Smart Companies: New IoT Solutions

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Smart Companies: New IoT Solutions

Toyota plans to build the “city” of the future near of Mount Fuji in Japan and Edico Genome will change the way clinicians diagnose and treat deadly diseases with new IoT solutions.

Toyota Motor Corporation

Weaving a City

Carmaker Toyota plans to build the “city” of the future on a 175-acre site at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. Called the “Woven City”, it will be a fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells.
Envisioned as a “living laboratory,” Woven City will serve as a permanent home to residents and researchers, who will be able to test and develop technologies such as autonomous vehicles, robotics, personal mobility, smart homes, and artificial intelligence, in a real-world environment.
“Building a complete city from the ground up, even on a small scale like this, is a unique opportunity to develop future technologies, including a digital operating system for the city’s infrastructure. With people, buildings, and vehicles all connected and communicating with each other through data and sensors, we will be able to test connected AI technology … in both the virtual and the physical realms … maximizing its potential,” said Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corporation. The company will invite commercial and academic partners as well as interested scien-tists and researchers from around the world to come and work on their own projects in this real-world incubator.

Building a complete city from the ground up, even on a small scale like this, is a unique opportunity to develop future technologies.
Akio Toyoda, Chief Strategy Officer, Tata Communications


Toyota has commissioned Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, founder of the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), to design Woven City. His team have designed many high-profile projects, from Two World Trade Center in New York to Google’s Mountain View headquarters. The masterplan of the city includes designations for street usage.

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split into three types: for faster vehicles only; for a mix of lower speed, personal mobility, and pedestrians; and for a park-like promenade for pedestrians only. These three street types weave together to form an organic grid pattern to help accelerate the testing of autonomy.
To move residents across the city, only fully autonomous, zero-emission vehicles will be allowed on the main thoroughfares. Throughout Woven City, autonomous Toyota e-Palette buses and trucks will be used for transportation and deliveries and will also serve as customizable mobile retail units.
It is planned to populate Woven City with Toyota Motor Corp.’s employees and their families, retired couples, retailers, visiting scientists, and industry partners. The plan is for 2,000 residents initially, adding more as the project evolves.

Edico Genome

A Disease-Slaying Dragen

Edico Genome’s Dragen Platform is changing the way clinicians diagnose and treat deadly diseases by giving them crucial genetic information. Uncovering the links between genetic differences and human disease is the future of medicine, says CEO Pieter van Rooyen – one in which terminal diseases can be treated through immunotherapy and drugs that specifically target tumors, without the side effects of less-focused treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy.

It’s been developed specifically for genomic analysis, something that makes it significantly better than any software-based solution.
Pieter van Rooyen, CEO of Edico Genome


This is being made possible by the Dynamic Read Analysis for Genomics (Dragen) Bio-IT processor. The chip provides researchers and clinicians with rapid read analysis. Typically, a physician has to wait for the result of each test before he can order another one. “The great thing about the genome is, we can take on every genetic disease in one test,” said Dr. Stephen Kingsmore, CEO of Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine in San Diego and the holder of the Guinness World Record for the fastest genetic diagnosis, which was accomplished using Dragen.

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Today’s technology cannot yet sequence whole genomes because it involves processing massive amounts of data which must be done piece by piece. Dragen puts these sections back together to reconstruct the whole genome sequence.
“It’s like shredding 800 phone books and then trying to piece each one together again,” explains Gavin Stone, VP of marketing at Edico Genome. “What used to take an entire room of servers and 30 hours can be done by a single server in 20 minutes using our accelerator card with Dragen.” In addition to the obvious time savings, often critical in clinical environments, the solution drastically reduces the costs associated with genome sequence analysis – but IT isn’t always a core competency in clinical environments. To get Dragen up and running, the Edico Genome team turned to Avnet for help.

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“Avnet has dramatically simplified how Edico Genome deploys Dragen to its customers. For us, the customer experience is key. We want them to have a ‘push-button’ experience – they get a server that’s pretested, preconfigured, and preinstalled with everything. All our customer has to do is plug it in,” said Stone.
Dragen is being used in clinical settings to screen for cancer using a simple blood sample and can diagnose the disease much earlier than had been previously possible. “With these new techniques, in ten years cancer is going to become a managed disease and less like the epidemic it is. In ten years, everybody will be getting screened on a regular basis,” predicts Stone.

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