About Dean Anthony Gratton

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Dr Dean Anthony Gratton is a technology futurist and influencer. He has worked extensively within the wireless communications R&D industry where his wireless research work has been patented. Dean is a passionate thought leader in his field and continues to provide an authoritative published and vocal presence within IoT, IIoT, Smart Homes/Cities/Meters/Living/Energy, AI, Data, Cloud and Blockchain.

You can contact Dean and learn more about his work via deangratton.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@grattonboy) to enjoy his risqué humour, witty shenanigans, social media and technology-related tweets.

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and an excellent start to 2019. Well, for me, Christmas dinner was somewhat in doubt, since the wife (Sarah) and I, in our profound wisdom, decided to have a new kitchen fitted. Unbeknown to us, something we found out later when all the chaos came to a conclusion and the dust literally settled, was that the neighbors were taking bets and the odds weren’t in our favor ...
 
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Posted by Dean Anthony Gratton on December 12, 2018

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I attended Web Summit last month and was privy to the same promises of what the internet of things (IoT) can do – yep, I’ve been hearing the same rhetoric, and seeing the same paperware since working with IoT back in 2010. It utterly frustrates me when I persistently read or hear of “What the IoT can do” rather than “Look, this is what we’ve achieved” ...

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More and more, we are encouraged to be mindful of our energy use and with its increasing cost, I dare say, it’s become somewhat difficult to ignore. Naturally, cost isn’t just a contributing factor to our need to become greener and to reduce our overall energy consumption, whether that’s for water, electricity or gas – we are indeed reminded that there isn’t an unlimited supply ...

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I see many new cars nowadays advertised with connectivity in mind, typically enabled with a smartphone, and this is what brings me to this month’s column. I currently own a 10(or so)-year-old car, which does have a fairly moderate amount of great technology within it – I know this solely because when it goes wrong, it’s expensive to fix! Anyway, the integrated GPS navigation system, for example, is quite tired and dated and so relies upon up-to-date DVDs to offer me accurate navigation through streets, motorways and whatnot ...

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