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The Exponential Complexity and Scale of Vaccine Distribution

There are fifty COVID-19 vaccine candidates in trials per the World Health Organization (WHO). However, there remains uncertainty as to how this will impact the global supply chain, including specific requirements for air cargo capacity, vital trade lanes, quality control, and track and trace.

Our new report breaks down the complexity and scale of the vaccine distribution efforts, demonstrating how it will impact capacity and create disruptions across the supply chain. 

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They See Me Rollin’, They Lovin’: Asset Visibility for Connected Wheels Opens New Markets and Services

Connected wheels have so far primarily seen adoption in high-value and business-critical use cases. As the technologies become more widespread, this will trickle down further to passenger cars and will allow vehicles to become more autonomous through better decision-making processes in a vehicle’s ADAS. 

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NEXTGEN TV at Virtual CES 2021 Finds it Difficult to Find the Spotlight

Despite market reach expanding to 15 cities through summer of 2021 (resulting just under 100 cities on-air worldwide), NEXTGEN TV is still unknown to most households.

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Brexit Fuels U.K. Manufacturers’ Industry 4.0 Adoption

The pandemic and now Brexit have brought into sharp relief the role that digital transformation can have in enabling manufacturers to first cope and then thrive in periods of upheaval. 

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SpaceX Sends Largest Launch into Orbit

Elon Musk has broken a record regarding how many satellites have been launched into space on a single rocket.

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CES 2021 Vehicle Tech Was All About the Digital Experience

The Vehicle Tech segment at CES 2021 was marked by announcements of large displays with seamless HMI, AI-based infotainment systems that provide increased personalization, ADAS sensors like DMS and OMS being used to create infotainment experiences, and a strong focus on media streaming and gaming features. 

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Jonathan Collins
Jonathan Collins
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Pandemic Lockdowns Boost Consumer Robotics Market to US$10 Billion in 2020 Revenues

The consumer robotic market pushed through the pandemic's disruption to deliver continued growth in 2020 as consumers spent more time at home and invested in robotic offerings that made life simpler. ABI Research finds the consumer robotics market generated US$10.4 billion in revenues in 2020, up US$448 million, or 4.3%, on pre-pandemic expectations.

In 2020, two key trends converged to drive homecare robotics adoption. First, consumers were more interested in robotic cleaners, but their interest came as vendor offerings solved many issues with limited consumer appeal. Second, product lines expanded to bring capabilities at lower price points, with improved operational efficiency and cleaning abilities,” says Jonathan Collins, Smart Home Research Director

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Michela Menting
Michela Menting
Research Director

Cybersecurity Spending for Critical Infrastructure to Surpass US$105 Billion in 2021

Security spending in critical infrastructure has been little impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, save for some reshuffling on where that spend is most needed. The effect has been mostly in increased demand for secure remote connectivity. Most of the cybersecurity spending announced by governments has not changed significantly, however, with most maintaining similar funding planned in previous years, with an average Year-on-Year (YOY) growth rate between 5% and 10%. According to new a new report by ABI Research, cybersecurity spending for critical infrastructure (CI) will increase by US$9 billion over the next year to reach US$105.99 billion in 2021.

There is no denying that secure connectivity has become a key focus, not least with the revelations late last year of the SolarWinds Orion hack, which has brought into sharp focus the need for better vetting of services offered by third party contractors and remote update processes. The scale of the intrusion clearly illustrates how vulnerable systems can be when they have weak links, and how easily threat actors can infiltrate and escalate privileges once access has been gained. The implications for national security are significant, and critical infrastructure operators and governments worldwide are now re-evaluating and re-assessing the risks as they relate to remote management,” says Michela Menting, Digital Security Research Director.

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Microcities to drive adoption of urban tech

Smart Cities World

More than 13,000 ‘microcities’ are predicted to drive global urban tech adoption bolstered by new urbanisation concepts, a new study finds.

According to global tech market advisory firm ABI Research’s Smart Urban Concepts – Microcities and Cities-in-a-city application analysis report, current cities are dominated by microcity clusters – dense aggregations of economic and social life. 

“In any case, microcities will remain hotbeds for urban technology innovation,” said Dominique Bonte, VP end markets and verticals at ABI Research. “Common technologies deployed across all microcity types include smart cameras and biometrics, robotics and automation, digital signage, private wi-fi and 5G networks, and micro-grids.”

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Warehouse 4.0 ─ Today's Tech for Today's Problems

Supply Chain

Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGVs) are revolutionising material handling and cargo transport, often replacing forklifts. It has been reported that Amazon has now more than 200,000 mobile robots within its warehouse network. Working alongside human workers, this army of robots helps the company to fulfil its promises.

Often replacing forklifts, this technology reduces costs, and time while eliminating the inherent risks of human effort in the movement of goods.

Everyone talks about self-driving passenger vehicles, but mobile automation is far more developed in intralogistics for fulfilment and industry,” said Rian Whitton, senior analyst at ABI Research.

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