Post By Simon Montford on December 11, 2017
As technology becomes ever more fundamental to citizens, societies and economies, Simon Montford, the founder of WEB3//IOT visited the After Money money symposium looking at issues from identity and privacy to decentralisation, autonomy and democracy itself. I recently attended a two-day event called After Money, which heralded the end of an 18-month research project of the same name, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council in collaboration with the Royal Bank of Scotland and the New Economics Foundation. It took place on the 20th and 21st of November at the City Arts Centre in Edinburgh and was organised by The Centre for Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.
Guest By Waracle on March 7, 2017
Just getting your head around IoT (Internet of Things)? Open up, here comes IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and the opportunities are as amazing as they are untapped. Despite both being brushed off as just the latest buzz words the proliferation of everyday devices made smart using embedded sensors that communicate over the internet such as Amazon Echo, Fitbit, Phillips Hue Light-bulbs and Nest are far from passing fads.
Posted By Simon Montford on October 28, 2016
Last week I attended the 3rd annual Commercial UAV Show. I can't believe it's been a year since I covered the previous event, and wrote "There's no business like drone business". It took place on the 19th and 20th of October at ExCeL in London. The first thing I noticed was that the number of exhibitors and attendees appeared to be down compared to the previous year. I felt, however, that the quality of companies and delegates had increased. Last year l got the impression that many who attended were there out of curiosity. While milling around the expo floor, I came across an industry analysts with a remit to gather data and obtain market intelligence, an entrepreneur scoping out commercial opportunities, and an intern who had been dispatched on a fact-finding mission by her boss.
Posted By Simon Montford on June 9, 2016
One of the coolest things to come out of CES in Vegas this year was a life-size drone that's capable of flying passengers autonomously in the air for up to 20 minutes. The self-driving aerial vehicle is called the Ehang 184, and the company responsible for creating it has just been granted clearance for takeoff in order to test it over the skies of Nevada.
Posted By Paul Bradley on May 23, 2016
It’s just the beginning for 5G. Yet if you look at the already extensive amount of media comment on the subject, it’s obvious that the industry has a clear idea of the services that it hopes 5G will support, in Massive IoT and in other sectors. What’s less certain is just how the technology will develop - indeed standardisation activities are just commencing.
Guest post By Ben Butchart on May 5, 2016
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to “own the future” you should probably talk to John Curtis, co-founder and CEO of Revolutionall World. I heard him speaking at the regular IoT EDI Meetup (organised by Simon Montford of web3iot.com) on Wednesday 27 April, at Napier University’s Merchiston campus, an event which had attracted an eclectic mix of knowledgeable people working on subjects as diverse as algorithm design, apps for wearables, renewable energy strategy and big data.
Posted By Simon Montford on May 5, 2016
In an ideal world all buildings constructed today would be "smart buildings"; intelligent spaces that use cutting edge design and construction methods, eco-friendly materials, and automated technologies to reduce environmental impact, and improve the comfort, safety and well-being of occupants.
Posted By Simon Montford on March 8, 2016
The IoT Tech Expo will bring together key industries from across Central and Eastern Europe for two days of top level content and discussion. The event will take place in Berlin’s Congress Center on 13-14th June 2016. This year’s Expo will highlight the most innovative advancements in technologies which are affecting the IoT. There will be dedicated tracks covering the entire Internet of Things ecosystem including Smart Cities, Connected Living, Developing for the Internet of Things, Connected Industry and Data & Security.
Posted By Simon Montford on March 7, 2016
Mobile World Congress took place in Barcelona from the 22nd-25th February 2016. It is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry. The reason why MWC is so important, in the context of the Internet of Things, is that the smartphone has become an integral part of the IoT ecosystem. In fact it is rapidly becoming the centre of it; a hub for all things connected. Everything we touch from televisions, wearables, and appcessories such as smart umbrellas, smart wallets, and smart luggage, to cars and domestic appliances will increasingly be controlled via smartphone apps.
Posted By Simon Montford on Feb 24, 2016
Yesterday I attended what for me was the highlight of the entire show so far; Keynote 8 of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: "Qualcomm & MERCEDES AMG Petronas Formula One Team". The event was billed as a keynote speech by Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, but it turned out to be more of a "fireside chat". I live broadcast the panel via Periscope, which consisted of Derek Aberle (Qualcomm’s president), Lewis Hamilton (Formula One World Champion), and Paddy Lowe (Executive Director, Technical Mercedes AMG Petronas). The session was moderated by Nicki Shields, TV Presenter & Journalist for Formula E & CNN.
Posted By Simon Montford on Feb 12, 2016
As a media partner, WEB3//IOT was invited to cover the IoT Tech Expo, which took place in London on the 10-11 February. The event covered many different industry sectors including manufacturing, transport, health, logistics, government, energy and automotive. Exhibitors from across Europe showcased cutting-edge technologies, and over 200 speakers shared industry knowledge and insights. As I wandered through the expo area, I came across an exhibitor called ThingWorx, that provides an apps platform that makes it easy for developers to build, deploy and evolve applications for the IoT.
Posted By Simon Montford on Feb 9, 2016
As everyone in the free world knows, it was Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, and due to the 8hr time difference between London and San Francisco, live coverage of the game didn't commence till 11pm. This meant that an early night was out of the question; not a great start to my busy working week. In fact, I didn't hit the sack (no pun intended), until 5am so when my alarm went off at the usual time, I felt more than a little bleary-eyed.
Posted By Simon Montford on Jan 9, 2016
The International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES) is the world’s gathering place for the consumer technology industry. Held in Las Vegas every year (Jan 6-9), it has acted as a showcase for innovation and breakthrough technology for more than 40 years. Today it is one of the world's leading technology events.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 30 2015
Amazon released further details about a fleet of delivery drones that the company hopes will soon be used to carry packages directly to it's customers, within thirty minutes of an order. The design allows it to fly both vertically and horizontally, and is similar to Sony's VTOL drone. Amazon's drone has a range of 15 miles, but it's top speed has yet to be revealed.
Posted By Simon Montford on Oct 22 2015
A few months ago a technology journalist called Andy Greenberg, a reporter who works for Wired, asked two computer experts to hack his car. Even though he was obviously aware of their intentions, he still found the experience of losing control of his vehicle very unsettling. At one point, he even had to beg them to stop!
Posted By Stephanie Rieger on Oct 21, 2015
Between 2000 and 2010, Bryan and I lived a somewhat nomadic lifestyle. We moved more than fifteen times, including stays of varying lengths in three continents, six countries, three Canadian provinces, and four cities in the UK. After five wonderful years in Scotland, we’ve recently moved once again!
Posted By Simon Montford on May 6, 2015
It looks like Mini's decided to join the silly face fashion brigade with the launch of a prototype pair of augmented reality glasses that enable the driver to see through a vehicle's interior. The technology is undoubtedly groundbreaking, and has the potential to make driving safer, but with driverless cars on the horizon, will this be a still-born technology by the time it becomes commercially available?
Posted By Simon Montford on April 27, 2015
I came across this solar-powered car that is entirely made from 3D-printed parts! It was created by a group of Singapore's Nanyang Technological University undergrads in February. It has around 150 3D-printed parts, and it took 4 months to assemble. It has a top speed of 40 km/h (25 m/h), so I'd imagine it's intended exclusively for urban use.
Once the "smart peddle" by Connected Cycle affixes to any bicycle, it can automatically record the location of the bike, track journeys, and act as a theft deterrent. A notification is sent if the bike is moved, or tampered with. A really great feature is that it doesn't need to be charged as it's self-powered. If only someone could invent a phone, or smartwatch that does that!
Posted By Simon Montford on March 24, 2015
The Lyfelens alerts your smartphone the moment it detects movement inside or near the vehicle. This crafty car appcessory can even be configured to stream live footage directly to your mobile, so any nefarious activities can be recorded in real-time. Data can either be stored locally on the device's microSD, or in the cloud. The Lyfelens comes with both an interior camera as well as an outward facing camera. This means it can be used as a dash cam as well as a security camera.
Posted By Simon Montford on March 21, 2015
According to BMWs blog, and as reported by TechDrive, owners of electric powered cars by the Bavarian behemoth will be able to run an app called the "i App" on the new Apple Watch. Initially the app will enable the wearer to find their car, and check the amount of charge remaining in their car's battery. Other features will be added soon. At CES this year, car-related technologies were all the rage. The same went for MWC, where almost every stand had at least one car on display, often for no good reason!
Posted By Simon Montford on March 21, 2015
The FAA have in the past been accused of bullying commercial drone business out of the skies, through overly draconian legislation. Chief among those that believe the FAA is responsible for hampering the growth of the fledgling commercial drone sector is Helen Greiner, co-founder of iRobot and currently CEO of CyPhyWorks. She previously said at a conference that the FAA’s approach to opening up the airspace industry-by-industry is a mistake. "It restricts access to groups that have the strongest lobbying power, stacking the deck against companies developing new technology.
Posted By Simon Montford on March 12, 2015
Last weekend I attended one of a series of Intel Hardware Hackathons, sponsored by IBM (BlueMix), Intel (Edison), and RSComponents, which took place at FabLab in London. The event was part of a multi-city initiative by Intel to raise awareness of the IoT among the startup community by bringing together software engineers (aka "Hackers") and connected hardware enthusiasts (aka "Makers"). It is hoped that by doing so, innovative prototypes that use Intel's "Do-It-Yourself" Edison circuit board, will be developed that showcase the UK's talent for all things IoT, as well as the board's capabilities.
Posted By Simon Montford on Feb 10, 2015
A US-based startup called NoFlyZone wants to control the airspace above your home in order to prevent drones from flying over peoples' private property. They coordinate with drone OEMs to automatically prevent them from flying where they're not wanted. The company enables anyone to register (US only) via their website, but there is no guarantee that OEMs will honor their requests. Although a few companies have agreed to comply it's early days, so it will probably take time before major players such as DJI will jump on board.
Posted By Simon Montford on Jan 12, 2015
Last year I wrote a guest blog for TechDrive about how I believe the auto industry will be transformed by artificial intelligence. As an addendum, I'd like to briefly explore how smart cars of the future may one day be controlled by us humans. Firstly, I have a hunch that within the next few years almost every major OEM will be selling us an autonomous vehicle, which means in-car systems will be used primary for two purposes - entertainment and productivity.
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