Experts believe Industry 4.0 will drive a century of advancements over five years

The majority of IT experts believe a century’s worth of technological advancements will happen over the next five years.

Four in five (82%) senior IT decision-makers (ITDMs) worldwide make the prediction as part of Industry 4.0 research conducted by Quadrant Strategies.

Industry 4.0 is the idea that we’re entering the fourth industrial revolution—driven by technologies such as large-scale M2M communications, the IoT, and AI.

The vast majority (87%) of...

Vodafone’s IoT recall system can auto-disable faulty products

Vodafone has unveiled a smart new recall system which leverages the IoT to ensure customers are kept informed and safe.

The current prototype system allows manufacturers to instantly notify customers of recalls using Vodafone’s network.

A small electronic device module – around the size of a SIM card – is installed in an appliance to link it to Vodafone’s network.

Consumers are given the peace-of-mind that, if any fault is discovered affecting their...

Ben Wald, founder, Very: On why IoT projects are the hardest to launch

The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have been extraordinary in terms of implementing remote working policies on companies. But some have fared better than others.

Ben Wald, founder of IoT development firm Very, is no ordinary executive. Throughout his career Wald has striven to use tech to make a positive social change, although noting that 'aligning social impact with capitalism is never an easy marriage.' This manifests itself in the company's core values. Transparency is taken...

Why the rest of the supply chain needs to catch up with smart manufacturing

The smart manufacturing sector is primed for huge growth over the next few years, as industries adopt new technologies in the never-ending hunt for maximum efficiency. The global market stood at $204.95 billion in 2019, and it’s projected to reach $506.33 billion by 2027.

Especially during its early weeks, the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on global supply chains, as lockdowns and restrictions stymied most international shipping, manufacturing and commercial activities....

IBM X-Force discovers Mozi botnet accounts for 90% of IoT traffic

Security experts from IBM X-Force have discovered that the Mozi botnet now accounts for 90 percent of traffic from IoT devices.

Mozi evolved from the source codes of infamous malware families such as Mirai, IoT Reaper, and Gafgyt. The botnet is capable of DDoS attacks, data exfiltration, and command or payload execution.

IoT devices with weak security, predominately unpatched routers and DVRs, are sought by Mozi to add to its ranks. Mozi has compromised popular routers...

UK e-scooters struggle after rulebreakers halt yet another trial

Yet another e-scooter trial has been put on hold after riders have been caught driving them recklessly.

E-scooters should help to alleviate inner-city congestion and reduce pollution, at least in theory. Fewer people requiring the use of their cars can only be a good thing.

Trevor Reed, a transportation analyst at INRIX, said last year:

“With an environmental crisis on our hands, governments and local authorities must act now to provide efficient and...

Baidu’s robotaxi service Apollo Go hits the streets of Beijing

Chinese tech giant Baidu’s robotaxi service, Apollo Go, has launched in Beijing following successful trials in other cities.

Apollo Go previously launched in the cities of Changsha and Cangzhou back in August. The expansion to Beijing marks the first driverless car services operating in the capital.

Zhenyu Li, Corporate Vice President of Baidu and General Manager of the Intelligent Driving Group (IDG), says:

"Baidu Apollo will continue pushing for the...

Japan wants to establish global standards for human-assisting robots

Japan has opened a consultation with the International Standards Organisation (ISO) in a bid to establish standards for human-assisting robots.

Part of the reason for Japan's huge investments into robotics is the country's ageing population. Robots designed to help the elderly are becoming increasingly commonplace.

Japan has already created a national standard for robot-to-human interactions across a large number of settings including medical, commercial, and...

Atmosic and SMK Electronics team up to make IoT device batteries last ‘forever’

California-based Atmosic Technologies and Japanese components producer SMK Electronics have announced a strategic partnership to attempt to enable 'forever battery life'.

The initiative will integrate Atmosic's M3 system-on-chip (SoC) into a range of connected devices from SMK.

Atmosic's M3 solutions are based on the Bluetooth 5 standard, with various technologies in place to aim to ensure lower and longer power. These are Lowest Power Radio, On-Demand Wakeup, and...

Eurotech: On edge computing trends, the future of Industry 4.0, and bringing it all together

Edge computing, seen by many industry pundits and analysts as a key piece of the jigsaw in enabling technological convergence, is at a tipping point today. According to a report from Frost & Sullivan, by 2022 90% of industrial enterprises will be utilising edge computing.

Many technology vendors are therefore advocating edge's potential - but others have been exploring this frontier for much longer. Eurotech, a provider of embedded boards and modules, edge computers and IoT...