Revamping our society will not be an easy task, as there are many hurdles to overcome. There is a lot of focus on the financial aspect for the time being, as this seems to be the sector most prone to disruption in the next few years. During the Crowdsourcing Week 2015 event, a lot of topics were discussed, including the mobility sector.
Disrupting Mobility In A Positive Way
Mobility is the main issue, especially in places like Brussels. The city is known to be the most congested part of Europe, which is not something to be proud of. Addressing the city’s immobility aspect is quite complicated, but there are several models that can be used to achieve this goal.
It has to be said, though, that mobility is a global systemic issue. A big part of the problem is the requirement for different people, organizations, and objects to be wired, plugged and shifted. By saying wiring, we mean wrapping the parts that make up the mobility sector together, and create a whole ecosystem people can use on a daily basis.
Plugging, on the other hand means hooking on individuality at will through physical or digital connection. Physical connections between brands or transportation options and customers is becoming increasingly difficult. Everyday consumers want to be mobile, and they value the choices at their disposal. Hardly anyone is loyal to one type of transportation these days, but that does not have to be a bad thing at all.
Last but not least, there is the shifting aspect to keep in mind. While the term “shifting” may sound a bit negative, all it means is to evolve communally towards comprehensive mobility. Involving the community in creating new, reliable, and convenient transportation methods will be a key element for the future of our society.
One of the main questions to ask is whether we want to stick with public transport, private transport, or intermodal transport. This is far from an easy decision to make, and all options need to be weighted well. All of these options have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Furthermore, there are other factors influencing this decision. Regulation is a key element of creating new forms of mobility, yet anything too disruptive will face a lot of opposition from policymakers and government officials. On top of that, there are other factors to take into account, such as building upon existing infrastructure, or create something new entirely.
Perhaps the biggest question we have to ask ourselves in terms of mobility is how transportation vehicles will evolve. Self-driving cars give commuters a chance to be productive or relaxed while driving, unlike traditional driving these days. Public and private transportation are convenient, but are they worth the cost in the future?
Ownership Is Less Important
Owning or renting an automobile is becoming less important to society. People want quick and convenient access to transportation on demand, and will treat cars like public transportation. The lines between ownership, public transport, and private transport, will start to blur over time.
User data is an important element in the sharing economy. Necessary steps need to be taken to protect this treasure trove of data at all costs though. Companies want to gather as much information as possible, yet it remains unclear how that information is used. Creating new forms of mobility should never come at the cost of user privacy.
Getting to a temporary solution is one thing, but finding a complete solution to get rid of the problem is a different matter entirely. Everything should be coordinated from the start, but public authorities are not aligned to tackle these new innovations. For startups looking to explore the mobility sector, the only viable option is to start their business right now, and worry about potential legislation later.
Now is the time to think about whether or not employees need to be mobile and move from point A to point B. Working from home can solve this issue for a large part, as the cost of immobility is getting larger and larger. Businesses around the world have come up with temporary [egotistical] solutions, although they are practical in their own way.
Blockchain Technology And Working From Home
Assuming companies are looking at ways to allow for more employees to work from home, they will need to implement certain solutions. Rather than storing files on centralized servers, decentralized alternatives will need to be created. Especially for key areas of most businesses, such as file storage, accessibility, and communication.
When there are multiple people working on an Excel spreadsheet, for example, they will need free access to this file at all times. Using cloud hosting or other familiar services will not be sufficient. Once a cloud server goes down, files become inaccessible. Blockchain-based solutions are available at all times, as there is no central point of failure.
Furthermore, data solutions based on blockchain technology will require far less maintenance compared to traditional platforms. But there are other benefits besides data storage, as blockchain technology can also be used as a way for employees authenticate access to company files. Without that blockchain-issued token, the file will not be accessible to that user.
What are your thoughts on the future of mobility and working from home? What will the role of blockchain technology be? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: Crowdsourcing Week Europe 2015
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