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The rapid spread of the coronavirus has left provincial hospitals straining to cope and helped accelerate the embrace of robots as one solution, turning the gadgets into medical assistants. While it may take patients a moment or two to get over the shock of being helped by a robot rather than a medical professional, bots have already permeated a growing number of sectors in Chinese society including nursing homesrestaurantswarehousesbanks and over 200 kindergartens … Gartner forecasts that 14.2 billion connected things will be in use by the end of 2019, reaching 25 billion by 2021 … imagine the most prolific person using a few devices to record video at a rate of 10 MB per second. As of this year, 4.54 billion people around the world are connected to the internet. A sensor, on the other hand, can easily generate 30 MB per second. With less than 1% of the users generating half of the social media content, we are easily talking about 1,000 times more data … The inevitable bandwidth problem sensors will generate cannot be solved just with 5G technology that provides 1.25GB/s upload speed; that only translates to roughly 42 of our sensors. On the other hand, the fastest single-channel fiber optic could handle around 4,000 sensors … With its 66 CloudConnect-focused communications satellites orbiting the planet, Iridium expects it can provide internet coverage to over 80% of the world's surface. At the end of the third quarter of 2019, Iridium Communications reported that 767,000 commercial IoT subscribers were using its CloudConnect Platform … According to a recent Ovum “IoT Enterprise Insight Survey 2019-2020,” report 56% of enterprises said enhancing efficiency and productivity was a top-three IoT goal for them, while 49% put improving product or service quality in their top three and 37% chose cost savings.

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Reuters
by Peter Apps
Sometime last week, a small group of Chinese residents were sitting outside in the town of Chengdu. A small drone approached them, hovered nearby and began to speak...
Bloomberg
by Kari Soo Lindberg
The deadly coronavirus outbreak, which has pushed the Chinese medical community into overdrive, has also prompted the country’s hospitals to more quickly adopt robots as medical assistants.
The Next Web
by Thomas Macaulay
A bar in Tokyo is tackling its problems finding new staff by employing an automated alternative: A robotic bartender that can pour a beer in 40 seconds and mix a cocktail in a minute.
Social Media Today
by AJ Ghergich
Internet connectivity provides devices the capacity to share data, in order to power commands and processes that can help improve consumers’ lives. Easy access to the internet has opened your smartphone’s capabilities; it can now act as an interface to control a number of devices, even from afar, from your thermostat to the locks on your front door.
PYMNTS
by Editor
Flash back a few years and everyone had one or maybe two connected devices. Today, the landscape has changed. The phones, tablets, computers and consoles are still here, but so are smart speakers, smart thermostats, smart appliances, smartwatches, smart televisions and connected cars. This literally touches every aspect of our lives, and somewhere in that big mountain of stuff is payments and the security around those payments.
CNet
by David Priest and Megan Wollerton
Amazon introduced its first Amazon Echo speaker in 2014. Ever since, voice commands have become an increasingly important part of how we interact with our smart home devices.
the ambient
by Hugh Langley
The first port of call for many smart home users is a connected thermostat – and for good reason. Getting better control of your home's heating isn't just a huge win for convenience. You can save a lot of money by heating your home more efficiently, and there's no better feeling than popping the heating on during your commute and arriving home to a warm house.
Forbes
by Ricardo Baeza-Yates
The words "big data" tend to conjure up an image of a flowing fountain of information worth its weight in gold, and in many ways, that's a fair interpretation. When it comes to the Internet of Things, the term "big" feels like an injustice. Humongous or colossal data seems to be a more suitable term.
Warrior Trading News
by Justin S
We've seen amazing advances in industrial automation within the last few years. We're now seeing artificial intelligence and machine learning stack up on top of these robotic technologies to really effectively outsource a lot of the elements that used to involve human labor.
Computerworld
by Jonny Evans
The latest smart home security nightmare highlights the risk you take each time you add another connected item to your home, office or industrial network. And even market leading brands make mistakes.
The Motley Fool
by Austin Hackenberg
Iridium Communication's newest service, CloudConnect, expanded its coverage in late January on a global scale. The goal of the service is to provide better coverage and connectivity of IoT enabled devices without the need for traditional internet delivery devices like routers or cell towers.
IoT World Today
by Lauren Horwitz
Managing cities like Las Vegas takes discipline and vision. The Internet of Things can address some of these city challenges by automating processes, reducing costs and generating data for better decision making.
AiThority.com
by AIT NewsDesk
Immersive bootcamp at community college in Albuquerque trains and produces skilled professionals to code and build smart devices that make organizations more efficient
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