MobilizeConf: Talking Mobile Technology

By September 18, 2008

Mobilize, "the next generation mobile conference" presented by the GigaOM team, takes place today in San Francisco. Selected coverage follows below from this morning's speakers. Hyperconnectivity, Wideband and Innovation Om Malik spoke with John Roese, chief technology officer of Nortel Networks on the issues of developing high capability networks. The saturation of the Western European market (112 percent mobile users), including Italy (147 percent) makes an overwhelming argument about the importance of system robustness. The US trails sadly behind other countries in terms of the quality of the 3G network and market consistancy.

Amazon's Kindle shows a new business model built on wireless integration. Such innovations are made possible by an existing, constistant structure. The iPhone exposed the 3G network's flaw: a national network needs to remain stable when a sizable chunk of the population are connected.

Panel; Without Voice: The Future of Mobile Web Data Products. Successful wireless products point to a future of networking devices that are not necessarily cellular phones. Panelists are:

Victor Brilon, NSeries, Nokia
Ian Freed, VP of Amazon Kindle
Ken Kershner, Dash Navigation, Inc.
John Koller, Sony Computer Entertainment America
Clint McClellan, Wireless Health, Qualcomm

The scope of the devices discussed varies widely. Some share information, viz. the Dash navigation system, which crowd-sources traffic information to be fed into the main database, affecting other user's navigation experience. The diabetes monitoring phone from Qualcomm gathers data from the user and sends it to the doctor.

The subject of single-purpose devices versus multi-function devices was one with polarized opinions. Freed sought to develop a product that did one thing: display and collect reading material elegantly and conveniently. Sony's PSP is known for providing a variety of elements. Not just a portable gaming console, it can play music and video, as well as connect to the Internet.

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