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October: Ethics and Artificial Intelligence

AI (artificial intelligence) is a collection of technologies that can enable a system to sense, comprehend, act, and learn. These technologies are empowering professionals to better make sense of the vast amounts of digital data that are collected by modern information systems.

September: AI Is Changing Industries And Society

As robots become cheaper and more capable, they’re moving from their traditional roles on factory floors into new industries. Collaborative robots or “cobots” too are being integrated into more types of environments and performing more varied tasks—from stocking shelves and assisting factory workers to performing services in the home.

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AI Does Heavy Lifting Data Analysis for First Responders

The market for AI (artificial intelligence) technologies is going to expand tremendously in the next decade. Grand View Research says the global AI market will reach $733.7 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 42.2%. One of the many sectors that will increasingly look to leverage AI technologies between now and 2027 (and beyond) is first response. In fact, in some cases, the first-response industry is already engaged in piloting AI technologies for use on the front lines. What AI-related innovations are to come, and how will they make first responders’ jobs easier?

5G, Urbanization Trends in First Response

2020 has proved that just about anything can happen at any time, and first-response agencies need to be adaptable and technologically prepared to handle new situations as they arise. IoT (Internet of Things) technologies can help first responders be ready when the unexpected happens. Not all change is unexpected, though. A couple of trends that will intersect with first response in the near future are 5G deployment and urbanization. What challenges can the space expect to face as these trends unfold in the next five, 10, and 20 years?

Giving Public Safety the Right Data

Here at Connected World and over on The Peggy Smedley Show, we are talking about first responders—and the technology that can help them do their job—all month long. With 240 million 911 calls every year, we need to make sure our first responders have the data they need when they need it. With all the information that currently exists, sifting through the noise can be challenging. That is where AI (artificial intelligence) and the IoT (Internet of Things) can help. Technology can help shuffle through all the data and discern what information is needed to respond faster and save more lives.

How “Intrapreneurs” Create Business Solutions

There are no “normal” workdays anymore thanks to COVID-19, disrupted supply chains, newly emerged customers, and vanished historical customers. Businesses, employees, customers, and suppliers are in a daily struggle to adapt, to adjust, and to continue to have their businesses exist. The one item that every business group needs more of are new, innovative ideas.

Startups Bring Innovative Tech to First Responders

Startup activity is often a good measuring stick for gauging innovation in a particular industry. In first response, some exciting startups could help shape the sector in the coming years. ResearchandMarkets suggests first responder C3I (command, control, communications, and intelligence) equipment spending through 2025 will be driven by things like major international sporting events, border and area security, and disaster and emergency management. The COVID-19 pandemic has also prompted investment in first-response solutions, particularly those in the medical realm.

Government Drives AVs for the Future

The opportunities for autonomous driving are vast. It can create a paradigm shift in transportation, freeing up drivers to be passengers, and ultimately leading to fewer traffic fatalities. Less traffic means less pollution. Still, we know the future of AVs (automated vehicles) hinges on a lot more than just the technology. We need cooperation between government and technology. We need to address the public’s concerns for safety related to self-driving cars. Now, the government is taking the steps to create a tool to address this.

August: STEM: Are We Doing Enough?

There is a lot to gain when it comes to smart, connected transportation infrastructure, including better quality of life and safety, as well as enhanced technical efficiency (e.g., reduced travel times) and control (e.g., autonomous infrastructure or infrastructure-related systems like city lighting).

Can We Beat COVID with the IoT?

Back in June, we wrote a feature narrowing in on the fact that we need to make our homes and buildings healthier. We know that Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors—a statistic that might be higher due to the pandemic. The challenge here is pollutants are often two to five times higher than it is outdoors.

Modern Cities Made Better

Reza Arghandeh, professor, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and director, Collaborative Intelligent Infrastructure Lab, discusses his research on smart cities. He explains the differences between traditional and modern city-management approaches, why cities have yet to become fully smart yet—even though artificial intelligence and IoT has created major challenges for implementation.

Incentivizing Innovation in First Response

There are few industries as mission critical as first response. Technology innovation in mission-critical industries like first response, therefore, is non-negotiable if U.S. cities want to provide the best quality of life possible to its citizens. Industry and government are both investing in first-response technology innovation through efforts like seeking R&D (research and development) proposals for partnerships and putting forth challenges/contests that offer cash and other types of prizes for winners. Stimulating innovation in these ways and others will help the first-response community by giving them smart new ways to digitize, automate, analyze events, collect more data from the field, and benefit from realtime communication.

Keeping Learning Connected

Remote education is becoming the new norm for many students around the globe, with educators providing distance learning and digital tools to meet the demand of students. One big challenge is the connectivity component—as many underserved student populations might not have internet access—but a new program and some grant money might help address this hurdle.

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