Getting people moving again will help improve the economy, and location data and contact tracing can play a big role in ensuring that mass mobility is safe mobility. Transit officials will be able to use digital infrastructure to monitor passenger flow and adjust service as needed to fight the spread of disease.
Company officials must think about cybersecurity as a supply chain issue as employees operate out of home offices with unsecured technologies and cybercriminals launch attacks on supply chain partners, write university professors Daniel Pellathy and Ted Stank. They urge executives to mitigate these vulnerabilities by working together with crucial suppliers to evaluate risks and set up protection.
Amazon on Sept. 1 will begin listing the locations and names of all third-party Marketplace sellers in the US to help prevent counterfeit products. The company said it spent $500 million in 2019 to combat counterfeiting, fraud and related problems, and last month it created a Counterfeit Crimes Unit.
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market has teamed up with Shipt to launch same-day grocery delivery in 30 metro areas across the Midwest, adding the service to the on-demand delivery already provided through Instacart. In Michigan, Shipt also will offer same-day delivery of beer and wine purchased from Fresh Thyme in Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.
Carmakers and the government have been working on a Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, and the $1.5 trillion transportation bill the House passed last week calls for advanced drunken-driving prevention technology in all new cars within five years. That bill's odds of passing in the Senate are low, but Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., has sponsored legislation that includes an alcohol detection system requirement.
Drones and other small flying machines will be part of city life soon, and they'll require infrastructure such as landing pads and an urban air traffic management system, writes Paul Cureton, who covers the changes to expect in urban environments and the opportunities these changes present.
Seattle will probably need outside funding to either replace or renovate the West Seattle Bridge, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation. The West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force is exploring funding options for the bridge, as the high-rise portion was closed March 23 when cracks were detected.
Maine residents should approve the transportation bond referendum on Tuesday to provide funds for infrastructure improvements across the state this year, writes state Department of Transportation Commissioner Bruce Van Note. If approved, the state would invest $105 million in transportation infrastructure that would go toward matching an estimated $275 million in federal and other funds.
Michigan can provide an example for other states by adding toll roads to address its poor interstate highway pavement conditions, writes the Reason Foundation's Baruch Feigenbaum. A bill recently passed in the state Senate calls for a feasibility study on tolled highways throughout the state.