The IoT (Internet of Things) has been growing for a decade or more, encompassing technologies and becoming ubiquitous in daily life as well as in under-the-radar applications. So, what is IoT? According to the crowd-sourced Wikipedia, “IoT describes physical objects (or groups of such objects), that are embedded with sensors, processing ability, software, and other technologies, and that connect and exchange data with other devices and systems over the internet or other communications networks.”

Two major elements in construction are labor and materials—and both are in short supply. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic’s early days, construction was considered essential. Many projects were continued, with “social distancing” and masks—which were common among workers on jobsites long before they were common in grocery stores. But the material side of the equation was in disruption as companies responsible for lumber, concrete, tools, and other supplies shut down to protect their workers’ health.

When Robert Crumb created the big-footed cartoon characters and the slogan “Keep on truckin’” back in 1968, he didn’t expect it would become something of a “Hippie Anthem.” In fact, he’s been strongly protecting his copyright in the images ever since, including their use on clothing and in magazines. Not a very Hippie communal attitude.

The IoT (Internet of Things) has made intelligent appliances common in big box stores like Home Depot and Costco. Virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri can be found in many homes, new and old. In fact, new construction of smart homes has led many people to think about remodeling their homes to be just as smart. And in response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s stay-at-home orders, they have had more time and have been doing it themselves.

Why Constructech Vision Awards? Companies that have a true vision of what they want to be in the future usually have a vision of how technology will help them get there. Construction has occasionally had a reputation of being a laggard in some areas of technology, and in some cases even thought of as slow to adapt and adopt tech. The Constructech Vision Awards prove those skeptics wrong.

When desktop computers were entering the workplace in large numbers, the data transfer between units was normally by cable, often ethernet with a server acting as a hub, or by “sneaker-net”—where someone carried a floppy disk of data between workstations by hand. Fiberoptics entered the picture in the 1980s as an alternative to electrical signals on ethernet or coax cable but the need for repeaters along the line was a drawback.

The idea of “net zero” requires several leaps of faith. When discussing long-term projects—and 30 years is a long term—one must be careful to separate today’s capabilities from tomorrow’s. We know what we can do today, given motivation, but technology changes rapidly and our ability to effect changes will depend on what the future gives us and what we learn from the past and present in dealing with those new technical benefits. We cannot be assured there will be significant technical capabilities to render our past mistakes void—but we better try.

A key to resiliency in business is recognizing, analyzing, and addressing risks. However, despite agreement at large and midsize organizations about the threats posed by a wide range of emerging risks, the vast majority continue to overlook and underemphasize the potential impact of these risks on their businesses.

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