Category archives: Technology

Smart, connected products – how clever creations change the competition

-+*Smart, connected products are rapidly becoming central to all industries. Few can and will select to stay outside of this arena asthe rules of play are transformed from the ground up. Every product business will be dependent on software, where an embedded technology stack will be an essential part of the product.

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.

That legendary ICT-driven party that delivered a flawless experience … except for Dad

-+*Our speaker’s thesis is that the more complex a situation is, the greater the engagement will be. Because the party was broken up by police, more friends wanted to see the photos and share them. This is what our industry has to prepare for – and with high levels of engagement and complexity, the consumer experience has to be flawless.

Intimate innovations introduced to win the wearables “arms race”

-+*Early generations of smart watches have struggled on the packaging and applications front. The technology was the centerpiece of this wearable innovation with insufficient emphasis on the fashion side of the package. Even then, the applications were, to a large extent, scaled down smartphone applications where the watch acted as a slave screen for relaying information to the user. But this is changing, and now we are entering a new intimate wearable application era.

Facebook at 1000km/h – how does it work?

-+*In-flight Wi-Fi is now accessible on around 40 to 50 percent of US flights, as well as on international long haul flights via airlines such as Lufthansa, Emirates and Qatar Airways. Some even offer the service for free. There are a few different systems on the market today. Let’s examine them.

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.