Infrastructure & Services

GPS spoofing makes ships in Russian waters think they're on land


Researchers are calling these "mass GPS interferences" and they appear to be linked to the intentional transmission of false GPS signals to provide incorrect time or location information, possibly to veil certain facilities from attack. Putin has long been rumored to have a lavish secret estate on the Black Sea coast near Gelendzhik, where researchers found one instance of GPS spoofing. The report's authors initially started to examine instances of GPS misdirection after a vessel master in the Black Sea reported his GPS showing him to be at the Gelendzhik airport, in southern Russia, about 25 miles from his real location, said Dana Goward, president of the non-profit Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation. The authors of the report found three specific instances of GPS spoofing in which ships' GPS-based navigation systems told them they were many miles from their location: at Russia's Gelendzhik Airport and Sochi International Airport near the Black Sea and St. Petersburg Airport near the North Sea.

Robots and AI – the technology coming to airports will blow your mind


Now airports are getting in on the act, and it's all part of a paradigm shift towards self-service and interactions with technologies that offer "personal" information to help us on our way through the terminal. "Passengers can easily chat with the bot program, receiving updates around the clock regarding the flight of their interest, special retail offers, timetables and airport parking services." Copenhagen Airport launched the first airport app to use AR to enable passengers to find their way around the terminal and obtain information on restaurants and other facilities. "We're opening the door for a wide range of tech savvy airport providers, including our airlines and retailers, to launch new real-time services that can help passengers find their way around the airport, avoid missing flights or receive timely offers that might save them money," said Abhi Chacko, Gatwick Airport's head of IT, commercial and innovation.

Ruling gives FAA more power over drones than local governments


When it comes to drone regulations, the FAA's rules trump anything local governments conjure up. Newton resident Michael Singer filed the lawsuit in a bid to eliminate some of the city's rules that don't align with the FAA's, including having to register with every municipality it has to fly over and to maintain an altitude of 400 feet and above over private and Newton city property. US District Judge William G. Young explained that "Newton's choice to restrict any drone use below this altitude (400 feet) thus works to eliminate any drone use in the confines of the city, absent prior permission. Since we're still figuring out which drone rules and regulations work, the judge's decision could influence similar cases and even local authorities' decisions regarding drone use in the future.

NVIDIA Launches Metropolis Software Partner Program For Deep Learning Platform


NVIDIA announces it has brought together a dozen software partners for its Metropolis Software Partner Program. The NVIDIA Metropolis intelligent video analytics platform applies deep learning to video streams for applications such as public safety, traffic management and resource optimization. To make it into our Metropolis Software Partner Program, partners must have production-ready, field-proven solutions. NVIDIA says deep learning solutions are fueling a growing array of use cases, such as helping first responders react to emergencies more quickly and delivering more personalized experiences to shoppers.

Hurricane Harvey and the transformative power of commercial UAVs - TotalCIO


For an example of the transformative role drones -- or unmanned aerial vehicles, as they're known in the industry -- will play across industries, just consider, said Michael Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, what happened after Hurricane Harvey struck Texas last week. By submitting your personal information, you agree that TechTarget and its partners may contact you regarding relevant content, products and special offers. Local, state and federal agencies, as well as companies across verticals, turned to drones to identify, assess and assist in the aftermath of the devastating Category 4 hurricane. Huerta' discussion of the important role drones played in the disaster response to Hurricane Harvey also came with some self-congratulation: He cited the FAA's ability to quickly authorize unmanned aircraft as a critical to the success of these operations.

Facial recognition: iPhone today, tomorrow the airport?


Apple calls its flavor of facial recognition Face ID. "Substantial questions remain about how Face ID will impact iPhone users' privacy and security, and whether the technology will perform equally well on different groups of people," he wrote. In tech devices, Samsung now uses facial recognition and iris scanning to let you unlock certain Galaxy smartphones. "If Apple's facial recognition tool proves to be significantly flawed, it could really damage Apple's hopes for Apple Pay expansion.

Pot delivery by drone? California cannabis czars put the kibosh on stoner pipe dream

Los Angeles Times

California's Bureau of Cannabis Control last week outlined its plans to ban pot delivery by drone, putting the kibosh on any business hoping to make a buck on the concept. On Wednesday, the bureau released an initial study describing proposed emergency regulations for commercial cannabis businesses ahead of Jan. 1, when marijuana sales, with proper retail licensing, will be allowed for recreational use in California. In its study -- Commercial Cannabis Business Licensing Program Regulations -- the bureau is clear: Marijuana must be transported in trailers or commercial vehicles. The rule differs from federal drone regulations, which allow package delivery by drone as long as the device is within sight of the pilot, doesn't fly over people and the product weighs less than 55 pounds.

Light: Science & Applications - Air quality monitoring using mobile microscopy and machine learning


Rapid, accurate and high-throughput sizing and quantification of particulate matter (PM) in air is crucial for monitoring and improving air quality. Here we present a field-portable cost-effective platform for high-throughput quantification of particulate matter using computational lens-free microscopy and machine-learning. This mobile device rapidly screens 6.5 L of air in 30 s and generates microscopic images of the aerosols in air. We tested this mobile platform by measuring the air quality at different indoor and outdoor environments and measurement times, and compared our results to those of an Environmental Protection Agency–approved device based on beta-attenuation monitoring, which showed strong correlation to c-Air measurements.

Face scans, robot baggage handlers - airports of the future


Robots are appearing at some major hubs, including at Seoul's Incheon airport, where they carry out tasks including cleaning and carrying luggage, while Changi's new terminal will have robotic cleaners complete with butlers' uniforms. Amsterdam's Schiphol is aiming to become the world's leading digital airport by 2019, and has been testing hand luggage scanners that allow passengers to keep liquids and laptops in their bags. A report from consultancy Roland Berger warned that airport revenues from retail and parking could fall by between two and four billion dollars due to the new innovations. The negative outlook reflects potential consequences of the boycott... READ MORE Site includes information about tax body, as well as introduction of... READ MORE At least 36 people have so far died in the violence after Dera chief... READ MORE Find out which of your favourite players will be heading to SA shores ... READ MORE It's always a long weekend READ MORE The negative outlook reflects potential consequences of the boycott... READ MORE

The Future of Self-Driven Buses - Amyx Internet of Things (IoT)


This company is taking its buses to a new level by developing self-driven, mass transit vehicles. The purpose of operating the self-driven electric buses in various traffic situations is to figure out the changes needed in the city's infrastructure to prepare for autonomous public transportation. Proterra's self-driving bus study is said to be a yearlong phase that tests the functionality of the sensors through different road conditions such as weather changes and traffic on the road. The technology is leading to a radically different future, but it is imminent that there will be a significant number of manned and unmanned public transport vehicles that will hit the roads in the future.