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Q&A: What’s new and what’s next in cabling and smart city infrastructure

Stuart McKay is business development manager, Enterprise Technologies, Panduit EMEA, a world leader in infrastructure products and services for data networks and electrical power applications. We asked McKay to give his thoughts on some of the most important and interesting infrastructure questions facing the industry right now. Under the microscope are Smart Cities – namely, the winners, losers and initiatives that show the most promise. McKay also dives deep into connectivity and the cabling implications for WiFi 6, the next-generation wireless standard tipped to improve performance in congested areas.


Swarm Theory: Lessons from nature in the advancement of robotics

As part of a recent entry to Science Robotics, experts argued that “Covid-19 could be a catalyst for developing robotic systems that can be rapidly deployed with remote access […] to front lines”. It is often in times of great strife that innovation truly comes to the fore – the progress made across both public and private sectors in recent weeks is a tribute to just that, encompassing everything from advanced data analytics to the production of ventilators by the likes of McLaren, Mercedes and other F1 teams. 

Robotics is no different. Robots are currently handling room service in isolation centres, patrolling the streets to help countries achieve social distancing policies, and helping to entertain the elderly. There are even robots whose purpose aligns perfectly with the specificities of this particular pandemic. UVD Robots, a company founded in 2016 by BlueOcean Robotics, produces a mobile bot with powerful UV lights built into the hardware. The robot can kill 99.99 per cent of all pathogens in the air using those light waves, a feature which will be most welcome in hospitals around the world currently.


Covid-19: How technology can revolutionise your at-home workout

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown the world into chaos, forcing millions upon millions of people to self-isolate at home. 

Maintaining the health and wellbeing of both ourselves and our loved ones has become more imperative than ever – not only to combat the threat of the virus itself but to ensure we stay happy and healthy at home. 

Keeping fit and exercising is one of the best ways to do exactly that, to ensure we stay proactive and utilise the time we have at home to the best of our ability. But why stop there? 

Thanks to the increasingly technological world we live in, numerous exercise-based advances over the years have made at-home workouts much easier, more refined and more effective than ever before. Join us as we take you through how. 


Keeping driverless navigation in the right lane with AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is what drives automated vehicles. Autonomous cars, in particular, are the future of transportation and need to adopt human-like reasoning when it comes to navigation. They need to constantly be absorbing information such as road condition and live traffic updates in order to ensure they can provide safe and efficient journeys for their passengers. In today’s digital world, AI is utilised heavily for accurate road navigation as well as vehicle operation


Smart IoT: The 5G Gold Rush — Light at the end of the tunnel?

The unparalleled speed and latency of 5G looks set to provide a swathe of opportunities for UK businesses. Some of the many use cases cited include high-performance analytics at the edge and remote control and automation for manufacturing, while the network’s comparatively high-capacity also appears to be the key to connecting an army of IoT devices to enterprise networks (known as Massive IoT).


Smart IoT Q&A: Simon Evans, Digital Energy Leader, Arup

Simon is the Digital Energy Leader at Arup, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and the Delivery Team Lead for the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) National Digital Twin programme.


A healthy outlook – healthcare technology is bringing the future into the present

“As a society we are now experiencing a tsunami of new technologies,” says Jorge Velázquez, Director of Business Transformation at Spain’s BUPA-Sanitas Hospitals. From stem cell therapies to the bio printing of human tissues, exoskeletons to bionic implants, ‘Big Data’ to AI, a dizzying range of new technologies is coming to the healthcare sector. All these new technologies could help doctors and patients treat illnesses better.


Smart IoT Q&A: Anne Hoyer, Chairman of the Advisory Board, Smart IoT London

With her knowledge of the industry, Anne Hoyer has been advising several Fortune 500 companies on their IoT and innovation strategy and leading cross-company execution teams on IoT development. An IoT expert who started her Technology career at SAP and quickly progressed to a global role in the industry, Anne is now heading the Business Consulting practice for the SAP Innovation portfolio at CGI France.


Smart IoT Q&A: Kevin O’Malley, Innovation Lead – Innovate UK

Kevin is Innovation Lead / SBRI Lead Customer in the Clean Growth and Infrastructure Directorate at Innovate UK and is responsible for managing internal and external relationships, technology strategy and delivery with partners across central and local government, with the aim of boosting procurement-led innovation and growth in Cities


Smart IoT Q&A: Salwa Rafee, Vice President, Global Development – H-ISAC

Q&A with Salwa Rafee, healthcare, IT and cyber security expert and Vice President at H-ISAC.


CIO Interview: Mitie’s IoT program is leveraging building data at scale

IoT is one of the key ways of sourcing data about how buildings and facilities are being used. That’s why over the last few years, Mitie, the UK’s largest facilities management company, has embarked on a journey to evolve from a manpower-driven business to a technology-driven business — with IoT as the key enabler.

Mitie is one of the largest strategic outsourcing firms in the UK, employing 50,000 across facilities management and professional services. IoT now serves all of the group’s business units, but the group’s energy management and mechanical and electrical maintenance clients have felt the most benefits.


Will 2020 kick-start the decade of the driverless car?

Currently, there’s a lot of posturing amongst the major car manufacturers, as they jockey for position in the autonomous vehicle chase, with most of them predicting that there will be some form of self-driving vehicle on the roads by the early to mid-2020s – most likely as ride-hailing services (think Uber and Lyft) or commercial transportation (set routes, set times). Similarly, other industry voices chorus that autonomous vehicles are “coming soon,” with everyday people now becoming more accustomed to the idea, too.

Notwithstanding the optimism, and before we all climb into robotically chauffeured cars or have our online goods delivered by people-less vans and trucks, there are still many hurdles to be overcome – not only from a technological, but also from a business, regulatory and ‘user’ point of view. Trial and error, never-ending learning, infinite software updates and our new-old friend ‘artificial intelligence’ are paving the road that autonomous vehicles will cruise on.

Quite rightly, people are both excited by and fearful of the prospect of truly autonomous transportation. Positive thoughts relate to the elimination of human error (an autonomous vehicle is unlikely to be pulled over for reckless or drunk driving, accidents due to drowsiness or heart attacks…). But the thought of technology literally with a ‘mind of its own’ driving on our open roads and neighbourhood streets, is also a scary idea.



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