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The Red Queen dilemma: can the insurance industry resolve it?

Following the financial crisis, the landscape of the insurance industry has changed. Due to the Red Queen dilemma, players are going to have to adapt quickly to the changing market, but some have not even yet realized that this is necessary. Research by Ovum reveals that insurers' awareness of the dilemma and ability to deal with it vary by geographic location.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Aug 2010
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Metro Bank's grand opening undermined by lack of online presence

With new UK financial services provider Metro Bank having thrown open its doors on July 29, new account holders might have been surprised by the lack of online banking facilities. Indeed, the online channel has become a de facto customer interaction channel for retail banks. Despite Metro's message of "love your bank at last", the bank is not making it easy for the relationship to blossom.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Aug 2010
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Arqiva completes its team to bid for UK smart metering communications

Having previously announced a collaboration with npower in June 2010, Arqiva has gone on to reveal partnerships with both BT Group and Detica. The deals will lend considerable weight to Arqiva's bid for the UK DataCommsCo role once Ofgem releases its smart meter prospectus. Indeed, Arqiva's existing wireless network and curiously British set of partners place it in an attractive position.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jul 2010
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Vodafone's smart metering deal with British Gas could convince machine-to-machine skeptics

Vodafone has signed a contract with British Gas to roll out smart meters to over one million UK households over the next two years, illustrating the gathering momentum behind machine-to-machine communications and, specifically, smart metering. Although the deal positions Vodafone as a key player in the market, the mobile operator's role in the project will mostly be about connectivity.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Apr 2010
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What will the economic recovery do to smart metering return on investment?

Criticisms of the quality of smart meters in the US and Europe during the first quarter of 2010 could not have come at a worse time. Demand for smart meters will rocket in the next two years, while China, a key manufacturing center, is suffering from labor shortages and the threat of a revaluation of the renminbi, which could lead to soaring future production costs and further threats to quality.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Mar 2010
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HP demonstrates collaboration across multiple business units with new Shell partnership

HP is to work with Shell to develop a wireless sensing system for use on land. Despite coming to the market late and in the face of stiff competition, HP claims its technology will deliver a major competitive advantage to Shell. By bringing several disparate business units together to deliver the product, HP hopes to be able to deflect past criticism of its slow integration of Enterprise Services.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Feb 2010
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Google: managing its energy demand is the key to a low-cost supply

Google has been granted a license to trade energy on the US wholesale market, in an attempt to go green and procure renewable energy. This load-shifting through geographically diverse datacenters may result in significant savings and greener overall energy consumption for the company, and could signal the start of a new trend for companies looking to better manage their energy costs.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Feb 2010
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Will utilities receive the support to deliver on Copenhagen commitments to electric vehicles?

The Copenhagen Climate Change Conference will likely see some governments commit to electric vehicle deployment. However, Datamonitor questions whether there will be a similar commitment from governments to work with utilities to provide the necessary infrastructure to support widespread deployment of electric vehicles, as without it there could be a delivery network nightmare.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Dec 2009
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The Electrification Coalition's roadmap lacks direction from the IT industry

The Electrification Coalition, whose principal aim is to promote the adoption of electric vehicles in the US, is comprised of 13 chairmen and CEOs from industry. None of these, however, is from the IT industry. Subsequently, the coalition's flagship publication The Electrification Roadmap lacks detail on the challenges facing the IT industry in facilitating mass deployment of electric vehicles.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Nov 2009
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VocaLink seeks opportunities for international expansion

In order to diversify its revenues and reduce its dependence on its home market, UK payment transaction provider VocaLink is looking to expand internationally. As a major player in the UK's Faster Payments Service initiative, it is logical that VocaLink should seek to leverage its know-how as and when other EU countries move in this direction.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Nov 2009

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