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This is an IFS 2015 liveblog which means everything was written at-the-moment.

Of the many products played with in the IFS Labs (aka the coolest part of the company’s RnD division), around 30% will become a real product at some point. The rest are good for research.

Martin Gunnarsson, Director Product Strategies and IFS Labs, came straight from the Labs to show us what IFS has been working on in these exciting emerging fields.


We’ve already seen that the IFS Applications 9 streams will be available on smart watches (along with every other device) but in this field, all eyes are on eyes.

Sony’s Smart Eyeglass will soon feature IFS Applications that will enable workers in the field to optimise whatever it is that they do.

Troed Sandberg (from Sony) used the example of a pilot tests with Virgin Atlantic, in which aeroplane workers use the Smart Eyeglass to connect with their database thereby visualising what part is due for repair, what part is poorly performing, and for what parts are there replacements available in the warehouse.

It would be similar for IFS. In this instance, he used the evaluator of wind turbines. Just by staring whilst wearing the Smart Eyeglass, that worker could identify which specific turbine he was checking, what model it was, at what rate it was producing energy, and if anything wasn’t performing quite well enough.

You could be fed work instructions as you’re performing tasks; you would be able to so much more so much faster.

“It’s about pulling the information out of your pocket and putting in your face,” said Sandberg.

Talking to IFS Applications

The world conference has been moderated by the male voice of Siri, and so it’s apt that as the event draws to a close, Siri once again is the focus.

Gunnarsson showed us what IFS is working on vis a vis voice interaction. Just as you would ask your smartphone: ‘What is futurism?’, a new IFS feature is being designed to allow clients to ask questions of the system about orders, operations and budgets.

The Internet of Things

A real highlight came when Christian Thindberg, the CIO of Sporveien in Norway pitched an IoT solution to a growing transport crisis in Oslo, “the fastest growing capital in Europe”.

Sporveien are working with IFS to create a system that would make the trains in Oslo more efficient; no longer would faults in the doors cause delays; no longer will the harsh cold of winter take trains off the tracks for unnecessary pit stops.

This is a pressing need for Oslo because demand is rising but the number of vehicles is not.

“We need a perfect plan and that hinges on perfect information,” Thindberg said gravely.

So here’s where the IFS-Sporveien thing might happen. Sensors will collect door data, predict the needs for maintenance, provide alerts for emergency repairs – all of which increase productivity.

“When is a smart device truly smart? When it’s operationalized,” said Gunnarsson.

This was my final liveblog of the conference. Enjoy the rest of the event

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