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2018: A SaaS Society

We are coming into an age where not everything is tangible. More and more people are choosing a service rather than purchasing a product up front. Companies such as Freshbooks offer an accounting platform as a service as an alternative to paying outright for licensing. The tech and service worlds are colliding as more of these companies are appearing. Intellectual property is being created everywhere. This is a very different time from when our grandparents, or even parents, were our age. Today, there are so many tools, resources at our fingertips; and we may not be able to touch them all physically. This brings us to SaaS.

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Localization and Tracking Vehicles: GPS vs. Bluetooth Beacon vs. RFID

1 or 2? 2 or 1? We are a part of a society that is constantly bench marking, one against the other. Which is better? Most accurate? Cost Effective? User friendly? After all of the pro/con lists, we are supposed to come to a decision and choose one that is “better” than that of the other(s) for our purpose. We have done just this in choosing the best technology to use in our sensors. This brings us to the big question of GPS (Global Positioning System), BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) or RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) for data collection?

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Will Blockchain Revolutionize the Ports Industry?

First introduced in the financial services sector, blockchain has come a long way. Many believe that blockchain could change the world. With the ability to store documents, digital currency, contracts, and more all in a safe space, blockchain is the future. Every action is documented and accessible to the parties involved, all in real time. Some ports, among other sectors are looking into implementing blockchain in hopes of financial gain in the long run. The use of blockchain in ports is just the beginning.

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Calming the Traffic on your Neighborhood Streets

In the last decade, when looking for housing, many people have participated in the “suburban sprawl.” They are willing to go further and further away from where they work in order to pay less to live. They spend hours of their day commuting back and forth in traffic. They are constantly looking for new shortcuts, a faster time, another way to make the drive seem shorter.  Read More

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Load up your car

There is nothing worse than having to travel during rush hour! Traveling during these times is chaotic and unpredictable. There have been attempts to determine the best possible solution to rush hour traffic with no clear answer. Cities have a potential solution to traffic, that is, congestion pricing through toll pricing or putting in High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes. Read More

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What does it take to be a “Smart City?”

We live in a world where everything is said to be smart. We have “smartphones,” “smart watches” and “smart cars.” The obvious next step in the evolution of smart is a“Smart City.” We define them as “smart” because of what is behind them, the technology behind them that connects everything. People, sensors, the internet.

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Autonomous vs. Assisted Driving: A Fork in the Road?

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Drive-assist and autonomous cars have begun to emerge as very real possibilities for the market. Due to the thriving technology sector of transportation, we are being offered options that we have never had in the past. However, with great power comes great responsibility. The industry and its customers are now faced with the questions of “should we?” as opposed to “can we?”. We have the technological ability to do so much, but the world may not be ready.

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Smart Cities: Getting Stakeholders Involved

I remember sitting as a child and imagining what the future would look like. My vision was more along the lines of flying cars and no bedtime, but still… The technology industry is growing and developing solutions that would make that little girl jump for joy.

The name of the game today is connectivity and integration. Through the use of connected technology, it is widely believed that we will have the ability to fight the issues that face our world, such as global warming and human fatality. This wave of change has to start somewhere, and that somewhere is in the hearts of our cities.

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