Orange Business Flux Vision Uses AI to Address Sustainability Challenges
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by Rob Pritchard
3d ago
R. Pritchard Summary Bullets: • Orange Business has enhanced its Flux Vision real-time population flow observation tool with measurement of carbon footprints produced by the movement of people and goods. • Using anonymized technical data points and AI-driven analysis, it helps local authorities, and tourism, distribution, and transport customers address sustainability challenges and save money. Orange Business Flux Vision is a real-time population flow observation tool that provides anonymized data from the company’s mobile network. Launched ten years ago, the GDPR-compliant solution helps in ..read more
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The White House Warns US Governors of Serious Threats to Critical Water Infrastructure
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by Amy Larsen DeCarlo
1w ago
Amy Larsen DeCarlo – Principal Analyst, Security and Data Center Services Summary Bullets: • US government officials are advising state governors that drinking water and wastewater systems are under threat. • Recent attacks carried out by bad actors working on behalf of the Iranian and Chinese governments used different techniques to breach critical infrastructure; the government expects more to come. A letter from the White House included a link to guidance on what security controls water systems should have in place. Concerns about attacks on critical infrastructure are nothing new, but rece ..read more
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Mobile Operators Announce Few New Private Network Services but Note Diverse Trials and Customers
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by Kitty Weldon
3w ago
Kathryn Weldon – Research Director, Business Network and IT Services – Americas Summary Bullets: • Since October 2023, there have been few public announcements of new private wireless services or enhanced capabilities of existing services from key mobile operators in the US and Europe. • However, operators have announced interesting new trials or commercial launches of private 5G, expanding use cases in verticals that ranged from automotive to retail, heavy industry, event venues, universities, ports, and utilities. Recent PCN Announcements US Operators Verizon Business is building a priv ..read more
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European Commission Agrees Data Center Emissions Reporting Act
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by Rob Pritchard
3w ago
R. Pritchard Summary Bullets: • The European Commission (EC) continues to set the benchmark for sustainability reporting in technology as part of the European Energy Efficiency Directive (EEED). • Signs of ongoing innovation to mitigate climate damage from data centers and use scarce resources as efficiently as possible as demand continues to grow. The European Union’s climate goals aim to “enhance present and future energy security and affordability.” With the information and communication technology (ICT) sector as a focus for sustainability, the EC notes that in 2018, the energy consumption ..read more
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AI is Hot, but Data Center is Hotter  
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by siowmeng
3w ago
S. Soh Summary Bullets: • While both generative AI (GenAI) is having widespread interests, and more use cases are emerging, companies need to ensure the infrastructure does not become a bottleneck. • GenAI will need new approaches from the processors to data centers and cooling systems to ensure the development can be efficient and sustainable. AI continues to be a hot topic moving into 2024. The technology has evolved from predictive AI to GenAI and multi-modal GenAI, over a relatively short period of time. This technology is creating endless possibilities, and various use cases have started ..read more
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Proposed TikTok Ban is a Symptom of the Need for Strong Privacy Laws
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by Guest Author
1M ago
S. Schuchart The news has been abuzz for the last few days about the US federal government banning TikTok in the country unless its Chinese owner, ByteDance, sells the company. Federal lawmakers contend that TikTok is beholden to the Chinese government and that ByteDance would be compelled to share TikTok data on Americans if asked, constituting a national security threat. The base allegation here is that the Chinese government could gain significant amounts of data on American citizens via TikTok. ByteDance, for its part, claims it would never share the data it collects with the Chinese gover ..read more
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Calling All MNCs: The EU AI Act Has Passed – It’s Time to Expand Corporate Ethical AI Strategies
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by Rena Bhattacharyya
1M ago
R. Bhattacharyya Summary Bullets: • With the passage of the EU AI Act, staying on top of issues related to AI and ethics is going to become increasingly important to multinational organizations. • The need for individuals that can help organizations adapt business processes to meet evolving ethical AI requirements will become increasingly urgent. The EU AI Act is groundbreaking legislation that strives to hold organizations more accountable for their use of artificial intelligence. It categorizes use cases by risk, stipulates greater oversight of riskier AI use cases, bans certain use cases ou ..read more
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Why-Fi? Wireless in the Enterprise
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by Steven J. Schuchart Jr.
1M ago
S. Schuchart Summary Bullets: • Wi-Fi 7 is getting attention and old, false arguments about 5G vs Wi-Fi are resurfacing • Wireless in the enterprise should be based on business use case In 2024, there will be a deluge of new Wi-Fi 7 products, starting at the access point (AP) for enterprises and consumers, followed later in the year and into 2025 by Wi-Fi 7 client devices. Still, enterprises today are largely installing Wi-Fi 6/6E, a trend that is likely to continue through 2024 – most of these decisions and installations were planned and budgeted before Wi-Fi 7 Aps were even available. That ..read more
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Subscriptions are Not Inevitable – Just Like Duck Bites
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by Steven J. Schuchart Jr.
1M ago
S. Schuchart Cloud computing changed the enterprise IT landscape forever. Cloud computing was a significant milestone in the subscription age. As a form of consumption, subscriptions have become common in IT and in our daily lives. There are so many subscriptions now that sometimes it feels like being pecked to death by hungry ducks. The monthly bills stack up. For enterprise IT, the feeling is much the same. But vendors, telcos, cloud providers, and Wall Street have all concluded that the steady, predictable income of subscriptions, particularly long-term subscriptions is beneficial. Subscrip ..read more
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MWC24: IoT Providers are Navigating Market Consolidation and Uneven Growth
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by Guest Author
1M ago
J. Marcus Summary Bullets: • IoT providers that have led the market for years continued to press forward in a more mature but still unpredictable market, navigating technology and commercial disruptions while considering new growth opportunities • Pricing, competition, consolidation, eSIM, and trends in the key connected car space (including growth in 5G connections) were among the issues discussed in analyst briefings Leading traditional IoT connectivity providers from the ranks of mobile network operators broke little or no news at MWC 2024 held in Barcelona, although each maintained an impr ..read more
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