In a recent survey of 1,000 adult consumers across the U.S. by AI firm Interactions, LLC, results suggest the pandemic has altered how people feel about AI in a variety of categories, from customer service and self-driving vehicles to healthcare and privacy ... As the Internet of Things grows and more and more internet-enabled devices and sensors are rolled out as is expected, it could produce billions of extra batteries ... average UK household already uses an estimated average of 21 batteries a year. In total, this leads to an annual figure of 20,000-30,000 tons of general purpose battery waste, with less than 2% of disposable batteries and around 5% of rechargeable ones being recycled ... China launched the first two satellites in a new constellation that will support internet-connected objects ... The 80-satellite constellation is planned for completion by 2023, according to another statement from CASIC ... Cities are predicted to be "severely challenged" by e-commerce delivery traffic in one to three years, according to a WEF report. Urban last mile deliveries are anticipated to increase 78% by 2030 ... Based on an analysis of traffic flowing through the Sepio System cloud service, the report also finds the number of hours devices are being employed has been extended as employees mix corporate and leisure activities while working from home ... there has been a 42% increase in the number of devices connected to corporate endpoints ... bringing 5G connectivity to the factory floor will decrease maintenance costs by 30 percent and increase overall equipment efficiency by 7 percent.
ZD Net
by Greg Nichols
There is a broadening case for major shifts underway in how customers perceive automation technologies. It points to a significant change in consumer behavior brought on by the virus, and that should have an impact on AI and automation adoption in the near term.
by Alex Kliment and Willis Sparks
As COVID-19 continues its global attack, many people are thinking that robots look like a pretty good investment right now. Overseas jobs will also be a target if pressure to bring production "home" now grows.
by Kim Hart
Large smart city projects were getting a lot of attention and investment from city halls before the coronavirus pandemic. Now, those budgets have all but evaporated and priorities have shifted dramatically.
live mint
by Romita Majumdar
Firms will invest more in cognitive capabilities and artificial intelligence, industrial robots, service robots, and robotic process automation (RPA) as businesses recover post covid-19, according to a research by Forrester. The pandemic has made automation a boardroom imperative as CEOs expand business continuity plans and take new risks.
the manufacturer
by Jonny Williamson
The adoption of industrial robots will likely be a critical determinant of productivity growth for the post-COVID-19 economy, according to the latest insights from the International Federation of Robotics.
by SmartCitiesWorld news team
ETSI’s Europe for Privacy-Preserving Pandemic Protection aims to enable developers to build interoperable mobile apps for proximity detection and anonymous identification.
by Kristin Musulin
The concept of car-free streets gained a wave of notoriety in January when San Francisco turned Market Street into a pedestrian promenade. Since then, cities have looked to temporary car-free streets as a way to grapple with residents seeking the benefits of the outdoors while adhering to social distancing restrictions.
The Conversation
by Marina Freitag, Newcastle University
Internet connected devices need power. That either means connecting them to the grid, which limits what we can use them for, or using batteries. To avoid this, my colleagues and I are helping develop a new type of smart solar cell that can adapt to the amount of available light.
by John Koetsier
Three years ago Google subsidiary Sidewalk Labs floated visions of smart self-driving cars and smarter technology making Toronto, Canada, a leader among smart cities. Last week, that all died. Sidewalk Labs canceled the Quayside project on May 7.
by Michael Vizard
A report published this week by Sepio Systems suggests the number of devices being attached to corporate networks since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic began has increased sharply.
techradar pro
by Malcolm Murphy
For enterprises to hit their next milestone, they need to innovate at speed and at scale. To maintain a dynamic remote working environment, it is also imperative to consider the importance of branch and remote security, but are businesses prioritizing the right cybersecurity measures?
by Meghan Bartels
China launched the first two satellites in a new constellation that will support internet-connected objects today. The satellites aboard, Xingyun-2 01 and Xingyun-2 02, are the first in a planned constellation of 80 low Earth orbit satellites designed to support the Internet of Things.
Technology Networks
by Gordon Feller
Despite the hype that "anything IoT" has prompted over the years, a growing number of organizations in government and industry have begun to show genuine hesitation before diving right in.
by Cailin Crowe
A new study from the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) at San Jose State University found many shortcomings in the cooperation and regulatory structure between local jurisdictions and the federal government, in regards to drones or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).
by Austin Weber
Next-generation wireless technology is transforming production processes. 5G promises to dramatically transform the way that conveyors, fastening tools, robots and other production equipment perform and interact on the plant floor. It will drive numerous Industry 4.0 initiatives, improving the automation of production processes and real-time monitoring of machine conditions.
by Ishita Chigilli Palli
The increasing use of internet-connected devices within manufacturing facilities is opening up new ways for hackers to target so-called "smart" factories with unconventional attack methods, according to an analysis by security firm Trend Micro and the Polytechnic University of Milan.
Harbour Times
by Winnie Tang
A holistic approach is crucial for the success of implementing smart city development in Hong Kong, which includes engaging in discussion with all sectors of society.
HIT Consultant
by Charlotte Puechmaille
For the last several years, there has been a rise in discussions and research around the promise of connected health devices helping manage and prevent chronic conditions as well as healthcare spending. However, today a number of factors are coming together to make that promise a reality.

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