connectivity

As anyone familiar with the Gartner Hype Cycle will know, technology goes through various stages on the rocky road to mass
After 22 years of democracy, some people in rural areas have never been connected to the internet in their lifetime.
We can't deny technological advancement will continue to advance, so how we can find a healthy balance both online and offline? We can put all energy in improving our online persona or we can discover ourselves through our interaction with others, being present in those moments and accepting that we cannot control everything.
These are the realities that the young ones face day after day. But parents also encounter a new set of challenges brought about by the age of connectivity. The latter grew up when uninvolved parenting was the norm. This experience had led to the rise of helicopter mums and dads, a parenting style that has gained a lot of flak off- and online.
Technology certainly drives the imagination. A friend of mine has been talking about buying up rural pubs, in Ireland, convinced that driverless cars will lead a major change in drinking habits as people socialise out-of-town again. It may happen, but then again this is a revolution that could veer off in an entirely different direction.
As we chart the history of nutrition over the decades it's clear that the cultural, societal and technological trends of the time have a huge impact on our perceptions about food. As a longstanding staple in our diet, dairy has been caught up in this and over the years it has been both lauded and demonised.
These connected devices and 'things' will require stronger, faster and more accessible network connectivity to reach their full potential. Without this, the IoT would be like a racing car in pole position, trying to start on an empty tank. Here we examine connectivity trends and future gaze to help you understand where IoT and connected fleet technology might be heading.
In the UK, we have largely built our towns and cities, so a better question might be: 'How could we enhance our cities by overlaying a digital layer?' This layer, spread over the physical, helps us to understand our cities better and create services that allow citizens to interact with the city - and each other - differently.
Smart cities have won a lot of headlines recently with various independent projects popping up. But what about the possibility of a smart Europe? As the phenomenon picks up momentum the EU is trying to accelerate smart city deployment across the region by aiding development of open standards that aim to help manage data flow in cities by 2020.
In short, the secret to engaging millennials is to stop thinking about them as a code to be cracked. It's not about age - it's about a mindset of connectivity. Gen C are people like you who want to be engaged. You just have to give us the right tools.