Tech Digest – Feb 22′

Welcome to the February edition of Tech Digest! In each edition we highlight some of the key stories and news from the tech world that we think you’d be interested in whether you are a public organisation focussed on digital transformation, a business working with the Internet of Things or even just someone with a keen interest in tech.

In this edition we feature the latest tech on show at the Winter Olympics, the latest autonomous drones taking flight in the UK and India’s plans for semiconductor manufacturing.



Winter Olympics showcasing the latest tech

The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing is more than just a global sporting event. Several companies plan to use this as a display for some of the latest technologies, here are just a few of them below:

  • Smart bed technology in the athletes’ village, which includes a “zero-G” mode that can help athletes improve blood circulation and accelerate recovery from a hard training course.
  • An “underarm Band-Aid”, similar in size to a mobile phone sim card, that can measure body temperature and displays this data on a mobile phone app. The temperature of all staff and athletes can be monitored in real-time and alerts are automatically sent out if the body temperature exceeds 37.3 degrees Celsius.
  • All competition venues will be equipped with an aerosol coronavirus detection system, which can detect traces of coronavirus in the air with a sensitivity of three times higher than traditional methods.
  • A remotely managed ultrasonic robotic system will be used allowing for a zero-contact diagnosis. The system will be deployed at the doctor end and the patient end, and the sonographer could complete remote scanning and real-time consultation and then communicate that to the patient.
  • The opening ceremony featured the world’s fastest 5G experience, offering 1.5Gbps downlink and 500Mbps uplink speeds.

You can read more about some of the tech used at the Winter games here.


Zero-emissions drones airport to launch in Coventry

The world’s first mobile zero-emissions airport for autonomous delivery drones is set to launch in Coventry later this year. Air-One has been designed to transform urban transport – allowing air taxis and electric drones to land and recharge, helping to reduce congestion, cut air pollution, and contribute to a zero-carbon future.

Urban-Air Port, the team behind Air-One has formed a partnership with West Midlands Police to build public awareness on the benefits of drone technology for use in emergency operations, such as further reducing response times.

Credit: Urban-Air Port

You can read a bit more about the project here.



Semiconductor manufacturing in India

Several proposals have been submitted to the Indian Government to manufacture semiconductors locally after the Indian Cabinet approved over $10 billion in incentives and subsidies to boost the chip manufacturing industry in the country. Companies including Vedanta in joint venture with Foxconn, IGSS Ventures, and ISMC have proposed $13.6 billion investments for manufacturing the chips in India and in exchange these companies have sought support of $5.6 billion from the federal government under its incentive plan. Further, two companies — Vedanta and Elest — have submitted proposals worth $6.7 billion to manufacture display fabs and have sought incentives of $2.7 billion from the government. India’s semiconductor market was estimated to be worth $15 billion in 2020 but this is expected to grow to $63 billion by 2026, representing a CAGR of 27%.

Read more about this news here.



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