As its name suggests, the temperature sensor works in conjunction with the Nest Thermostat (and the Nest Thermostat E) to let you control the temperature in individual rooms. So if you set one in the bedroom, for example, you can then configure the Nest app to have it so that room is colder or warmer than the rest of the house. The price for a single unit is $39 or $99 for a pack of three. You can pre-order it starting today, and it'll begin shipping next month. We saw much of it already at last year's Nest event, but it was good to see how all of it comes together.
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With the Internet of Things (IoT) growing steadily day by day, the need to ensure devices stay safe and secure is greater than ever. But what if the devices that need securing aren't webcams or routers, but cars, lorries and other vehicles? Geotab is one of the world's leading suppliers of telematics solutions, allowing companies to monitor and manage vehicles through intelligent connected technology. With over a million vehicles connected to its services, Geotab counts the like of Enteprise, UPS and the City of New York among its big-name customers. But with this growth of a connected smart ecosystem comes the need to ensure complete security, not just to protect the vehicles themselves, but the people in and around them.
For carriers and service providers (SPs), transitioning from 4G to 5G will require more than a simple network infrastructure upgrade. More importantly, it will require a drastic shift in the strategies around the way we do business. We've heard countless times, unlike the progression from 2G through to 4G, this "G" is different, and it's true. It bridges wireless and wireline technologies, and will need to support both human and machine interactions, interchangeably and seamlessly. Together, these will amplify and propel the next wave of innovation, some of which we're starting to see already, into the mainstream -- the rapidly growing the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), autonomous vehicle traffic management, remote surgery using VR technology and more.
With the growth of the world's population showing no sign of slowing down, George Kantor of Carnegie Mellon University hopes robots can produce the food we need. Food and robotics are being intertwined in such a way now that our very future could depend on this partnership as our world heads towards a possible global population of just under 10bn by the year 2050, according to the UN. This, of course, means more food is needed and, based on our production and available arable land, this could prove to be an insurmountable problem with catastrophic consequences. One person hoping to use robotics to solve that problem is George Kantor, a senior systems scientist at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) where he leads projects that bring research ideas from multiple disciplines to develop new robotic systems that solve interesting, practical problems. After receiving his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, he moved to CMU as a postdoctoral student.
BARCELONA: Blazing fast 5G wireless networks promise to unlock the potential of internet connected devices, or the Internet of Things--making driverless cars and talking fridges a reality. With most European operators targeting 2020 for its rollout, 5G is the term on everyone's lips at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Like the 4G networks currently widely available, 5G is based on radio frequencies, the same used for television broadcasts, walkie-talkies, wi-fi signals or a garage door remote control. It will use a higher radio frequency that are not in use and can move data at a much faster speed. But since higher radio frequencies don't travel as far as lower frequencies, it will rely on denser arrays of small antennas and artificial intelligence to offer data speeds up to 50 or 100 times faster than current 4G networks.
There are few processes in life as nerve-wracking and tedious as going through security at an airport. Whether it's adhering to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules of removing laptops from bags, or navigating the seemingly endless, winding queue, getting screened before a flight is time-consuming. But with the help of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), researchers are working on integrating video surveillance with artificial intelligence (AI) to make this vital security process much smoother. The development new technology to streamline airport security has stagnated in recent decades. A lack of innovation, coupled with a need for increased screening in the wake of events like the 9/11 attacks, have only made the process worse.
IATA Resolution 753, which comes into effect this June, commits airlines to keeping track of baggage movements and aims to significantly reduce mishandled and misdirected bags. But it also creates new volumes of data, which SITA reports, could be handled more efficiently with AI tools like machine learning, robotics and predictive analytics. In a new report, Intelligent Tracking: A Baggage Management Revolution, SITA shares a vision of interconnected smart devices and applications that can inform each other of baggage movements with limited human intervention. By embracing new technologies and refining processes, the air transport industry has reduced its baggage mishandling cost from $4.22 billion to $2.1 billion over the past decade. The objective of Resolution 753 is to reduce that figure further, keeping passengers happy and protecting airlines from liability.
Cut to the first official day of the show, and it was almost impossible to avoid the in-your-face signs attempting to lure you to "5G open innovation" demos. Everywhere we turned, we were confronted with yet another banner. This isn't surprising of course, 5G is very much a mobile communications standard and we were in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, after all.