Currently there are about 3 million industrial robots in the world. By 2030, Oxford Economics estimates that robots will displace 20 million human workers worldwide. For some researchers around the world, creating skin for robots is the next goal ... others, are working out how to use automation to do Coronavirus testing on a massive scale and they are already processing around 200 samples a day, with numbers increasing daily ... The introduction of the robot helps operational teams carry out safer missions during the sterilisation of aircraft while parked at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), eliminating the risk of human exposure and self-contamination ... the student-run startup called ‘Racerfly,’ claims to have completed disinfecting a public place in less than 15 minutes using a single drone, the task usually takes 1-2 days of physical work employing 100 people ... Smart shelves are making a comeback thanks to low-cost connected devices that can both display prices and detect stock levels ... smart cart trials in Canadian supermarkets focus on shifting the scanning and checkout process into the cart itself ... What COVID-19 has done is highlight how dependent we are becoming on digital. It is so important we don't leave those vulnerable people behind and especially with something like COVIDSafe.
by Andrew Wight
In a robot-filled lab in California, a team including a scientist from Costa Rica are working out how to use automation to do Coronavirus testing on a massive scale.
Gulf Business
by Varun Godinho
Abu Dhabi Airports has partnered with Tawazun Strategic Development Fund (TSDF) to launch the new CoDi BOT UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle), designed and manufactured by UAE-based company Marakeb Technologies, an affiliate company of TSDF, to aid in Covid-19 disinfection tasks.
by Amit Raja Naik
China's example of using drones to control the pandemic's spread by assigning the crucial tasks of sanitising public places, delivering medical supplies and police force was replicated by Spain and South Korea. Waking up to the novel use of drone tech, India also deployed unmanned aerial vehicles in cities and crowded suburbs to monitor the situation.
The Canberra Times
by Kate Benson
The Good Things Foundation Australia has announced $1 million in grant funding for community organisations through its Be Connected program, which assists those aged over 50.
by SmartCitiesWorld news team
Smart street lighting is generally regarded as one of the fundamental building blocks of smart cities, and such initiatives are becoming more important than ever to help build resilience and achieve cost-savings for municipalities and utilities amid the coronavirus pandemic.
iot for all
by Guest Writer
Powered by superb mobile capabilities, IoT technology has created a landmark in user experience, and business performance. While continuing its performance obtrusively, IoT helps us communicate with the objects surrounding us. IoT in recent years has influenced developers and programmers to create mobile apps with an enhanced user experience by leveraging IoT technology.
Biz Tech
by Doug Bonderud
The Internet of Things (IoT) provides the framework for "smart" supermarkets that can detect stock levels, reduce equipment downtime and improve customer service. But what does this look like in practice? And how do grocery stores effectively deploy IoT devices to boost profit margins, enhance protective measures and deliver shopping 2.0?
Spark Digital
by Russell Brown
Listen and learn about the history of IoT, smart cities, 5G, health, security and more. Media commentator Russell Brown interviews industry experts and explains it all using stories, examples and questions.
The Guardian
by Emma Lunn
From energy-saving bulbs to leak detectors, smart tech offers many benefits at the touch of a button. But while many of these gadgets appear to be simply a way to impress visitors, others can save you money. And at a time when many of us are working from home and running up bills during the day, this is likely to be their biggest selling point.
by Todd Wasserman
Robots can outthink humans, but can they understand what it is to be human? Scientists are moving robots along on that continuum by developing robotic skin that helps them gain the sense of touch.
Yahoo! Finance
by John Velasco
Huge amounts of data are sent and received by smart home gadgets. The average homeowner is simply unaware about these sorts of transmissions. And why would they be? The smart home is supposed to provide us with convenience and peace of mind, not introduce new worries.
Smart Cities Dive
by Chris Teale
The task force will assess different global recovery approaches to identify how cities can best create new jobs while keeping emissions and climate change front-of-mind. The committee will help to ensure the climate breakdown doesn't become an even bigger crisis for the global economy and the lives and livelihoods of communities worldwide.

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