On the 30th June Fujitsu’s World Tour visited Central London for the first time, with a wealth of customers and partners in attendance. The event saw a series of breakout sessions, demonstrations, an address from newly appointed UK & Ireland CEO, Regina Moran and a wonderful keynote from the ever inspirational Dr Reger.A keen advocate of human-centric innovation, Reger’s speech majored on the benefits of connections combined with the rising power of the Internet of Things (IoT), and the ways in which it can benefits our lives.
So, why is connectivity important? In Dr Reger’s words: “Consider the brain. It’s not about the size, it’s about the manner in which it is connected; it is the connections that make the difference.”
Connectivity is changing the world we live in, it is building new supply chains every minute and enabling new sectors to rise up. Just consider the sharing economy – it’s all a result of increased connectivity.
With the addition of telecoms to the mix, IoT has created a hyper-connected world, one in which people can be connected to process and objects; for everything there is now context. During Dr Reger’s speech he gave several different examples of how this technology will continue to define industries:
Solving a data challenge
When there is a huge logistics chain, when building an aeroplane for example, there is a need to ensure everything is in the right place, at the right time, to hit deadlines and ensure costs don’t spiral out of control. By using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, manufacturers can turn a ‘simple’ object into an ‘intelligent’ one, allowing them to track it wherever it is in the supply chain. Simple but effective this can save organisations billions in costs. It’s all about using “smart software to keep track of not so smart parts.”
By employing IoT technology in cars, you can ensure you are near a place to fill-up when you need to, no matter what type of car you are driving. For electric car drivers for example, there are few places to charge. By embracing connectivity in vehicles you solve a daily issue – simple, but effectively. And once you have that connectivity embedded you can create an ecosystem for the driver, allowing other organisations to provide information that may help them.
Manufacturers can save on creation and prototyping by embracing digital and IoT. By digitising the product line, it becomes possible to design, prototype, and model product performance before anything is physically produced. This greatly speeds up time to market and fosters a more efficient production cycle, saving both time and money.
There are few more traditional industries than agriculture – but even here, connectivity and digitisation has a role to play. In Japan, Yamada Nishiki rice for traditional Sake brewing is a notoriously challenging crop to produce, requiring an expert knowledge of water and fertilizer control. Yet this expert knowledge is increasingly rare, as farmers leave the industry.
The solution? Through sensors, data analytics and cloud computing, it becomes possible for farmers to monitor and act on real-time conditions across a much greater area – and deliver much greater yields. This approach offers huge potential for transforming the global agriculture industry.
So, what does all this mean?
For the global economy it should be good news, representing a great opportunity for growth. We will continue to see transformations across a number of sectors – from healthcare to manufacturing – all thanks to the power of connectivity and the innovation of people.
And that’s what is important here. Ending on a very poignant point from Dr Reger’s speech and indeed, what I personally took away, “machines do not innovate, people innovate.” To continue in our digital success, we must embrace and allow innovation that is built around people.
Without it we cannot hope to create a better future for the world.
With it, we can together achieve a prosperous, sustainable tomorrow.
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