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Ford Smart Benches help London pedestrians stay connected on the move with Mobile Charging and Wi-Fi

Worrying about a flat smartphone battery could become a thing of the past – at least for some pedestrians in London. Ford and smart cities start-up Strawberry Energy are rolling out smart benches to offer pedestrians free solar-powered mobile charging and Wi-Fi access while they sit and rest across the city.
The collaboration will initially provide 20 Ford Smart Benches, doubling the number of benches installed by Strawberry Energy earlier this year. As well as enabling people to use their device to plan onward journeys, the hi-tech street furniture can monitor noise, carbon dioxide, humidity, and temperature. The information will be available free of charge to bench users and participating London boroughs and could help inform future decisions.
“At Ford, we believe the city of tomorrow should make people feel happy, safe and connected, so we’re looking at how streets could be designed to serve a full range of activities: walking, biking, driving, connecting with others, and of course, business and services that support our economies,” said Sarah-Jayne Williams, director, Ford Smart Mobility, Europe. “Walking, along with driving and riding public transport, is part of how people get around in a city like London and Ford Smart Benches complement perfectly the increasingly connected lives we now lead.”
Access to Wi-Fi and charging, both wirelessly and via ports, is free, not just for smartphones but also for tablets, cameras and wearables. There will also be an opportunity for those using the urban pit stops to make a donation to U.K. charities St Mungo’s, Rethink Mental Illness and Macmillan Cancer support. Ford Motor Company Fund, the company’s philanthropic arm, will match donations received from bench users, up to £10,000 for each charity.
“Whether for fitness, convenience, or simply the pleasure of being outdoors, many people enjoy walking, but dread being unable to access maps, social media, and news sites while on the move,” said Miloš Milisavljević, founder and CEO, of Strawberry Energy. “Ford Smart Benches in Islington, Lewisham and Southwark will increasingly help ensure that walking will continue to be a key part of how Londoners enjoy their city.”

Mediatel announce Connected Consumer 2015 awards shortlist

Known as ‘The Connies’, the awards are now in their third year and are held in celebration of those pioneering new advertising, technological and commercial opportunities in the connected industry.
Aimed at organisations that are devising and powering connected strategies, the shortlist represents a wide variety of media focused businesses – including media owners, agencies, consultancies and technology providers.
Posterscope and Total Media’s campaign for Lenovo was shortlisted under ‘Best use of Connected Data’ category.
Chaired by media consultant Graham Lovelace, the nominees were placed in the safe hands of a number of hand-picked media experts – including Richard Marks, managing director, Research the Media; Stacey Anklam, vice president of client solutions, AutoGraph inc; Rupert Staines, managing director, RadiumOne; Mark Cross, director, Chartroom; and David Pidgeon, editor, Mediatel Newsline.
Commenting on the shortlist, Lovelace, director at Lovelace Consulting, a convergent media specialist, said: “This year’s Connies are the biggest and best. As the shortlist shows, we had entries from right across the industry, and the judges were impressed with the incredibly high quality.
“It reflects the many ways that ‘connectedness’ is making an impact in the way that media owners, agencies and brands target and reach connected consumers, and how technology breakthroughs are making it all possible.
“There’s plenty to learn from these players, and there’ll be plenty to celebrate at The Connies on April 23!”
This year’s awards will be followed by Mediatel’s annual Connected Consumer Conference in June – an all-day event that will see a number of key industry players discuss and debate the current state of the industry.
For more information on how you can attend the awards, please visit Mediatel’s events site.

JCDecaux Unveils 'Connected'

JCDecaux has unveiled ‘Connected’, a new community of three audience panels that delivers unique insights across JCDecaux’s rail, roadside and retail portfolios. ‘Connected’ is a targeted insight tool for brands and agencies to find out more about hard-to-reach audiences to help deliver high-impact campaigns.
Building upon the success of the ‘Connected Commuter’ rail community, JCDecaux has re-launched ‘Connected Commuter Rail’ and has unveiled ‘Connected Commuter Road’ and ‘Connected Consumer’. Questions can be posed, based on any category or current trending topic, to the whole ‘Connected’ community or to each panel separately. ‘Connected’ also allows brands to tailor or adopt an advertising campaign to a specific audience through dynamic content on JCDecaux’s digital screens, with results delivered within hours.
Via: JCDecaux

Cisco Launches Connected Billboard in San Francisco

Cisco has placed an Internet-connected billboard on Rt. 101 near San Francisco International airport that will deliver specific messaging based on a driver’s speed in order to highlight what it calls “the Internet of everything.”
Cisco and its agency, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, have been working for nearly a year on the idea and it could have bigger implications for outdoor advertisers looking to deliver more customized messages.
Cisco and Goodby designed the billboard so that a message is delivered to the board based on how fast a driver is going. They set four speed ranges with four different messages. For example, if a driver is moving under 22 miles per hour (which is highly likely in the area) they will see a message stating “The Internet of Everything is changing this billboard based on your speed. So you see only what you have time to read. Sorry about the slow going.” At the bottom of each billboard is the Cisco logo and tagline “Tomorrow starts here.” The faster the speed, the shorter the message.
Via: Ad Age