[BEIT NEWS] 21 Nov 2018 – Autodesk acquires PlanGrid and The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and Future Cities Catapult (FCC) to embrace digital technologies

Autodesk just announced its big acquisition of PlanGrid for $875 million. PlanGrid, with around 400 staff members, produces Construction Productivity Software that allows contractors and owners in commercial, heavy civil, and other industries to work together throughout the project lifecycle.

The move would enable Autodesk to become a major construction technology giant in design and conceptualisation.

Meanwhile the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the digital planning pioneers Future Cities Catapult (FCC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote the use of digital technologies for town / urban planning or PlanTech, by, among others, exchange of ideas across the industries. Both parties not only admitted that digital technologies had huge potential and opportunities for the profession, but also would change the ways the planners were working fundamentally.

 


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Autodesk to Buy Construction Startup PlanGrid for $875 Million (Keywords: Autodesk; PlanGrid)

Planning profession urged to embrace digital technology (Keywords: Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI); Future Cities Catapult (FCC))

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[BEIT NEWS] 18 Oct 2018 – Digital design, smart cities and smart transportation

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British Land names R/GA London as digital innovation and design partner

 

Julian Barker, head of smart places at British Land, added: “We see a great opportunity to use technology to unlock more value for our customers, and are pleased to be working with R/GA in delivering a new level of service across our London campuses.”

Keywords: British Land; R/GA London

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Picture: Broadgate, one of the developments by British Land, a leading UK commercial property company.


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City of Sydney funds Smart Cities Week

 

The conference will explore how technology and data can help solve the social, environmental, planning, transport and economic challenges facing global communities.

Event speakers include the City’s Sustainability Director, Chris Derksema, and Kate Deacon, the City’s Executive Manager of Strategy and Urban Analytics. In partnership with Austrade, the City will take a visiting international delegation on a tour of the new Green Square town centre and library.

Keywords: cyber security; digital infrastructure; resilient cities; innovation districts; public spaces; social equity; tech and data; smart and green buildings; digital transformation

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Picture: Smart Cities Week in Australia to be held on 29-31 Oct 2018.


 

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The country now applies radio frequency identification (RFID) in electronic toll collection (ETC) along several expressways.

At the moment, local companies are able to manufacture and assemble monitoring devices for cars, trains, and water vessels. They are also designing intelligent transport systems (ITS) for new expressways. FDI has been essential to bringing about this change in Vietnam and is vital to its continued momentum – both as a source of capital and as a source of critical knowledge.

Keywords: Smart transportation; radio frequency identification (RFID); electronic toll collection; seaport management; infrastructure management; maritime electronic map; automatic identification systems (AIS); Civil aviation safety oversight reporting and tracking database (CASORT); air traffic flow management (ATM); air traffic service message handling system (AMHS); computerised reservation systems; Galileo; Amadeus; SabreSonic

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Picture: Vietnam is working on several fronts to modernise its transport systems.

New development of smart carpet and its applications

A floor sensor system was set up to detect gait activities by recording the amount of pressure applied in different places when someone walks across it.  

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Fans of Tom Cruise may recall vividly in his movie Mission: Impossible (1996), Tom intruded to a room of cyber look through the ceiling. He was hovered just inches above the floor to gain access to a computer, being very careful not to touch the floor. 

Two decades later, we have smart carpet that would make Tom Cruise and his partners even more difficult to get their jobs done.

Smart carpet is generally referred to the floor finishes with embedded electronic devices that enable detection of movements that exert upon it. It is used for monitoring activities of elderly especially those who live alone.

Alongside the development of new behaviour biometric, smart carpet now becomes even more versatile. 

Research team at the University of Manchester

The prominent case here is the research team led by Prof. Krikor OZANYAN and Dr Patricia SCULLY at the University of Manchester. They adopted efficient machine learning methodology to classify gait data from raw tomography sensor data accurately without the need to reconstruct images.

A floor sensor system was set up to detect gait activities by recording the amount of pressure applied in different places when someone walks across it. The team did not use piezoelectric wires or pressure sensors / tiles as other researchers used to be. They used low cost standard polymer optical fibre that form grids to transmit and receive lights.

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Picture: Researchers demonstrate a piece of ‘smart carpet,’ which detects the footsteps of people who stand on it. (Photo: University of Manchester).

 

By using artificial intelligence, the changes in location and amount of lights as caused by human motions, e.g. walking or exercising, are recorded, plotted and analyzed. The complexity of the research lies not only on identifying the types of footstep patterns but also in the necessity to cope with the footstep spatial and temporal variances in the data captured from a real-world gait recording system.

The result was encouraging with high accuracy in identifying pre-defined variants of gait. 

Possible uses of smart carpet

The applications of magic carpet can be group into 2 categories: health and safety; and security. It can be installed to monitor old people’s movements in elderly home, as well as patients in clinics and hospitals, and thus becomes an integral part of the healthcare systems.

For security purpose, such a carpet can be placed to track and identify people who walked past on it at residential and office buildings. They can also be applied in areas where volume of people is high and constant surveillance is required to ensure public safety. These places include transport terminals (e.g. train stations and airports), museums, government premises, tourist attractions and places for entertainment and leisure.

[BEIT NEWS] 12 Oct 2018 – eNightLog for elderly, digital construction and cyber security at healthcare

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PolyU develops eNightLog System for caring Elderly with Dementia

The non-contact and non-invasive eNightLog system is embedded with event sequence tracking and different kinds of remote sensing and imaging technologies, based on innovative algorithm developed by the BME team of PolyU. This innovative technique has already been patented.

Seventeen systems have been installed and tested in a nursing home for 2 months this year for nighttime monitoring. During this period, 380 incidences of elderly leaving bed alone were recorded, with all them being successfully detected (100%), and only 2 times of false alarm occurred (0.5%). In addition, the system recorded 525 events of caregivers visiting elderly and accompanying the elderly leaving, and accuracy rate is 100%. 

Keywords: eNightLogProf. ZHENG Yongping; The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; dementia; Alzheimer’s disease

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Picture: eNightLog – the research team led by Ir Prof. ZHENG Yongping in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


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Imerso offers intelligent technology through 3D capture and BIM

 

Working on Imerso is simple as Users start by loading the software with all the data from the planning stage, which includes BIM, geometry, schedules as well as tolerance parameters and then these data are used as monitoring targets. When, site works continues, users upload 3D data on field. The next step perform by Imerso is to register that 3D data directly to the 3D building information model and displays the result, through this it is easy for the users to compare the current on-site conditions against the original design intent.

Keywords: Imerso; 3D; Building Information Modelling (BIM); digital construction; Frederico VALENTE

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Picture: Imerso’s digital platform for construction.


 

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… by leveraging machine learning, organizations can largely diminish the security concerns that come with Internet of Things (IoT). Machine learning enables data exchanges to be monitored within the organization, and with external parties to detect anomalies that are not considered the norm. Machine learning can also aid in predicting threats, in its ability to analyze historical data from specific trends, which can be evaluated from the big data produced by the algorithms.

Keywords: Healthcare; Internet of Things (IoT); cyber security; machine learning; behavior analytics 

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Source: https://www.sensorsmag.com/iot-wireless/how-to-combat-security-risks-healthcare-iot-security

[BEIT NEWS] 08 Oct 2018 – Aberdeen to Dyce rail construction and digital technologies in architecture

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Immersive pod offers unique aerial views of Aberdeen to Dyce rail construction

 

Seven people at a time can sit in the purpose-built “igloo” at the Aberdeen station concourse, where 360-degree drone footage will be projected onto the walls.

With total immersion in the room, viewers can feel like they are floating high above the tracks as they look on at scenes of the extensive construction work.

The scheme ties into the concept of “digital construction” where projects are mapped out in excruciating detail on computers to test every possibility before shovels hit the ground.

Keywords: Aberdeen to Dyce rail construction; drone; digital construction

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Using Architecture to Create a New Civic Movement: SHoP’s Chris Sharples Speaks

 

From digital models to next-generation fabrication and delivery techniques, technology is at the center of the firm’s movement toward an iterative approach that, as Chris Sharples says, “is beginning to blur the line between architecture and manufacturing.”

… the firm’s 180-person staff uses digital models to conceptualize urban architecture projects that engage the public realm and, ultimately, transform cities—New York being high on the list. “Among architects, there’s a lot of focus on form and expression, and not so much on experience,” continues Sharples. “We think it’s really important to think of how architecture can create a new civic moment.”

Keywords: SHoP Architects; Botswana Innovation Hub; digital technologies; architecture and manufacturing

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Picture: Botswana Innovation Hub which SHoP’s used a variety of sustainable techniques, including the “Energy Blanket” roofscape

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