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Idea of the day. The purpose of this category is to push some of the ideas I can have on stuff to create, business to develop. Firstly because I will never develop 1/1000 of my ideas, Secondly because I never remind them after a couple of months !
Feel free to comment, and develop, if you become rich with it … don’t forget to help me paying my house !

How IoT Business Models maters ?

Business model is in my point of view a big blocker for IoT tsunami : when IoT is service and service is monthly fee, IoT is also objects and objects business model is based on push the box and get 30% standard business model.

These two approaches are really different and distribution must change its business model to correctly fit with IoT and extract the right level of value. Taking 30% one shot is quick & easy but getting a regular revenue based on service delivery is more profitable.

The blocking point seem to simply be process, people and software: actually distribution is not organized and equipped with the right IT for managing recurrent revenue, for this reason the distribution have no major interest is service oriented product and prefer all inclusive device where service is included in the initial price.

The problem of this model is that it is not profitable for IoT industry : IoT have a making cost to produce the object but year after year each object generate a service cost. In most of the existing business case, new object sell are funding the service for old objects. This can work when the company is growing and make scale effect reduction on service cost. The problem start as soon as the market is decreasing and the cost of running service is higher than the margin made on new object sell. This problem is a killer as soon as your service cost is high like when you have to support a recurrent communication fee (like for what I consider real connected object, I mean objects able to communicate with no local infrastructure dependencies). The only way is to make money on data collected from the object and be payed on client privacy. This equation is really dangerous for the client, even for the IoT industry as much as privacy regulation law are growing and data market not really predictable.

I’m quite sure that this situation will soon change as distribution can make much more money based on service than based on box pushing and as soon as they will be organized to manage it, as the business is better, they will make a lot of available space for service business model based object, enabling the IoT tsunami.

 

 

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Idea of the day – Camera companion

After a long period without any idea commit, I propose to imagine a Digital Camera companion, compatible with the main reflex system canon and nikon. This system would be connected to the camera using the USB channel or eventually a dongle type on usb connector, or eventually a wifi memory card system. This is for the camera side. On a tablet side, all the taken photo would be received and transform. The idea is to add GPS location and easily apply filter like in instagram. This can also be use to make panorama automatically or create HDR.

The choice of an USB direct connection could help to automatically configure the camera like for HDR.

As all the idea in this category, feel free to comment, and develop, if you become rich with it … don’t forget to help me paying my house !

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Idea of the day – automatic highway payment

The purpose to this idea is to save time at highway toll. Actually if you want to save time (at least in France) you need to have a specific and rented device detecting you and billing you. The current technology could allow the highway company to detect you car registration plate with a camera. This ID could be linked with a registration you have made online of different car you own and a credit card + a phone number.

Car would pass through the toll, be billed and this could be confirmed by an SMS sent to the user.

As a consequence, the system could be faster, not attached with a monthly payment and easier to manage (no hard device to move car to car, return, maintain …)

As all the idea in this category, feel free to comment, and develop, if you become rich with it … don’t forget to help me paying my house !

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Idea of the day – virtual local shopping platform

The purpose of this idea is to make a middle step between local physical shopping and Internet shopping. The problem of local & physical shopping is that you have to go to multiple place with your car to get advice and product, when you go to the shop you never sure to find what you are looking for, but if you find it, you can immediately get it.

On Internet shopping, it’s hard to get advice, you have to deal with technical description by yourself and depend on the product category it is more or less easy. Once you finally find a product you want, you need to wait at least half a week to get it.

The idea is to have a new type of on line shopping where you can easily discuss (vocally) with someone to find the right references regarding the type of need you have and your budget. The distant person providing you the advice would be able to show you the product by doing a kind of web conference where he will navigate through the shop website to show you the products. Then you would be able to place an order and to take your car to take it directly like a driving classical shop.

As all the idea in this category, feel free to comment, and develop, if you become rich with it … don’t forget to help me paying my house !

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Idea of the day – micropayment to consult blog and article

The purpose of this idea is to propose an alternative to advertisement to finance websites and blogs. I my point of view, the problem is not to pay to read an article, when the quality is good enough, the problem is the way to pay. When you subscribe to a website you generally have to do it monthly, even if you are not interested by the whole content. As a consequence, the price is high and not adapted to the classical web surf jumping from a site to another.

The idea is to have a wallet easily accessible, like a paypal system we could use to pay to watch an article or to consult a website a limited time like 1min or 1hour or more. The price should be a couple of cents to replace the ads system. The system must be standard and widely used to make sense. Article could be accessed only after paying or free but easily congratulated by a donation.

It really looks paypal, but able to do quickly transactions for 0.01$ or less with a pre-founded account.

As all the idea in this category, feel free to comment, and develop, if you become rich with it … don’t forget to help me paying my house !

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Idea of the day – dropbox for parcels

With web commerce, we are actually facing the difficulty to get our parcels at home, some are requiring signatures, some are too big and the transporter (ups, fedex, post) never come the right time. They come again and at the end we need to go to get our parcel. There are some shops where we can get parcel also, but they are rare, closed on monday, closed after 7pm …

The purpose of this idea is to have safes where parcels can be delivered. This dropbox can be owned by a post office, a transporter, a shop or an individual person. All will be referred in a system and what you will have to do is to choose a space in the nearest from your home. Reserve it for a period, obtain a secret code to open it and put this address and this code as the delivery address for your parcel. The transporter will let the parcel in, then you will use another personal code to open it a second time and get your parcel.

This service will have a cost for the user and could also have a cost for transporter as it simplify the delivery process be limiting the number of retry. The idea is to make it a viable model to cover the investment of the drop box in a reasonable time.

As all the idea in this category, feel free to comment, and develop, if you become rich with it … don’t forget to help me paying my house !

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