Category archives: Business

Today is like the day before the mobile phone … except for cloud

-+*The hard part is to give global enterprises the control they require to ensure the security and integrity of their most valuable asset in today’s networked economy – their data. Concerns about governance, security and trust are holding back enterprises from moving to the computing model that makes the most business sense for the new world of the Internet of Things.

The IP imperative – a media (specifically TV) game changer

-+*The internet evolution is the catalyst that is converting TV away from the living room and into a truly mobile experience. It is a fundamental driver of delivery networks, spectrum allocation and the business models that shape the TV industry. The growing demand for IP services and TV Anywhere experiences has accelerated the need for long-term IP transformation to support a unified user experience across all traditional in-home and new IP devices.

Cryptocoins challenge classic currencies and cards

-+*Technology is playing a key role in transforming payment systems. In the past, the immense amount of trust required to be the anchor point in these systems reduced the candidates to states and financial institutions. But now new technologies are gaining the trust required to create a clear alternative to the legacy models.

Can we transform the network into an experience platform? We have no choice.

-+*Quite simply, Hammersley and other speakers described how people now expect full experiences while they are mobile. The bottom line, said Hammersley, is that it all requires the network to be “incredibly solid.” It’s a complicated reality – with all of us wanting more and more from our mobile experience.

From smart meter to smart grid – looking at real world examples

-+*This smart grid, as it is often called, can involve anything from massive high voltage transformers to gas pipelines to even the corrosion resistant paint that is applied on outdoor equipment. Again, as in the case of smart meters, a wealth of data is available at our fingertips. Yet it is not the existence of this data but what we do with it that makes all the difference.

Skip sign-on and slow surfing – carry your network and privacy with you

-+*Signing-on to a large number of free and paid access points means that your e-mail address is in wide circulation for a variety of marketing purposes. The alternative is to start carrying your mobile broadband network and privacy protection with you. Today’s MiFi routers – which act as mobile WiFi hotspots – allow you to carry 4G access with you wherever you go, securing high performance in the network along the way.

Come along for the ride – the transformation of last mile logistics

-+*But while current global supply chains are clearly unsustainable in the face of widespread 3D printing, the disruption of last mile delivery may not be complete. Interestingly, both the British and US postal services have done some hard – and different – thinking on these lines. They see a hybrid future, with digital distribution and 3D printing sharing space with a still relevant “last mile,” which happens to play to the postal service’s strength.

How can we best use smart meter data? Creative solutions are starting to emerge.

-+*Even those utilities that do maintain meter data in its most granular form often just use it for standard billing purposes and don’t try to gain any further insights from it. However, we are starting to see a few innovative and creative uses of smart meter data emerge. Here I’m sharing a couple of ideas that I’ve seen explored recently.

Exponentially extend your mobile enterprise experience

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Inside the building where Apple torments the Networked Society.

-+*So how stable are the iPhone 6 models? The answer is that they can have up to 25kg of pressure directly on the screen before it breaks the phone. This is actually really impressive. But it still shows that even the iPhone has its limit.