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Destination Dubai: Greenfield Mobility Market? (Part 2 of 2)

When you land in Dubai International Airport and drive into the city, the Emirate’s most telling landmark (and seemingly national bird!) is the building crane. An enormous metropolis of office towers, shopping malls and man-made islands is rapidly rising from the desert floor. While building cranes feedstock the rapid construction of skyscrapers, the definition of a crane is”a device for lifting and moving heavy weights in suspension.”To this observer, the most remarkable heavy weight in motion in Dubai is the rapid transition of a tribal, desert culture — albeit one that is found on thousands of years of trading and more recently, hydrocarbon wealth — into a modern, service-oriented economy. The country’s leadership well understands this challenge and is in overdrive to make this transition. Read More »

Making Sense of My Insensitivity and Sensor (Topologies)

Yesterday I got into the elevator on the ground floor of building 14 on the Cisco San Jose campus. I parked my car and made my way to the elevator bank. The elevator arrived, I hit the #4 (for the floor that I work on), and the doors began to close. Right before they were completely shut, someone stuck their hand in, the doors opened (I was bummed out cause I had waited a while), and a person came in the elevator car with me. Then he hit the number 2. Now -- obviously I could have taken the stairs up to the fourth floor, but it is a long way up… but one freaking flight of stairs??? I couldn’t help myself…”Dude,” I asked the guy looking really concerned, “Are your legs okay?””Yeah, they’re fine,” he answered.”So why didn’t you take the stairs?”He was incredulous…”That is the most insensitive thing I have ever had someone ask me,” he said as the doors opened and he left the elevator. This exchange got me to thinking about sensors, and what will be the best way to deploy them… Read More »

Wi-Fi Cars, Tools, and Shopping Carts – Changing The Way We Do Business

In keeping with Matt Glenn’s ‘car themed’ blogs (1, 2) last week -- here’s an example of an implementation of Wi-Fi with cars……Newsweek’s March 5th article titled”Marketing: Ads Made for You“.This article describes how individuals, zipping by in their cars, can activate a billboard to display messaging that is personalized just for them. This is made possible by a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag on the car that is detected by a wireless infrastructure that includes location services. The article goes on to talk about using RFID in supermarkets to push out advertising to shopping carts based on their location within the store. RFID is changing the way we run businesses, communicate, and track items, events, and people…. Read More »

Tax Evasion and Matt (TEAM)

It is tax time again. Time to go visit your accountant, buy some tax software, or just do it online. It is during this time of year that I usually take up new hobbies -- anything to keep me away from the ritual of tax preparation. My family has a $10 opt-in pool on when I will announce to them what I’ll be doing that year to avoid getting my taxes ready. The person who is closest to the date without going over (Price is Right rules) wins the pool. Here are some examples of past hobbies:* A trip to Costa Rica to relearn surfing * Learning to ride a unicycle* Going on the road with Phish for a month* My vision quest to Tibet This year I’ve taken up a new hobby, visiting Second Life. What’s great about wireless is that I can constantly live in second life so that I don’t have to live my real one. Read More »

Destination Dubai: Human Software as a Mobility Service (Part 1 of 2)

In The World is Flat, Tom Friedman writes about how human as well as digital”software” is required to make a society work. This includes: medical care, education, effective legal systems, etc.I am just back from my first trip to Dubai and can affirm that the Emirates, in addition to building the world’s largest buildings and shopping malls, are pioneering another first: transforming human software into a service through importing and maintaing human talent. Read More »