This month is dedicated to celebrating women in technology, as well as innovation in the Internet of Things. Half of the U.S. workforce is made up of women, but males outnumber women in tech jobs—especially in leadership roles.
We hear time and time again when it comes to top positions in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers, most women do not have enough female role models to encourage them in these interests. There is no question the numbers might be true. In the tech industry, it is still largely a good-old-boy’s club that makes it more difficult for women to enter and move up in a tech company.
One of the hurdles facing the construction industry right now is a skilled labor shortage. This isn’t a new issue per se, but it is one that continues to hinder the industry. And, honestly, if things don’t change, it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
In my last column I began a discussion about ways the IoT (Internet of Things) is shaping the construction industry. In this column I want to dive deeper into a couple of IoT-enabled construction trends. The first is green building. Green building is a bit of an umbrella term that has many meanings for several different things when it comes to the processes of designing and building and then operating and maintaining structures.
For as long as I have been involved in the technology industry, I’ve also been involved in the construction industry via Connected World’s sister publication, Constructech magazine, www.constructech.com. The construction industry is truly a powerful industry. It is made up of some of the most tenacious and courageous professionals I have ever met. It has been an immense pleasure and challenge to not only report on, but also help direct how the construction industry thinks about, adopts, and implements technology.
There is so much happening in transportation and the news transects infrastructure, so we have a lot to talk about how all these events impact your business.
You’ve heard it over and over again, our infrastructure is failing. In fact, there are a number of very important topics related to infrastructure and/or construction. President Donald Trump has made it very clear that he intends to focus much of his presidency on improving U.S. infrastructure. Infrastructure is without a doubt one of the most important discussions we could be having right now. And perhaps the bigger question is how do we address America’s crumbling infrastructure? As I see it, the IoT (Internet of Things) is going to be part of the answer.
Every word I have written or spoken about distracted driving this month has stirred a lot of emotion in those that care about this very issue. There is no question the distracted-driving debate is a powerful one. Thus, before we put this year’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month behind us, I thought it might be prudent to take a closer look autonomous vehicles.
Distracted Driving Awareness Month continues all month long and so too does our discussion of getting us all to be more aware of what we are doing when we are behind the wheel. The last column I discussed how this epidemic is killing more than 40,000 people annually. I delved into the latest research and statistics in order to define the problem.
Distracted driving: what does this topic have to do with the IoT (Internet of Things)? This topic comes up a lot. So for this column, it’s important to explain why distracted-driving discussions need to be explored.