Liverpool to become a global drones leader following project launch

Liverpool is set to become a global leader in drones following the launch of a unique test and development area.

The project, a collaboration between the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) and the Drone Major Group, is called Phoenix I and represents the first part of a larger initiative of interconnected projects designed to establish Liverpool as a leader in drones.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:

“The Liverpool...

Lime is spending $50 million on a major expansion of its e-bikes

Micromobility firm Lime is spending $50 million to expand and enhance its e-bike network.

Lime started its journey with e-bikes – in fact, it even used to be called LimeBike – but has since become known for its iconic e-scooters where it’s put most of its effort in recent years. Now, the company is returning to where it started.

The $50 million investment in Lime’s shared electric bicycle network will add a new model of bike, double the number of the green (quite...

Research: Smart traffic management will save cities $277B by 2025

A new study by Juniper Research predicts that smart traffic management solutions will save cities $277 billion by 2025.

Aside from the economic benefits, smart traffic management helps to reduce journey times, driver frustration, and improve safety.

With world leaders set to head to the UK for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference later this year, using IoT technologies to improve the efficiency of our cities should also be on the agenda.

Over 95 percent of the...

DCC’s smart meter network passes 10 million milestone

The Data Communications Company (DCC) says it has now connected over 10 million smart meters in the UK.

DCC was granted a licence to build and manage its network in 2013 by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, now part of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Angus Flett, CEO of DCC, said: 

“This milestone shows that the whole sector has progressed hugely over the last year in digitising Britain’s energy system....

Opinion: Perils of the smart city

There is a tacit acceptance that the world appears to be growing ‘smarter’. The total number of internet-facing smart devices is expected to exceed 38 billion by 2025, and reach 50 billion by 2030. By 2022, your average family home could contain over 500 smart devices, according to Gartner. Consider the ‘smart city’, in which critical infrastructure, government services, utilities and management systems are all interconnected. What benefits do these smart cities promise to bring?...

Frankfurt Airport is using IOTA to verify COVID-19 test results

Frankfurt Airport is using the IOTA DAG (Direct Acyclic Graph) to securely and privately verify the COVID-19 results of passengers.

COVID-19 is set to continue causing disruptions to our lives for the best part of this year, or potentially longer. Fortunately, technologies are emerging which are hastening the return to some form of normality.

Spending long periods under “stay-at-home” restrictions has many people craving for some extended time outside their four...

UK proposal gives autonomous car backup drivers accident immunity window

A proposal from the UK’s Law Commission suggests giving backup drivers of autonomous vehicles a window of immunity for potential accidents.

Despite rigorous testing, it’s almost guaranteed that some accidents will occur with self-driving cars⁠—especially with early deployments.

“Even the best designed AVs, which reduce the overall number of accidents, may still cause collisions.” explains the Law Commission.

“The main aim of the Law Commissions is...

Connexin is launching the UK’s first nationwide IoT network

Hull-based Connexin is set to win the race to offer the UK’s first nationwide IoT network.

Connexin promises to continue delivering “carrier-grade” connectivity over its Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) as the company expands beyond its current regional deployments.

Existing trials of Connexin’s network have been held with organisations including Yorkshire Water, Hull City Council, and Amey.

Following the success of those earlier trials – in...

Vodafone and Ericsson are creating safe flight paths for drones

Vodafone and Ericsson are creating “sky corridors” which enable drones to travel safely and quickly.

Today’s drones are predominately used for photography, videography, and just recreational purposes. However, drones will increasingly be used for critical applications such as delivering vital medical supplies and organs.

Erik Ekudden, Senior Vice President, CTO and Head of Group Function Technology at Ericsson, said:

“Drones are immensely powerful tools...

LAPD ban facial recognition following alleged unauthorised use

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has banned the use of facial recognition after officers allegedly used it without authorisation.

Facial recognition systems have faced increased scrutiny in recent years due to repeated studies showing they have serious biases.

Wherever facial recognition systems are deployed, the public needs to have faith they’re being used fairly—something which no deployment so far has been able to do.

Public trust in facial...