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The Internet of Things – 50 Billions Connected Devices and Objects by the Year 2020

OCLC – NextSpace 24 – Libraries and the Internet of Things: “A world divided by the prospect of a world connected . The simplest definition of the Internet of Things (IoT) might be: real-world objects connected to the Internet, sending and receiving data. But beyond that, there is little consensus on what the specific technical infrastructures of IoT might look like; what kind of standards would be required; who should set those standards; what the specific business cases for various industries should be; and the relationships between personal, private data about individuals vs. information about their connected things. Likewise, in an informal poll of more than 100 librarians, we found that the term “Internet of Things” itself was less familiar than some specific examples of the “smart” or “networked” objects that are beginning to comprise IoT, such as smart watches, medical monitors, smart appliances and self-driving cars…”

GAO Report – Vehicle Safety Inspections

Vehicle Safety Inspections: Improved DOT Communication Could Better Inform State Programs, GAO-15-705: Published: Aug 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 2015: “According to officials GAO interviewed from 15 state vehicle safety inspection programs, these programs enhance vehicle safety; however, the benefits and costs of such programs are difficult to quantify. State officials told GAO thatContinue Reading

Professor Latanya Sweeney Launches New Privacy and Technology Journa

EPIC – “Harvard Professor Dr. Latanya Sweeney has launched Technology Science, a new online journal for “original material dealing primarily with a social, political, personal, or organizational benefit or adverse consequence of technology.” Among other papers, Technology Science currently features research on Facebook Messenger’s geolocation collection and disclosure, medical privacy, and price discrimination in internationalContinue Reading

GAO Reports – SEC Conflict Minerals Rule, Unmanned Aerial Systems, U.S. Savings Bonds

SEC Conflict Minerals Rule: Initial Disclosures Indicate Most Companies Were Unable to Determine the Source of Their Conflict Minerals, GAO-15-561: Published: Aug 18, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 2015. Unmanned Aerial Systems: FAA Continues Progress toward Integration into the National Airspace, GAO-15-610: Published: Jul 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 2015. U.S. Savings Bonds: FutureContinue Reading

FAA software glitch heavily impacted east coast air travel

News release: “The FAA identified a recent software upgrade at the Leesburg, VA, high-altitude radar facility as the source of Saturday’s automation problems. The agency is working closely with its contractor, Lockheed Martin Corp., to prevent future occurrences.  Despite the outage, air traffic controllers safely handled 70 to 88 percent of Saturday’s scheduled arrivals andContinue Reading

Who Drives to Work? Commuting by Automobile in the United States: 2013

Who Drives to Work? Commuting by Automobile in the United States: 2015, August 13, 2015, Report Number: ACS-32, Brian McKenzie “The automobile has played a fundamental role in shaping where we live and how we get around. It has influenced the form and density of our communities and expanded the geographic range of daily travel.Continue Reading

Census Bureau Releases Commuting Report and Table Package

“Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released a report, Who Drives to Work? Commuting by Automobile in the United States, 2013, which looks at commuting by private vehicle. The report highlights differences in rates of automobile commuting by population characteristics such as age, race, ethnicity, place of birth and the types of communities in which workersContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Defense Contracts, Immigrant Investor Program, Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle

Defense Contracts: DOD’s Requests for Information from Contractors to Assess Prices, GAO-15-680: Published: Aug 12, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 2015. Immigrant Investor Program: Additional Actions Needed to Better Assess Fraud Risks and Report Economic Benefits, GAO-15-696: Published: Aug 12, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 2015 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle: The Air Force Needs toContinue Reading

Detailed Report Shows Most Railroads Will Miss Positive Train Control Deadline

News release: “The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today sent its Status of Positive Train Control Implementation report to Congress. The report is mandated by the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee and shows that after seven years and significant assistance from FRA, most railroads will miss the Dec. 31, 2015 positive train control (PTC) implementation deadlineContinue Reading

GasPot Experiment: Unexamined Perils in Using Gas-Tank-Monitoring Systems

TrendMicro Report, Kyle Wilhoit and Stephen Hilt Forward-Looking Threat Research (FTR) Team: “…In places like the United States (US) and others worldwide, gas stations are primarily privately owned. Some business owners can be described as independent, tech-savvy, and modern. Gas retailers are aware of the risks tied to their business and so heavily invest inContinue Reading

Google Maps Streetview Player

Excellent work by Brian Folts – “The google maps streetview player will take in either a starting point and end point, or a provided file of a route and provide a playthrough of the google streetview images that are available.” Users may choose from a list of languages to enter origin and destination.

GM Sets Pace for Zero Waste

Great news via GM: “Ten years ago GM reached a significant milestone in our waste reduction journey when our Flint Engine plant in Michigan became landfill-free. With 122 such facilities under our belt now, we now aspire to send zero of our manufacturing waste to landfills. We produce vehicles in 30 countries, so this commitmentContinue Reading