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One of the things I love about the Internet of Things (IoT) is its ability to solve many of the common problems around us. In my previous blog post, I used some use cases across several industries to discuss examples of how the IoT can improve our lives. In this post, I would like to focus on one of those examples: traffic management.

The reason I would like to talk about traffic is because I was born in Cairo, Egypt, which is one of the busiest cities in the world. Traffic jams happen in Cairo almost around the clock. The problem is getting even worse as the population increases, and the number of vehicles grows on a daily basis. Moreover, the city transportation systems and their associated infrastructures are strained; therefore, it is really hard to imagine how this problem can be resolved without a technology intervention.

The following video gives a nice introduction to the problem in general and how technology—in particular the IoT—can play a role in resolving it: Continue Reading »

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January, 27th 2015
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Are cloud and mobile intertwined?

I was recently trying to find a photo on my notebook to include on a presentation when I remembered that I took that photo on my iPhone. Being that the iPhone is iOS and my notebook is Windows, I proceeded to email the photo to myself and then immediately realized that I have set up an iCloud to make this whole process easier. And it was easier! I was able to log onto my iCloud on my Windows computer, grab the photo and proceed to complete my presentation. In 2013, the iCloud accounted for 27 percent of cloud customers in America and placed ahead of Dropbox and Amazon respectively. The iCloud had 20 million users in less than a week after launch. Continue Reading »

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Today I’ll be starting a series of posts about mobile wallets. The series will offer a deep-dive into the concept, services and functions of a mobile wallet. It will also cover how you can plan a business strategy for a fast and successful entry into using mobile wallets to significantly improve your customers’ experience. In this post, I discuss what a mobile wallet is.

Mobile wallets are a novel concept. Despite certain commercial rollouts, especially in the Far East (Osaifu Keitai in Japan and Smart Wallet in South Korea), as well as in the US (Softcard, Google Wallet, Passbook by Apple  and so forth) and Europe (Vodafone Wallet, V.me, MasterPass), mobile wallets are still in an early stage of market introduction. On the one hand, the current market situation offers various opportunities and growth potential for early movers. On the other, the market is still experiencing a lack of standardized processes and implemented solutions.

What is a mobile wallet?

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LoRa Alliance aims at enabling IoT through the LPWAN standardization

Earlier this month, at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), I spent time with some of the most talented engineers, imaginative brand marketers and creative digital publishers in the world.

The show floor was dazzling with the newest innovations—from flying drones, printed wedding cakes, obligatory talking robots and curved TVs to the best in hi-fi, digital photography and connected everything. There were plenty of special events: the Last Gadget Standing, which featured innovators in the pitch of their lives; the Hardware Battlefield where startups competed; and the Mobile Apps Showdown. There was even a three-day Innovation Policy Conference track that tackled hot-button topics such as e-waste disposal, patents and, of course, privacy in the age of the rising Internet of Things (IoT).

In the midst of all the buzz, one event went almost unnoticed. On Wednesday, some industry leaders hosted an information session to discuss plans for the LoRa Alliance, which is aimed at creating a consolidated effort to enable the IoT.

The LoRa Alliance mission is to standardize Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), which are being deployed around the world. The alliance members intend to collaborate in order to drive the global success of the LoRa protocol (LoRaWAN) by sharing knowledge and experience to ensure interoperability between operators.

What is LoRa, and why form an alliance?

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Mobile enterprise is changing the way companies and their employees work. What are the real-world implications of this transformation? Read below for five surprising stats concerning mobile enterprise, the workplace of the future and employees. Continue Reading »

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