The following graph shows average and median age in the Internet of Things sector. The graphic includes data through October 2016.
RATP is researching driverless bus. Could this be the future of traffic jams in Paris ?
Austin’s Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority (Capital Metro) is exploring the possibilities to deploy EasyMile EZ10 driverless shuttles — in an effort to improve connectivity between outer city locations and the mass transit network, according to Smartrail World.
Capital Metro operates bus, paratransit services and a commuter rail system known as Capital MetroRail for Austin and several suburbs. The transit organisation is exploring the opportunities for adding the autonomous vehicles to their services to access areas where traditional bus or rail service isn’t feasible. Capital Metro emphasises that the passenger vehicles will be used to compliment existing bus and rail service rather than replacing them.
According to Mariette Hummel, spokesperson for Capital Metro ( @CapMetroATX ) she said, “This is one of the possible options for our mobility innovation zones. Areas where large buses do not fit or where we have low demand means that we want to find a way to get people from those areas to our…
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The race just entered the last straight line
Paris and Los Angeles are the two cities still in the running to host the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games—the International Olympic Committee will make that decision on September 13 of this year in Lima, Peru. GreenSportsBlog reported on Paris’ sustainability efforts last month; now it’s LA’s turn to shine in the Green-Sports spotlight. We were pleased to speak with Brence Culp, Sustainability Director of the LA 2024 Bid Committee, about the many substantive sustainability initiatives her team is planning.
The greenest sports venue and/or Olympic and Paralympic Village is the one you don’t have to build.
That has been and is the mantra of LA 2024, the committee handling the bid for Los Angeles to host the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, and especially its sustainability team. The bid process is now in the home stretch—the International Olympic Committee (IOC) votes in September in Lima, Peru—and only Paris…
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IOT/M2M- Who does what?
While most of the operators talk about IoT/M2M in same breath these are two different business model requiring investments in different skill sets and technology.
M2M- M2M is starting to contribute to a substantial revenue stream and will continue to be a top area of future growth especially for Large Telco. Focus is on providing a providing low cost data connectivity to a large number of device and provide global connectivity solutions. It is about signing up with large enterprise customers who are embedding connectivity is their products eg automobiles, washing machines, refrigerators, elevators, payment machines, just about anything including whiskey bottles!
Important investment decision are centered on which Network Technology, Device Management, Wholesale and Retail Billing.
IOT is about solving specific business problem. Focus is on building capabilities to provide application and solutions that leverage IoT/M2M as enabling technology combined with API to either bring…
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Twitter’s main businesses :advertising + data provider
This analysis focuses on advertising
|Force#5 : New Entrants|
|Barrier level : high|
|Force#3 : Suppliers||Force#1 : Competition||Force#2 : Buyers|
|Direct known suppliers : opinion leaders, companies worried about their own usersIndirect unknown suppliers : people in a place at a specific time
Direct unknown suppliers : re-tweeters
Status : Twitter is the preferred mean of sharing information for people who own a smartphone. WiFi and data connectivity are of essence.
|Direct known competitors: Google, Facebook, Linkedin, MySayDirect unknown competitors: Press / News agencies
Indirect known competition : other micro blogging
Status: very strong competition
|Direct known buyers: Brands, Marketers who run frequent campaigns
Indirect known buyers : brands and agencies that get re-tweeted
Status: Being #1 gives twitter bargaining power, but there are alternatives (competition)
|Force#4 : Substitutes||Force#6 : Complements|
|Known substitutes : RSS feeds, billboards
Unknown substitutes : Group SMS messaging
Status : Fading substitutes
|Little known about|
Note: green = healthy, orange = possible threat, red = vulnerable
There seems to be an increasing interest in the AppleTV box. Should iOS become a major player in the M2M market? Should iOS become the de facto OS of the M2M devices ? After all, the so called smart watch from Samsung is far from being a commercial success, because it lacks purpose. As the vacuum expands, a new player is called in. Given the lack of interest from Microsoft and Oracle, Apple has a special position in this game, although calling might not be so obvious or interesting. I am sure that were Steve Jobs still here, he would throw the Apple TV in the arena, along with other iOS devices. Sadly, that is not the case and the status quo remains unchanged.
CeBIT will take place in less than two weeks. No direct mention of M2M, but there is no need. The hottest topic of this year’s CeBIT will be the use of Big Data. What to do with such tremendous amount of information coming from so many sources.
How is this related to M2M ? It is more than you think. M2M implies the usage of Sparse Data. Like Big Data, we’re talking about unstructured information. Even if today the two of them seem unrelated one to another, in time, they will converge into a hyper-matrix (a way to organize high volume sparse data ). Until that day, we still need to use what we have, be it cloud or data warehouses.
I’m looking forward to CeBIT.
In the two months left to this big event, I plan to comment on some of the topics addressed by the 30 presentations. The comments will relate to what I would like to hear from the speaker. Hans Dahlberg, Head of M2M Services at TELIASONERA will talk about rolling out new M2M services.
Traditionally, the M2M market is divided into the so-called verticals. From the beginning. This is an approach for a mature market, with well-established rules. That is not the case for M2M. It still is a new technology by telco’s point of view. Let’s agree to disagree. M2M is the single mostly unknown technology. no one knows exactly to what extent it will shape the future. Most foresee a huge growth. Some are very confident. Some are more pessimistic. I would like the presentation to address some of the following questions:
– how do you plan for the new services ? own market. department / market studies from 3rd parties / transfer of technology from the IT world / just copy what the competitors are doing / brainstorming
– do you have regular brainstorming sessions ? if so, have you implemented some of the ideas debated ?
– how do you reward new ideas ?
– which are the main contributors of new ideas ? marketing / sales / R&D. In which order ?
– why are you rolling new M2M services ? expansion / new player in the arena / because the competition does
– can you present right now a live demo of such a new service ?
– how good is your customer support for a brand new service ?
I firmly believe that the single most important question is why? why are you you playing in the field of M2M ? Let’s hope the question shall be answered.