Category archives: Technology

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.

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.

170 million taxi rides gives you a lot of data to rethink urban mobility

-+*HubCab is an interactive visualization that invites you to explore the ways in which over 170 million taxi trips connect New York City in a given year. The interface provides a unique insight into the inner workings of the city with a never before seen granularity – all based on the previously invisible perspective of the taxi system.

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.

Capturing the evolution of utilities in the Networked Society

-+*The term “utilities” often evokes images of decades-old power transmission lines and rusty water pipes. They are something most of us don’t give too much thought to and definitely not something we speak about at parties. However, I believe all that is about change. If you look behind the scenes of utility companies around the world today, you can see a vast amount of new, innovative ideas taking shape.

Investigating innovation for indoor coverage and capacity

-+*The mobile industry is in a very innovative phase with regards to indoor solutions. The most interesting development is the introduction of HSPA and LTE in small cells and the integration between WiFi and mobile technologies in a network for seamless transition between the two access types