“We must reinvent mobility”

Some good points about #smartcity #sustainability and #health.

Transport Policy Matters

Michael_Cramer square CroppedMichael Cramer of the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport talks about the imbalance between transport modes and the lessons from “Dieselgate”.


A lot of innovation is happening in transport right now – headlines about self-driving cars and electric vehicles abound. Are we finally on the path towards sustainable mobility?

Cramer: Billions are still invested in forms of mobility that ruin our climate. And it’s still all about cars. Without reinventing mobility we will not be able to stop climate change. A veteran German politician, former Munich mayor Hans-Jochen Vogel, said it well as early as 1972: “Cars are murdering our cities. Those who sow streets will harvest traffic”. Even if one day all cars will be electric, they will still be murdering our cities. When all cars are self-driving, they will still be murdering our cities. We must reduce emissions, sure. But it’s not only about energy efficiency, we must also…

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Your smarthome is dumber than you think

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There is a lot of talk about how the Internet of Things (IoT) is making our homes smarter, which effectively boils down to making our lives more comfortable, reducing energy consumption and creating opportunities that were previously inconceivable. But as our homes become “smarter” from a utilitarian perspective, they are becoming dumber from a security point of view, and they are opening up some pretty nice opportunities for burglars, cyber-criminals, and anyone who wants to do us harm to carry out their evil deeds.

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Panama, privacy and power…

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David Cameron’s first reaction to the questions about his family’s involvement with the Mossack Fonseca leaks was that it was a ‘private matter’ – something that was greeted with a chorus of disapproval from his political opponents and large sections of both the social and ‘traditional’ media. Privacy scholars and advocates, however, were somewhat muted – and quite rightly, because there are complex issues surrounding privacy here, issues that should at the very least make us pause and think. Privacy, in the view of many people, is a human right. It is included in one form or another in all the major human rights declarations and conventions. This, for example, is Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights:

“Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.”

Everyone. Not just the people we like. Indeed, the test of your commitment…

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The next Silicon Valley is emerging everywhere

When we first started The Next Silicon Valley several years ago, it was based on places trying to create their own Silicon Valley like innovation ecosystem. Now, it’s no longer about the label or the question that we are often asked, ‘where is the next Silicon Valley’. Instead, the debate has moved on.
One of the key aspects of creating successful innovation ecosystems is the collaboration aspect. The Economist Intelligence Unit has articulated this well in a survey ahead of its own innovation conference in Chicago. In its report, ‘Innovation Clusters: Why companies are better together’, it talks about the success factors that have shaped five key clusters – London’s silicon roundabout, Singapore, Estonia, Boulder (USA), and Bangalore (India).

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No mobile marketing strategy, no teen customers.

Millennials are having a party, but it seems the invitations for most teen retailers never hit their mailboxes. Perhaps that’s because such invites would’ve been issued via mobile phone.

At a time when younger generations are spending upward of 80 hours a month on their mobile devices, several apparel brands are missing out on a commerce opportunity that led to $35 billion in U.S. sales last year. Such brands have been slow to enter and innovate in the mobile sector, a sluggishness that experts say could be costing them sales, some are now scrambling for relevance among their tech-minded consumers. Some have recently added e-commerce capabilities and curated music through their mobile apps, though others haven’t gotten even that far.

The stark simplicity of the teen brand app experience is amplified when compared with shopping apps from retailers such as Target or and Sephora. Those brands have invested huge amounts in infrastructure for loyalty-rewarding coupons and virtual reality elements that are winning over consumers. Earlier this year, Sephora rolled out to its already-popular app a virtual try-on feature for lipstick.

With a growing population of mobile shoppers — 40% of consumers used their phones last year to search for what they wanted, compared with 36% in 2014, according to Accenture — there’s quite a bit at stake. And convincing a consumer, especially a notoriously fickle teen, to download an app and dedicate precious phone storage to a brand is difficult. The majority of shoppers, 73%, have two or fewer retail apps on their phones, online coupon site RetailMeNot found in a recent study.

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Teen-focused brands understand the issue, but are still playing catch-up; they’re reluctant to devote big dollars to mobile. The Aéropostale app, for example, seems to be exactly the same as the brand’s mobile site, though it, oddly, features a different logo — a bare-bones endeavor.

Abercrombie’s app offers a slightly more optimized experience, with some branded photography and an easy-to-find playlist with its own tab. American Eagle offers the most feature-rich experience. The app is more brand-immersive with photography, and also dabbles in omnichannel capabilities by providing a bar-code scanner for in-store items. Like Abercrombie, the app has its own radio station, but the button is hard to find.

Shoppers would likely need a more compelling reason to download any one of these apps — radio is nice, but it doesn’t help a brand stand out. Ideally, an app should showcase a strong brand voice with contributions from fans via social media, and also offer integrated features for brick-and-mortar shopping.

Abercrombie and American Eagle are working on such ideas. New York-based Aéropostale, which has used social and mobile messaging in the past to market its brand, declined to comment. The struggling retailer — Aéro has reported two consecutive years of losses and recently said it will lay off 13% of its corporate workforce — has made few recent updates to its three-year-old app.

This post is a light version of Adrianne Pasquarelli’s great article: Why retailers are missing out on mobile with millenials.

Big cities need to be smarter.

The cities we live in are about to be transformed. More than half of us live in urban areas. By 2050, the population of the world’s cities will increase by roughly seven billion – the size of today’s global population.

Take London. In February 2015, the population was about 8.6 million and, according to the mayor’s office, it will reach nine million before New York City does.

This growth means cities have to evolve to keep up with the inevitable overcrowding, climate change, traffic gridlocks and housing crises.

The solution: using digital technology to plan, operate and develop our urban sprawls. In 2016, countries ranging from South Korea to Saudi Arabia will experiment with “smartifying’’ their cities: some will be born digital, such as Songdo in South Korea, while others, including Amsterdam, will be updated road by road, with intelligent infrastructure.

Singapore is testing the most advanced inventions, from self-driving cars to city-wide flood sensors. In the UK, Crossrail will be a digital railway, and innovative local data projects such as Bath: Hacked are using open data to track areas of local deprivation, find a parking space or rent a bicycle in town, and report on air quality.

In China and India, almost 300 smart-city pilots are planned, and Arup predicts a global market for smart-city technologies and services worth $408bn by 2020. David Cameron recently announced a five-year, £10m partnership with the Indian government to develop three smart cities: Amravati, Indore and Pune.

Technology will not be the answer to everything, but it must be part of the answer

Currently, 80pc of the world’s megacities – those with a population of more than 10 million – are in the South: Asia, Africa and South America. These cities don’t necessarily have the infrastructure for high-powered sensors and complex control systems.

A lab led by Professor Gerhard Schmitt at ETH Zurich, Switzerland’s premier technical university, has projects running in 20 of these cities, including Addis Ababa, Lagos and Jakarta, working on projects such as digital energy grids.

As Ed Vaizey, the digital economy minister, told the Telegraph’s Britain’s Smart Cities conference in October, “If we, and our children, and their children, are to live well and prosperously, we have to get cities right. Technology will not be the answer to everything, but it must be part of the answer.”

This article was posted on http://www.telegraph.co.uk on 4th Jan 16, written by Madhumita Murgia – Telegraph head of technology. Amongst the many sharing possibilities provided by the newspaper, WordPress is unfortunately not listed.

Who’s Investing in the Internet of Things (IoT)?

Many corporate investors and smart money VCs have placed significant bets on the Internet of Things industry, which is expected to see nearly $2B in funding through the end of 2015… Intel Capital tops the list as the most active investor in IoT startups, followed by Qualcomm Ventures. Both small-chip companies’ venture arms have been active investors in wearables startups and sensor companies… The third-most active investor was Foundry Group, the Boulder, Colorado-based early-stage venture fund. Foundry Group has made multiple bets on IoT-related hardware investments: Fitbit, LittleBits, and MakerBot.

Source: Who’s Investing in the Internet of Things (IoT)?

Why are Wearables the Future for Businesses in 2016?

2015 saw wearables force their way to the forefront of the consumer market. The Apple Watch in particular has shown signs of being a success whilst other products such as Google Glass and Samsung Gear have greatly missed the mark. Despite the increasing demand for wearables, we have yet to see a mass adoption of these new gadgets. It’s becoming apparent that wearables are not yet ready for mass consumer acceptance. But is there a case for deploying wearable tech in business?

This new technology has the potential to save organisations both time and money. Like mobile devices, wearable tech can certainly boost productivity, increase efficiency and improve business processes. So as we look forward to 2016, is there the possibility that wearables will make a massive breakthrough in the enterprise?

Wearables have the ability to provide employees with real-time data access in addition to offering a new means of communication across the organisation.

Full article here: Why are Wearables the Future for Businesses in 2016?