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January 19th, 2015 by Clement Charles

Buckle Up. And let’s get started.

The upcoming 25 years are going to be so exciting. Check this great video, both greatly produced and with a profoundly optimistic message.

September 5th, 2014 by Clement Charles

Innovation VS Product Lifecyle

Innovation VS product lifecycle: must innovation always be doomed by product’s lifecycle?

 In 2009, I was invited to speak to Lift Conference, here in Geneva. I gave a short but dense speech, on why in my perspective, product lifecycle was killing innovation. It still relevant today, so here I share :  ) You can also view the video from the conference. Cheers. CC

Clement Charles “Innovation VS product… par liftconference
Hello Lifters !!


We all know that innovation goes fast: good idea burst in one second. On the other side, we know that product lifecycles dictate the tempo of all industries based technologies and R&D, if not all. As you know, as will be said over and over during those uplifting days, alternative energy, low fuel cars, water engine, all the things we need to save the day…. were there already yesterday!


So, how can we explain that we still use the same model of motor than the one in Ford T and the same keyboard than the earliest typing machine?


My thesis is that the short-term financial vision of product lifecycle dooms innovation and slows the mass market adoption of new technologies. I will advocate long-term strategies to build new markets. A strategy where the concept of product lifecycle, managed product by product, is replaced by larger vision of industrial lifecycle, that reflects the fact that various products, various technologies are actually milestones along the same road, steps on the same stairway.


Swiss dairy farmers say no different things when they explain that, if you keep milking the same cow for ever, you won’t stay long a producer of cheese or chocolate ; ) Having a wider scope, focusing on the full livestock rather than on the individual cows, is certainly a key to farmer’s sustainability.


If you had to draw a scheme of product lifecycle, they could be two axis: one with time, one other with the various type of messages addressing the different receiving communities that you find in most industrial process: project phase, engineering and conceptual phase, market stage with media, professional and last but not least consumer. Most companies will combine various products in one scheme. Therefore, the management of the timing of the product lifecycle will be central to their success.


Now, I want to share two visions with you looking back on the failure of mobile content services by operators, and looking ahead on the necessary move that medias must make towards a next industrial cycle.


In 99, I attended ITU Telecom and two majors innovations convinced me that my future were, as citizen, as person and as a professional, in the field of digital media. The first one was mobile broadband, and the crazy idea that you would soon be able to carry the whole world with you in your pocket. The second one was Web Television, internet video and the opportunity to create medias and TV’s at nearly no cost.


Mobile broadband is just emerging now in the mass market, but also for a large amount of IT professional that discovered mobile surfing only last year with their iPhone. Again, Jobs and its team succeeded where others failed, thanks to a great user interface and more than anything else, thanks to communication orientated towards the devices’ services, a thing that surely changes the ton for the technical speech of telcos’ engineers.


People don’t care about technology, they care about services: Trust me, if you had to be able to explain how a motor work to drive a car, pollution would not be problem : )


With WAP, they were in theory selling a full mobile internet access directly in your pocket, but were actually providing a slower, hardly-working service-less version of the French Minitel of the 80’s. Telco still pay this communication mistake today. They also repeated it with 3G a few years later.

3G was the same: telco announced to everybody that full live tv and video services would be available in 2001. When they finally launched their services in 04, all the money of those technical companies went to technology, and therefore, the whole communication also underline the tech aspect. Nothing was thought for services, no room was created for services provider, no one thought that the pipe should contain something. Consumers perfectly understood the message. They did not care about that new technology at all. And now, as handsets are sponsored and often changed, most people do indeed have a 3G phone now, although nearly none of them use any 3G services. Indeed, most people don’t care about technology, they care about services: Trust me, if you had to be able to understand how a motor works to drive a car, pollution would not be problem : )


As companies wait the very last stage of the product lifecycle to introduce the next generation, they are not allocating a sufficient time for the necessary services ecosystem to emerge. They then enter a terrible vicious circle of overselling technologies, providing no services no added value. This leads early adopters to spread the word negatively and engage a truly destructive buzz on the novelty. You don’t get back on the ring after that.


The story was similar with web tv, internet video and high band. In 99, video codec and DV technologies were largely sufficient to create web TV, which lead to the foundation of plenty of start-ups. But operators were still the middle of dial up lifecycle, and really enjoyed minute / based Internet fees. In the rare case were they provided high band ADSL line, the traffic was charged. Well, start-ups are not banks, and when they crash, they crash, without any public money to guarantee their bonus. Therefore, nearly all the companies created between 98 and 2001 around Internet video had ceased to exist in early 2003.


In 2003, operators were actually deploying broadband quite massively, and had the exact same problem. As they kept to dial up lifecycle running for too long, they killed in the egg the broadband services’ ecosystem. As they started to sell broadband, they faced the lack of services to provide to their consumer to justify the high band pipe. A this time, if you remember, all those ISP and operators that are now in close contact with majors and anti-piracy leagues, were airing adds on all media showing how much free music, free video and free games you would be able to access with their high band offering….

In 2003, we at launched our first web tv bouquet, with 50 programs with weekly update. Honestly, I really started to sell this product last year.




Media face a similar problem, at the other end of the pipe. Although their product, the content, stays king in the new millennium, the lifecycle they have been living in, is now over. Indeed, media are facing today the biggest paradigm shift since Gutenberg. No all of them are getting it, but they should. Indeed, non-changing media won’t disappear tomorrow early morning, but they surely will, as surely as electricity did replace steam.


Those traditional media are often wailing on their terrible situation but they remind me of a hungry guy dying from hunger because he doesn’t make the effort to pick up the food lying at its feet. The media industry is supposed to be a sector of smart curious people asking question and finding answers, it’s just a shame they never questioned their own status, their own fear of power loss and their own practices. If they did, they would definitely have found answers. They then can surely implement those new logics and strategies, as – we – in rather small and independent media company – Geneva born and bread – we’ve been doing it since 2001.


First of all, all the content should always benefit of a fully multimedia production process. All print journalists should tape their interviews on video, or at least, have an audio file and take some pictures. All the TV companies should be able to derive text, still pix and audio files from their audiovisual products.


Secondly, newsrooms should be digital and built as an electronic workflow where the traditional hierarchy is translated into paths of validation with nodes of decision. With their current resources, doing so would create the tool and the intellectual incentives to provide various streams of information to customers.


Those flows could be:


–       a raw / uncut flow as things arrived from the fields and from the agency

–       an eye on the editorial decision process: choice is an angle, a view, let’s share it

–       access to sources and raw material used to produce the final content

–       enrich content with open standard meta-datas and enable automated encoding to ensure optimal cross-plateform devices

–       insert the content into a map of a meaning, a map of stories, with hyperlinks, on demand multimedia and mash ups


Of course, letting media consumer into the newsroom is a risk of loss of power. That’s why most media don’t do it. It’s also why strong brands like CNN take the risk and succeed.


On the economic side, media brands should really focused their USP based on their specialization and the on the added value they bring to their segment. They really should avoid to re-invent the wheel on daily basis and focus their resources of their specialization, instead of spending 40 to 70% of their HR budget in telling the exact same stories that their neighbor and competitor.




Despite the move initiated by 2.0 applications and web-services, media are still very much network centric. The future will be user centric.
Today, the use is still in the situation of a guy entering plenty of rooms (services with login and any kind of conditional access) that is obliged to have one key per room. The future will provide 1 unique personal key per user that would open all the doors, 1 key to open them all, as other said with rings : )


Clearly, yesterday’s and today’s media run as network centric broadcaster. Tomorrow, user centric broadband data network will enable user to create their own personal narrowcast.


First of all, a unique digital ID will be required. The type of ID – ID card number, VISA card, social security number, gmail address – is not really important.


Logically, this unique ID would linked to a unique profile with a fully integrated payment system (again, if it’s VISA, pre-paid or reported on monthly invoice is not central). The unique profile will also integrate more personal data, both static data like birth date, height, shoes size and dynamic data as center of interest or main keywords typed.


With that unique ID, that unique payment system, that unique ever-changing personal profile, the user can really be at the center of its web of interest, communities or services.


The promise is anything, anywhere, any time. The anywhere and anytime are easy to set up, already available with the most popular content such as news, sports and erotic. The anything really depends on services provider and their common will to open the standards insuring interoperability of systems, content, billing methods, conditional access. It’s a hard move, as it forces competitors to share proprietary information, but it’s a necessary one, as mass market and revenue generating retail industries will never be built on highly fragmented user base.


Well that’s it. I leave the conclusion to you, thanks you for reading this largely longer version on my speech online and am looking forward to discussions that I would be more than happy to have with you during Lift conferences or anytime if you contact me.


Clement from



Was our future killed by product lifecycle ?

Who’s fault is it if we presently live the past ?

Open innovation seems to go faster, with quicker cycle from conception to market. Is it because it’s free, that they is no finance in the loop ?

Are decision and will able to reduce the gap?

Can we do otherwise?
















September 4th, 2014 by Clement Charles

Orange (re)lance le M2M en Suisse


Je reproduis ci-dessous le communiqué de presse de Orange, qui avance – à juste titre – vers le domaine prometteur et essentiel du M2M, du machine to machine.


Machine-to-Machine: Orange lance une nouvelle plate-forme et un grand programme de partenariat


Orange continue de développer ses capacités M2M et son réseau de partenaires afin d’offrir aux entreprises basées en Suisse et en Europe des services novateurs dans le domaine de l’Internet des objets (IdO). La plate-forme M2M est l’un des éléments clés de ce lancement, avec de nouvelles fonctionnalités et une interface utilisateur améliorée.


L’utilisation d’un accès en ligne et à distance permet d’offrir la possibilité aux personnes âgées de rester chez elles en toute sécurité, mais aussi de suivre un transport de fonds ou des électrocardiographes, ou encore mesurer et contrôler le trafic routier ou le niveau de l’eau. Les solutions de communication M2M sur mesure de Orange sont conçues de manière à optimiser les processus, améliorer les suivis et les contrôles, accroître la fiabilité des services et réduire les coûts. Les domaines d’applications M2M sont variés et font désormais partie du quotidien d’un grand nombre d’entreprises.


Afin de soutenir au mieux sa large gamme de solutions M2M, Orange met en place une nouvelle plate-forme de gestion de connectivité qui fait office de passerelle avec les partenaires M2M. Ce nouveau service permet aux partenaires M2M de Orange de réduire les délais de commercialisation ainsi que les coûts opérationnels. Les partenaires de Orange bénéficient en outre de solutions M2M plurinationales et multisectorielles, ce qui facilite la gestion des informations de leur compte et des cartes SIM. L’offre M2M de Orange inclut d’autres services permettant d’optimiser l’application de ces solutions.


Orange lance également un vaste programme de partenariat M2M afin de satisfaire la demande croissante de services de connectivité simples et faciles à gérer. Orange dispose d’un important réseau qui permettra aux entreprises qui innovent dans le domaine de l’IdO d’accélérer leur croissance et d’introduire leurs produits sur le marché plus rapidement. Tous ces facteurs font de Orange un partenaire de choix pour des applications dans le domaine des services aux personnes, de la santé, des maisons connectées et des villes intelligentes. Orange annoncera prochainement d’autres partenariats M2M qui visent à étendre son offre et sa portée géographique.


«Nous pensons que tout ce qui peut être connecté le sera bientôt. C’est pourquoi Orange et ses partenaires développent de nouvelles solutions complètes qui stimuleront l’innovation et modifieront les écosystèmes. Nous travaillons déjà sur de nombreuses initiatives qui changeront le marché et l’industrie tels que nous les connaissons.» déclare Johan Andsjö, CEO de Orange.



Comment les personnes âgées bénéficient des solutions M2M en partenariat avec DomoSafety


L’utilisation de solutions M2M a permis d’atteindre des objectifs majeurs, dont l’amélioration de la qualité de vie dans un environnement familial sûr. DomoSafety, une start-up suisse qui utilise l’IdO pour son concept de soins à domicile, a développé un système permettant d’enregistrer les activités quotidiennes des personnes âgées grâce à des capteurs sans fil installés à des endroits stratégiques du domicile. Le système identifie les risques potentiels et envoie une alerte en cas de situation inhabituelle. Une app simplifiée accessible via smartphone et tablette est mise à disposition des membres de la famille et du personnel soignant. Ceci permet aux personnes âgées de rester dans un environnement familier aussi longtemps que possible. Non seulement l’Internet des objets apporte davantage de sécurité aux clients finaux, il permet également aux entreprises de gagner en efficacité, de faire des économies, d’améliorer la qualité de leurs services et de générer de la croissance.



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September 3rd, 2014 by Clement Charles

discover what’s in your blood

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Pre-registration are now open with upcoming blood testing company, based in Switzerland. I did met the founder, the product looks neat and great.  Insert your mail to kept in touch.

September 1st, 2014 by Clement Charles


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5 years ago, I looked crazy stupid naive when I mentioned the idea, that in the future (which is now), telco’s will be selling disconnection as much as connection, access restriction as much full access.

Similarly, when I spoke at ITU last year on data privacy in World Telecom in Bangkok, I mentioned the fact that selling privacy and secured data access, I remember people being really surprised in the audience. Then, later during the event, I was happy to see fellow future-thinker (Swiss too) Gerd Leonard mentioned the exact same concept when he addressed the crowd of operators and regulators telling them “telcos are in the trust business”. You can view the full keynote here.

Logically, in the space of personal data, especially with lifelogin and quantified self data, trust is not an option, it must should be a central piece of the product offering.  This is way I’ve loved the concept of Pryv from the very start, in the field of QS  meta platforms to aggregate your various data. Contained in the name (Pryv, as in private) , but also in their DNA (they’re Swiss, and as such love secrecy), their concept is really right and fair, proposed in a rich user interface.

Now to the business, I just discovered the business of Respect Networks, dubbed as “the leading platform for secure, verified and mutually agreed sharing of personal data”. This is just a start of new business, where people will pay for trust.

August 4th, 2014 by Clement Charles

vessyl let you know what you drink

The video is nice. The concept is fun. Tis said, I think this will be an expensive cup to loose or forget in the train. My favorite moment is 0:39 when the guy put beer from a can, look at the cup, the cup say “beer” and the guy nods, moved and impressed, by the quality of the insight provided ; ) Cheers.

June 8th, 2014 by Clement Charles

A day in 2020, by intel.

In this promotional video, Intel has taken their perception, vision and predicitons on how the future of our productive lives will most likely look like. The video offers and array of scenarios that are futuristic in our time.

June 3rd, 2014 by Clement Charles

The Future of Shopping

As many consumer industries, the shopping and retails is investing great amount of thoughts into its future. And IT will logically be an important part of that future, to improve productivity, relation with clients, and monitoring operations.

In that logic, CISCO is like .- in any industry – investing a lot of effort to showcase what could be the future of the shopping experiences.


On the other side of the cash register, PayPal has also a interesting – and well funded – vision for the future of shopping.


IBM is pushing a more “short term” vision

What closer from your vision ?

March 19th, 2014 by Clement Charles

5G in progress

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As we proudly have a now a full 4G/LTE coverage here in Switzerland, it’s good to see that next steps are getting ready. As part of many industry group, I was happy to receive this morning an invite to contribute in the current process of shaping the future soon-to-come 5G network, expected by the end of the current decades.

If you want to give your voice, the 5G Infrastructure Association is is currently share a working paper about on the future mobile network, with code name 5G-PPP.

Interestingly, the future of mobile is still lead by the very one that brought us a lot of innovation we live with today, Nokia. Indeed, the association is lead by Dr. Werner Mohr, head of research alliance at Nokia Solutions and Network Management.
March 5th, 2014 by Clement Charles

Ara: the right project for a new era

I loved that video showcasing the Ara project / PhoneBloks…. Such a great idea and a fantastic way to un program the obsolescence.  I remembers reading a book from Barnes where the richest men in 2030 are the ones selling the most sustainable goods. C’mon, Forbes 500, let’s get on it. As usual, one good move creates a domino effect, and once you start doing good and right, it’s hard to go back to old and destructive XX century ways. According to this week news, Google is taking  this project seriously and a release in 2015 is mentioned in a few papers.



November 15th, 2013 by Clement Charles

The Pay Wars

Although mobile devices have become very popular, the market for innovative mobile payment systems is still at a very early stage. How is the market likely to develop over the next few years? Will traditional banks and credit card companies keep up with the new players in the financial markets? The big digital global players who have seen the potential for lucrative growth in this area?

Find out more in this video and read the DB Research report it was based on here:

More information:

November 14th, 2013 by Clement Charles

Beyond Voice, Future of Telecom

Aegis and Bloomberg UTV presented Telecom Innovation Series on Bloomberg UTV. This panel discussion series of 12 Episodes is a platform for global business leaders, entrepreneurs, regulators and innovators in the TIME domain to share their wishdom and ideas. The Telecom Innovation Series on Bloomberg UTV is a platform for global business leaders, entrepreneurs, regulators and innovators in the TIME domain to share their wisdom and ideas on most intellectually stimulating themes shaping the future of Telecom industry and the entire eco system. This series was aired on, India’s most preferred business news channel, Bloomberg UTV.

Mr. Marten Pieter, CEO & MD, Vodafone
Mr. Himanshu Kapania, CEO & MD, Idea
Mr. Ronnie Screwvala, CEO, UTV Softwares
Ms. Mini Menon, Executive Editor, Bloomberg UTV

October 29th, 2013 by Clement Charles

Next stop for itu telecom world ? DOha in 2014

A press release from the ITU (in French)

Communiqué de presse

Le Qatar accueillera la prestigieuse manifestation ITU Telecom World en 2014

D’influents professionnels du secteur des TIC participeront aux débats à Doha, en décembre 2014

Genève, le 26 octobre 2013 – L’Union internationale des télécommunications (UIT), institution spécialisée des Nations Unies pour les technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC), a annoncé aujourd’hui que l’Etat du Qatar avait été choisi pour accueillir ITU Telecom World 2014, au terme d’un processus d’appel d’offres entre différents Etats Membres de l’UIT. ITU Telecom World 2014 aura donc lieu en décembre 2014 à Doha, dans les locaux ultra-modernes du Centre national de congrès du Qatar. Cet événement rassemblera d’éminents dirigeants du domaine des TIC, des secteurs public et privé, qui tiendront des débats stratégiques, échangeront des connaissances, présenteront des nouveautés et établiront des contacts en réseau au plus haut niveau.

L’Etat du Qatar a chargé la société internationale de communications Ooredoo de l’aider à organiser ITU Telecom World 2014, pour le compte du Gouvernement du Qatar. Ooredoo, auparavant appelée Qatar Telecom, est le principal prestataire de services de télécommunication dans le pays et l’une des plus grandes sociétés de communication du monde, puisqu’elle dessert une clientèle de plus de 2,5 millions d’abonnés au Qatar, ainsi que plus de 93 millions d’abonnés dans le monde entier.

Pour le texte intégral, voir:

 A propos de l’UIT

L’UIT est la principale institution des Nations Unies pour les technologies de l’information et de la communication. Depuis prè de 150 ans, elle coordonne l’utilisation en partage du spectre des fréquences radioélectriques au niveau mondial, encourage la coopération internationale en attribuant des orbites de satellite, s’emploie à renforcer l’infrastructure des communications dans les pays en développement et définit des normes mondiales qui garantissent la parfaite interconnexion de systèmes de communication très divers. Qu’il s’agisse des réseaux large bande ou des technologies hertziennes de nouvelle génération, de la navigation aéronautique et maritime, de la radioastronomie, de la météorologie par satellite ou de la convergence entre téléphonie fixe et téléphonie mobile, de l’Internet ou des technologies de radiodiffusion, l’UIT s’engage à connecter le monde.


September 4th, 2013 by Clement Charles

Getting ready for ITU Telecom World 2013

ITU Telecom World has always been an important miles stones in my life, both as a doer and thinker.

Following last year kind invite, I accepted to participate  to this year event and speak in a few conf and panels.

A very hot topic and interesting would be :  “How can World Citizens Ensure their Privacy in a Digital World?” at

We will be covering questions like-

– What should citizens do and what are their rights?-

– What should be the role of Government and Business?-

– How should we ensure this in laws and international standards?


Any inputs you reader would like to provide ? Feel free to post a comment and chat with me on Twitter.

August 28th, 2013 by Clement Charles

Robert Scoble – Google+ – How Apple, Broadcom, and Y Combinator will put a bullet in…

Robert Scoble – Google+ – How Apple, Broadcom, and Y Combinator will put a bullet in….

Despite great interest in NFC, I indeed think that it’s now too late for pick up. Looking forward to explore in more details.

What do you think ? What’s the future of NFC – take off or history  ?

August 22nd, 2013 by Clement Charles

Animation of an IOT supported day

Currently discussing with some IOT companies such Wulian  to integrate pre-embeded content on domotic appliance, I came across that video, a rather good animation of an IOT supported day. Enjoy.

August 13th, 2013 by Clement Charles

The Internet of Bins

I just discovered Renew, a smart bin with LED screen, with a great article from The Independent.

Here is a short video showcasing their product.


The article had a rather bad opinion of the product. Not the screens on the bin, but the tracking of users’ phone without their consent. On Twitter, the company is getting trashed by most commentators very heavily.



August 7th, 2013 by Clement Charles

ITU’s Green Standards Week set for Madrid, 16-20 September 2013 (pr)

ITU’s Green Standards Week set for Madrid, 16-20 September 2013 (pr)

Focus on advancing smart sustainable cities

Geneva, 6 August 2013 – The Third ITU Green Standards Week is set to tackle an agenda featuring ‘Smart Sustainable Cities’, e-waste, mobile device eco-rating schemes, and climate monitoring and disaster warning using submarine communications networks.

The 2013 event is being organized by ITU and hosted by Telefónica in Madrid, Spain, 16-20 September 2013, with partners comprising the Basel Convention, CEDARE, UNEP, UNESCO-IOC, the United Nations University, and WMO along with sponsors such as Huawei and Fujitsu.

The event’s agenda includes a High Level Segment on Smart Sustainable Cities, the second meeting of the ITU-T Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities, 17 September, as well as the prize-giving for the Telefónica-supported 3rd ITU Green ICT Application Challenge, 18 September.


August 7th, 2013 by Clement Charles

FTTH Conference, The FTTH Forum 2013, in Istanbul/Turkey (October 8-9, 2013) – PR

Event / PR Announcement.

The Major FTTH Conference, The FTTH Forum 2013, Returns to Istanbul/Turkey (October 8-9, 2013).

 After Lisbon (2008/2009), Barcelona (2009), Budapest (2010/2011) and Istanbul (2012) the FTTH Forum 2013, leading international FTTH conference, will take place this year again in Istanbul (October 2013).

Turkey, a vibrant and innovative communications market, and historically a country which provides strong signals to the region about market success and key trends is leading the Top 5 dynamic countries in terms of percentage of new subscribers in the total FTTH/B subscribers’ basis, along with Ukraine, Spain, Bulgaria and Russia and in Turkey, subscribers more than doubled in the last year!

Please visit our updated conference website  

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July 26th, 2013 by Clement Charles

A day with Vuzix AR Glasses

Google will not the only company offering AR Glasses. Check this video of a day with Vuzix
Less sleak and sexy than Google video… But product is in store and company has a focus on their vision ; ) Compared to Google video, I think this may be a bit more credible in terms of intrusivity (high) and UI (weak) in a 2013 perspective.