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Here, we’ll take a look at nine standouts among the hundreds of companies we reported on in November.
Our Outdoor Mobile Robots report highlights emerging enabling technologies that are accelerating outdoor mobile robotics solutions. Intel has quickly established itself as a key solution provider within the industry, and the company’s RealSense camera line has been widely adopted by robotics developers. RealSense depth cameras can perform this visual representation in color and motion, allowing mobile robots to perform collision avoidance, object detection, volumetric measurement, and Simultaneous Location and Mapping (SLAM) tracking. More importantly, RealSense SDK 2.0 offers a variety of wrappers supporting popular programming languages and platforms.
The Low Earth Orbit Satellite Services and Outlook report scrutinized the evolution of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) systems and their potential for integration with terrestrial networks. With the advancement of Project Kuiper earlier this year, Amazon is paving the way toward affordable, high-speed broadband Internet that will reach under-connected communities around the world. The Kuiper system’s three-tiered components—advanced LEO satellites, accessible customer terminals, and a secure on-ground network—will leverage Amazon’s global operations and logistics web. Recently announced plans to develop a dedicated satellite production facility, a leap from the Kuiper prototype facility that opened in 2020, see Amazon poised to diffuse the broadband crisis for those most affected.
Our Smart Homes and Buildings report delivers actionable insights on growth and opportunities in the smart home, building, and appliance markets. Google’s Nest line has made it a reliable and model player in the smart market for over a decade, and Google is now working to advance its sensing technology, Soli. Soli is a small and invisible radar that can pick up on nuanced human motions, from a heartbeat to a wave of the hand, turning the human into the interface. The Machine Learning (ML)-powered radar emits electromagnetic waves that scatter when they come into contact with an object, and then prompts Soli to capture information about said object in the waves’ reflection. Soli’s sophisticated programming—combined with its invisibility, low power usage, and vast library of recognizable movements—makes this a technology to watch in the coming years.
As we approach the buildup to the metaverse, our Metaverse Video research report identifies pathways for next-generation live video providers to adapt to the oncoming boom of Three-Dimensional (3D) virtual worlds. YouTube’s status as the poster child of livestreaming and interactive video puts it in a unique position to take advantage of the many possibilities of metaverse integration. In a push to compete with ByteDance (TikTok) and Meta, which both recently launched metaverse apps and invested billions into the technology, YouTube is at the early stages of carving out its own space in the metaverse that would allow users to watch videos together—starting with the gaming community that has made a home on YouTube. The collaborative, immersive nature of gaming is ripe for crossing into the metaverse, and YouTube is poised to enliven the established gaming video ecosystem with more opportunities for user interactivity.
In the Mobile Payments Market: Innovation Strategies for Future Success report we analyze the growth of mobile wallet providers from a global perspective, identifying tactics for innovation in the digital payment technology ecosystem. PayPal has capitalized on consumers’ wishes for a simplified wallet with its all-in-one payment app—a digital wallet, a place to pay bills and grow savings, a direct deposit middleman, and a crypto marketplace. But PayPal is also unique in its potential for crossing over into other wallets, with the immensely popular Venmo app, as well as a future tap-to-pay collaboration with Apple.
With the increasing energy consumption of 5G networks in mind, our Sustainable In-Building Cellular Networks report showcases the importance of and details pathways toward green in-building wireless systems. Huawei is eking its way to the front of this race with the launch of Power Turbo, a whole-network energy-saving solution that works by intelligently analyzing wireless networks to enable and apply power-saving policies at network sites. In its first test of the program with Communication Service Provider (CSP) China Mobile Hunan, Power Turbo reduced energy consumption by about 10%.
Our Smart Hospitality and Coworking Spaces report assesses the growing scale and value of the smart hospitality device market, outlining key drivers for connectivity and equipment demand. While short-term rental providers like Airbnb have identifiably used smart hospitality devices for years, hotels like Marriott are creatively following suit. Marriott—which, in recent years, implemented intuitive guest-facing technology like mobile app access, contactless food payments, and smart locks—is now expanding its smart offerings via Phunware’s Smart Hospitality Solution. The Phunware solution will pilot at a Marriott resort in Maui, equipping guests with interactive and real-time mapping, filterable Points of Interest (POIs), and bookable experiences.
As adoption of digital wallets has surged during the pandemic, our report, The Future Shape of the Mobile Identity Markets: New Technologies, Regulations, and Standards, dissects the possibilities of the Identity (ID) space. Thales has positioned itself as the trusted standard in the mobile ID market, with a vast catalog of biometric technologies making it the choice of government agencies globally. As digital IDs continue to expand in prevalence—with more than 3 billion people slated to use them by 2024—Thales’ simple, user-friendly mobile ID app is positioned to see growth. Thales puts emphasis on eGovernment enablement, bolstered by infallible multi-level security that covers up to the highest levels (i.e., Electronic Identification and Trust Services (eIDAS)).
As the supply chain disruption stretches into another year, our quarterly Supply Chain Management and Logistics: Quarterly Update Q3 2022 offers insight into developing new strategies and isolating opportunities for growth amid global conflicts. Consumer goods giant Unilever has harnessed the power of digital transformation, implementing fourth-generation industrial revolution technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) at every step to make its supply chain exceedingly efficient. Unilever has also addressed the deficit in decision-making by employing Aera Technology’s cognitive automation. The result is a sustainable, risk-averse supply chain that bolsters end-to-end value for customers and consumers.
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