Back in December 2019, the Zigbee Alliance set out to create a unifying standard for the smart-home industry. Project Connected Home over IP is a Working Group within the Zigbee Alliance, which develops and promotes the adoption of a new connectivity standard to increase compatibility among smart-home products. Now, it is announcing a team dedicated to the development and promotion of the standard for commercial markets—and it couldn’t come a moment too soon.
“Distance learning” has become the new reality for many students in the U.S. and around the globe, thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While many might be concerned about the new format, there are truly some long-lasting opportunities for our children in this.
Even before the pandemic hit, manufacturers were facing big changes—ecosystems, business models, customer expectations—everything was changing. Add in a labor shortage and the advent of new technologies and the pace of change was picking up. Modern manufacturers need a digital supply chain where they can see actual product condition information flow in realtime.
With election day fast approaching here in the United States, I wanted to dig into how voting is making the move to digital. For months, I have been saying COVID-19 has sped up digital transformation in many industries. The election is no exception.
Drivers are more likely to wear a mask than drive without using a cellphone. This isn’t a political blog—and I am going to stay away from the political side of this discussion—but I am still shocked that roughly 76% of people said they are very willing to wear a mask in public while only 62% of people are very willing to obey a state law preventing cellphone use.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to remain profitable, manufacturing is accelerating digital transformation. Companies are investing an average of 36% of their global budget for all factory-related initiatives toward smart manufacturing. Wow, but it seems to be paying off.
Deaths. The number of deaths is up 17% in June, but not for the reason you think. The surge in deaths has nothing to do with COVID-19. We are all traveling less, but our roads are not any less dangerous. Even with the rebound in VMT (vehicle miles traveled) relative to January, driving is still well short of normal for June and July, because those months are normally much heavier traveling months than January. Again, that doesn’t mean those who are driving on the roads are any less distracted.
With the pandemic, a lot of companies have had to loosen some of the restrictions on remote work and that has unleashed havoc on many industries, particularly those that have a supply-chain of partners such as manufacturing. This is leading to an uptick in attacks. In fact, new research shows four in five firms have had a cybersecurity breach caused by a third-party vendor.
If we want young workers—both those considered millennials and those considered gen Z—we need to better understand them and what they bring to our work environments. Then, perhaps most importantly, we need to craft our jobs, processes, and working environments to enable them to thrive. I am not sure if enough manufacturers have taken these steps.
Let’s face it. The healthcare industry is facing a number of challenges today. Between a very real labor shortage, and the need to keep everything clean, the industry is facing an uphill battle if it doesn’t find some help. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Conor McGinn, CEO, Akara Robotics, to address this very topic and he has an interesting solution. Here is a hint: it’s a robot.