It is one thing to understand and acknowledge the transformative capabilities of emerging technologies but is another entirely to move beyond the haze of theory and hypothetical scenarios to implement a roadmap which will lead to a practical outcome.
Bloktide helps to implement transformative technologies and realise strategic, tactical and operational aims – whether you are a public sector organisation, multinational or SME, we can help.
Technology is evolving at a tremendous rate and many industries are set to be disrupted. As the effects of Internet 3.0 and Industry 4.0 start to become apparent, it will be disruptive capabilities in not only existing markets, but also new markets that will enable new entrants to provide fresh offerings. Well-established companies will also need to keep abreast of such developments to cut costs, increase efficiency, improve security and capitalise on new growth opportunities.
It has become of paramount importance for organisations to have a well-informed emerging technologies strategy. Bloktide provides a range of services ranging from a bespoke basic “Blokumen” service that keeps you informed of key innovation or competitive moves that could impact your organisation, to detailed research and strategy development that results in a tailored and actionable transformative technologies strategy plan.
We work with you to pick the right route for your organisation and make sure that the competition and/or technology innovations don’t surprise you.
For Bloktide, AI, Blockchain and IoT are not just buzzwords but The Unholy Trinity that are, alongside other transformative technologies, clearing the way for Internet 3.0 and Industry 4.0 to emerge and transform the way business will be done.
Combining commercial acumen, change management experience, technical capabilities and a network of visionaries, we regard ourselves as not only pioneers but also scholars of the Digital Transformation space. We regard it as our obligation to not only keep informed of advancements and to educate others regarding them. Here are some of our insights:
Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)
Distributed ledger technology (DLT) – of which Blockchain is a derivative – can be described as a ledger of transactions or contracts maintained in decentralised form across different locations/people, eliminating the need of a central authority to keep check against manipulation. All the information on it is securely and accurately stored using cryptography and can be accessed using keys and cryptographic signatures.
Once the information is stored, it becomes an immutable database, which the rules of the network govern. Over the last couple of decades, computers have taken over the process of record keeping and ledger maintenance, bringing great convenience and speed. Today, with innovation, the information stored on computers is moving towards much higher forms, as DLT revolutionises the way information is exchanged.
Please follow our #Blokucation series in which we explore the details of blockchain and DLT as part of our insights.
How is it used?
Blockchain aids innumerable new use cases that leverage Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Blockchain delivers key enabling features to IoT such as:
The ability for devices to exchange data via an immutable network.
Automation opportunities via smart contract implementation.
Security capabilities via cryptography.
The ability to ensure compliance and governance for autonomous systems.
Proof of originator authentication capabilities (digital identity).
As with any technology, new use cases (beyond IoT) are being discovered with every passing day - whether it be DApp solutions that can drive down overheads for mobile app enterprises or cryptographic private key integration to ramp up security and provide transparency for an audit trail.
Please follow our #Blokify series in which we take an industry by industry approach to blockchain and DLT use cases as part of our insights
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning
The dream of AI has existed since time immemorial but the defining point came when Alan Turing asked “can machines think?” in his 1950 paper, “Computing Machinery and Intelligence.” Artificial intelligence (AI) is the development of systems designed to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence. Though the technology can still be considered to be in its early stages, we are starting to realise its massive potential.
Artificial intelligence has recently seen implementation as it is used to improve processes and solve complex problems that could previously requiring human input. Machine learning, neural networks, deep learning and generative adversarial networks have flourished in recent years as we see them being used to execute intricate tasks previously deemed impossible. With AI, machines are gaining the ability to comprehend language (natural language processing), see (machine vision), and execute judgement (cognitive computing). AI and stories of successful implementations are exciting and abundant yet it is important to bear in mind the bespoke nature of the technology: with it powering many different tools, each with varying abilities.
Please follow our #Blokucation series in which we explore the details of AI and Machine Learning as part of our insights.
How is it used?
With AI developing and advancing rapidly, businesses are keen to maintain a competitive advantage. AI applications often combine multiple abilities to accomplish complex tasks. These AI applications typically fall into five categories:
Cognition: Data analysis to derive valuable insights, make forecasts and improve decision-making in complicated areas.
Engagement: Existing automated customer/employee engagement platforms are made to be more “human”.
Process automation: Automating expensive and time-consuming processes.
Volume processing: Data processing, including video and audio data.
Complex problem solving: Using several specialised AI algorithms to tackle complex, multi-layer tasks.
Please follow our #Blokify series in which we take an industry by industry approach to AI use cases as part of our insights
Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things (IoT) - at its core - refers to any given physical device that can be used to collect and emit data, and connecting it to the internet. With global internet coverage, cheap processors and wireless networks in abundance, it's possible to turn anything (from a pill to an aeroplane to a self-driving car) into an IoT device. The digital intelligence that is added to otherwise dumb devices is where the value is derived; intercommunication of real-time data without human involvement means a merging of the digital and physical domains.
There is much talk of smart environments - whether that be our homes, offices or even factories - and IoT will have a core role to play in this process. Providing organisations and people better insights into (and control over) the vast majority of objects in every day use that hitherto remain beyond the reach of the internet, IoT will allow interconnectivity to concentrate on more meaningful, higher-level work as we glean insights from data we would otherwise never have access to.
Please follow our #Blokucation series in which we explore the details of IoT as part of our insights.
How is it used?
It is predicted that, by 2025, there will be more than 21 billion IoT devices and it is important to consider that - while consumer devices will play no small part in this - the value to be derived from it by industry is insurmountable. We split the value of IoT across the following:
IoT-ification: Anything can be turned in to an IoT device, but whether it should be and what is measured is where commercial advantage is secured.
Process optimisation: Integrating IoT solutions in to existing operations to derive analytical benefits.
Smart connectivity: The interconnectivity of multiple devices will allow for mass data collection.
AI/Machine-learning integration: Data collection has diminishing returns if one is reliant on a cost centre to process it.
IoT security: The presence of connected devices also leaves one open to DDoS and other cybersecurity threats - blockchain and other solutions allow you to prevent this.
IoT implementation potential is vast and the above uses only scratch the surface, please follow our #Blokify series in which we take an industry by industry approach to IoT use cases as part of our insights
Other Transformative Technologies
At Bloktide we regard ourselves as pioneers in emerging technologies implementation, and this is not something we take lightly. Our capabilities extend in to the following also:
Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR)
Virtual reality (VR) is an artificial, computer-generated simulation or recreation of a real life environment or situation, whilst augmented reality layers computer-generated enhancements atop an existing reality in order to make it more meaningful through the ability to interact with it. Whether it be via application/hardware development or consultation around the technology's optimal integration, at Bloktide we are able to assist with all your needs.
Serverless computing (also known as serverless architecture or function as a service, FaaS) is a software design pattern where applications are hosted by a third-party service, eliminating the need for server software and hardware management by the developer. Server infrastructure management can be a costly yet often unnecessary endeavour; Bloktide will help you navigate options and assess the most efficient solutions for you.
We also have expertise in drone solutions, biometrics, robotic process automation and cybersecurity, amongst other things. Please do not hesitate to reach out and see what we can do for you.
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