Welke kansen biedt Blockchain voor de overheid? (event recap)

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*Deze blog verscheen op het Caesar Experts Blog

Vorige week donderdag 5 oktober organiseerde Caesar Overheid een evenement over Blockchain. Het event met als thema:

“Welke concrete kansen biedt Blockchain voor de overheid?”

Voor ruim 90 deelnemers opende dagvoorzitter Eddie Altenburg het event waarna Theo de Wolf met de deelnemers deelde waarom Blockchain een belangrijke ontwikkeling voor Caesar is. Hierna kwamen de twee keynote sprekers Paul Bessems en Marloes Pomp aan het woord.

Paul Bessems is pionier, Blockchain Consultant en (co-)auteur van negen managementboeken. Paul is een expert op het gebied van Blockchain Organiseren. Hij helpt organisaties bij de transitie: ‘Van bedrijf naar netwerkorganisatie’ en met de vraag: Wat betekent Blockchain Organiseren voor onze organisatie en hoe kunnen we hiermee starten?’

Hierna sprak Marloes Pomp, Programma Officer Blockchain bij de Nederlandse overheid. Marloes nam ons mee in 25 pilots die momenteel lopen binnen de overheid.

Na deze twee inspirerende sprekers zijn de deelnemers (onder begeleiding van een facilitator) concreet aan de slag gegaan in een verkennende brainstorm. De deelnemers konden kiezen uit de volgende zes thema’s:

  • Blockchain & ketenpartners
  • Blockchain & onderwijs
  • Blockchain in het sociaal domein
  • Blockchain & veiligheid
  • Blockchain informatie architectuur
  • Blockchain & zaakgericht werken

Na de brainstorm gaven de diverse groepen plenair hun key messages terug waarna de dagvoorzitter de dag samenvatte en afsloot.

Meepraten? Ben je enthousiast geraakt over Blockchain of werk je in de overheid en ben je benieuwd naar de impact van Blockchain? Dan hebben we voor jouw deze LinkedIn groep aangemaakt waarin je met andere in gesprek kan over de mogelijkheden hiervan.

Deze groep, Blockchain voor Overheid, is bedoeld voor mensen welke geinteresseerd zijn in Blockchain/ Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)/ Cryptocurrency en andere toepassingen voor Overheidsinstanties.

ps. Wat is Blockchain nu precies? Caesar legt uit:

Intelligence Lab: Van urgent business probleem naar praktische oplossingen

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Deze blog verscheen onlangs op de blog van Caesar Experts.

Je kent ze ongetwijfeld; Vastlopers. Urgente vraagstukken waar al bakken met geld en energie in zitten, alleen de oplossing is nog niet inzicht. De drive om tot een oplossing te komen vervaagd en het vraagstuk lijkt alleen maar complexer te worden. Zoals Einstein een aantal jaren geleden zei:

 We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

Vastlopers vragen om een andere benadering, daarvoor hebben de Caesar groep en Permanent Bèta de handen in een geslagen. Het Intelligence Lab brengt injecties die beweging brengen waarmee nieuwe inzichten ontstaan en andere oplossingsrichtingen zichtbaar worden.

Creatieve injectie

Het Intelligence Lab benadert en beantwoordt dit soort brandende vragen op een andere manier, met creativiteit en een 360 graden benadering geven we een injectie op jouw ‘vastloper’.

Hierin kan je denken aan het inzetten van het denkvermogen van een collectief IQ voor andere invalshoeken. Dit collectieve IQ bestaat uit een afvaardiging van een community van 2000 personen met ITers, fotografen, psychologen, vormgevers, kunstenaars. Die invalshoeken verrijken we daarna met slim verzamelde en verrijkte data. Natuurlijk supporten we ook in de trial and error fase met het opzetten van meetbare experimenten.

Het intelligence lab werkt als volgt

Je hebt als business owner een specifieke vraag, die gaan we met jou en je team aanscherpen. De aard van de vraag bepaalt met welke injectie we samen gaan starten, dat kan een duik in de data zijn (wat verteld de data ons) of een sessie met een community om eerst te divergeren. Door creativiteit te combineren met de kracht van data creëren we een enorm krachtige mix die verder gaat dan de bekende problem solve sessies. Dat combineren we met een praktische insteek, je vraag heeft urgentie dus willen we in 4 weken een resultaat bereiken.

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Inmiddels heeft het Intelligence Lab vragen beantwoord voor onder andere ASR, Big Improvement Day, Vitens, Volker Infra en Alliander.

Het Intelligence Lab is powered by Caesar Groep en Permanent Beta.

Deze blog is een gezamenlijk geschreven artikel door Marjan Timmer, Manager Business Relations & Rick Bouter, Innovatie Consultant.

Caesar Experts & a.s.r. van Internet of Things (IoT) concept naar prototype in no-time

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Help ons de business potentie van nieuwe technologie te ontdekken

Deze geweldige vraag kregen we begin dit jaar vanuit a.s.r. Het was de start van een traject waarin een a.s.r./Caesar Experts team met elkaar aan de slag is gegaan om samen een toepassing te maken op het gebied van Internet of Things voor het schadebedrijf van a.s.r. In deze blog zal ik uiteenzetten hoe we van concept naar prototype zijn gekomen in slechts een paar weken.

Inspire & experiment

Met ons gezamenlijke team van a.s.r. en Caesar Experts zijn we begonnen met een inspiratie sessie over Internet of Things, gevolgd door een hands-on sessie waarbij alle teamleden heel praktisch aan de slag zijn gegaan met Internet of Things. Op deze manier zag het team zelf al snel diverse toepassingen en kansen van de technologische ontwikkeling IoT.

Concept

Na het kennismaken met IoT is er een case is geselecteerd waar het hele team enthousiast over was, hooibroei! De hooibroei case is met name geselecteerd om dat het een proces is welke de klantinteractie kan verhogen en omdat er voldoende te meten is vanuit een IoT perspectief. Leuk dat iedereen enthousiast was, maar wat is hooibroei eigenlijk? Hooibroei is een bacterie welke zorgt dat de temperatuur in wat leidt tot zelfontbranding. Dit geldt niet alleen voor hooi maar ook voor andere organische materialen. Door met deskundigen van a.s.r. in gesprek te gaan kwamen we erachter wat kenmerken van hooibroei zijn. Ook werd duidelijk hoe vandaag de dag het proces van inspectie gaan met de bijbehorende kosten door a.s.r. als verzekeraar.

Realize & Validate: prototyping & platform

Op basis van deze informatie is Caesar aan de slag gegaan en zijn sensoren, logica, het netwerk, en andere benodigdheden geselecteerd. Na deze fase is het prototype door Caesar gerealiseerd en gevalideerd met het team van a.s.r. In parallel is Caesar aan de slag gegaan om een platform te realiseren welke real-time inzicht gaf in de huidige situatie van het hooi en de afwijkingen hiervan. Ook zijn diverse triggers en acties ingebouwd om bij afwijkingen vroegtijdig signalen uit te sturen dus van reactief handelen naar preventief handelen te gaan.

Rick over IoT

Caesar Experts heeft als partner specifieke IoT kennis aan het project toegevoegd. Deze kennis is op dit moment niet beschikbaar binnen ons bedrijf. Dit heeft geleid tot een positieve impuls bij de realisatie van papier naar prototype.

Chiel Kuijpers, adviseur verbeteringen bij a.s.r. zorg

Het resultaat

Meer waarde toevoegen aan de klantdialoog is voor a.s.r. een belangrijke pijler voor de toekomst. Met dit traject hebben we de kracht van nieuwe technologie ingezet om een nieuwe, pro actieve, vorm van klant interactie zichtbaar te maken. Dit hebben we gedaan door de technische werking op basis van een a.s.r. klantproces aan te tonen en een tipje van de sluier op te lichten van het potentieel aan mogelijkheden.

Internet of Things: Van re-actief naar pro-actief

Zoals je kunt zien kan het Internet of Things helpen om processen, klantinteractie en andere bedrijfselementen pro-actief kunnen maken. Steeds meer bedrijven worstelen met vragen over hun bestaansrecht en de toegevoegde waarde van hun bedrijf morgen. Toegevoegde waarde: een waarde die misschien steeds lastiger te realiseren is maar essentieel voor het bestaan van de bedrijven van morgen.

Wil je ook nadenken over de toegevoegde waarde van nieuwe technologie en hoe dit een positieve impact kan hebben op je bedrijf? Neem contact met ons op en we denken met je mee. Van concept tot prototype welke je kunt valideren met je business tot het in beheer nemen van de oplossing. Bekijk hier het aanbod van Caesar op het gebied van Internet of Things

Meer informatie over Internet of Things en welke mogelijkheden het biedt voor jouw organisatie? Download dan hier onze Internet of Things Whitepaper of volg ons via Twitter, LinkedIn of Instagram.

Wat zijn de Internet of Things (IoT) en Machine Learning (ML) kansen in de offshore branche?

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Afgelopen maand zijn Garansys en Caesar op bezoek geweest bij Van Oord. Van Oord is een jarenlange relatie van Garansys en wellicht bij je bekend als een van s’werelds grootste baggermaatschappijen van de wereld. Net als ieder bedrijf is Van Oord continu opzoek naar vernieuwing en innovatie om hun producten en diensten naar een hoger niveau te tillen.

Tijdens een inspiratie avond zijn Garansys en Caesar Experts, twee labels van de Caesar groep gevraagd om de deelnemers mee te nemen in de wereld van het Internet of Things & Machine Learning. Garansys collega Hugo Menning opende de avond na een korte introductie van Van Oord.

Internet of Things

Na zijn opening trapte Rick Bouter af met een inspiratie sessie over het Internet of Things. Rick nam de deelnemers mee in de snel veranderende wereld en hoe we tot dit moment gekomen zijn. Hierna vertelde hij wat het Internet of Things precies is en hoe je Internet of Things kunt onderverdelen in diverse elementen. Verder sprak Rick over concrete toepassingen in diverse industrieen vandaag de dag zijn waar Caesar aan bijdraagt en hoe je nu van concept naar prototype kunt komen als bedrijf.

Machine Learning

Hierna vervolgde collega Marco van der Steijle de avond over het thema Machine Learning. Marco nam ons mee in de kansen van zelf lerende systemen, maar stipte ook de techno- ethische vragen aan. Verder deelde Marco zijn visie op de relatie van Machine Learning met Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Deep Learning. Als laatste deelde Marco concrete projecten waar Caesar klanten helpt om Machine Learning concrete resultaten te halen en business goals te realiseren.

De Internet of Things game

Na deze diverse thema’s te hebben aangestipt zijn de deelnemers zelf aan de slag gegaan met de Internet of Things game. Deze game helpt deelnemers om Internet of Things praktisch toepasbaar te maken voor hun eigen organisatie. Of je nu in de producten of diensten sector zit, of je nu wel of geen IoT concept in gedachte hebt, de IoT game kan helpen om jou visie omtrent IoT concreet te maken. Think big, start small is hierbij de gedachte.

Dit heb ik nodig!

Kan jouw organisatie ook wel wat hulp gebruiken om concreet met een case aan de slag te gaan? Wij denken graag mee door middel van bovenstaande voorbeelden. Voor meer informatie over een Internet of Things, Machine Learning inspiratie sessie of Internet of Things game kun je hier contact met mij opnemen

Meer weten over Internet of Things

Wil je meer te weten komen over hoe jouw organisatie Internet of Things in kan zetten? Wij kunnen je helpen van inspiratie tot en met realisatie. Interesse hoe wij je kunnen helpen? Stuur ons via deze link een bericht en wij nemen contact met je op en komen bij je langs. Ondertussen kun je hier onze Internet of Things Whitepaper downloaden of ons volgen via Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook of Instagram.

Harvard i-lab | The Business of the Internet of Things with Chad Jones

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The Business of the Internet of Things brought to you by Harvard i-lab:

“The next great paradigm shift in the Internet will be the inclusion of the Internet INSIDE of everything we see in the physical world. Described as The Internet of Things (IOT), the Internet of Everything and the Industrial Internet, it promises to revolutionize not only how we discover, interact and understand our world, but the way we experience our everyday private and working lives. This evolution in technology has captured the imaginations of education, government and businesses alike.

The IOT also presents an unprecedented opportunity for entrepreneurs as the market is expected to produce between $1.2 trillion and $14.4 trillion dollars by 2025. However, navigating the complexities of this brave new world can be tricky. This talk will cover the business and technical considerations of building a connected product for the Internet of Things from end to end including the process, business considerations, funding options and go to market strategies that can make you successful with your project.

Speaker: Chad Jones is an expert in cloud, virtualization and IoT technologies. Mr. Jones has over eighteen years’ experience driving strategic initiatives for start-ups and Fortune 50 companies alike and has traveled the world discussing a vision for a better world through technology. At Xively, a subsidiary of LogMeIn (NASDAQ:LOGM) and formerly known as COSM, he drives the strategic product roadmap for Xively Cloud Services™, oversees go-to-market strategy as well as continuing to create and evangelize Xively’s vision for the Internet of Things.”

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Internet of Things: Revealing the secrets of your customer needs

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This article originally appeared on Capgemini ‘s: “Capping IT off” blog

A future where we have more interaction with our devices then with our beloved ones? Not that I am looking forward to a future where we are more in contact with our devices then the people we love but… Imagine what insights we will have about human life, the city around us and the world we live upon.  We are trying to track these summed up items already. Just think about movements such as the quantified self, smart cities and so on. Wearable technology around, upon and in us are measuring all kinds of things we do. Cities full of sensors sensing the way people live and how to build a smart system around our lives. The reason why I ask you the question is because devices tell us more than you might think. When we translate these devices into business perspective we are going to see whole other of the customer- and client we ones knew.

“Traditional industry drivers are struggling to hold their Fortune 500 position by not knowing how to really step into the world of the Internet of Things.”

 To really understand our customers & clients we need actionable insights. Even if the IoT is ‘the insight’ promise we all waited for, you might think it is not that easy. On the one hand you are right, on the other hand you are not. The data all these connected objects and devices are giving you about your company, business processes or clients are need to be actionable. If you cannot make data actionable you can have silos full of data but it will not make any sense. To make the data actionable you need a few different elements.
  1. You need devices that monitor the inner state or external environment of the process you want to steer on.
  2. The next step is to collect and store the generated data in the cloud. The cloud is scalable, flexible, it reduces costs on your own technology infrastructure, improved accessibility and so on.
  3. After you have collect and stored the data you need to analyze it. When you analyze the collected data with specialized tools you will find out patterns and you can analyze every relation you want.
  4. Now the data has been analyzed you have actionable data about the inner state or external environment of the object you let sense
So to sum up: Generate it, distribute it, store it, analyze it, make it actionable and create insights where you can, and want to steer on to reach your business goals.And, that is what the future will be like…When re-thing the position of traditional successful companies we talked about at the start of this article it made me think. Let us think the complete opposite of a traditional company who is struggling with IoT and ask an Internet of Things start-up why it does what it does and how they are reacting on today’s market changes.For that reason I had a conversation with Steve Sanders, Director of Strategic Alliances of Buddy Platform, Inc. Buddy just has launched its new platform and I talked with Sanders on how customers of Buddy benefit of their new platform and why companies should enter the era of Internet of Things.

1. Buddy Launches New Platform today, what is it about?
Buddy Platform, Inc., has launched its new platform that hosts and manages data generated by any connected device, enabling measurement of a device from the moment it’s turned on throughout its entire lifecycle. This data, often referred to as “telemetry data,” conveys information about the performance and usage of the device, and is now accessible from any common BI tool.

2. What does this mean for Buddy’s customers?
By giving product management, engineering and support teams access to this data, and the insights that are derived from it, organizations can dramatically increase their ability to build better products and support the customers of these products in-market.

3. Why should companies step into the noisy Internet of Things technology?
Quote from Sanders:

“‘Things’ can tell you a lot about your processes. Obviously, not every company can benefit from Thingification, but many will. Ultimately, not enabling electronics, machinery, automobiles, aircraft, etc. to tell their story will be a mistake.”

 4. Why is it so important for organizations to provide, collect and analyze data?
Organizations that fail to leverage device data are flying blind. Getting IoT data into the right hands, at the right time, then doing the right things with it, can be the difference between success and failure for many business units or businesses.5. How can Buddy help them with that?
Buddy works by hosting a series of regionally sandboxed, global Buddy API endpoints to which devices can send their raw telemetry data. This data is pushed into a secure storage infrastructure called BuddyVault, whereupon it is then managed, queried and exposed back to the customer in any form they wish with BuddyView. This may take the form of integrations into common business intelligence tools, or as raw APIs that can be plugged into any customer or M2M scenario.With the addition of a few lines of code, the Buddy Platform offers the lowest overhead solution for extracting telemetry data from a device, and can make an unprecedented amount of device performance data broadly accessible to an organization, including:
  • How is this device being used? Is it performing like we designed it to, is it working as expected?
  • What error codes is my device reporting, and how is that affecting the customer experience?
  • How many of my devices are being used?
  • Where are they?
  • When are they used and how often?
  • Are they on or off?
  • How are my devices communicating with one another? If not, what’s not working?
  • How are my devices performing with connected ecosystems like smart homes or industrial infrastructure?
6. What tip you would you have for companies which wants to start in the Internet of Things segment?
Work with consultants and software vendors that are willing to “play nice” with one another, and are focused on your solution’s success as the ultimate prize.  Buddy’s CEO David McLauchlan Quote:

“Now that devices as varied as door locks, light bulbs, kiosks and cars are all becoming connected, there’s a huge amount of data that can give manufacturers exactly the information they need to support and improve their products.”

 said David McLauchlan, CEO of Buddy Platform, Inc.

“Device manufacturers are not cloud infrastructure companies. They’ve built technology into their products to control the device, but haven’t built the infrastructure to access and use the device’s telemetry data to improve the product and delight customers. Buddy makes it fast and easy to access those insights and immediately understand more deeply how customers are using these kinds of IoT devices.”

continued McLauchlan.To finish this article I would like to take you to a quote from Buddy Platform Inc. its website: Devices have a story to tell. Are you listening?” When we start listening to the devices, what they see, what they hear, what they sense, we are able to get a more and more 360 degree view of our business processes and customers. And when we really know what is going on, we can really steer on situations, processes and customer needs. When we have that we can provide everything IoT has promised us…

A business model for the Internet of Things for every CXO

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A business model for the Internet of Things for every CXO

My thoughts on emerging technology

This post originally appeared on the Sogeti Labs blog

What started with a marketing buzzword has grown out to a serious question for a lot of CXO’s: “What is the Internet of Things, and how can ‘I’ benefit from it?”

Studies from Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, McKinsey, Gartner, Forrester and other companies are showing us a tremendous growth in several areas in, what we call, the Internet of Things/ the Internet of Everything. The amount of connected devices is only one of the examples which we can use to explain how fast this technology is growing. Consumers are embracing these so called wearable technology in almost every aspect of day life. Small start-ups funded by the crowd are offering all kinds of connected devices on a massive scale.

For companies there is just one question. How can I step in to this market to enhance my profit and gain market share?…

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Internet of Things: Keeping the ‘things’ relevant

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This blog originally appeared on Sogeti’s technology trendlab called ViNT – Vision Inspiration Navigating Trends

When the Internet of Things arrives in massive volumes we have to review our definition of Big Data. The reason why to review this definition? A massive amount of people, animals, processes and things will be connected to the internet.

A very good question in this stadium is: “What kind of ‘things’ should be connected to make our life easier and our business processes more valuable? For example, Cisco is using the marketing buzzword, Internet of Everything. But when we look to this word in combination to relevance it is not covering the meaning of the phenomenon Internet of Things.

In my eyes, Internet of Things is about adding meaningful scenarios to our lives. Scenarios which will make our lives easier and more efficient. That is when we talk about individuals. When we talk about the industry, I think that every object that can add meaning and value to your company processes and strategy should be connected.

But now my point: “Not everything that can be connected, have to be connected.” To make lives easier, make processes more efficient and to reduce waste, it is not necessary to connect every ‘thing’ on the planet.

When we talk about Internet of Things (or however you would like to describe the phenomenon that people, things, objects and processes connect to each other and to the internet) we should think about adding meaningful scenarios to our lives and companies. When you, as an individual or as a company think about the Internet of Things and what you should connect, think about the following questions:

– “What insight do I really need to realize a future scenario that adds meaning to my company or business process?”

– “What kind of objects, people or other things should I connect to realize this information?”

– “How can these connected things add value that create competitive advantage?”

Internet of Things, once bitten, twice shy?

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 This blog originally appeared on Sogeti’s technology trendlab called ViNT – Vision Inspiration Navigating Trends

“In the future (the near future, not the distant future), when you walk down the street in a strange city and stumble upon something interesting, you’ll be able to “bookmark” it for later reference. Or drill down to find out the last time someone you know was here, and whether they noted it, too.”

Do you know the saying: “Once bitten, twice shy?” At the dawn of a whole new technology era you might want to use it while you still can. The Internet of Things has arrived and so have lots of possible scenarios on the future of our interaction with technology and data. Scenario’s that will add meaning to our lives and business processes.

Maybe you think the Internet of Things is nothing more then a new bubble… But it is actually quite tangible already. Bruce Kasanoff author of the book ‘Smart Customers, Stupid Companies’ gives us some examples which of what digital sensors and wired-up objects can already do in our personal lives and businesses

  • Monitor your tire pressure and avoid dangerous blowouts;
  • Analyze the gait of elderly citizens and warn of falls before they occur;
  • Follow the gaze of shoppers and identify which products they examine – but don’t buy – in a store;
  • Monitor which pages readers of a magazine read or skip;
  • Float in the air over a factory and independently monitor the plant’s emissions;
  • Prevent intoxicated drivers from operating a motor vehicle;
  • Warn a person before he or she has a heart attack;
  • Congratulate an athlete when she swings a tennis racquet properly or achieves an efficient stride while running.

As you can see, the examples of Bruce Kasanoff are quit concrete. Think about what will happen, when we place sensors and wired-up objects in our bodies, in our houses, in our companies, in our cities and in our whole society. We will be able to measure every single part of society and business insights which will create competitor advantage on both short and long term.

Companies will be able to monitor every single process. With the Internet of Things we will finally know what a product really costs. Both personal and company decisions will be based on real time information and insights. So the question is: what do you always wanted to know?

Will be the saying: Once bitten, twice shy when in our near future be past time? Read the complete article.

Smart Things need Smart Connectivity

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 This blog originally appeared on Sogeti’s technology trendlab called ViNT – Vision Inspiration Navigating Trends

I came across this interview from Stacey Higginbotham on Gigaom with SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson and I want to share some highlights.

Alex Hawkinson who has studied at the Carnegie Mellon University achieved his Cognitive Science bachelor in 1994. After that, Hawkinson has worked at different companies and also founded a few. Currently Hawkinson is the chairman and CEO of SmartThings. SmartThings makes the connection from physical objects, ‘things’ to the digital world. When you use SmartThings you can easily monitor, control and automate these ‘things’ from anywhere you want.

SmartThings, as Hawkinson describes it, has three key-pillars.

  1. A platform which realize the connection from that everyday ‘things’ to the internet
  2. SmartApps to monitor, control and automate
  3. A toolkit for makers and developers to create their own smart ‘things’.

I have written up some quotes and highlights from the interview:

On the physical graph and the cloud…

“There are a few different layers to the technology we see needing to exist making the physical graph possible. On the one hand you need to connect the everyday objects in your life and get them connected to the internet and to the cloud. So in order to do that there are a lot of different standards right now for providing connectivity to ‘things’ in the real world. Wi-Fi, (…) Bluetooth and a range of others. And all these different standards have different purposes. (…) As the first layer we needed to create a hub device. (…) And by supporting those open standards we make it possible for consumers to get any of those off the shelve objects and immediately connect them to the smart ‘things’ cloud and control them from anywhere. But on top of that we have made a developer toolkit as well.”

On privacy…

“There is definitely privacy issues. You do not want people watching you or know where you are all times. There is a huge security layer (…) There is the ability to within a household  share information or not. My wife and I are very open about sharing that but it is not available to outsiders but, we foresee privacy controls where individuals user could protect their present information from being exposed to other apps that might be running in the same household or location. (…) The community is giving us a lot of more advice.”

On the internet of things and offline networks…

That off course happens. (…) We are allowing users and developers to define the objects in the connected physical graph in the cloud. An application then, our platform a sort of automatic recognize what components can run locally at hub level. And so it can even it is completely written in the cloud it can push some rules or some of the software down to the hub level. So if the internet connection goes down the hub is still operating all of the local network between the different devices. And so it is going to be possible that for example your presence still trigger the option to unlock the door even if the connection is down at that moment those types of things. And keep in mind that a lot of these object types have a manual interaction as well so, like the light switches they work when the regular light switch. My wife does not carry a smart phone as she walks around the house and everything a sort of works the way she would expect to. And the same goes for the door locks that a sort of code you program from the cloud that it still work even if you are disconnected for a day or something like that.”

These three Q&A’s are only a small part of a great interview. You can listen to the whole podcast here on Gigaom’s website.