Our driving experience re-invented through connectivity

Leapfrog in Machine to Machine : the Automotive case

IMG_00000357Every year I have the pleasure of hosting a Mobistar/Orange Machine 2 Machine (M2M) event where we invite roughly 500 customers, Suppliers and Mobistar/Orange employees to do the state of the union of the M2M industry. Supporting the good functioning of the M2M ecosystem over the last 10 years has been key to foster an open innovation culture and secure our market leader position.

This year,  in the historical setting of Val Duchesse, I opened the plenary session with an analysis on the key dynamics seen over the  last 12 months in the M2M market and how well we are doing in getting ready to achieve the famous 50Bn connected devices all analyst have been talking about.

Summarising, I believe that the last 12 month has shown what an exponential growth looks like when we see what happened in the Auto industry. This is an industry that has turned a Government enforced connectivity (starting with E-call) into a real opportunity to change its market dynamics and redefine the driving experience. As such, each M2M initiative is re-enforcing the next one creating a real “multiplier” effect. The Automotive case is a good illustration on how M2M will affect other verticals (Utilities, health care, enterprise mobility)

I have posted below the longer version of my notes during my introductory presentation

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What if animals could communicate through the internet ?

1373703069395What if animals could communicate through the internet ?

Actually the question is not “what if” but rather “when”…

I recently saw this TED talk entitled “Interspecies internet .. an idea in progress.” This is a combined initiative of four people — cognitive psychologist Diana Reiss (who works with Dolphins), musician Peter Gabriel, computer engineer Neil Gershenfeld (MIT professor) and Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the Internet. Their core message is that we basically totally forgot to think about how to integrate the “bio mass’ (animals) in how we think of the future of internet.

Vince Cerf reminded us that  the internet was intially intended to be a platform to connect machines (i.e. “internet of things avant la lettre”). Very quickly however it became an “internet of people” with more than 10billion people connected. It is only recently that we have come to retalk  of  the “internet of things” also called M2M (Machine to Machine) where we expect to have 50bn connected devices. Examples are connected cars, appliances personal health devices etc…

Introducing the Interspecies Internet  (I 2 I) 

In the last 40 years tons of experiments illustrated how we have learned to communicate / talk with (certain) animals. The most famous experiment is probably the KoKo Gorilla (the 8 Continue reading

How to develop a transversal Digital Strategy.

the-digital-edgeThis Gartner book perfectly outlines what major business transformation opportunity companies have ahead of them by implementing a true Digital Edge strateg. The book  particularly points out how a transversal Digital Edge strategy, ideally run by a Chief Digital Officer, is instrumental to roll out a Mobility strategy of people and machines. It illustrates that Mobility is bringing a “context feedback loop” (called Extraction loop) that only Mobility can enable. It is the recent evolution in Mobility that are making  recent Digital strategies  so disruptive.

An absolute must read (short 120p) !

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Reinventing our interfaces with “digital” devices

As we are entering a mobile world and use mobile / wearable devices we need to reinvent our interfaces with these devices.  Some are starting to call these NUI (Natural User Interfaces) in stead of GUI (Graphical user interfaces).

I have captured over time some technological innovations that I believe will enable that evolution.

I am convinced that once these technologies will mature, they will be instrumental to accelerate  the “digitalization/mobilization” by adding “contextualization” to  develop new digital workflows and processes that today were never really in the scope of IT.

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Who will (can) stop Google? More importantly Stop from what?

google-io-2013Following the Google I/0 2013 key notes I asked myself who will (can) “stop” Google? And more importantly “stop from what”? Apple’s focus on exceptional customer experience and eco system dominance has given them their unique stronghold. It is fair to say that they have singlehandedly invented Mobile IT (smartphone/tables/applications). I believe however that as the mobile application world is moving from native apps to mobile web, there is a high chance that Google will be able to achieve big relevant innovations leveraging Google’s core asset of analytics, Data Warehousing and integration in the web on Desktop, Mobile and more and more the internet of things. This will lead to much broader innovations than just smartphone centric innovation especially when these assets will be leveraged in new non-digitalized industries such as Transport, Health, Education. Only time will tell 😉 Let me know what you think ? Continue reading