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According to a new report from Navigant Research, utility spending on IT systems for the smart grid will grow from $8.5 billion in 2013 to $19.7 billion in 2022. Read Original Content

Sixty-one percent of energy executives consider security to be a big problem for the smart grid, and 64 percent believe the grid is not prepared for security threats, according to the 2014 Smart Grid Cybersecurity Survey conducted by research firm Zpryme. Read Original Content

As part of their ongoing commitment to transforming the way contractors view job site productivity and the way they manage their businesses, technology solutions providers Caterpillar Inc. and Trimble have announced new agreements that will bring complete, technology-enabled construction jobsite solutions to the market. Read Original Content

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TechNavio's analysts forecast the smart grid market in China to grow at an annual rate of 28.30 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing need for grid connecting and management systems. Read Original Content

According to a new technical market research report, Enabling Technologies for the Smart Grid from BCC Research the U.S. market for smart grid technologies was valued at $41.6 billion in 2012 and is projected to decline to $35.4 billion by 2013. Read Original Content

The analysts forecast the Global RFID market to grow at a CAGR of 22.4 percent over the period 2013-2018. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing demand for RFIDs in the retail segment. Read Original Content

The Swedish Armed Forces intends to begin rolling out a permanent radio frequency identification system sometime within the next two to five years. The technology will be used to track personal soldier equipment, thereby improving efficiency at multiple locations throughout the country. Read Original Content

The Food and Drug Administration has given clearance to radio frequency identification technology to track the safety and efficiency of the nation's blood supply. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison RFID Lab, who have been working on the project for six years, say the tool is the first of its kind to get FDA approval. Read Original Content

GIA has announced the release of a comprehensive global report on near field communication enabled handsets markets. Global market for near field communication enabled handsets is projected to reach 1.6 billion units by 2018, driven by growing penetration of mobile phones, continued rise in demand & production of smartphones, rising penetration of NFC in consumer devices, and chip level technology developments. Read Original Content

Public transportation users in Chicago and Washington DC will be able to use their NFC phones to purchase tickets in the coming years, the cities' transportation authorities have announced. Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict is an opinionated futurist, Principal Analyst at the Center for Digital Intelligence™, C4DIGI.com, emerging technologies analyst, and digital transformation and business strategy consultant. In the past 8 years he has taught workshops for large enterprises and government agencies in 18 different countries, and is a keynote speaker at conferences worldwide. He spent nearly 5 years working as a Senior Analyst at Cognizant (CTSH), and 2 years serving in Cognizant's Center for the Future of Work where he wrote many reports, hundreds of articles, interviewed technology experts, and produced videos on the future of digital technologies and their impact on industries. He has written articles published in The Guardian, wrote the Forward to SAP Press' book titled "Mobilizing Your Enterprise with SAP", published over 3,000 articles and was featured as thought leader and digital strategist in the Department of Defense's IQT intelligence journal. Kevin lectures and leads workshops, teaches and consults with companies and government agencies around the world to help develop digital transformation and business strategies. Visit his website at C4DIGI.com.