Mar 6, 2017

Six-Factor take second place in Dutch Blockchain Hackathon...

Even though it happened a few weeks ago, let’s make it known for prosperity. Six-Factor participated partnering with Lab15 in the Dutch Blockchain Hackathon (https://blockchainhackathon.eu/teams/lab15 ), in Groningen in the Netherlands, and took the 2nd prize (in Future of Pensions category) leaving way behind giants like Accenture and Deloitte in a crowd of 11 teams…


After a marathon that started on Friday at 13h00 and ending on Sunday at 10h00, with an all-nighter of coding in the middle, the 10 minute pitch went great, so great that the sponsors of this track have approached the team to actually build the solution as a new product… more on this as it happens…




Mesmo tendo acontecido a algumas semanas atrás, vamos torná-lo conhecido para a prosperidade. A Six-Factor participou em parceria com a Lab15 no Dutch Blockchain Hackathon (https://blockchainhackathon.eu/teams/lab15 ), em Groningen na Holanda, tendo conseguido o segundo prémio (na categoria de Futuro de Pensões) deixando bem longe gigantes como a Accenture e Deloitte numa multidão de 11 equipas…


Depois de uma maratona que começou na Sexta-feira às 13h00 e terminou no Domingo às 10h00, com uma directa a programar pelo meio, a apresentação de 10 minutos correu muito bem, tão bem que os patrocinadores desta pista já abordaram a equipa para construírem a sério a solução na forma de um novo produto… mais sobre isto conforme for acontecendo…


Jan 27, 2017

Microsoft: Making it easier to get started with IoT

Transcribed from source: https://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/2017/01/24/making-it-easier-to-get-started-with-iot/

The Internet of Things (IoT) is, in many ways, like “the cloud” was nearly a decade ago: Everyone’s talking about it. Some businesses and consumers have already begun embracing it wholeheartedly. Others want to understand it better than they do. And many find the whole idea a bit overwhelming and aren’t sure where to start.




Microsoft bring some clarity with a new article, “IoT: It’s Easier Than You Might Think,” where their team of experts help to cut through the hype around IoT. You’ll get down to brass tacks with simple, straightforward advice that:

- Explains how IoT can equip you to make better business decisions.
- Lays out a series of proven steps to help you easily get started with IoT.
- Shares best practices to keep your IoT journey on the right path for long-term success.

Bringing IoT into your business doesn’t have to be difficult, and it certainly doesn’t have to happen all at once. By taking a measured approach, you will get the best value from IoT. And soon you’ll see how it has the power to transform the way your company does business – giving you better access to information and helping you gather new insights that can make your business more competitive.

Read the full article for more on how to get started with IoT. And to learn more about how IoT can transform your business, visit www.InternetofYourThings.com.


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Jan 20, 2017

How big data and analytics are fuelling the IoT revolution

Transcribed from source: http://www.information-age.com/big-data-analytics-fuelling-iot-revolution-123464081/

The importance of data and analytics to the adoption of IoT can't be underestimated. The IoT revolution will see a surge in the practical uses of IoT and how these can fuel its use in industrial trades, motoring and more.




IoT data is also revolutionising the wider motoring industry. Modern systems can constantly monitor the efficiency of the braking system, algorithms can predict the wear of the pads, and alerts can notify the manufacturer if their performance deviates from the optimal model


Data and analytics are increasingly fuelling the adoption of connected devices and the Internet of Things. But for businesses to succeed in unlocking the potential of this trend it is vital they understand, monitor and measure the mass of data being created.


A good example of this in practice is video camera manufacturer GoPro. The company is using data from its products to make business decisions that improve the customer experience and pinpoint gaps in the market.


Rather than presuming customers use products in a certain way, GoPro turned to its event processing and analytics clusters to cut through the mass of data and identify how users valued its cameras for photographs as well as video.This has led to a range of innovations and new features to help manage and curate photographs.


Many organisations have realised the value of storing and managing their data, but are struggling to find opportunities to deliver value. This is a vital lesson for businesses to use the data they have available to benefit their customers and encourage innovation in the products and services they offer.


It also highlights the need for businesses to economically store their data, govern its use and generate more value and insight outside of the lab or pilot.


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Jan 13, 2017

THE INTERNET OF THINGS 2017 REPORT: How the IoT is improving lives to transform the world


The Internet of Things (IoT) is disrupting businesses, governments, and consumers and transforming how they interact with the world. Companies are going to spend almost $5 trillion on the IoT in the next five years — and the proliferation of connected devices and massive increase in data has started an analytical revolution.




To gain insight into this emerging trend, BI Intelligence conducted an exclusive Global IoT Executive Survey on the impact of the IoT on companies around the world. The study included over 500 respondents from a wide array of industries, including manufacturing, technology, and finance, with significant numbers of C-suite and director-level respondents.


Through this exclusive study and in-depth research into the field, BI Intelligence details the components that make up IoT ecosystem. We size the IoT market in terms of device installations and investment through 2021. And we examine the importance of IoT providers, the challenges they face, and what they do with the data they collect. Finally, we take a look at the opportunities, challenges, and barriers related to mass adoption of IoT devices among consumers, governments, and enterprises.


Here are some key takeaways from the report:

- We project that there will be a total of 22.5 billion IoT devices in 2021, up from 6.6 billion in 2016.
- We forecast there will be $4.8 trillion in aggregate IoT investment between 2016 and 2021.
- It highlights the opinions and experiences of IoT decision-makers on topics that include: drivers for adoption; major challenges and pain points; stages of adoption, deployment, and maturity of IoT implementations; investment in and utilization of devices, platforms, and services; the decision-making process; and forward- looking plans.

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Jan 6, 2017

Blockchain: the internet’s second generation

Transcribed from source: https://econsultancy.com/blog/68693-the-importance-of-the-blockchain-the-second-generation-of-the-internet/

It first came to prominence as the technical innovation behind cryptocurrency bitcoin. But why is blockchain – a digital, peer-to-peer ledger that records transactions in real time with ruthless accuracy – now set to change the way we do business far beyond the world of finance? Director asks the experts…




You wouldn’t steal a car,” flashes the caption in the anti-piracy advert that you may recall from the days of watching DVDs. “You wouldn’t steal a handbag. You wouldn’t steal a television.” The flaw in the ad’s reasoning, of course, was that many who wouldn’t dream of purloining someone’s physical property would not think twice about downloading a copy of a Ferrari California, a Hermès Birkin or a 55in smart TV, were it possible to do so without the rightful owner being deprived of their original prototype.


This is a quandary that has stumped the finest minds in the IT industry for decades: while replicating information digitally is all very well, reproducing things of actual monetary value is extremely problematic.


And while 3D printing has some way to go before we can start cloning Ferraris, the problem is a pressing one when the focus turns to other units that are worth something – and we’re not just talking about digital piracy.


“When it comes to things like assets, money, stocks, bonds or anything that has real value, sending a copy is a really bad idea,” explains Alex Tapscott, CEO and founder of Northwest Passage Ventures and co-author of the recently released book Blockchain Revolution: How the technology behind bitcoin is changing money, business, and the world.


“If I send you $20 (£15) in payment for something, it’s important that you know you have it and, crucially, that I no longer do, and that I cannot send that same $20 to every other person I know. That would make the $20 worthless, and the system wouldn’t work. So while it’s great to have an online printing press for information, it’s not for money.”


The current solution to this predicament – referred to as the “double spend problem” by computer scientists – is to have intermediaries such as banks, technology firms and governments administer every aspect of transactions, from identity issues to trust creation between parties via processing, settlement and record-keeping. But what if there were another way – a quicker, more secure, less complex and cheaper way?


“What if there were a vast distributed network, based on the principle of a ledger, that wasn’t just run on one single computer, like a bank system or a government database, but on every computer all around the world?” says Tapscott, who was a keynote speaker at a blockchain summit on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island in June. “


And on this network are things that have real value: money, stocks, titles, deeds, financial assets of every kind, intellectual property, even votes in an election, all moved and stored and managed peer-to-peer?” Enter, stage left, blockchain – the disruptive technology which Tapscott believes represents “the second generation of the internet”.


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