Itron wins contract to upgrade local Swedish smart grid and meters

US-based industrial networking company Itron has signed with local electricity provider Borås Elnät in Sweden to swap-in 46,000 smart electric meters and layer-in sensors and analytics across its grid infrastructure. Borås Elnät operates in the city of Borås in Västra Götaland County, in Sweden. Itron will handle project management and implementation for the industrial IoT…

Robot uses AI to personalize teaching of autistic children

Researchers have developed a new personalized learning robot for autistic children that uses machine learning to adapt its lessons to each kid’s changing needs. The University of Southern California team put a “socially assistive robot” called Kiwi in the homes of 17 autistic children and set the two-foot-tall, green-feathered robot to give each child personalized classes. Over the course of…

Why Minimizing Human Error is the Only Viable Defense Against Spear Phishing

Phishing attacks have become one of the business world’s top cybersecurity concerns. These social engineering attacks have been rising over the years, with the most recent report from the Anti-Phishing Working Group coalition identifying over 266,000 active spoofed websites, which is nearly double the number detected during Q4 2018. Hackers have evolved their methods, from…