March 13 – 5 Key Stories From The Digital World

By March 13, 2019 Insight

1.  The Only Way Manufacturers Can Survive

  • Many CEOs miss the fact that a digital transformation isn’t the same as the digitalization of an existing business.
  • It isn’t about creating websites, mobile apps, social media campaigns, and online sales channels.
  • If a digital company can make industrial machines perform better than even the manufacturer can, it’s lights out for the latter.

2. IBM Quietly Enters Crypto Custody Market With Tech Designed for Banks

  • Shuttle Holdings, a New York investment firm, will launch the beta version of a custody solution for digital assets built on IBM’s private cloud and encryption technologies.
  • Potential users include banks, brokers, custodians, funds, family offices and high net worth investors who want to do self-custody, as well as exchanges
  • The move suggests IBM is wading deeper into the digital asset space, after developing the Hyperledger Fabric private blockchain for enterprises

3. Flight-hailing startup BlackBird raises $10 million to replace driving with flying

  • The company will use its new injection of capital to scale up, in terms of users, pilots and employees.
  • BlackBird currently has more than 700 commercial pilots who fly passengers between 50 and 500 miles from and within California.
  • it’s not about luxury travel, but instead about how to actually replace driving through flights, which is really compelling.

4. The Autonomous Mobile Robot Market Is Taking Off Like A Rocket Ship

  • Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are a form of automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) that can be implemented without any supporting infrastructure like markers or wires or magnets implanted in the floor or precisely located laser targets.
  • two types of AMRs – those based on fleet management and systems that rely on picking optimization
  • The pick optimization segment, driven by the growth of e-commerce, is by far the faster growing segment

5. AT&T Dives Deeper Into Esports With ESL Mobile Sponsorship

  • Esports, where contestants play video games in front of live and online audiences, is drawing some of the largest names in corporate advertising including Intel Corp., Coca-Cola Co. and Mercedes-Benz AG.
  • Overall corporate sponsorships of esports competitions are expected to climb 34 percent to $457 million this year
  • The competitions allow the second-largest U.S. wireless carrier to reach a young, tech-savvy audience with a lifetime of telecom and entertainment spending ahead of them