Technology & Innovation

Autonomous Technology Heats Up In Arizona

Via truckinginfo.com Arizona is hot enough as it. But the Grand Canyon state is heating up as a hotbed of autonomous vehicle development as well, according to a report by Wired magazine. According to the story, autonomous systems developer Mobileye, fresh off its acquisition a couple of weeks ago by software giant Intel, has announced it will build a fleet of 100 autonomous vehicles and test the first of them

State Taps IBM Cloud To Strengthen IT Services

Via toptechnews.com As part of this new agreement, cloud managed services will be implemented by the State of Arizona’s shared technology services organization, Arizona Strategic Enterprise Technology (ASET), to develop and execute the statewide information technology strategy and to offer capabilities, services, and infrastructure to additional State agencies. ASET is responsible for running a centralized group for monitoring and overseeing high-risk technology projects across State agencies that choose to utilize

UA Selected For High-impact, Industrial Demonstration Of New Integrated Photonic Cryogenic Datalink For Focal Plane Arrays

Via nanotech-now.com The $1,200,000 U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) project, along with an additional $400,000 in matching funds from a team led by the University of Arizona (UA), will support a consortium that includes Sandia National Labs, Raytheon (RTN) and other aerospace firms engaged in FPA technology. The project will encompass the design, fabrication and test of cryogenic PIC-based datalinks for FPA readout and has the potential to strongly advance

AI Improves Tomato Harvests in AZ

Via govtech.com More and more, farmers are using tech to improve crop growth, from data-driven approaches to using drones to increase yields. And now, artificial intelligence (AI) is in the mix. NatureSweet grows tomatoes on six farms in both the U.S. and Mexico, and began testing AI almost a year ago at one of its farms in Arizona to better control pests and diseases in its greenhouses. The technology has

APS Brings Battery Storage To Rural Arizona

Via businesswire.com PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Instead of rebuilding about 20 miles of transmission and distribution poles and wires, Arizona Public Service (APS) will install two battery storage systems in rural Punkin Center, Arizona, making it one of the first electricity companies in the nation to use batteries in place of traditional infrastructure. The two 4-megawatt-hour (MWh) Advancion® batteries are made by AES Energy Storage. Construction on the project will begin in fall

Tech Launch Arizona Continues Upward Trajectory

Via tucson.com A bench-scale test reactor runs an electrodeposition process using molten salt at MetOxs, a Tech Launch Arizona offshoot. The University of Arizona’s technology commercialization arm posted across-the-board increases in startup companies, license agreements and other measures in fiscal 2017. The results for the fiscal year ended June 30 mark five years of continual year-to-year improvements in nearly all areas since Tech Launch Arizona was formed in 2013. The

ADOT Hopes High-tech Checkpoints Will Keep Truckers Rolling Along

Via azfamily.com The Arizona Department of Transportation will soon roll out sensor technology at seven commercial trucking checkpoints designed to keep the state’s trucking industry rolling along. Traditionally, ADOT has relied on inspectors to evaluate the weight, credentials and safety status of trucks entering the state. During the next month, the department will begin using a system called Drivewyze Preclear, which uses cameras and sensors embedded in the roadway to scan

Arizona Targets Wrong-way Driving With Unique Tech Program

Via foxbusiness.com PHOENIX –  Arizona transportation officials are moving forward with a first-in-the-nation pilot program that will use thermal camera technology to curb the wrong-way driving problem plaguing the state. The detection system will illuminate a sign that notifies the wrong-way driver and alert authorities. Transportation officials will update message boards along the highway, warning other drivers of a wrong-way vehicle. The technology will be installed on a 15-mile (24-kilometer)

'Frivilous' Lawsuits Target Business Websites

abc15.com The blind person alleges that the text to audio on the website isn’t compatible and therefore he cannot use it. There’s a new wave of disability-access lawsuits rolling into Arizona and finding businesses to sue is now as simple as surfing the internet. Across the country, plaintiffs and attorneys have been testing cases filed against businesses whose websites they claim discriminate against people with disabilities. Those lawsuits are beginning

Arizona Legislation A Model For Implementing 5G Technology

Via azbigmedia.com Arizona lawmakers have been at the forefront when it comes to laying the groundwork for 5G, the next generation of wireless telecommunications technology, a group of experts said Tuesday. The panel of industry and government officials said Arizona could become one of the first states with 5G technology, and they credited measures like the state’s HB 2365, which streamlines the permitting process for the faster networks. Fifth-generation, or