Advantech & Quanergy Announce Partnership to Build LiDAR-Enabled 3D IoT Solutions for Smart City and Logistics

Advantech Service-IoT GmbH, a leading provider of industrial computing solutions, announces its partnership with Quanergy Systems Inc., the leading provider of LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors and smart perception solutions. Quanergy sensors and software are a welcome addition to Advantech’s edge servers, offering customers and partners to build LiDAR enabled 3D IoT solutions, both in intelligent Logistics and Smart City Services. Advantech’s wide range of edge servers, from low-cost small-format servers for indoor retail environments, to certified devices for respectively automotive, rail and marine applications, to rack servers for data centers, ensures that a suitable platform can be offered for every LiDAR application.

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Occupational safety and increased efficiency

3D LiDAR sensors from Quanergy can prevent collisions between vehicles and people, one of the warehouse’s most significant safety measures. Quanergy’s Flow Management LiDAR solutions provide 95%+ detection accuracy and identify as well as track objects in all lighting and atmospheric conditions. By using LiDAR sensors, either as stationary installations or in combination with vehicle-mounted computers, logistics companies can provide a safer working environment for their employees. LiDAR and edge servers can provide perimeter protection for valuable goods and locations and lead to significant efficiency gains.

Zero PII Risk, GDPR compliant people counting

In the wake of COVID-19, many regions hold retailers and mall operators accountable for keeping the record of the number of visitors (customers) and their behavior. Because LiDAR solutions don’t use facial recognition technology nor require opt-in by users, Advantech together with Quanergy can guarantee the anonymity of people and provide GDPR compliant solutions for people counting and tracking, occupancy and distance monitoring.

In close cooperation

Chinese city launches cryptocurrency lottery, gives away digital coins to promote adoption

The Chinese city of Shenzhen will become a testing ground for a new sovereign cryptocurrency with residents issued millions in the digital coin for free. 

As reported by the South China Morning Post, citizens have been able to enter a lottery to receive the digital funds, of which coins worth 10 million yuan ($1.47 million) will be awarded to promote their use in roughly 3,400 designated stores in the Luohu district. 

The 50,000 “red packets” will each contain roughly $30 in cryptocurrency. Chinese citizens living in Shenzhen have been able to apply via iShenzhen, a blockchain-based and government-operated network that backs the new sovereign asset. 

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Digital Renminbi, an official state app, can be used to create an e-wallet to store and exchange the cryptocurrency. The gift amounts can only be used until October 18 and cannot be transferred to traditional bank accounts. If the coins are not used, they will be taken back. 

The scheme is considered a pilot for the digital yuan, also known as Digital Currency Electronic Payment (DCEP). 

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By airdropping this vast amount and encouraging residents to spend their funds in a short time, China will be able to test the transactional capacity and reliability of the DCEP system, while also isolating the trial from traditional payment methods and accounts. 

Many cryptocurrencies currently in circulation are decentralized, which means that there is no central backing — loosening control in comparison to traditional fiat currency, but also increasing the likelihood of market fluctuations. 

However, China’s sovereign virtual coin is backed by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), which means the coin should be considered less of a standard cryptocurrency, and more

Legal Aid threatens to sue city over lack of internet access for homeless students

A cart is used to hold and organize school-owned laptops to be distributed to students at a Manhattan elementary school in March. | Getty Images

A cart is used to hold and organize laptops to be distributed to students at a Manhattan elementary school in March. | Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

The Legal Aid Society is threatening to sue the de Blasio administration for failing to provide internet access to homeless children in shelters, effectively blocking their ability to participate in remote learning during Covid-19.

Legal Aid and the law firm Milbank, representing the Coalition for the Homeless, sent a demand letter on Thursday to schools Chancellor Richard Carranza and Department of Homeless Services Administrator Joslyn Carter, calling on the city to remedy internet access problems at the Flatlands Family Residence in Brooklyn and other DHS facilities with school-age children.


“In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, internet access is not a luxury; it is a basic prerequisite to entering the ‘virtual classroom’ that has been necessitated by the virus,” the letter, shared with POLITICO, said. “By neglecting to ensure that homeless children can connect to the internet, the City is in violation of its constitutional obligation to provide a ‘sound basic education.’”

The de Blasio administration partnered with Apple earlier this year to provide iPads to students in shelters and contracted with T-Mobile to provide cellular data on those devices. But these efforts “soon proved to be of little or no use to many children,” the letter said, because shelters like the Flatlands facility lack reliable cell service in the building.

For Crystal Boyd, a resident of the Flatlands shelter who has two teenage children, the issue has been “very frustrating.”

Her son, 15, is in high school, while her daughter, 18, is attending college remotely.

Her daughter had to finish a paper due at midnight on a recent night sitting outside the building because of connectivity issues inside, and her son has had to

Waymo opens robo-taxi service to the public in US city

Waymo, the autonomous car unit of Google-parent Alphabet, opened its robo-taxi project to the general public in the US city of Phoenix on Thursday, becoming the first widely available driverless ride service.

Now that the project has shifted out of its test phase, anyone signed up through the Waymo One smartphone app can summon autonomous vehicles to travel throughout the Arizona city’s metro area, chief executive John Krafcik said.

“Members of the public service can now take friends and family along on their rides and share their experience with the world,” he added.

“We’ll start with those who are already a part of Waymo One and, over the next several weeks, welcome more people directly into the service through our app.”

The Waymo One app is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Waymo started testing a fully driverless ride service in Phoenix some three years ago with self-driving technology built into Chrysler Pacifica vehicles.

Between five and 10 percent of rides through its service so far in 2020 have been taken in fully driverless vehicles by an exclusive group of riders who signed non-disclosure agreements.

“We expect our new fully driverless service to be very popular, and we’re thankful to our riders for their patience as we ramp up availability to serve demand,” Krafcik said.

Waymo plans to bolster the ride service fleet with vehicles that use self-driving technology but also have safety operators behind the wheel.

Waymo early this year raised $2.25 billion in its first external funding round to accelerate its deployment of autonomous cars and trucks.

Born in a Google lab devoted to big-vision new technology, Waymo became a subsidiary of Alphabet in 2016 — and has been one of the tech giant’s “other bets” that have been losing money in recent years.


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Debate moderator Susan Page loses her patience, scolds Pence and Harris for talking over her

It’s Mike Pence and Kamala Harris’ debate, and moderator Susan Page is just along for the ride.After last week’s disastrous presidential debate between President Trump and Joe Biden, Page undoubtedly knew she had her work cut out for her, having to manage two campaigns that have demonstrated they have no qualms about bulldozing a moderator in a debate in order to get their points across. Nevertheless, her strategy of cutting Pence and Harris off with increasingly insistent “thank yous” wasn’t working on Wednesday night — prompting her to halt the whole debate to scold both candidates.Harris and Pence were in the middle of a heated back-and-forth about the military when Page, the Washington bureau chief for USA Today, attempted to pivot to a new topic. But Pence wanted to get a last word in. “I’m sorry vice president, but you’ve had more time than she has,” Page said, trying to cut him off.When Pence continued talking, Page lost her patience. “I did not create the rules for tonight,” she snapped. “Your campaigns agreed to the rules for tonight’s debate with the Commission of Presidential Debates. I am here to enforce them, which involves moving from one topic to another, giving roughly equal time to both of you, which is what I’m trying very hard to do.” Watch the reprimand below. > Susan Page stops VP Pence as he goes past time limit: “I did not create the rules for tonight… I’m here to enforce them.”VPDebate> > — The Hill (@thehill) October 8, 2020More stories from Mike Pence was the unlikely winner of the vice presidential debate The myth of Mike Pence’s appeal Trump is shockingly bad at this

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