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Home smart home

Home smart home
Steve Rogerson reports from the Smart Home for Connected & Assisted Living show at Birmingham’s NEC.
4th November 2019

How AI is improving nursing homes

How AI is improving nursing homes
  A growing number of care providers around the world have turned to AI-powered innovations to respond to the rapidly expanding needs of seniors. According to a United Nations report, the global senior population will more than double between 2017 and 2050.
22nd October 2019

Sprouting in Brussels with a bacon butty

Sprouting in Brussels with a bacon butty
Steve Rogerson looks at some of the news that may have missed the front page. My travels in the past month took me to the delightful city of Brussels for the AutoSens event. Visitors could not fail to notice that ON Semiconductor was the main sponsor, with the company’s logo all over the place. 
15th October 2019


Over three quarters of UK workforce lack basic cyber training

Over three quarters of UK workforce lack basic cyber training
There is 77% of UK workers that admit that they have never received any form of cyber skills training from their employer, according to a new study from Centrify, a leading provider of cloud-ready Zero Trust Privilege to secure modern enterprises. The news comes at the start of European Union’s CyberSecMonth, designed to raise awareness of cybersecurity threats, promote cybersecurity among citizens and organisations; and provide resources to protect themselves online, through education and sharing of good practices.
11th October 2019

Malaria Must Die campaign releases new AR mosquito filter

Malaria Must Die campaign releases new AR mosquito filter
The campaign ‘Malaria Must Die, So Millions Can live’, launched a digital and out of home advertising activation to inspire people to join the world’s first voice petition to end malaria. The campaign will activate online and on out of home displays and billboards across New York City during the annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting which takes place from 23rd-27th September.
23rd September 2019

In choppy market, industry seeks calmer waters in 2020

In choppy market, industry seeks calmer waters in 2020
Trying to read the runes of the semiconductor market is no easy task right now. Malcolm Penn, CEO of research company Future Horizons isn’t shirking the challenge. Despite a rocky 2019, Penn emphasises the industry fundamentals are fine, which should speed recovery once economic confidence returns.  
18th September 2019

Driving digital transformation in an organisation

Driving digital transformation in an organisation
Technology is difficult to evolve despite the speed at which it develops, and things have really changed in recent times, especially in the past year there has really been a focus on digital transformation. When it comes to this transformation people often say you need new people, but why? Why not focus on the people you already have on your team and train them so they can transform with the business?
30th August 2019

Girls close the gender skills gap following GCSE exam results

Girls close the gender skills gap following GCSE exam results
Here at Electronic Specifier we are always keen to champion female engineers and to highlight the growing skills gap in STEM related subjects, made worse by the significant gender disparity in technology, science and maths.
23rd August 2019

The future of driving digital transformation

The future of driving digital transformation
At the recent Unbound festival there was a panel discussion on digital transformation encompassing the digitalisation of business processes, assets and products. As with the rapid advancement of artificial intelligence, high UX standards and increasing security threats, businesses need to be agile and embrace digital transformation. Moderator Kenneth Cukier, Senior Editor at The Economist started by asking the panel experts: “When we think about digital transformation do we think failure or success?”
14th August 2019

Why are women leaving technology jobs?

Why are women leaving technology jobs?
Did you know that 25 years ago 37% of computer science degrees were held by women, but figures have shown that in 2018 that figure has dropped to just 19%? For women who do break into the tech sector, the retention rate is not very promising, with the quit rate more than twice as high for women as it is for men. Why is that, and what exactly is attributing to these decisions to completely leave technology?
14th August 2019

More name change misery and mixed up dates

More name change misery and mixed up dates
Steve Rogerson looks at some of the news that may have missed the front page. There are lots of reasons for companies to change their names, most of them irrelevant and erroneous, as I have pointed out many times before. It is much better in almost every case to keep the original name - a name that your customers know and has respect in the industry. OK, if the name has become tarnished for some reason, then maybe fair enough.
14th August 2019

Fuelling citizen power and tech to create safer cities for all

Fuelling citizen power and tech to create safer cities for all
A powerful combination of citizen power and smart technology is revolutionising street safety in London through a partnership between tech start-ups, Safe & The City, the street-smart safety app and what3words, the innovative new addressing technology.  
30th July 2019

Don’t be late calling the SAS to cure sleep apnoea

Don’t be late calling the SAS to cure sleep apnoea
Steve Rogerson looks at some of the news that may have missed the front page. In this column in the April issue, I had a dig at Taiwanese company Innodisk for sending me a press release three weeks after embedded world about what it was planning at the show. Well that time gap has been thrashed by Chinese company Dusun Electron, which sent me a press release on 5th June this year about what it would be launching at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January, wait for it... 2017!
17th July 2019

UK’s electric vehicle infrastructure receives £37m investment

UK’s electric vehicle infrastructure receives £37m investment
On the face of it owning and running an electric vehicle (EV) sounds like a perfect win-win scenario. You invest in a new, smooth, quiet electric car, which you take home and plug-in to charge every night. All the while you are doing your bit to cut global emissions and help the environment.
9th July 2019

Industry optimistic despite sales slow down

Industry optimistic despite sales slow down
Many years ago, on hearing of another optimistic forecast that predicted a first half downturn would be followed by a second half upturn, Jean-Phillipe Dauvin, a respected forecaster of the semiconductor industry, drily observed, “In my next life I will only live in the second half of the year”. Well we’re at it again with seasoned observers reckoning the industry will not enter a third successive quarter in retreat, writes Mick Elliott.  Michael Long, President and Chief Executive Officer of Arrow Electronics thinks the downturn will be restricted to two quarters.
11th June 2019

Who and what was worth seeing at PCIM 2019?

Who and what was worth seeing at PCIM 2019?
Power is always an interesting topic as it is a necessity in life, but after visiting my first ever PCIM show this week it has opened my eyes as to how big the automotive power sector is, and how much it is expected to grow. Of course the big players in the automotive industry continue to innovate, but PCIM this year saw more companies starting to become involved in automotive power, whereas before they stuck to the more energy and industrial sides of power.
21st May 2019

What are the emerging technology trends in foldable displays?

What are the emerging technology trends in foldable displays?
The continuous evolution of smartphones and computers have fostered the development of display technologies, with foldable displays emerging as the latest component of this landscape. Although curved displays had already gained traction among users through innovative TV screens, desktop monitors, and phones, experts predict that the next stage in this trend will follow soon. By Shikha Sinha
21st May 2019

Toilet humour, and May 4th be with you!

Toilet humour, and May 4th be with you!
I receive a lot of press releases about market reports. Tons of them come out every month looking at every sector possible. But even I was a little surprised to see one from an organisation called Industry Research discussing the smart toilet seat market.
15th May 2019

PCIM Europe – where power is at the core of innovation

PCIM Europe – where power is at the core of innovation
This year’s PCIM Europe was attended by a record number of visitors, over 12,000. Over half (54%) were from outside Germany. They came to see over 500 exhibitors and while the subject matter was diverse and wide-ranging, there were some themes that emerged. GaN and SiC jostled for attention at this year’s PCIM Europe, writes Caroline Hayes, alongside current sensor developments designed to accelerate adoption rates for electric vehicles.
10th May 2019

Wearable Technology Show explores the future for AR and VR

Wearable Technology Show explores the future for AR and VR
The Wearable Technology show never fails to disappoint and this year was no different, with a new location and lots of new innovating technologies the potential products that left visitors feeling excited for the future. As well as a number of exhibitors, conferences and seminars this year’s show also consisted of an innovation zone that showcased startups from the UK, Canada, Korea, France, Belgium and the US, and a dedicated KTN (knowledge Transfer Network) area.
4th April 2019


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