IDC lauds Smart Cities innovation; Apple sours on Danish data center: Trending stories
Our periodic round-up of the top trending industry news stories and featured articles for ICT industry professionals.
Welcome to our periodic round-up of the top structured cabling industry news stories and featured articles for ICT and IT industry professionals, as compiled by the editors of Cabling Installation & Maintenance magazine and CablingInstall.com.
Leading off our most-recent trending stories, the winners of the second annual IDC Smart Cities North America Awards (SCNAA) were announced. Launched in 2018 by IDC Government Insights, the awards are designed to recognize the progress North American communities have made in executing smart cities projects. The program's category-based awards winners included an earthquake alert app; a curb-to-gate biometric airport terminal; and a flood mitigation program.
Meanwhile, from across the hemisphere, comes a report that prospects for construction of Apple's Danish data center facility have soured over an on-site dispute.
Per technology market research analyst IDC, over the past year, "Cities and communities in North America have made significant strides in the Smart Cities arena, leveraging technology and realigning with the needs and expectations of citizens and residents."
Per the Dublin, Ireland -based analyst firm Research and Markets, "Growth in the historic period resulted from the rise in electricity consumption, renewal of power transmission networks, growth in the automobile industry, and economic growth in emerging markets. Factors that negatively affected growth in the historic period were volatility in metal prices and regulatory challenges."
As reported by AppleInsider's William Gallagher, "Danish newspaper Viborg Stifts Folkeblad says that construction work on Apple's Viborg data center site has been abandoned and craftspeople sent home. The paper reports that it has unconfirmed sources saying that Apple has terminated its agreement with the building's main contractor, the Irish firm Exyte."
Wherein our post submitted to Reddit's 'Cableporn' sub-community (r/cableporn) was deleted by the social media site's moderators -- and then things got weird.
The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN) has cited five trends that it says are driving the replacement of copper-based networks with passive optical LAN to meet the connectivity demands of smart buildings.
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