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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).

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.

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Making a Mockery of U.S. in STEM

Are we raising a class of mediocre students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)? Tough question to ask and answer. Although my children are all grown, personally I am glad I do not have to worry about getting them back-to-school during this time of COVID-19.

The Pandemic’s Impact on Transportation

I think we can agree on what we have been saying, the pandemic has sped up the need and desire for digital transformation. In fact, it has super charged a host of things from:

Industry 4.0 and AI Best Practices

Here’s an attention-grabbing idea: Deploying cellular-enabled Industry 4.0 solutions can generate a 10-20x operational cost-savings ROI (return on investment) over the course of five years. This is according to a joint research study from ABI Research and Ericsson. The research also suggests Industry 4.0 solutions can generate up to 8.5% in operational cost savings, which, for a factory or industrial site, can equate to an operational cost savings of up to $600 per square meter per year.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles to Impact Transportation Infrastructure

The impact of alternative fuel vehicles—which include not only EVs (electric vehicles), but also vehicles that run on biodiesel, hydrogen, natural gas, and other alternative fuels—on the future transportation infrastructure will be significant. For instance, MarketsandMarkets projects by 2030, almost 27 million EV units will sell, compared to just over 3 million EV units in 2019. And even though the global EV market had begun to flatten in the past year due to changing government incentives and phased-out subsidies in the U.S., and then it took a deep plunge earlier this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the overall trend toward more sustainable transportation modes and alternative fuels is expected to win out in the long run, eventually giving way to fully autonomous vehicles.

Chatting with Your Voice Assistant

I have a vision that voice assistants are evolving so quickly they are going to connect us to more than just hailing a cab or ordering some food. Do you have the same vision? In February I wrote a blog discussing how many of us hate, literally hate, the concept of Big Brother hovering over our lives and listening to our every word.

What Is Worth Protecting—And How?

Many of my readers know my thoughts on the importance of cybersecurity, so when a new report crossed my desk, I was eager to dig in. We all know there are a number of file-sharing systems on the market, and yet, the majority of people still turn to email to share their files. But is it safe? This new report says, not so much.

Ranking Influential Emerging Technologies for 2020

Which technologies are driving the tech industry in 2020? It’s been an interesting and unexpected start to the year, but the CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Assn.) Emerging Technology Community set out to provide some perspective on emerging technologies with its third annual top 10 ranking. The 2020 ranking differs slightly from the 2019 list; what does this mean, if anything?

The Business of Sustainability

In December 2015, the Paris Agreement made history. The agreement brought much of the world together against a common foe: climate change. While efforts to combat environmental issues weren’t new, the agreement brought the fight against climate change to center stage and forced many businesses that were looking the other way to change their tunes. It was the start of something that will have ramifications in tech and related industries for many years to come.

Investing in Infrastructure or Failure?

For this column I am pretty excited to be discussing the Invest in America Act, a bill designed to provide a boost to some of the nation’s urgent transportation infrastructure needs. For those of you who have been following my radio show, www.peggysmedleyshow.com or this blog, you know that I am extremely  passionate about this subject.

Connected World Announces 2020 Women of Technology Winners

While 2019 had the highest number on record of women in senior management roles, we are still desperate for more females to fill leadership positions in many industries and in the tech space in general. Enter the eighth annual Women of Technology and IoT 2020 list, which is comprised of notable women who are powerful, smart, and tech savvy across a host of vertical markets.

Here’s Where to Start with the IoT

A new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit aims to show that a lack of technological know-how and security concerns do not have to be a permanent state. Rather, support exists for those who are inspired by the potential of the IoT (Internet of Things), but are unsure of their own first step. This is great news for a number of different industries such as energy, healthcare, logistics, retail, and transport.

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