The security industry is developing faster than ever before.
Technological development and digitalization play the leading role and shape the life of tomorrow.
"Have you tried turning it off and on again?" suggests the customer service agent in the hit British TV series, The IT Crowd. As the frustrated laptop user struggles to understand the agent over the phone, her issue remains unsolved.
Ultra-wideband (UWB) technology is as old as the radio. It was first used in 1901, by the Italian innovator Guglielmo Marconi, who sent Morse code sequences across the Atlantic Ocean using spark-gap radio transmitters.
Cutting carbon emissions and pollution is only one side of sustainability - although they tend to get the most attention. Sustainability is really about development and growth in an eco-friendly and socially equitable manner. Thanks to smart technologies from the fourth industrial revolution - or Industry 4.0 - sectors like construction and manufacturing can now truly enter a sustainable era.
The coronavirus pandemic has been changing the world as we know it in both the short and long term. However, as billions stayed home to flatten the curve, few industries have been affected by COVID-19 like aviation and air travel. Between late March and April 2020, more than 20 major airlines suspended their operations by 100 percent.
The COVID-19 outbreak disturbed the economic, social, and political structures all around the world. The pandemic is shrinking businesses and operations budgets. As a result, companies of all sizes are looking into cutting costs and find new ways to maximize their resources.
Despite some recent improvements and ongoing digitization, construction remains one of the least efficient industries in the world. Global labor-productivity growth in construction has averaged only 1 percent a year over the past two decades and was flat in most advanced economies.
Buildings are to blame, in part, for today's staggering rates of global warming. As they constitute a whopping 39 percent of the worldwide carbon emissions, it's not possible to stop the catastrophic temperature rise without making buildings greener. Luckily, the proliferation of net-zero energy construction is doing exactly that, turning this environmental liability into an opportunity.
Not long ago, the concept of remote construction might've sounded like science fiction to even the most technologically progressive companies. However, even though the digitization process of construction still faces hurdles, the sector is growing an increasing appetite for digital tools to boost efficiency.
Building Information Modeling (BIM), which has been evolving for the last five decades, won many praises for how much it cuts costs and time in the process of construction. However, in addition to more efficient projects, BIM can step in to save the most crucial resource of any industry: Human lives and health.
Facial recognition technology is making many areas of life more convenient. People can now verify their identity without so much as a password or fingerprint. These technologies allow masses to access buildings without a key or breeze through airport security. But like any other privacy technology, fraudsters are targeting facial recognition via spoofing.
There is nothing more vital to a building's integrity than its ability to provide a safe and secure environment. That is why preventive building maintenance is much more than a smart business decision.
Digitization continues to touch and disrupt all sectors in ways that weren't thought to be possible. As a result, in the past decade, telecommuting firmly established itself as the new professional norm. However, can sectors that haven't been traditionally telecommuting-friendly welcome these shifts?