The Stack: Hidden Impact On Data Centres – Russian Recruitment Bots, Predicting Prisoner Reoffending & More!

Detecting crime, fighting fraud, robots conducting job interviews. Those are just some of the weird and wonderful ways the Internet of Things (IoT) transforms our day-to-day lives.

By 2025 it’s predicted we’ll exchange data with smartphones, sensors, and other interconnected devices 4,800 times a day. That’s every 18 seconds!

Logo for The Stack.com data centre websiteWe’ve already explained to news website The Stack how this interconnectivity is impacting on areas as diverse as our hospitals, our favourite sports teams, and on the factory floor. In this final piece of our “Hidden Impact on Data Centres” series, we focus on some of the more unusual areas where the IoT and big data is proving similarly influential.

For instance, have you heard about the Russian-devised recruitment artificial intelligence (AI) app that major brands including Pepsi and Ikea use to interview prospective job candidates? “Vera’s” speech recognition is capable of analysing 13 billion words. The software supposedly sifts upwards of 1,500 prospective workers in a single day.

The article also addresses the increasing use of AI, data, and predictive analysis in the criminal justice system. Several police forces use algorithms that forecast the risk of prisoner reoffending rates. While former Home Secretary Amber Rudd called for algorithms to identify “stabbing hotspots” and tackle knife crime.

Other areas featured in the piece include farming and food production, supermarkets fighting online grocery fraud, automated insurance pay-outs, and car insurance premiums based on real-time driving data.

Of course, all these weird and wonderful activities rely on rapid and reliable data storage, processing, and analysis. For data centre managers, that means the prospect of their electricity going offline for any period of time is unthinkable.

The rise of the IoT has seen a boom in both cloud storage and a shift to edge computing. Micro data centres as close to the factory, hospital, or call centre to deliver the fastest processing times. But whatever the data centre design, a dependable uninterruptible power supply (UPS) remains a must.

Read the full story about the ‘Internet of Things’ and data centre demands at The Stack website