The Busy Manager Tech Power Summary
Everyone's busy, and it's easy to miss something useful in all the noise.
So each month I will summarise the tech stories that have got the most attention across the entire Well That's Interesting Tech domain. This includes articles from my website as well as the most engaged 3rd party news from across my social media channels.
If you live in a town or city where security cameras aren't found on every street corner, consider yourself one of the few. As camera technology, connectivity and storage is becoming cheaper and more accessible, their deployment and reach is escalating.
Add Artificial Intelligence to all of this video capture technology and the possibilities for smarter, safer cities becomes impressive. But with this, also comes an increasing risk of privacy violations.
This article looks at a technology from a company called NATIX that can enable even legacy CCTV cameras with AI capabilities at the edge of the network.
The tech supports multiple use cases, including privacy protection. In this example, only the important data is sent across the network, minimising network traffic and cost, and protecting the privacy of individuals.
The main takeaway is that a network of connected cameras can be expensive (up to £32,000 per camera) with much of that being Connectivity and Cloud costs. By applying intelligence at the edge, these costs can be significantly reduced, whilst increasing the utility of the assets.
The article also includes a video on how the technology can be used to monitor whether citizens are wearing face-masks, without exposing private facial information. Read it here.
I was approached by a media agency that I believe to be working on behalf of Salesforce.com, with an infographic they wanted me to publish on the website.
I'm careful about which third party content I promote, and chose this one because I was fascinated by how the message in the infographic was about how AI was "helping consumers", but how I interpreted it was more about how AI was influencing consumer behaviour - rather more sinister.
Am I too cynical? How do you interpret this?
Research company, Ventana Research, selected shipping technology provider ShipChain as a finalist in their annual Innovation Awards. The technology they selected uses Blockchain to secure supply chains.
ShipChain have built a logistics focused blockchain solution to help create transparency and tamper-proof audibility of complex supply chains that span rail, road, sea and air.
The ambition - to create visibility and trust across fragmented, misaligned industries, and find a new way to incentivise responsibility.
On a related topic, I covered SenseFinity's IoT technology in an article about food security, and discovered the enormity of the Argentinian beef trade ... $91M per shipment!)
Davide Camera, Head of Data Analytics at Be Digitech Solutions talks about Cancer, Bees, Fake News, Climate change and tools for people with disabilities in his short article here.
If you're hungry for more planet saving AI examples, I covered GreyParrot and their tools for improving waste management using computer vision and AI. Read that here.