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Liz Goldsmith

The office market report: What will happen to all those big empty buildings if we all stay working from home?

When the lockdown is relaxed, we are likely to see changes to both our working practices and adjustments to our workplaces. This may include continued remote working, or a partial return to the workplace incorporating modified schedules or shift working. Some people will avoid their previous commute by working from suburban or branch offices outside city centers or utilizing local flexible/serviced office providers. At least temporarily, office occupation densities will be reduced, initially managed by seating policy and behavior rather than more expensive desk reconfiguration. Video calls will continue to replace many meetings and most business travel.

Smart Cities Will Revolutionize Energy Consumption After The Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic may have put many investment plans on hold, but it has also highlighted the global drive to sustainable living in energy-efficient cities. COVID-19 and the economic slowdown from the measures to contain it have had many national and local governments think about building back a better future, one that involves intelligent use of energy resources.

FIBER OPTICS IN INDUSTRIAL ENVIRONMENTS

Industrial environments can be extremely harsh settings when it comes to cabling infrastructure. Operators need to meet the high-speed transmission needs of the latest industrial devices without losing any connectivity through interference from temperature, moisture, dust, and increasing distances between endpoints.
Most chemical plants, oil and gas rigs, and power facilities have installed fiber optic cabling to meet those demands, but many of those cabling choices have now become antiquated and can no longer provide the speed and bandwidth requirements placed upon them by the industrial Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled devices.

Company opens fiber-optics factory in Aurora

Capitalizing on growth in 5G technology and with support from state and local officials, a startup company called viaPhoton has opened a fiber-optics factory in Aurora, where it is hiring 30 people and hopes to add another 200 employees in three to five years.
CEO Baber Abbas said the company will supply data centers and mobile communications companies throughout the Midwest. Its presence here will help Illinois expand access to 5G services statewide.

Programmable Photonics

Researchers from the University of Southampton developed a method for making programmable  integrated switching units on a silicon photonics chip. By using a generic optical circuit that can be fabricated in bulk then later programmed for specific applications, the team hopes to reduce production costs.

Leviton acquiring Berk-Tek for US$202M

Nexans has agreed to sell U.S.-based cable manufacturer Berk-Tek to Leviton for U.S.$202 million.Together with Leviton, the Berk-Tek team will focus on developing innovative local area network solutions that are critically important in managing the demand of today’s emerging technologies. Leviton and Berk-Tek formed a marketing alliance in 2013.