Infrastructure & Services



British Airways trials A.I. at London's Heathrow Airport to reduce delays

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British Airways (BA) has introduced artificial intelligence (AI) technology to parts of its "airside operation" at Heathrow Airport. In an announcement Monday, the airline said that AI would be used to tackle challenges faced when an aircraft is being prepared for departure after passengers from its previous flight have disembarked. It's during this time that staff on the ground undertake manual checks related to 18 different things, making records of what they are doing, British Airways said. These checks have to be done before the plane takes to the air again and are, among other things, related to refueling, the unloading and reloading of luggage, and cleaning of the aircraft's inside. BA said that if one of these tasks encounters an issue, it could potentially disrupt the whole process, resulting in a delayed departure.


Porn, public transport and other dubious justifications for using facial recognition software

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Then it was your phone. Now governments in Australia want you to use facial verification to access government services, take public transport and even for your private viewing. Last month the joint standing committee on intelligence and security told the government it needed to rethink its plans for a national facial verification database built off people's passport and driver's licence photos. It said there weren't strong enough safeguards for citizens' privacy and security built into the legislation. Despite the concerns, Australian governments and agencies have come up with some creative reasons to justify the use of facial recognition and sell it to the public.


Six Ways Airports Are Improving Safety

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The aviation industry takes airport safety and security very seriously. But this mindset can lead to excessive wait times and significant frustration for travelers. Fortunately, there are many changes in the works, as technology advances aim to make the airport experience smoother and faster. Here are six ways airports are improving their safety measures while becoming easier to use. One safety measure going through the trial stage is a very powerful walk-though passenger scanner that can recognize potential hidden threats without passengers needing to stay still or remove items of clothing.


India is trying to build the world's biggest facial recognition system

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The child labor activist, who works for Indian NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan, had launched a pilot program 15 months prior to match a police database containing photos of all of India's missing children with another one comprising shots of all the minors living in the country's child care institutions. He had just found out the results. "We were able to match 10,561 missing children with those living in institutions," he told CNN. "They are currently in the process of being reunited with their families." Most of them were victims of trafficking, forced to work in the fields, in garment factories or in brothels, according to Ribhu. This momentous undertaking was made possible by facial recognition technology provided by New Delhi's police.


Data scientists – weapon of choice in the AI arms race

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OPINION: Last week about 60 rally teams, close to 500 volunteers and a small organising group staged the Targa Rally of New Zealand. Billed as the ultimate road race, this year's Targa was the 25th running of the iconic event which sees close to 1200 km of public road closed and turned into race-track. Last May my Targa team were doing great until stage three of the second day when some Gentle Annie shingle shredded the Kevlar cambelt on our Type R, rapidly followed by 16 valves and four pistons. So this year we were back with a new top end and a new state of tune. And the good news is that it worked.


Data scientists – weapon of choice in the AI arms race

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OPINION: Last week about 60 rally teams, close to 500 volunteers and a small organising group staged the Targa Rally of New Zealand. Billed as the ultimate road race, this year's Targa was the 25th running of the iconic event which sees close to 1200 km of public road closed and turned into race-track. Last May my Targa team were doing great until stage three of the second day when some Gentle Annie shingle shredded the Kevlar cambelt on our Type R, rapidly followed by 16 valves and four pistons. So this year we were back with a new top end and a new state of tune. And the good news is that it worked.


How AI & ML Are Being Used to Relieve Traffic Congestion

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Do you think the traffic is bad where you live? Try moving to Boston, where commuters suffer the worst highway congestion in the nation. Residents of the New England city spent an average of 164 hours sitting in their vehicles going nowhere slowly last year, losing as much as $2,291 in personal value for the privilege. And that's nothing compared to the city found to be cursed with the worst highway tie-ups on the planet. Moscow commuters are known to have lost an average of 210 hours each last year to traffic jams.


PGH Lab Program for Local Startups Announces Fifth Cohort

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PITTSBURGH, PA (November 7, 2019) Mayor William Peduto, the City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation & Performance, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, and Allegheny County Airport Authority today announced the fifth cohort of the PGH Lab program. PGH Lab connects local startup companies with the City of Pittsburgh and local authorities, and independent institutions to explore new ways to use technology and innovative solutions to help improve city operations. The program provides an opportunity for local startups to test their beta-stage products and services in a real-world environment for three-four months. The City of Pittsburgh and the participating authorities have successfully completed four cycles and engaged 21 local startups, putting forth a variety of technological and innovative solutions ranging from waste management and composting to business processes and automation to immigrant inclusion initiatives. For the fifth cycle, three different startups will be joining PGH Lab.


How a new AI-powered service is helping one global company transform employee knowledge sharing

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Developing a master plan to transform John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Keeping beachgoers safe from polluted waters in New Zealand with advanced analytics. Those are just a few of the thousands of complex projects delivered each year by Mott MacDonald, a global engineering, management and development consulting firm headquartered in London. With 180 principal offices in 50 countries, the company helps solve some of the world's most urgent social, environmental and economic challenges. Because Mott MacDonald doesn't create physical products, its success relies on the knowledge and expertise of its 16,000 employees.