Peggy Smedley

About Peggy Smedley

Peggy Smedley is an internationally known speaker and highly respected personality in the media world educating businesses and consumers on the latest technological advances shaping everyday lives. An outspoken advocate and supporter of connected devices and M2M technology, Peggy is the quick-witted host of The Peggy Smedley Show, the editorial director of Connected World magazine and its sister publication Constructech, as well as the president of Specialty Publishing Co.

Top 10 Cybersecurity Tips in the Age of COVID-19

With more employees working remotely across the globe due to coronavirus COVID-19, breaches will continue to increase at an almost unprecedented rate. The World Economic Forum says the COVID-19 pandemic poses the risk of increased cyberattacks—as hackers are taking this opportunity to target people’s increased dependence on digital tools. The World Economic Forum also encourages all of us to step up our cyber hygiene standards right now. You can’t help but appreciate that analogy. In addition to washing our hands after every physical contact, we need to take this time to thoroughly examine our digital hygiene habits.

By |2020-04-15T10:46:10+00:004/15/2020|

10 Tech Tips for Remote Collaboration

With everyone scrambling to collaborate remotely perhaps now more than ever we need to think about the way we work. So for this article, I thought it might be helpful to put together some practical advice that outlines the tips that can guide your business, and your teams, to prosper during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

By |2020-04-06T18:49:58+00:004/8/2020|

5G and Cybersecurity Risk: Two Opposing Trends in Manufacturing

In just a few years, by 2023, the IoT (Internet of Things) in the manufacturing market is expected to reach $994 billion, according to Allied Market Research. Emerging technologies will encourage this growth, including in areas like AI (artificial intelligence), AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality), and, importantly, 5G.

By |2020-04-01T00:30:36+00:004/8/2020|

Manufacturing and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Technology-industry professionals are used to things changing quickly, but the changes that have occurred in life and business during the past few weeks thanks to the COVID-19 virus are nothing short of astonishing. Just earlier this month in the U.S., it was business as usual, but, today, entire industries have been brought to their knees.

By |2020-03-31T17:43:56+00:003/31/2020|

Grappling with the Future of Work

In my last column I wrote about how the Coronavirus is changing the way we work. I even talked to some pretty impressive people on The Peggy Smedley Show that shared some key pointers on how to take care of ourselves and our families.

By |2020-03-31T18:07:03+00:003/31/2020|

Matt Sharma – 50 Years of Innovation

Matt Sharma, head of strategic alliances, MultiTech, celebrates 50 years of MultiTech by reflecting on how the company started from very little to becoming one of the strongest innovators in the technology space. He also examines the importance of being customer-centric and flexible in the event of economic turmoil and what the next 50 years of MultiTech will look like.

By |2020-03-31T17:45:16+00:003/31/2020|

Remote vs. Working Home

We would all agree we are living in uncertain times. The COVID-19 coronavirus is changing the world of work. The way we play. The way we live. On Tuesday, I hosted a radio show that was also unprecedented.

By |2020-03-26T15:58:16+00:003/26/2020|

Who’s Eyeing Quantum Clouds

There has been a lot of talk, as of late, that the cloud has become a resource to turn to when a company needs large amounts of digital storage, constantly updated SaaS (software-as-a-service), or high-performance computing capabilities. Couple this with the expansion of AI (artificial intelligence) in applications, even smaller companies can realize the full computing power available in the cloud.

By |2020-03-23T21:40:03+00:003/25/2020|

Honeywell Solution Makes Smart University Even Smarter

Commercial buildings are voracious consumers of energy. The buildings and building construction sectors contribute around 30% of global energy consumption and almost 40% of CO2 emissions (direct and indirect), according to the IEA. Sustainable buildings are more than trendy, they’re key to reducing humans’ carbon footprint on the planet. Building owners deploy smart building solutions and building-management systems to not only cut operations costs and comply with regulations but also to do their part in reducing carbon emissions without sacrificing occupant comfort in the process.

By |2020-03-25T12:25:04+00:003/25/2020|

Top Data Center Concerns and Priorities

As 2020 kicks off a new decade, and one of the questions the tech space is asking about the years ahead is what will happen to traditional data centers? The data center market is expected to reach about $10 billion by 2023, while the global data center market could reach $174 billion by 2023, according Arizton. But what shape will the market take?

By |2020-03-17T19:26:44+00:003/18/2020|

AI Against AI

What comes to mind when you think of deepfakes? A report by CB Insights got me thinking the other day about deepfakes and their impact on AI (artificial intelligence), quantum, and more.

By |2020-03-17T15:19:11+00:003/18/2020|

Overcoming Hurdles to Autonomous Cities

The technology to power connected cities exists today—and continued growth is predicted. Will all our cities soon be connected? Or do hurdles stand in the way? Perhaps one of the biggest challenge will be overcoming regulatory hurdles that could slow the progress down. Technavio says the autonomous bus market, as an example, will grow by 2364 units during 2020 and 2024, which is a growth rate of 32%. At the end of last year, IDTechEx also predicted that that the robotaxi services will become a $2.5 trillion market by 2040. Further, if you were at CES earlier this year, then you know intelligent transportation systems and autonomous vehicles were big trends at the show and it is a topic that has been covered in depth over on Constructech TV.

By |2020-03-06T17:03:18+00:003/11/2020|

Cybersecurity Best Practices: Key Properties of Highly Secure Devices

High up on companies’ list is protecting their data, privacy, physical safety, and infrastructure. This is true across the board. No matter the industry, sector, or business, any enterprise looking to develop and deploy secure, connected devices has a similar list of concerns. Microsoft’s latest answer to this need for privacy and security in IoT (Internet of Things) connected devices, Azure Sphere, is now generally available, and the timing seems right on point.

By |2020-03-04T14:20:52+00:003/4/2020|

Manufacturers Tighten Supply Chain

All weekend long I debated whether I should add my two cents about the sudden uneasiness over whether the COVID-19 coronavirus is really a wakeup call to us all and understanding the importance of the IoT (Internet of Things). We’ve all heard and seen massive growth number predictions for AI to soar well beyond $400 billion by 2025. One key factors driving growth in this market is advances in voice recognition, which is also going to help drive the market for voice assistants.

By |2020-03-02T14:23:38+00:003/2/2020|