Information Systems Integration – Tony Messina

Shihao Fei

In-Screen Fingerprint Phone

Vivo, a smartphone brand owned by the same company behind Oppo and OnePlus, has announced the X20 Plus UD, the first ever smartphone with in-screen fingerprint scanner at CES 2018. Vivo X20 UD came with a 6.43-inch full HD+ OLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It was using an OLED panel because the Synaptics tech relies on that type of display for the fingerprint scanner to work. The scanner underneath actually peeks between the pixels to identify the fingerprint.

In MWC 2018, Vivo showed its second in-screen fingerprint concept phone, Apex, has a ‘half-screen’ fingerprint scanner and a retracting selfie camera. The lack of bezels also means there’s no space for a conventional earpiece speaker. Therefore, Vivo’s approach here is to vibrate the entire screen itself like a speaker — you can still hear phone calls without holding the device to your head.

On March 19, 2018, Vivo announced the lunch of its third in fingerprint scanner smartphone, X21 Plus UD.

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Self-driving buses is on the road

Shenzheng is a very young  city, the average age of population in the city is 32, and this city has passion to try new things.

A self-driving bus route was set in the end of 2017. It was servicing a three-stop, 1.2-kilometer route with actual passengers, and the price of whole trip is 0.16 US dollar. The buses can carry up 19 passengers and hit max speed of 40 kilometers per hour. The buses were by Shenzhen Haylion Technologies at a cost of about $76,0000 per vehicle.

Capable of avoiding pedestrians, speeding up, slowing down, making emergency stops, changing lanes, and navigating traffic lights, the buses are steered automatically along a designated route. For safety’s sake, there is a driver on board, though ideally he should never need to touch the wheel.

The buses were still under the real road testing. If they continue to pass all of their tests, they could one day enter regular operation in the city.

City Brain

In October 13, 2016, the Government of Hangzhou City declared “City Brain” Project which is an artificial intelligence (AI) hub to improve and regulate traffic condition throughout the city. The “City Brain” started with controlling the all traffic lights and improved traffic efficiency 11% in Hangzhou. The whole system was upgraded a few months later, the AI system was trained for two months and was able to recognized traffic jam, accidents and crimes. In Hangzhou City, there are 50 thousand cameras, the “City Brain” are able to monitor city traffic via these cameras and report to the traffic control center if traffic jam or accidents happen.

The “City Brain” was launched by Alibaba and Foxconn, they aimed to solve problems for city with teconology supported. The “City Brain” Project is also a test-mode for all Chinese city, if successful, the Hangzhou City will be a template for China, even for the world.