Category archives: Technology
Recent cyber-crime attacks have shown the vulnerability of previous generations of security systems. The world is fast becoming divided between those who know they have been attacked and those who have yet to find out.
As users become actively involved in contributing knowledge to networks, products and services will become more relevant, as developers benefit from new insights. This results in co-created experiences, and, as a result, users are an increasingly vital asset for any public or private organization.
Should public safety trump civil liberty? Will cities (or our lives for that matter) become better if we make them more efficient? Does it matter if common technologies are indecipherable to most people? Is it always a given that the data generated by people’s use of products and services belongs to the ones providing those products and services?
The cloud has been instrumental for introducing apps that target a broader audience. Apps on a smartphone are easier to use than a browser on a PC as an entry point for the unconnected. With the low barriers of entry for cloud-based applications and access to crowd funding capital, we can expect to see applications targeting the niches yet to be connected. The combination of mobile and cloud is an even more powerful proposition to close the digital divide in the part of the world with poor fixed networks.
Currently the length of time between digital compromise and discovery is 205 days. That is 205 days where data from a compromised system cannot be trusted, should not be trusted.
But operators now have an opportunity to turn their declining or flat enterprise business into a growth area. It will be a journey associated with significant innovation and ecosystem innovation over the coming three years.
In a smart city, the data-collecting sensors across these city layers are all integrated and communicating with each other. The data generated can be analyzed across systems to anticipate, mitigate and even prevent common city problems.