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.

IoT Leaders Weigh in on 5G, Blockchain, IoT Hurdles

5G, the latest generation of cellular mobile communications, is making headlines left and right, and it could be a key piece of the connectivity puzzle going forward. The conversation is ongoing about how close the U.S. really is to commercial deployment of 5G. Some say widespread rollouts will come as early as next year, while others predict the U.S. is closer to 5-10 years out. Just how interested are companies in 5G and other emerging technology trends, such as blockchain? What’s holding IoT adoption back, and how do businesses plan to overcome these challenges?

Is 5G Here?

I know I have written about this more than once this year, but it deserves repeating; 5G is going to be something to watch as solutions are developed leveraging its power and speed. What’s more, if you attended Mobile World Congress this year, you heard all the buzz surrounding 5G. I’d go as far as to say that 5G is hot right now. Many companies are chomping at the bit to tell us all about how they’re going all-in on 5G.

Smart City Progress and the Promise of 5G

Cities are getting smarter one by one and IoT (Internet of Things) application by IoT application. At some point in the future, most cities in the developed world will be “smart,” meaning they’ll run on connected technologies—from dynamic street lighting to connected parking meters, smart buildings, AVs (autonomous vehicles), and beyond. These smart city systems will help citizens be more productive; it’ll also keep them safer. What’s more, the data collected from smart city systems will help cities run more efficiently.