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

Smart Vision AI Developers Kit Is Accelerating Computer Vision Applications

Imagine being able to embark on a real-time computer vision project in a few hours, with no code to build a traffic control system, a warehouse monitoring system, or an in-store point of sale optimization system. Like the apps that are built on top of smartphone operating systems, these smart computer vision projects can use a multitude of proprietary and vendor algorithms. Because they are built on top of BrainFrame, an operating system for computer vision that comes with a Smart Vision AI Developers Kit, they take a fraction of the time to build than other computer vision projects.

BrainFrame is one of the core products of Aotu.ai, started by two founders, Stephen Li and Alex Thiel. Stephen applied his experience building out the Android operating system to BrainFrame. In collaboration with leading chipmakers such as Intel, Nvidia, etc., BrainFrame is positioning itself to take center stage as more developers rush into the space to experiment with computer vision applications in a variety of industries. 

Recently, BrainFrame received the Nvidia Metropolis Certification, and Aotu in partnership with AAEON and Intel, just announced the release of its Smart Vision AI Developers Kit on the Intel AI Platform for IoT. 

Stephen Li, CEO and Founder of Aotu.ai says, “Aotu.ai, initially focused on developing robotic solutions. As we completed early robotic projects, we found computer vision was at the heart of what we were building and that you need great performance. We decided to figure out how to achieve this great performance without writing a lot of code and led to the creation of BrainFrame. We then realized the need for a developer’s toolkit to help developers to customize and deploy computer vision projects quickly.”

Edge AI is Important For Video Processing

Computer vision requires real-time video

Are Tech’s Big Four Smart Enough to Break Themselves Up?

House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee Chair David Cicilline.
Photo: Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images

Buried in the one of the most chaotic news cycles of the year, earlier this week the House Judiciary Committee published a report based on its 15-month investigation into the antitrust potential of tech’s big four: Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. “To put it simply, companies that once were scrappy, underdog startups that challenged the status quo have become the kinds of monopolies we last saw in the era of oil barons and railroad tycoons,” the 449-page report from the antitrust subcommittee states. “They not only wield tremendous power, but they also abuse it by charging exorbitant fees, imposing oppressive contract terms, and extracting valuable data from the people and businesses that rely on them.”

On the most recent episode of the New York podcast Pivot, co-hosts Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway consider the massive investigation and why the firms would be smart not to push back on antitrust actions that are now looking inevitable.

Kara Swisher: To recap, the House Democrats proposed a massive overhaul of U.S. laws that could make it easier to break up giant tech companies — probably all companies, for that matter. But according to the New York Times, there is disagreement among Democrats and Republicans on how to regulate these firms; Republicans thought that was a nuclear option.

So what do you think about all this?

Scott Galloway: The report was very simple and straightforward. Facebook has a monopoly. Amazon abuses its retail partners. I mean, it just kind of stated the obvious question, of ‘What actually happens today?’ But it was simple. It was elegant. It was common sense.

Twice weekly, Scott Galloway and Kara Swisher host Pivot, a New York Magazine podcast about business, technology, and politics.

When Will Apple Release Smart Speaker?

KEY POINTS

  • Apple is expected to release a new HomePod this year
  • A known leaker claims Apple will launch a “mini” version of the HomePod instead of HomePod 2
  • Previous reports also hinted at the new device’s arrival

A “mini” version of Apple’s HomePod may be coming soon, according to a known leaker.

Apple is set to reveal new devices during its Oct. 13 event, with the iPhone 12, wireless headphones AirPods Studio, tracker AirTags and a new version of the HomePod among those expected to be unveiled. But the Siri-powered smart home speaker, which hasn’t been updated since 2017, may not be refreshed and replaced with a newer model. Instead, the company could release a smaller version.

According to a prominent leaker known only as L0vetodream, “there is no HomePod2 this year.” Instead, the leaker claims that Apple will only have a “mini one,” indicating that the Cupertino tech giant will be releasing a smaller HomePod.

Is this true?

L0vetodream’s identity might be a big mystery, but the leaker’s accuracy when it comes to leaks isn’t. According to AppleTrack, a site dedicated to keeping track of leakers who claim this and that about upcoming Apple devices and products, L0vetodream has a “scarily-correct track record” and boasts 88.9% accuracy across 54 leaks.

The leaker’s track record, combined with information in previous months, seem to indicate that the claim might be true. Here’s a quick look at some things worth noting:

Reports from last year indicated that Apple, in a bid to get a bigger share of the smart home speaker market, worked on a cheaper HomePod version that featured only two speakers as opposed to the HomePod’s seven. This device is expected to be released in 2020.

Since the new device will only have two speakers, it simply

‘Smart’ male chastity device vulnerable to locking by hackers: researchers

A security flaw in an internet-connected male chastity device could allow hackers to remotely lock it — leaving users trapped, researchers have warned.

The Cellmate, produced by Chinese firm Qiui, is a cover that clamps on the base of the male genitals with a hardened steel ring, and does not have a physical key or manual override.

The locking mechanism is controlled with a smartphone app via Bluetooth — marketed as both an anti-cheating and a submission sex play device — but security researchers have found multiple flaws that leave it vulnerable to hacking.

“We discovered that remote attackers could prevent the Bluetooth lock from being opened, permanently locking the user in the device. There is no physical unlock,” British security firm Pen Test Partners said Tuesday.

“An angle grinder or other suitable heavy tool would be required to cut the wearer free.”

The firm also found other security flaws in the Cellmate — listed for $189 on Qiui’s website — that could expose sensitive user information such as names, phone numbers, birthdays and location data.

“It wouldn’t take an attacker more than a couple of days to exfiltrate the entire user database and use it for blackmail or phishing,” PTP’s Alex Lomas wrote in their report on the device.

“A number of countries have oppressive laws that may expose users of these types of devices to unwarranted interest from law enforcement and bigots.”

Qiui did not immediately respond to AFP’s request for comment.

PTP said it reached out to Qiui in April this year, identifying the flaws.

Qiui fixed most of the issues by updating the software, but left the older version active and its users still vulnerable, PTP added, saying other researchers had found similar issues.

Such smart sex toys and devices are among the wave of new