Wireless and Digital Services

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By Tim Murdoch: Friday 2nd June, 2017

The Sharing Economy – truly useful or recycled hype?

The New York Times has an interesting article on the bubble emerging in China for start-ups that promote sharing stuff: Bikes, concrete mixers and even basketballs. With acres of bikes for hire now lying unused, and Uber swallowed up by a price war, you might have thought that the hype for the sharing economy in […]

By Phil Dempster: Thursday 18th May, 2017

It’s time to kill the USB flash drive

The humble USB flash drive is a tenacious thing. The convenience of holding files on a device and sharing with a physical plug in means that we’re often prepared to overlook the glaring security weaknesses – data leakage and malware – inherent in their use. But last week’s WannaCry attack, unprecedented in scale and exposing […]

By Colin Campbell: Friday 12th May, 2017

What links drone racing, groceries and 5G?

Drone racing looks really cool, particular the First Person View (FPV) stuff: It’s Star Wars made small and real. Not convinced? Check this out: Fun, right? I’m a Senior Consultant in our Wireless and Digital Services division – a wireless guy – so my mind immediately goes to that First Person View and I think […]

By Chris George: Thursday 4th May, 2017

Testing – Is it just a phase? (Part 2)

In Part 1, we looked at how testing is not a synonym for quality and that everyone involved in a project must be responsible for quality. In Part 2, we look at how testers can provide greater value in your projects, and how we have lived this at Cambridge Consultants. How can testers affect quality? […]

2015 Boston Marathon Weekend
By Sarah Lewis: Wednesday 3rd May, 2017

Boston Marathon: Are women better pacers?

Results are in from the 2017 edition of the Boston Marathon, and it looks like Boston’s old tradition of chasing women down the course and not quite catching them is alive and well… I’m an algorithm developer in our algorithms and analytics group – and I like to run marathons. We apply algorithms, machine learning […]

Paul Beastall
By Paul Beastall: Wednesday 3rd May, 2017

Vlog: the promise and challenges of NB-IoT

Narrow-Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) is an exciting technology, offering ‘direct-to-cloud’ connectivity for billions of devices at very low cost. However, it’s not without its challenges… Paul Beastall, Consulting Director of Technology Strategy, shares his thoughts in this video blog. For in-depth analysis, download our Ofcom report: Review of latest developments in the Internet of Things. […]

By Chris George: Wednesday 26th April, 2017

Testing – Is it just a phase? (Part 1)

Testers have struggled for years with the perception that their role is largely unskilled, marked by repetitive, dull, negative activities; a role that is the nemesis of the software engineer; a role that is a stepping stone to other careers. As the industry shifts towards continuous delivery and deployment, the very role of the tester […]

By Richard Leyland: Thursday 6th April, 2017

Pi Wars 2017: We have a winner!

One of our talented team was a winner this past weekend, pulling off little robotic miracles at the Pi Wars 2017 event. Pi Wars is a robotics competition held each year to encourage children to get involved in programming and physical computing as well as to showcase the many capabilities of the Raspberry Pi. Pi […]

By Thomas Carmody: Tuesday 4th April, 2017

What does the future hold for parking technology?

Parking, eh? It may sound dull, it can infuriate, but it’s set to be an unlikely proving ground for many of the technologies that will soon smooth our way through modern life. Across the world we are well accustomed to using meters, machines, and tickets for parking, while avoiding wardens and enforcement services. Unlike many […]

Room interiors and lifestyle
By Michal Gabrielczyk: Friday 31st March, 2017

When is a Smart Home truly ‘smart’?

To date most connected home products have essentially been limited to souped-up remote controls, often only allowing users to control items in their home from an app. These are technical achievements, but it’s questionable whether we can really call this ‘smart’. Many solutions focus on just a small set of specific features, resulting in a […]