Friday, April 17, 2015

Car Anatomy: Why your car is like your body

Analogies let us make surprising leaps in our insight and understanding. Here is one that I have been mulling over the last couple of weeks: the car as a human body.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Rise Of The Software Defined Car

The Rise Of The Software Defined Car

Automotive technology started with pistons and powertrains, and recently cars have increasingly relied on advanced electronics hardware. We’re now seeing the latest shift in the car’s evolution: the software defined car. Last week, Tesla gave us a great glimpse of what the future of automotive will be like

This is the beginning of a major opportunity as well as a fundamental disruption to existing ways of automobile thinking. Like all disruptive technologies, those who can’t quickly embrace it are destined to fade into obscurity. Read more 

 The Rise of The Software Defined Car

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Movimento Hires Cisco Executive As Chief Technology Officer

Mahbubul Alam joins our executive team as CTO after successful career in IoT

New strategic hire from Silicon Valley to merge rapid software innovation with automotive expertise
  • Movimento appoints Cisco executive with extensive experience in product management and business development as CTO
  • During his tenure at Cisco, Mahbubul Alam grew the company's M2M business from the ground up to $350 M in four years
  • As CTO, Alam will open Movimento's Silicon Valley office, underscoring the importance of software in the automotive industry

DETROITMarch 10, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Movimento today announced the appointment of former Cisco executive, Mahbubul Alam, as Chief Technology Officer. Alam joins Movimento after successfully creating and leading Cisco System's strategy in IoT and M2M. A 17-year industry veteran, Alam will work with Movimento customers to maximize the potential of secure over-the-air (OTA) updates and enable new connected services for the vehicle. His extensive experience in security, mobility, wireless, product management, ecosystem strategy, and business development will help drive Movimento's technology roadmap to give customers a competitive advantage.
"Mahbubul's deep understanding of mobility and security comes at an ideal time given the automotive industry's increasing reliance on software and concerns with cybersecurity," said Ben Hoffman, Movimento CEO. "His Silicon Valley roots combined with a new Movimento office in California will help merge rapid software innovation with automotive expertise to support today's new software-focused car paradigm."
Before joining Movimento, Mahbubul Alam grew Cisco's M2M business from the ground up to $350 M in four years. In addition to pioneering and developing the IoT/M2M vision, strategy, platform, and execution plan, he helped initiate the company's Smart Connected Car roadmap. Prior to this, he defined, developed, and delivered Cisco's flagship 4G LTE router, IoT edge-cloud gateway, and next-gen integrated services router (ISR G2), successfully driving customer engagement and sales.
"Movimento is already transforming the automotive industry through secure OTA technology and firmware reflashing, and it is my job to continue this success by helping our customers build the vehicles and services of tomorrow," Alam said. "These are exciting times for innovation and growth in automotive – the opportunities are endless – so long as the starting point is secure vehicle communications and guaranteed reliable firmware updates for all modules within the car."
Movimento's Silicon Valley office, located in Mountain View, will open on March 16, 2015.
About Movimento
Movimento is the undisputed leader in automotive firmware reflashing and secure over-the-air (OTA) technology having successfully completed millions of vehicle and module updates for major OEMs and tier-one suppliers worldwide. Industry pioneers such as Bosch, Continental, Denso, Ford, GM, Jaguar Land Rover, Panasonic, Shanghai GM, and Volvo depend on Movimento technology and expertise for secure updates throughout the vehicle production lifecycle – from R&D through production to aftermarket. In business since 2003, Movimento has offices in ChinaEuropeMexico, and the United States. Visit, read the Movimento blog, and follow the company on Twitter (@MovimentoAuto), Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Movimento is a registered trademark of Movimento. All other trademarks and trade names belong to their respective owners.

SOURCE Movimento

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Telco Cloud Services: Waste of time or a growth opportunity?

Monetize Cloud Services or Disappear!

In the recent past there has been intensive and heated debate on Net Neutrality, even politicians on the either side of the Atlantic representing major economies are not on the same page “Obama, Germany’s Merkel at odds on Net Neutrality”. Irrespective of the outcome of the Net Neutrality decision, Telecom Operators (Telcos) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) cannot only rely on Net Neutrality for the growth of their business, at best it will buy them some time.
Image courtesy of Sneha Alam, Copyright 2015
How did Telcos and ISPs land in their current situation, fighting for their existence from the position of strength for decades? Basically, Internet value chain which has evolved from cellular coverage and broadband connectivity services to rich applications and services riding on top of Internet a.k.a. Over-The-Top (OTT) Services such as Google, Facebook, Linkedin, What’s App, Twitter, Spotify, Uber, etc.

Should Telco’s Adjust Their Strategy To A World Of Global OTT Presence?

OTT services are innovating at a much faster pace than Telco services. It will continue to be the case for the foreseeable future with minimum Telco/ISP online services presence. This will put the future of Telco services and revenue in challenge and unpredictable for the coming years. If Telco’s become complacent they will face the risk of losing significant revenue, market share and it will be a race to the bottom for connectivity services. With the emergence of global OTT players offering more and more advanced services, they are positioning to attack and disrupt the conventional Telco services such as voice, text, and video which are the foundational revenue stream for Telco’s existence today. These OTT players offer services to end users with a disruptive business model, which are free of charge for end-user with value baked into the smart device or via backend monetization capabilities with Ad-based services revenue.

What should be Telco’s strategy to compete with the global OTT players?

Internet of Things: The Missing Pieces

There are many analogies to be found in the evolution that took place for the Internet and what we are now seeing for the Internet-of-Things. Where the Era of the Internet was all about unified IP Infra-Structure, the Era of Internet-of-Things will be all about Unified Data-Structure.
Image courtesy of Sneha Alam, Copyright 2015
According to Gartner’s hype cycle report for emerging technologies 2014, Internet of Things (IoT) is currently on the peak of inflated expectations and will not reach a plateau of productivity until in 5-10 years. In order to reach this stage, it is important to look at what has to happen to make the vision of trillions of connected end-points a reality and how these connected “things” can deliver on the promise of improved business outcomes, societal value and better lives for all of us. In identifying the missing pieces, two key questions are:
  • How do we develop a sustainable global eco-system for IoT?
  • Do we have the right building blocks for IoT?
In search of answers, it might be worthwhile to look at the highly successful Era of the Internet and compare and contrast that with the Era of the Internet of Things.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Internet of Things & Collaborative Economy

Recipe for Disruptive Business Models

When people talk about collaborative economy, they usually think about high valued physical assets owned by individuals e.g. houses, cars, etc. that could be monetized during unutilized or spare time. AirBnB, Zipcar, Uber are a few examples of services leading the wave of collaborative economy which surpassed $3.5B in 2013 with growth exceeding 25% y/y.
For businesses to gain from the new IoT Economy, they must leave behind old business models and open up their IoT services to an IoT Market Place by means of an underline platform which will facilitate new and disruptive business models by allowing other businesses to co-sell, co-market, co-distribute, co-ideation, co-locate and even co-produce, co-build, etc. This is the power of collaborative economy.
Businesses that will combine IoT and collaborative economy will have early movers advantage and much to gain: 1) Revenue sharing from every IoT transactions; 2) Selling new value added services; 3) Expanding into new markets and business transactions; 4) Creating new value, products and services based on partner and customer input/participation; 5) Strengthening long-term relationship with partners, businesses and customers.
For details see below

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Unlocking IoT: It’s all about Services

Scaling Up Excellence

My previous post on “Rise of a New Era: Advancing Towards 50B Connected Devices” discussed the promise of connected devices a.k.a. Internet of Things evolving into connected everything and highlighted 5 key areas of attention for enabling the next wave of global digital transformation. This post discusses why Business Internet of Things (IoT) markets are all about services and how IoT providers have to organize processes and projects to scale up their excellence.

Anyone involved with Business IoT and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) will have realized that there is no lack of great ideas and that there are plenty of use cases to go around, but that no ones know if or when they will be profitable. Why is that? Below is a list of obstacles for companies interested to use IoT:
  • Immaturity of industry standards
  • Lack of data security, safety, control, compliance and privacy
  • Lack of mature eco-system for pre- and post-deployment phase
  • Lack of one-stop-shopping experience from cradle to grave
  • High cost of required investment in IoT infrastructure

The most critical barrier for strong growth in IoT adoption over the next few years is “strong business and use cases that deliver tangible value with quantifiable outcomes”.

Business IoT from start to finish: Why is it all about services?

Based on my experience and customer engagements, 80% of businesses pointed to budget constraints as a barrier to initiate an IoT project.  Even more astonishing, 70% of all the businesses convinced of the IoT benefits found the upfront cost to be the key barrier followed by life cycle management and operational expenses to support IoT use cases.

Businesses see IoT as a way to enrich their services, gain customer insights, increase efficiency, improve employee productivity, etc. It all comes down to creating differentiated opportunities by means of new, hybrid and disruptive business models such as sensor data/network as a service, revenue/savings sharing model, power-by-the-hour model, etc.

The key to enabling these new business models is services – IoT providers need to combine capabilities across their management and partners. The combined partner eco-system should be capable of providing flexible and scalable end-to-end services so that businesses can focus on their customers and core operations.

The 5 key services essential for rapid adoption of IoT with new /disruptive business models in the marketplace are 1) smarter advisory services, 2) smarter project management services, 3) smarter technology solutions services, 4) smarter financial/capital services and 5) smarter life cycle management services.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Rise of a New Era: Advancing Towards 50B Connected Devices

Rise of a New Era: Advancing Towards 50B Connected Devices

Path to Global Digital Transformation

The promise of hyper-connected communities, industries and societies requires the connectivity of billions of devices about and around us; from smartphone to wearable, from home to work, from vehicle to machinery, from industry to healthcare, etc. This is the next wave digital transformation where smart connected everything will create huge economic benefits in every vital sectors of the economy and unleash new opportunities that can improve and save lives, boost human productivity, increase agricultural yield and enable a new industrial revolution with self-learning machines, robots, etc.
This extraordinary growth of connected everything will drive an explosive growth of mobile data, scarcity of wireless spectrum, exposure to unprotected data, risk of data privacy and will require governments to heavily investment in fundamental technologies like Internet, mobile, storage and artificial intelligence as well as in education for the workforce to utilize connected devices as tools to improve productivity. Also required are pragmatic policies both nationally and globally for enabling rapid innovation as we build a secure brighter future together.
The Infographic below illustrates the five key areas of attention to enable this transformation: 1) smarter spectrum usage, 2) smarter innovation funds, 3) smarter security & privacy, 4) smarter workforce creation and 5) smarter policies & laws. These are all required for the society to fully harness the benefits from massive scale deployment of connected devices.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Evolution of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) into Internet of Things (IoT)

The Evolution of M2M into IoT

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication has attracted considerable attention in research communities and has also started to gain momentum from a commercial perspective where operators are starting to offer services within the domains of fleet management, logistics, home automation, etc. At the same time, the more loosely defined, but broader domain of Internet of Things (IoT) is picking up as what many are seeing as an evolution of M2M. This paper investigates the fundamental differences of M2M and IoT by starting out with surveying some of the drivers and moving into an analysis of M2M of today from a technological and business perspective. The challenges in moving into IoT are investigated with emphasize on networking and computing.

Full Text IEEE Publication

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Visualizing the Networked World

Visualizing the Networked World
Aug/Sept 2013
Laurie Lamberth
Connected World Magazine - IT's ALL ABOUT M2M

“The Internet of Things is about creating, interacting, and controlling the digital image of a physical thing.” These are the words of Mahbubul Alam, Cisco’s Head of Internet of Things and M2M, who chose to open up during an interview with me for Connected World. “Cars, for example, have about 60 microprocessors (sensors),” he says, “but most of them aren’t connected outside the car. In tomorrow’s virtual world, we can see that car with sensors and processors at the VIN level. The same will be true for everything: We will live in a virtual world of machines and humans.”

Alam is an expert in how machines talk. Raised and educated in the Netherlands, he joined telecommunications equipment provider Siemens after earning a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Technische Universiteit Delft. At Siemens, Alam worked on ATM networks, GSM for railways, and 2.5/3G mobile networks, and then he joined Cisco’s European Mobile Team in 2001. Five years later, he transferred to the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters to serve in a series of increasingly responsible positions leading to his current role. Alam’s passion for M2M and the Internet of Things was palpable as he led me through a comprehensive vision of how it all will evolve.

Collect, Consume, Mashup
Lamberth: What does the IoT(Internet of Things) do?
Alam: The IoT is about the collection, consumption, and mashing up of data. Data will increasingly flow into the IoT by way of trillions of sensors embedded in everyday things. Once data is collected, compiled, and analyzed, it must be consumed. Personalization is key: Individuals and businesses have different preferences as to how and when they consume information. What interests me is not the same as what interests you. Also, once massive datasets have been accumulated, we’ll be able to correlate seemingly unrelated events to discover new ways to save money, prevent accidents, and reduce downtime.

Fog Computing
Lamberth: Does “fog computing” fit into Cisco’s design for the IoT?
Alam: It’s helpful to think about how computing networks operate: All of them include computation, networking, storage, and resource management. Fog networks bring the cloud to the edge by including computational and storage resources in routers and other edge equipment. These edge resources allow sensor and other input data to be processed locally to speed responsiveness to local conditions. Cisco’s new 819 Integrated Services Router does this. Reducing transmissions to and from the cloud not only reduces network traffic and improves latency, it also reduces exposure to lost packets and transmission anomalies called “jitter.” Clean transmissions are required if IP networks are going to match the quality of service provided by the industrial control networks that are being converted to IP, such as SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition).

What Is M2M?
Lamberth: How do you define M2M?
Alam: We studied this for two years, and instead of the usual Venn diagram we settled on a chart with two vectors meeting at a right angle. M2M, the vertical vector, equals B2B (business-to-business) functionality, with opportunities that are both greenfield (new services) and brownfield (revitalize services) along this line. The horizontal vector is the IoT: A market that is device-centric and focused on connecting everything. B2C (business-to-consumer) and B2B2C (business-to-business-to-consumer) business models predominate here.
The M2M segment has solved the problems associated with delivering remote services such as identifying and authenticating a device, securing it, creating services for it, billing for services, activating the device remotely, and pushing updates when needed. They have well-formed business models and a consolidating value chain. In contrast, the IoT guys are still figuring out what service models to monetize.

Machine Scale, Machine Time
Lamberth: How do you envision the IoT actually working?
Alam: There are four key attributes of the IoT: scalability, time, decision, and ecosystem. We need to consider the IoT in terms of machine scale, not human scale. Earth’s population is measured in billions; this is human scale. When everything is connected, there will be trillions of connected machines and objects; this is machine scale. We don’t currently have the network architecture needed to support trillions of endpoints. 

We also need to think about human and machine time. A response time of six-to-10 seconds feels “realtime” to humans. Machine time is measured in hundreds of milliseconds: 10 seconds is an eternity. We need faster, deterministic networks that put mostneeded resources closest to where they are consumed.
Deterministic networks also support the “decision” attribute: Data-analysis tools and resources cached close to where they are consumed will enable the IoT to help us select the most appropriate behavior in response to current conditions and realtime control of things and systems.

The last key attribute of the IoT is the ecosystem, meaning how various markets will use it to build new services and create customer value. Consider the manufacturing industry, with a well-established ecosystem that supports their business model. The best way for manufacturers to implement the IoT is to convert their human best practices to workflow engines that can be serviced by machines. They can use the IoT as a tool to convert from human-centric to machine-centric processes.

“Everything as a Service”
Lamberth: Can you elaborate on“ machine-centric processes?”
Alam: The IoT will create a largescale change in how we apply human knowledge to work. Human work will become change management, rather than production.
Think about it: Who wants to go into mining? Oil wells are drilled in dangerous places, both environmentally and politically. What if machines could drill and manage those wells? Whether it’s unmanned excavating or robotic laborers, the IoT presents a wakeup call for every industry. It’s time to shift human skill sets toward remotely managing automated processes that can be performed by machines with minimal human supervision.

The IoT presents the opportunity to create new business models and revenue streams across a wide range of industries, reduce operational costs and downtime, and improve the customer experience at home, on the go, and in-store. The IoT will be monetized by converting existing product-based consumption to managed services, think “everything asa service.”

Connected World Magazine - IT's ALL ABOUT M2M

Laurie Lamberth loves connected devices. Always has.
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Friday, May 31, 2013

Internet of Things Events - June 2013

The Internet of Things

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

6:30 PM

Aerospike, Inc.

2525 E. Charleston Road, Suite 201, Mountain View, CA(map)
  • Two market dynamics promise to have an equally significant impact on the way we live, work and play: the Internet of Things and the Internet of People. In the realm of the Internet of People, ad-tech companies have led the way, pushing the limits of scale while managing billions of objects and terabytes of data with millisecond response times. But when you have to scale from serving hundreds of millions of people to billions of things, what are the opportunities and challenges that arise? What are the similarities and differences? What technologies can be reused, and what problems still remain to be solved? Marie-Anne Neimat will moderate a lively panel of experts as they define the Internet of Things vs. the Internet of People, examine what companies are trying to do and why, explore the various tech options that can support these use cases, and discuss the challenges and tips in implementation.
    Panel participants:
    Marie-Anne Neimat, Aerospike Advisor – moderator
    Alok Batra, Chief Engineer & Chief Architect of GE Global Research – panelist
    Mahbubul Alam, Head of Internet-of-Things at Cisco – panelist
    Sukanta Ganguly, CTO, QuickPay – panelist
    Brian Bulkowski, Aerospike Founder and CTO – panelist


IoT | Two 'Big Co' Heads of The Internet of Things: Qualcomm and Cisco

Thursday, June 6, 2013
6:30 PM to

Qualcomm, Inc.3165 Kifer Road, Santa Clara, CA(map)

  • Abstract:

    Internet of Everything (IoE) brings people, process, data, and things together to make our life more fulfilling than ever. One big part of it is to make both network and your mobile device more relevant and valuable than ever before, by turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals, and countries.

    We have two distinguished executives from Qualcomm and Cisco speaking about the opportunities for developers, entrepreneur, venture capitalists and business development professionals. Qualcomm - AllJoyn group will talk about how the open-source SDK can transform and create a new class of connected apps that simplify device discovery, facilitate proximity-based multi-player gaming, and social media sharing. The head of Cisco - IoE, Mahbubul Alam will talk about how IoE transforms life by making network intelligence and secure.


    Putting People at the Center of the Internet of Everything

    The Internet of Everything (IoE) offers a vast opportunity for device manufacturers: Machina Research predicts that there will be 25 billion permanently connected devices by 2020. The IoE will serve consumers and enterprises and will increasingly pervade all aspects of life in the modern world.

    Wireless connectivity and communications are key to shaping the IoE future. IoE represents a significant opportunity for companies that make computing products (PCs, tablets, smartphones). As more and more products without significant onboard processing power are added to users’ networks, those computing products that enable end users to control everything – from light switches and washing machines to stereo speakers and the monitors that are proliferating in the home – will enjoy a distinct competitive advantage.

    Proximal networking using peer-to-peer connectivity and communications enables the “internet of things near me” – useful interactions that do not necessarily involve connecting out to the internet. Qualcomm is addressing ad hoc networking via AllJoyn™, an open software framework that provides a universal (horizontal and interoperable) proximal communications protocol and set of core system services for discovery and communication with configuration and control of products (from headless embedded systems to the most sophisticated consumer goods), applications and consumer services.


    Date of event: April 4, 2013

    Agenda: 6:30pm Arrival and network 7:00pm Speaker I | Qualcomm, Inc. 7:45pm Speaker II | Cisco, Inc. 8:30pm Open q and a 9:00pm Adjourn
    Location: Qualcomm, Inc. 3165 Kifer Rd Santa Clara, CA

    No charge for SDForum members
    $20 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No registration required

    Speaker Biographies:

    Speaker I: Qualcomm

    Sy Choudhury is senior director of product management, Internet of Everything at Qualcomm Innovation Center. He will discuss how technology companies can remain relevant by opening up to the huge variety of products that will join smart computing products in the connected world

    Sayeed Choudhury, Senior Director of Product Management, Internet of Everything, Qualcomm Innovation Center

    Sayeed Choudhury is responsible for software products that enable the next trillions of devices to be connected in an Internet of Everything. This includes the AllJoyn software connectivity fabric, which provides devices and applications with a way to stream media, share notifications and enable virtual remote user interfaces, regardless of the operating system. Prior to this, Choudhury led the business team responsible for Web Technologies. He also stewarded the company’s partnerships with Microsoft on Windows Mobile and Google on Android.

    Before joining Qualcomm, Choudhury led product management activities for the consumer electronics and wireless markets for Wind River Systems. He started his career as an embedded software and hardware engineer, originally receiving his BSEE from the SUNY at Buffalo.

    Speaker II: Cisco

    Mahbubul Alam

    Head of Internet-of-Things / Machine-to-Machine, Intelligent Transportation Systems and Automotive Manufacturing.

    He is an industry-wide recognized leader with proven track record spanning product/project management, business development, gap analysis and marketing strategy, in multi-service router, switches, WLAN, IEEE 802.15.4 wireless communications protocols, cellular technologies such as 2G, 3G and 4G LTE, Femto, Small Cell, M2M, GPS, Connected Vehicle and Intelligent Transportation Systems.

    Over 14 years of tenure in senior leadership positions with continually increasing responsibility and profit & loss accountability while leading successful endeavors including entrepreneurial roles at Cisco.

    Prior to Cisco he was with Siemens Netherlands where he led Pan-European 3G Tiger team, GSM Railway project and advised Dutch law makers on cellular 2.5G/3G on mobile data privacy, parental control and lawful interception.

    With more than 10 publications in referred journal and conference proceedings, and numerous invited talks, panel participation, and keynote speeches.

    He holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, specialized in mobile and radar communication from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

    Blogs at