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How Solar Power Can Energize Our Infrastructure

How Solar Power Can Energize Our Infrastructure

Here is my newest article on RTInsights. Here is a taste of my article on how we can create add solar panels to our infrastructure to generate more energy. You can find the full article at https://www.rtinsights.com/how-solar-power-can-energize-our-infrastructure/.

Technology now gives us the opportunity to drastically increase energy production without having to overhaul our entire energy infrastructure.

Last week, I wrote about how the connected vehicle can integrate with solar energy to push the world of energy further. We can use solar vehicles to generate energy, transport energy through batteries and integrate them into the energy grid.

We can go further by integrating the transportation infrastructure itself into the energy grid. The car’s surface area is relatively limited compared to roads, walls and rest stops. Infrastructure is ample and stationary, which makes it easier to angle solar panels toward the sun.

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Here is my newest article on RTInsights. Here is a taste of my article on how we can create solar vehicles that can generate and distribute energy and make something special in the Internet of Cars. You can find the full article at https://www.rtinsights.com/how-connected-vehicles-can-produce-energy/.

We tend to think of the connected car as consumers of energy, but they can also be electricity generators and containers.

Something strange has happened: Solar power is relatively cheap even though oil prices have remained relatively low at less than $63/barrel since 2015.

Green energy is all the rage, as traditional third world countries such as Chile are investing in wind, solar, and geothermal power and Tesla is contributing to the re-electrification of Puerto Rico. What does all this have to do with connected vehicles? We tend to think of the connected vehicle as a consumer of energy, but connected vehicles can be so much more than that. They can also be electricity generators and containers. We need to rethink how we treat the car in terms of energy.

Success of Connected Vehicles Is a Matter of Trust

Success of Connected Vehicles Is a Matter of Trust

Here is my newest article on RTInsights. Here is a taste of my article on how we need to build trust in the connected vehicle and connected infrastructure for connected vehicles, let alone autonomous ones, to take off. You can find the full article at https://www.rtinsights.com/success-of-connected-vehicles-is-a-matter-of-trust/.

The connected car promises to improve our travel experience and create new markets and businesses, but it will go nowhere if no one trusts it.

No matter how great the potential to improve our lives, connected vehicles will have to be considered virtually foolproof before the market is viable. There are already people in places like Pittsburgh and Singapore who are using autonomous ride-sharing services, but it is unclear whether the wider populace will trust the technology enough for the market to flourish quickly.

One way criminals can disrupt trust in connected vehicles is by hacking traffic lights. According to a 2014 study, many existing traffic lights are already connected to the Internet, and many of those connected traffic lights allow hackers to control the lights, according to a 2014 report.

The Future of the Industrial IoT Is Growing in Testbeds

Here is my newest article on RTInsights. Here is a taste of my article on how companies are developing the future in testbeds around the world. You can find the full article at https://www.rtinsights.com/the-future-of-the-industrial-iot-is-growing-in-testbeds/.

 

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In IIC testbeds industry-leaders are creating real solutions to apply the Internet of Things to industries such as healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing and production, and energy management.

I recently returned from the IoT Solutions World Congress (IoT SWC) in Barcelona organized by Fira Barcelona and the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). I was there to sit on a panel discussing the future of connected vehicles and infrastructure, alongside luminaries from Google and Nokia.

In this event, there is a section dedicated to showcasing the IIC’s testbed projects, where companies come together to create real, working solutions to apply the Internet of Things to industries such as healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing and production, energy management and so forth.  For this article highlight a couple of the testbeds promoted by IIC and its members.

Security and Connected Cars: Threat Not Limited to Autonomous Vehicles on RTInsights

Security and Connected Cars: Threat Not Limited to Autonomous Vehicles on RTInsights

Here is another article I wrote for RTInsights. Here is a taste of my article on the state of cyber security and the connected vehicle. Just because your vehicle cannot drive itself does not mean your vehicle is safe from hacking You can find the full article at https://www.rtinsights.com/security-and-connected-cars-threat-not-limited-to-autonomous-vehicles/.

When it comes to cybersecurity and connected vehicles, you may think of autonomous cars. But the threat is not restricted to self-driving vehicles.

When it comes to cybersecurity and the connected vehicle, people tend to think of the most extreme situations regarding insecure autonomous vehicles. They may think about a terrorist hacking an autonomous vehicle and directing it at a population center, or they think of a kidnapper, finding the car with the president in it and telling it to go somewhere else.

What people don’t realize, however, is that this threat is not restricted to autonomous vehicles. We already live in a world in which the police can ask General Motors’ (GM) OnStar service to force a stolen vehicle to slow down and it is already possible to be in a vehicle and lose control of it to a hacker.  If we want to advance the Internet of Cars, we need to secure our vehicles.

Internet of Boats: Are Self-Driving Ships About to Set Sail? on RTInsights

Internet of Boats: Are Self-Driving Ships About to Set Sail? on RTInsights

Here is another article I wrote for RTInsights. Here is a taste of my article on what the Private Sector is doing in the Internet of Boats. You can find the full article at https://www.rtinsights.com/internet-of-boats-are-self-driving-ships-about-to-set-sail/.

Businesses as large as Yamaha and Rolls Royce and as small as Sea Machines and Saildrone believe they can profit from autonomous ships and are sinking a lot of money in the technology.

Autonomous vessels are not just for the militaryacademics or hobbyists. Businesses both big and small are exploring the technology. Companies are investing in automation because they think it can improve their businesses in different ways such as making boating safer and more efficient, educing the number of crew members and alleviating the need for keeping qualified crew members on board for months on end.

Eliminating the crew alone would slice the ship’s costs by up to 44 percent by removing the need for salaries, quarters, air-conditioning and so much more. In fact, such a change could make the ship 5 percent lighter and use 15 percent less fuel. Eliminating the crew is currently prohibited by the International Maritime Organization, a United Nations agency that handles shipping, so that will not happen in the short term.”

 

Autonomous Boat Innovation Will Come From Hobbyists and Academia on RTInsights

Autonomous Boat Innovation Will Come From Hobbyists and Academia on RTInsights

I am continuing to publish my articles on RTInsights; here is a taste of my article on autonomous boats built by hobbyists and those in Academia. To read the full article, go to https://www.rtinsights.com/autonomous-boat-innovation-will-come-from-hobbyists-and-academia/.

Organizations as large as the U.S. Navy and Rolls Royce will indeed bring innovations such as autonomous submarines, but hobbyists, academics and students are also keys to innovation.

Technology is not just for rich people and governments. While history is filled with the Alexander Graham Bells who create the telephone and the Henry Fords who mass-produce automobiles, people often forget the smaller projects.

There were the fun early moments in the history of the Internet of Things (IoT), such as the Carnegie Mellon students who created a program back in the 1980s that allowed them to track whether their favorite Coca-Cola dispenser had soda in it and whether it was cold through the Internet. There were the “phreaks,” college students and engineers who learned how to manipulate the late 20th century phone system into giving them free conference calls and teaching them a great deal about how telecommunications worked. You will not learn the future if you look only at how governments are modifying the IoT. Unknown hobbyists, students and academics make their own mark on the history of technology.”