Peter Cochrane, former BT executive has just shown some great videos. It’s a great talk. He’s talking about the demise of the telcos. He’s a very funny speaker, and talks about looking for solutions in unexpected places.
Convergence of devices is a myth, says Peter. I completely agree. Services and protocols converge, but the devices don’t.
He talks about the spectrum myth. Channelization is the problem. With spread spectrum, we can have an infinite amount of spectrum. He comments that the bumper detectors in cars are actually 60 Ghz radars, and that with a 60 Ghz radio, you could build a PAN with a 100 ft range. In room networks etc.
Next year, in Japan, every phone has to have GPS to locate itself. What about a phone with an accelerometer and compass? It would know where you are, which way you are positioned, and which direction you are walking.
Peter thinks positioning is going to be huge, driven by logistics. More than 10,000 containers per year are pushed overboard every year in stormy weather. The average settlement cost is $1.25 million dollars. The US government is going to mandate a minimum standard for RFID on containers for security reasons. The container won’t be allowed to enter the US unless it is fully electronically certified. In the next phase, RFID, GPS and AI will be critical.
All of his slides are on http://www.cochrane.org.uk.