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Technology Can Make the ‘100 Deadliest Days’ a Thing of the Past

The 100 most deadly days for teen drivers are underway. The time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to AAA, makes up the “100 Deadliest Days,” when more than 30% of deaths involving teen drivers occur. In fact, AAA’s data suggests that on average, during these 100 days, seven people in the U.S. die per day in teen driver-related auto crashes. Young drivers lack the experience that more seasoned drivers have, and this reality will not change. However, the vehicles people drive are changing, becoming smarter and more connected. Can driver-assistance and autonomous-vehicle technologies turn the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day into just another 100 days?

Sustainability by Gender

I have declared this the decade of sustainability—as enterprises, cities, and everyone in between hurries to meet carbon neutrality and net zero goals by the elusive 2030 target many have set. But is there one subset that is hurdling toward this faster than others? If so, then how can we get everyone on the same page? A recent survey looks to provide some insights.

Cyberattacks by Vertical

Cyberattacks are on the rise—something I predicted years ago would happen. Now, with a large amount of people working remotely, the COVID-19 pandemic has sped this up a bit. We are seeing what some might call an alarming surge phishing and ransomware attacks. Let’s look at some of the numbers, and break this down by vertical.

Government and Industry Recognize Need to Defend Against Cyber Threats

Cybersecurity is always important, but it takes a front seat in the news when something bad happens, as it did when a ransomware attack shut the Colonial Pipeline system down for several days in early May, resulting in one of the worst cyberattacks on U.S. infrastructure. The U.S. government has responded with new cybersecurity requirements in the pipeline sector, but what should other sectors take away from this incident? Worldwide security spending across sectors is set to grow this year, and organizations like MISA (Microsoft Intelligent Security Assn.) are growing as well—all in an effort to help the ecosystem defend against increasing cyber threats.

White Space and the Digital Divide

For roughly two decades we have been discussing the need for free access to commercially attractive spectrum in order to support new services and to expand the capacity and reach of existing wireless systems—particularly in rural and underserved areas.

Microsoft Build 2021 Highlights for IoT

For the second year in a row, Microsoft Build was an all-digital event. The annual event for developers and software engineers who work with Microsoft products produced a lot of news for developers in the realms of AI (artificial intelligence), cloud, edge, and more. During the event’s keynote address, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also hinted at big changes coming for the next version of Windows. Nadella said the update will “unlock greater opportunity for developers and creators.” While a tease was all attendees got about the so-called “next generation of Windows,” tons of updates were announced at the 2021 Build event, along with some important industry-enhancing collaborations.

Pandemic-Inspired Brokerage Use Is Proving Costly

Nobody in transportation saw the disruption of 2020 coming, but it verified a few things that we all knew. As the trucking market reacted to extremely volatile freight demand, shippers were left plugging holes in routing guides built before the coronavirus hit newswires or store shelves. This flooded the spot market with goods that needed to move, and digital load boards and brokerage stepped in to meet that need in a big way.

Where Is the Supply Chain Headed?

Heather Mueller, supply chain COO, Breakthrough, joins Peggy to talk about logistics and supply chain systems. She talks about the challenges as a result of COVID and how they have been tackled; some of the common supply-chain disruptions; and lessons learned to avoid future shortages. Mueller also discusses how transportation and supply-chain decisions made at the local level can help dramatically improve the global landscape. Case in point: she says, you cannot improve what you can’t measure, and actuals are not averages.

Excitement Surrounding Cryptocurrency Ecosystem Booms

The cryptocurrency market is hot right now. In early May, Ethereum (ETH) was valued at more than $3,500, up from less than $1,100 at the beginning of the year. Often considered the second most popular cryptocurrency after Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum has been called “digital oil” while, by comparison, Bitcoin has been called “digital gold.” And then there’s others, like Dogecoin (DOGEUSD), which started as a joke. As investors jump on the bandwagon, though, Dogecoin has jumped above $0.60 (as of this writing)—that’s up from about a dime just a few weeks earlier. As the crypto ecosystem gains attention from investors, it’s gaining attention from regulators as well.

Enabling Equitable Digital Literacy

Could poor digital employee experience cost your company money? A recent survey says yes—to the tune of $4 trillion in lost revenue for global Fortune 500 companies. The past year has created a number of hurdles—particularly as it relates to facilitating equal access to technology and ensuring adoption and digital literacy.

IoT Innovations 2021 and Beyond

The year 2020 will, no doubt, be remembered as one of sacrifice, challenge, and adaption. People were directly impacted by an invisible enemy—the coronavirus and the resulting COVID-19 pandemic—and challenged to change their lifestyle accordingly. Companies were hit with mandated closures, economic challenges, and a new way of working. But through it all, people remained resilient and flexible. And in meeting the challenges, individuals and organizations found help in technology, new and old.

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