We are able to turn on the lights in our homes from a desk in an office miles away. The built-in cameras and sensors embedded in our refrigerator let us easily keep tabs on what is present on the shelves, and when an item is close to expiration. When we get home, the thermostat has already adjusted the temperature so that it's lukewarm or brisk, depending on our preference. These are not examples from a futuristic science fiction story. These are only a few of the millions of frameworks part of the Internet of Things (IoT) being deployed today.
Security is imperative for companies to deter trespassers and would-be thieves and to protect valuable equipment crucial for businesses to operate successfully. A robust setup with cameras, sensors, and night vision can take the pressure off security teams and give business owners peace of mind out-of-hours. Luckily for organizations, the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) technology, mobile connectivity, apps, and cloud technologies has radically changed the security landscape and made it easier than ever to set up multi-room and on-premise systems. The possibilities are endless: cloud or local feed storage, customizable or automatic alerts and alarms, smartphones and tablet connectivity, wired or wireless, battery-powered or mains options, video capture, night vision, audio feeds of varying quality, and the ability to check-in, in real-time, are all on offer and can be tailored depending on the requirements of your business. To make navigating the variety of hardware and vendor ecosystems available to today's company owners less of a challenge, we have assembled our top ten picks for businesses.
The use of connected smart devices is growing rapidly, but they are not yet everywhere. There are 3 challenges to the universal adoption of AI. As you may have already realized, AI has influenced your life. And its impact is only going to grow from here. Achieving a future of ubiquitous AI could be life-changing.
Contrary to press-propagated blames on rapid industry changes, unforeseen circumstances and uncontrollable crises, most business failures boil down to poor corporate culture. Interestingly, how corporate culture is perceived has changed just as rapidly as industries have evolved in recent times. In the 20th and early 21st centuries, assessment of corporate culture focused almost entirely on how businesses treated their customers. For instance, the dent in Blackberry's culture was caused by the company prioritizing its smartphone technology over customers' needs. Meanwhile, how customers interact with technology was changing. More recently, corporate culture has more to do with how companies manage communication internally than with their public relations.
With the recent advances in technology, it's hard to know where to put your attention. For example, 5G hasn't taken off as fast as people would have hoped, but the possibility of combining it with artificial intelligence (AI) may lead to considerable innovations in the next few years. A decade from now, the combination of AI and 5G networks will have revolutionized how business gets done in our everyday lives. They'll receive this requested information almost instantaneously due to the vast bandwidth provided by 5G. This high-speed data connection will open up new opportunities.
Bernard Marr* forecasts some of the advances in technology that will affect our lives, both at work and in the home, over the next few months. As a futurist, every year I look ahead and predict the key tech trends that will shape the next few months. There are so many innovations and breakthroughs happening right now, and I can't wait to see how they help to transform business and society in 2022. Let's take a look at my list of key tech trends that everyone should be ready for, starting today. Computing power will continue to explode in 2022.
Chances are, if you're reading this article, you have at least one smart home device in your household. After all, according to several studies on the topic, nearly half of U.S. households currently have at least one. From smart speakers and connected thermostats to light bulbs and video cameras, these gadgets have quickly moved from cutting edge to mainstream. If you have multiple smart devices in your home, you've likely discovered what's keeping much of the remaining half of U.S. households from buying their first one. It's hard to make them work together.
AI is being infused into the Internet of Things, setting the stage for significant improvements in manufacturing productivity, improved uptime, and reduced costs -- regardless of market segment. The traditional approach to improving manufacturing equipment reliability and efficiency is regular scheduled maintenance. While that is an improvement over just fixing or replacing equipment when it breaks, it's far from optimal. Even with periodic maintenance, equipment can suddenly break down, idling workers, delaying shipments, and disappointing customers. This is where AI fits in.
The smart connected home is the next step in our houses' growth and how we interact with them. The various systems in our houses are developing as AI technology improves, much as lighting has progressed from candles to gas to electricity. The smart home is rapidly expanding. While all of these new smart home technologies may appear intimidating and difficult at first, the introduction of artificial intelligence assistants and voice control has made it much easier to accept. Here is a list of the top 10 AI-powered smart home technologies for 2022.
As companies unveil their new smart home devices at the 2022 CES tech show, underway now in Las Vegas, much of the hype involves Matter, an open-source connectivity standard built around a shared belief that smart home devices should seamlessly integrate with other systems and be secure and reliable. If you like devices, you are probably among the 66% of households that have smart home devices, according to Deloitte. We also know you don't just stick with one company or brand, but probably have purchased from at least half a dozen different companies. That's why for any company launching a smart home device this year, having Matter support will be helpful. Not only is the protocol being developed by some of the biggest tech companies -- think Apple, Amazon and Google -- and smart home device makers, it is designed to finally fix the issues around fragmented smart home systems so that all of your devices can be easily set up and routed from one place.