How many Moscow residents use smart devices? When will smart traffic lights be introduced in Russia? Digest of IoT news
Not only Yandex now uses the voice assistant Alice, smart traffic lights to appear in Vladivostok, smart lights can secretly transfer information even without the Internet connection. Read the digest of week’s news about these and other events in IoT universe.
The first non-Yandex device with Alice enters the market
The Russian manufacturer of smart watches Elari released KidPhone 3G with the inbuilt voice assistant Alice. Thus, the company became the first (apart from Yandex, for example) to release a device with this voice assistant.
Meanwhile, the children’s watch KidPhone 3G is the world’s second device with Alice. The speaker Yandex.Station presented in July 2018 was the first one. Elari used Yandex IO to build the voice assistant in its products. Here, Alice plays Cities and other games with a kid, solves maths puzzles and answer questions.
Besides, KidPhone 3G has a SIM card allowing kids to call and answer the phone. Using a GPS navigator, parents can track the location of their children.
According to the preliminary information, sales of Elari KidPhone 3G will start at the end of August. On the company’s online shop, the watch costs 6 990 RUB. The device will also be available in MegaFon stores since September 3.
Smart lights may be used for secret data transfer
The American scientists published the information about the illegal use of smart light bulbs on arXiv.org. Criminals are assumed to secretly transfer computer data via smart lights, even without the Internet connection.
Anindya Maiti and Murtuza Jadliwala from the University of Texas at San Antonio demonstrated that some smart lights can be used as a source of data on their owners. What is more, smart bulbs can serve as a covert-channel exfiltrating data out of devices not connected to the Internet. The researchers tested ways of attacks on popular smart bulbs Philips Hue and LIFX capable of synchronizing light parameters with playing music or a video. The authors decided to use this function to recognize user’s music preferences.
To conduct the research, they created a library containing several hundreds of popular songs of various genres. The experiment with a lighting and color sensor placed not far from the bulb showed that the method allows to recognize a song in 51% cases while its genre in 82%.
Besides, the researchers organized a similar attack on the light video visualization. As the results showed, such a mechanism can be potentially used to recognize a video from a preliminary composed library.
Japanese smart traffic lights to be set in Vladivostok
As reported by the press service of the Ministry of Construction Industry, Housing and Utilities Sector, the second stage of the Russian-Japanese project on the installation of smart traffic lights has started in Vladivostok.
The first Japanese traffic lights detecting the effective mode of signal switching were installed on ten Voronezh crossings. In 6 months, the experiment was a success, and now such traffic lights will be installed on 30 other crossings.
“At the meeting of the Russian-Japanese working group on the issues of urban environment, the most prospective cooperation directions were outlined. Besides, the experience of Japanese colleagues is of maximum interest. These are proven tech solutions related to the Internet of Things and transport-oriented engineering – technologies focused on the establishment of the health-friendly environment,” commented Deputy Director of Minstroy, Director of the Russian-Japanese working group on the issues of urban environment Andrey Chibis.
The number of apartments using smart devices has been calculated in Moscow
According to the research of the analysts at the Department of Information Technologies in Moscow and the website of private announcements Avito, as of 2018, 5% of apartments in Moscow have smart house devices.
84% of users are satisfied with the purchase. The residents also singled out the main disadvantages of smart devices: high price and complicated settings.
According to the result of the investigation, 9% of Moscow residents use robotic vacuum cleaners, 17% have play stations, 77% - laptops, 67% use a desktop computer and 47% - a tablet. Meanwhile, the number of TV sets in apartments dropped from 100% to 90%.
Judging from the results of Q1 2018, the demand for a smart home system in Russia grew by 30%. As the experts predict, the Russian market of automation systems will annually grow by 25% after 2022.
In order to find out more about smart devices, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, join us at the international forum Internet of Things scheduled for September 25 at the Moscow-based Sokolniki ECC.