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Undoubtedly the industry most dramatically affected by COVID-19, healthcare systems across the globe are under tremendous pressure and the pandemic highlights an urgent need to advance toward smart healthcare systems. At the same time, COVID-19 has also presented the perfect application scenario for the deployment of 5G networks in hospitals, doctors’ practices, and social care ...

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Despite the questions and vague timelines around when (or if) the world will return to its pre-pandemic state, the millions of employees working and networking from home have proven that not only is video essential for nearly every business unit across multiple industries, but this industry will continue to thrive well past the end of our current health ...

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Understanding the Role of Technologies in Facilitating Factory Restarts

At the time of this writing, there are positive signs that commerce is recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for June reaching 50.1 (up from  40.7 in May[i]), the S&P 500 now approaching levels seen back in February, while the Nasdaq recovered from ...

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The North American market and its vendors have dominated smart home market adoption and revenue. However, as smart home momentum continues to build over the next 5 years, vendors will increasingly have to adapt their smart home strategies and products in response to the impact of developing Chinese and Asia-Pacific smart home markets.

Despite this ...

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Immersive Collaboration and Communication: Trends in Video Conferencing

The communication and collaboration market is clearly and indisputably seeing heightened interest and demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lingering impacts of these unprecedented times are expected to accelerate adoption of newer technologies like Extended Reality (XR) and increase growth rates of more established markets like video conferencing hardware, which is forecasted to approach US ...

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Wearables have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic because consumer interest in buying non-essential devices has dropped in the first quarter of 2020, along with the issues associated with a hampered supply chain. Wearable shipments in 2020 are now expected to be 254 million, down from a previously forecasted 281 million.

However, all wearable device ...

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The Artificial Intelligence investment landscape enjoyed another year of strong growth in 2019, with the United States taking the lead, reaching a record US$22.7 billion. Despite multiple headwinds and realignment of interest and priorities that can typically breed uncertainty, the market did not suffer any fatigue.

Enterprises are increasingly warming up to the value of ...

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Manufacturing plants generate mountains of data throughout the day, every day. Traditionally, data has been noted on paper or analyzed in spreadsheets. However, today it can be collected automatically via sensors and analyzed with tools that far exceed spreadsheets’ capabilities. ABI Research is forecasting that in 2026, manufacturers and industrial firms will spend US$19.8 ...

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As we move through 2020, a number of technologies are bracing for continued turmoil and uncertainty in the wake of COVID-19. However, the robotics industry, despite facing its own challenges, received record investment in 2019. Last year, 397 investment and acquisition deals involving robotics and robot-related companies were completed — 320 investments and 77 acquisitions ...

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