Smarter Cities why don’t we build them?

How can smarter technology enable more efficient communities?
What are the challenges and opportunities?
How do we employ technology to manage and govern our environment?

Looking at Smart Cities from an elevated view, we may conclude that to make any progress in our daily lives we need Federal and Local Government, Businesses and Citizens to all come together in this epic culture shift.

But its not about Cities at all.
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The state of IoT in 2015

What a year it has been in the biz…

If you are a techie gadget freak and must have the coolest toys, then the Internet of Things is what you have been waiting for your whole life. For others, let me explain;

Smartphone has ruined everything!

Internet of Things (IoT) is the latest marketing buzzword in hi-tech, which refers to the trend of connecting -things. Think of it as the evolution of a dumb Cell Phone to a ‘Smart-phone’. Same thing here, you hear about the Connected Home and its smart thermostat, smart cameras, smart lightbulb, all except for ‘smart car’ as that was already taken by this urban-shopping-cart-mobile. Not to miss a beat however, the smart vehicles we refer to as ‘connected’ cars, so collectively we call all these (and more), ‘things’ in the ecosystem called ‘The Internet Of Things’…

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Material Design Paper Elements Omni Graffle Stencil

Perhaps it’s time that I contribute back to the community of all those who take the time to create free plugins, artwork, swatches, templates and well -Stencils.

Below you will find a link to download a complete Google Paper Elements Omni Graffle Stencil to follow Google Material Design guidelines and Polymer v0.5 Paper Elements API. Material Design is a visual language that synthesizes the classic principles of good design with the innovation and possibility of technology and science. Continue Reading…

Importance of FOTA in automotive manufacturing

Problem statement: There is no standardized solution today that aims to help keep vehicles up-to-date with modern technology trends that we are accustomed to in 2015. The consumer device life-cycle is becoming increasingly smaller, technological updtates more frequent, and the momenum is increasing. Yet likely the most expensive personal device we own is stuck in time dating back to the date of manufacturing, or worse -the “date of manufacturing” may be up to 4 years prior to the date stamp on the vehicle. Continue Reading…

Working effectively vs. actively. Why some companies get it, others dont?

Up until recent years the consulting firms offering to “connect the dots” for your business were selling you lies. The bean-counting mentality with focus on the bottom line did little to improve efficiency of the business (a lot of work, with very little results), but the spreadsheets were made to show progress. Creatively they called this “strategy and forecasting”. Continue Reading…