Amazon

Smart Buildings

Has Smart Home Technology Lost Its Way?

August 12th, 2021
Smart Buildings

Convenience Store Retrofits Enable a Checkout-Free Shopping Experience

March 1st, 2021
Smart Cities

Brick-and-Mortar Retail Must Get Smart to Survive the Pandemic Era

This week, the 250-year-old UK department store Debenhams finally announced it would close all of its 178 outlets after nine months of struggle with the restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the US, the 118-year-old US department store J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy in May 2020, just 2-months after the pandemic began. Business […]

Smart Buildings

A Year in The Life of a Building — The Turbulent Story of 2020

The beginning of 2020 seems like a long time ago. While COVID-19 was already starting to make an impact in China and neighboring countries, for the rest of the world it was just another January. In the smart building industry, we were talking about Amazon, Apple, and Google asserting their dominance over the smart home […]

Security

COVID-19 Blurs the Line Between Workplace Safety & Employee Monitoring

Over the last decade, tracking, monitoring, and surveillance technology have advanced significantly to help us quantify and understand human behavior in buildings and cities. Enabled by artificial intelligence (AI), streams of camera footage can be analyzed to identify accidents or security breaches, for example. While several attempts have been made to bring this technology into […]

Smart Cities

How COVID-19 & the Recession Will Impact the Tech Industry

The swift and massive shock of the coronavirus pandemic and shutdown measures to contain it have plunged the global economy into a severe contraction. According to World Bank forecasts, the global economy will shrink by 5.2% this year. That decline represents the deepest recession since the Second World War, the World Bank says in its […]

Smart Buildings

Blurring the Line Between Retail Stores & Vending Machines

There is no better way to social distance than to remove people from the equation. That’s a growing view in a retail industry that is struggling more than most through this extended global crisis, where we have seen a surge of activity in the cashierless or automated retail space. Cashierless retail is not a new […]

Smart Cities

Lockdowns Strikes a Big Blow to Bricks-and-Mortar Retail

The UK saw the biggest drop in retail sales since records began 30-years-ago, despite record increases in grocery sales, especially alcohol. In March, US retail sales also slumped to their worst monthly decline since records began in 1982, despite record grocery retail numbers. Both these markets delayed the start of their lockdown and have not […]

Smart Cities

Giving Every Building a Voice in the IoT Age

Relationships are built on communication and the relationship between humans and machines is no different. Each generation of technology is defined by the way it communicates with its human users; from the levers and cogs of yesteryear to the keyboards and mice of the 80s and 90s, and on to the touchscreens, trackpads, and gestures […]

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