Smart citizens make smart cities

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I grew up in New York City in the 1980s, and I still remember the realities of Manhattan before it got cleaned up in the 1990s —dark, dirty, and a bit dangerous. That’s been the stereotype of cities for generations, especially as the Industrial Age took hold and workers poured into cities to live in small spaces and work in dangerous conditions. In much of the world, this migration is ongoing – it’s estimated that by 2020, more than half of the world’s populations will live in urban areas, with millions of people in the same kind of dangerous conditions as new city residents faced centuries ago.

So the question becomes: as this push of people into cities increases, how can we make sure the cities of tomorrow are not similar to the slums of today? Continue reading

A bionic bar makes for better blends – a quantum-leap forward in mixology

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Bartending and mixology made a quantum leap forward when the world’s first bionic bar was launched on a cruise ship earlier this month. Are you ready to start ordering your drinks from your phone and have them delivered by a robot, or are you an old-fashioned fan? Continue reading

Connected animals can help us protect endangered species

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The journeys of the endangered Atlantic loggerhead turtles are among the longest in the animal kingdom, and they have largely remained a mystery until now. An international team of scientists led by Brendan Godley of the University of Exeter has uncovered the migratory secrets of the loggerhead turtles in West Africa, and the results could have huge implications for developing strategies to protect them. Continue reading

Innovation + Agility = Success: Highlights from the OSS/BSS Summit

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Editor’s note – We are happy to feature an excerpt from a recent post on our OSS/BSS blog from Pamela Mallette, who is currently responsible for driving new business growth within OSS/BSS. Here she reflects on insights she gained from the OSS/BSS Summit in New York City last month: Continue reading

After the unbundling – what’s next for higher education?

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In an era where people, money and knowledge move so freely, why is education so immobilized? Innovative mobile technologies can both shatter and rebuild our aging institutions. Continue reading

Cooperative transport systems – the next step in transport transformation – part 2

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In my previous post I wrote about how connectivity is driving transformation in the transport business and how it’s now being built-in everything from cars and trucks to roads and parking spaces. The next phase in this transformation will be about cooperation between all these new connected transport assets. Continue reading

Online by design: How Tesla sets a new pace for automotive innovation

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What happens when physical products can evolve at light speed? For a future glimpse, look no further than Tesla. Continue reading

Cooperative transport systems – the next step in transport transformation

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Today about 50 percent of the world’s population lives in cities. Most people need transport every day – to and from work, to pick the kids up at school, to go to an evening course or to meet some friends. People spend on average 2 hours and 20 minutes commuting every day in big cities like Hong Kong, London or Moscow. Continue reading

Smart, connected products – how clever creations change the competition

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The combination of “internet” and “things” in the form of something, anything and everything has been communicated extensively in the market for quite sometime. Harvard Business Review recently took a deep dive into the subject and presented a number of new insights. And they concluded this represents the single biggest inflection point any company providing physical products has ever seen. Continue reading

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

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Let’s talk about growth. GDP growth for countries, and the large enterprises that contribute to that growth.

I want to take you back to 1980 – before mobile phones. Nobody needed them then. And they wouldn’t need them in the future. At least that’s what McKinsey & Company said. Continue reading