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All posts tagged "IoT"

  • Digital transformation: we need better business strategies, not digital strategies

    Digital transformation is certainly the buzzword of the decade. It has made Buzzword Bingo winners the world over as it has punctuated every digital, tech, futurist, and marketing conference in recent memory. This article it not meant to question the viability of digital transformation, but rather challenge its focus. Traditionally every digital transformation project is IT led, which means that it is incredibly technology-centric. The problem with this is that technology does not directly give value to a business; nor has it ever (with the exception of technology in products). The value in technology and indeed with digital transformation, is in...

  • AI, blockchain and fake news: the next decade according to Gartner

    The world is set to change drastically in the next decade as technologies like the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain transform industries and lifestyles. Of course, that's if we as a species manage to make it to the next decade. Intelligence firm Gartner recently revealed how the aforementioned technologies will influence life on Earth, and the digital realm, beyond 2020. 2020 "Counterfeit reality" is set to become one of humans' and AI's biggest problems AI will begin to confuse itself Gartner doesn't think 2020 will be a good year. It mentions that artificial intelligence's ability to create content -- what it...

  • Vodacom’s IoT division now connects ‘three million things’ in South Africa

    Hot on the heels of MTN Business's Internet of Things (IoT) network announcement, Vodacom revealed that its IoT division is now connecting more than "three million 'things'" across South Africa. Deon Liebenberg, the managing exec of Vodacom's IoT division explained that this is a clear indication of the growth of IoT and related technologies in the country. "It’s worth noting that it took us eight years to get to two million connections and it took us only one year to get to three million," he explained. "The rate of IoT adoption is picking up speed locally and with the commercial rollout of...

  • MTN Business announces dedicated IoT network

    MTN has today announced a dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) network that it suggests will "enhance security of business-critical information". It quoted two distinct network technologies, namely LoRaWAN and NarrowBand-IoT. LoRaWAN can be viewed as WAN's low-power, low bit-rate cousin. It transfers less data than traditional WAN, but is used to connect devices that usually feature battery-powered sensors. NarrowBand-IoT, or NB-IoT, is typically used for indoor devices, and is allocated a slice of spectrum within the LTE band. MTN's new network will carry full support for both. "e have created a dedicated network that has its own core business support systems and operational...

  • Disruptive technology: which poses the biggest risk to businesses?

    There’s a great deal of discussion about disruptive technologies today. From 3D printing to block chain to self-driving, autonomous cars and trucks, we’re seeing a world going digital. Thirteen disruptive technologies are commonly in use today, including: Sensors Internet of Things (IoT) devices Telematics Smart buildings Fintech Drones 3D printing Advanced robotics Wearables Blockchain Artificial intelligence It’s not at all hard to find panicked descriptions of the digital world or dire predictions of a world where all knowledge -- even the frightening things that should be kept private -- will be connected to all of the people. We are hearing vast predictions of dangers...

  • 5 everyday things that didn’t need a smart version [Native]

    The internet of things (IoT) promises all manner of connected devices, but there are some things that don't need to be connected to the internet or slapped with a chip. Yep, for every connected TV, printer, light bulb or refrigerator, there are gadgets or appliances that don't need to be smart in the first place. Here are a few noteworthy examples. Smart water pitcher Because even the simple act of consuming water needs to have the "smart" label attached to it. Yes, the Brita smart water pitcher exists. According to Engadget, the pitcher is equipped with WiFi and automatically orders more filters from...

  • Gartner Cape Town: 10 strategic tech trends for 2017

    Between 3D printing and machine learning, there were plenty of strategic trends predicted for 2016 at last year's Gartner Symposium. Now, Gartner analyst Stephen Prentice has revealed 2017's expected trends, featuring a few of the same entries. But they're no less interesting anyway - here they are, in no particular order. 1. Conversational systems Prentice says that conversational AI systems will form part of the so-called "Digital Mesh" - along with the next two entries on the list. The analyst noted that there are expected to be at least 25 conversational AI systems by 2018, citing examples already such as Siri, Cortana and...

  • Gartner Cape Town: 6 things to know about IT and Ops trends

    The Gartner Symposium kicked off in Cape Town this week, and we were fortunate enough to attend a talk from the company's Phil Dawson. The talk, titled Top Ten Technology Trends and Their Impact on IT and Operations, was pretty self-explanatory, if a bit in-depth for most tastes. But there were some takeaways for more than just the average IT manager. Switching to the cloud won't automatically fix your problems Dawson noted that issues you have won't be fixed by simply moving to the cloud. "If you virtualise a mess, it's still a mess," Dawson said. "Don't assume it's going to fix your...

  • Are you vetting Internet of Things platforms? Your competitors might be

    As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand in size and influence, many businesses are seeking to harness its potential to innovate and boost revenue. To do so requires connecting all these different types of devices, systems, and more through one unified platform. Indeed, IoT platforms represent a growing market, one which is expected to reach US$1.6-billion by the beginning of the next decade. Despite the growth of the Internet of Things and the need to use an IoT platform, many organizations are not responding to the trend. IoT platforms are often overlooked. Perhaps it comes from a general misunderstanding...

  • How Flickswitch is enabling Africa to become a continent of connected things

    The Internet of Things (IoT) — or the concept of connected devices — is becoming more prominent by the day. It’s estimated that there will be around 38 billion connected devices by 2020. While still in its infancy in South Africa, it’s growing fast. In fact, Kees Snijders along with his partners Hein Koen, Gerrie Swart and Kristien Wolmarans from South Africa’s Flickswitch are banking on it. And so far, it’s boded them well.

  • The IoT Focus: how can SA make the most of the Internet of Things? [Video]

    About this content. When it comes to reporting on the Internet of Things, you'll often see publishers referring to the massive numbers surrounding this vast network of connected sensors embedded in everyday objects. They will, for instance, talk about the 5-billion or so connected objects which Gartner estimates are currently in existence. They'll probably also mention that number is set to grow to 25-billion by 2020 and that Mckinsey estimates that the IoT's impact could be worth as much as $11.1 trillion a year by 2025. But what real difference is the Internet of Things making to our lives right...

  • 10 massive tech trends that will shake up India this year

    When it comes to tech, India is a country of contradictions. It's home to massive companies like Wipro, Infosys, and TCS, it's responsible for educating new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and former Apple CEO John Sculley wants to launch a smartphone there. At same time, however, the number of people with access to the internet in India remains relatively small. While it can now lay claim to the world's third-largest online population, with nearly 200-million users, that number only represents a fraction of the country's massive population. The same could be said of the its 100-million plus smartphone owners. Both those...