“Living labs” are becoming more common as stakeholders realize the tangible benefits of testing technologies and solutions in situations that are as close to real life as possible. Lake Nona is a smart city near Orlando, Fla., that serves as a living, breathing laboratory for technologies and solutions like eVTOL (electric, vertical take-off and landing) jet aircraft, smart windows on commercial buildings, advanced stormwater management, smart lighting, and autonomous shuttles, among many others. It’s also a hotspot for innovation, housing a sports and health tech accelerator and now, a Verizon 5G Innovation Hub.
Companies are moving toward digital transformation at a rate faster than ever before due to a number of factors—productivity and impact on the bottomline are no doubt some of the top reasons. Still some of the other drivers of this movement include what the customer and the employee are demanding.
“Distance learning” has become the new reality for many students in the U.S. and around the globe, thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While many might be concerned about the new format, there are truly some long-lasting opportunities for our children in this.
In a year that’s been full of surprises and important news, a big acquisition in the IoT (Internet of Things) space still has the power to draw our attention. Canadian end-to-end IoT solutions provider SmartWave Technologies today announces that it has acquired leading industrial IoT supplier MultiTech Systems.
Traditionally, the spookiest day of the year is October 31—Halloween. But this year, there have been many realities far scarier than a day that feigns spookiness. In 2020, the global pandemic, the plummeting economies, and the political and civil unrest in the U.S. have all contributed to this year of horrors, which none will soon forget. To add to the cacophony of bad, hackers have used each of these situations to threaten the cybersecurity of individuals, businesses, governments, and industries.
The 2020 presidential election in the United States is just around the corner. This year, the election has been particularly controversial in part because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions the virus has placed on in-person gatherings. In a world in which connected devices and IoT (Internet of Things) technologies have enabled everything from autonomous vehicles to robotic surgery, it seems like there should be other options for casting votes besides sending paper ballots in by mail or turning them in by hand. However, concerns (both legitimate and overblown) about election-outcome accuracy and voter privacy have held the election process back in many ways from the digital revolution that has permeated almost everything else. Will 2020 be a pivotal year in changing how the American people and “the powers that be” feel about advancing the voting process?
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?
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.
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.
With the pandemic, a lot of companies have had to loosen some of the restrictions on remote work and that has unleashed havoc on many industries, particularly those that have a supply-chain of partners such as manufacturing. This is leading to an uptick in attacks. In fact, new research shows four in five firms have had a cybersecurity breach caused by a third-party vendor.
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).
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.
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).
Let’s face it. The healthcare industry is facing a number of challenges today. Between a very real labor shortage, and the need to keep everything clean, the industry is facing an uphill battle if it doesn’t find some help. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Conor McGinn, CEO, Akara Robotics, to address this very topic and he has an interesting solution. Here is a hint: it’s a robot.