The importance of digital transformation has increased over the last months. Many businesses are now assured of the effectiveness of the different technologies they have implemented, while many others have not yet set out on this process, and they are just beginning to draw up strategies for initiating the transformation.
Like many other technologies, Blockchain is becoming very important, companies and institutions have implemented it in different solutions, so that they can benefit from Blockchain’s decentralization, traceability and security.
The industry has undergone significant changes since the first industrial revolution that began in the second half of the 18th century, up until today. The transformation has been remarkable and new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, Robotic Automation, Machine Learning, Big Data and others make it possible to enter a new period; the fourth industrial revolution.
The concept of an intelligent, connected and sustainable city is becoming more advanced, according to the Smart City Index 2019. Cities like Singapore, Zurich, Oslo and in Spain; Bilbao, Madrid or Barcelona are within the ranking that evaluates the level of development and strategies for better energy efficiency, mobility or environmental impact. The main aim of a smart city is to contribute to a better quality of life of all its inhabitants.
The BISITE Research Group at the University of Salamanca and the IoT Digital Innovation Hub are coordinating the production of medical material that is so much in demand at the moment. This material will help in the fight against COVID-19. BISITE has the support of hundreds of volunteers, who have provided us with the material, advice and manpower required to make masks, gowns and face shields.
BISITE Research Group’s academic offer this year includes a total of 8 master’s degrees, which are oriented to new technologies. Our fundamental mission is to train professionals capable of developing strategies for the advancement of the current industrial revolution, smart cities and global businesses.
Last week I had the honour of giving a lecture at the First Iberian Forum organized by Rotary, which was attended by Rotary member clubs from Spain and Portugal and various public figures. Technology, artificial intelligence, sustainable development and global security were the focus of my presentation and, above all, the link between them and the objectives of Agenda 2030.
We are once again involved in coordinating a course organized by the General Foundation of the University of Salamanca and Global Exchange, which aims to train specialists who can then join the Global Exchange staff.