Staff Picks—Top Ten Blog Posts of 2019

It’s almost time to welcome the new year! 2019 is coming to a close, so let’s take a quick look back at our staff selected posts from this past year. This top 10 list was curated based on reader views, likes, comments, social shares, and more.

From blockchain technology to 5G networks, renewable energy, and more, see which posts our readers and staff enjoyed the most.

Top Ten Posts from 2019

  1. The Advantages of the Finite Element Method
    Widely popular among the engineering community, the finite element method (FEM) is a numerical technique used to perform finite element analysis of any given physical phenomenon. It has simple, compact, and results-oriented features that are appealing to engineers.
    Here are six advantages to this technique.
  2. Real-Life Use Cases for Edge Computing 
    Depending on how many of the 30 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices forecast for global deployment by 2020 rely on the cloud, managing the deluge of IoT-generated data makes proper processing seem near impossible. However, because most data saved in the cloud has little significance and is rarely used, it becomes a waste of resources and storage space. Read more about prime use cases where edge computing could offer several advantages over traditional cloud computing.
  3. The Smart Grid and Renewable Energy
    Smart grid technology is enabling the effective management and distribution of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydrogen. The smart grid connects a variety of distributed energy resource assets to the power grid. By leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) to collect data on the smart grid, utilities are able to quickly detect and resolve service issues through continuous self-assessments. Because utilities no longer have to depend on customers to report outages, this self-healing capability is a vital component of the smart grid.
  4. Pros & Cons of IoT in Healthcare
    In the healthcare industry, the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT). It’s doing lots of good in the world by improving care and delivering it to more people. Any place becomes a point of care, not just within the four walls of a healthcare facility. This means care is accessible whenever it is needed. However, there are potential risks associated with connected devices in healthcare.
  5. Why Does Edge Computing Matter?
    With the constant growth of connected devices, as well as persistent phone and tablet use, traditional centralized networks may soon be overwhelmed with traffic. Gartner predicts that 25 billion connected devices will generate unprecedented amounts of raw data by 2021. This problem will demand next-level responsiveness and reliability—and it’s less than two years away. Edge computing promises to address the impending data surge with a distributed IT architecture that moves data center resources toward the network periphery.
  6. Study Shows AT&T 5GE is Slower than Verizon and T-Mobile 4G 
    4G became available to the public between 2009 and 2011. After that, LTE-Advanced technology was created for a faster connection— although it’s still 4G. All four major cell carriers in the U.S. have their own LTE-Advanced service offering. Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile call it 4G. However, AT&T refers to its 4G service as “5GE,” which the company says stands for 5G Evolution.
  7. Honda and GM Research Electric Vehicles and Smart Grid with Blockchain
    In late May, Honda Motor Company and General Motors announced a partnership to conduct a joint blockchain research project on electric vehicles (EVs) and smart grid interoperability. The goal is to determine whether EVs are capable of stabilizing the power supply in next-generation smart grids.
  8. Blockchain Smartphones—Going Mobile
    As blockchain technology continues to evolve, it has increased opportunities to help advance autonomous vehicles, healthcare, supply chain, and the Internet of Things (IoT) with its secure network. Meanwhile, IoT adoption continues to grow as more individuals and organizations start using interconnected devices for easier data sharing. Although blockchain technology improves IoT devices by protecting data and allowing for faster speeds, blockchain smartphones are not yet widely available.
  9. Three Major Roadblocks Affecting Autonomous Vehicle Growth 
    There is tremendous opportunity in the autonomous vehicle (AV) market. In fact, the market is predicted to reach $7 trillion annually by 2050. There are many companies around the world developing autonomous and intelligent vehicle technology as they seek to capitalize on the massive growth potential of the market. However, this fragmented market also creates a number of hurdles affecting autonomous vehicle growth.
  10. Why Microgrids Are On-Trend for the Future of Green Energy
    The future promises dramatic transformations in the way people make and consume energy. Many experts are turning to microgrids—small-scale, self-sustaining power networks unburdened by ties to a centralized power plant—as key agents of this transformation.

We look forward to providing our readers with insightful information this coming year! Bookmark this page to stay up to date on the latest from IEEE Innovation at Work.

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