Shoppers given spy cameras inside their fridge

If you are someone who never remembers their shopping list then a camera inside your fridge could provide the ultimate solution.

A British supermarket is offering shoppers a new fridge that has a built in camera inside so they can see if they are running low on butter or milk while standing in the shop aisles.

The appliances allow users to connect to their fridges using their mobile phones to see what they have in their fridge at any time


USA – News – City of Fremont Selects Trafficware’s for Deployment

Intelligent Transportation Society of America Annual Meeting – After a competitive bid, the City of Fremont has selected Trafficware’s central traffic management™ technology and will also add SynchroGreen® adaptive signal technology on a 2.2-mile stretch of Fremont Boulevard.

The bid team was led by Trafficware’s exclusive distributor for northern California Western Pacific Signal (WPS) and replaces an older system. The new technology is scheduled to be deployed by late first quarter 2017.

“We are pleased to welcome Fremont into the Trafficware customer family,” explains Trafficware CEO Jon Newhard. “Trafficware has become the partner of choice for technology-savvy customers such as the City of Fremont and the natural choice for agencies looking to move to a more modern platform.”

The Fremont Boulevard Corridor is targeted for the latest deployment of adaptive signal technology in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco commuter area. The Corridor is a major arterial in the city that experiences drastic and highly directional traffic during morning and evening peak periods and more balanced traffic operations during the off peak periods, but also has swings in traffic volume due to nearby schools. Adding smart signal technology that responds to real-time conditions through this corridor will ease congestion and manage queues caused by traffic volume fluctuations.

The City of Fremont joins other nearby Bay Area communities adopting Trafficware technology, such as Palo Alto, Santa Clara City & County, Oakland, Walnut Creek, Fairfield, Napa, Brentwood, Pittsburg, Concord, Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, San Leandro, Hayward, Foster City, Milpitas, Cupertino, Campbell, and Alameda County.


Samskip Launches Track & Trace Capability for 45ft Reefers

Samskip has launched track and trace capability across its 45ft refrigerated container fleet, bringing web-based remote management for temperature-controlled cargoes throughout the Samskip intermodal network.

Over time, reports Multimodal, the entire Samskip 45ft reefer fleet is expected to feature the track & trace capability.

Track & trace management software will be used to monitor and control sensor-connected 45ft reefer units operating in shortsea, rail, barge and road services throughout Europe, and during terminal storage.

“The temperature data is live, enabling instantaneous control over our reefers, whether they are awaiting pick-up or delivery, or moving anywhere in our logistics chain,” said Johan Vogelaar, Manager Multimodal Services – Reefer Trade, Samskip.

“Pre-trip inspections are straightforward and speedy, with the potential for human error minimized. Meanwhile, automated alarms warn of any potential risk of cargo damage ahead of time.”

Investment in track & trace capability is more usually associated with deepsea operations, but it has clear benefits long distance intermodal moves. Shortsea transit already beats road trailer counterparts for reliability, Mr Vogelaar said, but the ability to make temperature adjustments and respond to malfunctions instantaneously brought a new competitive edge to Samskip’s temperature controlled services.




Ireland is Sigfox-enabled for IoT

The two companies expect to connect over a million devices by 2017.

Remote nodes on Sigfox networks, which are low data rate and ultra-narrowband, are expected to run for over 10 years on two AA cells.

Applications are expected in water metering, building securit, smoke alarms, tracking stolen farm assets, farm gate opening sensors, machine monitoring.

“Irish businesses and farmers have been quick to understand the benefits that the dedicated IoT network provides,” said VT Networks CEO Mark Bannon. “We look forward to launching programs that further integrate the network throughout the country.”

Earlier this year, VT held a ‘Sigfox makers tour’ in Dublin, a workshop based on a European tour (Sigfox is French) in which developers, makers and IoT start-ups get their hands on prototyping boards and the network to develop new applications. There is to be another in Dublin on 5th July, held with component distributor EBV Elektronik.

The National University of Ireland in Maynooth is setting up a VT Networks’ IoT academic program, where students will get free hardware, Sigfox subscriptions and licenses to ‘Sigfox-ready’ IoT platforms, said VT.

Sigfox claims to have >7 million devices in its network, across the world – claiming to have added 15 countries to its coverage map in the last year, planning to have >30 countries by the end of the year.

After France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, Ireland is the sixth European country to have complete Sigfox network coverage.


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