You. Smart. Thing.

You. Smart. Thing.

A blog about technology and privacy

UK Pilots ‘Personal Travel Assistant’ Ecosystem

A unique transport network big data collaboration is set to ease congestion and help put the UK economy on the right track.

Brits will be amongst the first in the world to get chance to try out the latest Internet and personal information management technology, tailored to their travel needs.

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Rolling Out A ‘Hub-of-All-Things’

Original article published on Hub of All Things.

Enable iD was established a year ago to exploit Hub-of-All-Things (HAT) research, a unique approach to personal data management developed by the UK’s leading Universities. HAT makes sense of our personal data, in order to save us time, money and improve our lives whilst preserving and even increasing the value of our privacy.

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The HAT, IoT & the Cloud

Original article published on Hub of All Things.

It’s commonly stated that individuals: a) don’t know what their personal data is worth, and b) give it up in exchange for “free” services, which then are powered economically by the value of the large amount of user data in terms of targeted advertising, marketing recommendations, analytics, and so forth. This is the famous two-sided market. In a similar way, the Internet of Things (IoT) has largely evolved a collection of services that often appear to be free, but in fact make this same trade-off. Hence, smart metering for utilities empowers the electricity-generating and grid companies to optimise their price/performance better, just as Tesco’s Clubcard allows the supermarket group to optimise its range and quality of goods.

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Me, Inc. (as a HAT)

Original article published on Hub of All Things.

Today’s corporations use IT to be incredibly efficient and effective. There are IT systems for finance, accounting, inventory management, supply chains, material and enterprise resource planning. All the tools necessary for the corporation be viable and profitable amid constraints of regulation. Corporations hold vast amounts of data to achieve this; data about production, materials, inventory, data about customers. In fact, nothing can be achieved within the modern corporation today without data and information.

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Enable iD Helps Arriva Trains With Winning Data Strategy

Leading train company operators granted innovation funding:

Three leading train operating companies, Arriva UK Trains, Govia Thameslink Railway and First Great Western, have been awarded access to a £6m collaborative innovation fund as a result of entering RSSB’s Train Operator Competition 2015 (TOC’15).

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Does Context Matter?

Using Big Data To Predict Consumer Choice:

Consumer data is a valuable asset in the current age of data with “smart things” (sensors) delivering large amounts of information to consumers and businesses. According to IBM, in 2012 more than 2.5 exabytes (2.5 billion gigabytes) of data was generated daily. By 2015 this number has grown and, according to forecasts, will continue to grow to 40,000 exabytes by 2020. Under these circumstances, businesses develop innovative techniques to extract and analyse data “on the fly” in order to create quick value propositions for the consumers. The availability of large masses of data catalyses the rise of the domain of data-driven business models (DDBM) which looks at how the data can be used in order to develop new and improve existing business modelling mechanisms.

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Smart Citizenship (Through The #IoT)

The Rationale For HAT Enabled Personal Data Management

HAT Enabled Citizenship: The Hub-of-All-Things (HAT) is an open-source database schema designed to integrate IoT applications and data silos to help amplify human cognition. It compliments IoT protocols such as HyperCat, providing a standardised logical data model and easily integrated technology layer, which support the combination and secure management of product and personal data sets to create a Personal Data Store (PDS) for each individual. In addition the HAT is an intuitive decisioning engine. It transforms the explosion of information generated by Internet of Things devices, connected environments and so called ‘smart cities’, to help people become ‘smarter citizens’, extending our digital identity with automated recall, increased computation ability and contextualised communication preferences.

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Radius Networks RadBeacon X4

Our Choice For OOH Hyper-Local Proximity Services

We reviewed a large range of BLE beacon devices for deployment in and around railway stations as part of our MyJrny integrated mobility project. We were looking robust all-weather devices with robust configuration and management software. After some considerable scrutiny and compliance testing, Radius Networks’ RadBeacon X4, shown below, came out on top.

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Data, Identity & HATs With Brands On

Turning The Tide On Personal Identity Hacking

Brands that empower consumers to openly access and use data related to their products and services will gain a competitive advantage in their market. Why? Because it is the context, the when, where and how we use a product that allows us to truly buy into its benefits.

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Where Is The World’s Smartest City?

Original article published on Hub of All Things.

This March, the UK’s chancellor, George Osborne, pledged £40m investment into the Internet of Things, with the expectation that this would help to support the Government’s smart cities initiative. Within the same month, Bristol announced the launch of a multi-million pound experiment to create the ‘smart city of the future’ through its Bristol is Open project and Cambridge pledged to become the ‘world’s smartest city’.

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Who Cares?

The National Health Service Is A Myth, There Is No NHS

OK there is devolved government funding but therein lies the rub. There is no management structure, no actual service. Just tax payer’s money that for the most part has been dished out in the name of political gain. The money is most commonly allocated in the name of ‘innovation’, as though some unprecedented idea is going permeate the non-existent infrastructure that connects our wellbeing to the not so omnipresent wisdom of those trained in medicine.

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Are You Wasting Your Personal Data?

Original article published on Hub of All Things.

Every day we interact with technology and (often without realizing it) generate enormous amounts of data about ourselves. Many of us even have distinct data habits, traces of which could be found in our smartphones or in social media. My day, for example, starts with an app which records my diet and exercise. Only a few years ago my sister (a professional volleyball player) used to nag me about my exercising regularly and would give me that disapproving look when I shirked and skipped the gym for a dinner with friends in my favourite French restaurant. Today, this job is done by the app which gives me warnings if I eat too much ice-cream (yes, it does happen!) and reminds me of scheduled runs or gym visits. Many of us use apps to shop for groceries, track our expenses, chat with friends and family, etc.

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Has #IoT Got Vertigo?

‘Wearable tech’ is one of many verticals enabled by the Internet of Things. But it isn’t an i-watch that will bring about revolution, Apple or otherwise.

Rather a much more illusive ‘i’; an i-word responsible for Globalisation, the World Wide Web getting a little too personal and for how technology can change human behaviour.

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Enable iD and Centro

Joint Development Announced at Mobile World Congress

The UKTI stand at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona has seen the announcement of MyJrny, a new venture between Stratford upon Avon based Enable iD and UK regional public transport body Centro.

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Enable iD Launch with Nadhim Zahawi MP

Introducing A New Generation Of Personalised Data Solutions

April 24, 12:00 – 2:30pm

Enable iD is helping organisations improve performance by harnessing and giving individuals visibility, ownership and control of their data.

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Thinking and Designing In The Meta

Originally published on Hub of All Things. (Img. Igor Bulgarin, Shutterstock)

It’s 0527am and I’m awake. And exhausted. The mind has been working all night trying to come up with solutions for the design of views on the HAT that would help a user to be creative with his/her own data. A long meeting with the tech team yesterday has basically got some of the technical stuff down, so that the data that comes onto the HAT has the greatest agility to be shaped into different uses.

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Whose ‘iD’ is it Anyway?

Given the enormity of the playing field it feels both daunting and exhilarating to be embarking on a venture of my own design for the second time in my career. After birthing and running a company for over 6 years, then letting it go, I honestly wasn’t sure I’d ever find another opportunity I could wholly commit to.

This time around however, I’m motivated not only because I have an amazing set of business partners, but because the problem that we’re setting out to help solve has become one of the most important issues facing the whole of modern society.

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