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DateDate: 3-04-2018, 07:11

In Japan, not far from Yokohama, the "clever" city of Tsunashima officially opened, over which a group of eight large Japanese companies, led by technological giant Panasonic and developer Nomura Real Estate, worked for several years with the support of local authorities, ITbukva.com reports.
Unlike Fujisawa, another Japanese smart city opened by Panasonic in 2014 and conceptually reminiscent of a one-story America, the clever city of sustainable development Tsunasima (that's the name of the project) is the quarter of the smart metropolis of the future.
On its territory there are a multifunctional office building, an eco-friendly residential complex, an "intelligent" shopping and entertainment center, an Apple research laboratory, a Keio University student campus, a hydrogen charging station and other futuristic facilities. In the future, Tsunasima will become an incubator, a test platform and a real embodiment of innovations in business, education and everyday life.
Of course, there will still not be a flying taxi from futuristic movies. But many technologies implemented in the "smart" metropolis have no analogues.
For the development of Tsunasima and urban infrastructure management, the Smart City Information Modeling (SCIM) information modeling platform, developed by Obayashi, one of Japan's leading design firms, will be used. The SCIM system represents the city in the form of an interactive 3D model that constantly receives data from sensors and cameras installed at various points in Tsunasima (on energy consumption, the number of people, transport, etc.). Thanks to this platform SCIM can visualize a "smart" city from a wide variety of points of view.
Panasonic sensors installed in the territory of Tsunasima can continuously monitor the state of the environment: temperature, humidity, ultraviolet radiation, rainfall, CO2, suspended particles and pollen. Based on the information received, it will be possible to adjust the range of the shopping center and offer the residents and guests of Tsunasima topical services. For example, if the level of pollen in the air increases (the flowering of plants began), additional medicines for allergic persons or masks can be delivered to the pharmacy.
Touch Panasonic Vieureka cameras with built-in video analytics will be able to track and in a generalized form (to protect the right to privacy) to visualize the number, sex and age composition of visitors to the city and other useful information.
Infrared sensors Panasonic Grid-EYE will be able to record the location of people at certain points and with the help of a special algorithm to build "thermal maps", identifying places of mass congestion, popular routes and much more. The sensors will also create a comfortable indoor microclimate.
As early as April 2018, the smart city will move from the planning stage to direct operation. In the heart of Tsunashima, a multifunctional administrative center, combined with a security center (supported by ALSOK), will start operating. On the territory of the city will be tested security systems of a new generation based on artificial intelligence and other technologies. The passenger service Sunautas of Yokohama organizes a system of car renting and bicycle rental. Honda Motor will launch a system of car fueling on fuel cells.
Great importance will be given to the creation of innovations. Panasonic Corporation and Keio University organize special studios for the exchange of ideas and dialogue of representatives of business, science, local community and authorities. The most promising ideas are planned to be finalized to ready-made business models and commercialized.
"Energocenter", located in the heart of the city, will regulate the production and consumption of electricity, providing commercial and residential facilities with clean energy and backup power in case of natural disasters. The highly efficient heating system of the Tokyo Gas Group based on household gas will be used to produce electricity, heat houses and heat water. Gas deliveries will be carried out on special earthquake-proof gas pipelines of medium pressure, which will not stop working even in case of natural disasters.
Created with the participation of JX Nippon Oil & Energy corporation, the hydrogen filling station will serve environmentally friendly cars with fuel cells. To ensure safety, a variety of sensors, seismic-resistant materials and structures will be used here.
The traditional principles of Japanese culture combined with modern technologies will create a healthy and safe environment for the life and work of students from different countries in the International Campus of Keio University. Its premises will be easily adaptable to any task, thanks to light controllers that regulate lighting, as well as Space Player systems - a unique symbiosis of lighting and projection technologies, allowing to transform spaces using projections and architects

DateDate: 3-04-2018, 07:09

Alibaba Group Holding fully buys Ele.me for expanding its food delivery services. This is reported by The Fortune. The cost of Ele.me is about 9.5 billion dollars. Alibaba and its subsidiaries Ant Small and Micro Financial Services Group already own 43% of Ele.me.
Ele.me is involved in the delivery of food throughout the country and is a major competitor to startups such as Meituan Dianping. The market is growing due to the fact that most people prefer to use a smartphone to order food, sign up for a spa or hire an au pair. It is also strategically important for Alibaba and Tencent to promote their services.
"Ele.me is the most used food order application, and delivery networks (formed through local services) will become an integral part of the trade infrastructure," says Daniel Zhang, executive director of Alibaba Group.
In February, Bloomberg announced plans to buy Alibaba shares of other investors in Ele.me. In connection with the expansion of the market, Meituan has become one of the most expensive start-ups in the world - its preliminary cost is $ 60 billion.
The deal for the purchase of Ele.me was another step in Alibaba's integration into the logistics sector. Alibaba has undertaken a long-term partnership with Cainiao and invested in the construction of warehouses. In addition, the company invested in retail, including Intime Retail Group.
"If Ele.me is willing to cooperate with Cainiao, the delivery network can become a more effective asset," commented New Street Research analyst Kirk Baudry.
It is expected that the founder of Ele.me Zhang Xiuhao will become chairman of the company, and vice president of Alibaba Group Wang Lei will become the chief executive officer of Ele.me.
As competition in Asia grows, Alibaba has decided to expand in the field of e-commerce. Last month, the company said it would invest another $ 2 billion in the Lazada Group to support its presence in Southeast Asia.
A deal to buy Ele.me in the short term could lead to a reduction in profits. Despite this, Alibaba is ready to acquire a start-up for profit in the future. "Whenever they saw long-term potential in Alibaba, they did not doubt purchase," Bodri said.

DateDate: 3-04-2018, 07:07

The technology of camouflage has been used by mankind for many centuries, and camouflage has gone from a product literally from leaves and sticks to high-tech systems that can hide the presence of a person.
However, experts from the University of California were able to create something really impressive: a material that can disguise a person from infrared cameras and sensors.
Like most inventions, the new camouflage was inspired by nature itself: scientists, observing squid, noticed that they can change the color of their skin, deforming the tissues themselves.
American researchers decided to recreate the technology and for this, a thin layer of aluminum was applied to the surface of the elastic polymer film. When stretched, the resulting material is able to reflect light located in the infrared range.
Then the scientists put the film on the surface and began to warm it up. It turned out that in the heated state the film was perfectly visible on the infrared camera.
However, once the heating ceased, the object completely disappeared from the monitors and became invisible.
In the future, specialists plan to develop a new kind of camouflage on the basis of new technology, which will make the media invisible to digital devices. Taken with hi-news.ru