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This is What Techies Talked about in January

January 29, 2021

In this issue of the Tech Digest: who is the winner in 5G availability and speed, how a new AI tool helps tackle COVID-19, and what Wi-Fi 6E routers are already available for consumers. All that and more in a 10-minute read.

A new AI tool for smart city security cameras steps up to slow the spread of the virus

Artificial intelligence (AI) is playing a pivotal role in beating the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of 2019, it was the AI-automated HealthMap system at Boston Children’s Hospital that first alerted the world about the novel coronavirus. And now it’s time to expand its current capabilities to win the battle.

Peachtree Corners, GA, known for its pioneering use of smart city technology, has recently added a new AI tool to its lineup to help slow the spread of the virus by reporting if people are violating COVID-19 regulations. The software can be used on any security camera with no additional hardware required, and the AI techniques monitor live feeds and process data in the cloud. To learn how the city is striving for its residents' safety and security with the help of AI, check out the full article on Techrepublic.com.

Transitioning to smart healthcare: How 5G helps digitize the entire patient experience

People show an appetite for digital health. According to the Accenture 2020 Digital Health Consumer Survey, one in four healthcare consumers say reliable and secure digital tools would motivate them to more actively manage their health. Over a third of respondents believe a good digital interaction significantly influences the patient experience, and almost a quarter are even willing to switch to a new provider for high-quality digital services.

To match these expectations, the US-based company Zyter has launched a 5G healthcare suite. It turns complex healthcare technology deployments into a single unified smart platform. Learn how this comprehensive solution helps healthcare providers refine operational efficiency and improve patient experience and outcomes.

The ideal AI chip invented: Is it an illusion of innovation or a real breakthrough?

AI rules, but it costs: neural nets demand huge memory and computing resources. An ideal AI chip would place all this memory together with computing elements (quickly accessible at low energy) on a single chip. Such solutions aren’t achievable today.

However, a team of researchers and scientists from Facebook, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, San Jose State University, Stanford University, and the French research lab CEA-Leti engineered a prototype of an ideal AI chip. It has dreamlike energy and execution time. Follow the link to learn how a team managed to design a system called Illusion, which opens up large design space for technology innovations.

Who is the winner in 5G availability and speed?

The next generation of cellular connectivity, known as 5G, offers lower latency and is 100 times faster than 4G LTE networks. One American company has already equipped its customers with the fastest 5G upload and download speeds and a stable 5G signal, and has taken the speed crown in multiple third-party reports. An increased memory and massive amounts of data processing capacity make its users even happier. The company is T-Mobile, the best 5G bet in the USA. Learn how T-Mobile managed to build the best 5G network in the country.

Wi-Fi 6E routers at CES 2021: Faster connectivity, lower latency

Last year showed us how critical a strong home Wi-Fi signal is for remote working, learning, and video streaming. Now that Wi-Fi 6E technology is available on the market, organizations are considering migrating their processes to 6E. This will ensure device interoperability, enhance security, and keep their connections even stronger. 

Wi-Fi 6E outperforms Wi-Fi 5 and 6 by many accounts: it allows companies to quadruple the speeds and facilitate the simultaneous connection of more devices. Looking to run Wi-Fi 6E in your organization and futureproof your network? Here are some Wi-Fi 6E routers announced at CES 2021.

What cloud services may be worth your investments this year?

According to the Flexera 2021 State of Tech Spend Report, companies are further planning to increase their spending on technology and digital transformation this year. If you need to build and deploy scalable, customizable, and secure apps faster, consider investing in these popular tech giant services.

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