Author Archives: Julian Idle

The Internet of Things – Designing a Product or an Experience?

Too many companies focus on designing an IoT product rather than designing an IoT user experience. These three design principles may help set you straight.

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Digital Transformation: UK Government Transformation Strategy – culture change

Previously, as I blogged about the UK Government’s newly unveiled Transformation Strategy, there was little in the way of a general reaction to it. Since then, the Right Honorable Ben Gummer, the Cabinet Office Minister in charge of rolling the strategy … Continue reading

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Digital Transformation: UK Government unveils Transformation Strategy til 2020

The UK Government unveiled its Government Transformation Strategy til 2020 today (9th February 2017).

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Safe Harbor is dead – long live Privacy Shield!

On 11 January 2017, the Federal Council of Switzerland announced that it had reached an agreement with the United States to replace the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework for transferring personal data from Switzerland to the U.S. Was is the background?

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Securing the Internet of Things – Building security in from the bottom up

After more than 25 years of developing our experience in securing the Internet, we know that there is no silver bullet, no one single control that is adequately going to protect a device. We know that security is a multi-layered … Continue reading

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Digital Transformation: 3D printing by the consumer

What if, instead of having to stock countless units of aging spare parts, manufacturers could simply e-mail their customers a file that allowed those parts to be 3D printed at home (or at a 3D service provider)?

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The Internet of Things: Utility vs. Privacy

I previously raised the subject of how the Internet of Things feels and its creepiness. Why does unconsented data collection feel wrong? Well, it probably goes against our preconceptions of our right to privacy.

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Digital Transformation: it takes way more than simply Digitalisation

It’s a mistake to think that organizations in Switzerland and Europe are really ready for profound digital transformation in a broad way. There are still far too many gaps with regard to the digitisation (and automation) of existing processes and … Continue reading

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M2M and IoT: what’s the difference?

M2M (Machine-to-Machine) and IoT (Internet of Things) are two related terms that are commonly bandied around but, because of their main similarities, are hard to distinguish. In some respects, it depends on who is using a particular term: the product … Continue reading

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LBS and IoT: not just what but where

LBS, Location-Based Services, are most-widely known in association with mobile devices (e.g. smart phones) with a built-in GNSS [Global Navigation Satellite System1] receiver, picking up signals from earth satellites, or correlating and trilaterating signal strengths of known WiFi or mobile telephone … Continue reading

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