Chinese AI unicorns target smart cities & public security | #TpromoCom #AI #Military #Chinese | According to research company, Memoori, in a bid to be at the forefront of the technology, China is pouring billions of dollars into companies that are researching AI technology, with video analytics and IoT platforms for smart cities being two of the prime applications.
Memoori estimates that China accounts for approx. 31% of global physical security revenues and says that it is now the biggest single country market for physical security products having increased its share by almost 50% in the last 7 years.
Video surveillance equipment has been the major contributor here, with the market growing rapidly through a boom in new construction and safe city projects in the public sector. Hundreds of cities in China, large and small, have jumped on the smart cities bandwagon, as advocated by Beijing, and have established budgets to support such initiatives.
Adoption of connected health devices highlights differences in UK and US | #TpromoCom #Heath #ParksAssociates #IoT | The Parks Associates Consumer Analytics team provides quantitative market intelligence that guides strategic business decisions.
CONSUMER ANALYTICS NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 64
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Adoption of connected health devices highlights differences in UK and US
Devices like digital pedometers, fitness trackers, and GPS sports watches are more common in the UK, while large fitness equipment like treadmills, exercise bikes, and ellipticals that have built-in app support are much more common in the US. Larger US home sizes, with more space for in-home fitness equipment, may explain the gap in adoption. Adoption of other connected health devices are similar across markets. One-third of consumers in the UK report owning at least one connected wellness/fitness device while just 15% report owning a connected medical device, like a Wi-Fi weight scale or blood pressure cuff.
Nearly 50% of consumers in UK broadband households report of having a chronic health condition with obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, and asthma being the leading conditions. About half of the consumers with a chronic condition in the UK are interested in products and services that would help in managing their condition. Those with a chronic condition show a higher propensity to own a connected medical device and are good targets for remote patient monitoring or a health management program.
New study examines consumer preferences related to new UI options | #TpromoCom #Study #Report #Broadband | Quality of user interface (UI) more important than content recommendations in video service satisfaction
New research from Parks Associates finds 70% of US broadband households with a major video service consider its user interface to be good, with 48% rating it “very good,” and these scores impact their willingness to recommend the service to others. Analysis of consumer responses reveals quality of the UI and the ease of finding content are the most likely factors to drive willingness to recommend a video service.
UI Preferences and Content Discovery examines consumer preferences related to new UI options and the ways that consumers find, and want to find, entertainment content. It also explores preferences by owners of various in-home devices and examines interest in new innovations such as smart speakers, personal assistants, and voice interaction.
“User interfaces are a key factor driving satisfaction for OTT services, and Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon – the big three in OTT streaming – have largely set the standard for content navigation and ease of use,” said Kristen Hanich, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “Other services have had to follow similar structures established by these three, but as new OTT services launch with greater and greater expectations, innovations in UIs could be an even greater differentiator contributing to their success or failure.”
UI Preferences and Content Discovery reports that one-fifth of households cancelling an OTT subscription cited an inability to find something to watch as a factor.
“Consumers are interested in finding particular shows or genres of content and have less interest in browsing by channel,” Hanich said.
70% of CE purchasers said ease of use is a “very important” purchase consideration.
When searching for something to watch, 12% of OTT users consider recommendations from the service as their first step.
Apple TV owners give high marks to the device’s UI.
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#Audit Finds NYC Schools Unprepared for #Emergency Situations | #ESC_LLC #School #Security #Safety | An audit of NYC schools’ safety plans found missing floor plans, unarmed door alarms, and a lack of drills and coordination, among other things.
According to the release, the state’s Department of Education has not been strict in requiring schools file safety plans on time and policies do not routinely align regulations with state requirements.
The assessment looked at safety plans of 25 of the city’s 1,800 schools run by the DOE. It found missing floor plans, unarmed door alarms, radios that were turned off or were not working, and a lack of drills and coordination, among other issues.
#DoS Attack Blamed for U.S. #Grid Disruptions | #TpromoCom #Power #CyberSecurity #Hackers | According to the National Energy Technology Laboratory’s OE-417 Electric Emergency and Disturbance Report for the first quarter of 2019, a cyber event caused “interruptions of electrical system operations.”
The report shows that the incident impacted an unidentified utility in the region overseen by the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), which is responsible for compliance monitoring and enforcement in the Western Interconnection, and affected California (Kern County and Los Angeles County), Utah (Salt Lake County) and Wyoming (Converse County).
However, the report shows that the incident did not result in any power outages. The cyber event occured on March 5 — it started at 9:12 AM and systems were restored by 6:57 PM on the same day.
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Frost & Sullivan focuses on the future of cyber security | #TpromoCom #Report #Security #CyberSecurity | As cyber crime becomes more sophisticated and even a method of warfare, technologies such as machine learning, Big Data, and blockchain will become prominent. The rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) has opened up numerous points of vulnerabilities, compelling cyber security companies, especially startups, to develop innovative solutions to protect enterprises from emerging threats.
“Deploying Big Data solutions is essential for companies to expand the scope of cyber security solutions beyond detection and mitigation of threats,” said Hiten Shah, Research Analyst, Techvision. “This technology can proactively predict breaches before they happen, as well as uncover patterns from past incidents to support policy decisions.”
Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, Envisioning the Next-Generation Cybersecurity Practices, presents an overview of cyber security in enterprises and analyses the drivers and challenges to the adoption of best practices in cyber security. It also covers the technologies impacting the future of cyber security and the main purchase factors.
“Startups need to make their products integrable with existing products and solutions as well as bundle their solutions with market-leading solutions from well-established companies,” noted Shah. “Such collaborations will lead to mergers and acquisitions, ultimately enabling companies to provide more advanced solutions.”
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This smart light switch does it all — voice assistant, motion sensor, night light, intercom | #TpromoCom #Electrical #SmartHome #HomeAutomation | I recently replaced most of the light switches in my home with TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Switches because it’s pretty damn cool to ask Alexa to turn off the lights, and that happened to be a cheap and reliable way to do it.
But TP-Link just announced a new switch that does so much more. It’s got a built-in voice assistant with its own microphones and speaker. (Weirdly, TP-Link couldn’t say which assistant is built in, though the company implied it’d be Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.) It’s got a motion sensor to turn on and off the lights without me even asking. There’s even a built-in nightlight, and, of course, it plays music.
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Home Automation Creates a Safer, More Secure Home
There are those who believe that smart home devices are a luxury that they can afford to not have where there are others who wouldn’t be without them. Having lived with home automation, through the use of a special Home Automation Inc. home control system, I can attest to the need.
Not only does it assure that you have lights on when and where needed, but this type of system allows you the luxury of energy management through the control of not only lighting, but of heating and cooling systems. And where there are motorized draperies, the system can be programmed to shut the drapes as the sun travels across the southern exposure during the summer to reduce unneeded heating or open them in the winter to assist with heating.
The only cautionary issue that we now face, whereas in 1991 we didn’t, is that of cyber security issues, due to the fact that today’s smart home devices are essentially IoT connected, either through WiFi or another wireless tech, such as Zigbee.
A very good example of this was recently seen by way of a wireless (IoT) video camera baby monitor. Here’s the social media posting I made on behalf of my client Electronic Systems Consultants LLC (ESC) of Columbus, Ohio:
There are trolls out there trolling the Internet and they’re looking for any and all open ports where they can investigate the real possibility of doing harm to anyone at any time. Although all these gadgets are handy and helpful in so many ways, it comes at a price, and vigilance in an assortment of ways is one of the costs. One inconvenience that I can think of is that of the new WiFi unit you got at Christmas. Did you take the time to change the default encryption key?