Rick, Stefan Ferber, who is the Director for Communities & Partner Networks in the Internet of Things and Services at Bosch Software Innovations, provides a nice synopsis in his blog following the 2012 IEEE Internet of Things conference in Wuxi, including the "Wuxi National IoT innovation zone" that hosts several research institutes, some 300 companies with 30 bn RMB turnover and more than 70,000 associates.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.