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About Monty Metzger

Monty Metzger is an Entrepreneur, Blogger and Trend-Scout. He is initiator and head of the MOCOM2020 project. He studied Business Administration in Germany and Switzerland and specialiced early on electronic Marketing. Since Monty founded his first company in 1998 he realised inspiring projects like BMW’s Web TV in 2001 or BMW’s first Mobile Marketing activities in 2002. He attended the “Innovation Academy” at the Harvard Business School and is blogging at monty.de He found the german office of the global Trend Research and Trend Consultancy “CScout” and expanded the company in China. Since 2008 he is focusing on the growth of “Ahead of Time“, an innovation agency focusing on Emerging Media, such as Social Media and Mobile Media.

Book Preview: Mobile Future @mocom2020

Mobile Future @Mocom2020 - BookThe goal of our open research project Mocom 2020 is to create and share a vision of the future of mobile media and communication for the next decade. Since the start of the website Mocom2020.com we have published many profound and insightful articles from international experts and advisors.

We are overwhelmed with the positive feedback and thousand of views of our Video: “The Future of Mobile”.

Thus we want to announce the publication of the book “Mobile Future @mocom2020 – A collaborative vision of the future of Mobile Media and Communication” which we will share with you online as well. Until we publish the whole book including all articles from Mocom2020.com we provide the index and the first few pages already today.

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Mobile Future @mocom2020: A collaborative vision of the future of Mobile Media and Communication

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Will roaming be free in the future?

truphone Mobile Voice-Over IP (VoIP) is an opportunity for StartUps like Truphone to compete with the global Mobile Network Operators. Mobile VoIP offers consumers a way for low-cost global calls.

“Until now, the only way to avoid the massive cost of mobile roaming is to carry multiple phones and multiple SIM cards, one for each country you frequent,” stated Truphone CEO Geraldine Wilson. “This means juggling multiple devices and phone numbers to avoid paying the high roaming rates traditionally associated with travel.

“Our customers tell us that they value our current services to make low cost international calls when at home and when roaming. Now they’re asking us to bring it all together. They want one phone, one SIM and one plan. Truphone Local Anywhere delivers this all-in-one solution by providing the first fully-integrated multi-country mobile service for personal users and business professionals. Now these internationalists can enjoy all the benefits of home wherever they may be.”

Video Interview with Geraldine Wilson, CEO of Truphone.

How VISA will change the way we pay mobile?

VISA showed some real life examples of Mobile Payments, Money Transfer and Payment-Related Services at GSMA Mobile World Congress 2009.

The real life examples to demonstrate how its innovations in mobile payment technologies can enhance consumers’ daily lives, providing speed, convenience, security and choice.

Mary Carol Harris, Head of Innovation at VISA, explained several examples how VISA will change the way we will pay mobile?

Here are some user scenarios for mobile payment:

  • Visa payWave embedded in a mobile device will secure mobile point of sale payments. Visa demonstrated both NFC-based and SIM-based contactless payments.
  • Mobile money transfer between Visa accounts, both handset-to-handset and online-to-handset. Mobile Transaction Alerts: Near real-time notification of card purchase activity delivered to the mobile device.
  • Targeted offers and coupons delivered directly to the mobile device and redeemed at near-by merchants.
  • Convenient cashless transactions on the move. Mobile merchants, such as a pizza delivery service, can accept Visa payments with the help of enhanced mobile handsets that double as a mobile acceptance device.
  • Co-branded mobile posters, signposting nearby coffee shops with the offer of exclusive mobile ‘buy one, get one free’ offers.

Will the Sun charge the Mobile Devices of the emerging markets?

At MWC’09 I met an fascinating company called intivation that builds solar-powered cell phones. The uniqueness of this technology is the energy efficiency. The company only uses one solar-cell without the need of connecting several small cells to a solar grid.

The are targeting the 1,6 billion people on the planet that do not have reliable sources of electricity. The yearly growth of mobile penetration in emerging markets is over 37%, compared to a 2% rate in developed countries. Combining these two factors give you a clou what the future will bring.

Intivation showed the first solar-powered mobile phone from ZTE distributed by the operator Digicel. The mobile device just needs 1 hours charging per day.

Video Interview at MWC’09 with Paul Naastepad, CEO of Intivation.


Connecting the unconnected

Mobile telephony usage in the emerging markets is growing at enormous rates. One of the biggest challenges for users is the lack of access to electricity, but solar power provides a practical solution for these regions.

New users in the emerging Asian, Latin American and African markets are the key driver for growth in the mobile communication markets. Access to affordable and reliable electricity is a huge challenge in these markets; 1.6 billion people do not currently have access to a reliable power grid. In this light low-cost, autonomous solar-powered handsets represent a major opportunity. Consumers can use the solar powered handset anytime, anywhere, while network operators will benefit from increased market penetration and higher ARPU from existing users.

According to recent statistics of the GSM Association, Africa now has 9% of the world’s GSM subscriptions, up 12% since 2006, with over 340 million subscribers and has been the world’s fastest growing market for the past four years. One of the major barriers in the developing markets is the
lack of access to affordable and reliable energy; according to the World Bank 1.6 billion people worldwide live without electricity. The lack is most acute in Sub-Saharan Africa, where over 500 million people have no modern energy, and as few as two percent of those living in rural areas have access to any electricity. In India the percentage of population with access to electricity was below 50% in 2004. It should be noted that access to electricity does not guarantee that there is a 24-hours uptime of the grid: in many regions the power grid is unstable and very unreliable. The striking deficiencies in electricity availability are illustrated below.

Most of the emerging markets have plenty of sunshine. When measured in peak sun hours, defined as kWh/m2/day, Africa and the Middle-East enjoy more than six peak sun hours per day, whereas large parts of Asia and Latin America have more than four sun peak hours per day.
This makes the potential for solar power enormous. Additionally, in a lot of developing regions, when power is available the cost is very high to consumers, who often spend between 15 and 20 percent of their income on it. This means that a solar powered handset takes away a significant expense while giving them extra freedom.

Intivation’s proprietary and market-proven step-up converter technology uniquely enables cost-effective production of efficient solar-powered handsets. The chipset allows charging a lithium ion or polymer battery from a single solar cell (0.5V output), instead of a series of connected solar cells. Advantages of using a single solar cell include a gain in active area, removing interconnect losses, no partial shading effects, a more high-tech appearance, and reduced costs. At the heart of our solution is a highly efficient step-up converter technology with the
following qualities:

  • – Active maximum power-point tracking capability;
  • – Minimisation of all leakage currents, which cause the phone discharging in dark;
  • – Very high conversion efficiency (efficiency >70% at only 2% of nominal load) enabled by reducing frequency of operation of microprocessor using a
    proprietary approach;
  • – Proprietary and defensible intellectual property.

This leads to a solar powered solution that charges faster under all light conditions, is much more reliable, and simplifies production significantly. In addition to its leading expertise in the design and manufacture of proprietary converter technologies, Intivation also has established expertise in the integration of this technology with commercially available solar cell and power solutions. In short, Intivation provides complete power supply and control management solutions inte-
grating solar cell and battery operation in the consumer electronic device.

By integrating a 15% efficient solar cell of 20cm2 into the battery door of any mobile phone a significant charge current is produced, making the phone autonomous from the power network. Under optimal light conditions–outdoor at full sun–a one-hour charge generates a charging current of approximately 55mA. Research suggests that people in Africa, on average, call 5 minutes per day, send 5 sms messages, and have the phone on standby for 16 hours. The total power consumption with such behaviour is approximately 82mA.

This means a 1.5-hour charge under optimal light conditions compensates the full consumption during a day. Under the sunlight conditions found in Africa, but also in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan e.a., where the number of sun peak hours are > 5 the 1.5-hour charge under optimal light conditions is very feasible, not to say there is plenty of room for increased usage while maintaining autonomous powering.


Intivation, Mobilizing the Sun from Intivation on Vimeo.

Will your future phone have a mobile projector?

NTT Docomo showed a mobile projector phone at the Mobile World Congress.

The small projector is integrated in an mobile phone. The device claims to have 40 to 60 minutes of battery life, allowing users to use it for sales pitches, presentations, and office meetings.

The projector uses LED technology to provide up to 10,000 hours of operation. It also has a full VGA resolution that displays in 4:3 format with a wide range of projected image sizes from 127mm during daylight use to 1270mm in a darkened environment.

Will Palm Pre with its webOS be successful?

Palm Pre & webOS“Palm products have always been about simplifying lives and delivering great user experiences,” said Ed Colligan, Palm president and chief executive officer. “webOS and Pre bring game-changing simplicity to an increasingly mobile world by dissolving the barriers that surround your information. It’s technology that seems like it’s thinking ahead to bring you what you care about most – your people, your time, and your information – in the easiest and most seamless way.”

Palm webOS is a brand-new kind of platform, invented exclusively for mobile use. webOS recognizes that you want your people, calendars and information to move with you, wherever you are, wirelessly, as opposed to being bound to a personal computer. Palm webOS is the first mobile platform to automatically bring your information from the many places it resides – on your phone, at your work or on the web – into one simple, integrated view.

At the Mobile World Congress 2009 we had an detailed look at the new Palm Pre and the webOS platform. Here are two Videos explaining the key features and functionalities.

Will the facebook phone conquer the mass-market?

Walt Mossberg, katherine Boehret and Monty Metzger I talked with Walt Mossberg and Katherine Boehret about the key trends of the mobile telecommunication industry. Walt mentions the dynamics in Software-Innovation and the development of low-cost devices with attractive software features for the average consumers. A lot of devices are developing software applications, user-interfaces and hardware devices similar to the iPhone, says Katherine.

Walt and Katherine agreed that INQ has picked up both trends to create the first Social Mobile, aka “the facebook phone”.

INQ Mobile, a new Hutchison Whampoa company, is creating a category of consumer devices that put social networking, email and instant messaging at the heart of innovative mass-market mobiles. The company launched the INQ1 in October of 2008 and offers low-prizes cellphones for the facebook generation.

“More than 20 million Facebook users currently access the site through their mobile devices. This number has quadrupled over the last 12 months and we expect it to continue to grow as more people begin to connect with their friends and family through Facebook on innovative mobile devices, like the INQ,” said Henri Moissinac, director of mobile, Facebook.

Frank Meehan, CEO of INQ Mobile“The way people communicate has evolved, but mass market devices have remained anchored to just voice and text. INQ set out to change this. We created a new mobile device platform that would transform the consumer experience with always-on, easy to use, Internet driven communication services, and we designed it to deliver positive economics to operators” said Frank Meehan, CEO of INQ Mobile.

Frank Meehan has given a speech at the Mobile World Congress in February 2009.
You can watch the full speech here.

About INQ Mobile:
INQ Mobile is a standalone company wholly owned by Hutchison Whampoa Limited. INQ Mobile is the maker of the INQ1, the world’s first Social Mobile to integrate email, IM and social networking in an intuitive way. INQ draws on the strengths of its parent company, which made an early investment in global 3G networks based on a fundamental belief that 3G changes the way people communicate and was formed to address a growing need for advanced mobile internet handsets from operators across the world.

The Ease of charging your mobile devices!

Imagine you come home and just put your mobile devices on the table or cupboard to charge them. Through a wireless charging technology this could be soon reality.
The system has a transmitting power of 30 MHz and a small receiver antenna build in the mobile phone.

The eZone technology shown at the Qualcomm booth at MWC’09 is making our life easier, you don’t need different plugs, adapters or cables anymore. The XYC Company have shown several working prototypes. Devices can also share power and transfer power from one device to another wirelessly.

As the development cycle of mobile phones is around 2-3 years we might see this technology in action in 2011.

The Plam Pre which will come out this year, already has an inductive charging system. Inductive charging is still very limited in use, so you have to place the mobile devices on the correct position, while here you can be in radius of around 20-30 centimeters.

In a rapidly growing electronics industry with an array of new devices and charging accessories, Qualcomm’s eZone research initiative addresses the need for a universal charging platform that can charge multiple devices – simultaneously and wirelessly.

Applying the principles of near-field magnetic resonance, eZone enables you to charge multiple devices without having to connect them to individual wired battery chargers. eZone does not require that devices be positioned or aligned in any exact manner, or that they have any specific conductive surface that must touch eZone. Also, common metal objects such as keys, coins or pens do not affect the charging. All these advantages lead to a convenient charging platform that meets the charging needs of your everyday lifestyle.

eZone is designed to meet FCC’s safety standards and aims to co-exist with other technologies such as Bluetooth®, NFC, Wi-Fi and others. eZone is currently a Qualcomm Research project and will soon offer appealing opportunities for product development.

Links:
Video Introduction of eZone: http://www.qualcomm.com/media/videos/ezone.html

The Internet of Things: Wireless Security Cameras.

At the Innovation Area at MWC’09 I met an innovative security tech company from Spain called Bioaccez Control. They are showing a streaming video cam with an integrated SIM Card. You can call the security cam from your phone and log into the video stream. You can watch the live video stream directly on your phone and see what is happening in real time.

The have different types of cameras for indoor and outdoor usage as well as video servers for automatic recordings. There are many usage scenarios: in New Zealand the government has integrated the cams in public buses; at Skiing Resorts the tourism department uses these cams for wireless webcams.

Video Interview with Albert Riera, Marketing Director, Bioaccez Control:

Where would use such cameras?

Bioaccez Control:
UMTS-3G Videocam that can be watched directly from a 3G mobile phone.
With no need of an IP server or extra software downloads in your phone.

From a mobile phone (UMTS) a call can be done to the camera and after a password you can video control the site in real time. The camera has infrared LEDs for night vision. Internal battery with more than 250 hours in standby and 4 hours in video call if power goes off. The external power supply is supplied within the kit.

Can be installed outside, having an IP 54 protection. The camera is made in the European Union.

WANT TO MAKE A TEST? MAKE A VIDEOCALL TO +39 393 555 4870 or +34 646 191 836(Attention: those Videocams are placed in Italy and Spain respectively, the cost of the call will be according to the prices or the contract you have with your telecom operator).

What’s your favorite? Nokia N97 vs. E75.

NOKIA E75 - MOCOM 2020At the MWC’09 I have met Mark Selby, VP industry Collaborations, and Benjamin Lampe, Manager Communication Devices, at NOKIA. We have discussed the Pro’s and Con’s of the new “Bad Boy” N97 and the E75.
I liked the NOKIA Messaging Client where you can manage several email accounts, blog and use social networking services.

What do you think about the two new phones?