It is touted as a unique opportunity to build a smart city within a major city, literally from the ground up. Environmental remediation, new infrastructure, digital electrification plans, new-age mobility options — the whole shebang. If only people would stop complaining about privacy issues. Up in Toronto, Canada’s largest city, there’s been much ado about what will happen to all the data that the future Sidewalk Toronto project will generate. The focus of the debate has been, predictably, Alphabet (Google’s parent company) whose Sidewalk Labs is the primary partner in the project. And yet, for all the sturm und drang about personal information, not a single spade-full of dirt has been spilled yet. For Toronto, the city would gain a new and smart neighborhood. For Alphabet, it would have access to data. So what’s the Sidewalk Toronto project all about, and why are consumer advocates sounding the alarms? Here’s a primer. What exactly is the plan? On … [Read more...] about Where Toronto sees smart sidewalks, residents see ‘1984.’ So what now?
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByJackie Snow Oct. 18, 2018 Judging by the breathless coverage, it can seem as if the only countries developing A.I. are the United States and China. But while companies in those two countries are leading the way in cutting-edge research and products, it’s still early for the industry and other nations are working hard to become major A.I. players. Here are six that could challenge the two juggernauts. Singapore Singapore was one of the first countries to announce a national strategy, called A.I. Singapore, in May 2017. The initiative brings the government, research institutions and companies together to collaborate on research and speed up local adoption of A.I., with $109 million to spend over five years. Singapore also has a head start in autonomous vehicles: It had the first … [Read more...] about 6 Emerging Players in A.I.
In recent years, computing workloads have been migrating: first from on-premises data centres to the cloud and now, increasingly, from cloud data centres to 'edge' locations where they are nearer the source of the data being processed. The goal? To boost the performance and reliability of apps and services, and reduce cost of running them, by shortening the distance data has to travel, thereby mitigating bandwidth and latency issues.That's not to say that on-premises or cloud centres are dead -- some data will always need to be stored and processed in centralised locations. But digital infrastructures are certainly changing. According to Gartner, for example, 80 percent of enterprises will have shut down their traditional data centre by 2025, versus 10 percent in 2018. Workload placement, which is driven by a variety of business needs, is the key driver of this infrastructure evolution, says the analyst firm:With the recent increase in business-driven IT initiatives, often outside of … [Read more...] about Edge computing: The state of the next IT transformation
Chinese networking giant Huawei is continuing its 5G network tests with Singaporean mobile carrier M1, with the two working to complete an end-to-end live broadcast of virtual reality (VR) content over a 5G network. The trial, which will make use of the 28GHz millimetre-wave (mmWave) spectrum band, will take place at the end of June in M1's MiWorld building in Jurong. It constitutes the first live end-to-end 5G trial of Huawei's equipment in Singapore in that frequency band, the companies said. "This live demo is a small but significant step in our journey towards next-generation 5G mobile networks," M1 CTO Denis Seek said. "With the advancement in 5G and media technologies, immersive communication experience will continue to be enhanced, and this will definitely have a profound impact on the way we work, learn, live, and play in future smart city." M1 said the use of VR, along with augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality, will become use cases across smart classrooms, corporate … [Read more...] about Huawei conducts 5G trials in Singapore with M1
The collection and analysis of data from sensor-equipped devices in order to achieve a business or organisational goal -- a.k.a. the Internet of Things, or IoT -- is a key component in the wave of digital transformation underpinning the Fourth Industrial Revolution.Although the IoT has been discussed and analysed for many years (ZDNet's first special report on the subject was in January 2013), there's a widespread sense that the pieces are now falling into place for it to begin delivering real value for businesses of all kinds, and not just early adopters. Business value will flow from real-time information about operations, supply chains and customers, which (if analysed properly) should translate into lower costs and increased revenues. Better information about business processes should also lead to lower environmental impact and wiser investment decisions.A trillion IoT devicesThe scale of the upcoming IoT disruption was the subject of a white paper published in June 2017 by chip … [Read more...] about Enterprise IoT projects: Data, ML, security, and other key factors