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Liz Goldsmith

From the factory to the field: AgTech comes of age

With the world’s population on track to reach 9.7 billion people by 2050, farmers will need to grow twice the amount of food they do today to avoid scarcity issues and social disruption. Agriculture technology or “AgTech” will play a pivotal role in alleviating the building pressure on farmers to produce more by providing improved control and real-time data insights of farming operations for more efficient management of crops, resources, and livestock.
A product of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), AgTech refers to the use of connected technology in agriculture, horticulture, and aquaculture. It empowers farmers to operate “smarter,” leading to higher revenues, lower costs, and increased margins. Like the IIoT, AgTech seeks to do more with less in leveraging a cross-section of networked devices to uncover ways to boost productivity without burdening already overtaxed natural resources.

TIA’s and UL’s SPIRE assessment gets to the core of smart buildings with connectivity criteria

Given the role that wired and wireless connectivity play in enabling smart building technologies, there is a need for assessment that takes a deeper dive into ensuring the ability to transmit data and power across a range of spaces, systems, and devices, while providing the resiliency to maintain operations and the bandwidth and capacity to support future technologies. One program that takes a closer look at connectivity is the SPIRE™ assessment and verification program developed by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and UL Solutions in coordination with numerous ICT technology stakeholders.

Broadband associations partner on fiber, wireless workforce development

The Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) and the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) have entered into a Collaborative Workforce Development Agreement to advance critical workforce education and training for the broadband communications industry. The agreement promotes both associations’ workforce development programs: the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP), nationally sponsored by WIA for broadband and 5G technicians; and the Fiber Broadband Association’s Optical Telecom Installer Certification (OpTIC Path) program that trains fiber technicians.

Managing Data Center Fiber Becoming Harder…and Easier

Managing the growing density of fibers and cables throughout data centers is becoming a full-time job. If not done well, the ramifications can be severe. Beyond the eyesore of cabling spilling into the aisle, poor fiber management can create a variety of more costly issues. Overfilling cable trays, for example, can restrict air flow between the cables, increasing thermal loading and causing the cooling system to work harder than usually needed. The inability to identify, access and manage individual fibers, compromises meantime-to-resolution, turn-up speed, moves/adds/changes and more. All of this emphasizes the need for a carefully considered cable management strategy.

Advantages Of Turning Older Properties into Smart Office Buildings –

As far as smart technology is concerned, most people wrongly believe that it only applies to newly built properties. Though smart technology is certainly easier to incorporate into new constructions, it doesn’t mean that older office buildings shouldn’t also benefit from a modern upgrade. In existing buildings, adding smart building technologies can improve energy conservation, increase productivity, improve indoor environments, and improve sustainability.

White Paper: Solving Edge Computing Infrastructure Challenges

Edge computing installations have become increasingly business critical. Deploying and operating IT at the edge of the network comes with unique challenges. Solving them requires a departure from the traditional means of selecting, configuring, assembling, operating, and maintaining these systems.
This paper describes a new emerging model that involves an integrated ecosystem of cooperative partners, vendors, and end users. This ecosystem and the integrated micro data center solution it produces, help mitigate the unique challenges of edge applications. Download this white paper to help mitigate edge challenges.