Mobile versus “other”- IoT devices to include in your digital strategy

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 14 Nov, 2017

When we talk about our digital transformation, we love to drop terms as “connected business” and “IoT strategy”. Not surprising, as the Internet of Things speaks to our imagination and enables us to become a digital business with all the benefits that come with it. But when we actually start deploying IoT, word-dropping is not getting us anywhere. There are choices to make, strategies to outline, technologies to explore and most important of all: mistakes to avoid. This is why, in this blog, I’d like to discuss the role of IoT devices in your digital strategy. I’ll share insights into device types, the goals they serve and the way they can help you become a successful digital organization.   

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Topics: IoT

Internet of Things examples that will blow your mind

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 26 Sep, 2017

Hold your fire. This is not another blog about the brilliancy of the Internet of Things. I won’t tell you about the number of devices that is already connected to the internet (2 billion) or the forecasts for 2020 (8 billion). With this blog, I intend to flood you with so many great Internet of Things examples that you’ll want to attach sensors to everything you own. Because you should. The IoT is no longer a hype; it has arrived and using it as a tool pays off, no matter which business you’re in. Don’t take my word for it, and let the upcoming success stories do the talking.      

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Topics: IoT

Mix predictive maintenance with IoT and rule public transport

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 29 Aug, 2017

When you take a train, you expect it to drop you off on time and without being squashed like a sardine in a can. This doesn’t sound like very much to ask, yet it is. The public transport sector struggles to have their trains, buses and ferries run on time, prevent breakdowns and accidents while keeping travelers well informed and satisfied. Many of these problems could be avoided by better maintenance. Sadly, maintenance done right takes time and money, and maintenance done wrong takes more time, more money and sometimes it even takes lives. If only there was a way to tailor your reparations and speed up downtime. Oh wait. There is. Welcome to the era of the Internet of Things.

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Topics: IoT

How to fool visual recognition tools (and how to foolproof them)

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 15 Aug, 2017

Robots and autonomously operating devices are scary. They’ll probably outsmart us eventually and take over the world. When this happens, mankind is doomed, as you don’t argue with out-of-control monsters with superior reasoning skills. Luckily for us, this is not A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick, but real life. And although future machines will be far superior in many tasks, we’re still a long way from developing such creatures (if we ever will). But that doesn’t mean we don’t have issues. When it comes to device safety, it’s still our fellow human beings that form the biggest threat. People with bad online intentions (A.K.A black hat hackers) keep on finding new ways of sabotaging autonomously operating devices that were developed to make our lives better, easier and safer. How do they do it? And more importantly: can you stop them?

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Topics: IoT, API

2017 and beyond: the era of the API- column by Ruben van der Zwan

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 8 Dec, 2016

2016 gave us a fine taste of what the future of IT will look like. The IoT market exploded, Tesla -expectedly- continued to keep competition at arm’s length and more and more companies went mobile. Yet, 2017 holds more than that. Trends and technological developments will not just be confirmed; they will explode. We want more, and we all know the sky is no longer our limit. The latter is mainly due to the rise of the API; the force behind practically all innovations. In this blog, I will tell you about them and draw you an image of the upcoming years. A great time for IT and for anyone who dares to join in.

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Topics: IoT, API