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Giving smart cities the green light: how AI can make traffic flow


We hear a lot about how connected devices can support smarter cities. What are you working on? "I look at how to co-ordinate connected devices using artificial intelligence, in order to make complex systems work more efficiently. In particular, I use machine learning on linked systems such as traffic lights to help keep transport and pedestrians moving in cities, and on household appliances to use electricity more sustainably." How do you apply artificial intelligence to traffic lights?

Two million urged to evacuate as hurricane Matthew approaches US

New Scientist

Nearly two million people along the US East Coast have been urged to evacuate their homes as hurricane Matthew marches towards Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas packing power the US has not seen in more than a decade. Matthew was a dangerous and life-threatening Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 185 km/h as it pounded the central Bahamas early on Thursday. Forecasters said it is expected to strengthen over the coming day or so into an even more potent Category 4 hurricane as it approaches Florida's Atlantic coast. At least 16 deaths in the Caribbean have been blamed on the storm. The death toll in Haiti alone was raised to 10 by the country's civil protection agency on Wednesday evening, and the number is expected to rise as more hard-hit rural areas are reached.

Life in the ultra-fast lane


TomTom is developing ultra-fast lane level traffic technology to support autonomous driving and smarter mobility. Research will be done in cooperation with Cisco to leverage roadside data captured by Cisco's array of sensors, routers and controllers to create the next generation of traffic information technology. The research combines Cisco's data with TomTom's traffic fusion technology and expertise, supported by Cisco's Internet of Things platform. An innovative aspect of this cooperation is the use of'distributed acoustic sensing' (DAS) technology, which has the ability to convert a fibre optic cable into an array of virtual microphones that detect and measure vehicle movements. This data is to be merged with TomTom's pool of floating car data from over 500 million devices.

The UK's first DIGITAL air traffic control centre is at Cranfield Airport

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A digital air traffic control (ATC) centre has opened at a UK airfield for the first time. Controllers at Cranfield Airport in Bedfordshire have begun using live footage from high-definition cameras to direct take-offs and landings. The technology replicates what can be seen through the windows of the traditional ATC tower. A live feed of panoramic views is relayed on to 14 screens in an operations room at the airport. It provides the ability to zoom in on aircraft and locate them in times of poor visibility.

KT completes mobile edge computing centres for 5G


Its 5G network will have better traffic reduction compared to 4G LTE, thanks to mobile edge computing centres, KT says. KT has completed the construction of mobile edge computing (MEC) telecom centres in 8 major cities in South Korea, the telco has announced. It's a capital improvement project the size of the entire planet, replacing one wireless architecture created this century with another one that aims to lower energy consumption and maintenance costs. The centres will allow the telco to process data from handsets close by, which is important for 5G that has ultra-low latency. Previously, processing wireless data for 4G LTE involved having data traffic nationwide be sent to the central telecom centre in Seoul which often caused delays.