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The Internet of Things Is Changing the World

Posted by hkarner - 12. Januar 2020

Date: 12‑01‑2020

Source: The Wall Street Journal By Irving Wladawsky‑Berger

The Internet of Things has been a long time coming. Ubiquitous or pervasive computing, which is computing happening anytime and anywhere, dates to the 1990s, when devices and wireless networks were nowhere near where they are today.

The transformation brought by connected devices is about to go into overdrive, the Economist says in a recent issue: “One forecast is that by 2035 the world will have a trillion connected computers, built into everything from food packaging to bridges and clothes.”

IoT promises to bring many benefits, including a new generation of smart, connected products. In addition to mechanical and electrical components, these products use digital components such as microprocessors, sensors, data storage, software, and connectivity in a variety of ways.

As the world’s digital and physical infrastructures converge, digital technologies are being designed into all kinds of consumer and industrial products. Internet‑connected smart doorbells, for example, include motion sensors and video cameras that notify a homeowner when someone arrives at the door. Using a smartphone app, the homeowner can watch and talk to the visitor, while a video of their interaction is saved for an added level of security. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Tech firms think the home is the next big computing platform

Posted by hkarner - 15. September 2019

Date: 12-09-2019
Source: The Economist

Many of the technologies needed to make smart homes work already exist

Film buffs will tell you that watching a movie on the big screen is a much more immersive experience than watching it at home. But if Matthew Ball gets his way, that might not be true for much longer. Mr Ball—who used to be head of strategy at Amazon Studios, the tech firm’s tv division—spends a lot of time thinking about the future of film and tv. He is especially interested in the possibilities offered by connected, computerised homes.

Imagine an action film, he says, in which a smart television, equipped with the sorts of gaze-tracking cameras already used in smartphones, can wait until it has a viewer’s full attention before showing a monster leaping out from behind a door. Or a horror film which commandeers a house’s lights and makes them flicker at the appropriate moment, or plays eerie sounds—even whispering the viewer’s name—from speakers in another room. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Internet of Things will bring the internet’s business model into the rest of the world

Posted by hkarner - 14. September 2019

Date: 12-09-2019
Source: The Economist

For better and for worse

In july the Bank of England announced that its new £50 note would carry a picture of Alan Turing, a British mathematician widely regarded as the intellectual father of computer science. Along with excerpts from a seminal paper in 1936 and a binary representation of his date of birth, the new note contains a quotation from 1949, when only a handful of computers existed in the world. “This is only a foretaste of what is to come,” it begins.

Turing’s remark remains true today. Computers have already changed the world in ways that their inventors could never have imagined. Turing could no more have predicted Instagram celebrities and high-frequency trading than Karl Benz, an automotive pioneer, could have predicted suburbs and strip malls. And that is in a world with tens of billions of computers. If predictions about the iot are correct, that number could rise a hundred-fold.

Clues about what is to come can be glimpsed in changes that have already happened. In the quarter of a century since the internet first became a consumer phenomenon, it has upended businesses. Data are the currency of the online world, gathered, analysed, sold and occasionally stolen in a business model that has built some of the world’s most valuable companies—but which is attracting increasingly unfriendly scrutiny from governments and regulators, and which its critics decry as “surveillance capitalism”. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Ten trends shaping the Internet of Things business landscape

Posted by hkarner - 5. Februar 2019

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Neue Finanzwelt 2018: Zwischen Kryptocrash und Challenger-Banken

Posted by hkarner - 2. Januar 2019

Dank an R.K.

Wahlweise findet man für einen Jahresrückblick über den deutschen Finanzsektor gute und schlechte Nachrichten. Unbestritten ist, dass 2018 für große börsennotierte Banken kein einfaches Jahr war. Schaut man auf die Marktwerte von Deutscher Bank oder Commerzbank, dann stehen sie so schlecht da wie zu Zeiten der Finanzkrise. Mit Blick auf die deutlich freundlichere Lage spanischer, französischer, schweizerischer oder gar der US-Banken taugen die üblichen Erklärungen Niedrigzinsphase, Regulierung und nun auch schwächelnde Konjunktur nicht besonders für die Ursachenforschung. Ein Ende des “Aktiendebakels” (Finanz-Szene) der Deutschen Bank ist nicht erkennbar. Als Zeitenwende wird die Ablösung der Commerzbank durch die technologisch orientierte Wirecard Bank im prominentesten deutschen Aktienindex, dem DAX, angesehen. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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What it takes to get an edge in the Internet of Things

Posted by hkarner - 28. September 2018

Three practices can help differentiate successful companies from those that struggle to gain traction.

Internet of Things (IoT) technologies have evolved rapidly in recent years and continue to change how we interact with our surroundings. For companies, IoT brings new ways to monitor and manage objects in the physical world, while massive new streams of data offer better avenues for decision making (often mediated by machines). The steady fall in prices of sensors and communications technologies, combined with a parallel rise in understanding of how they can be applied, have raised the strategic importance of IoT. As we have shown elsewhere, this can produce immense value in settings ranging from retail and healthcare to manufacturing and technology.

Despite the promise, we continue to see substantial differences in how well companies apply IoT in their businesses. Targeting IoT applications correctly and managing them effectively is far from easy, leaving many companies stuck and unable to move beyond pilots. To better understand what differentiates successful initiatives from struggling ones, we surveyed IoT executives at 300 companies—those that have moved beyond experiments and have scaled up IoT use in their businesses.1 We asked them about the practices that directly support their IoT strategy, as well as other factors that may influence it, and sorted leaders from laggards based on their self-reported economic impact from IoT.2 We found that while a number of IoT “habits” play a role in successes, three are particularly relevant for C-level executives who may be considering heavier investment in IoT or searching for reasons their programs have failed to gain traction. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Why Being First in 5G Matters

Posted by hkarner - 14. September 2018

Date: 13-09-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal

The U.S., China, South Korea and Japan all see a big payoff from winning the battle for the wireless future

The race to be the first 5G country has begun—and the winner stands to gain a lot.

Around the world, giant wireless-technology companies are coordinating with their governments to come up with winning strategies to implement 5G, the next generation of cellular networks that promise to deliver ultrafast speeds and open up a range of new applications.

The U.S., China, South Korea and Japan are leading the early rounds. AT&T and Verizon plan city-by-city 5G launches starting later this year, while China expects national coverage by 2020.

While wireless-industry executives say applications that tap the full potential of 5G—self-driving cars, virtual reality and remote surgery—are several years away, leading the way does matter for a country’s economy, if the race to 4G is a guide. If the U.S. hadn’t led the way on 4G, the country might not dominate mobile technology, and its platforms, such as Instagram, Snapchat and perhaps even Facebook and Netflix might not have become global powers. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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For safety’s sake, we must slow innovation in internet-connected things

Posted by hkarner - 8. September 2018

Date: 07-09-2018
Source: Technology Review by Martin Giles

That’s the view of security expert Bruce Schneier, who fears lives will be lost in a cyber disaster unless governments act swiftly.

Smart gadgets are everywhere. The chances are you have them in your workplace, in your home, and perhaps on your wrist. According to an estimate from research firm Gartner, there will be over 11 billion internet-connected devices (excluding smartphones and computers) in circulation worldwide this year, almost double the number just a couple of years ago.

Many billions more will come online soon. Their connectivity is what makes them so useful, but it’s also a cybersecurity nightmare. Hackers have already shown they can compromise everything from connected cars to medical devices, and warnings are getting louder that security is being shortchanged in the stampede to bring products to market. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Rethinking the Internet of Things

Posted by hkarner - 2. August 2018

Ken Hu

Ken Hu is Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO at Huawei Technologies.

Every business in every industry could benefit from advances in digital connectivity, as the „Internet of Things“ allows people to manage assets better and make more fully informed decisions. But to realize the potential of IoT, the world must first reimagine how networks are used.

SHENZHEN – At a telecommunications conference hosted by Huawei late last year, I told a group of senior executives looking for growth opportunities in a saturated market that one billion new mobile subscribers were just waiting for their services. Then, I showed them a photo of a cow.

People took pictures of my presentation with their smartphones. Some chuckled; maybe they thought I was joking. But I was dead serious.

Chinese dairy farmers are already connecting their herds to the Internet. Cows wear collars with wireless sensors that collect biometric data such as body temperature and heart rate. Insights from this information are then used to improve milk production, helping farmers earn an extra $420 per cow each year, and increase overall profits by 50% annually. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Globalization Is Not in Retreat

Posted by hkarner - 28. April 2018

Quite essential! (hfk)

Date: 28-04-2018
Source: Foreign Affairs By Susan Lund and Laura Tyson
Digital Technology and the Future of Trade

By many standard measures, globalization is in retreat. The 2008 financial crisis and the ensuing recession brought an end to three decades of rapid growth in the trade of goods and services. Cross-border financial flows have fallen by two-thirds. In many countries that have traditionally championed globalization, including the United States and the United Kingdom, the political conversation about trade has shifted from a focus on economic benefits to concerns about job loss, dislocation, deindustrialization, and inequality. A once solid consensus that trade is a win-win proposition has given way to zero-sum thinking and calls for higher barriers. Since November 2008, according to the research group Global Trade Alert, the G-20 countries have implemented more than 6,600 protectionist measures.

But that’s only part of the story. Even as its detractors erect new impediments and walk away from free-trade agreements, globalization is in fact continuing its forward march—but along new paths. In its previous incarnation, it was trade-based and Western-led. Today, globalization is being driven by digital technology and is increasingly led by China and other emerging economies. While trade predicated on global supply chains that take advantage of cheap labor is slowing, new digital technologies mean that more actors can participate in cross-border transactions than ever before, from small businesses to multinational corporations. And economic leadership is shifting east and south, as the United States turns inward and the EU and the United Kingdom negotiate a divorce. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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