This week sees Google indicating that it wants to serve up advertising on everything, the Internet of Everything, from your fridge, to your watch, to your glasses, to your phone, and your car display. Meanwhile, DIA revamps their ICT website, but not much else, Wellington’s Mayor signs an agreement with NEC, despite the Council currently being in a competitive tender process and New Zealand scores high in a Cloud uptake scale but still sucks at Internet connectivity.
This from Google:
“For example, a few years from now, companies could be serving ads and other content on refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches, to name just a few possibilities,” the company stated. “Our expectation is that users will be using our services and viewing our ads on an increasingly wide diversity of devices in the future, and thus our advertising systems are becoming increasingly device-agnostic.” – Source
Great, based on Google’s ad sense (or lack of it) while I am opening the fridge I will be seeing advertisements for undertakers and as I walk down the road my Google Glasses are going to tell me that I need some BMW. I can’t think of a hell worse than where advertising is on everything. Every time you look at your watch, whenever you want to set your heat pump, switching on your television, and so on. If this is not a sign of a move toward evil I don’t know what is.
Meanwhile, back in New Zealand Government land in the last few day’s DIA has quietly rolled out a new website look at www.ict.govt.nz No progress on those Common Capabilities, just a bit of lipstick on the old site. Can we have our money back please? It’s a little plain. They do note that:
“By 2017, the New Zealand government wants public services to be radically transformed for the benefit of all New Zealanders – and ICT is a key tool that will make this possible.”
Houston, we are going to need a lot more lipstick.
Never without lipstick Wellington’s Mayor seems to have discovered a rather large probity hole on her trip to China. She’s signed an agreement with NEC. Here are some of the highlights:
“In Tokyo on Friday 23 May, Mayor Wade-Brown signed a ‘memorandum of collaboration’ with Mr Takayuki Morita, Executive Vice President of NEC Corporation. Representatives from NEC’s New Zealand headquarters were also present.
NEC is producing digital technology that, at the highest level, can help cities like Wellington operate infrastructure and transport networks highly efficiently and enhance customer service.” – Source
The local Council officers must be hopping from one foot to the other given that the WCC is in the middle of a tender for future ICT Services. Worse, it goes against the grain of looking to local ICT companies in New Zealand for services. And, NEC is not really seen as Smart City contender, they do projectors quite well, and on top of that, as if we needed more, Smart City Tech from big technology costs a lot.
One source pointed out to me that this move might be to keep NEC in Wellington, which kind of makes it even worse, because they are not staying without some kind of promise, now are they… So in the middle of a tender, we have this agreement, and it just all looks rather messy. Some local suppliers are gnashing their teeth I can tell you.
Lastly. New Zealand leaps to third in a Cloud Readiness survey by the Asia Cloud Computing Associations (ACCA):
“Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and the Philippines are the biggest improvers in the latest Asia Cloud Computing Associations (ACCA) Cloud Readiness Index 2014.
Each of Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand jumped four places ahead of its previous ranks, taking them to third, second, and ninth ranking respectively. The Philippines moved up two places for the third consecutive time. Between 2011 and 2014 the Philippines has now moved from bottom of the table to tenth.
The ACCA noted that a common factor creating an improvement in cloud readiness amongst these countries is an overreaching ICT and cloud policy plan. For example, the New Zealand government’s focus on building out its ICT Strategy and Action Plan 2017 will be key to creating a pro-cloud environment for businesses.” – Source
Go New Zealand.
Interestingly, buried in the statistics we find that New Zealand rates fifth from the bottom with Internet Connectivity. Best we sort that out, or we’ll be joingin Vietnam at the bottom of the Cloud table.