3 digital industries that China is dominating

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China is one of the foremost nations embracing a fully connected society. In many major Chinese cities, sensor-filled machines that accept digital payments and support public data-collection are commonplace. Such technologies are found in supermarkets, malls, and even on sidewalks -- Chinese panhandlers have notably used the WeChat platform to collect donations from passersby. Already, China's mobile payments market is nearly 50 times that of the U.S.'s. China represents a significant investment opportunity for breakthrough innovations in digital industries.


A Wallflower At The Robotics Orgy?

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Fanuc Corporation (FANUC) (OTCPK:FANUY) just doesn't fire the imagination like the robotics companies pumping out weekly press releases about their latest highest-tech applications do. What too many robotics-are-cool, great-story, neat-concept investors are looking for in a robotics company? What might be the considerably more interesting story, if only we are willing to learn more about it. FANUC (an acronym for Fuji Automatic Numerical Controls – Fujitsu spun it off decades ago) is not in the artificial intelligence business. And at an ETF I like for the broadest exposure to the field of robotics, Robo-Stox Global Robotics and Automation (ROBO), FANUC is only the 11th largest holding, well below UAV maker AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV) and Roomba vacuum cleaner marketer iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT).


Taking Off: Commercial Drone Use in the Insurance and Real Estate Industries Lexology

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Our series on drones, known formally as "unmanned aircraft systems" or "UAS," addresses the growing use of drones in numerous industries across the United States. Many sectors in the United States have embraced drones due to their ability to significantly reduce costs, execute a variety of tasks traditionally performed by human labor, access places that humans and larger aircraft are incapable of reaching and provide enhanced reliability and accuracy of data. Furthermore, commercial drone use in the U.S. is expected to become more prevalent as federal government decision-makers and industry stakeholders work together to encourage drone use in commercial operations and to foster the integration of drones into the nation's airspace. Here's the fifth installment of our series, which focuses on the rapidly increasing integration of drones into the insurance and real estate industries. The insurance industry increasingly is relying on drones to identify and assess risks, as evidenced by the fact that insurance companies employ 17% of all commercial drones.


Taking Off: Commercial Drone Use in the Insurance and Real Estate Industries Lexology

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Our series on drones, known formally as "unmanned aircraft systems" or "UAS," addresses the growing use of drones in numerous industries across the United States. Many sectors in the United States have embraced drones due to their ability to significantly reduce costs, execute a variety of tasks traditionally performed by human labor, access places that humans and larger aircraft are incapable of reaching and provide enhanced reliability and accuracy of data. Furthermore, commercial drone use in the U.S. is expected to become more prevalent as federal government decision-makers and industry stakeholders work together to encourage drone use in commercial operations and to foster the integration of drones into the nation's airspace. Here's the fifth installment of our series, which focuses on the rapidly increasing integration of drones into the insurance and real estate industries. The insurance industry increasingly is relying on drones to identify and assess risks, as evidenced by the fact that insurance companies employ 17% of all commercial drones.


Fundings, acquisitions and IPOs, June 2018 - The Robot Report

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PTC (NASDAQ:PTC), a IoT, Industry 4.0 and control software provider to government and industry, has partnered with Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK), the world's largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, "to accelerate growth for both companies and enable them to be the partner of choice for customers around the world who want to transform their physical operations with digital technology." Rockwell is making a $1 billion equity investment in PTC as part of the deal in which the two agreed to align their respective smart factory technologies and industrial automation platforms. JD (JingDong) (NASDAQ:JD), the Chinese equivalent to Amazon and China's 2nd largest e-commerce provider, raised $500 million from Google/Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG). Like Amazon, JD is heavy in the automated logistics business and now, with this investment, JD plans to open restaurants staffed by robots starting this August and ramping up to 1,000 by 2020. JD is also involved in last mile deliveries and just launched 20 mobile robot carts in the Beijing area (each robot can deliver up to 30 different parcels).