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Demystifying LiDAR: IoT & Automotive Applications, Industries, & Business Models

While Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensor technology was initially developed and positioned for Three-Dimensional (3D) map making, surveying, and autonomous driving (the agenda of which has now been pushed to the second half of this decade), it is now ready for deployment in several Internet of Things (IoT) markets and verticals.

This coincides with technological innovation, such as the shift from mechanical to solid-state LiDAR sensors and the maturity of 3D perception software that enable the integration into and the automation of a growing number of important processes and applications. This extends the opportunity for LiDAR manufacturers to not only serve highly competitive, concentrated, and price-sensitive markets like automotive, but also several large IoT markets, such as security, smart cities, and industrial automation, characterized by a larger and more diversified end-customer base.

This webinar, in partnership with Quanergy, presents highlights of a recent thought leadership report that defines the important role of LiDAR in industrial automation, smart cities, security, and automotive markets. 

DATE: Jan 12, 2022
TIME: 9:00 AM PST | 5:00 PM GMT

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Why Warehouse Management System Revenues Will Top US$10 Billion by 2030

Order online, and you can get nearly anything delivered to your door within two days. That we take this outcome for granted is the result of the behind-the-scenes technology used for warehousing and logistics today. As our expectations for e-commerce have expanded, the time allowed for delivery has shrunk from days to hours or even minutes. For those in the industry, that translates into a sustained surge for Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) and a need to plan for optimized integration.

According to ABI Research, worldwide WMS market revenues will have a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of over 23% from 2021 to 2030, bringing total revenue above the US$10 billion mark by 2030. That means it would have quadrupled from the $2.5 billion it was at in 2020. Managing warehouses at the level of efficiency required to meet increasing retail demands requires a system of smart, integrated solutions.

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Industrial Digital Transformation Is Here, It Just Isn’t Evenly Distributed

Different industries face different challenges and there is massive variability in the way manufacturers are organized. There are also important distinctions in size, budget, and buying behavior. In China, for example, large enterprises—which are those with more than 250 employees—make up only 2% of total manufacturing companies yet are responsible for 42% of the country’s manufacturing output; in the US, the 2,000 largest manufacturers employ nearly twice as many people as the cumulative total for the 183,000 manufacturers with fewer than twenty employees; and in Germany, the 2% of manufacturers with more than 250 employees yield 78% of manufacturing output.

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Mobile Identity Acceleration in a Market Anchored to the Physical

Washington D.C. is set to join eight other U.S. states in implementing a mobile solution for ID, specifically a digitized mobile companion to citizen’s physical driver’s licenses. D.C. followed suit soon after the state of Iowa announced similar plans in late November 2021, continuing the conversation brought to mainstream attention following Apple’s announcement of the Apple ID wallet. Whilst Apple have pushed back release of their mobile ID (mID) functionality to early 2022, they sit amongst a handful of smartphone Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and major tech players who seek to offer their own mobile identity platform in the near future.

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The Role of 5G for More Sustainability and CO2 Emission Reduction

ABI Research has recently developed a model that quantifies energy and CO2 emission savings for the manufacturing, logistics, and transportation domains. Furthermore, it looked at 5G as an important ingredient to changing people’s everyday lives when it comes to online shopping and remote working.

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The Sun Is Up and Costs Are Down: Using Solar Technology for Your Business

Businesses can acquire solar energy either from panels they own or with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), a category that includes both classic PPAs that purchase electricity produced by a solar farm and “virtual” PPAs that sponsor the release of solar energy to the grid and grant Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to the electricity buyer (i.e., physical electricity is not released to the buyer’s facilities but transferred to the grid). 

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What Are the Innovative Technologies for Overall System Energy Reduction?

The foundational technology for most burgeoning 5G networks is massive Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MIMO) where Active Antenna Units (AAUs) are implementing beamforming to increase cell and system capacity by an order of magnitude as compared with non-massive MIMO systems. However, this comes at a cost in terms of both capital expenditure and energy.

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Stuart Carlaw
Stuart Carlaw
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2022 Will See 452,000 Mobile Robot Shipments, a 65% increase versus 2021

In its new whitepaper, 70 Technology Trends That Will—and Will Not—Shape 2022, ABI Research analysts identify 35 trends that will shape the technology market and 35 others that, although attracting huge amounts of speculation and commentary, are less likely to move the needle over the next twelve months.

The fallout from COVID-19 prevention measures, the process of transitioning from pandemic to endemic disease, and global political tensions weigh heavily on the coming year’s fortunes. This whitepaper is a tool for our readers to help shape their understanding of the key critical trends that look set to materialize in 2022 as the world begins to emerge from the shadow of COVID-19. It also highlights those much-vaunted trends that are less likely to have meaningful impact in 2022,” says Stuart Carlaw, Chief Research Officer.

Robotics processor vendors will increasingly offer Robot Operating System (ROS)-based solutions for hardware acceleration across the entirety of robotics offerings. This should help tackle the problem of system integration and entice developers to adopt more off-the-shelf processors and hardware. Furthermore, the hardware-software optimization will provide a set of benchmarks and standards for the field, which is fairly fragmented at the moment, accelerating the time-to-market. As a total of 45,000 cobots and 452,000 mobile robots are expected to be shipped in 2022, a 65% and 51% Y-o-Y growth, end users are expected to benefit from the tighter integration.

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5G positioning: Inspiring smart applications in the enterprise

RCR Wireless (written by ABI Research Director Ryan Martin)

The roll out of 5G networks beckons a new era for telecommunications in terms of connectivity delivering low latency speeds and supporting high bandwidth applications in the enterprise. Moreover, 5G positioning provides new capability to collect and transmit location-based data from robots, equipment or people as they move around. These network attributes will enable 5G to support numerous use cases in vertical markets such as manufacturing, warehousing, healthcare and transportation.

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The pandemic pattern for IoT is set to repeat – in utilities, buildings, logistics

Enterprise IoT Insights (written by ABI Research Director Adarsh Krishnan)

COVID-19 caused supply-chain disruptions across vertical industries. The pandemic deepened market uncertainty and severely impacted the adoption of IoT. Healthcare was the main exception, as the global crisis expanded IoT use cases in production and logistics around healthcare products, as well as in hospitals and care facilities. The other exception was with remote working, with spiraling interest in IoT solutions for workforce collaboration, remote monitoring, and remote control for enterprises to optimize their field service operations.

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