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Voice-first: has the screen become obsolete?

Voice-First devices, or digital voice assistants (DVA), mark a significant turning point in digital technologies. They’re revolutionising design principles, business models and e-commerce. We had a look at the DVA boom and the latest trends in voice commands. Amazon Echo and Apple are launching their own voice assistants to rival Google’s Home range, which came out in the States in 2016 and has been available in Europe since last summer. Microsoft, meanwhile, is bringing out its own smart speaker, called Invoke, combining the capabilities of its Cortana assistant with the expertise of Harmon Kardon, Samsung’s speaker division. The DVA...

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Rotterdam: the port of the future

Maritime transport is undergoing a major digital transformation, spearheaded by the port of Rotterdam which is using IoT and artificial intelligence to manage its 12,000 hectares and 438 million tonnes of cargo. Europe’s biggest port and industrial complex is launching a massive IoT deployment Its 64 km of quays and 12 million containers require state-of-the-art logistics management via some major digital innovations. The port of Rotterdam’s technological deployment consists of four projects to be implemented by 2030: 1 - Connected port authorities By installing underwater sensors and smart weather stations, the port authorities will be able to optimise incoming...

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Artificial intelligence: a real boon for IoT security

Machine learning, a field of artificial intelligence, is used to automatically analyse the way interconnected systems work in order to detect cyberattacks and limit their damage. This is good news for cybersecurity players, companies, institutions and end users, who are increasingly under the threat of hacking. Mobile devices, e-health, home automation, transport, industrial systems, smart grids, smart city: we’re living in a hyper-connected environment. The downside of the proliferation of devices and sensors, or the smartification of our world, as TechTarget calls it, is the rise of cyberattacks, some of which, such as the Mirail botnet in 2016, have...

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#NRF2018: 3 questions for Jean-Guillaume Roger, Retail Market Manager for Econocom

The major retail event in New York is over. So what are the latest technological discoveries and innovations in retail? We found out from Jean-Guillaume Roger, Retail Market Manager for Econocom. What were the key customer experience trends at NRF this year? Customer data was a key theme at NRF 2018. For years the e-commerce experience has led to frustration for in-store customers (check-out, queues, product availability, etc.). The pure play strategy is increasingly being replaced by a seamless, omnichannel experience between e-commerce and brick-and-mortar stores. This channel convergence has created a new way of consuming. Brands are looking...

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#NRF2018: AI, robotics and VR: the latest key retail trends

After CES in Las Vegas, startups from all over the globe will now be flocking to New York for the Retail’s Big Show. The National Retail Federation is expecting some 35,000 visitors, including around 20,000 retailers looking for tomorrow’s trends and technologies. The NRF Retail’s Big Show, the global event for retailers which is taking place this week in New York, has a dedicated startups area where around twenty new companies are presenting the latest technological innovations in retail, particularly in the field of artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual and augmented reality. For the second year running, there will...

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