Today, physicians are managing a large patient load, and those with chronic conditions need frequent care and interactions with their doctors. This can drive-up charges for businesses, as well as make it difficult for hospitals to schedule and find room for patients on such as frequent basis.
In light of recent events in the U.S., this column is going to address the need to focus on the people that focus on us: first responders; and how the IoT (Internet of Things) is helping when there is an emergency. However, while I recognize and respect all the sacrifice and dedication our first responders show in times of need, I think we can be doing more to put realtime data in the hands of the men and women who risk their lives for the public.
I just spent two days learning about SAP Leonardo. Is it a software tool? Is it a technology? Is it a service? I would call it a prolific way of interacting people and connecting technologies, and all of these so-called things we talk about every day to create unprecedented business value. Let’s be honest, all of this next-wave thinking can be nebulous at best, if the right elements are not implemented. If businesses and enterprises are to be truly successful, business processes must data transparent, proactive, and realtime.
For this column let’s take a closer look at remote monitoring and how the data gathered is potentially game-changing industries, lives, and businesses. More specifically, one of the industries—agriculture—that’s really reaping rewards from these IoT (Internet of Things)-enabled solutions.
Two converging trends—industrial robotics and precision agriculture—could come together in a big way to revolutionize the way the world produces food. In fact, this is already happening. According to the IFR (Intl. Federation of Robotics), www.ifr.org, in its World Robotics Report 2016, the number of industrial robots deployed worldwide will increase to 2.6 million units by 2019. As industrial robotics increase efficiency through automation and precision on factory floors around the world, growers and producers are also leveraging IoT (Internet of Things)-enabled precision agriculture technology to optimize crop yields, maximize crop quality, and minimize the use of resources such as water and pesticides.
For this column, I will be wrapping up my month-long discussion about energy by focusing on EV (electric vehicles), AV (autonomous vehicles), and their role in the smart-grid conversation—both now and in the future.
Most people can name a friend, family member, celebrity, or acquaintance who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, which begins as a malignant tumor in a person’s breast tissue. While modern medicine has helped the medical community diagnose and treat breast cancer more successfully than in the past, breast cancer remains the second leading cause of death among women, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, www.nationalbreastcancer.org, and, although rare, breast cancer can affect men too. Can medical wearables turn the tide on this deadly disease?
Despite all the warnings from IT security and IoT (Internet of Things) experts, the two most popular passwords people use to secure their digital devices and accounts are “123456” and “password.” As the magic keys to digital doors, passwords are the weakest link in cybersecurity.
Energy and utilities affect everyone—businesses and consumers alike—all across the globe, and the benefits of applying IoT (Internet of Things) technologies to this sector are immense.
Let’s discuss a key component of the smart grid. For this column, I want to take an international view of smart-meter adoption. In fact, I want to touch on a bit of controversy surrounding smart meters in one particular country.
As our cars have evolved throughout the years, insurance companies have had to keep up the pace to match policies with new technological demands especially with the emergence of autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles.
I can’t write enough about the energy, utilities, and smart-grid space as we continue to advance into the 21st century. There is so much opportunity for smart-grid modernization. It seems there’s no way around the fact that a smart grid is necessary for the IoT innovations that lie ahead, some of which we can’t even predict, but we know changes are certainly underway and more are on the horizon.
Autonomous vehicles are an innovative idea, but are they a good one? A new study from American Intl. Group, www.aig.com, shows the jury is still out among drivers.
According to the National Academy of Engineering, networked power grids and electrification was the top engineering achievement of the 20th century. This is a top-20 list that also includes innovations like automobiles and airplanes, telephones and computers, and the Internet. However, the power grid of the 20th century isn’t good enough for the 21st century—a century that will be remembered as giving rise to the Internet of Things. In this century, we need a more modern grid—a “smart” grid, so to speak.
One key way cities are getting smarter include IoT (Internet of Things)-enabled energy management solutions via applications like connected streetlights.