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Experts Offer 6 Predictions for IoT in 2020

The Internet of Things has connected different facets of the enterprise in ways that were previously only imagined. Now companies and customers demand to see results and understand those results in real-time or near-real-time. IoT can connect enterprise assets to gain real-time insights, which improve decision making, drive efficiency, empower…

Gartner predicts there will be approximately 20 billion IoT-connected devices by 2020. As IoT networks swell and become more advanced, the resources and tools that managed them must do the same. Companies will need to adopt scalable storage solutions to accommodate the explosion of data that promises to outpace current technology’s ability to contain, process and provide valuable insights.

Bob Moul, CEO of machine data intelligence platform, Circonus

Journalist’s Murder Darkens The Story Of “Blockchain Island”

On Sunday, December 1st, Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, the principal advocate of Malta’s “Blockchain Island” narrative announced that he was going to resign in mid-January. The main cause of this shock resignation is the ongoing investigation into the murder of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Activists…

Malta is set to become the bitcoin money-laundering capital of this part of the world – and that the preparations are already being made for it. And that whoever has a vested interest in the heightened use of cryptocurrencies is already [funneling] money into the Labour Party and a couple of Panama companies, and calling the shots.

Caruana Galizia, RIP

Let’s Make The 20s Roar Again!

A century ago, after the hardships of World War I and the 1918 influenza pandemic, the “Roaring 1920s” ushered in economic prosperity and social progress. The decade saw the expansion of the automobile, telephone, radio, electrification and consumer appliances. Aviation became a business. Nations saw rapid industrial and economic…

The 2010s had its own expressions of indifference: “I don’t know,” “Let’s see what happens” or “It doesn’t matter,” so let’s take a selfie with that glacier before it melts.


This Thomas-Built Electric School Bus Aims to Replace Aging Diesel Models

American power company Dominion Energy is set to roll out the largest electric school bus initiative in the United States, and Thomas Built Buses will be the supplier of all 50 units featuring advanced battery and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology. Named “Jouley,” these electrified transporters will be available to Virginia school districts…

We are thrilled to lead the way in this groundbreaking initiative that is paving the way for a cleaner future and setting the bar for future electric vehicle conversions across the country. We believe electric school buses to be the future of pupil transportation. They offer quieter operation, lower operating costs and zero emissions to the benefit of students, parents, school districts and local communities.

Caley Edgerly, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses

6 Important GreenTech Trends To Watch For In 2020

GreenTech is on the rise across multiple industries, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. Combining technology with sustainability enables researchers to protect the planet while fine-tuning machine-based processes. The latest computer hardware doesn’t have to be energy-intensive to work well. Similarly, resource conservation efforts often…

Sustainability is the future of business and technology, and the brightest innovations of the 2020s are on their way.


In Asia Pacific, climate crisis happening now, not in the future

The world’s most disaster-prone region felt the harsh reality of the climate crisis in 2019. Toxic smog shrouded Asian megacities, hundreds died in flooding and landslides, cyclones battered coastlines and bushfires, droughts and deadly heatwaves led to towns and cities almost running out of water. Far from being anomalies…

The relentless sequence of natural disasters over the past two years was beyond what the region had previously experienced or was able to predict.

United Nations’ Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) report

Five Things to Know About Power-Storing Microgrids

More than a million Californians were left in the dark for days recently as their big utility companies shut off power for fear of sparking wildfires. Frustrated by those outages, some homeowners say they’d like to turn their backs on the companies in favor of smaller providers who might do a better job of keeping the lights on. San Jose Mayor…


Toyota And Electrification: Time Is Running Out

Late November saw the latest in a slow-moving drama as the reality of the rise of the BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) started to bite for Toyota (NYSE:TM), while at the same time its major investment in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles continued to frame how Toyota sees the future. I have great respect for Toyota, but until they reorient from a hybrid/fuel…


Food Wastage Can Be Reduced Only By Powered Storage

In our fight against global warming, energy efficiency is the low-hanging fruit of cutting carbon emissions. It reduces the need to produce more energy and is quick, easy and inexpensive. The goal of ending global hunger by the UN’s target of 2030 must also start with efficiency. That means reducing food waste, which can only happen with…

Replacing diesel with solar-powered milk centres resulted in significant savings by eliminating spending on diesel and reducing milk loss. But we must move beyond pilot projects to scale. Large energy companies like ENGIE and Enel Green Power, as well as smaller start-ups, are working to roll out mini-grids for the food chain.


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