your conversations. Unless, of course, you want it to.

Source : by Marcos Morelli

Benefits of Using a Digital Parking Solution

Digital parking is one of the fastest growing and widely used Smart City Solutions all over the world. Universities, airports, city garages and shopping centers are just a few things that have started to perceive the notable benefits of automated/smart parking technology using various Digital Parking apps. The ability to connect, scrutinize and automate data collected from devices, described as and powered by the Internet of Things, is what makes this modern parking system possible.


Microsoft, BMW launch industrial cloud technology partnership

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp and BMW Group on Tuesday launched an initiative to create an Open Manufacturing Platform that seeks to stimulate innovation and accelerate the development of ‘smart’ factories.
It’s the second alliance of its kind in a week after Volkswagen and Amazon Web Services teamed up to connect the German car maker’s 122 group plants to improve production systems and processes.

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TOPPAN Develops World’s First Digital POP Sign Using Full-Color EPD

Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (hereafter Toppan Printing; head office: Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo; President & Representative Director: Shingo Kaneko) has developed the world’s first digital POP sign using full-color Electronic Paper Display, or EPD. A field test using such prototype will be held in conjunction with Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd’s “HANBANASAI” campaign that launches on February 20, 2019.

Lockly 5

By James Brains Feb. 21, 2019, 3:20 PM

This $280 smart lock makes keyless entry into my house effortless while boosting security with its fingerprint reader

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By Reilly Dunn -September 24, 2018

IoT Energy Applications: From Smart Vehicles to Smart Meters

IoT is ushering in a lot of exciting developments in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and amplified industrial processes. We’re making “digital twins” of just about everything. IoT encompasses many innovations that make us feel more powerful, more effective, and in better control of our realities.


What we know about Samsung’s new ‘shape-shifting’ TVs

FSamsung has just unveiled a 75in (190cm) TV made of modular micro LED panels at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.
What is striking about the latest launch is that the South Korean consumer electronics giant claims that its TV can change shapes with its revolutionary new micro LED technology — it can go from a square format to a long video strip!

artificial intelligence will make the world safer

By Jim McGregor

What Can We Expect From AI?

Fear mongering about killer robots and the recent deaths connected with Uber and Tesla autonomous vehicles have rekindled concerns about artificial intelligence in the machines around us. We are well beyond answering Alan Turing's question, "can machines think?" There is now good reason to ask how we should think of AI, and what we should expect from it.

by David Linthicum

Edge computing vs. fog computing: Definitions and enterprise uses

your enterprise is considering edge computing to deal with the massive data volumes being produced by devices and users and their many interactions, here's an introduction.

Source: Digital Signage Connection

Exceptional 3D, the World Largest Supplier of Glasses-Free 3D Displays Today Announced 3 New 4K Products for Digital Signage

BOCA RATON, FLORIDA (PRWEB) SEPTEMBER 25, 2017--Boca Raton, Florida, Exceptional 3D, the world largest provider of Glasses-Free 3D displays and solutions today announced 3 new products to their already impressive product line. All 3 new products are Portrait displays to meet the increasing demand for popular large formats vertical displays for various applications.

Link President Jen Hensley discusses city connectivity with Light Reading's Alan Breznick.

Source: Kiosk marketplace & Lightreading

Kiosks may spur 5G connectivity in New York City

LinkNYC Wi Fi public kiosks in New York City may drive the advent of 5G connectivity as they can serve as foundations for 5G repeaters and small cells. In fact, the kiosks, as an endpoint, will likely prove immensely valuable for advanced networking capabilities..

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Allied BioScience receives approved label from EPA for new bacteriostatic surface coating

Allied BioScience, a Plano, Texas-based biotechnology company announced today it has received an approved label from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for SurfaceWise™

Benefits NB-IOT LTE-M comparison LPWAN technologies iot iot factory accent systems


NB-IOT and LTE-M are two new Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technologies developed for IOT applications. Both are protocols for low bandwidth cellular communications that connect to the internet devices that need to transmit small amounts of data, with the lower costs (both hardware and subscription) and the higher battery life.

by Rebecca Downden

100 Digital Signage Content Ideas For Every Industry

There are so many possibilities when it comes to digital signage content that it can be overwhelming. You may have a portfolio of reusable templates and content but are looking for something new and unique. To help you ensure your digital signage has the highest possible impact, here’s 100 digital signage content ideas, categorized by industry.


By Gary Elinoff, contributing writer

Bluetooth vs Wi-Fi vs ZigBee

Home automation is all the rage these days. Smartphone resident apps can interface with controllers to adjust lighting, turn on or turn off electrical devices, and just about anything else electrical. The three most popular standards are Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and ZigBee. The one thing that all three have in common is that they operate at about the same frequency — on or about 2.4 GHz. The similarities end there.

Digital signage thermal management 101

by Daniel Waldron

Digital signage thermal management 101

Every outdoor digital signage project is different, there is no one size fits all solution. However, every outdoor screen installation does have one thing in common… thermal management. Getting temperature control right is the difference between a long-lasting solution and one that fails.

by Trey Hicks

Location, Location, Location – The Science Of Placing Digital Signage Displays

There’s a famous tricolon popularized by British real estate tycoon Lord Harold Samuel – “location, location, location” – that was meant for property but holds true for digital signage. You want a lot of people to easily see what’s on your screens.

building a smart home requires juggling reliability, privacy and security, upgradability and cost

By Jim McGregor

How Smart Should a Home Be?

One of the loudest buzzes in the Internet of Things is around smart homes. Vendors have rushed to connect everything imaginable within a house, including lights, appliances, entertainment systems, windows, shades, door locks, ceiling fans, faucets, smoke detectors, security systems, furniture -- basically anything with a battery or power cord now can be connected, and if it doesn't have a power solution, one is in the works.

by Bruce Brown | September 28, 2017 | General News, Medical

Smart Medicine Cabinets Enhance Efficiency and Safety

If you think keeping track of medication for yourself and your family is tricky, imagine what it’s like in a hospital. We’ve looked at personal pillboxes and dispensers for home use such as the EllieGrid, Pillo, and the Hero. Finland-based New Icon focuses on pharmaceuticals automation for hospital settings. At home, we want to remember to take our pills on time. In hospitals automating drug dispensing promises to add efficiency and safety in addition to timely medication presentation.

Source: Kiosk marketplace

How Can Kiosks Help Your Business? A Look Into Custom Kiosk Design

Businesses across industries have turned to kiosks in order to engage consumers and expand brand reach. While some businesses are able to meet their specific goals with out-of-the-box solutions, many businesses need a solution as unique as their service or product. Custom kiosk design helps these businesses create a fully customized self-service solution to fit the use case. “A custom kiosk allows the customer to implement exactly what they need for the use case rather than something that’s pretty close,” said Meridian Director of Manufacturing, Bob Hubert.

Source: Sixteen-Nine


New digital bus stops have been installed around Sydney’s Town Hall, replacing traditional bus stop paper timetables. Called eStops, the displays provide real-time bus arrivals, as well as capacity information, service notifications and other relevant commuter information specific to the stop.

SCADA Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition - SCADA purpose definition components and market forecasts 2022

Source: i-Scoop


SCADA systems (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition): evolutions and market 2022
A look at the definition of SCADA, the role of the SCADA system, the evolutions of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition in the age of cloud and IoT and SCADA system market forecasts until 2022.


by Jim Shaw


What is the MIL-DTL-901E?
MIL-DTL-901E is a detail specification defining the high-impact shock testing requirements for machinery, equipment, systems, and structures aboard surface ships and submarines. Adopted 20 June 2017, MIL-DTL-910E supersedes MIL-S-910D as the standard for verifying the ability of shipboard installations to withstand the shock of nuclear and conventional weapons, as well as environmental mechanical shock during operation.


by Richard Wilson

Raspberry Pi gets IP40 protection from Phoenix Contact

Phoenix Contact has introduced a housing for Raspberry Pi minicomputers which are designed to provide Raspberry Pi B2 and B3 models with mechanical and physical protection.


Source: DigitalSignage Today

Keeping your display safe

We will examine protecting your screen indoors and outdoors, and how to choose between a commercial or consumer screen.



Weighbridge solution installed at Mpumalanga coal mine

Software development company Dariel Solutions is installing its Weigh Bridge Connectivity (WBX) goods-delivered and goods-received system at a diversified mining major’s coal operations in Mpumalanga, says Dariel Solutions executive director Greg Vercellotti.


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Massachusetts town to replace parking meters with kiosks

Beverly, Massachusetts, will replace parking meters with kiosks that will provide the first 20 minutes free, according to the Beverly Patch.Payment options will include coins, a smartphone app, a debit card or credit card. After the first 20 minutes, users pay 25 cents per hour in municipal parking lots and 75 cents per hour for on-street parking on Cabot and Rantoul Streets.


By BLACK BOX, July 4, 2017


The maritime industry relies on KVM technology for a range of applications—from the engine room to the wheelhouse. Given the unique challenges of operating in a marine environment, ensuring the security, quality and reliability of mission-critical navigation and communication systems is essential. The international standard IEC 60945 certifies that equipment has passed stringent tests on security, the operating environment and electromagnetic compatibility.


Source: Inductive Automation

What Is IIoT?

The IIoT is part of a larger concept known as the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT is a network of intelligent computers, devices, and objects that collect and share huge amounts of data. The collected data is sent to a central Cloud-based service where it is aggregated with other data and then shared with end users in a helpful way. The IoT will increase automation in homes, schools, stores, and in many industries.


Source: DigitalSignage Today

The flexibility of digital signage

Regardless of the type of property, a digital signage solution should incorporate the ability to display events and meetings, though the types of events and meetings will likely vary by location. One resort may want to advertise its spa specials, while another hotel may want to announce its employee of the month.


By David Yu, Source: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Embedded System and Kiosk

An embedded system is a computer system with a dedicated function within a larger mechanical or electrical system, often with real-time computing constraints.


By Chad Brooks, Business News Daily Senior Writer January 2, 2018

Choosing a Time and Attendance System: 2018 Guide

Looking for a time and attendance system in 2018? Here's everything you need to know about what a time and attendance system is, what it offers, and how to choose one. If you already know what you're looking for, visit our best picks page to see which ones we recommend, as well as a complete list of others that might work for you.


By Kirk Roderick Williams , World ECDIS Day 2017 - September 8, 2017

Voices on the future of ECDIS and E-Navigation - Dr. Bernhard Berking(University of Applied Sciences Hamburg)

"The majority of all vessels on international trade routes now sail with ECDIS. To carry an ECDIS is even required for many ships. The fear both to trust this “new” equipment and the fear of over-reliance have changed to accepting ECDIS as increasing the safety of navigation - by appropriate standards, the technical progress and effective (mandatory) training.


By Julie Fraser , Lifetime Member, MESA International - March 1, 2018

Advancing Smart Manufacturing and IIoT—Together or Separately?

Is the Industrial Internet of Things an enabling technology of smart manufacturing? Or could smart manufacturing take a different path?Initiatives like smart manufacturing and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are moving forward in many companies. The question is, will they move forward together or separately? I believe they will advance together, but I can understand those who see them as separate. Before we get too far into the topic, let me first define the terms, since there is plenty of debate even about that.


By Adrian Bridgwater - November 2, 2017

Analysis: From IoT to IIoT and onwards to IIIoT

Could the IoT be fragmenting into increasingly disparate categories and terms, asks Adrian Bridgwater? First there was the Internet. Then, there was the Internet of Things (IoT). Sometime after the IoT had established itself as an army of sensors, devices and equipment with a connection to the web, there arrived the notion of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), which seeks to distinguish the use of IoT technologies in factories and power plants.


By Sandra Vogel - March 1, 2018

list: Sensors for all! Exclusive Q&A with Alison Mitchell of Sensor City, Liverpool

Sensor City offers a Software Design Suite, Mechanical Laboratory, Optical Laboratory, and Electronics Laboratory, as well as business development support. The innovation hub is already home to a number of innovative businesses, including Chanua Health, Fatigue Management International (FMI), Aqua Running, and UPLEC Industries. Internet of Business spoke to Alison Mitchell, executive director, about the work and aims of Sensor City.