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January 1, 2018

All aboard the "smart" train

The Internet Of Things (IOT) is creating a massive impact across industries, and the railroad industry is no exception. The railroad industry plays a significant role in the transportation industry and commerce often referred to as the golden age of railways. Many of us don't realize that the industry itself is 200+ years old. To understand the impact of IOT, a time lens perspective is useful of how the industry has evolved - past, present and future. 

  1. The first 150 years or so was all about expansion of the rail network, building powerful and long range locomotives, improving accessibility - this was about the growth phase. The period coincided with economic growth and expansion
  2. The next wave was about increasing the operational efficiency - such as network performance, improving operational efficiency through technology investments and increasing fuel efficiency. In summary improving operations
  3. The current and future wave is to enhance customer service, maximizing the assets, optimize capacity and increasing safety across the network. The railroad industry is continuously looking at adopting technology to build for the future. 

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August 4, 2017

Delivering (renewable) Energy as a service

India has a renewable energy generation target of 175 Gigawatt by 2022. The ministry of new and renewable energy breaks this down by different sources such as solar, wind, biomass, hydro power. The current generation from renewable sources is 57 Gigawatt, and this clearly highlights the investments that are required to achieve the target - http://factchecker.in/modis-175-gw-renewable-energy-target-for-2022-needs-160-billion-investment/ 

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July 3, 2017

Amplify connected vehicle services through continuous learning

Humans naturally are learning species - we start doing things better once we get a "hang of it". There's always been belief that we can create intelligent systems that learn and mimic human behavior. While we are still away from building a replica of the human brain, there's technology advancements to accelerate this journey. Using a simple framework of Learn, Anticipate, and Validate, I will illustrate how the connected services can be enhanced and expanded to deliver superlative seamless experience.

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April 5, 2017

Imagining a digital twin for your connected car

The concept of digital twins is catching up fast. In simple words, a digital twin is a unique living model of a physical object that is continuously updated with real time data that can be leveraged in many ways in the entire product development lifecycle. This capability of creating a 1 to 1 model for analyzing behavioral consumption patterns has been successfully accomplished in the online marketplaces. In the industrial domain, digital twins are being created for jet engines, turbines, locomotives and are used for anomaly detection, predictive analytics and also performance optimization. 

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December 30, 2016

2017 Predictions for the connected car - What to look out for? - Part 1

The connected car domain is evolving fast and furious, the estimates are staggering in terms of the number of connected vehicles that will be on the road in the next 3-5 years. I have been associated with this domain for the last few years and this is my 2nd attempt to predict the focus areas for 2017 - I try and pull this together as a practitioner, as someone who has been working with our clients and actively engaged across multiple projects. I hope to get better in this annual exercise, and eventually reach a stage of acceptance - till then bear with me ... These predictions are based on my experience, understanding and conversations with stakeholders in the industry. They help me synthesize my thought processes in refining our offerings and go to market strategy. 

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2017 Predictions for the connected car - What to look out for? - Part 2

In the first part of this blog here, I outlined the framework that was used to arrive at the predictions specifically the three phases (Incubate, Develop, Implement) and two different perspectives (Producer, Consumer).

Let me now explain each of the trends, and why they fit into the particular phase. Since there are 19 of them, I've kept the commentary minimal. For each of them, we will look at - what is the trend, why do I think it's in a particular phase and what is the impact. 

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December 6, 2016

DevOps - A catalyst for IOT solution development

Recently, I presented at the international SPICON 2016 - theme of "Energizing Delivery in a Digital Paradigm". I spoke about how DevOps is quintessential for IOT solution development and the feedback was very encouraging from the audience. You can find my presentation here. I have been actively evangelizing devops as a philosophy in IOT solution development.  

There is so much material on DevOps that I wouldn't want to add to it, however a slightly different take - DevOps definition is analogous to the blind men and elephant story that all of us have heard of. Enterprises who are thinking about DevOps as a magic wand to all their problems - let me implement Chef, Jenkins and Docker and voila all my problems are gone, must reconsider and reconsider really hard. You cannot be certified for DevOps, neither are there standards or checklists for implementing DevOps. I have also heard weird things such as DevOps is what Facebook, Google, Netflix does.

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September 11, 2014

The car museum just got a new addition! Read on to know more about the exhibit ...

I just made up this catchy headline for some time in the future and if you are still wondering what the exhibit is - IT'S THE DRIVER  ... Now that I have caught your attention, and internal voices clamoring on both sides, I will delve into the subject to provide my perspective. Before that a little bit about the picture below, if you observe closely the "Now" time horizon is between the second and third picture - there's enough evidence where there is assisted driving with the driver having the ability to take back control. The "Later" picture is in black and white to emphasize that futurists have been dreaming about "driverless" cars for decades.

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Most of the commentary today is about the technology involved and the millions of sensors, software algorithms that shape autonomous driving. I'd like to take a slightly different yet simple approach to cars without drivers - the critics might brush it off as triviality, but in my opinion simplicity pays off always.

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August 9, 2014

Future of Digital Advertising

Leading online research firm eMarketer's report for 2013, on media time spent by US population, had forecast that, on an average, adults in US would spend close to 5.25 hours daily on online media as compared to 4.5 hours on television. This indicates a shift in consumers' attention span towards online content, despite the extensive reach of television. Advertising dollars appear to have followed the trend as depicted by IAB's internet advertisement revenue report for 2013. As per this report, the online advertising market in US is close to $43 billion. Powered by stupendous CAGR of 123% in mobile, for the last four years, the overall ad revenue has been compounding at 18% per year, over the last decade.

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April 13, 2014

Geneva Motor Show March, 2014 - Who is "calling"?

Among the headline makers this year, at Geneva Motor Show held in March,2014, was launch of CarPlay.

CarPlay, is a system for integrating iPhone5 and its higher versions to the vehicle's entertainment system. Users can then control various phone features like call, text, music and navigation, using in-vehicle controls, such as steering wheel buttons, touchscreen or SIRI from the iPhone.

So, what is the buzz about? Why there is such an anticipation building with analysts, industry honchos and customers at this launch? Haven't we been witnessing increasing footprint of telematics for the last decade or so now?

Here are some of the larger scenarios and ramifications (for both automobile and consumer electronics) being discussed by analysts in various forums:-

 1. Automobiles - A new platform for consumer electronics to expand: With a forecasted one in two new cars (about 50 million) produced being connected by 2020 globally, this presents a relatively unexplored market for the Hi-Tech/Consumer Electronics industry giants to tap into. Potentially, we are looking at millions of cars as iOS and Android platforms for customized Apps and accessories.  

(Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/sarwantsingh/2014/03/19/apple-in-cars-what-does-it-mean-for-the-car-industry-and-google/)

Earlier this year, at CES 2014, Google also announced an alliance with leading car manufacturers, that may see infotainment systems running on the open-source operating system this year.

2. Standardization of user interface: Imagine the customers of iPhone and Android smartphones, getting the same user interface and ease of navigation on their in-vehicle entertainment systems, as they are used to on their smartphones. This will translate into a big surge of Apps, services usage for the device manufacturers.

3. Battle for supremacy on multiple fronts, and competition for OEMs: We will witness contest of iOS Maps v/s Google Maps, iTunes Radio v/s other radio/entertainment services, and serious competition for telematics OEMs and suppliers of the likes of Delphi, Harmans and so on.

4. Good news for car companies: The biggest advantage for car companies is that they can focus all their R&D and spend on hardware and car mechanical design and innovation while benefiting from the shorter product release cycles of the consumer devices industry. This also gives them ability for launching quicker upgrades of in-vehicle entertainment software in the vehicles within 1 year timeframe; which is quite unlike the extensive timelines of 4 to 6 years cycle to bring innovation to market.

5. Customers are set to gain and be happy: Every time, any market sees more competition, customers are set to benefit with more feature rich products, quicker upgrades, dropping costs and increasingly better customer service and this in turn feeds into higher demands. And that is what each sector and economy needs to keep growing.

With the Hi-Tech giants descending in the auto industry with all seriousness, we can expect their next battle to be fought in our car consoles.

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