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BaseN and Digital Sustainability

Each year around this time, on the edge of the holiday season, I think of the year 2001. Especially now, as it’s now 20 years ago when I finally decided put together my ideas and the team, and establish BaseN. Since my first summer job at the age of 14, I’ve had the privilege to […]

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Preparing for Unknown Unknowns

During my career and especially with BaseN, I’ve had the luxury of seeing a great many different kind of industries and companies, ranging from mining and slaughterhouses to space exploration, gaming and high-frequency trading. In all industries there are sustainable companies and business models, and those who may prosper for now but which are almost […]

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Relativity, Business and Sustainability

When people describe their daily lives, private aspirations, careers and businesses during the many encounters I have with them on my line of work, I often hear comparisons to different ‘authorities’. Those can be successful people or companies, schools, competitors or other kind of influencers. Sometimes this constant grading is a significant part of the […]

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Calling the Shots

Our new prospects, customers and even our board often ask us about our differentiators to other platforms. We can easily throw a pelthora of technical arguments, talking about our scalability, distributed architecture and fault tolerance, but these are rarely the things customers base their decisions on. One of our genuine differences is that we get […]

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Fire & Care?

After a warm summer weekend, our office neighborhood is often littered with electric scooters, abandoned by their casual users. Some are out of battery, some broken. When our harbor sea water is clear, one can spot a few on the bottom too. Scooter rental companies painstakingly collect and recharge these fleeting assets, but often the […]

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The Allure of Fire & Forget

Time and again I see people making quick negative noise about products with newly introduced digital features. Whether it’s a connected farm tractor, car tyre or a Bluetooth tooth brush with an app, the easiest scoop is to scold the vendor for collecting data for mischievous purposes or somehow forcing the customer to pay more. […]

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Camera No Spime

In 2006 when our house construction was completed, I bought a couple of Mobotix video surveillance cameras for security, but mainly to observe the nature around us. Mobotix is a German manufacturer of very durable and high quality surveillance cameras, and time and again I have also used their products in different BaseN customer sites. […]

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Teleconferencing in the 90s

In early 1995, I was testing Ahlström’s first prototype teleconferencing system, which was implemented on a 64kbit/s ‘half-line’ between Helsinki and San Diego, through Atlanta, using dedicated hardware to emulate a private ISDN network over Frame Relay. The primary use for the (very expensive) dedicated connection was the global ERP solution based on HP3000 minicomputers […]

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Sovereign Capabilities

Our societies are digitalising with an increasing pace. Our governments authenticate us, tax us, police us and take care of our health with an arsenal of digital technologies, sourced from different vendors on a globalized marketplace. More often than not, vendor decisions are driven by pure financials and latest technological trends, as opposed to critical […]

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Car No Digital

Share this post: Share on linkedin Share on twitter Share on facebook For the last 10 years, many cars have been factory-equipped with 3G or LTE connectivity, while customers have been offered a mobile app or web portal to interact with the car: start heating, indicate location, open doors etc. In addition, same connectivity is […]