About Peggy Smedley

Peggy Smedley is an internationally known speaker and highly respected influencer in the tech world educating businesses and consumers alike on the latest trends on digital transformation and circularity shaping everyday lives. An outspoken advocate and supporter of sustainability and resiliency, Peggy is the quick-witted host of The Peggy Smedley Show, the editorial director of Connected World and its sister publication Constructech, as well as the president of Specialty Publishing Co. Peggy has earned the reputation as an innovative and skilled content storyteller throughout her 25-year career and her passion is to do whatever she can to adhere to her motto, “with great technology, comes great responsibility.” She is a renowned author and an award-winning editor having earned numerous honors for editorial excellence. She recently authored Sustainable in a Circular World, Design and Restore Natural Ecosystems Through Innovation, which affords her the greatest opportunity to help move the world from grey to green. She also authored Mending Manufacturing: How America Can Manufacture its Survival, a book detailing all aspects of the American manufacturing crisis and inspiring innovation and has had the honor of collaborating on eight books. Peggy has been a guest on television business and news programs and has been a voice on many national commercially syndicated radio shows. In 1997, Peggy formed Specialty Publishing Co. with the goal of enlightening executives in key industries to the importance of understanding technology for the betterment of their companies. Surpassing publishing norms, Peggy has guided her company in successfully launching very targeted and niche services while at the helm. She has a long history of covering manufacturing and construction, infrastructure, security, and an even stronger passion to empower a younger workforce and women to join STEM, IoT, and digital innovation. Prior to launching her own company, Smedley served as Group Publisher and Editorial Director of numerous publishing firms based in Chicago, Ill.

The Future of City Mobility and Automotive

Cities are facing one big challenge: failing infrastructure, which is impacting all facets of city mobility including automotive. Even with hybrid working arrangements for many, there is still a strain on our cities’ infrastructure systems. Here is my question: what if we reimagined mobility?

By |2021-12-21T19:59:40+00:0012/22/2021|

Digital Twin and the Data Tsunami

Engineering data, schedules, enterprise data, control and sensor data, GIS (geographic information systems), LiDAR: There is a veritable data tsunami that is happening in businesses these days, and construction and engineering companies are now tasked with harnessing all this data, which comes at the same time as the new Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Enter digital twins, which are able to not only reign in the data, but will also enable contractors and engineers to make better and faster decisions. Let’s explore.

By |2021-12-15T18:36:37+00:0012/15/2021|

Manufacturing Ramps Up, but How?

A host of industries are still not yet fully recovered from the remarkable fallout that has surrounded the COVID-19 pandemic—and the ripple effect can be felt across many waters of the globe. But this has me wondering which sectors will continue to grow more rapidly than the economy as we head into 2022. If I were a betting person, I would guess the best sectors that are outperforming others have greatly begun the digital transformation journey.

By |2021-12-07T18:48:02+00:0012/8/2021|

Supply Chain: Ready or Not

Greys Sosic, professor, USC Marshall School of Business, addresses the overarching challenges impacting the global supply chain. She explains that in the last several decades we have witnessed the supply chain attempting to become more efficient—and it was highly successful as long as it was working and didn’t have any big disruptions. The good news in all of this, she says, is that digital transformation is a good solution and we are realizing the benefits of digitally transforming supply chains.

By |2021-11-30T19:05:32+00:0012/1/2021|

What’s Next: Opportunities Abound

Welcome to a new month. As we head into the New Year, we need to consider how business has changed in the past year and how it might also change in the year ahead. We are at the precipice of a great shift in business, all with the help of digital transformation and the IoT (Internet of Things). The time is now for great innovation. Let me explain.

By |2021-11-24T20:52:48+00:0012/1/2021|

Cybersecurity and Hijacked IP Addresses

With the rise in ransomware and cyberattacks on businesses of all sizes, executives need to be vigilant about protecting their business and protecting their data. Here’s the challenge: new forces are going to make this harder than ever before.

By |2021-11-19T18:37:02+00:0011/24/2021|

The Steps to Safer AVs, EVs

With the need to curb traffic accidents and the rise of greater urbanization, AVs (autonomous vehicles) and EVs (electric vehicles) represent the future of automotive. However, a few real hurdles still stand in the way. Chief among those hurdles is the safety and security of the vehicles.

By |2021-11-12T19:33:00+00:0011/18/2021|

Women Return to the Workforce

Women left the workforce in waves during the pandemic—most due to lack of childcare. Now, many are looking to return, and they are eyeing one area in particular: STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

By |2021-11-09T20:50:37+00:0011/10/2021|

The Evolution of Hackers

Peggy is joined by Gary Salman, CEO and cofounder, Black Talon Security, to talk about the latest trends in cyberattacks and how cybercriminals are literally stealing and selling data on the dark web. They also take a deep dive into how companies need to be aware of ransomware attacks and how to cope should an attack happen.

By |2021-11-01T14:35:25+00:0011/1/2021|

The Future of Carbon Neutrality

This is a big week for sustainability and carbon neutrality. The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference and is being held in the city of Glasgow, Scotland, between October 31 and Nov. 12, 2021.

By |2021-11-01T14:26:21+00:0011/1/2021|

The Rise of Industry 5.0

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, with automation changing the way we work, but with some people looking to the future—Industry 5.0—where are we on our journey to a more technological future?

By |2021-10-22T18:13:07+00:0010/27/2021|

Supply Chains: What Are We Going to Do About It?

I forecasted years ago that the supply chain was vulnerable. While I didn’t foresee the pandemic, I did preach about things like the worker shortage and climate change long before the term COVID-19 became a household phrase. All of this is now having a profound effect on our supply chains—obviously. My question is this: What are we going to do about it? I have a few ideas.

By |2021-10-14T14:52:04+00:0010/20/2021|

The Path to Sustainable Homes

If we want to meet our climate neutrality goals by 2050, I would argue we need to start at home. Residential homes are responsible for up to 34% of carbon dioxide emissions. Let’s look at how we can combat this.

By |2021-10-07T17:03:42+00:0010/13/2021|

Breaking Down the Actual Cost of EVs

The number of connected EV (electric vehicle) charging points in North America and Europe is set to reach 7.9 million by 2025. The EV market is on the rise, according to many reports. Add to that the fact the Biden administration has pledged to extend EV tax credits, and California has moved to ban new internal combustion engine cars in 2035, and it is the perfect storm that is going to catapult EVs forward.

By |2021-09-30T17:34:37+00:0010/6/2021|

Moving Mobility Forward

Peggy and Henry Bzeih, CTO/CSO, automotive & transportation, Microsoft, talk about the latest automotive advances at the company. He talks about mega trends, saying mobility is the movement of people and the movement of goods.

By |2021-09-28T17:10:52+00:0010/1/2021|
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