As the telecommunications space focuses most of its efforts on facilitating the transition from 4G to 5G, the R&D (research and development) world is already working on what’s next—6G, the sixth generation of wireless technology. While we mustn’t put the cart before the horse, research and analysis firms are already predicting 6G could be viable around 2030—and, in some predictions, even earlier.
Welcome to a new era of connectivity, where faster feeds and speeds will bring new opportunities in manufacturing. Worldwide 5G network infrastructure revenue is on pace to grow 39% to total $19.1 billion in 2021, up from $13.7 billion in 2020, according to the latest forecast by Gartner. The result will be more efficient manufacturing processes.
Microsoft recently wrapped up its annual Ignite event, which previews upcoming product releases and showcases product updates. In the IoT (Internet of Things) world, Ignite has become an event to watch, because Microsoft’s hands are in so many IoT-related pies. This year’s conference included Azure news and other updates of note in enterprise security, AI (artificial intelligence)-enhanced productivity tools, and more. Many updates and announcements were in the realm of enabling the future of work and how emerging technologies can facilitate collaboration in this new era. The company also released some research reflecting trends to watch in the IoT space.
The 26th annual Climate Change Conference of the Parties, also called COP26, began on October 31 in Glasgow and is now coming to a close. The summit brought global parties together to discuss how nations can work individually and collaboratively to meet collective climate-change goals outlined in the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention of Climate Change.
The global smart cities market could reach $820.7 billion by 2025, according to MarketsandMarkets, and that’s up from $410.8 billion in 2020. An important driver of smart-city growth will be the demand for smarter transportation solutions. In fact, MarketsandMarkets’ data suggests the smart transportation segment accounted for the largest market size in 2020, and it’s likely to continue to grow considering urbanization trends and continued environmental concerns that are prompting businesses, individuals, and city governments to invest in ways to reduce their carbon output.
The CBI (Consortium for Battery Innovation) says society is in the midst of a golden age for batteries. In fact, the consortium says in 2020, the global lead battery market was worth $37.5 billion, but in the next decade, the market will grow to $49 billion, thanks to an increase in demand for batteries across applications—including automotive and e-mobility, telecoms, and renewable power and other energy-storage applications.
An AI (artificial intelligence)-based system is only as good as its algorithms and the data those algorithms have to work with. When it comes to AVs (autonomous vehicles), the AI must be very good—as good as it could possibly be—to ensure the safety of these systems in an incredibly demanding, dynamic environment. A ResearchandMarkets report that analyzes the global AI in automotive and transportation market says the space will grow at a 20% CAGR (compound annual growth rate) between 2021 and 2026. Growth in this sector during the next five years will be thanks to the increasing popularity and normalization of autonomous vehicles and advancing technologies that continue to make these vehicles as safe as possible in real-world environments.
Will this decade be the decade digital-reality technologies become mainstream? Will they reach their full potential to enhance life and business in ways we can only begin to imagine with the applications we’ve seen to this point?
Are you doing your part to be cyber smart? The theme for 2021 Cybersecurity Awareness Month is ‘Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart’, helping to empower individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace.
Mobile devices like smartphones are often categorized as consumer devices, and yet they’re really crossover machines that impact the enterprise space and worker productivity in many industries. Smartphone trends, therefore, are worth watching when considering the future of work, since the smart devices and applications that become ubiquitous in the consumer realm become part of the business world whether companies like it or not. Perhaps the best stance is to recognize how mobile connected devices are making life easier for employees in their personal lives and find ways to leverage that technical know-how into the workplace to streamline processes and enhance collaboration and productivity.