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COVID-19 and the Cold Chain: 2021 Predictions for Freight & Logistics

With COVID-19 vaccine production complete and distributors urgently looking for ways to transport it safely, all eyes are on the effectiveness of the cold chain. Early vaccine candidates require ultra-low temperatures, as much as -70 degrees Celsius©, or -94 degrees Fahrenheit. This is influenced by a lack of data storage specifications and shelf life for these new types of Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines. The containers to store and transport them are not widely available and not required for common vaccines. Constant temperature control is needed E2E from the manufacturing site to the inoculation sites.

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New Voice Control Devices from Apple and Amazon Support New Directions in Smart Home

While the new releases will intensify competition in the market, the addition of new key hardware in their latest offerings (UWB for Apple and dedicated edge analytics for Amazon) also signals change and emerging strategies for the wider smart home market.

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Software is the Name of the (New) Game in Telco

Regardless of region, size of operator, or cost/pricing structure, open APIs, modularity, and cloud technologies are bound to be core building blocks of new value creation. 

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The Next Breakthrough in Indoor Wireless: Distributed Massive MIMO

This advanced feature mitigates interference that is typically a debilitating factor when cell splitting is used in-building wireless systems as a technique to increase capacity. 

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TIP Insights Series 2020 Sets a Promising Outlook for Open RAN in 2021

Open RAN deployment is focusing more on rural deployment in the first half of the deployment forecast, and then shifting to urban deployment once the technology and ecosystem mature further.

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Litmus Provides its Customers with an Edge

ABI Research caught up with Litmus in November, and representatives shared information regarding a recent customer win at a multi-national food and beverage manufacturer. 

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Lian Jye Su
Lian Jye Su
Principal Analyst

2021 Will Be a Significant Year for Distributed Intelligence

While distributed intelligence has greatly benefited from the design and implementation of various systems, such as cloud computing clusters, warehouse robots, and smart home systems, these systems are often limited by geographical factors, connectivity options, and the processing capabilities in end nodes. The emergence of 5G and AI is set to change these. Combining the high throughput, low latency, and massive IoT connectivity of 5G, with on-device inferencing capabilities of AI, 5G-enabled edge AI devices will have the flexibility to centralize all their workloads in the cloud or perform time-, latency-, and security-sensitive workloads at the edge,” explains Lian Jye Su, AI & Machine Learning Principal Analyst.

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Michela Menting
Michela Menting
Research Director

Agri-Food Markets and Transport & Storage Driving the Industrial Blockchain Success Story

Blockchain is in a slump, with almost half its 2018 market value wiped out in 2020. But the silver lining in that downfall has been the resiliency of industrial applications, not least in the Agri-Food market, which has dominated blockchain success stories. ABI Research expects industrial blockchain revenues to grow six-fold in the next five years, reaching US$2.1 billion globally by 2025. 

Supply chain implementations have been particularly successful and are having the greatest impact on the agri-food industry,” explains Michela Menting, Digital Security Research Director. “Combined with digital transformation efforts and IoT technologies, numerous blockchain-based platforms are moving into the production phase, paving the way for adoption into manufacturing, retail, and utilities markets. Transportation, shipping, distribution, and storage are key verticals for blockchain, and especially as they concern supply chain management, logistics, location and tracking, asset and inventory management.”

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Robots are picking up more retail jobs, but not every experiment works out

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

From inventory to checkout, the latest advances in robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning have been put to work throughout most of the retail ecosystem already.

And their presence is expected to grow: By 2025, more than 150,000 mobile robots could be deployed in brick-and-mortar establishments, according to a report from ABI Research, based in Oyster Bay, N.Y. By the same year, more than 4 million robots could be installed in 50,000 warehouses.

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The Future of Food Logistics

Food Logistics

Digitization is moving faster than many companies anticipated, says Susan Beardslee, principal analyst of ABI Research.

“Five-year plans needed to be enacted in weeks or months, including robust websites that could handle web traffic up 90-200%. Brick-and-mortar store inventory needed to link to warehouse management (WMS) to transportation management (where is my stuff and when is it arriving?) to back-end procurement,” she adds. “The pandemic highlighted where the gaps are for many and who was best positioned to scale quickly. I believe that the convenience of online ordering and delivery options will continue to be valued and expand.”

Case in point: ABI Research forecasts that the supply chain impact of COVID-19 will spur manufacturer’s spend on enterprise resource planning (ERP) to reach $14 billion in 2024. And, that Industry 4.0, localization and contactless delivery will continue to forge ahead.

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