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Open infrastructure, developer desktop and IoT are the focus for Ubuntu 19.04
Canonical released Ubuntu 19.04, focused on open infrastructure deployments, the developer desktop, Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud to edge software distribution.
According to Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical, “The open-source-first on Ubuntu movement in telco, finance, and media has spread to other sectors. From the public cloud to the private data centre to the edge appliance or cluster, open source has become the reference for efficiency and innovation. Ubuntu 19.04 includes the leading projects to underpin that transition, and the developer tooling to accelerate the applications for those domains.”
Ubuntu 19.04 integrates recent innovations from key open infrastructure projects – like OpenStack, Kubernetes, and Ceph – with advanced life-cycle management for multi-cloud and on-prem operations – from bare metal, VMware and OpenStack to every major public cloud.
OpenStack Stein brings AI and NFV hardware acceleration with GPGPU and FPGA passthrough. Ceph Mimic provides multi-site replication and the latest Kubernetes 1.14 enables enterprise storage and the new containerd direct runtime.
Optimised Ubuntu Server 19.04 and Minimal Ubuntu 19.04 images are available on all major public clouds.
Control decisions move to the edge with smart appliances based on Ubuntu, enabling edge-centric business models. Amazon published Greengrass for IoT on Ubuntu, as well as launching the AWS DeepRacer developer-centric model for autonomous ground vehicle community development, also running Ubuntu. The Edge X stack and a wide range of industrial control capabilities are now available for integration on Ubuntu based devices, with long term security updates. Multiple smart display solutions are also available as off-the-shelf components in the snap store.
Microsoft Visual Studio Code joined the list of popular developer tools published as snaps including IntelliJ, pyCharm, Postman and microK8s. AI, machine learning and data science platforms continue to prefer Ubuntu for rapid adoption and fast project iterations.
In Ubuntu 19.04, multiple instances of the same snap can be installed for CI/CD, testing or phased rollouts. For example, two versions of a database or two versions of the golang compiler can be installed at the same time. Snap epochs control when and how data migration happens between major version upgrades.
More than 2,000 independent software publishers now distribute their applications to Linux desktops, appliances and cloud VMs through the snap store, growing 30% since October 2018.
Ubuntu 19.04 introduces GNOME 3.32 with higher frame rates, smoother startup animations, quicker icon load times and reduced CPU+GPU load. Fractional scaling for HiDPI screens is now available in X-org and Wayland. Installing Ubuntu on VMWare will automatically install open-vm-tools for bi-directional clipboard, easy sharing of files and graceful power state management.
RE: IoT Product Release: Next Generation Automotive Development Platform
@45IOT How long does it take to ship ?
Time is still uncertain, can now be booked……
RE: New Product Release：Qualcomm ® Snapdragon ™ 855 Mobile Hardware Development Kit
@Roger $1,233.00 not include ship fee
Canada is being sued over Google’s Toronto smart city plan
Canada is being sued by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) over a Google affiliate’s plan to build a futuristic smart city in Toronto.
All three levels of the Canadian government – federal, municipal, and provincial – are being sued by the CCLA over the plans.
Google affiliate Sidewalk Labs set out their ambition vision for a smart city back in 2017. The project has incredible potential but some have raised their concerns about it.
Speaking to Vice, CCLA Executive Director Michael Bryant said:
“You can argue that you consent when you put Alexa in your home or connect your electronics to your online accounts.
It’s another thing to say you consent when you walk from one block in Toronto to the next.”
In their lawsuit, the CCLA is seeking to nullify the agreements made between Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto – the government division responsible for overlooking the project.
The proposed smart city collects and uses large amounts of data to improve functions which range from reducing environmental impact to boosting the lives of citizens.
One proposed feature uses rain sensors to determine when a transparent roof is deployed over social areas such as playgrounds; allowing people to continue socialising when it's raining, or to enjoy the natural sunlight when it’s clear.
Geothermal heat and solar energy will power the city and keep pedestrian areas clear of ice during the winter months. Pollution is reduced and roads are kept more clear by an underground network of tunnels through which robots make deliveries and remove trash.
One area of concern highlighted by the CCLA is of a proposal to monitor things such as footfall in certain areas. They’re concerned this will lead to dystopian surveillance and policing. However, it should be noted that nowhere in the proposals is the data linked to individuals.
Sidewalk Labs spokesperson Keerthana Rang commented:
"Sidewalk Labs fully supports a robust and healthy discussion regarding privacy, data ownership and governance. But this debate must be rooted in fact, not fiction and fear mongering. It’s unfortunate that once again the CCLA has chosen to mischaracterize our work and our engagement with the people of Toronto.
We look forward to submitting our proposal to Waterfront Toronto and to continuing to work with Torontonians to get this right.”
Smart city projects need to be assessed for any potential breaches of privacy and human rights, but rather than help to shape the project it feels like the CCLA is attempting to kill it.
A lot of good can come from smart cities, especially with the pressing need to reduce our environmental impact. It would be a shame to halt progress over fears that currently have no factual basis.
Smart IoT device payments grow substantially – but security concerns remain
A new report has argued that while smart payment technologies have shown ‘substantial’ growth, ‘significant’ security concerns remain for consumers.
The study, from Transaction Network Services (TNS), evaluated US, UK and Australian consumer experiences with – and attitudes towards – smart payment technologies on IoT-based devices, including voice assistants, Wi-Fi refrigerators, and connected cars.
The report revealed that more than a quarter (26%) of respondents that own a voice assistant have used it to make a payment, 57% would make a payment via a connected car if they owned one, and 45% would pay for groceries via a Wi-Fi refrigerator touchscreen or compatible application.
Even though these figures indicate the promise of alternative integrated IoT-based payment methods, it is important to note that almost three quarters (74%) asserted that security concerns would stop them from making a payment via a voice assistant.
Bill Verson, chief product officer at TNS, said that companies “need to implement strong security protocols and communicate these measures to consumers to mitigate their concerns.”
In January, a study by Dutch software firm Gemalto revealed that only 48% of the businesses polled were able to detect if any of their IoT devices suffers a breach. The survey found that organisations are urging governments to get involved to solve this problem, with 79% are calling for vigorous guidelines on IoT security, and 59% are looking for clarification on who could be the sole responsible party for protecting the IoT in such cases.
Another report has predicted that the IoT security market is set to grow at rate of over 25% annually in North America. The market was valued at $1.7 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach $5.2 billion by 2023 at a compound annual growth rate of 25.1%, according to the report ‘Internet of Things (IoT) Security: North American Markets to 2023’.
The IoT is being hindered by full-time cybersecurity talent shortage
A report from Experis claims that IoT development is being hindered by companies failing to hire full-time cybersecurity talent.
In the latest Industry Insiders report, Experis highlights the growth in cybersecurity vacancies posted in Q4 2018. 13,214 related jobs were advertised in the quarter – representing a 10 percent year-on-year increase, and 16.6 percent over the previous quarter.
Despite this increasing demand, the average salary has for full-time roles dipped two percent year-on-year to £58,557. Contractors, however, saw their rates soar 19.6 percent to £505/day.
Experis muses this indicates that companies are looking for short-term fixes to cybersecurity issues rather than long-term solutions.
The demand for IoT roles specifically increased by 48.8 percent for a total of 4,968 roles listed in Q4 2018. Salaries for full-time roles grew by 1.5 percent year-on-year, while contractors benefitted the most with a four percent increase.
Martin Ewings, Director of Specialist Markets at Experis, comments:
“IoT offers huge opportunities for organisations if they have the right cybersecurity foundations in place to take advantage of new innovations safely. We can see that there is a strong demand for top talent, but the market is struggling to keep pace.
Businesses are having to be creative and take a blended approach to their talent acquisition strategies – tapping into the contractor market to build a hybrid team of permanent and temporary workers. In doing so, they can have fast access to the skills they need right now while taking a longer-term view by building permanent capabilities and investing the time required to enable strategic development.”
Gartner forecasts 25 billion IoT devices will be connected by 2021. While providing a huge opportunity for businesses to optimise their operations, it also opens up new possibilities for attackers.
The most obvious example of the new threat posed by the IoT is the Mirai botnet which enabled record-breaking amounts of traffic to flood DNS provider Dyn and take several of the world's most popular services offline.
Experis highlights the need for security to be part of the building process of IoT devices with permanent staff rather than using contractors for short-term fixes. Otherwise, attacks like Mirai will only grow in scale.
Unless businesses start ensuring security is prioritised alongside innovation – reputational harm will be dealt not just to individual companies, but the industry overall. If the IoT is to thrive, cybersecurity needs to be a priority.
Qualcomm launches smart cities accelerator program with community focus
Qualcomm Technologies has announced the launch of its latest smart cities accelerator program – with a particular focus on community.
According to the company, the programme will play an important role in bringing together various communities of companies that has been making use of Qualcomm Technologies’ products, in order to offer a solutions-focused website for the application of smart cities across the world. The programme will connect government agencies, cities, enterprises and municipalities with an ecosystem of providers that are offering Qualcomm Technologies’ technology-based solutions tailored for the application of smart cities.
Sanjeet Pandit, senior director, business development and head of smart cities at Qualcomm, said: “The Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program is a central hub for smart cities solution providers. By working with proven expertise and deployed solutions, cities, municipalities, government agencies and enterprises can speed the realization of their smart cities visions.
“This program aims to foster a rich ecosystem of B2B collaborations that we hope will speed the development and deployment of smart cities solutions around the globe,” added Pandit.
Earlier this month, the company also announced the launch of its new Snapdragon chips for high as well as mid-tier devices, which benefit from a big jump in AI performance. As sister publication AI News reported at the time, two chips are in the 7-series - the Snapdragon 730 and 730G, and one is in the 6-series, the Snapdragon 665.
Kedar Kondap, VP of product management at Qualcomm, said at the time: “With the introduction of the Snapdragon 730, 730G and 665 Mobile Platforms, we are bringing features such as sophisticated AI, exceptional gaming and advanced camera capabilities to a broad spectrum of devices at exceptional performance. Each of the iteration of Snapdragon drives immense innovation that will surpass customer expectations.”
IoT Product Release: Next Generation Automotive Development Platform
To help automakers bring highly differentiated and customizable in-car experiences to all tiers, the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ automotive development platform (ADP) based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Next generation processor features integrated heterogeneous computing, high-performance artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, and scalability with a unified software framework. It supports higher levels of computing and intelligence needed for advanced capabilities featured in next generation vehicles, including highly intuitive AI experiences for in-car virtual assistance, natural interactions between the vehicle and driver, contextual safety use cases, immersive graphics, multimedia, computer vision, premium audio, advanced wireless technologies, extraordinary camera capabilities, entertainment, and more.
The Next generation Snapdragon™ processor is armed with the best of the proven heterogeneous compute technologies, including the multi-core Qualcomm AI Engine, Qualcomm Spectra Image Signal Processor (ISP), fourth-generation Qualcomm Kryo Central Processing Unit (CPU), Qualcomm Hexagon Processor, sixth-generation Qualcomm Adreno Visual Subsystem, and more. Essentially, these technologies inside the platform are designed to deliver immersive graphics, multimedia, computer vision and artificial intelligence capabilities. The new platform also offer comprehensive software support for Android, LINUX, QNX, Greenhills, and other high-level and real-time operating systems individually or in multiple combinations enabled by industry-leading virtualization SW architecture — providing flexible and scalable software solutions to support engine control unit (ECU) consolidation, and diverse multi-display app rich ecosystems and novel and intuitive experiences.
- New AI personalized experiences- using artificial intelligence and computer vision
- Contextual safety – more computer vision, camera and AI workloads
- Stunning visual & audio - more displays & speakers, and multi-mode machine interfaces using AI
- Convergence - instrument cluster, infotainment, intelligent cameras & driver monitoring
- Multi-OS architecture – Linux, QNX, Android, Integrity
- High concurrency- Advanced Concurrent Operations
- High performance/concurrency-Partitioning algorithms across heterogeneous engines for more work to be done per clock cycle
- Power efficiency-Matching each algorithm to appropriate processing engine to do more at lower power
- Lower cost-Integrated solution, reducing the number of components and minimizing the need for wiring and cooling systems
- Real-time support-Hypervisor support and customized engines to meet latency-critical requirements
- Scalable, module architecture – Addressing all tiers
- Unified software framework – with highly differentiated features
Purchase Link：Next Generation Automotive Development Platform