for companies providing interaction services and technology
More and more, people are
thinking and acting together regardless of the distance that separates them. This
mounting interactivity offers profitable options for access providers, communication
services, portals, and software developers. Key opportunities include --
The idea is to join -- at
last -- separate voicemail, fax, and e-mail into unified or linked mailboxes;
and to bring the realms of the Internet, the telephone, data networks, and TV
networks into a single sphere of user control. Large corporate enterprises and
service providers are positioned to benefit here.
One good approach is to
provide a unified mailbox system using a unified communications platform. Another
is to implement "virtual unification" using the fetch-and-present capabilities
of universal access. Ask
us for details and a demonstration..
Local telephone, Internet-access
companies, and communication/media portals now have the chance to transform themselves
into Personal Presence Providers. PPP's will act as bridges and brokers to long-distance,
wireless, and other network services. PPP's will also manage a variety of services
linked to individual and company e-ID's and e-homes. (Personal presence may be
thought of as an extension of unified communication.)
EraNova has developed a
conceptual framework for personal presence. With our affiliated developers, we
offer a universal access authoring process that
may be used for fast development of PPP services.
The opportunity here is
to move directories from single type (phone or email) to mixed type (phone and
email and fax and URL and other types); and to empower end users to update their
own entries. There is a parallel opportunity to create a related, linked personal
directory service. Today's synchronization services are a stopgap. Companies positioned
to profit here are telecoms that offer directory services; companies that compile
directories; and software companies seeking a lucrative, fast-growing new business.
us for details, or to request a writeup on the proposed Universal Directory
common carrier service:
Today's competing cable,
DSL, and broadband wireless services all slow down dramatically at the "last
mile" to the home or office. As ultra-high-bandwidth fiber-optic technology
gains affordability, a large, lucrative business category promises to emerge:
ultra-broadband common carrier. Likely winners may be utility companies, which
control right-of-ways and have no stake in preserving obsolescent business models.
The speedy interconnections
will spawn new forms of ultra-interactive communication, problem solving, commerce,
and culture. Now is the time to start experimenting with the lightning-fast services,
perhaps in one of the budding intercommunities
-- with infrastructure provided by a forward-looking utility or telecom company,
and prototype services supplied by reseach groups such as the MIT
Media Lab. For a conceptual framework and business connections, contact
between self-aware networks and self-aware people:
Inevitably networks will
get smart and take on characteristics of consciousness and possibly even self-consciousness.
(Whether they will "really" be aware or just act that way will be debated
for decades.) The biggest opportunity may be to use ever-smarter networks to serve
human thinkers -- through supplementing and sparking their minds (via mental models)
for enhanced performance.
2001 EraNova Institute