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CES Drives the Next Wave of Wi-Fi 6E Innovation

A number of companies announced Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E solutions, expanding their offerings into the new protocols to provide the highest quality Wi-Fi connectivity currently possible. 

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Desktop Metal Nabs EnvisionTEC for $300 Million to Take on Carbon, Stratasys, 3D Systems, HP, and More

The transaction expands DM’s total addressable market to include the more developed market for production polymer Additive Manufacturing (AM) in addition to the broad array of verticals and applications that use area-wide 3D printing in mass production volumes. 

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How Connected Car Applications Dictate Form Factors and Business Models in the Aftermarket

The automotive connected aftermarket can be divided into three major applications with unique hardware requirements and business models. 

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Outsmarting Growing Waste Generation with Smart Waste Management

In order to effectively tackle the issues resulting from rising waste generation, companies have leveraged the use of IoT technologies and AI to develop smart waste solutions. 

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U.K. COVID-19 Immunity Passports Enter Trial Phases

The passport, developed by deep-tech solutions provider Mvine and facial biometric authentication company iProov with backing from Innovate UK, will display the citizen’s registered vaccination status without the need for their identity to be disclosed.

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Jiancao Hou
Jiancao Hou
Senior Analyst

Unlicensed & Shared Spectrum Use for 5G Enterprise Will Reach 40% Market Share by 2026

ABI Research forecasts the worldwide radio unit shipment revenue for unlicensed & shared spectrum use in the enterprise domain will be worth as much as US$6.2 billion by 2026, with cumulative unit shipments expected to reach 27.3 million. These figures are less than those for licensed spectrum use, but the gap is shrinking fast.

The rapid growth in data traffic and the convergence of different levels of service requirements have been noticed by the telco industry and motivated key players to think about using scarce spectrum resources more efficiently,” said Jiancao Hou, 5G & Mobile Network Infrastructure Senior Analyst. “Apart from spectrum for licensed use, governments and relative authorities are working to unlock more locally licensed and unlicensed & shared spectrum to help a full range of industrial verticals address diverse connectivity needs and get access the transformative benefits.” 

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Eleftheria Kouri
Eleftheria Kouri
Research Analyst

New Pandemic-Driven Sales Approaches Will Push Augmented Reality Revenues in Retail and Marketing to US12$ billion in 2025

AR is not a new concept in the retail/marketing industry, however today it is more mature. Now due to the changes in consumer behavior and the need for digital transformation, adoption of AR tools is accelerated. ABI Research estimates the augmented reality market in retail, commerce, and marketing will surpass US$12 billion in 2025.

The advancements in face and spatial recognition in combination with WebAR and other content democratization efforts will be game changers for virtual try on and product preview experiences, allowing consumers to seamlessly access interactive and realistic AR content. Within the next two years, more and more brands will transfer their marketing campaigns and online shopping platforms from static webpages and 2D images to interactive experiences and platforms,” explains Eleftheria Kouri, Research Analyst.

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As Robots Fill the Workplace, They Must Learn to Get Along

Wired

Mobile robots are increasingly found in factories, warehouses, hospitals, and stores, ferrying goods, inspecting shelves, or cleaning floors. The popularity of these machines has been fueled by advances in sensing and navigation and the falling cost of components and related software. Once robots can move, they will increasingly come across one another, says Rian Whitton, an analyst at ABI Research who tracks the robotics industry.

“Up to this point, robots have been wired to the ground and connected by physical infrastructure,” Whitton says. “As robots become more autonomous, they need to begin to communicate more.”

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Not All 5G is Created Equal

RCR Wireless News (written by ABI Research Director Dimitris Mavrakis)

5G was officially launched in South Korea in mid-2019 with a few smartphones, followed by many countries with additional commercial launches and new devices. Prior to this, and in a very similar pattern to 4G launches, 5G was only accessible through larger form factor devices, including MiFi units and Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) that had very limited mass market appeal. Even the few initial 5G-capable smartphones that kick-started the 5G race were Android and first-generation devices, which needed optimization and many improvements to reach the efficiency and user experience level subscribers have come to expect in modern smartphones.

As of 2021, these improvements have arrived and, according to ABI Research analysts, sub-US$200 5G-capable Android devices will be available in the market in 2021, signaling that 5G has indeed reached the mass market.

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