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Combining Agility, Vision and Lean Startup Strategy for Success

Executive insights from 1NCE CTO Younes Allaki Startups succeed when their vision – and their product – matches up with real needs and expectations in the marketplace. Many of these startups begin with a product and/or service they want to offer and try to find an audience for it. Instead, they should start with what they want to accomplish or what need they want to fulfill then create a product that allows them to attain that objective. The ultimate accomplishment, of course, lies in fulfilling customer needs so compellingly that the company’s products become the dominant options in their field.

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Big Ships and Small Speedboats: How Companies Function and Grow

Executive insights from 1NCE CTO Younes Allaki Turning a big ship takes time. If a cargo vessel veers off in the wrong direction, bringing it back in line requires a complex sequence of procedures. By contrast, a speedboat glides nimbly atop the waves, able to reverse course all but instantaneously with a single pair of hands on the wheel. Like watercraft, companies separate into two groups. On the one hand, “big ships” wield substantial influence in their markets because of their large profits and high visibility. Their stability gains them consumer trust. Their history, as well as the depth of talent…

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“Micro-Asset Tracking”: How new connectivity options are transforming the asset tracking landscape

Asset tracking is certainly one of the most well-established applications on the IoT market. So far, however, IoT solutions have mainly been used to monitor high valuable goods or critical supply chains. But as prices for sensors and other hardware elements continue to fall, companies are increasingly using them to track and trace less valuable objects such as cylinders or cable drums. But there’s still a big hurdle to overcome on the way to what I call ‘micro-asset tracking’ – and that’s the price of connectivity. Beware the TCO Especially in the transport and logistics sector there is…

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How the Internet of Things Benefits Human and Social Welfare

Executive insights from 1NCE COO Kim Juchem The Internet of Things (IoT) makes it possible to connect the unconnected, including devices no one ever expected to feature network connectivity. Indeed, as the IoT expands, nearly every industry has begun to discover its revolutionary power. In many cases, need drives the IoT into places and onto devices with no prior connectivity. The results of these IoT deployments produce results that offer transformative value to society and to individuals. Smart agriculture forms an increasingly important IoT application, especially in developing countries. Overwatering washes away soil nutrients and wastes resources; underwatering kills crops.

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Transforming IoT Connectivity from Variable Cost to Predictable Commodity

Executive insights from 1NCE COO Kim Juchem The business case for the Internet of Things (IoT) typically revolves around reducing costs, increasing sales or making processes more efficient. When assessing the feasibility of deploying IoT technology, companies make predictions about where they can achieve these results. To substantiate those predictions, they want to gather data from a plethora of devices and use that information to clarify actionable conditions. Consider a company that operates parking facilities in a major city. Suppose the company wants to deploy an IoT sensor in each parking space of every garage and lot it operates, enabling it…

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Commonsense Connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT)

Executive insights from 1NCE CSO Alexander Bufalino Numerous challenges lie along the path from the idea of the Internet of Things (IoT) to its reality at scale. For early adopters, the connectivity model for IoT devices involved monthly billing for expensive connections on consumer-grade networks. With the advent of new network technologies designed explicitly to support IoT use cases, the connectivity portion of the IoT paradigm can move from treating these devices like unwelcome guests to hosting them on protocols designed for their needs. The dedicated network technologies for IoT device support offer good coverage even in areas in…

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The First Sensible Route to IoT Connectivity

Executive insights from 1NCE CSO Alexander Bufalino The Internet of Things (IoT) relies on three pillars of technology: hardware, software and connectivity. Hardware provides the functionality to support IoT enablement and connectivity. Software computes and visualizes incoming data, making the information digestible. These two aspects of the IoT have existed in an optimized, industrial-grade, stable, high-quality, affordable form for decades. However, what continues to prevent the IoT from growing to its full potential stems from the way IoT devices have acquired their connectivity. Until now, IoT connectivity has originated from a slew of huge, powerful network operators whose main…

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Using connectivity as a marketing differentiator

Executive insights from 1NCE CSO Alexander Bufalino It’s easy to take connectivity’s role in the IoT value chain for granted. The baseline function is the wide area transportation of data from devices to the cloud, without which solutions wouldn’t work. Communication services are normally differentiated by their cost and geographic availability, but today’s economic order isn’t normal.  It’s disruptive and driven by innovative concepts that open up new business opportunities. 1NCE’s connectivity offer focuses on narrowband and low bandwidth applications and it’s disruptive: 500MB for every device over ten years for just €10.  Viewed from the perspective of a…

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