April: The 5G/AV Connection

5G will have a massive, game-changing impact on our society, some profess. Others scoff and say: Prove it. Today’s connected world is experiencing change on almost every level thanks to the IoT (Internet of Things). IoT-enabled connectivity is turning objects—people, places, machines, and devices—into “smart” objects that can sense the world around them, share and/or interpret decision-enhancing data, and even act autonomously based on this data.

March 2019: Automation and the Future of Work

Automation’s impact on the job market has been and will continue to be significant, to say the least. Forrester Research calls automation central to the next phase of digital transformation, because it’s driving value in terms of faster product delivery, better product quality and higher dependability, and more personalization and convenience.

February 2019: Tech That’s Open, Fair, and Inclusive for the IoT

Open, as an adjective, means to allow access or passage. Something that’s open is not closed; it’s exposed, unlocked. There’s often a positive connotation with the word open—whether someone’s waiting with open arms, an establishment is open for business, or a business leader is open to suggestions, open sounds inviting and encouraging, probably because it generally is.

Will Urban Mobility Alter AVs?

There is no doubt that trends such as urbanization and the adoption of smart technologies are going to change transportation. There are a lot of questions about how urban mobility will change and impact autonomous vehicles. In fact, there is a lot of debate, which is why in this column I will spend time digging into this topic even more.

Better Tech, Less Distraction in Cockpits

Technology can improve safety. It can deliver just-in-time data for first responders, it can remotely monitor assets in dangerous places so humans don’t have to, and one day, AV (autonomous vehicle) technology will drive vehicles, mitigating dangers associated with human driver error. However, technology can also detract from safety. Too much technology in front of someone operating a machine of any type can distract from the task at hand—even if it’s very purpose is to help.

What’s Taking So Long for the Self-Driving Future to Arrive?

Nearly 1.25 million people die in road crashes each year, according to the Assn. for Safe Intl. Road Travel, and 94% of these crashes are caused by human error, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. Statistics like these—along with massive traffic congestion in urban areas worldwide—have fueled the autonomous-driving movement.

Smart Cities Get a Push

When you think of cities of the future, what comes to mind? Are we talking about AVs (autonomous vehicles) and transportation? Sometimes we are talking about the future of supply chains and logistics. And other times we are looking at urbanization and how cities are going to adapt.

Avoiding Disruptions in Digital Transformations

ERP (enterprise resource planning) software offers an integrated approach to business processes ranging from sales to accounting, CRM (customer-relationship management), and beyond. By implementing an ERP solution, businesses can boost efficiency and productivity by streamlining processes; they may also cut costs. Many enterprises are employing ERP and other solutions as part of their digital transformations and increasing focus on the IoT (Internet of Things).

Traffic Safety in the Era of AVs

The future is filled with unknowns: How will the IoT (Internet of Things) change industries? How will the workforce adapt to more tasks being automated? How will urbanization affect smart cities? How will AVs (autonomous vehicles) impact road safety? The GHSA (Governors Highway Safety Assn.) is tackling this last question through a multi-pronged effort that includes published research, forming an expert panel, and developing a whitepaper and presentation to educate and inform traffic safety stakeholders.

Is Urbanization Taking Away from Work and Play?

Let’s be clear about the IoT (Internet of Things): The only constant is constant change and if you blink, you’ll probably miss something. The IoT has created so much opportunity to speed processes up. What’s more, there’s constant data at our fingertips, and people and machines are making rapid decisions based on this realtime data. And as the era of 5G dawns, everything’s about to get even faster.

How Cities and Transportation Collide

Many people are just starting to realize some of the challenges facing cities and states as they grapple with ways to solve their various transportation problems. It is without a doubt—one that everyone who lives in a city or commutes to one ought to be interested in. Slightly more than half of all people live in cities today, but that is rapidly changing.

Picking and Protecting Passwords

World Password Day is coming up on May 2, and this will provide the perfect excuse for media outlets—Connected World among them—to talk about authentication and device security. The same password best practices are often regurgitated over and over again when this subject arises, in part because people still aren’t following the most basic of these suggestions, like not using “password” as a password. For this reason, the industry still needs to push best practices out to the public. But are the traditional best practices good advice, really? What about the advice to change passwords frequently? What about conflicting counsel about using random passwords versus using a string of pronounceable words?

Connected World IoT Innovations 2019

Identifying the leading solutions in the IoT market today Innovation is defined as simply the introduction of something new or a new idea, method, or device. A product, for instance, can be innovative. Merriam-Webster suggests that the words innovation and invention overlap some, as both can refer to something which has not previously been in existence before.