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Industry 4.0 Challenges in 2020

The concept of Industry 4.0 refers to the use of smart technologies to make manufacturing less wasteful, more efficient, and more productive. Whether it is to adapt to changing markets, to secure competitive advantage, or to raise the value of a product — innovative manufacturing processes are changing the manufacturing landscape dramatically.

But how do we continue innovating in an ongoing health and economic crisis with significant uncertainty and likely limited resources?

Moving forward with innovations

The strategy depends on a number of factors, including the company’s goals and its financial position. …


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The Internet of Things (IoT), once a niche technology for startups, is now a technology on which billion-dollar enterprises are building their futures. IoT has already changed the way we live. There’s a great deal on the horizon. Here are the six top IoT

IoT Practice experts at the global technology consultancy DataArt present these IoT predictions for 2019 as the main trends to watch.

1. Edge Computing

Devices will become more and more powerful enabling local data processing and AI capabilities. It will reduce data transfers volumes and cloud dependencies and will provide more flexibility and agility for business. Edge computing will…


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“The car of the future will be more like a smartphone with wheels than the kind of automobiles we see today. It will be digitally operated and autonomous, and it will need to entertain us too.” — Michael Todd, Global Head of Innovation at Henkel Adhesive Technologies.

Picture this: you get into your car and say “warmer please.” As the vehicle heats up, you state your destination and begin checking your email on one of the multiple screens in front of you while the car leaves your driveway. You look at the list of your day’s appointments on another screen…


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Finding a parking spot can be a nightmare. For locals and tourists alike, parking poses a major challenge in every city, commonly resulting in tremendously frustrating drives around the block over-and-over again searching for somewhere to leave their car.

According to the United Nations, approximately 55% of the global population currently lives in urban areas, while this figure is expected to reach an incredible 68% by the year 2050. Clearly, parking challenges are only going to get worse unless cities implement a new strategy.

As the concept of smart cities gains both importance and adoption, optimizing transportation is one of…


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If you’re a city dweller, you know that parking can be a nightmare. As if the traffic congestion wasn’t enough of an obstacle for arriving at your appointment on time, finding a suitable place to leave your car sometimes takes as long as the commute itself. And with the population of cities continuing to expand, this problem will only get worse without a new approach to this major dilemma.

But wait — before we all throw up our arms in despair and move to the countryside, there’s a solution in sight.

The integration of smart parking with automated technologies holds…


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“Contracts, transactions, and the records of them are among the defining structures in our economic, legal, and political systems. They protect assets and set organizational boundaries. They govern interactions among nations, organizations, communities, and individuals…And yet these critical tools and the bureaucracies formed to manage them have not kept up with the economy’s digital transformation. They’re like a rush-hour gridlock trapping a Formula 1 race car. In a digital world, the way we regulate and maintain administrative control has to change. Blockchain promises to solve this problem.” — Marco Iansiti and Karim R. Lakhani, Harvard Business Review

Blockchain. Mobility Services…


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Our cities are getting smarter.

Over the past several years, advanced technologies have been implemented in a growing number of urban centers. And the proliferation of IoT is continuing at a rapid pace, making cities more livable and efficient while substantially improving the sustainability of highly-populated areas throughout the world.

We can already see some of the incredible benefits of new technologies in cities that are leading the way, such as New York, Berlin, Austin, Stockholm, Tokyo, Amsterdam, and others.

The installation of sensors allows urban centers to run a wide range of revolutionary systems to improve the quality of…


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As the Internet of Things (IoT) expands throughout the world, the auto industry is gearing up for monumental changes in both individual and public transportation. Considering the fact that 80% of car accidents could be prevented with enhanced vehicle connectivity, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, tech companies and vehicle manufacturers are ramping up the development of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technologies to advance safety and convenience on our roads.

V2V and V2I carry the potential to radically improve transportation in a variety of ways. …


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“Instead of having all connected cars report back to a single server, blockchain data is distributed amongst all members of the network. Hacking the system would require hacking all vehicles on the network at the same time, a virtually impossible task.” — Jim Milan, Communications Manager of online automotive retailer Auto Accessories Garage.

Blockchain is rapidly intertwining with the auto industry, providing inspiration and hope for solving the many challenges that exist in this sector. …


The decentralized, transparent, and secure nature of blockchain makes it an ideal solution for global supply chains.

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In our international economy, the supply chains that carry products and services from producers to consumers present an increasingly complex web of transactions. From vehicles and electronic devices to food and clothing, most of the goods we use have passed through several countries and a multitude of providers before they reach consumers.

While globalization certainly has many benefits, this modern reality is also fraught with a myriad of problems. Not only are consumers unaware of the source of the majority of the products they use, but the very companies selling them may not know the complete details of the processes…

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