Kristina Swallow, president, ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), joined Peggy Smedley to kick off an amazing month addressing the state of infrastructure. They talked about the Infrastructure Report Card—and the areas where the nation is truly struggling most. With more than 20 years of professional practice in water resources, transportation, and land development, Swallow is very passionate about civil engineering and the benefits of infrastructure for communities, especially transportation systems. To learn more about ASCE effort, check out its app or its Website www.infrastructurereportcard.org
The energy infrastructure is really changing as it turns to the IoT (Internet of Things) to provide maintenance, monitoring, and even pipeline security. And during the past few weeks, I have taken you on a journey of America’s infrastructure. America’s infrastructure grade, and let’s just be frank, was barely passing—and that’s true no matter how you look at it.
For this blog let’s address the energy infrastructure crises, by first examining the current state of the energy landscape in the United States. As I see it, we would be remiss if we did not continue to delve into this very important discussion we had in this blog last week talking about our nation’s infrastructure without first addressing some key facts.
When you hear “blockchain,” do you still think about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies? The association is understandable, since blockchain technology provides a foundation for the decentralized transaction structure that makes cryptocurrencies unique, but blockchain is also compelling many industries to experiment with different ways an open, distributed ledger could make business better, for instance, by making it simpler, more secure, more transparent, or more efficient.
For this column, and perhaps the entire month, I will focus on infrastructure, energy, and IoT (Internet of Things) technology that will have the greatest impact. This is without question one area where our nation needs to spend a little—okay a lot—more focus, and perhaps resources to resolve.
It may not seem like it’s been very long since the industry was abuzz about 4G or even 3G and the benefits for M2M (machine-to-machine) and IoT (Internet of Things) applications, but now it’s all about 5G, the fifth generation of wireless broadband networks. In verticals like agriculture, smart cities, utilities, manufacturing, healthcare, and beyond, the 5G commercial rollout expected during the next several years promises to open doors to new opportunities for exciting IoT solutions that bring new efficiencies, reduced latencies, and improved network performance.
Out with the old and in with the new. PTC CEO Jim Heppelmann might not agree, but that is pretty much what he is saying about the IoT (Internet of Things) these days and maybe even about some of his less than active partners.
Gartner forecasts that 20.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide by 2020. Industry verticals like healthcare will push the IoT (Internet of Things) market onward and upward as devices become more affordable and as applications become more targeted to solve specific problems in the health, medical, and clinical realms. Innovation in smart health devices and IoT-enabled health solutions is making connected health more of a reality for more people, including aging adults looking to age in place.
To wrap up the month-long focus of aging in place and healthcare, let’s take a closer look health apps. More specifically, let me pose a couple of key questions. First, do they really work? And what needs to happen to bring these tools to the next level of adoption and efficacy? Let me say at the outset I have some personal experience using a health app and can talk from my own personal experience.
Security and privacy are incredibly important topics when we talk healthcare because the data being collected and exchanged is so intimate and personal. That is why for this column I am going to take a closer look at the hurdles of facing the aging-in-place issues over data and device security, as well as privacy.
Dr. Jennifer Schneider, chief medical officer, Livongo, joined Peggy Smedley to talk about family, technology, and being a Women of M2M/IoT. She shares how she is very blessed with an incredible family and grew up with an older brother and younger brother—and it never occurred to her that girls were any different than boys. She also gives advice and explains how the IoT (Internet of Things) can help propel us forward, almost without us even knowing.
From self-driving vehicles to companion and healthcare robots, some of the tech coming out of today’s research laboratories seems more like fiction than fact. However, industry and academia are working together to bring next-gen technologies to sectors like healthcare that could benefit from innovation-inspired change. In the medical realm, a movement to create human organs-on-chips promises to revolutionize the way society studies organ systems and the interactions between organs, as well as the way the health industry tests drugs and other products intended for human use.
For this column, I think it’s essential to take a deeper look at how AI (artificial intelligence) and robotics will impact healthcare and aging-in-place technologies could improve patient outcomes.
Data is driving today’s connected world, and this is particularly true in healthcare. According to the HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society), more than 1 billion clinical documents are produced in the U.S. each year. With this tremendous number of documents being produced annually, there is a huge opportunity to use this information to make healthcare more efficient and effective. However, much of this data is currently being underutilized.
More Americans are showing an overwhelming preference for aging in place and the good news is that the IoT (Internet of Things) and mobile technology is playing a key role. The aging population is shifting the demographic makeup of the U.S. As the youngest baby boomers enter their golden years, we need to consider the future needs of our nation, especially when it comes to healthcare. The real question is how will mobile technology and wearables in healthcare contribute to a citizens’ ability to age in place?