Insurance and financial services giant Allianz is warning that exponential growth in the number of drones in the sky carries a wide range of risks
Whether used commercially for industrial inspections, aerial photography, border patrol, emergency deliveries and crop surveys or recreationally by millions, drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have the potential to become a multi-billion dollar business and deliver problem-solving technologies across numerous industries.
However, more drones in the skies also raise a number of new safety concerns, ranging from collisions and crashes to cyber-attacks and terrorism.
Thermographic imaging specialist iRed has launched new aerial inspection services.
The company says it has been testing and developing the system for years and it’s capable of providing entirely new points of view.
“Since early 2012, we’ve been testing and developing aerial technologies in order to produce a comprehensive and efficient inspection solution that not only complements our existing remote sensing capabilities but would also allow us to perform surveys from new perspectives,” says the company in a statement. Continue reading iRed launches new drone aerial inspection system
GlobalSign has produced an infographic which provides some insight into the history of cyber attacks against the industrial internet of things
The Industrial Internet of Things, or Industry 4.0, is improving operational efficiencies for global industrial systems on a scale never seen before.
The IIoT holds great potential for improved communications, productivity, quality control, supply chain efficiencies and overall business operations. With this broader connectivity, comes new attack vectors, vulnerabilities and opportunities for hackers.
Survey of 200 executives indicates most manufacturers plan to increase investments in data analytics over next year – even while delaying other technology investments
A recent survey of manufacturing executives indicates many respondents (67 percent) are pressing ahead with plans to invest in data analytics even as they pare back spending in other areas to combat tough business conditions.
The reason: Many say they view data analytics – a key component of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – as a viable solution to a cycle of problems that lead to downtime and lost revenue.
Research focused on artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous driving at the University of Michigan (U-M) will get a major boost thanks to an initial $22 million commitment from the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) .
The deal was announced by TRI-CEO Gill Pratt in an address to the U-M faculty, who said: “Toyota has long enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the University of Michigan, and we are excited to expand our collective efforts to address complex mobility challenges through artificial intelligence.
Liquid Robotics and HSD will assist the Japan Coast Guard in deploying eight Wave Gliders for a multi-year mission providing autonomous observation and situational awareness of ocean currents, wave activity, and weather along Japan’s coastlines.
Nasa is preparing to launch a solar-powered robotic spacecraft on the agency’s first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth.
The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth. It will also help establish the possible existence of alien life forms in outer space.
The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will travel to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu and bring a sample back to Earth for intensive study.
Adidas will open a robotics-intensive, advanced manufacturing facility to make footwear in the Atlanta, US in 2017.
The “industry-defining, state-of-the-art facility” as the company describes it, called adidas SpeedFactory, will allow adidas to create product more quickly and closer to US consumers.
Adidas’ SpeedFactory concept features high levels of robotics and automation systems as well as advanced manufacturing technology, such as 3D printing.
Adidas Group executive board member Eric Liedtke, responsible for global brands, says: “For years our industry has been playing by the same rules manufacturing product remotely in Asia.
“As the creator brand that challenges convention and looks to co-create the future with our consumers, we are obsessed with bringing all steps of the creation process home to America. We’re fueling design at the ground level of creativity in Brooklyn and reinventing manufacturing with the first adidas SpeedFactory in Atlanta.