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The Connected World staff contributes daily news articles to the Website on a regular basis, writing about the latest trends in the M2M and connected-device space.

Innovation Hub Puts 5G Within Reach for Smart Community

“Living labs” are becoming more common as stakeholders realize the tangible benefits of testing technologies and solutions in situations that are as close to real life as possible. Lake Nona is a smart city near Orlando, Fla., that serves as a living, breathing laboratory for technologies and solutions like eVTOL (electric, vertical take-off and landing) jet aircraft, smart windows on commercial buildings, advanced stormwater management, smart lighting, and autonomous shuttles, among many others. It’s also a hotspot for innovation, housing a sports and health tech accelerator and now, a Verizon 5G Innovation Hub.

By |2020-11-24T18:26:39+00:0011/25/2020|

MultiTech Acquisition Adds to 2020 M&A Activity

In a year that’s been full of surprises and important news, a big acquisition in the IoT (Internet of Things) space still has the power to draw our attention. Canadian end-to-end IoT solutions provider SmartWave Technologies today announces that it has acquired leading industrial IoT supplier MultiTech Systems.

By |2020-11-09T16:40:03+00:0011/9/2020|

Cybersecurity Steering Committee Guides Manufacturers

Traditionally, the spookiest day of the year is October 31—Halloween. But this year, there have been many realities far scarier than a day that feigns spookiness. In 2020, the global pandemic, the plummeting economies, and the political and civil unrest in the U.S. have all contributed to this year of horrors, which none will soon forget. To add to the cacophony of bad, hackers have used each of these situations to threaten the cybersecurity of individuals, businesses, governments, and industries.

By |2020-11-02T03:41:26+00:0011/2/2020|

Envisioning Technology’s Role in Future Elections

The 2020 presidential election in the United States is just around the corner. This year, the election has been particularly controversial in part because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions the virus has placed on in-person gatherings. In a world in which connected devices and IoT (Internet of Things) technologies have enabled everything from autonomous vehicles to robotic surgery, it seems like there should be other options for casting votes besides sending paper ballots in by mail or turning them in by hand. However, concerns (both legitimate and overblown) about election-outcome accuracy and voter privacy have held the election process back in many ways from the digital revolution that has permeated almost everything else. Will 2020 be a pivotal year in changing how the American people and “the powers that be” feel about advancing the voting process?

By |2020-10-23T19:29:45+00:0010/28/2020|

Leveraging AI to Address Climate Change and Pursue Sustainability

It’s a critical moment in the history of the Earth in terms of environmental action (or non-action) and climate change. It’s also an important time in what will become the history of the IoT (Internet of Things)—particularly robotics, machine learning, and AI (artificial intelligence). Innovative robotics and AI-based solutions aimed at addressing challenges related to climate change represent the culmination of these two realities colliding. Could AI technologies, including robotics and machine learning, help scientists, governments, and society at large solve looming, planet-wide issues?

By |2020-10-16T19:04:33+00:0010/21/2020|

Modular Construction and Smart Cities

It’s been a challenging year. Circumstances in 2020 have exacerbated certain business problems already at play in industries like construction, including skills gaps. The COVID-19 pandemic will also create the need for cities to look at different ways to design and build the smart cities of the future. After all, past pandemics—from the bubonic plague in the Middle Ages to the Spanish flu in the early 20th century—have prompted many changes to how cities are designed and built. Why would this one be different? Modular construction techniques will play an important role in helping not only the construction industry but also smart cities as they move forward into a post-COVID era.

By |2020-10-13T18:39:22+00:0010/14/2020|

Startups Accelerate Smart-City Efforts

In some industries, the pandemic has cast a shadow on the future. How will sectors like hospitality and retail recover from the pandemic-driven recession? Will industries still feel the economic effects of COVID-19 in 10 years’ time? While the smart-city sector will undoubtedly also be affected, it may also become a more urgent focus for governments that want to ensure they represent the cutting edge in technology that enhances quality of life. From healthcare and first response to transportation and infrastructure (both physical and digital), smart city solutions are going to be as needed, if not more needed, than ever. Smart city startups will help fill this need in the coming years.

By |2020-10-05T18:56:44+00:0010/7/2020|

A Closer Look at Network Transformation

With the move to 5G, so too comes the next generation of hardware and software for network infrastructure. In fact, the next wave of network transformation represents a $25 billion silicon opportunity by 2023, as industries look to benefit from 5G, edge, and AI (artificial intelligence).

By |2020-10-01T22:05:41+00:0010/1/2020|

Electric Fire Trucks in Our Cities

First responders are getting a new way to ride, as one company is moving away from conventional commercial vehicle concepts and is developing an electric solution for fire trucks. Electric fire trucks are already on their way to fire departments in Berlin, Amsterdam, and Dubai, offering these firefighters a ride in the ladder truck of the future.

By |2020-09-28T11:50:44+00:0010/1/2020|

Robots Rise Up in the Fight against COVID

Let’s face it. The healthcare industry is facing a number of challenges today. Between a very real labor shortage, and the need to keep everything clean, the industry is facing an uphill battle if it doesn’t find some help. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Conor McGinn, CEO, Akara Robotics, to address this very topic and he has an interesting solution. Here is a hint: it’s a robot.

By |2020-09-23T19:20:29+00:009/23/2020|

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?

By |2020-09-22T17:50:10+00:009/23/2020|

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?

By |2020-09-16T11:12:41+00:009/16/2020|
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