Author: Connected World

How can emerging technologies support a clean-energy future? Today’s energy industry is more dynamic than ever. The electrification of sectors like transportation is playing an important role in mitigating climate change, but its impact on the reliability of the grid cannot be overstated. From electric vehicles and fleets to electric trains and planes, the electrification of transportation is creating unprecedented energy demands. This is true now, and it will become even more true as demand rises, with nearly 234 million EV (electric-vehicle) units expected by 2027. Managing the grid in a sustainable way will continue to be a key challenge…

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From leveraging unmanned aerial drones to gather data about a battlefield to managing very expensive and specialized military vehicles and equipment to protecting against cyberattacks, the IoT (Internet of Things) and related technologies are helping the U.S. government and the U.S. military shore up the nation’s defenses (physical and cyber) while simultaneously tightening up and enhancing operations. Precedence Research estimates the market for the IoT in aerospace and defense will reach $156.27 billion by 2030, which is up from $42.4 billion in 2021. The research firm says factors fueling this growth will include the sectors’ drive to achieve operational efficiency…

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What meaningful opportunities will metaverse technologies offer manufacturing? As a New Year dawns, the resounding cry from manufacturers is: Where are the people? Far and away, the top challenge facing manufacturers in 2023 will be the ongoing skilled labor shortage. Experts say there simply are not enough people to fill manufacturing roles, especially amidst reshoring efforts. The labor shortage is one of many moving pieces shaping the manufacturing workforce—and the workforce as a whole—and these shifts, combined with the convergence of technology trends in Industry 4.0 and the IoT (Internet of Things) and national manufacturing trends like reshoring efforts, are…

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Manufacturing companies are creating new logistics sites to be the central hub for spare parts—which will be a key component to the international flow of goods. This will create a fast and comprehensive supply of parts for customers. As one example, Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Daimler Truck, has set up a central logistics hub for the global supply of spare parts in Halberstadt, Saxony-Anhalt. About 2,600 Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ suppliers will provide the logistics hub with their parts in the future. The new logistics hub will deliver up to 300,000 different items—from the smallest screw to a finished truck cab—to almost 3,000 vehicle…

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