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< The beta blog | 08 May 2015

Changing healthcare – how technology can help create better and sustainable care

Every government wants to offer its citizens the best healthcare system it can, to keep people fit and healthy as best it can. Unfortunately, the healthcare systems in place in most countries are proving to be financially unsustainable. Without change, it’s only a matter of time before they break down completely. What’s the answer? It’s time to start looking to the future at what emerging technologies can do for the healthcare sector – and there’s a wealth of potential. Time to turn the focus to prevention, rather than solely on cure.

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< The beta blog | 30 Apr 2015

The secret to enhancing efficiency: wearables at work

Many of us have applications on our smartphones and tablets – and possibly smartwatch - that take us through our gym routine, tell us how many calories we’ve burned, how far we’ve run and boost our workout with a host of other Big Data. If these so-called ‘wearables’ can add value to our private lives what could they do at work?

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< The beta blog | 27 Apr 2015

Five behaviours to become a digital dynamo to give your company an edge

Think because your company’s got a webshop you’ve suddenly gone digital? Think again. Companies that still keep technology buried in the shadows, giving sole responsibility (and budget) to the IT department are at serious risk at being left behind. Trouble is, too many don’t realise it.

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< The beta blog | 24 Apr 2015

How family businesses can take a lead in the digital age

Digital technologies are part of our everyday life. We use them to keep in touch with friends and family (facebook, twitter), to purchase goods online from retailers we like to shop with (e-commerce – from home and on the move), and to communicate in the way we want to with organisations who deliver us services (e.g. providing meter readings online to avoid staying in for a visit).

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< The beta blog | 24 Apr 2015

Who, me? When shopping gets personal

Although many of us in Belgium still have a wallet crammed with different loyalty cards from DIY stores, supermarkets, perfumeries, clothing stores, bookshops and more, and enjoy the benefits we get from each store as a thank you for signing up, these cards may (hopefully) soon be a thing of the past. Technology is revolutionising the way retailers reach consumers, not just on line, but up close and personally via our smart phones. We’ll still be exchanging data about our preferences and purchasing habits, but in a very different way.

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< The beta blog | 20 Apr 2015

Is it a bird, is it a plane? Entering the 3D world of the drone

That two-metre high fence you’ve built to keep out the prying neighbours may have been adequate a few years ago, but now that next-door’s kid – or even the kid down the street or in the next town – has a drone, your privacy’s gone.

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< The beta blog | 15 Apr 2015

Car trouble? Don’t bother popping the bonnet, simply reboot

Today’s car is a more than just a means of getting from A to B, it’s a tech-savvy, rolling communications centre that’s always on. No longer an aspirational concept for the future, the connected car is an imminent reality. Indeed, some connected-car functions are already standard on many of today’s vehicles. Although admittedly there’s still some way to go before the road is populated by ‘smart’ cars all ‘talking’ to one another. But that’s not because the technologies don’t yet exist or aren’t yet adequately developed. It’s more about how they’re connected – or not – and the abundance of security and privacy concerns this stirs up.

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< The beta blog | 02 Apr 2015

Wearables, data and the power of ‘We’

Recently, our PwC Digital Consulting team participated in SXSW Interactive, one of the largest international conferences on Digital with over 33,000 attendees this year. Wearables took centre stage at this year’s event with everything from 3D printed clothing with sensors, to emotive accessories, to wearable devices that were helpful in everyday life for both health and utility. 

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< The beta blog | 19 Mar 2015

The digital transformation of the UK economy

One in ten workers in central London are doing jobs that did not exist in 1990, mostly linked to new digital technologies. And this number is set to rise further according to recent research we’ve done in association with Dr Carl Benedikt Frey of the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University.

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< The beta blog | 03 Mar 2015

Digital continues its journey of discovery

In October last year, the UK newspaper and magazine wholesaler Smiths News launched a same-day collection service jointly with Amazon. The story got little coverage in the mainstream press. But if you spotted it, you’ll know the service is called ‘Pass my Parcel’. The idea is to exploit what was - previously - un-utilised spare capacity in Smiths News’ vans. By doing so, this new service enables Amazon Prime members to order items in the morning and then pick them up in the afternoon from any one of over 500 independent retail outlets.

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