Bridges are common; they’ve been around for thousands of years. Airports have used moving walkways for decades. Now the two are being combined as thyssenkrupp Elevator provides surface-mounted, modular moving walks for longest pedestrian bridge in the U.S.

thyssenkrupp Elevator will provide six of its moving iwalks for a 1,000-foot pedestrian bridge being built on the 1.5 million-sq.ft. campus for United Shore, home to WHM (wholesale mortgage) lending company. When completed, the pedestrian bridge will be the longest in the U.S. Final installation of all six iwalks is expected in 2021.

Infectious disease experts agree that a core way to slow the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus is to track contacts made by those found to be infected. But track and trace is labor intensive and many industries have limited or no experience in handling this approach. Now, technology is coming to help.

Smart-city developments around the globe are anticipated to increase in the next several years—with a number of organizations predicting substantial growth. The pandemic in many cases is accelerating this need, as regulatory bodies are hyper focused on monitoring the health and safety of citizens. With the rise of the digital twin, cities have a tool to help make this a reality.

There is great potential for steady growth in the global smart-city market, with MarketsandMarkets predicting it will grow from $410.8 billion in 2020 to $820.7 billion by 2025, which is a growth rate of 14.8%. This includes adoption in transportation, utilities, buildings, and citizen services, thanks to the uptick in the IoT (Internet of Things), big data, analytics, cloud, security, and network connectivity.

The CIO (chief information officer) of companies large and small needs to step up and accept the challenges of COVID-19 and the resulting economic pain. CIOs have increased their organizational credibility during the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are more complex challenges that they must tackle during the recovery to sustain their elevated value, according to Gartner, Inc.

A Gartner managed panel surveyed 58 CIOs in May 2020 and found that 43% said planning for their enterprises’ post-COVID-19 strategy has begun, while 38% were still dealing with the effects, but will turn to recovery soon.  CIOs in many organizations were instrumental in dealing with the initial impact of COVID-19 and in many cases were the guiding lights that allowed the companies to continue during the early stages of the pandemic. Enterprises continued to operate with a strong assist from IT organizations, especially in enabling a newly dispersed workforce to work from home. Consequently, many CIOs have a new opportunity to take a seat at the table when senior leaders decide enterprise strategy and which lines of business to ramp up and which ones to reduce.

The 5G (fifth generation) telecommunications network requires, in most locations, a building out of the current infrastructure to support higher data rates and clearer signals. Since 5G is a multiple spectrum network (using three different frequencies depending on the infrastructure supporting it), there are problems with interoperability and backward compatibility. All these issues are being resolved and 5G is being released in various parts of the country.

Low band 5G uses a frequency spectrum similar to 4G, 600-700 MHz, which allows download speeds higher than 4G and a similar range and coverage area. Mid-band 5G uses microwaves of 2.5-3.7 GHz. This currently allows speeds of 100-900 Mbit/s, with each cell tower providing service up to several miles in radius. This service is the most widely deployed and should be available in most American cities by 2021.

Business as it has been may not be the norm as nations around the world are still impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Governments at every level are searching for ways to aid their constituents, keep them safe and still reopen businesses that have been shuttered as a precaution against unnecessary spread of the virus. The implementation of lockdowns has resulted in stoppage or delays of construction projects and disruption of supply chains in the sector.

To tackle the impact of COVID-19, governments worldwide are expected to take significant steps and implement schemes for promoting construction projects once the pandemic is under control. A research report on the Global AI in Construction Market by Research Dive presents the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the present and future market growth.

With the growing traffic on streets and even rural backroads, truckers are finding they need ways to drive safely, while assuring should an accident occur, they are covered if claims arise due to accidents that are not their fault. A Houston company, Pe Ben USA—a supplier to the pipeline construction segment—has taken to technology to minimize its truckers concern.

Pe Ben specializes in stockpiling and stringing large-diameter line pipe and operates a fleet of 192 cargo trucks and their trailers. Hauling oversized truckloads, their drivers must be extra vigilant on the road. On top of their bulky cargo, drivers are also covering more extreme terrain than traditional long-haul trucking fleets. They are operating on a project basis, so they may spend months at a time transporting pipe down roads that are often in remote locations and require highly technical driving skills.

The cloud has become the resource many companies turn to when they need large amounts of digital storage, constantly updated SaaS (software-as-a-service), or high-performance computing capabilities. With the aggressive expansion of AI (artificial intelligence) in applications, even smaller companies can benefit from the computing power available in the cloud.
And while the cloud has been highly publicized as an option for everything digital, an even more powerful environment exists that hasn’t gotten nearly as much coverage: quantum computing. A recent IDC (Intl Data Corp.) survey of IT and business personnel responsible for quantum computing adoption found that improved AI capabilities, accelerated business intelligence, and increased productivity and efficiency were the top expectations of organizations currently investing in cloud-based quantum computing.

The term “cloud” has become commonplace in today’s highly technology-oriented economy. What is it? According to Microsoft, “The cloud is not a physical entity, but instead is a vast network of remote servers around the globe which are hooked together and meant to operate as a single ecosystem. These servers are designed to either store and manage data, run applications, or deliver content or a service such as streaming videos, web mail, office productivity software, or social media.”
A subset of the cloud concept is the use of those remote servers and computing power to do analytics, including forensics and fraud detection.

If you need to inspect railroad track for dimensional accuracy, an obvious safety issue, you want the best inspection tools available. If you are a lender and need data on a property to do an estimate of value, you want the best tools available. In the first case, a physical inspection is necessary while the lender might be satisfied with an accurate virtual inspection. Both are possible with today’s technology.
Norfolk Southern is the first North American freight railroad to develop and deploy an autonomous track geometry measurement system that is mounted on a locomotive.

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