We already live in the ‘Matrix’ – Interview with Mary-Ann Schreurs, Vice-Mayor of Eindhoven

We already live in the ‘Matrix’ – Interview with Mary-Ann Schreurs, Vice-Mayor of Eindhoven

Mary-Ann Schreurs, Vice-Mayor, city of Eindhoven will open the Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference 2017, on November 08, at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands. She has a very clear and outspoken vision on the developments and expectations of the people of her city and region. “We must go from a data-driven economy to a innovative design for life economy,” says Schreurs.

Mary-Ann Schreurs believes in design as an important engine for our economy and being just the right tool for defying big challenges of the city. As the first Dutch vice-mayor of design she therefore introduced design in local innovation policy. Her goal is to improve citizen’s lives by using the methodology of design thinking in co-creation with the citizens itself and other stakeholders in the city. Before she became council member and vice-mayor in Eindhoven, she was co-initiator of (European) innovation projects linked to design.

“Since the end of the second World War Two we have been reduced to numbers instead of human beings,“ starts Schreurs. “Everything has been made secondary to the system, and everybody had to live accordingly to that vision. If you buy a car, you, the human, only have to press the right knobs to get what you want. The car will drive it self (editorial: which it does already for 25 years) we are no more than an extended arm of the IT nowadays. That is why we are already living in the ‘Matrix’.” Continue reading “We already live in the ‘Matrix’ – Interview with Mary-Ann Schreurs, Vice-Mayor of Eindhoven”

Dutch, Belgian companies provide indispensable infrastructure to run global IoT – Interview with Peter Siemkens, DSP Valley

Peter Siemkens

Dutch, Belgian companies provide indispensable infrastructure to run global IoT – Interview with Peter Siemkens, DSP Valley. Peter Siemkens is a speaker at the Internet of Things Event 2017, which will take place on June 08, at High Tech Campus Eindhoven.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is still often called a hype or a buzzword. If connecting devices to the web and making them smart data collectors is such a promising technology, then why don’t we see more IoT solutions in our daily life? But here we’re wrong, says Peter Simkens. The IoT revolution is already well under way, although we may not notice it.

Simkens is managing director of DSP Valley, a Belgian-Dutch cluster organization focused on building a networking platform where companies interested in IoT solutions can find meaningful partnerships. On June 8th he will give a talk during the 7th annual Internet-of-Things event at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, highlighting how companies can find the right tools, knowledge and competence for their IoT strategy.

So how are we wrong about not seeing the IoT?
“Because many solutions that are already genuine IoT don’t market themselves as such. Just look at the medical sector. There are so many applications to monitor body functions, like wearables. A wearable is nothing but a sensor that sends its data to smartphone and the internet, where you can monitor it. That’s pure Internet of Things. Even a sports watch that sends your heart rate details is an IoT solution. So IoT is not only about smart refrigerators, it’s also about human data.” Continue reading “Dutch, Belgian companies provide indispensable infrastructure to run global IoT – Interview with Peter Siemkens, DSP Valley”

Slow and steady development is accelerating – Interview with Stijn Grove, Dutch Datacenter Association

Stijn Grove

Slow and steady development is accelerating – Interview with Stijn Grove, Dutch Datacenter Association

Stijn Grove, CEO Dutch Datacenter Association is giving on June 8 his keynote speaker speech during the 7th edition of the Internet of Things Event at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Here he gives an impression what it will be about.

“The possibilities and chances of the Internet of Things are by far greater than most people can imagine,” according to Stijn Grove, managing director of the Dutch Datacenter Association (DDA). “In the past years more and more electronic equipment got connected, that is what started Internet of Things to grow. For instance, the once so much used mobile phone has become a smartphone with an app for calling someone. But the device itself offers far more possibilities with many different apps that can be used for a great number of different things. These developments are going faster and faster nowadays and offer a host of possibilities and challenges.” Continue reading “Slow and steady development is accelerating – Interview with Stijn Grove, Dutch Datacenter Association”