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John Myers

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Welcome to my blog. The fine folks at the BeyeNETWORK™ have provided me with this forum to offer opinion and insight into the worlds of telcommunications (telecom) and business activity monitoring (BAM). But as with any blog, I am sure that we (yes we... since blogging is a "team sport"...) will explore other tangents that intersect the concepts of telecom and BAM.

In this world of "Crossfire" intellectual engagement (i.e. I yell louder therefore I win the argument), I will try to offer my opinion in a constructive manner. If I truly dislike a concept, I will do my best to offer an alternative as opposed to simply attempting to prove my point by disproving someone else's. I ask that people who post to this blog follow in my lead.

Let the games begin....

About the author >

John Myers, a senior analyst in the business intelligence (BI) practice at  Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). In this role, John delivers comprehensive coverage of the business intelligence and data warehouse industry with a focus on database management, data integration, data visualization, and process management solutions. Prior to joining EMA, John spent over ten years working with business analytics implementations associated with the telecommunications industry.

John may be contacted by email at JMyers@enterprisemanagement.com.

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Interesting note at today’s keynotes at the Telematics Update 2011 Show in Detroit…

David Strickland, Administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, made it very clear to the telematics/auto industry conference that technology curbs will be explored to prevent distracted driving.  This comes despite a March 2011 move for additional study on the problem of distracted driving before government action.

Perhaps his most clear statement in regards to the NHTSA’s focus on safety relating to distracted driving was:

“A car is not a mobile device. A car is a car."

This reminded me a story that I heard from an active US observer with the German auto industry.  The story goes that many German automotive engineers refused to put cup holders in their luxury cars.  “Cars are for driving and not for drinking” was the stance from those German engineers.  The US observer asked those same engineers “Do you want to sell cars in the US or stand by your position on cup holders?”  Today, my German car has very nice cup holders…

SadpirateAdministrator Strickland… you might want to tell your boss, Secretary LaHood, this story about markets…. Also, it might help to toss in a couple of stories about iPhone “jail breaking” and estimate exactly how long any hardware/software regulation would last in the face of a determined hacker community.

Would you risk “jail breaking” your wireless device to use if there was a regulation against it? Would you accept the regulation?

Post your comments below or email (John.Myers@BlueBuffaloGroup.com) / twitter (@BlueBuffaloGrp) me directly.


Posted June 9, 2011 10:35 AM
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Back at the Telematics Update 2011 show in Detroit.  Just left a presentation from Ericsson and Cybercom on making the car social via telematics.

The packed room heard how Ericsson and Cybercom are attempting to bridge the gap between the telecom industry and the auto/telematics industry. It appears that the telematics/auto industry is attempting to re-invent the wheel (pardon the pun) that Apple and Google have been building quite effectively recently.

In particular, Apple's recent iCloud announcement seems to put many of the content delivery aspects of the telematics industry to rest....or at least in my humble opinion.

There are still significant issues associated with distracted driving and bandwidth to deliver this content. However, these are issues that auto industry appears to be tackling with vigor and great interest.

What do you think of iCloud as an infotainment platform?

Can a car truly be a social platform?


Post your comments below or email (John.Myers@BlueBuffaloGroup.com) / twitter (@BlueBuffaloGrp) me directly.


Posted June 8, 2011 3:22 PM
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US Mobile Penetration Rates:

WirelessPentrationRates

As US wireless providers approach a mythical 100% penetration rate in 2011 (see above), wireless carriers are looking for new ways to extend their services within households via machine to machine (M2M) connectivity.

One of the ways to do this is by enabling automobiles with connectivity to report back on vehicle performance, ‘health’ and possibly crash information.  Recently, Vodafone and Hyundai agreed to a collaborative agreement.

These types of arrangements should help not only with building barriers to exist for customers by “locking” them into multiple agreements, but also build revenues as mobile data rates follow their landline and mobile voice cousins along the product maturity curve and the eventual price decline… Hopefully, many years from now.

Are you ready to get a wireless data plan for your car?

Post your comments below or email (John.Myers@BlueBuffaloGroup.com) / twitter (@BlueBuffaloGrp) me directly.


Posted May 3, 2011 1:08 PM
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General-smart-phoneLast November, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood started making noises about a “hardware” solution to the issue of distracted driving as it relates to wireless devices.  Secretary LaHood was advocating ‘disabling’ wireless devices in moving vehicles.

Now in March, LaHood is leaning more toward NHTSA a study before making any ‘harsh decisions as it relates to wireless devices.  This study would look to determine if devices cause "cognitive distractions" to drivers and contributes to accidents and deaths.

I applaud Secretary LaHood taking the step to perform a study and base any regulatory decisions on hard numbers rather than ‘gut feel’.  But I am concerned that LaHood and the Department of Transportation are focusing too much on consumer devices rather than other causes of distracted drivers.  Some that I can think of off the top of my head are:

  • Pets
  • Food
  • Beverages
  • Shaving
  • Applying makeup
  • Children

I would advocate a simple solution to the problem… Move toward a nationwide standard to “double the points and double the fine” for any and all distracted drivers during moving violations.  This would similar to the recent campaigns focusing not just on the fact that drunk driving is a bad decision, but a REALLY bad financial decision.

For those using wireless devices during a moving violation, the ‘detection method’ is to simply use the existing lawful intercept laws to utilize the voice, SMS or data records associated with a suspect’s wireless device.

Are you ready to have hardware in your phone or in your car to prevent the usage of wireless device while it is moving?

Post your comments below or email (John.Myers@BlueBuffaloGroup.com) / twitter (@BlueBuffaloGrp) me directly.


Posted April 5, 2011 10:04 AM
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Infotainment… Infotainment… Personally, I thought that David Letterman made that word up… I guess I am late to the party…

David-letterman

But in all seriousness, an infotainment system is a fancy term for mobile video and the other informational aspects available on a smartphone.  Specifically IVI or “in-vehicle” infotainment systems are those that reside in cars. Instat estimates Dollar-sign-thumbnail that 35 million in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems are expected to ship in 2015.

This is the continuing push of content from the desktop to the mobile platform.  Wireless carriers will find this situation both an opportunity and a challenge.  There are dollar signs attached with the wonderful world of infotainment.  Just like IPTV and other content delivery avenues.

However, as mobile connectivity and general video quality issues associated with the infotainment concept, wireless carriers will be more and more responsible for the customer care aspects of that content delivery, but with less control.  Also, wireless providers will have cost issues with the delivered content.  As I have said before, Warner Brothers, Disney, etc will want their cut of the revenues to provide that premium content.

Are your telecom organization executives ready for marketing and customer care aspects of deploying in-vehicle infotainment systems?

Post your comments below or email (John.Myers@BlueBuffaloGroup.com) / twitter (@BlueBuffaloGrp) me directly.


Posted March 3, 2011 3:14 PM
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