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Listen as our hosts dive into the future of tech innovation and its impact across industries.

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Listen as our hosts dive into the future of tech innovation and its impact across industries.

    Episode 22: FirstNet Changes the Game for Emergency Response

    Episode 22: FirstNet Changes the Game for Emergency Response

    As emergency personnel rushed to the scene on 9/11 in New York City, they found themselves unable to communicate as a result of cellular network congestion, preventing the interoperability and connectivity they needed. In the years following, first responders found themselves dealing with this same issue time and time again. The need was clear: first responders required a network for emergency communication, and FirstNet was born. On this week’s episode of RUGGED RANTS, host Barry Ross discusses the nation’s public safety communications platform with guest Doug Clark, executive director, FirstNet Program at AT&T.

    • 36 min
    Episode 21: If Cybersecurity Is the New Battlefield, How Can We Protect Ourselves?

    Episode 21: If Cybersecurity Is the New Battlefield, How Can We Protect Ourselves?

    Pew Research Center cites that 77% of employees use their personal devices at work regardless of their employer’s policies. But this intersection of personal and work devices continues to pose cybersecurity risks in a world already plagued by malware attacks, which could cost an estimated $6 trillion annually by 2021. These attacks can come from anywhere and happen to anyone: civilians, large multinational enterprises, organized criminal networks, even governments. So what can we do to defend ourselves? On this week’s episode of RUGGED RANTS, host Barry Ross discusses the importance of cybersecurity for enterprises large and small with Peter Waxman, principal group program manager of enterprise and security, core operating systems, and intelligence edge at Microsoft.

    • 26 min
    Episode 20: What Does Smart Clothing & Foldable Phones Have in Common?

    Episode 20: What Does Smart Clothing & Foldable Phones Have in Common?

    From Tom Brady’s athlete recovery sleepwear to Ralph Lauren’s self-heating jacket, flexible electronics are gaining traction in the retail market. However, this technology is not limited to apparel – foldable smartphones like Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip along with a host of other bendable, wearable and malleable tech are also part of this increasingly popular electronics category. With their low cost and smart sensing capabilities, flexible electronics have the potential to generate a host of data and analytics that can be applied to other industries. In this episode of RUGGED RANTS, host Barry Ross speaks with Nick DeGaetano, General Manager of Strategic Business Development at Panasonic Industrial Devices Sales Company of America, about the use cases for flexible electronics and how this technology helps create a promising future for the retail industry and beyond.

    • 12 min
    Episode 19: How to Put Customers First in Last Mile Delivery

    Episode 19: How to Put Customers First in Last Mile Delivery

    Often, the most challenging and expensive part of a product’s journey is in the last mile. As e-commerce retailers like Amazon continue to raise consumer expectations with faster deliveries and real-time visibility into order status, businesses across industries are turning to technology to keep up. However, technology is not a “one size fits all” solution – what works for some companies, may not work for others. In this episode of RUGGED RANTS, host Barry Ross speaks with Jim Ward, president and founder of Elite EXTRA, about last mile delivery challenges and how technologies like automation and data analytics can help to optimize supply chain operations while providing a premium customer experience.  

    • 25 min
    Episode 18: Next Stop, The E-Mobility Revolution

    Episode 18: Next Stop, The E-Mobility Revolution

    Did you know electric vehicles have been around since the early 1900s? While EVs may not be new, the rising popularity of electric mobility, or e-mobility, transportation solutions is. Before Tesla, EVs were clunky vehicles that resembled golf carts in many cases. Today, EVs are increasingly popular with sleek new designs coming out from the likes of Tesla as well as traditional automotive manufacturers and newer startups. But e-mobility doesn’t stop with consumer vehicles – electric options are making headway in the marine and aviation industries too. In this episode of RUGGED RANTS, host Barry Ross speaks with Tavis Szeto, Director for Mobility & Technology at Panasonic Industrial Devices Sales Company of America, about the rising demand for e-mobility and how manufacturers are updating their processes and products to keep up.

    • 18 min
    Episode 17: Uncovering Why CX Will Drive Digital Transformation Initiatives

    Episode 17: Uncovering Why CX Will Drive Digital Transformation Initiatives

    Businesses today are so focused on integrating digital technologies to transform how they work and serve customers, that they are getting distracted by hype. Many companies are implementing new technologies and tools before they even understand if and how they will solve customers’ pain points. In this episode of RUGGED RANTS, Susan Campbell is joined by Faisal Pandit, president of Panasonic Systems Solutions Company of North America, to discuss why digital transformation must be driven by customer experience to be successful and how companies like McDonald’s have seen success.

    • 16 min

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