Dense Networks is a cross disciplinary Social Think Tank focused on identifying, forecasting and solving complex business, technical, social and legal issues emerging in our always on world. We create an organized forum for the exchange of ideas and the production of business models, technological architecture and action plans.
Our focus is on 4 of the most disruptive technologies that McKinsey Global Institute believes will have the biggest impact on the global economy between 2016 and 2025.
These 4 technologies are:
Big Data & Analytics
Internet of Things
Technology is enabling significant changes in society and human behavior.
Social Media has been credited as a key factor in the toppling of political regimes.
Facebook is becoming a virtual historical document of our friends, family, likes and dislikes.
Video is pushed and 6 seconds is all it takes to go viral now on Vine.
Street and Security Cameras, Cellphones, Police Cars and now bodies are equipped with Video.
Bandwidth requirements are growing exponentially.
What are the practical considerations to deploying the systems? How much bandwidth, storage and power will be necessary?
How much information should be shared?
Will location awareness and GPS become too intrusive into our lives?
Dense Networks looks at the interaction of technology, business, legal and social dynamics.
Bandwidth is the critical requirement underlying each of these movements. The Cloud is useless without the network. Coverage was once the key. Now it is Capacity. The ability to harness these technologies will create new entrants that will grow into market leaders. Markets will be disintermediated and substitutes will emerge. Fifteen years ago AOL dominated internet access. 10 years ago who would have predicted Blackberry would all but fade away as the critical mobile device for the enterprise.
We accept Disruptive Innovation as a fact of life and strive to be architects of a responsible future by sharing resources and knowledge. We embrace change and see the great potential to apply these technologies to impact our lives for the better.
Create a forum for the exchange of knowledge and best practice use of technology. We create solutions that enable competitive advantage for industry
and socially responsible change in our increasingly interconnected world.
How It Works
The Dense Networks program is about building a collaborative network of people from Industry, Government, Education, Healthcare, Public Safety and other areas of society to discuss specific challenges facing industry and the global community.
We look at how technology can be applied to build solutions and competitive advantage.
The Dense Networks Ecosystem is made up of 4 technology elements that integrated together form Systems and Solutions.
These technologies are then applied across The Smart City in 8 Vertical Markets.
Collaboratively, we will bring together experts that explore the technological, business, social and legal dynamics that will impact people, companies and institutions.
We are creating Solutions Exchange Nodes that will have 4 to 8 stakeholders who will own the creation of a dialogue that identifies relevant challenges in the markets and technologies that make up the Ecosystem. The Node members will take responsibility to create the business models, technology architecture and action plans to provide solutions and best practices.
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The people involved in the Dense Networks Ecosystem are called Connectors.
The people that provide content are called Contributors.
Principals are the people involved in leading a Node focused on a particular market or technology.
Dense Networks will be guided by an Executive Advisory Council.
Some of the Nodes forming include:
Network Solutions in Hospitality
Distributed Colocation and the Edge
The Smart City
Funding Critical Network Infrastructure
IoT for Utilities
In Building Communications Architecture
Optimizing Video for Public Safety
The Dense Networks Ecosystem is a key enabler of competitive advantage. We look at the model created by Harvard Professor Michael Porter on Competitive Advantage and Competitive Forces.
Porter provides a framework that can be applied to understand how the 5 forces of the Competitive Market ultimately impact success or failure. His view of strategy has been applied both for industry and governments. Networks Enable Powerful capability in the Supply Chain.
Barriers to Entry can be minimized by the Global reach of the Internet.
Costs are optimized as technology eliminates certain roles.
Companies are disintermediated.
We look at these forces and the impact that our 4 technological elements have and will have on our 8 markets.
Our Ecosystem Creates:
Increased Market Share
Economies of Scale
New Channels of Distribution
Increased Margin and ROI
Barriers to Entry
Optimized Supply Chains
Dense Networks is made up of smart concerned people that like to have fun.
We find solving problems fun.
We’ll demonstrate how Dense Networks can increase efficiencies and relationships with customers and suppliers. We’ll help incumbents defend against new entrants and substitutes and at the same time we’ll help identify methods for smaller companies to compete on a global scale and take on existing brands and much larger companies.
Technology has been the key driver in disintermediating markets. Amazon and Apple are examples of how technology has disrupted existing ways of doing business in the book and music industries. We’ll look at the potential for disruption through technology and help our members sustain market position through innovation. We’ll also demonstrate how new entrants can disrupt existing markets and gain market share and in some cases completely redefine existing practices.
Clayton Christensen’s teachings will be the framework we utilize for understanding the dynamics of Disruptive Innovation. His classic book, “The Innovator’s Dilemma, When New Technologies cause Great Firms to Fail” details 2 market dynamics that are central to our view of technology and its effects on Markets.
Disruptive Innovation describes how a product and service first enters a market at a relatively low point and then methodically takes market share and eventually replaces the market leader.
Some Examples are:
PC displacing the Mainframe and the Typewriter
Video Streaming vs. In Store Video Rental
Cellular vs. Landline
The Internet vs. Newspapers
Music MP3 vs. The Record Store
Contact Management Software vs. The Rolodex
Numerous elements of the value chain are disintermediated.
The Brokerage industry, Travel Agents, Bookstores, Record Stores, Brick and Mortar Retail Stores are some of the early casualties.
Kodak, Blackberry, Blockbuster, Sears, Sam Goody, K Mart and Digital Equipment Corporation were all once leading brands.
What will the next wave of mobility, location awareness, Big Data and the Internet of Things disintermediate?
What will the Value Chain and Supply Chain look like in 5 years?
Sustaining Innovation describes how large companies and market leaders can innovate ahead of the curve to save existing share and/or develop new revenues and create barriers to entry for the disruptive new entrants and substitutes.
Software for instance was always purchased and then stored on machines owned or leased. SAAS was at first disruptive but once the market leaders like Microsoft, SAP, and IBM adapted they were able to protect valuable revenue streams by scaling their technical capability to block or slow the advance of New Entrants and Substitutes.
As part of our efforts to contribute to society, we will focus on enhancing technologies that can enable under-served members of our community better access to technology. Education is a key element of our program and as such we desire to give back and address issues related to the Digital Divide that are holding back members of our society from reaching their full potential.
The Dense Networks Ecosystem is not available to segments of the world due to location and socioeconomic conditions. Networks by definition cover an area or group. We apply our knowledge to help provide education and technology guidance to the Be Dense Foundation which is a charitable organization dedicated to assisting the efforts to solve the Digital Divide. Our initial focus is on the United States issues of Inner City and Rural Access.
BeDense builds and provides networks, equipment and training to underserved communities. Its goal is to be a small part of the solution by organizing the financing and delivery of the necessary tools to enable our schools and communities to increase access to technology.
We focus on the Smart City as a major part of our Ecosystem but in the United States a surprising number of people are disconnected from both the network and access to the tools that will enable them to prosper in the Always On Economy.
Children that do not have access to the internet are falling behind those that do. 23% of people with a high school education do not have internet access. Society is changing at a rapid rate. Technology is undoubtedly the largest single factor. The members of our society and their children that do not have access to the internet and equipment are at a huge disadvantage.
The Digital Divide is UNACCEPTABLE and UNNECESSARY in the United States.
Daryl Sullivan leads the Ecosystem, Alliances and Business Development practice for Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business division in the Americas.
A 20 year veteran of emerging communication technologies, Kurt leads market development enabling the new enterprise value chain with communications infrastructure for the IoT ecosystem.
Lisa R. Youngers currently leads the Fiber Broadband Association as its Executive Director— the largest trade association in the Americas dedicated to all-fiber-optic broadband.
Michelle Maggiore is a professional transportation engineer with 20 years of experience in performance management and strategic planning for transportation agencies and local governments.
Sanjiv Gupta joined Intel Corp in 1998 with the Mobile Graphics team. He led the creation of the Retail Analytics partner community in the Intel(R) Internet of Things Solutions Alliance and has enabled several ISVs specializing in Analytics into a Go-to-Market strategy with Intel Corp.
Murray was born and raised in New York, New York and earned a Masters of Business in Information Technology from Fordham University. His Major was Utilizing Technology for Competitive Advantage.
Tom Gregor, who has more than 20 years of experience in the wireless communications industry, joined Ingenu in June 2015 and serves as the President & General Manager of the Machine Network.
Chris Castro is an eco-entrepreneur, community organizer and sustainability professional with a passion for accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy.