Leveraging AI to Address Climate Change and Pursue Sustainability

It’s a critical moment in the history of the Earth in terms of environmental action (or non-action) and climate change. It’s also an important time in what will become the history of the IoT (Internet of Things)—particularly robotics, machine learning, and AI (artificial intelligence). Innovative robotics and AI-based solutions aimed at addressing challenges related to climate change represent the culmination of these two realities colliding. Could AI technologies, including robotics and machine learning, help scientists, governments, and society at large solve looming, planet-wide issues?

By |2020-10-16T19:04:33+00:0010/21/2020|

Modular Construction and Smart Cities

It’s been a challenging year. Circumstances in 2020 have exacerbated certain business problems already at play in industries like construction, including skills gaps. The COVID-19 pandemic will also create the need for cities to look at different ways to design and build the smart cities of the future. After all, past pandemics—from the bubonic plague in the Middle Ages to the Spanish flu in the early 20th century—have prompted many changes to how cities are designed and built. Why would this one be different? Modular construction techniques will play an important role in helping not only the construction industry but also smart cities as they move forward into a post-COVID era.

By |2020-10-13T18:39:22+00:0010/14/2020|

Startups Accelerate Smart-City Efforts

In some industries, the pandemic has cast a shadow on the future. How will sectors like hospitality and retail recover from the pandemic-driven recession? Will industries still feel the economic effects of COVID-19 in 10 years’ time? While the smart-city sector will undoubtedly also be affected, it may also become a more urgent focus for governments that want to ensure they represent the cutting edge in technology that enhances quality of life. From healthcare and first response to transportation and infrastructure (both physical and digital), smart city solutions are going to be as needed, if not more needed, than ever. Smart city startups will help fill this need in the coming years.

By |2020-10-05T18:56:44+00:0010/7/2020|

A Closer Look at Network Transformation

With the move to 5G, so too comes the next generation of hardware and software for network infrastructure. In fact, the next wave of network transformation represents a $25 billion silicon opportunity by 2023, as industries look to benefit from 5G, edge, and AI (artificial intelligence).

By |2020-10-01T22:05:41+00:0010/1/2020|

Electric Fire Trucks in Our Cities

First responders are getting a new way to ride, as one company is moving away from conventional commercial vehicle concepts and is developing an electric solution for fire trucks. Electric fire trucks are already on their way to fire departments in Berlin, Amsterdam, and Dubai, offering these firefighters a ride in the ladder truck of the future.

By |2020-09-28T11:50:44+00:0010/1/2020|

AI Does Heavy Lifting Data Analysis for First Responders

The market for AI (artificial intelligence) technologies is going to expand tremendously in the next decade. Grand View Research says the global AI market will reach $733.7 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 42.2%. One of the many sectors that will increasingly look to leverage AI technologies between now and 2027 (and beyond) is first response. In fact, in some cases, the first-response industry is already engaged in piloting AI technologies for use on the front lines. What AI-related innovations are to come, and how will they make first responders’ jobs easier?

By |2020-09-22T17:50:10+00:009/23/2020|

5G, Urbanization Trends in First Response

2020 has proved that just about anything can happen at any time, and first-response agencies need to be adaptable and technologically prepared to handle new situations as they arise. IoT (Internet of Things) technologies can help first responders be ready when the unexpected happens. Not all change is unexpected, though. A couple of trends that will intersect with first response in the near future are 5G deployment and urbanization. What challenges can the space expect to face as these trends unfold in the next five, 10, and 20 years?

By |2020-09-16T11:12:41+00:009/16/2020|

Startups Bring Innovative Tech to First Responders

Startup activity is often a good measuring stick for gauging innovation in a particular industry. In first response, some exciting startups could help shape the sector in the coming years. ResearchandMarkets suggests first responder C3I (command, control, communications, and intelligence) equipment spending through 2025 will be driven by things like major international sporting events, border and area security, and disaster and emergency management. The COVID-19 pandemic has also prompted investment in first-response solutions, particularly those in the medical realm.

By |2020-09-09T11:24:46+00:009/9/2020|

August: STEM: Are We Doing Enough?

There is a lot to gain when it comes to smart, connected transportation infrastructure, including better quality of life and safety, as well as enhanced technical efficiency (e.g., reduced travel times) and control (e.g., autonomous infrastructure or infrastructure-related systems like city lighting).

By |2020-09-01T13:24:37+00:009/1/2020|

Incentivizing Innovation in First Response

There are few industries as mission critical as first response. Technology innovation in mission-critical industries like first response, therefore, is non-negotiable if U.S. cities want to provide the best quality of life possible to its citizens. Industry and government are both investing in first-response technology innovation through efforts like seeking R&D (research and development) proposals for partnerships and putting forth challenges/contests that offer cash and other types of prizes for winners. Stimulating innovation in these ways and others will help the first-response community by giving them smart new ways to digitize, automate, analyze events, collect more data from the field, and benefit from realtime communication.

By |2020-08-26T19:26:27+00:009/1/2020|

Keeping Learning Connected

Remote education is becoming the new norm for many students around the globe, with educators providing distance learning and digital tools to meet the demand of students. One big challenge is the connectivity component—as many underserved student populations might not have internet access—but a new program and some grant money might help address this hurdle.

By |2020-08-27T10:39:03+00:008/27/2020|

Tech Enables Distance Learning, Which Is Here to Stay

“Distance learning” is the new reality for many students in the U.S. and around the globe, thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. An interesting angle on this discussion is how the technology space is participating in distance learning, either by enabling it through existing solutions or by developing innovative new solutions and forming new partnerships to rise to this unprecedented occasion. In the long term, and as a result of what’s going on now, will connected devices and solutions play a more important role in the education system? Will distance learning bring education to more young people in more places?

By |2020-08-25T15:04:42+00:008/26/2020|

Automation and Robotics Revolutionize Supply Chains

The technology industry has been talking about automation and the future of work for years, and society has already seen some major shifts in the workplace as a result of automation and robotics technologies. For instance, in 1900, more than 11 million people were employed in agriculture in the U.S.. In 2015, just more than 2 million Americans were employed in agriculture. The shift away from an agriculture economy in the U.S. has happened alongside the rise of machines that increase productivity in sectors like agriculture, manufacturing, and supply chain logistics.

By |2020-08-12T15:17:34+00:008/12/2020|
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