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Intent on safeguarding the nation’s largest electric grids from potential mayhem, federal regulators have stepped up their oversight of the security of power utilities in an attempt to protect it from threats and incidents such as widespread, long-duration blackouts caused by digital saboteurs. Cyber threats linger, however, with operational technology (OT), including systems that are far less centralized and, thus, more vulnerable.
Once just an industry buzzword, 5G is now truly on the horizon, promising faster communication speeds and ultra-low latency. As Internet of Things (IoT) connections scale from millions to billions, carriers have begun to hone in on this next generation of wireless technology by launching 5G trials and test beds in various markets throughout the United States.
Transportation accounts for more than 25 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, making electrification of the U.S. mass transportation sphere a top priority for city officials and utilities. Today, officials are reimagining how they can move people and goods sustainably across the urban landscape.
The industrial ecosystem increasingly is turning to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in pursuit of quality control, efficiency and supply-chain improvements. But as sensors get cheaper, Big Data grabs a bigger footprint, and the technology gets ever more ubiquitous, complexities emerge with the broadening scale.
What will mass transit look like in the future? California announced an ambitious plan to reduce emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Satisfying these goals will require contributions from all sectors of the economy, the transition to zero- and low-emission vehicles will play an outsized role — particularly when it comes to mass transit.