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O2 offers internet of things-backed motor insurance

Mobile network operator O2 has become the first mobile company in the UK to offer a car insurance product with the launch of O2 Drive, a service that uses the internet of things (IoT) technology to encourage responsible driving. The app uses data from their ‘Box on Board’ to score a driver after each journey, and give them help and tips on how to improve.

the O2 Drive product will include an optional telematics proposition, called Box on Board, to monitor any driver behaviour that may positively or negatively affect premiums.

Read the full article on Computer Weekly

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Internet of Things Infographic

A new infographic, and introduction to IoT, is one of the best we’ve seen – over on

In a nutshell, internet of things aims at achieving an advanced level of connectivity of systems, devices and services beyond the existing machine-to-machine connectivity and communication

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The Internet of Things wants to link all facets of our world

For those still unversed in the wonders of the Internet of Things this article over on the Science News for Students website is a great introduction and background to the subject.

The Internet of Things is the idea that ordinary objects can be turned into “smart” objects that measure and interact with their environments. A smart refrigerator keeps track of what’s inside. A smart lightbulb turns itself off when not in use. A smart toilet flushes itself and texts a user if it springs a leak or is about to overflow. These devices might communicate with users through their smartphones or home computer networks.

Read the full article on Science News for Students

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How IoT is changing the tourism industry

IoT and Tourism

Apparently, more people book a holiday on Boxing Day than any other time of the year – read on for how the IoT might change your experience on your next getaway…

Merry Christmas!

IoT is changing the tourism industry: from the flight out, to a virtual concierge in your hotel and personalized recommendations at your destination.

Read the full article on the IBM IoT Blog

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10 giant steps for the Internet of Things in 2016

10 giant steps for the Internet of Things in 2016

Rather than attempting to predict the trends in IoT for 2017, Scott Nelson at CIO looks back at 2016 to see what we’ve learned from events in the last year…

Looking back at events and developments in the Internet of Things in 2016 we find 10 “giant steps” forward in the development of the ecosystem and business experience using the IoT to create value. We have new insights from the mistakes of some and new opportunities revealed by the actions of others.

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San Francisco Muni hit by ransomware attack

San Francisco Muni hit by ransomeware

San Francisco’s public transport system was hit by a hack attack on Saturday that allowed passengers to travel for free.

The attackers used a variant of the HDDCryptor malware to infect 2,112 computers on Friday, encrypting their data and preventing them from operating normally – holding them to ransom for 100 bitcoin (£58,514, $73,086).

Read the full article on The Guardian

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Self-drive delivery van can be ‘built in four hours’

Charge self-drive van

A self-driving electric van has been unveiled at the Wired 2016 conference in London – with a claim that it can be assembled in only four hours. We could see it on UK roads as early as next year.

The vehicle’s stripped-back design and lightweight materials mean it can be assembled by one person in four hours, the firm behind it claims.

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Intel releases new chips for the Internet of Things

Intel in smart cars

A declining PC market has pushed Intel into the word of IoT. Their new Atom processor lines are designed for connected devices, wearables and smart auto apps.

Intel’s already working with IoT device creators and software vendors like Delphi, FAW, Neusoft and Hikvision, according to their press release. The new processors are clearly intended to be versatile enough for a broad range of industries, but the company’s also growing its product library, and likely its client base, with acquisitions.

Read the full article on Engadget