It's hard to miss the images of plastic waste in the media, with some of the statistics and pictures being both frightening and sickening. In 2015, the annual production of plastics increased to nearly 381 million tonnes, this is roughly equivalent to the mass of two-thirds of the world population. From a study conducted in 2010, it was estimated that 8 million tonnes of plastic entered the oceans with roughly 10,000 to 100,000s tonnes of plastic in surface waters (Our World in Data).
The fourth industrial revolution is about the acceleration of technology and digitisation. More and more companies are becoming equipped with the technology to make their job easier. Within the Government departments, the Met Police have introduced predictive policing and facial technology to tackle crime. HMRC have introduced a self-assessment platform for tax online, so instead of the long queues on the phone you can do it solo. The Department of Work and Pensions introduced an auto-enrolment scheme where citizens are automatically included unless they opt out. None of these above examples would've been possible without the innovation and technological advancement of the 21st century.
Any business/department can be defined by two things; strategy and processes. A strategy defines how an organisation succeeds, and processes are the operationalisation of that strategy; how a department buys, how it builds, how it sells. The trouble is, processes are complex, interdependent and often unpredictable – so even if a strategy is perfect, poorly executed processes will be your business’s downfall.
Big Data has many wonderful opportunities, some a little advanced for our current infrastructure but may become an everyday reality in a few years. Think of driverless cars or augmented and mixed reality, we are starting to embrace these new concepts but will be another 10 years before they really 'take over the world'. One opportunity that we see disseminating across the world is the use of data for 'Smart Cities'.
“Do unto the data of others as you would have them do unto yours".
Imagine the possibility of preventing a fatal offence. This happens more commonly than the public are aware of, all thanks to technology. One example of crime prevention- in 2015, a teenager in England was taken into care after it was revealed he had been researching gun types and nearby school locations to possibly carry out a school shooting. Authorities were able to intervene as the teenager had been flagged as a vulnerable threat.
We are currently on the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution, and what an exciting time it is! The way we live, work and relate to one another is changing. The 4IR is characterised by a fusion of technologies that are blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres. With this new era comes enormous potential for automation and development; enterprises are investing in it, but is the government?
Anaeko have now joined the Digital Marketplace under the Digital Outcomes and Specialists 3 (DOS3) framework. What is the Digital Marketplace? This platform was developed to help those transforming public services by making it simpler, clearer and faster for them to buy what they need. This DOS3 framework enables public sector organisations, agencies and arm's length bodies to find specialist individuals and teams who can work on digital projects throughout the public sector!
Before Obama's election as President he promised many things to the citizens of America, one being that if elected, his government would;