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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Healthcare and agriculture are two essential industries that have a direct impact on global health. Simply, without healthy crops, we can’t feed and nourish ourselves. Without healthcare, we can’t access experts who can help us prevent, diagnose, treat, and/or manage illnesses, conditions, and injuries. And there is no question that in both industries, accuracy is also incredibly important.
What’s the connection between agriculture and blockchain? At first blush we don’t really think there is a connection, but there is. For those of you who are followers of this blog and the content we place on connectedworld.com, then you know we have taken a deep dive to address both blockchain and agriculture. Perhaps not at the same time, but in doing our research it occurred to me that in the very near future blockchain technology will play its part on the future of food.