Dov Bechhofer Breaks Down the Benefits of Smart City Technology

Dov Bechhofer

Dov Bechhofer

NEW YORK , NEW YORK, USA, November 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Major cities around the world are adopting new smart tech models and applying innovations to improve the lives of millions of their citizens. Dov Bechhofer, a computer engineer profiling trending tech topics, breaks down smart city technology and how it helps.

A truly “smart city” is one that is uniquely-sustainable with major improvements to available tech and transportation (among other things). A few decades ago, smart cities were a distant daydream courtesy of the leading minds in science fiction. With the rapid advances in tech from the early 2000s to today, smart cities are more tangible and realized than ever.

International cities race each other to announce their improvements at official gatherings and environmental summits each year to become the best, the smartest city. If you’ve seen Citi Bikes around town or new digital kiosks then you’ve seen this movement in action. Dov Bechhofer mentions that free public wifi hotspots are another sign that a city is moving towards a more user-friendly and tech savvy environment.

Some of the smart city upgrades currently under discussion include public transportation, improved 5G capability, integration of the Internet of Things (IoT), tech-savvy meters, more sensitive light sensors and more. The idea is to improve energy use, lower carbon emissions, make transportation seamless, incorporate smart technology in POS––essentially doing what we can to make use of new tech while seeking out more energy-efficient ways of using it.

“We’re trying to make things easier for the public, improving their overall experience by incorporating all our cool new tech. We’re also improving the way all our activities affect the environment,” says Dov Bechhofer.

Smart City Tech Upgrades

They come in a range of shapes and sizes, but engineers and developers in major cities have had their hands full with mostly these smart city upgrades:

Public Transportation –– In large urban centers, it can become burdensome and expensive to try and keep up with a personal means of transportation. Many cities have buses and subways (or trams and streetcars), and today’s engineers seek out new ways of linking our smartphones to these lines of transportation. Already, people can find accurate wait times and pay for trip fare off applications on their phones. Consider how companies like Uber and Lyft are already changing the way we travel around our cities with the help of our smartphones.

Dov Bechhofer foresees monorails and more sophisticated trains and subway lines in the near future, and he guarantees they will make use of our personal devices.

Artificial Intelligence ––– Making processes seamless and automated will hopefully draw in and retain more customers, boosting business. This means more automated checkout lines, more smartphone ordering, and less interaction between customers and employees. Artificial intelligence may even spread over into public transportation soon, as buses and train lines (and potentially even cars/taxis) could be programmed to drive themselves.

Improved 5G and Public Wifi –– Whatever the future holds, there’s no denying they we’ve become more and more dependent on wireless internet. Accessing apps (such as automated ordering) will require some type of internet connection. Today, many people choose to work remotely from coffee shops and restaurants, and they need wifi to pull it off. Smart cities with public wifi in mind constantly upgrade their speeds, increase their reach, and offer internet even in unconventional places (such as on a bus or out walking the downtown streets).

“Smart tech undoubtedly makes our world easier, but it can also make it better. Connecting people and places quickly and easily through technology is becoming a leading topic in almost every modern city, and for good reason,” says Dov Bechhofer.

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IT Authorities, Spring Global announce new partnership to support field management for consumer packaged goods industry

Conor Keane, CEO of Spring Mobile Solutions (left) and Pete Bober, Chief Customer Officer at IT Authorities (right)

TAMPA, FLA. , U.S., November 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — IT Authorities, a national provider of cloud, SAP Functional support, and IT management services, announced on Thursday the formation of a new strategic partnership with Spring Global, a leading provider of mobile field management solutions for the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry.

The strategic agreement will enable IT Authorities to market and sell Spring’s field management solutions, which align with the company’s overall strategic direction of expanding further into the CPG industry.

The combined solutions provide manufacturers and distributors within the CPG industry mobile applications to support sales, merchandising, distribution and direct-to-store delivery (DSD).

With IT Authorities’ strengths encompassing the provision of end-user support, implementation, technical monitoring and cyber-security protection, the company can now further enhance its market offering to be a pure-play total solution provider to the beer distribution market and other CPG businesses.

“The new partnership with Spring Global, will enable us to expand our reach beyond the consumer beverage ecosystems we currently serve and allow us to pursue new markets,” said Phil LaForge, CEO of IT Authorities. “Together, we will be able to provide more robust service offerings for our existing clientele and create customized enterprise solutions for players at each segment of the CPG industry.”

The partnership also expands Spring’s market reach into mid-sized enterprises and allows the company to leverage the technical experience of IT Authorities across its entire customer base.

“We’re excited to offer our field management solution to the growing SMB market. With nearly 20 years serving the mid-market and enterprise customers, we’ve optimized and tested what works and what doesn’t for field service operations,” said Conor Keane, CEO of Spring Mobile Solutions, Inc. “The Spring Global platform is an enterprise grade solution that will greatly enable SMBs in the consumer product goods sector. IT Authorities will help us deploy our solution quicker and ensure a streamlined onboarding process.”

Spring Global helps companies worldwide optimize their business processes, increase real-time productivity and improve customer interactions in ways that maximize revenue and ROI.

With several global offices and a strong market presence across the world, Spring Global is capable of supporting international growth with solutions that can be deployed across a diverse segment of multi-national markets. The company also assists regional and national CPG companies maximize their revenue with the same analysis tools that major enterprises are using.

About IT Authorities
IT Authorities, a world-class Managed Service Provider (MSP) based in Tampa, Florida, was founded in 2006. The company provides managed services including Enterprise Help Desk, Mission Critical Support Services, Cloud Services, and SAP Function Support to its clients. IT Authorities is passionate about helping businesses increase profit, improve productivity, and function with peace-of-mind, being assured that their IT systems are in the most reliable and secure state, and their people are being taken care of in a world-class manner.

About Spring Global
Spring Global (www.springglobal.com) provides field management solutions to support sales, merchandising, distribution and direct-to-store delivery (DSD) in the CPG industry. Many customers are food and beverage suppliers that rely on various combinations of company and outside personnel to service individual store locations. Spring is uniquely positioned as a leader in engineering excellence among competitors and is actively innovating with demands for artificial intelligence (AI) and omni-channel capabilities.

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Authorized Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider for Education Status Announced by ITsavvy

ITsavvy President and CEO Mike Theriault

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ITsavvy just became an authorized Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) for Education, allowing ITsavvy to be a single source for MS academic solutions.

Adopting cloud solutions backed by both ITsavvy and Microsoft leads to more reliable technologies that can be used by educators to engage students and encourage classroom collaboration.”

— ITsavvy President and CEO Mike Theriault

ADDISON, ILL., U.S., November 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — ITsavvy, one of the fastest growing complete cloud solution providers in the U.S., just became an authorized Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) for Education. The CSP status allows ITsavvy to serve as a single source for Microsoft academic solutions for security, collaboration, learning experience and other third party products.
ITsavvy President and CEO Mike Theriault said, “There are many education-focused organizations that are strategizing a more productive hybrid cloud environment for 2019. Adopting cloud solutions backed by both ITsavvy and Microsoft leads to more reliable technologies that can be used by educators to engage students and encourage classroom collaboration.”
Through the Microsoft CSP program for Education, qualified users can purchase education-related offers at special pricing through ITsavvy, including the following cloud solutions:
• Microsoft Azure
• Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security
• Microsoft Office 365
• Microsoft Dynamics 365

Benefits to clients include:
• U.S.-based 24/7 support with proactive management and monitoring of IT infrastructure and solutions, while extending tech support services to a growing mobile student body and faculty.
• The ability to work with ITsavvy for Microsoft Cloud Solutions. ITsavvy has demonstrated technology and service leadership in selecting, implementing and supporting Microsoft Cloud Solutions.
• The ability to leverage ITsavvy’s Azure solutions expertise and realize application innovation.
• Improved efficiency with cloud and IT services coordinated through a single provider that is laser-focused on the needs of the client’s educational institution or district.
• Consultative and implementation services that eliminate the complexity of multi-cloud environments.
• A single invoice that aggregates multiple vendors as well as services to simplify accounts payable.
• The flexibility to make changes to subscriptions on a monthly basis.

ITsavvy’s Vice President Cloud Solutions Joe Llano said, “Education needs cloud computing to support mobility, the growing needs of connected school devices and classroom collaboration. ITsavvy shares Microsoft’s vision and technology roadmap. We help educators adopt technology within and beyond the classroom, and support the institution’s IT staff in leveraging as much of the existing IT infrastructure as possible, while adopting their cloud strategy. As an Authorized Cloud Solution Provider for Education, we have the ability to cost-effectively deliver value to our K-12 and higher education clients.”
Clients can also leverage any other offerings within ITsavvy’s Managed Services, Engineered Services or Cloud Solutions Portfolio.
ITsavvy is a leader in tailored, end-to-end IT product and service solutions. ITsavvy built its reputation as a value-added reseller with industry-leading product availability, design and implementation, client support and delivery speed through 46 distribution centers across the U.S. ITsavvy also has data center locations in Cedar Knolls, N.J. and Oak Brook, Ill. The company’s user-friendly website provides concise, leading-edge IT decision-making resources, including an
e-commerce site with real-time pricing and availability. ITsavvy is headquartered in Addison, Ill., with offices in Chicago’s Loop; Hauppauge, N.Y.; New York, N.Y.; Naples, Fla.; Miami; Indianapolis; Warren, N.J.; Davenport, Iowa; Hayward, Calif.; and Beavercreek, Ohio. Call 855.ITsavvy (855.487.2889), email info@ITsavvy.com, visit www.ITsavvy.com.
Full release at: https://www.itsavvy.com/authorized-microsoft-cloud-solution-provider-for-education-status-announced-by-itsavvy/

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Logic20/20 Offers Apple Business Chat to Help Clients Improve Customer Experience

Apple Business Chat

ABC allows you to delight customer and increase brand loyalty. It delivers fantastic customer experience by seamlessly handling multiple inquiries through text.

SEATTLE, WA, UNITED STATES, November 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Logic20/20, a leading business and technology consulting firm, is offering customer engagement expertise this holiday season, specifically in the form of Apple Business Chat.

Apple Business Chat (ABC) uses Apple’s existing iMessage platform for businesses to connect directly with customers using a branded interface. Through ABC, your customers can ask questions, schedule appointments, make secure payments through Apple pay, and request support. Customers can reach you directly through the application and services like Maps, Safari, Siri, and Spotlight. ABC behaves just like iMessage, so customers are comfortable with it from the start.

ABC allows you to delight customer and increase brand loyalty. It delivers a fantastic customer experience by seamlessly handling multiple inquiry types through text. It also saves time and increases efficiency with less time spent on hold. It has been found that 67 percent of people said they expect to message more with businesses over the next two years, making this a must for customer service. This top-notch customer experience will provide your company with a strategic advantage.

Implementing ABC will allow for quick wins and immediate value by building in a modular fashion. Companies will be able to easily ramp up, demonstrating proof of concept, and will be able to add features incrementally. This allows for quicker delivery of features and added value to agents and customers.

Logic20/20’s next generation Customer Engagement offerings give organizations everything they need to create and maintain an all-inclusive, wraparound customer experience with added benefits of reduced costs, decrease in employee attrition, improved customer satisfaction, and increased revenue. By leveraging agile methodologies and DevOps best practices companies can see immediate value with new tools and functionalities.

Learn more about Apple Business Chat and improving your customer engagement at https://www.logic2020.com/apple-business-chat.

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Introducing Storybilder: The Creative Writing Platform Where Novel Ideas Come To Life

Want help writing stories, collaborating with your friends, or just need to keep track of your stories? StoryBilder brings your novel idea to life.

StoryBilder is a writing toolset that stimulates ideas and promotes creativity, and then it gets out of the way so you can write your story the way you want.”

— Tanya Gough – StoryBilder Founder

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, November 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Whether you’re an experienced writer or dream of becoming one, writing can be tough. There are characters to invent and track, worlds to build, outlines to organize. Some writers like to organize, others prefer to freestyle. One might be strong at details but can’t tie it all together. Others can see the big picture but lack experience or a viable process to see it through. And while the market is flooded with individual tools to address some of these issues, there haven’t been any comprehensive solutions until now. StoryBilder was built to fill this gap.

StoryBilder is a visualization and idea-generating platform that transforms writing. It comes with a powerful suite of organizational, visualization, and writing prompts that make writing fun, easy, and customizable to the user’s writing style. “StoryBilder is a writing toolset that stimulates ideas and promotes creativity,” says founder Tanya Gough, “and then it gets out of the way so you can write your story the way you want.”

StoryBilder not only helps people develop their existing story ideas, but also act as an experimental play space, Gough explains. “It’s collaborative and contains tools that help writers finesse their language and tone because writing stories is not just about telling your story – it’s also about communicating with your readers and sharing your ideas with others.”

With over a million self-published books now hitting the shelves annually (Publishers Weekly), it’s clear that people still have many stories left to tell. Built at the intersection of story, content management, and education, StoryBilder offers tools that help people find their voice, tell better stories, and bring their dreams to life.
To learn more about StoryBilder, their upcoming Kickstarter campaign, and be notified when they launch, visit www.storybilder.com and sign up for their newsletter.

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Aruba Airport to Deliver Briefing at the 12th Annual Border Security Conference

SMi Group Reports: The 12th annual Border Security Conference will return to Rome, Italy on the 12-13 February 2019

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, November 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — With the world’s leading airports adopting the application of biometric technology to achieve ‘seamless and autonomous’ border controls; as demonstrated by Aruba Airport’s Happy Flow, the first 100 per cent self-service passenger experience, based on traveller-centric biometric technology, from kerb to boarding.

SMi Group are delighted to announce that Aruba Airport have confirmed they will be delivering a briefing at this year’s, 12th Annual Border Security Conference:

Ms. Annette Steenbergen, Coordinator Happy Flow and Preclearance, Government of Aruba

Presenting: 'Happy Flow’: Enhancing Customer Experience While Ensuring Border Security with Innovative Border Technology

• Contemporary capacity and security challenges facing the airport industry and the role of technology in solving these
• Developing a passenger centric, seamless, secure, safe and financially sustainable airport ecosystem
• Creating passenger profiles by establishing a reliable chain of identity between airport stakeholders
• How to create this public private cooperation between stakeholders and address privacy/GDPR concerns
• Looking towards the future of Happy Flow as an international initiative

The full agenda is available to download at: http://www.bordersec.com/ein

Taking place on the 12th and 13th February 2019 at the Crowne Plaza St Peter's Hotel & Spa, Rome, Italy, Border Security 2019 will provide the perfect platform to learn from and network with a high calibre audience who will discuss technological solutions and political strategies to implement next generation capabilities to secure land, air, and sea borders in response to growing global threats.

There will also be an evening networking reception hosted by Vancouver Airport Authority day-one at the conference.
The £100 early bird offer will expire on the 14th December.

To register online, visit: http://www.bordersec.com/ein

Recent attendees include: George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, European Union Dedication to Turkey, Lund University, Portugese Navy, EU Lisa, Identity for Services, IOM – International Organization for Migration, Italian Navy, Finnish Customs, Borders & Immigration, Swedish Police Authority, P.G Court Consulate Congo, German Federal Police, Us Department of Homeland Security, Airpol, Italian State Police, Vancouver Airport Authority, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Europol, International Organisation for Migration, Interpol, Government of Aruba, Brussels Airport Company, Worldreach Software, Gatekeeper Intelligent Security, Cellebrite, Estonian Police and Border Guard Administration, National University of Public Service Fle, YVR, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), Swiss Border Guard

Sponsorship is open, should you wish to speak or exhibit at Border Security 2019, please contact Sadia Malick on: +44 (0) 20 7827 6748 or smalick@smi-online.co.uk

For delegate enquiries, contact James Hitchen on +44 (0) 20 7827 6054 or email jhitchen@smi-online.co.uk

The 12th Annual Border Security Conference
12-13 February 2019
Rome, Italy

GOLD SPONSORS: Gatekeeper Intelligent Security, SITA, Vancouver Airport Authority
SPONSORS & EXHIBITORS: Cellebrite, WorldReach Software

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About SMi Group: Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward-thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk

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Kepler’s Next Wideband Satellite Reaches Orbit on the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle

Indian PSLV C43

Indian PSLV C43

Kepler's wideband LEO satellite

Kepler’s wideband LEO satellite

Kepler's wideband LEO satellite (close up)

Kepler’s wideband LEO satellite (close up)

The Canadian satellite telecommunications company announces the successful launch of their second low-Earth orbit satellite CASE.

This is an exciting month for Kepler! Following our recent FCC approval, the successful launch of our next satellite marks an important milestone for the team to deliver our network on schedule.”

— Mina Mitry

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, November 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Toronto, CANADA 29 November 2018 – At 06:20:09 a.m. UTC (01:20 a.m. EST), Kepler Communications successfully launched their second wideband satellite to low-Earth orbit (LEO) on the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C43 mission that lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India.

Kepler’s latest satellite within the company’s network will be used to deliver service to early customers. The first satellite was launched in January 2018. Both satellites carry a Ku-band payload onboard that is used for wideband connectivity. The third satellite will launch in 2019 and will provide narrowband connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Mina Mitry, CEO of Kepler, says of the launch “This is an exciting month for Kepler! Following our recent FCC approval, the successful launch of our next satellite marks an important milestone for the team to deliver our network on schedule. This is but the start of our upcoming and regular launch cadence. We continue to increase network capacity, and deliver a more persistent, reliable, service to our customers every step a long the way.”

The lessons learned from almost a year of operating the first satellite were incorporated into the development of the second to improve the reliability. Kepler has already demonstrated a capability to deliver upwards of 40 Mbps to 60cm diameter VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) and over 300 Mbps to Kepler’s 3.4m gateway in Inuvik, Canada. Kepler also became the first company to use a wideband LEO satellite to acquire, track, and communicate with an electronically-steered antenna when Kepler and Phasor performed their collaborative demonstration.

As Kepler builds out the capabilities on their satellite infrastructure, the company is also adding capacity on their ground segment. In addition to their gateway deployed in Inuvik, Canada, Kepler has also recently deployed ground stations on Svalbard and in New Zealand. As new ground stations and gateways are added, Kepler is able to increase the reliability of their communication service and decrease the latency of customer data delivery.

CASE was built in collaboration with ÅAC Clyde, and Bright Ascension Ltd. The satellite payload is Kepler's proprietary software defined radio and antenna that uses Enclustra and AHA (of Comtech EF) components. The satellite was launched by Antrix Corporation Ltd, a wholly owned Government of India company, with the support of ISED, Canada for licensing.
Kepler’s ultimate goal is to deliver in-space connectivity to address the data need from space faring assets, and support the future space economy. However, Kepler’s network currently focuses on delivering wideband and narrowband connectivity. With this launch on the back of receiving FCC market access authorization and the announcement of Kepler’s 16M USD Series A round of financing, the company is well poised to take a leadership role in LEO communications.

About: Kepler is a satellite telecommunications provider based in Canada, backed by Costanoa Ventures, IA Ventures, and other leading investors. Kepler aims to build an in-space telecommunications network through an incremental deployment of products and technologies. For more information visit www.kepler.space and @KeplerComms.

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Hashplay launches live video feeds analysis extension for Immersive Data platform

Immersive Data - EAST

Immersive Data – EAST

Dubbed EAST (Entity Anonymous Safety Tracking), this is the only GDPR compliant solution that turns surveillance videos into useful data.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, November 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — With EAST, organizations can access critical information from live video footage such as people and vehicle count, patterns, and potential threats.

Behind the scene, the AI-powered data engine is trained to detect people, vehicles as well as recognize safety issues such as workers wearing helmets or safety vests.

Hashplay Founder & CEO Jan-Philipp Mohr said: “The addition of EAST to Hashplay’s Immersive Data platform provides security and safety for companies with mission critical operations like oil and gas, shopping malls or operators of public spaces.”

Managers and executives who don’t have an engineering or data science background can now get to the story behind their operational data through an intuitive interface.

“You can see people and vehicle flow within the spatial context – mirrored in a VR/AR digital twin, or in a browser,” Mr Mohr said.

Digital twin – digital replica of physical asset – is gaining traction in the business world. Gartner predicted that “by 2021, half of large industrial companies will use digital twins, resulting in those organizations gaining a 10% improvement in effectiveness.”

Hashplay Co-founder & CTO Ingo Nadler said that although digital twin as a concept has been around for decades, recent advancements in AI and Internet of Things have sped up adoption.

“Our Immersive Data platform overcomes the comprehension gap found with traditional 2D data analysis tools by embedding real-time geospatial context in 3D data models,” he said.

In other words, Hashplay’s Immersive Data translates operational data into a context-driven computer game which is a digital twin.

Jan Schlüter – Hashplay Co-founder & COO said: “We take the gamification approach to data science because it combines the power of smart algorithms and human’s natural visual processing capabilities in a useful manner.”

“The EAST extension follows the same idea. Managers can immerse themselves in the story behind their operational data in real-time, identify patterns and perform what-if analysis,” he added.

With large clients across different industries in the US and Europe, Hashplay aims to turn Immersive Data into the computer vision basis for business operations.

For more information about Hashplay’s Immersive Data, visit the product page.
For more information about EAST extension, refer to the factsheet.

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About Hashplay
Founded in San Francisco in 2015, Hashplay’s mission is to decode the world into useful information. The company’s product Immersive Data is an AI-powered data story-building platform that helps executives make sense of complex systems in real time.The patented Immersive Data engine enables intuitive interaction with the story through a 360-degree or holographic environment. Among Hashplays customers are Airbus, City of Berlin, MAN, PwC. Hashplay has raised 1.3m$ from Seed Stage investors both from the US and Europe.

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Deep Farms to Revolutionise World’s Food Production

Example of a Deep Farm City

Automated Deep Farm concept

View from above of a Deep Farm

Academics at the University of Nottingham, UK, have patented a new concept that would see food production in deep farms in cities.

It is estimated that a small Deep Farm can produce 80 tonnes of food per annum.”

— Prof Saffa Riffat

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND, UK, November 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Academics at the University of Nottingham have patented a new concept that would see food production in deep farms in cities. The revolutionary ideas are being promoted by University of Nottingham academics Professor Saffa Riffat, Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and President of the World Society of Sustainable Technologies, and Professor Yijun Yuan, Marie Curie Research Fellow.

Most of the food we eat is transported by train, sea and air contributing to large CO2 emissions. For each one calorie of food we eat 10 calories of crude oil are used. Projections show that feeding a world population of about 9 billion people in 2050 would require overall food production to be increased by some 70 percent between now and 2050.
Land area for traditional farming is limited and increased food supply will require more intensive methods of crop production. Deep farming technology would allow crop production all year-round. Up to 10 crop cycles per year could be achieved compared to 1-2 cycles for conventional agriculture. Put another way, 1 indoor acre is equivalent to 4-6 outdoor acres or more, depending on the crop.

Deep Farms would eliminate the use of mechanical ploughs and other farming machinery, thus reducing the burning of fossil fuels that cause climate change. Furthermore, as Deep Farms could be located close to urban centres, CO2 emission due to transportation of crops would be reduced. This is particularly important as the proportion of people living in cities continues to rise. Over the last 20 years, the percentage of people who live in cities globally has increased from 20% to nearly 50%.

Cost-effective deep shafts for crop planting would be constructed using new drilling techniques. Existing coal mine shafts, mines and tunnels, many of which are now abandoned could also be used for crop production.
A variety of crops could be grown in the Deep Farms using hydroponic planters (plant roots fed with nutrient-rich water) or aeroponics (growing plants in an air or mist environment). LED units would enable photosynthesis in the absence of sunlight. Groundwater could be used directly or water could be condensed from ambient air in hot/humid desert climates. A major benefit of this approach is that crop production is largely unaffected by climatic or seasonal factors – one of the greatest limitations of conventional farming methods.

Many crops are now being grown in greenhouses and while this provides a controllable growth environment, greenhouses are heavy energy consumers. Vertical farms are a relatively recent adaptation of the traditional greenhouse and are suitable for use in cities, as their tall glass structures provide high crop yields on a small land area.

However, vertical farming systems are expensive to manufacture and install, and require a large amount of water and energy for heating and cooling. They are also vulnerable to extreme weather conditions, wars and terrorism.
New vertical shafts could be created for Deep Farms and also redundant coal mine shafts could be used for crop production. In the UK, for example, there are over 150,000 redundant coal mine shafts.

Carbon dioxide is required for plant photosynthesis and Deep Farms are well suited for carbon capture from ambient air. The CO2 could be released to achieve the concentration levels required by plants.
Use of carbon capture systems has the added benefit of reducing CO2 concentration in the environment, as additional carbon is adsorbed in materials in the ground space. Advanced control systems including sensors and remote controls could be used to monitor crop production. Automated systems such as robots could be used for crop planting and harvesting. Electricity generated from renewable sources and off-peak power could be used to power the LED lighting for plant photosynthesis.

Deep Farms are not strongly affected by the seasons or climates, and are resistant to natural disasters, extreme weather, pests and diseases, man-made accidents and industrial pollution. In fact, the ground environment is naturally suited to the growth of plants.
Plants can thrive in a closed environment with less oxygen and enriched levels of CO2 and water. So in terms of the rationality of the biological chain and the biological space, some crops are best located underground, leaving the ground surface for human and animal activities.

Deep Farms have many benefits including:
• Easily constructed using drilling machines and controlled explosion methods
• Effective use of abandoned mine shafts
• Carbon capture to reduce ambient CO2
• Reduced dependency on cultivated land, climate and surface water resources
• More efficient utilization of natural resources in crop production
• Improved security of crop production and reduced impact of natural and man-made factors
• Higher yields and greater cost efficiency
• Improved control over quality and food safety
• Removal of seasonal restrictions allowing production of crops all year round
• Can be used in areas with poor natural weather conditions, e.g., cold climates, and areas with low solar insolation
• Crops can be produced in desert areas, dry and water-deficient areas
• Impact of human conflict on crop production is reduced
• Crops can be grown close to highly populated areas

It is estimated that a small Deep Farm can produce 80 tonnes of food per annum. Some of the crops can be ready for harvesting within 2-3 weeks. The amount of energy it would require is equivalent to that consumed by 3 UK homes.
Crops suited to deep farming methods include:
• Lettuces and leafy greens, such as kale and spinach
• Herbs, e.g., basil, cutting celery, chives, mint and parsley
• Roots e.g., carrots and onions
• Vegetables e.g., peppers, eggplants and cucumbers
• Fruits e.g., strawberries and different types of mushrooms

Deep Farms could be installed at various locations to create a ‘Deep Farming City’. This would facilitate the supply of a wide range of fresh crops to the local population.

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Robotic Lawn Mower Market – Global Outlook, Industry Analysis, Top Trends, Drivers and Growth Forecast 2023 | Arizton

Robotic Lawn Mower Market Analysis and Overview

Robotic Lawn Mower Market Analysis and Overview

Market Research Report on Robotic Lawn Mower Market

Arizton Advisory and Intelligence

The global robotic lawn mower market is estimated to reach values of around $3 billion in 2023, growing at a CAGR of more than 15% during 2017-2023.

Amazon, RobotShop, and eBay are the leading online retail website for lawn mowers in the global market.”

— Abby, Sr Consultant

CHICAGO, IL, UNITED STATES, November 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — A recent study by Arizton considers the present scenario of the global robotic lawn mower market and its market dynamics for the period 2018−2023. It covers a detailed overview of various market growth enablers, restraints, and trends. The study covers both the demand and supply sides of the market. The study also profiles and analyzes the leading five companies and various other prominent companies operating in the market.

The increasing focus on development in Western European countries such as Germany and France and Nordic countries such as Sweden will augment the growth of the market. The increasing focus on use grounds maintenance services extensively and rising number of lifestyle communities and public parks will drive the demand for these lawn mowers in the global market. The global robotic lawn mower market is driven by high adoption of these devices by end-users in Europe, North America, and APAC regions. The advancement in robotics technology and the growing popularity of domestic robots will have a positive impact on the development of the global market. The market research report provides in-depth market analysis and segmental analysis of the global robotic lawn mower market lawn size, end-users, distribution channel, and geography.

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Robotic Lawn Mower Market – Dynamics

The increasing safety standards established by various government organizations across the world will augment the growth of the global robotic lawn mower market. The leading vendors are launching devices that are redesigned and equipped with sensors that stop mowing when they are lifted, preventing chances of any form of injury or risks for the end-users. The introduction of robotic lawn mowers that consume 90% less energy than traditional lawn mowers will promote sustainable development in the global market. The integration of mobile applications with devices will allow end-users to gather live data on soil moisture, light intensity, and outdoor temperature which makes it easy for end-users to plan their mowing and watering lawns. The incorporation of the Internet of Thing (IoT), robotics, automation, and intelligent systems will propel the growth of global robotic lawn mower market.The increasing adoption of green spaces and roofs that result in various health and environmental benefits that offer access to greenery will fuel the demand in the global robotic lawn mower market. Green spaces are designed to improve air and water quality, reduce heat built-up in the environment, mitigate the heat island effect, and decrease the soil runoff.

Robotic Lawn Mower Market – Segmentation

This market research report includes a detailed segmentation of the market by lawn size, end-users, distribution channel, and geography.The robotic lawn mower market by lawn size is segmented into small-size (less than 32,300 sq. ft./3,000 sq. m.), medium-size (32,301 sq. ft.−107,370 sq. ft./3,001 sq. m.−10,000 sq. m.), and large-size (over 107,370 sq. ft./10,000 sq. m). Small-size lawn mower dominated the majority market share in 2017, growing at a CAGR of approximately 15% during forecast period.The leading firms engaged in this category buy lawn mowers with high capacity to mow medium to large areas resulting in the increase in the commercial application of these devices in the global robotic lawn mowers market during the forecast period.

The end-user type in the global robotic lawn mower market is categorized into residential user and commercial user (professional landscaping services and sports fields, golf courses, and others). The residential end-users segment occupied the largest market share in 2017, growing at a CAGR of around 15% during the forecast period. The increasing prominence of these devices in North America and Europe will fuel the growth of this segment in the global market.Various commercial spaces in the global market are replacing paved areas with grass, planting trees to provide shade, and using shrubbery to create windbreaks, thereby, fueling the growth of lawn mowers in the global robotic lawn mowers market. The growing demand for professional landscaping services and maintenance need for soccer fields, and golf courses will have a positive impact on the overall global robotic lawn mowers market.

The robotic lawn mower market by distribution channel is divided into retail (specialty stores and mass market players) and online. The retail channels dominate the majority market share in 2017, growing at a CAGR of more than 13% during the forecast period. The proliferation of retail distribution channels such as specialty stores, supermarkets, and hypermarkets will boost the revenues in the global market.

Market Segmentation by Lawn Size
• Small-Size
• Medium-Size
• Large-Size

Market Segmentation by End-Users Type
• Residential User
• Commercial User
o Professional Landscaping Services
o Sport Fields, Golf Courses, and Others

Market Segmentation by Distribution Channel
• Retail
o Specialty Stores
o Mass Market
• Online

Robotic Lawn Mower Market – Geography

The geography segment in the global robotic lawn mower market is classified into APAC, Europe, North America, and ROW. Europe led the market share in 2017, growing at a CAGR of more than 13% during the forecast period. The introduction of new variants of robotic lawn mower is augmenting the growth of the European market.The growth and the robust development of manufacturing industries, including automotive, construction, chemicals, defense, and aerospace will create a demand for advanced technology in the APAC region. The bolstering demand for gardens and recreational parks is creating a need for maintenance and lawn services, thereby, driving the demand for lawn mowers in the APAC robotic lawn mowers market.

Market Segmentation by Geography
• Europe
o Germany
o Sweden
o Austria
o Belgium
o France
o Italy
o The Netherlands
o Spain
o Switzerland
o UK
o Rest of Europe
• APAC
o Australia
o China
o Japan
o South Korea
• North America
o US
o Canada
• ROW

Key Vendor Analysis

The global robotic lawn mower market is moderately concentrated with the presence of few small and large consumers. The competition in the market is very intense, and the major global vendors are based and headquartered in the European region. The top companies are launching product lines of garden products in both the corded and cordless battery-operated equipment to sustain the competition in the market. The players are focusing on reducing weight, increasing the effectiveness, and speed of the equipment to attract more consumers in the global market. The introduction of many innovative and cutting-edge lawn mowers to gain a larger robotic lawn mower market share. The leading vendors in the global market will compete in the terms of services, product availability, price, technology, quality, efficiency, and product effectiveness during the forecast period.

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The major vendors in the global market are:
• Husqvarna
• MTD Products
• Robert Bosch
• STIGA (Global Garden Products)
• Zucchetti Centro Sistemi (ZCS)

Other prominent vendors include AL-KO, Deere & Co., E.ZICOM, Hangzhou Favor Robot Technology, Hitachi, Honda, Linea Tielle, LG, Milagrow HumanTech, Mamibot EU, Positec Tool, Robin Technologies, STIHL, SUMEC (Yard Force), The Kobi Company, Turflynx, Yamabiko Europe(Belrobotics), and Zhejiang Tianchen Intelligence & Technology.

Key market insights include
1. The analysis of global robotic lawn mower market provides market size and growth rate for the forecast period 2018-2023.
2. It offers comprehensive insights on current industry trends, trend forecast, and growth drivers about the global robotic lawn mower market.
3. The report provides the latest analysis of market share, growth drivers, challenges, and investment opportunities.
4. It offers a complete overview of market segments and the regional outlook of global robotic lawn mower market.
5. The report offers a detailed overview of the vendor landscape, competitive analysis, and key market strategies to gain competitive advantage.

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