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In the US, four manufacturing industries account for 70% of robots: automakers (38% of robots in use), electronics (15%), the plastics and chemical industry (10%), and metals manufacturers (7%) ... each additional robot added in manufacturing replaced about 3.3 workers nationally, on average. The increased use of robots in the workplace also lowered wages by roughly 0.4% during the same time period ... though US Bureau of Labor Statistics, indicate a positive impact on the job market: employment in the automotive industry, the largest adopter of robots, increased by 22% between 2013 and 2018 ... According to a CompTIA Public Technology Institute (PTI) survey of CIOs, CTOs and related tech staff within local and state government, only 25% of the 102 leaders surveyed reported having a "smart" strategy in place, and only 10% said they believe smart projects are met with "significant enthusiasm." Faced with growing ransomware and cybersecurity threats, PTI Executive Director Alan Shark said in a statement it is "understandable" that cities are focusing on security rather than other tech-based initiatives. The pandemic is "blowing massive holes" in city budgets, according to experts ... according to the World Health Organization (WHO), they will grow by an estimated rate of 1.63 percent each year until 2025, and by 2025 our urban centers will be home to more than two-thirds (68 percent) of our citizens. Yet despite all the positive headway, the controversial case of Google’s abandoned smart city development in Toronto highlights lingering concerns over privacy issues, as well as the pursuit of hefty technological investments – over other areas such as welfare, for instance – during a time of economic uncertainty. ... Allied Market Research estimates that global IoT spending in the transportation market is set to more than double by 2023, with expenditure expected to reach nearly $330 billion ... improved access to data and insights can also help to reduce costs and improve the bottom line ... component-level insights about problems like under-inflated tires, which in addition to improving driver safety, can also decrease the vehicle’s fuel consumption by up to 15%.
The Telegraph
by Simon Foy
Healthcare staff and bank clerks have been on the front line of the health and economic crises gripping the UK, but behind the scenes, another group of workers has been toiling away and straddling both emergencies with no fear of coronavirus: robots.
silicon canals
by Editorial team
In Europe, smart cities and communities are backed by the European Commission. It aims to improve urban life with more integrated and sustainable solutions and addresses different challenges such as mobility, energy, and transport among others.
Outlook
by IANS
With the increasing number of coronavirus infected patients in India, smart city control rooms are forming the first line of defence against the virus at several places in the country.
Network World
by Patrick Nelson
IoT will live up to its promise only if the connected devices, the data they generate, the business applications that control these devices and the services around them, can be fully secured and trusted. IoT sensors that monitor body temperature, in real-time and implemented at scale, could provide geolocation data that would allow potential quarantine areas to be rapidly identified, perhaps even instantaneously.
Forbes
by James Kirby
When a company deploys thousands or tens of thousands of asset trackers, device and service costs can add up quickly. Virus or no virus, connected devices drive better decision-making.
Tchzimo
by Editor
Equipped with payloads like heat, LIDAR, gas and high resolution camera sensors, Spot navigates rugged environments to capture data in real time. In agriculture, farmers can access information such as more accurate and up-to-date yield estimates. This provides access to a new category of automation, and a safer, more efficient business.
SMART CITIES DIVE
by Chris Teale
Most city and county leaders do not consider smart cities and their corresponding technology solutions to be among their most pressing issues. The leaders who do have a smart strategy in place are slowly experimenting with smart street lighting as well as emerging technologies like 5G, drones, artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT).
T_HQ
by Joe Devanesan
Cities around the world are embracing smart city technology. But a recently-abandoned Google project highlights an ongoing privacy debate. Google's abandoned smart city project in Toronto tells us a lot about society's readiness for tech and data-powered urban living.
Forbes
by Bernard Marr
If you already make products, think about how you could make those products more intelligent. IoT creates enormous amounts of data, so you’ll need to consider how you’ll prepare for and cope with that data.
VAR insights
by Alan Conboy
New technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and hyper-converged edge computing are helping retailers support their innovation strategies with a more flexible, reliable, secure, scalable, and resilient in-store infrastructure.
The South African
by Mike Simpson
In commuting zones where robots were added to the workforce, each robot replaced about 6.6 jobs locally, the researchers found. However, in a subtle twist, adding robots in manufacturing benefits people in other industries and other areas of the country.
IT Pro
by IT Pro team
According to assessments by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as part of their Exponential Climate Action Roadmap, expanding the use of digital technologies could reduce carbon emission by at least 15%.

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