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Making Smart Cities Safer at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2017

Today’s cities face a variety of safety and infrastructure issues caused by rapidly growing population, rising crime rates, and frequent unplanned incidents like acts of terrorism and severe weather events. As a leading provider of mission-critical and business-critical solutions, Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure is uniquely positioned to help public safety agencies and city governments address these challenges to improve operations, increase city-wide collaboration, expand stakeholder engagement, and modernize services.

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Huawei Announces Smart City Control Centre

Huawei's Intelligent Operation Centre uses big data, machine learning, and AI to provide a dashboard to collect, monitor, and analyse information to be used in city planning and management.

Huawei has released its Intelligent Operation Centre (IOC), calling it the "brain" of smart cities.The IOC has a city dashboard for collecting, monitoring, and analysing data, and using it for managing and making decisions for city events, emergencies, security, transportation, and other services.

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Raytec’s VARIO2 IP Hybrid Illuminator Nominated for Detektor International Awards 2017

Raytec are delighted to announce that the VARIO2 IP Hybrid Network Illuminator has been nominated at the Detektor International Awards 2017 in the category of Best Product Award -Video Surveillance (CCTV).

As the first and the only IP-enabled Hybrid Network Illuminator in the market, VARIO2 IP Hybrid represents all of the best Raytec technology integrated into a single platform. It combines 4 key technologies, namely Infra-Red, White-Light, PoE and IP connectivity into a single networked package - which makes it the most advanced illuminator in the security market today.

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Chinese AI Unicorn SenseTime Signs Strategic Investment Agreement with Qualcomm

Beijing, China - SenseTime, China’s leading artificial intelligence (AI) unicorn, announces today that it has signed a strategic investment agreement with global communications giant Qualcomm Incorporated, which is pending closing.

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CCTV to Be Made Compulsory in All Animal Slaughterhouses, UK Government Announces

CCTV will be made compulsory in all animal slaughterhouses under new government plans announced today.

Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, said that, from next spring, all abattoirs where live animals are present will be forced to install cameras in an attempt to clamp down on mistreatment.The footage from the cameras will be accessible to official vets working for the Food Standards Agency, who will highlight cases in which animals have been poorly treated. Those responsible could then lose their license or face prosecution.

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Huawei Focuses on Making Smart Cities Safe with IoT

Using Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and new technology applications to make cities safer is a key part of smart cities deployments, Huawei has said, pointing to its work in Longgang District, China.

Rather than a simple focus on deploying smart cities solutions, Huawei is pushing the concept of safer cities through technology and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, the Chinese networking giant has said.

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Facial Recognition Improving 'at Breakneck Speeds'

For all the news coverage of facial recognition technology, it's currently just not that good.

“Traditionally, face recognition software has worked very well on what I would call highly controlled photos,” said Chris Boehnen, a program manager with the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity. Those would include pictures where the subject is looking at the camera and where there is good lighting, like a drivers license, visa or mugshot picture.

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Russian, Chinese Companies Win Intel Community's Face Recognition Tech Contest

A Russian company whose software is used to match facial photos to individual identities has $25,000 from the U.S. intelligence community.

NTechlab, based in Moscow, is best known for building a product called “FindFace” that let users surreptitiously take photos of strangers and match them to their online social media profiles through Russian Facebook-counterpart VKontakte.

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Backing Big Brother: Chinese Facial Recognition Firms Appeal to Funds

Buoyed by China’s plans to build a ubiquitous CCTV surveillance network, Chinese and some foreign investors are pouring money into start-up technology firms that specialize in facial recognition software.

At stake for firms such as SenseTime Group, Face++ and DeepGlint, is a multi-billion dollar global public and private market for facial recognition technology that can quickly identify individuals by measuring major elements of their faces, such as the distance between the eyes and the curve of the cheekbones.

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Nixu Attempts to Hack an Elevator as Part of IoT Cybersecurity Awareness Event

Nixu’s IoT Wreckathon event helps companies to improve cybersecurity and raise security awareness in their R&D organizations.

The prediction of all the products in the world being connected is getting closer year by year. The estimates on how many connected devices there will be in 2020 range from 30 billion to over 200 billion. No matter what forecast will end up being true, the fact is that there are tremendous business opportunities in IoT.