This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet / TechRepublic special feature, explores how infrastructure around the world is being linked together via sensors, machine learning and analytics. As growing numbers of internet-connected sensors are built into cars, planes, trains and buildings, businesses are amassing vast amounts of data. Tapping into that data to extract useful information is a challenge that's starting to be met using the pattern-matching abilities of machine learning (ML) -- a subset of the field of artificial intelligence (AI).
German train maker Siemens is exploring Big Data analytics to make sure no train will ever again be left stranded on tracks due to an unforeseen technical failure. A small team of data scientists and engineers based at the tech giant's site in Allach - a suburb of the Bavarian capital, Munich - embarked on a mission three years ago to make trains so smart that they could effectively inform their operators weeks in advance that a component is going to fail. Siemens, which won the contract in 2013 to deliver 115 trains for London's Thameslink project, hopes the service will provide a crucial competitive edge in the increasingly competitive rolling stock market. "My goal is very clear: for every relevant component, I want to have a warning at least a week in advance that this thing is going to fail," said Gerhard Kress, head of the Siemens Mobility Data Services Center, when outlining his vision. "This gives the operator enough time to do maintenance at the normal time when the train is not in use."
The story of Chloe Ayling's kidnap by a sex slave gang "seems incredible", said her lawyer, but he has stressed that he and investigators believe it is true. Ms Ayling, a 20-year-old glamour model, says that she was lured to Milan to take part in a photo shoot. But once she got there she was captured, drugged, and taken to an Italian farmhouse where she was held by her captors. Several days later – apparently because her kidnappers didn't realise she was a mother – she was dropped off at the British consolute in Milan, and she has been there for weeks since. When she was dropped off, the man who had taken her on the journey was arrested as a suspected kidnapper.
The horror of British model Chloe Ayling's July kidnapping was dutifully detailed in the media, with motion picture-style reports of an organized group called "Black Death" -- but the whole ordeal was "a sham," the lawyer of an alleged kidnapper said in court Monday. The "sham" accusation came out as Michal Herba, who is accused of helping to orchestrate a fake photoshoot to lure the 20-year-old model to Milan, fought extradition orders at Westminster Magistrates Court on Monday, Sky News reported. His brother, Lukasz Pawel Herba, 30, was also arrested and charged with the kidnapping of Ayling for extortion. George Hepburne Scott, Herba's lawyer, told a judge he questioned the legitimacy of Ayling's story. "There is a real risk that the entire case is a sham," Scott said.
The lawyer for a British model allegedly abducted by "Black Death" kidnappers who intended to sell her to a buyer in the Middle East, hit back Monday over supposed holes in the 20-year-old beauty's story -- but acknowledged the woman left police with "understandable doubts." Chloe Ayling said she was lured to Italy with the promise of a photo shoot, then drugged, stuffed into a suitcase, transported to an isolated farmhouse and held, at times in handcuffs, for almost a week. The model told police the "terrifying experience" ended when her captor, who had threatened to hold her for ransom or advertise her as a sex slave on the criminal "dark web," decided instead to drop her off at the British consulate in Milan. Italian police have arrested a suspect in the bizarre series of events: a 30-year-old Polish man who claimed to be a paid killer. Since the story first broke, it has emerged that Ayling went shopping for groceries and shoes with her captor, raising questions about the degree of coercion she was under, The Guardian reported.