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Fast-forward to Smart living in 2020: One day in Digital Birmingham

What will life actually look like for citizens and businesses in 2020?
Once more I am delighted to introduce Raj Mack, Head of Digital Birmingham, who joins us today as a guest blogger to share his vision on the subject in relation to the city of Birmingham.
Albert Seubers, global strategy & business development ICT in Cities at Atos International.

Atos - Fast-forward to Smart living in 2020: One day in Digital Birmingham

Imagine living in a city that connects healthcare services to your home; measures parking fares based on current traffic levels and lets you pay for public transport with your smartphone. It might sound like something from Minority Report, but in Birmingham, we’re not that far from making these types of digital services a reality. In my last post, I discussed our vision for creating a connected, smart and people-led Birmingham and some of the projects we’re working on … Continue reading ...

Could connected cars be the next big tech revolution?

Atos - Could-connected-cars-be-the-next-big-tech-revolution--Francois-GatineauIf you were closely following this year’s CES show, it won’t have escaped you that connected cars were being hotly tipped to become the next big tech innovation. Today, just 10% of vehicles carry built-in connected, but by 2020, it will be an incredible 90%!

Adding connectivity to vehicles promises exciting possibilities for motorists, enhancing the overall driving experience and performance of the car. For manufacturers, connected cars open up vital new revenue streams and help increase customer loyalty. So what are some of the projects in progress today and what needs to be considered to ensure connected cars aren’t just another fad?

2015: The year for connected cars?

At CES 2015, 10 major car manufacturers demonstrated their latest in-car electronics and self-driving models. We saw Audi’s A7 driverless car travel over 550 miles, from San Francisco to Las … Continue reading ...

Putting People First in the Digital Workplace – Future of Work Part 3

Atos- Putting People First in the Digital Workplace - Future of Work Part 3The growing numbers of millennials in the workforce are setting new and high technological expectations of their employers. Almost three quarters expect to be able to modify and customize their work computer, and a third would choose social media freedom and device flexibility over a higher salary. So how will this affect talent in the future of work? Putting people first should be a given, but the digital workplace brings new challenges, three of which we discuss here.

Identifying digital talent

To be successful in the digital age, companies will require different skills from their employees, and need to adapt their workforce planning and development strategies to ensure they’re recruiting and training for these skills. We’re talking digital and transferable skills such as computational thinking, virtual collaboration and social intelligence. It’s about having the capability to make sense … Continue reading ...

Digital Birmingham: Creating a connected, smart and people-centric city

Smarter cities of all sizes are capitalizing on new technologies and insights to transform their systems and operations to offer a better service for citizens.
I am delighted to introduce Raj Mack, Head of Digital Birmingham, who joins us today as a guest blogger to share his vision on the subject in relation to the city of Birmingham.
Albert Seubers, global strategy & business development ICT in Cities at Atos International.

Atos- Digital Birmingham: Creating a connected, smart and people-centric city

As technology comes to increasingly touch every facet of our lives, the race is on to create digitally-connected cities that can flourish and function in ways that attract investment, generate employment and promote sustainability. Birmingham is no different and is being challenged to find new ways to deliver better services and manage its resources more effectively, amidst population growth and financial constraints.

Digital Birmingham – the city … Continue reading ...

Top tips to optimise working from home

Atos- Top tips to optimise working from homeAs more employees continue to choose to work from home, their personal and professional lives risk becoming increasingly blurred. Constrained to their house, remote employees may feel isolated or pressured to work as hard as possible to justify the “privilege” of working at home. As a result, the number of homeworkers experiencing burnout or stress can increase as a result.

Here are my top coping mechanisms to avoid reaching this level of stress:

Separate your home from your working environment, and vice versa

When working at home, it’s important to set clear boundaries between your office environment and home life, and then stick to them. Physical separation is something that can help here. For example, at the start of the day, get dressed in a “work uniform” – something that you feel smart in – and leave the house. … Continue reading ...